No Internet and Pulled Muscles and Mouse Traps! Oh my!

Phew! Feels good to be back.

No I did not die. And it has been a crazy week.

I started off strong on my workouts, but leg day ended in disaster. This is a shame because I love leg day. I pulled a big ‘ol muscle in my thigh and that put me down for a few days.

Then I stepped in a mouse trap. Who does that?!

Apparently I do. It was the equivalent of stubbing my big toe on a block of cement. Yeow! I was quickly on the mend when I then fell off a chair and pulled a muscle in my other thigh… If you couldn’t guess, I’m a bit of a klutz.

So while I rested I ordered a few things to help me along with my goals, and I am SO EXCITED! They should be coming in the mail over the next few days and I can’t wait to share everything.

In the meantime, I’ve been doing a lot of reading. Why? Because I had no internet for over a week! I did surprisingly well without, but I’m the type of person who can leave her phone at home and not have a nervous breakdown without it.

I currently have three books going. I don’t normally do this because I like to really focus on whatever it is I’m reading, but for whatever reason I’m indulging in every book I can get my hands on.

I just recently finished reading The Hobbit, and it was my first time. Please don’t judge, I have this weird thing where I like to see the movie before I read the book. It’s a little backwards…

If I read the book first, I will almost 100% hate the movie. I like to see the movie first so I can enjoy it for what it is and not criticize the director every step of the way for adding things or omitting entire chapters that I personally found significant to the plot. I feel like the movie and book were completely different, so I’m glad I did this.

So that was a lot of rambling to say I’ve started to read The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I bought this and The Hobbit as a Valentine’s Day present for my Honey Bunny earlier this year. Needless to say, he was pretty pumped.

Next on my list is a beautiful leather hardcopy of Jurassic Park and The Lost World. Honey Bunny surprised me with this one.

So pretty!

So pretty!

It’s all glossy because it still had the shrink wrap plastic on it. I’ve been enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would, but again, glad I saw the movie first.

The last one I’ve started reading is a sort of Christian “self-help” book. It’s called Keep it Shut by Karen Ehman. She offers a comedic look into her life as a self-proclaimed loud-mouth and gives advice on how she learned to control her yapper. Since this is a Christian novel, it is heavy on the Bible and gives lots of scripture to follow and meditate on. It’s an easy, less intense read that’s helping me out along the way.

So that’s what I’ve been up to. Just a little update while all my fun little goodies are being shipped across the country.

Now it’s way past my bedtime, and the loopy is starting to settle in despite the cup of sugar – Oops, I meant tea – I just drank. I’m taking my tired behind to bed.

Night ya’ll!

#9: Please don’t make me run…

Funny story to start us off this evening.

Just last night I was doing laundry and, for reasons I don’t feel like explaining, I have to go to the house next door to do it. Don’t worry, I know the person. I’m not over there doing ninja laundry or anything. Anyway, so it’s late and dark and there are coyotes around. I’ve had nightmares where I’m attacked and eaten by packs of coyotes and wolves so, naturally, I’m a little bit of a wuss.

I decide to do the ‘brave’ thing and make a run for it. But before I can even lift my leg off the ground to start running, I sprain my ankle. I SPRAINED MY ANKLE PUSHING OFF TO RUN!!! No feet were off the ground when I injured myself. What’s so sad is this happens frequently. Curse my weak ankles.

Just one more reason I’m trying to get in shape. What if the zombie apocalypse really does happen? I would be one of the first to go, and all due to faulty ankles.

I refuse to go out that way.

So as you know, I am on a Journey to Fit! I already created a workout program that I think will work for me. For all you fitness gurus, let me know if anything I talk about is stupid or wrong. I would really rather not injure myself because I am not an expert.

My three main concerns are:

  1. Strength
  2. Flexibility
  3. Endurance

1.) For strength I plan on lifting weights 3x per week. I’m fortunate enough to have a combination of free weights and resistance bands at home. My schedule looks something like this:

Monday – Upper Body + Abs

Wednesday – Lower Body

Friday – Full Body + Abs

2.) Flexibility is probably my biggest problem. You remember the fuzzy sock story… To combat my inflexibility, I plan on doing a beginner’s yoga video almost every day. I’ll use it sort of as a post-workout stretch. I like this chick because she’s a no-nonsense kind of girl.

3.) And finally, endurance. Obviously I’ll be doing some cardio. I might start off trying 3x per week, but if it’s just too much I’ll drop it down to 2x. This will happen on the days I’m not lifting weights.

Now I’m going to be honest, I am not a runner. I don’t know what to do with my arms and my feet make a weird curve out to the side as I bring them forward. It’s awkward for everyone involved. Add to this my weak ankles and a bum knee from a bad car accident and you have me questioning life itself. I hate it. I find it incredibly boring and it hurts everything.

And that’s probably why I need to start. I have zero endurance. Nada. I also know nothing about running. I did so much research about running for complete beginners. I got the shoes, I got the gear, now all I need is a training program.

And I found one. Yippee…

Running for Beginners

I linked the picture to the original site, but I made it a little girlier and more appealing to my taste. My reasoning is, if I don’t like the way it looks I won’t use it.

I figure this is a pretty good start. I’ve got my June calendar all filled out for with my workout plan. I’m going to lift weights tomorrow morning before work. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Wish me luck my friends!

And again, I am not a professional! So for any professionals reading this, please tell me if I’m about to seriously injure myself. Appreciate it.

Also, any tips from reformed running-haters on how to actually get enjoyment out of it, that would be appreciated as well.

#7, #8, #9: You’re Nothing Without Your Health

So I’ve officially turned my beau into a tea snob.

Success!

Long story short: I forgot to buy creamer at the grocery today. Come tea-time, he discovers no creamer. His “plain” tea has been sitting next to him for about 45 minutes and he still hasn’t touched it. Thank goodness the grocery is only four minutes away. I actually enjoyed the change of pace and may even carry it over to tomorrow. I think I’ll go bold with one of the healthier green selections.

But my lack of coffee creamer is not the point of today’s post.

I’ve finally got the ball rolling in terms of my health. And I’m hitting three at once with this one: planners, healthy eating & getting fit.

You may be wondering what could have spurred on this sudden need to get my business together. I feel like everyone has that life-changing moment when they realize they aren’t quite in the shape they want to be in. That moment for me is in the morning.

Quite specifically, one morning a month ago and every subsequent morning since. I opened my eyes, did a few cat stretches, nearly burned my eyebrows off with my own morning breath, then rolled myself up and out of bed. I was still so exhausted I fell right back down. My eyes burned, my throat hurt and I just felt icky. My first thought was illness, but as I stood up again and attempted to lean over to put some fuzzy socks on I realized I couldn’t.

I could not pick my socks up off the ground.

Also, yes… I wear fuzzy socks. Don’t judge me.

I realized I was incredibly out of shape. I felt gross from a poor diet and my body started having trouble supporting itself because I wasn’t as strong as I used to be.

Now just to clarify, I am by no means overweight. I am what is commonly known as  ‘skinny fat.’ Up until high school I was very skinny, too skinny. Teachers thought I was anorexic and told me so, but no matter how much food I ate I would not gain weight. I now know this was simply the pattern of my family. I bulked up in college and started looking like a female body builder so I cut back and eventually quit going to the gym altogether.

Now I’m a solid 140 lbs, and while that might not seem like much it’s a whole lot for my very tiny 5′ 4” frame to carry. But weight isn’t everything. Muscle weighs more than fat.

I have very healthy views on weight loss and how I want my body to be. I don’t want to be ‘thin’ again. I want to be fit and healthy. I want to feel good when I wake up in the morning and have the energy to make it through the day.

And for Pete’s sake, I want to be able to pick my fuzzy socks up off the ground.

So all this led to me FINALLY getting the kick in the butt I needed. But I am an organized freak and I need tools to help me through it. And my first tool is my Health & Fitness planner. I purchased this adorable and very girly Color Crush Style Food and Fitness Planner kit from FiloDelight on Etsy.

Fitness Planner - Etsy Printables

This printable planner comes with a monthly goals, menu planner + shopping list, food diary, workout log, weight tracker, and measurement tracker sheet. I loved everything in here but the workout log, and it was missing a few sheets that I personally wanted in my planner. So I added a monthly workout calendar, a revamped workout log and initially had a more in-depth grocery list.

My additions

My additions

I say ‘initially’ because I found this amazing app called AnyList that I am using now instead of a hard-copy grocery list. You can put in recipes that you use frequently and generate a shopping list from those, then add any additional items. It also categorizes everything based on where it might be in the grocery. LOVE THAT! It’s very simple to use, even for someone as terrible with technology as me.

Put it all together and I now have this:

Fitness Planner

Can’t wait to start using this! I made it myself using a mini binder from Walmart and some pretty paper I had sitting around. Add the printable sheets and it makes for a pretty cute, and functional, health and fitness planner.

That’s enough information I’ve thrown at you for one day. Tomorrow I’ll talk more about my actual goals, fitness routine and meal planning! Ok, maybe not all at once. We’ll just see how it goes.

Do any of you all have new fitness goals or a different way of tracking your overall health?

Psychotic #6: Bungee Madness

I know this is sort of cheating since I completed this goal before I even started this blog, but a girl has to take what she can get. Besides, this experience was too magnificent not to pass up. It actually ended up being a total fluke that this even happened.

My mom took me on a girl’s trip to Whistler, Canada to relax and maybe see the northern lights (little did we know we weren’t even in the right place at the right time for this one). We woke up before the crack of dawn each morning to wander the empty streets of the village, courtesy of my mother waking up routinely at 4:30 every morning… without an alarm clock. It was the most peaceful thing I’ve ever experienced. It snowed every day and there were beautiful Christmas lights strung up all over the place. It was so silent all you heard was the crunch of your own boots in the snow, or the occasional squeal as one of us almost slipped and cracked our heads open on the ice-incased brick pavers. The latter of which resulted in some intense school girl giggling and very unflattering snorting.

Bunjee Madness

Our beautiful routine was interrupted by my mom asking me to pick something to do from a variety of pamphlets. We tried reserving several activities, all of which were already booked or not even available. Then I saw it, the ad for Whistler Bungee. Mom thought I was insane but agreed to it. We reserved it for that day, not a few hours later.

When the time finally came we drove out to the middle of nowhere and had to climb – ON OUR HANDS AND FEET – up a very steep hill covered in snow and ice. We wandered and waited in what looked like an abandoned hut. I didn’t think Mom would even make it across the bridge. And all I could think about was getting eaten by wolves. There were paw prints everywhere, which we later learned were from a pack of wild dogs running loose in the woods. Still terrifying.

View from the top.

View from the top

Soon enough a few kids my age showed up. They were from Australia and they were super enthusiastic. I couldn’t have had a better group of people to experience this with. They made me feel so comfortable and safe – well, as safe as you can feel before jumping off a bridge 160 ft. in the air. And let me tell you, I felt all 160 of those feet. I have absolutely no fear or heights at all and I thought my heart was going to drop out of my feet. It started getting difficult to breathe as they strapped me into the harness.

Can you see the fear?

Can you see the fear?

About to jump

About to jump

Taking my first step off that little ledge was the most HORRIFYING, and liberating, thing I’ve ever done. It resulted in this amazing weightlessness I’d never felt before. You see, one of my dreams is to fly. Sounds silly, I know, but my dreams are filled with airborne adventures. Unfortunately, I have to flap my arms like bird wings to get off the ground… and apparently I do this in my sleep because I always wake up sore the next morning.

And now the euphoria?

And now the euphoria?

Before they asked me to jump again.

Before they asked me to jump again.

It was actually worse this way.

It was actually worse this way.

I did so well they asked me to go again, backwards. Before my brain could scream at me, “NO! YOU MUST SURVIVE,” I agreed and down I went.

It was beautiful and magical and so much more than I could ever hope for. I encourage you to take a leap, whether it be jumping from a very tall bridge with a very secure harness, or traveling to a new city.

Be adventurous!

Oh, and on a quick side note, this is the place that started my love of English Breakfast tea with creamer. Thanks a lot, Canada.