Iâ€™ve struggled for years and years to get into a weight-lifting routine. Since I respond so well to running training plans, Iâ€™ve always printed out intense lifting instructions or set myself up with a trainer. No matter how organized and committed I feel, I end up feeling so freakinâ€™ overwhelmed that my plans fall to the wayside within a few weeks, and I return to my cardio-centric ways.
But Iâ€™ve realized something about myself â€“ while I may respond to running training plans, I do not feel the same way about lifting plans. The pressure freaks me out â€“ maybe itâ€™s because I hate to lift to begin with? So for the past few weeks, Iâ€™ve just told myself, â€œGo to the gym a few times this week and do some random lifts â€“ whatever you feel like.â€ Sometimes I do bicep curls, sometimes I donâ€™t. Sometimes I do legs the same day I do my back. Thereâ€™s no real rhyme or reason. But Iâ€™m there, lifting weights, and at the end of the dayâ€¦ even if itâ€™s not the IDEAL way to lift, itâ€™s better than nothing.
Today I ran 3.0 miles and lifted for 15 minutes. Score one for productivity.
Breakfast was a gluten-free bagel, egg, hummus, and goat cheese <— amazing combo.
And lunch included some baby shower leftoversâ€¦ specifically, a quinoa and butternut squash dish from Diana. I added some pumpkin seeds for a little crunch.
And steamed greens. My favorite.
Letâ€™s see â€“ since I have the workweek for h-e-double hockey sticks coming up (not complaining; itâ€™s just the honest truth), I didnâ€™t want to do anything today beyond the absolute minimum. Cook, exercise, clean, run some light errands. Enjoy the peace and quiet in my house. It was a wonderful Sunday, if you ask me!
Peanut butter slam smoothie:
Consumed by driving through random neighborhoods, looking for For Sale signs. Oh yes â€“ weâ€™re going to attempt the house hunt again. I canâ€™t even believe that the painful memory of our first failed hunt has faded enough so weâ€™re CONSIDERING going through the process again. Maybe a house hunt is like a marathon? You have to forget about how much the first one hurt before youâ€™re even willing to sign up for another?
I think Kristien is pretty excited. Heâ€™s such an optimist.
Good â€“ one of us needs to do all that paperwork again! Heh.