Unplugged: But Not On Purpose or In An Artful Kind of Way

I was digital-less for about two hours yesterday and I was pretty sure the world was going to end. Actually…it wasn’t that bad. Before I headed out to meet my friend for lunch, I wanted to update my phone to get some new music on there for a run later in the afternoon. I’ve had some trouble with my phone syncing to iTunes for awhile now, but with some persistence, it usually works. Not so much this time.

The phone was three-quarters of the way through the update when it decided the phone was no longer plugged in and demanded that I do plug it in. Well, I hadn’t touched a thing. I tried to re-plug it in and it told me to restore it, then proceeded to say that it needed to be plugged in to be restored. Um. My phone was gone. There was probably a way to fix it at some point, but I was running short on time and was planning on getting a new phone the next day anyways.

Phoneless, I met my friend Molly for lunch. Everything was fine and I was barely thinking about it until I realized I couldn’t snap a picture of my lunch when I tried for you fine people. Hmph. It was a tasty meal with chicken curry, green beans, carrots, baby corn, and a side of pad thai. I don’t eat Thai food frequently, but I do enjoy it a lot. There’s always a ton of veggies involved, so it makes the other indulgences not seem so bad.

After lunch, Molly was kind enough to trudge over with me to the mall. Let me tell you, getting a new phone is a hassle. It’s fine. I’m okay with it. I just didn’t expect my current phone to go down as it did. Whatever. First selfie on the new phone.

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Once again equipped with my lifeline, it was time to walk. Rain was threatening, so I put my phone into a plastic baggie into another bag and prayed for the best. We did bring an umbrella solely to cover our electronics for extra precaution. How have we fallen so far down?

Our walk took us in the way of ice cream, which I will never complain about. I chose a flavor that had a vanilla base, fudge swirls, and peanut butter cups. Uh huh. It was divine. More walking entailed after with a little drizzling, but nothing extreme. It wasn’t necessarily hot out so much as humid, so by the time I arrived home, I was sweaty. I still had a run on my mind, especially after I pulled out an old iPod and threw a new playlist together- no, I’m not running with my new bad boy, I think it’s too hard on it’s joints, er, systems.

My legs were a little sore from the past few days of workouts and from walking, but I took off strong from the start. I ran three miles straight, walked up a gigantic hill, then ran another mile or so. Overall, it was a five mile trek that left me hot, sweaty, and feeling strong. My mom did not want me sitting on the couch once I got home because I was covered in and dripping sweat.

IMG_3343 For whatever reason, I most always feel strong during my run, but I feel terrible after. It’s a stomach thing. I chugged a few glasses of water and tried to eat something to recover, but my appetite was null and my stomach was having none of it. I didn’t even feel hungry later. It was a good-looking meal though.

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I need to get back into a more realistic routine, but last night, I got into the writing flow and I couldn’t very well stop it. I’ve started writing a book based on my experience with my weight and weight loss with lots of encouragement from my parents and my Grandma and it’s coming together pretty well. I’m excited about it. By means of an outline of sorts, I actually developed chapter titles that sum up what I want to cover throughout. I don’t lead a scandalous life by any means, but I do think it will be fairly interesting. Who knows?

I woke up a little later than usual this morning and had eggs on the brain. I fried up two with a chicken sausage and a whole grain english muffin. Strawberries and blueberries made an excellent accompaniment.

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Before a swim and a body strength workout later this afternoon, I picked up where I left off last night and started to write some more. You can blame that for the delay in my post this morning. Exciting things are happening today, so I will be back tomorrow morning to check in with you all.

It’s almost Friday! Yay!

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Working Out Can Be Fun To Do

This week, I jazzed up my workout routine a bit, had it all written out and organized, then left it at home to go to the gym. Oops! No fear! For that day, I could remember a lot of what I had planned to do, but I am also an excellent improvisor and played around with different moves. Let me tell you, my abs were both thankful and angry that this happened because they are still sore two days later!

Abs are my focus on the coming month. I have upped my plank game, doing some form of a plank every day, from the straight up forearm for a minute and a half, to a circuit of planks for smaller amounts of time, to plank jacks which are actually kind of fun- they’re jumping jacks in a plank position.

From where we last left off, last Thursday, I did a medicine ball/ball strength workout before hopping into the pool for a swim. Instead of focusing on the amount of laps, I’ve been swimming based on time to help me grow back my stamina after taking a bit of a lap break from the summer. Friday, I got in a kick-ass kettle bell workout and one of my fellow gym-goers asked me if I took a kettle bell class because she was so impressed with my moves. It’s all online waiting for you people! And it’s fun to compile your own workout and find out what you can do.

Saturday, I started my day with a wonderful Yoga practice I created on my own. I’m sure it wasn’t as mindful or zen as one might find at a Yoga class, but it worked for me! I was apparently very tense and it helped me to stretch before my nice long run later that afternoon. You know, the one where I almost had a heart attack from all of the freakish, realistic Halloween decorations.

Knowing that I had quite a lot to do on Sunday, I got up early and headed in for my workout. I did a dumbbell/body strength combination circuit where I did one move with dumbbells, one move without, and continued that pattern for about fifteen moves, then did it three more times. I was nice and sweaty after and topped it all off with a painful, but awesome treadmill sprint cardio session.

On Monday, when I left my new workout page at home, I did more work with the ball/medicine balls and focused on a lot of whole body strength moves before doing a grueling ab routine that was kind of fun. After, I hopped in the pool to get in some laps. I followed that up on Tuesday with another Yoga/Run session. I was at the track for a three-mile run and as I was finishing up, I sprinted the rest of the way and felt like I was flying. I’m not sure I’ve ever run that fast in my life.

This brings us to Wednesday, today- kind of because it’s late- when I did another awesome kettle bell workout. Kettle bells are so good because they include strength and cardio so it’s a two-for-one. I started my workout with a few barbell moves and by the end of my time, I was tired but feeling great. Later in the afternoon, I went on a fun seven mile walk with my friend Molly. The rain kept threatening, but it held off until we were both home!

Now go ahead and get moving!