And just in case anyone needs a reminder that the scale is pretty worthless ( @onefitmama, I’m looking at you!), I have a 2.5lb ‘loss’ from yesterday, after not having worked out for the past week.  They’re nice in general, but mostly have the side effect of making you feel bad about yourself and want to bang your head against the wall.

J and I have been together a long, long time.  11.5 years, to be more specific.  We literally met at orientation for college, and started dating a month later.  As tends to happen with people who are together a lot/ a long time, we are usually very in sync- I laughingly (ok, not funny to anyone else, but ya know) call it ESPN.. or just ESP, if you don’t like the joke.

Anyway, we texted at lunch and J said it was gorgeous outside.  I agreed and told him I wished we lived near enough the NCR trail (part of a Rails to Trails section) to go after work.  He said he was thinking the exact same thing, and lets do it.

So we did, even though my inner Type A said it was going to be too late, and the impending doom of thunderstorms was going to kill our fun.  It was just dusk as we finished, and the impending thunderstorm hit with a fury.. but we missed the rain, so it all worked out.  And we may or may not have hit the Wegmans hot bar on our way out (I got a salad.  And one egg roll, yum.  It took a lot of willpower not to face plant in the chinese and indian food, though). 

It was a beautiful ride, and we got our new bike rack up on my car with ease.  Or J did, anyway.  I just supervised and fretted at him basically.  I do believe we may do it again tonight.. since it actually isn’t that far, if the traffic gods are with us. 

Happy Hump Day!

12 hours ago link 2 notes #NCR trail #biking #nice weather

My in laws were in town this weekend, and we were pretty busy!  Saturday, we went to Fort McHenry.  J and I had our first trip on the Inner Harbor water taxi.  FWIW, I’m glad we tried it, but next time.. I’ll just drive.  It’s faster, and I had my first ever moment of sea sickness when transferring from a bobbing boat, to a bobbing deck, to another bobbing boat.  Blech. 

The fort was really cool, and it’s all very accessible- there’s not a whole lot you can’t go look at, climb up, or walk in to.  The view was pretty incredible, and it wasn’t very full of tourists yet, this early in the season.  I really enjoyed it, and even ended up with a small souvenir sunburn, yay!

We went to dinner at the Ellicott Mills Brewing Company, which is always delicious.  Yesterday was  Easter.  We tried a church we haven’t tried before (read: we haven’t actually visited a church down here since the inlaws came for Easter two years ago, and the ‘Lutheran’ church was really just Catholic lite, in a former Greek Orthodox church.  Yeah, that was weird, but their music was amazing!). 

Page break for house hunting talk, and some complaining.

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Quickie version of the past week:

  • Our internet was out for three days, and we just got it back last night.  Hence, no tumblring for a while.
  • The foot appt went well yesterday, but they recommended me for a PT session or two, just to get some more stretches I can use at home.  If it doesn’t help, I’ll have more shots in 4-6 wks.  I may or may not have cried a little bit after my appt- my feet feel like I have nails being shoved into the heels every time I put them down.  J came with me, and he was wonderfully supportive. 
  • I deep cleaned the apartment yesterday, since the inlaws are coming tomorrow afternoon.  We just saw them last weekend, but I figure that we hadn’t seen them before that since Christmas, so it works out.
  • I’m in love with my new bike.  I just can’t even explain how much I love it, and that I can bike with J while he runs.  It’s nice to be able to share that, without me feeling like I’m slowing him down.
  • I’m ready for the weekend!
6 days ago link 2 notes #in laws #family #biking

J and I did a run/ bike (he ran, I biked) last night that was a bit over 5 miles.  The weather was gorgeous, and it was a good workout, with a bunch of hills.  I’m learning how to navigate biking on the streets, although I’m not stupid enough to try it on the major thoroughfares.  Ticket or being hit by a car?  Not much of a decision there.

So, that was pretty wonderful.  Not much else going on today.  Tomrrow, I’m going back to the sports med doc, will probably get another set of cortisone injections in my feet.  I’m hoping that not running this time will give them a chance to recover more fully, and hopefully I won’t need any more.  I’m honestly not sure I’ll be able to get any more after this, and I can’t afford to pay for 10% of the surgery that would be the next step.  (gotta love insurance, although I’m happy to have it at all). 

Fun times.  Happy Tuesday.. I can’t wait to have tomorrow off, whether or not I get the cortisone shots.

J’s grandfather’s surprise party this weekend was amazing!  He was so, so, so happy, and he deserved all the attention he got.

We spent time with family and friends (we haven’t seen J’s family since Christmas, which is really unusual).  I met a good friend’s new baby, and met family members I’ve never seen before.

I ate, and the food was amazing.  I tried not to go overboard, but I didn’t feel guilty about the second or third puffy Italian pastry somethings I ate, either.  Totally worth it.  I feel a bit bloated today, but I haven’t had a chance to do more than walk since last Thursday.  If it doesn’t rain, I’m hoping to bike with J tonight for a bit.  If not, probably T25.

I’m not sure about going hard core with T25 this week.  I should probably take a week off from all the plyo if I end up getting cortisone shots again on Wednesday (which I’m guessing is a good possibility).  i’m taking the day off from work if I do get them.  We shall see what happens.

Btw, what is UP with all this pollen?  My sinuses are dying a slow, sad death right now.  Blehhhh.  At least it was beautiful and un-polleny in NY last weekend.  :)  Happy monday!

Well, hello 75F.  I certainly missed you. 





I don’t know her but I love her

This reminds me of veganvibez Jessica

This, 1000000x this.

T25, d3-4

Day 3 of T25 almost killed me.  It was the total body workout, and I’m not sure if it was the workout, or the DOMS I’ve been experiencing, but walking today was interesting.  This was the first day I’ve seriously considered not working out.  Thankfully (betcha it was planned this way), today was abs.  It wasn’t easy, especially since I tend on the weaker side with my core.  You would think I’d know better, with a long and varied history of back pain.  But nope.

At any rate, it was a good breather, and change from the hard core intervals (are they even really intervals?!) the first three days.  I probably won’t be able to do the workout(s) tomorrow, as we’re planning to drive to NY for J’s grandfather’s surprise 80th birthday party after work.  I might be able to fit it in Saturday morning, though, since we stop at my parent’s house on Fri night, and go the rest of the way Sat morning.  That’s the plan, for now.

Life has been good lately.  I feel positive.  I feel good about my body, and the fact that I’ve worked out FOUR days in a row for the first time in monthsmonthsmonths.  Having foot pain puts a serious cramp on working out, for real.  I feel like this has helped me over the hump, and those 25 min workouts are no joke!

I found a townhome community today that I love.  J and I aren’t ready to buy a house yet, and it’s a bit far from downtown where I work, but we don’t want to deal with Bmore city taxes on houses.  It’s just too much.  I guess we’ll see what happens!

T25, day 2

Wk1,d2.  Speed 1.0. 

Not surprisingly, this was again.. hard.  I sweated a lot, but I also made a more concerted effort to do the unmodified moves today.  Some of them are too fast, or it took me a while to get them down.. but I figure I’m going to be doing them for the rest of the month, so I’ll figure it out.

No knee pain today, so yay!  I iced the crap out of my knees and feet last night, and repeat as needed.  I may end up putting this workout system on hold for a few days next week- I’m seeing my sports med doc about my feet again.  I’ll probably have injections again.  ::insert unhappy face here::  But I won’t try to run again for a while, so hopefully they will last long enough for  my feet to recover more fully?

My lower half is definitely sore.  I really loved that this workout included stretching inbetween some of the faster workouts, but I wish there was a more extended beginning stretch session.  I stretched on my own before I did the workout, which helped a lot. 

Overall, day 2 went great.  I haven’t really formed an opinion yet about liking/ disliking anything yet, other than some of the moves make my feet ache.  Too much constant motion without any break is painful for me right now.

So, there is a workout opinion, with some random feet and pain complaints thrown in.  I’m excited for day 3!  The great part about doing this is that I spend a lot more time considering what I’m shoving in my mouth, before I catually do it.  If that’s what it takes, I’m all on board!

Baked veggies with shredded chicken and smoked gouda on top.

Baked veggies with shredded chicken and smoked gouda on top.

2 weeks ago link #yum #healthy #food #weight loss

Ground turkey tacos on a WW wrap, with orange peppers just because.

Ground turkey tacos on a WW wrap, with orange peppers just because.

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T25, day 1

I did it, and as promised, it was 25 minutes.  And it was HARD.  I started at least half of the moves with the modifications, to make sure my knee would be okay, and flip flopped between hard core and lets-not-destroy-my-knee-mode as needed.  I really wanted to love Insanity, but I made it through half of one workout before both my knees (only one was injured) were screaming. 

And, even with the mods, it was awesome.  I’m drenched, and happy.  Only 89 more days to go!  Major props to pudgeball for inspiring me to take on T25, and assuring me my knees would survive.


Friendly reminder that 1200 calories is the recommended amount for a 5 year old

Prepping foods while listening to William Clark Green ( she likes the Beatles); lunch last wk at Bertuccis with J. I had a ww pizza crust with arugula, mozzarella, prosciutto and drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette.