Wacky Wednesday

So no real focus of today’s post just a bit of wacky things I have been thinking about. First off the weather….yesterday and Sunday I ran outside because it was nearly 50 degrees…today we get the dreaded wintery mix! Living in the DC area is always so weird for weather. One day it’s 30 (with wind chills in the teens) next day it’s 50. I guess it’s better than living where it’s always cold in the winter since I truly am NOT a winter person. I love warm sunshine.

In yesterday’s run (and I think it started Sunday) my toe on my right foot next to my big toe (is that your pointer toe?) has decided not to cooperate. It just plain hurts. I think I may have the dreaded black toe nail forming that is common for many runners….WooHoo. I am trying to remember this mantra: Pain is weakness leaving the body!

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I need to run today (again) and I am thinking about doing Zumba. I know I sound crazy, but it’s Zumba toning so it’s a strength workout of sorts too, not just cardio workout. I keep telling myself it will all be worth it and I will continue to see differences. pain 1

Finally tomorrow is Valentine’s Day…the made up holiday by Hallmark. I really try not to get caught up in the hype of it all. I actually have someone to celebrate with this year, and we are choosing the easy, comfortable route of making dinner at home together. Of course as I hear about all the “people” making plans part of me wants to be that kind of person. The kind that gets dressed up, goes out all fancy and is part of the hype, but at the end of the day I know none of that will really make me happy. I will be cranky with the crowds, cold because it’s winter, and the food rarely is as good as you hoped…oh and I hate getting dressed up when it’s cold outside. So I am excited about my plans for tomorrow and I know the boy and I will have a nice evening at home, but yet the draw for the unknown is there too. So I choose to be happy, I choose to be excited and I choose to smile!

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Fitness and Rewards

Hello happy people, how are you? Of course it’s the start of the year and so everyone is on their fitness kicks. To be truthful mine only wavered slightly at the end of the year because of travel, but I was pretty steady with most of 2012, although I didn’t quite make all my goals. But hey if you don’t set something a goal you are more likely to accomplish nothing, right?

So here we have the beginning of 2013 and one of my goals is to complete a half -marathon. I am excited about it, but also very nervous. I get really bored when I run alone, so 13.1 miles sounds like an eternity! So we will see how this goes. But I also have started tracking all things health related on the MyFitnessPal app. 

It’s only been a few days but I really like it. The food database is crazy amazing and I like the ability to create recipes and have them analyzed as well. Today I even took it a step further and planned my whole day in the morning instead of as I ate so I could see where I had some wiggle room for a snack or two. But the other part of this is trying to eat healthier options, which means getting in my fruits and veggies and limiting my carbs, especially at night.

So that brings me to my next question. What do you build in for rewards? I know I have been really bad about doing whatever I want, when I want but as part of 2013’s plan I am simplifying life. So I am trying to simplify my spending too and be more conscious of how and when I spend my money. Starting with eating at home more (healthier option too) and not just buying stuff because I want it. So now I am trying to decide on some rewards.

What rewards do you have? I want to keep it cheaper and simple. Of course $5 to Starbucks isn’t really a reward to me. So I need to think outside the box, and it shouldn’t be food related. Any ideas?

One reward I am thinking about is tracking for a full 2 weeks, including 4 workouts each week I get a new haircut. But of course I can’t keep things like that up. So I need other ideas.

All you need is sunshine and water!

And of course preferably not at the same time because if water is falling from the sky you aren’t usually seeing any sunshine. I am sure you have started to ask yourself by now “What is she talking about?”. Well to be honest I was joking with someone today that I am solar powered…it’s been raining and cloudy a lot around these parts so I was VERY happy to see a little sunshine today. I even took a break at lunchtime so I could bask in the glory of the sun! I enjoyed a few minutes of fresh air and sun while I drove to pick up some lunch.

The other thing I realized today (once again, I need the reminder) you never regret going to to work out. I really did not want to head over to the gum for Zumba toning, but it was a great workout! Lot’s of fun, and great to sweat away the day. Of course lots of water was part of the workout so there’s another tie in to my needs of life.

What do you need to survive?

Wii on the Zumba

I love Zumba and have done it at the gym and Curves. I have been meaning to try it on the Wii for months, borrowed a friend’s copy, but have been lazy about it. Finally today I didn’t feel like Curves and i knew it would get dark before I finished walking outside, so on to the Wii I went. I really like Zumba and many of the songs were similar to other classes I have been too, however I decided I don’t really like doing it alone. I think one of the fun things about Zumba is  watching everyone else and joking along because we look dumb. So although it was still a good work out I still long for the days of the gym class. Since joining Curves I haven’t had a regular gym membership, and my Curves stopped Zumba, so I haven’t been to a class since June.

What new exercise have you tried recently?