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The Last Friday

5 Oct

After work I stopped at Wegman’s for a few things and was attracted by the juicy rotisserie chicken for $4.99 sign that caught my attention walking in the door.  As soon as I saw it I thought, “You’re right Wegman’s, I don’t feel like making dinner tonight.”

Caught!

They saw me coming.

The joke was on me though…it was not very tasty to say the least.  When I think rotisserie, I think juicy and flavorful.  Unfortunately, this bird was lacking in the flavor department.  The potatoes and broccoli stole the show.

The Last Friday

Today was bittersweet.

Great because its Friday and for many of us that means fun and/or relaxation.  It’s extra special for me because thanks to Mr. Columbus, I also have Monday off.  Woot for a long weekend!

Not so sweet of a Friday because our new classes opened today, which means we have 10 weeks of challenging coursework ahead of us.

Oh…if only this were true for this girl.  I started working at my “real world” job when I was 17 years old and 8 years later it has only progressed from temporary to permanent.  I didn’t have the typical “college experience” and I’m more then grateful for that.  I commuted though my whole undergrad and worked 32-40 hours a week, so working and studying is not new to me.  When I gradauted, I had no intention of ever going to graduate school…Ever.  I have solid references to back me up on that statement.  It wasn’t till I transferred jobs last year that I recognized my other interests and was encouraged to go on and get my graduate degree.  My best friend had just finished her graduate degree and my new husband was finishing his.  Both are huge, positive influences in my life, so I wanted to follow in their footsteps.

It’s true.

With all that said, I’m excited that the light is at the end of the tunnel (Graduation expected June 2013).  Each quarter is 10 weeks long and I have 5 courses left (2 this quarter, 2 next quarter, 1 capstone/internship).  Bring it on.

With all the time that studying takes up for Ed and I, we started a bucket list of “post-graduate school activities” to look forward to.

Post-Graduate School Bucket List

  • Go on another cruise vacation.  Top Picks: Europe, Alaska or Hawaii
  • Get 7-8 hours of solid sleep a night daily (Yes, please.  Yes, please.  Yes, please!)
  • Buy our first home (Wherever our “home” may be at that point ;-))
  • Get a dog
  • Read at least 2 books per month for fun
  • Decorate out home with DIY projects around the holidays/seasons

What is something you have been working towards that you can’t wait to complete?  Is it a house project?  Paying off debt?  How will you react when it’s all said and done?

P.S. Come visit on Monday when Sand Between My Sneakers hosts it’s first giveaway! It’s going to be nutritious and delicious 😉

October Goals

1 Oct

Happy October!

Today was a crisp 72 degrees and I loved every minute of it.  It’s the perfect day for a run which is exactly what I did with Ed after work today.  Well…we tried.

About a mile and a half in, I ran into a little girl who fell off her bike.  Ed wasn’t far behind when we found that her shoelace was completely stuck around her petal.  Three other guys helped till her dad caught up and had nail clippers on him to clip her loose.

It never fails to amaze me what people have on them in time of need.  Nail clippers.  In his pocket.  On the running trail.  Sure.  It got her loose though and although a bit shaken up, she was riding again in no time.  Kids are so resilient.

Immediately after that, the rain started to pour down and we booked it to the car.  Did I also mention that I forgot my shoes at work today, so no lunch workout either.  It’s the workout that never was.  Sometimes, you just gotta do what you gotta do and hope for a better day tomorrow.

October Goals

I have a lot of goals lined up in my head for this month.  I’m really motivated to put a lot more cardio into my daily routines and lengthen my workout time for the month.  It’s challenging with working full time and be a full time graduate student, a wife, a friend, etc.  These are my tops goals:

  • Run 80 miles in one full month. I stole this one from Katie when she beat it last month.
  • Run the Marine Core 10K (October 28th) in under 60 minutes.  This is possible, but I’m not holding my breath.  I need to really commit to sprint training the next 28 days.
  • Finalize our Disney Budget and pay off our trip for the Disney World Half Marathon in January.  I’m looking forward to showing you all how we paid for this trip without touching our savings account even once!
  •  Stay committed to our 40 Days in the Word study with the addition of schoolwork next week.  Make it a daily priority instead of an afterthought.
  • Have a fantastic girl’s weekend in New York City!
  • Wake up by 5AM most weekday morning and 6:30AM on most weekends.  I really do love the mornings and feel the day is more complete if started before 8AM.  I think this will help with my extra cardio goals too.

What are your goals for this month?  Fitness?  Personal?  I want to hear them.  Let’s encourage each other!

Recovery Saturday

29 Sep

While I’m recovering from my high fever, today was filled with lots of rest and lots of comforting and healthier food.

We started the day with these…

Drank a lot of this…

Snacked on some of these…

Ended the evening with a chilly and spicy dinner…

I have a lot of new and easy recipes to throw at you this week, as well as some new cardio circuits.  I can’t wait!

How was your Saturday?

Winding Into the Weekend

27 Sep

One of my new fitness goals for the next month is to really pump up the cardio.  While I’ll never give strength training up cold turkey, I’m ready to challenge myself and sweat a little more.  This also means I’ll be inputting a lot more time into my workout routines outside of lunch workouts.  Even with a shower, too much sweat can leave me feeling a little nasty in the afternoon.

Just keeping it real.

Work has been pretty eventful this week, so when I got to the gym I knew I just wanted to zone out for the next 40 minutes.  Luckily for me, I have some pretty funny workout companions too.  So, some laughter broke out on occasion as well.

I did the following interval on the elliptical that included a lot of 2 minute, 4 minute, 6 minute and 8 minutes intervals and time frames.

The intervals helped for a fast 35 minutes and the pay off was pretty good for a midday workout.

Dinner

Ed and I have been on different schedules all week.  So dinner has been pretty simple again tonight.  After last nights 500 degree veggies, I didn’t want to power up the oven and decided on something quick and filling.

I pulled the following two items from the pantry and I made a quick and easy meal for myself.

My aunt gave me this crafty little gadget for making potatoes when I moved to Maryland last year.  You simply just wash your potatoes, wrap them in a paper towel, stick them in the fabric bag and place in the microwave for 6-9 minutes (depending on the size of your potatoes).

Their soft and warm in no time 🙂  As you can see, I’ve given it a lot of use.  See the upper right hand corner.  Yep, that’s a burn mark.

I heated up the turkey chili on the stove top, poured some over the potatoes with a little cheese and sided it up with some fresh green beans with a a spritz of butter.

Probably not going in the healthy meal hall of fame here, but it filled me up!

Oh…and a glass of vino because today is MY Friday!  Plus, it’s been chilling in the fridge for nearly a month now unopened.  It was time.  Since we never drink at home and wine is not my drink of choice, one sip and I’m already sleepy.

Good grief.

What’s your favorite way to wind into the weekend?  Are you ready for some relaxation, to party or a really stiff drink? 😉

I don’t know if I have a specific routine, but it depends if it was my four day week or my five day week.  On my five day weeks, I am so ready to crash in bed early!  Friday night is sadly my earliest night to bed all week long.  If I have plans for that evening, I have to nap or I turn into a pumpkin by 8:00 PM.

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