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Monday, We Meet Again

18 Feb

I’m having trouble feeling upbeat this morning.

Mondays are rough for me, and this one is particularly rough. I had a wonderful, fun weekend — but at the expense of being productive. That means that I woke up at 2:00 this morning in a panic about all the things I didn’t do this weekend and couldn’t get back to sleep. Which leads to not making it to the gym in the morning…and well, you get it. It’s a vicious cycle that ends up making me feel…blah.

I don’t really know how to stop beating myself up about this stuff, and to be honest, I think the only solution is to get the nagging tasks done with. However, by the end of the work day, all I want to do is hit the gym, cook dinner and then relax because by then it’s almost bed time!

Maybe it’s just the winter blues, but I think both Zach and I have just been going through the motions lately. Yesterday, instead of cleaning my house (which, trust me, is desperately needed), I laid on the sofa all morning and read my book:

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Which, let’s face it, isn’t a bad way to pass a Sunday morning — this book has me hooked in the best way. However, I know my time would have been better spent going for a run, cleaning my house, or cleaning out my poor turtle’s tank (he needs his tank cleaned in the worst way). But, I didn’t do any of that, I just kept on reading.

Then, I decided that Zach and I need to go out to lunch/dinner with friends, because I was sick of sitting around and was letting my Monday ruin my Sunday (as I’ve been told numerous times not to do). That turned into going out for pizza (which I definitely did not need, especially since I didn’t do any exercise on Saturday or Sunday) and beers (also not needed, but quite fun), and then straight to bed after Walking Dead.

So, this morning I sit at my desk at work feeling incredibly irresponsible and stressed out.

Why am I telling you all of this? I’ll be completely honest — I need someone to tell me to stop being so hard on myself! I know it, but I need to hear it from all you regular readers who I feel like have it all together!

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Ok, enough feeling sorry for myself.

I want to quickly share with you my very favorite spice for cooking anything ever:

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It is called 7/2/1 Spice, and I read about it on a cooking blog. I really wish I could refer you to the blog on which I read about this spice, but I can’t for the life of me remember which one it was! If someone knows where this spice originates from, please let me know in the comments below.

I use this spice for absolutely everything. As shown above, I toss veggies with olive oil and 7/2/1 for roasting. I season meats with it prior to cooking. I sprinkle it on my eggs, in soup– it’s pretty much ubiquitous in my kitchen at this point. The very best part about it is the pure simplicity of it.

7/2/1 Spice
7 Tablespoons salt
2 Tablespoons garlic powder
1 Tablespoon black pepper

Combine in a clean spice container. Close the lid and shake to combine.

…and because of the name, you will never forget what the ratio is! I’m telling you, this is the perfect spice combo. I know a lot of people try to cut down on sodium, but I do season everything with salt and pepper. I guess if you’re a salt-ophobe this may not be the best spice for you. I try to use it as sparingly as possible.

Question of the Day:
What do you do when you’re feeling like you aren’t getting the things done that you need to do?¬†

 

Angie, Can’t You See? I’m in Misery!

31 Jan

(Today’s title should be read to the tune of Sandy from Grease.)

Well, first of all, yesterday’s post contained a bit of an error.

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Yes, I realize September 28th is between the 21st and the 5th, not the 14th and 21st. That’s what I get for trying to quickly post a blog 10 minutes before I leave work ūüôā

This morning, I woke up a little late for the 6:15 AM Crossfit WOD . I knew it would be tough, because I’m still sore from Tuesday’s workout! I must be a glutton for punishment, because I signed up for Friday evening’s workout as well, because I know a friend will be there, and I like working out with friends.

Today’s workout was a Benchmark WOD: Angie.

100 push ups
100 sit ups
100 pull ups
100 goblet squats

…hm. When I saw that this morning, I was feeling pretty intimidated. Especially since my chest was still so sore from Tuesday’s 50 push ups. Our coach said that we could do it however we wanted ¬†— not necessarily 100 of one skill at a time. While we stretched, I tried to form a plan of attack. My original goal was to try to tackle all 100 of each skill, just breaking them up into sets of 10.

I did fine with the push ups and sit ups, but then I knew I wouldn’t be able to do 100 pull ups or goblet squats consecutively. First of all, there wasn’t enough space on the pull up bar for me to struggle through 100 pull ups without blocking other Crossfitters, and after about 10 pull ups my arms were toast and needed a break. So, I decided to try to do 20 of each alternating. That worked pretty well, and I ended up with a pretty good time: 27:35. I’m excited to do this workout again in the future, because I’d like to be able to either improve my time, increase the KB weight or take off some modifications (for example, I used a band on the pull ups).

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I really wanted to show you my breakfast this morning, but I left my phone at home, so no picture. I made Tina’s microwave english muffin! It was….interesting. I did like it, it was just a little on the chewy side. I think I’ll microwave it a little less next time. I made it into a breakfast sandwich with an egg, turkey bacon, cheese and a smear of preserves. Yum. After re-reading Tina’s original post about it, I realize I should have toasted it after I sliced it. Tomorrow!

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Ok, let’s talk books. I think I’ve finished 3 books since last time I reviewed one. However, I just finished this one last night and I have to talk about it:

If you’re interested in Healthy Living at all, you must read this book! I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I do know it’s been nominated for a lot of awards, and has two of my favorite actors in the lead roles — that combined with the fact that, as I read this book I could just¬†picture¬†it as a movie makes me know I’ll love it!

Silver Linings Playbook follows Pat, a mentally unstable 34-year-old man, who was recently released from a mental institution into the care of his parents. Without giving away any spoilers, all you know is that Pat has been estranged from his wife for an undisclosed amount of time and he is determined to win her back after “apart time” is over.

This book was right up my alley. Part of Pat’s mental disorder is that he is obsessed with working out. He lifts weights most of the day and then goes for at least a ten-mile run. He wants to be in good shape when he reunites with his wife, so he imposes strict guidelines on his fitness. I think a lot of people can relate with that aspect of Pat’s psyche. For me, especially, when my life seems a little out of control, I turn to fitness in a big way. I know if I can’t control other aspects in my life, then I can control my fitness. I don’t think I’ve gotten to a point when I’ve been unhealthy about it, but I think it’s very easy to see how someone can get to that point.

I’ve read a few reviews on Goodreads about this book, and a lot of people describe it as “fun” and “lighthearted” — but for me, it’s really hard to put it into that category. What is fun and lighthearted about mental illness? However, I do see their point. The characters are really interesting and likeable (well, most of them), and it does feel like a fun and lighthearted read. Some of Pat’s hang-ups¬†are¬†a little comical.

I’m very excited to see this movie, and I highly recommend the book!

And, finally, please click here to see the best video of all time, and what I’m going to watch next time I’m struggling on the treadmill:

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Question of the Day:
Tell me about the hardest workout you’ve done recently.¬†

The Healthiest Man Alive?

30 Jul

Well, the weather outside has finally decided to be lovely! This weekend was so nice, I had almost forgotten what it was like to be outside without being immediately drenched in sweat.

However, nothing can ever be perfect, so of course the AC is out at work. Apparently it broke this weekend, so our three-story library (with a large two story window where the sun blazes in) is roasting. I’m trying to keep a positive attitude, however. I can take the heat! Plus, I get to leave a little early today for a previously scheduled appointment, so I’m determined to not let the heat get me down. I had such an amazing, refreshing weekend, I can’t afford to be a sourpuss and ruin it.

This morning’s workout was incredible, as well. I hit my Cardio Sculpt class¬†hard, choosing heavier weights than I typically use. Then, I skipped out a little early and did a fast mile on the treadmill. I’m participating in Kristen’s¬†second round of “Feats of Strength”, which is: Do unmodified push ups, all the way to the floor, to exhaustion. Here’s the thing: I’ve always modified my push ups, so this is a true challenge for me. On the first day of the challenge, I did five. Today, I did¬†eleven. Eleven!! My goal is 15 by Wednesday, so we’ll see how it goes.

Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs

I finished this book this weekend, and I’ve been dying to talk to you about it! I hope if you’re committed to healthy-living you will pick this book up. I tried to read another book by A.J. Jacobs and I couldn’t get into it, but I had to give this one a chance. I truly loved it.

In his previous book, The Year of Living Biblically, A.J. Jacobs pledged to follow the Bible to a T. This time around, Jacobs pledged to make over each part of his body to become “The Healthiest Man Alive.” I have to admit, when I first picked up this book, I was worried about the tongue-in-cheek nature of it. From the cover to the photos at the beginning of each chapter, I was afraid that Jacobs was going to be making fun of the healthy-living movement. I was pleasantly surprised.

As I mentioned, the book is separated by body part, and he covers them all! Of course, the heart and the stomach are good ones — all about nutrition and exercise, but he even explores the ears (noise pollution), the hands (nobody ever does hand exercises!) and many other lesser-thought-of parts. Here are some things I really liked about the book:

  • He explores many different aspects of each subject. For example, in the nutrition section, he follows both a raw vegan diet and a Paleo-type diet. He tells you exactly how he feels and explores the research for both.
  • He seeks out the advice of experts every step of the way, and usually not just one. A lot of times, he will talk to two experts with differing opinions. For example, in the Immune System chapter, he talks to a doctor who is hyper-sensitive about germs and handwashing, and an expert who believes we need germs to boost our immune system. It was very interesting!
  • Throughout the book, he follows the health of his elderly grandfather, and I found that to be particularly compelling.
  • He actually learns something! I was afraid that at the end of the project he was going to abandon everything, but I love what he took away from the project. The ending was great.
  • The humor! I laughed out loud so many times. Especially the interactions between him and his wife — they seem to have such a funny relationship.
  • The appendices. In the end of the book, he gives tips on how to implement the improvements he tried in the book, and there are two lists: One for normal people and one for fanatics.

I highly suggest picking up this book! The information alone is worth it.

In other news, yesterday was the first meeting of my new book club, and I’m very excited about it. Hopefully I’ll be able to review more books here in the future.

Question of the day:
Have you read any good books lately?