Ouch

All that is on my mind today is how much my right shin hurts.  I had almost forgotten how painful shin splints are.

Running had been progressing at an OK rate.

Saturday I needed to hit up the ATM so I figured I’d run there.  Easy enough.  Round trip it was roughly 4.5 miles, so not a big deal.  Thing is, the street that leads to the bank is a huge hill.  On the way to the bank it’s all downhill, but on the return it’s up.

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It’s hard to see, but the the 4th segment above is a 12% incline.  The red is 6% and the lighter pink is 8% (maybe you can see it).

Of course down was fine.  Up was tough.  I wanted to run the whole thing but had to take a few short walking breaks.

What i’m thinking (and I’d love any input) is that the shin issue may be due to the impact on the downhill.  Thoughts?

Otherwise I’m not really sure why all of a sudden my shins would act up.  Hopefully they are on the mend and by taking a few days off, i’ll be fine to resume later this week.  Fingers crossed!

Any advice/thoughts?

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Hey Hey Hey!

Well, it’s been more than a minute, so I figured today was a good day to pop in and share some randoms with ya.

Happy Friday!  I’m taking a half day today and am thrilled.  I’m taking it because I have a few errands and stuff around the house to get done, but that’s OK, still means no work!

Running

My half marathon is 65 days away.  Doesn’t sound SO bad now that I’m typing it out.

Running has been going OK.  I’m trying to do all the OTF treadmill workouts as runs, versus before when I’d do power-walking.  So far that’s going well.  I’ve gone on a couple of runs outside as well and they’ve been OK.

On Saturday I ran 5 miles outside and felt good.  I ran with my other half and while he struggled, I felt great!  It’s been a long time since I’ve felt that good.  Fingers crossed that this weekend I won’t crash and burn.  I’m planning for 6 tomorrow.

While training hasn’t been stellar, my bare bones plan is to add one mile per week, which would have me at 10 by the end of May, which is fine with me.  It’s also getting lighter earlier, which means that early AM runs will be more doable during the week.

Running Fashion

I used to be extremely structured in what I wore to run.  I had to wear pants with a drawstring waist and a pocket, I had two sports bras that were OK, and of course a buff/neck warmer.

Somehow I’ve become a bit more flexible and have done a bunch of runs in pants without drawstrings.  Hooray!  Who wants to celebrate? 😉  Same goes for sports bras.  Pretty much any of the ones I own are fine.

Now though, I’m going away from headbands and more towards hats.  I also wear hats to OTF because I feel like with a hat I’m tougher (don’t laugh).  I can just put my head down and get sh*t done.

Hats are expensive though. I refuse to pay +$20 for a hat.  Thankfully TJ Maxx/Marshalls are great places for that sort of thing.  Of course it’s totally lucky since the inventory turns so quickly.

So when I saw a cute hat that didn’t look stupid on me (many do, I have  BIG head) and it was only $6.99 I snagged that thing up.

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Note that that is not me.  🙂  So it has a cute pattern, reflective detail, and like I said, doesn’t look horrible.  The tag said “Running Hat”.  When I got home and removed the tag, I saw the tag that indicated the brand…Limited Too.  Ha!  While I could be wrong, I’m pretty sure this is a kid’s brand.  Not sure what kid has a head this big, but whatevs.  I like the hat and will proudly wear my Limited Too hat.

Have you ever bought a random brand?  I had a non pregnant friend who fell in love with and bought a pregnancy shirt.

Other Cool Stuff

A dear friend of mine was on Good Morning America a week or so ago!!!

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That’s Amy!  After dealing with some crazy medical issues for years, she ended up writing a book about dealing with chronic conditions and advocating for your health and yourself.  I highly recommend her book.  Link to buy on Amazon.

It was amazing to see someone I knew, who had been through so much, on TV talking with Robin Roberts!  I was in tears with pride.

Cookies

Ending on a sweet note.  I’ve been baking a fair amount.  The other half takes my baked goods with him to work where people supposedly go nuts for them.

While I’ve made more complicated items, what everyone seems to go nuts for are my cookies.

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These aren’t truly “my ” cookies as they’re based off the Nestle Tollhouse recipe.  That said, I do tweak that recipe a bit.  I also play around with the “toppings”.

The photo above is chocolate chip, butterscotch chip, Heath bar, and cocoa sea salt.

What I’ve started doing it putting a mixture of sea salt and cocoa powder on top of all my cookies before baking them.  I love the salty/sweet combination and apparently lots of others do too!

What I do struggle with is that the cookies always fall.  They come out of the oven all puffy and pretty and then they collapse.  Don’t get me wrong, they still taste amazing, but they’re not perfect.  Any suggestions?

With that, please have a most wonderful weekend!!!!  Talk soon! ❤

Friday Loves

Hi there!  Happy Friday!

It’s been a loooong week (at least it felt long) and I’m glad it’s finally Friday.  That said, I feel like I look forward to the weekend all week which makes it feel that much shorter and leaves me feeling that much sadder on Monday.

Last night I got pissed off by an email that a coworker wrote.  Rest assured I called him out on it, but it left a bad taste with me.  I also caught the news before bed and the Syria stuff messed with me a little.  My irritable/frustrated feelings clearly carried over to this morning where I was a bit ornery at Orangtheory.  Typically a workout makes everything better but for some reason that didn’t happen this morning.

I came home (still irritable), fed Minnie, and then took her out for a walk.  During our walk I became somewhat normal again.  It was about 6:45a and the sun was just coming up through the trees.  I love nature and love the beauty in nature so at that point I told myself to just let everything go and have a good day.  Stay positive and be happy.

So here I am.  Keeping with the positive spins, here are a few things that have made me happy over the past week.

Today’s Walk

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This is the photo that reminded me to stop and let everything go.  It’s just not worth it.  Beauty is all around us and once you stop and let yourself look, you’ll see it.

Sweet Treats

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Hey there!  🙂  Last Sunday I had a family event to go to.  I wanted to bring something but wasn’t sure what.  Normally I’d bake, but I didn’t have time.

A new donut place opened in the next town over Donut Crazy.  I’d been following them on instagram so I knew how amazing their donuts looked.  So Sunday morning my sister and I headed over and grabbed half a dozen to take with us.

I’m not sure I’ve ever brought a dessert that got people this excited.

Flavors above are crumb cake, french toast, cookie monster, strawberry glazed, maple bacon, and cannoli.  YUM!!!

I’m not a huge donut person but they are definitely tasty.  I think the joy in this one was more in everyone else’s reaction than mine.

Flowers

Maybe it’s almost not winter.  Maybe.

This is our first “spring” in the house and so I was very happy to see daffodils growing in the back yard.  And while I don’t have any photos of them, I do have a photo of the hyacinth that my sister brought me last week.  It’s doing a great job of making the house smell like spring.

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On a related topic, I snapped this photo the other day while I was getting my hair colored.  I LOVED these plant holders (is that what they’re called).

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I loved them even more when I learned that they are tomato cages flipped upside down, legs cut off, and then spray painted.  So cool!

Hats

While I will forever be loyal to my Bondi Bands for workouts and spin, I’ve started wearing hats for my own workouts.  I think that it’s less harsh on my fragile hairline (although that could be in my head).  But now I want all the fun hats and it just seems like active hats are not fun.  If you have any hat suggestions for someone with a big head, let me know 🙂

Sleep (sort-of)

So i’m thankful for sleep, although my sleep isn’t the greatest.  I used to be an amazing sleeper and somewhere within the last 4-5 years that went out the window.  I still sleep OK but I wake up a bunch.  The flip side is that since i’m not sleeping as soundly, it’s much easier to get up at 5am.

In an attempt to boost my sleep I grabbed some melatonin from Whole Foods.  I grabbed the 3mg.  I would only take it a couple of nights a week, but I felt like I was sleeping better.

Wednesday morning on my way to work (I had gone to OTF early) I was literally struggling to keep my eyes open.  It was bad.  I turned up the music, started singing and did all I could to stay fully awake.  I even considered pulling into a rest stop for a nap.

Thursday morning the same thing happened.  Hmmm.  Why???  Well, I realized that both nights before I had taken melatonin.

So I hopped online last night to see what the recommended dosage of melatonin was.  While the information varies, I ended up clicking on a link to Dr. Oz (not my favorite, but somewhat reputable) and he clearly stated to take 1mg.  So I was taking 3 times what he’d recommend.  Perhaps that was why I was struggling so much.

So last night I took no melatonin and also had coffee before work (I usually have it at work).  I’m happy to report that my eyes remained open for my entire drive.  It could be a coincidence but I think I’m on to something!  🙂

So there are my thoughts in a nutshell.

Tell me…

Do you take melatonin or anything to help with sleep?  What?  How much?

Any hat recommendations?

Is it spring yet?

Have a most wonderful Friday!!

 

A Little Bit Of Everything

I finally have pictures to post!  They’re random, but still photos.

It’s been a couple of weeks (I think).  I’ll try to recap.

Food

Last weekend the other half cooked a massive meat feast for him and a friend.  Too good not to share.

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Yesterday, at his request, I made blueberry lemon streusel bars, which are one of my favorite summertime desserts.

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Recipe here.  So good.

Looking to spice up your cooking?  Give some calabrese pepper paste a try.  He found this at our local italian grocery and has used it in just about everything.

I’m not creative so I wouldn’t know what to do with it, but if you are (and like heat), try it.  We like the one on the right better.

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Running

I did roughly put together a half marathon training plan, which will officially start in the next week or 2.  It’s 12 weeks long and since we have more time than that, we should be OK.

We went out for a slow 3ish miles on Saturday.  This is the first time I’ve ran outside since moving and so now it’s a question of finding new running routes.  This one was OK.  I ran with my other half and we took it very slow.  Picked up the pace a bit in the last mile and it felt good.

Looking forward to more outdoor runs in the near future.

Spinning

The gym I teach at just wrapped up a Cycling Across America program to try and boost interest and attendance in our cycling program.  It was really neat and it was great to see the members get excited about it.

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Here’s me looking scary happy after our last cycle across america class.

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This was a group photo (selfie) but i cropped the members out.  And yes, I am always that happy at spin.  Before, during, after.  Psychotic smile 🙂

Also in spinning, one of my classes is being cancelled.  I teach a Sunday morning and a Monday evening and the attendance on Monday has been struggling.  With the quarterly changes they decided to do away with Monday night.  I understand and know it has nothing to do with me.  The members are not happy, so I guess we’ll see what happens.

I don’t envy the role of making group exercise schedules at a gym.

Wedding

Not much to report here.  We did have a cake tasting and in doing so realized we like the style of a “naked cake”.  We’re not really doing this exactly, but I figured I’d share a photo of a photo anyway 🙂

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My favorite topic…

MINNIE!

Here are a couple of shots of minnie to wrap up the post.

Looking really excited.

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Happy with her donut.

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She never truly looks happy, eh?  It’s that sad Sarah McLauchlan face.

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So that’s more or less what’s been going on here.  I’ve been sticking with OTF two times a week, which has been great.  Body Beast has temporarily been put on hold while we focus on cardio/running.  I’d like to get back to at least some of it soon as I enjoyed the weight training challenge.

Have a wonderful week!!!

FriYAY!

Greetings from the other side!  The other side of what?  I’m not sure, it just came out.

As usual it’s been a while since I’ve posted.

I’ll do a quick recap and then look forward.  Game on.  No pictures of course but really, I know you love me for my words 🙂

Last week I was in Charlotte, NC from Sunday night until the following Saturday  morning for work.  It was OK.  The days were long and it was completely exhausting but that was to be expected.  We had a tradeshow on Wed/Thur and had to do set up Mon/Tues.  While I did make it to the gym Tuesday  morning, that was it.  The days were just too long and spent all day on your feet with less than ideal sustenance during the day.

That said, when I did make it to the gym at 5:45a on Tuesday, I somehow managed to run 3 miles.  Other than OTF, I have not been running.  But that morning, I got on the treadmill and my body said run, so I went for it.  I thought maybe 2 miles but decided to go for 3.  It was great!  I felt good and had a lovely city view as the sun rose, plus a virtual view of New Zealand on my treadmill.  I was psyched.

Of course everything gym wise went down hill from there.

Today is Friday, about a week later, and I finally made it back to OTF.  I taught on Monday night but due to weather, the rest of the week has been a bit of a waste.

OTF this morning was a mess for me.  I think I’ve been fighting a cold for months.  Thankfully I’m winning, but every now and then chest congestion gets a bit annoying.  This morning was sort of one of those days.  I had congestion that had dripped into my stomach, so when I went hard at OFT, it made me feel sick and twice I had to run to the bathroom.  It was just the congestion in an empty stomach, which I’ve dealt with before, but it’s still no fun.  And of course today was a hard/fun workout for which I had to dial it back.  Somehow I did manage to finish, feeling tired and dizzy.  But I’m better now. 🙂

That aside, game on next week as I need to start half marathon training.  The Fairfield Half is June 25th, so that leaves me 14 weeks.  I feel like I can make that work.

It will start slow because i’m training with my other half and it seems to take him longer to get back into the swing of things.  He wanted me to promise him that I wouldn’t leave him.  Sounds sweet and also makes me think that I’m fast (hardly!).

This weekend we are driving way too far for a cake tasting.  Fun/exciting but also kind of a pain.

Oh yes, the big news from before I went to Charlotte is that I got a dress!  I went into my appointment with little to no expectations and was SO pleasantly surprised!  It’s a strapless sweetheart fit and flare and I love it!  Hooray!

So that’s where I’m at.  Once I come up with a half plan I’ll share.

Have a most wonderful weekend!!!

February

Holy crap it’s March!  Of course I knew March was coming, but somehow it still snuck up on me.  Guess that’s what you get with a 28 day month.

I’ve still been debating this blog and whether or not to post, but I think I’m going to try to keep up with it since it helps me clear my head.

So how was your February?

My February was good.  I think.  😉  Just kidding, it was fine.  It was busy but nothing overly  notable.

I did a pretty good job of going to Orangetheory regularly, meaning two times a week.  I only have the 8 class/month package, so it is what it is.  I’ve thought about asking how much it would be to up to the next level but haven’t done it yet.  But that combined with my two spin classes a week is a start.

You probably don’t remember, but I mentioned that I was going to work out with my other half the three remaining days.  That was the plan since January.  Let’s just say that it just started.  Yesterday.  (all him, not me)

I registered for the Fairfield Half which is at the end of June.  Training for that will start later this month.  Hopefully.

I’ve been having some foot pain and am hoping that it’s just due to my needing new inserts for my sneaks.  I think they will be delivered today or tomorrow, so we’re close.

I tried Super Feet but still find them to be super uncomfortable.  Am I the only person who isn’t a fan?  I use Power Step inserts.

I’m currently running in Saucony Triumph ISO 2s.

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I had the first version of this shoe and loved them, so I figured I’d try the next version.  I think I like them.

In a totally different style, my sister also about me a pair of the Adizero Bostons.

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This is the shoe she runs it, but it’s WAY more minimalist.  I did one OTF class in them and the running felt OK during and great after.  But later that day I had some foot/shin/achilles pain.  Again, could be the shoe, could be in the inserts.

I’m kind of going to play around with these two for now and then go from there.  Hopefully both will work, but if not, at least one.  Fingers crossed!

Now I need to come up with a training plan.  To the interwebs I go!

As I mentioned, the other half and I finally started working out together.  We’re doing Body Beast.

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He’s a big fan of at home workouts and likes the Beach Body stuff.  I don’t really care for at home workouts (or Beach Body) but am giving it a go.

Body Beast is clearly more targeted to men (although plenty of women have used it).  It’s led by a super muscle-y guy who comments on how he can feel his shirt “getting tighter”.  Definitely entertaining!

I will probably only do it 3 times a week, so I’m curious to see how it goes and if I get super ripped like him.  🙂

And my last item of interest is that on Saturday I’m going to look at wedding dresses.  Wait? What?  This is so bizarre to me and I have no clue of what to expect.  I just hope I don’t leave there feeling like nothing looked good (which is sometimes how clothing shopping goes).  Guess we’ll see!

Have a good rest of the week and weekend!  Happy March!

 

DC Runners – help

Completely random post, but if anyone reads this and happens to live in the DC area, perhaps this method will work.

I may be in DC this summer (july or august) and would like to do a 5k while there.  ideally on a saturday.

I know it’s HOT so it’s not the best running time, but are there any races you’d recommend?

I found one in Georgetown on 8/13 and another on 7/29.  I also saw the bubble race, but i’m not a fan of that sort of thing, so that’s a no.

Any input is much appreciated!  Gracias!

My most unlikely post ever (but also very helpful)

Got to lure you in with those tricky headlines….right?  🙂

It has to do with cleaning!  Yikes!  Argh!  I really don’t care for cleaning, but sometimes it can not be avoided.  I will now tell you how to remove wax from your furniture.

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While working at a tradeshow a few weeks ago, my other half ordered this crazy humongous candle from FlashPoint Candle.  It’s hard to tell from the photo, but it’s gigantic!  The diameter is 15″ (it’s the Hamilton 17 wick in case anyone was curious).

It was lit in our living room.

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It was lit (obviously).  So I asked my sig other if he thought he could blow them all out in one breath.  Note that this was not meant as a challenge but just a question since it’s a lot of wicks.  Well he apparently took this as a challenge and blew them out with all his might.

In doing so, he managed to get wax everywhere.  Everywhere.  All over the upholstered ottoman it was sitting on and all over the couch just beyond it.  Lovely.  We’ve only had this furniture about 2 months.  Even better.

He freaked out a bit.  I assured him it would be OK (even though I wasn’t sure).  We did buy the insurance though, so worst comes to worst, we’d take advantage of that and get replacements.

I told him we definitely needed to let the way harden and then we’d go from there.  So last night after work I got started on my task.

I googled “how to remove wax from upholstery” and found this most helpful article.

A year or so ago we had a big wax spill on our hardwood floors and removing that was tough.  We needed to get it all off but without damaging/scraping the floors.  In that instance, dish soap and a hairdryer saved the day.

When it comes to wax, you need to get it out of the solid state for removal, so enter heat.

The article I linked to said to remove all excess wax and then place a paper towel over the spot.  Then place a paper bag over the paper towel and iron the spot.  Essentially the wax will melt and adhere to the texture of the paper towel.

He was skeptical but I figured it was worth a shot.  Guess what?  It worked!  The wax stuck to the paper towel and came off of the couch.

After that step, they instruct you to use a cleaning product to clean up any residual spots.  Lucky for us the wax wasn’t colored, so it wasn’t too bad.  We also had spot cleaner from the furniture store, so I used that.

While it’s not 100%, it’s pretty darn close.  We found a few more wax spots, so i’ll likely repeat the process, but I was blown away by how well this works.

I felt that it was my duty to share this wax removal tip with you (it can also be used on clothing).

You’re welcome 🙂

All about the mysterious Fit Talker (ha!)

Because I am all about procrastination today I figured I’d spend some time sharing some random information about myself.

Info-

Name: Jessica
Age: 37 but in my head I think I stopped at 30
Gender: Female

 

Favorites:

Food: Sushi, a good chocolate cake, good pizza (there is way too much crappy pizza out there), mac and cheese

Drink: Water – so boring!

Book: The Nightingale

Song: I don’t really have a favorite song because my mind changes too frequently for anything to remain a favorite (or it gets way too played out).  I guess if I had to choose something, it would be Numb by Usher.

Movie: I’m not a huge movie person and haven’t seen anything good recently.  Let’s say the Wizard of Oz or Clueless.  Such an intellectual!

Band: No clue although I will always have a spot in my heart for my 90s rock bands (soundgarden, pearl jam) and i was a big grateful dead fan (bet you didn’t see that coming)

Solo Artist: Wow, so many music questions.  No clue.

Place: A beach with beautiful blue water.  I’m not specific.

Subject: Food.  I really do like to talk about food…and travel.

Sport: Football

Actor: It’s been a long time since I thought about this…I like John Goodman (random, right?)

Actress: no clue

Life:

Schooling: BA in Communications, MBA in Management and Marketing – I love to learn!

Political ideology: No comment.  I have my opionions but typically don’t share.  I don’t like to argue.

Religion: Jewish

Tattoos: Nope.  I’ve thought about it for ages but couldn’t come up with anything that I’d want on me permanently.

Piercings: Ears.  At one point I also had my belly button, nose, and tongue.  College was a fun time 🙂  (my parents weren’t fans of that phase)

Languages: English (obviously) and I’d like to work more on my spanish.  I can get by if needed.

Reason behind your blog name: The focus of the blog to start was just fitness and I thought it was funny that it was a play on words of sh*t talker.

Now wasn’t that the most fun 2 minutes you’ve spent today?

Completely unrelated, but I need to work on being more FUN.  I was looking back at some photos and what was most apparent to both me and the sig other is that I used to have so much fun.  Of course I was younger and more carefree, but I shouldn’t have to sacrifice fun.

I’m going to make that an unofficial goal for 2017 and since it’s here in writing, it’s real.

Happy Wednesday!!!

My not so regular check in

First…

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This is meant to be an easy breezy place to read mindless content 🙂  (yes, I’m calling myself mindless).  Hopefully you get the idea.

Phew…

So let’s talk books.  I LOVE to read.  When I’m travelling I read a ton.  When I’m not travelling I typically read before bed.  Sometimes I get 20 pages in, sometimes I get 2 pages in and fall asleep mid-sentence.  Either way, reading at night helps quiet my mind and allow me to let the day go.

I innocently downloaded a book from the library and have been reading it for a couple of weeks now.

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I didn’t really know much about it, but the little blurb sounded interesting enough.

I had just read on a blog that it had some really disturbing parts and I came to see some of that.  The book was very slow moving for me.  I felt like I had been reading it forever and was just barely at 40% completion.  I wasn’t enjoying it but wanted to keep going and give it a shot.

Until last night.  There was a plot twist.  When that happened, I pretty much gave up.  I just can’t read this book.  Quite honestly I think it’s pretty horrible.

I will admit that I’m very picky about books and it’s rare that I rave about a book.  Most books are a solid 3 stars to me.  That said, it’s rare that I hate a book.  Enter Pretty Girls.  Ugh.

It has made me mad and then I get mad at myself that I’m still thinking about this stinking book.  ARGH!  🙂

Have you read it?  if you liked it, please tell me why.

So aside from my apparent book fueled aggression, things are just fine.

On the wedding front we booked a venue so we have a place and a date.  Phew.  That was the biggest one to check off the list because it was the most challenging.  Now to find a way to cut down the guest list.  Easier said than done.

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My hope is that people understand.  While it’s great to be invited to a wedding, sometimes it’s not so bad to not be invited (in my opinion).  Has anyone had to deal with cutting friends/family from an event?  How did it go?

I’m thinking that if i’m honest people will understand and if they don’t understand then maybe the relationship wasn’t so great to start.

On the fitness front things are going OK.  Off to a slightly slower start but still an improvement over where I was a few weeks ago, so that’s good.

I have been managing to get my two OTF workouts in each week, which is great.  Last Thursday I took a 5:15a class (I usually do the 5:30a class on Wed/Fri). It was a great class, but setting your alarm for 4:45 is not so fun.

In terms of OTF, the morning classes are pretty crowded so they changed them to a 3G format which means three groups, instead of the usual two.  So there’s a group that starts on the treadmills, the rowers, and the weight room. One morning I ended up in the weight room because everything else was full and I ended up loving it.  I almost feel like starting with weights gives my body a chance to wake up and prepare for the cardio.  Make any sense?

So that’s what’s going on with me.  Have a wonderful week!