Good afternoon everyone!
Hope that your Monday is going well and that your week is off to a good start 🙂 Mine has been a very busy but productive day so far. I got up at 7 with the goal of an outdoor run on the brain. It wasn’t the best run but I will accept that considering my tummy wasn’t doing the greatest this morning (Alyssa, I know you get me!). I still got in the run/walk with 3.4 miles in 40 minutes, not bad at all.
The morning flew by and consisted of a shower, breakfast, trip to my Mom’s work to pick up 7 articles she printed for me, Target, bank, gas, and grocery store. PHEW! It was all done before 12:30, too 🙂 I got straight into homework mode when I got home and have been that way ever since. I decided to take a hiatus mid-afternoon to snap some photo’s to share with you. First, something a little saucy:
for the cinnamon enthusiast 🙂
5 sweet apples (I used two different varieties, unfortunately I don’t have the names because the orchard was poorly marked)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 dash nutmeg
1 cup water
Directions: Peel, slice and core you apples break them up as much as you can before putting them in the pot. Add the water in with the apple. Bring mixture to a boil and reduce to a simmer. At this point add the cinnamon and nutmeg, mix, and allow to simmer down until almost all of the liquid is gone (there may be a little left). Then enjoy your natural and sugar-free snack that, in the words of my Dad “tastes like apple pie filling,” ohh baby!
Now to the silly stuff, I think I’m not the only pumpkin fan in my house:
So as you can tell, my Mom like decorating with country/crafty stuff. Sometimes I don’t realize how much my home can really get me in the spirit of whatever the season. I tend to celebrate the seasons through food, and it’s usually well-received by my family and friends. I now have to think of a way to use up these 6 cans (and part of one that’s sitting the fridge)…hmm favorite pumpkin recipe suggesstions (please link to your blog or others)!!!
Ok, now we have to get serious for a second:
When my running sneaks come out you KNOW I MEAN BUSINESS. But seriously, I am really having a hard time lately with fitness and I am looking to the fabulous blogger community (that means you!!!) for support. The past few weeks and months my fitness has definitely be sub-par. I am all over the places with my goals, some weeks it’s more outdoor running, others it’s more yoga, sometimes it’s weight training. Overall I am lacking in both consistency and motivation. I have a history for going a little over-the-top with the treadmill and have been trying to find a balance of activities that I love. That being said, one of my first fitness loves was definitely spinning. I felt so strong and fit taking those classes, I left feeling on top of the world! Somehow I let my my tummy troubles and fear of becoming obsessed again keep me away from those classes for WAY too long. I also know that, as much as I want to run outdoors and increase my mileage, it is not the easiest thing for me. I don’t get as much out of my outdoor running workouts because I haven’t been able to really get my running mileage, strength, and endurance to where I want it to be. When I run on the treadmill at the gym, I also incorporate weight training afterwards, getting a more balanced workout that really gets my body fit. Yoga is still a love and passion of mine that I know makes me feel good, mind and body, and will definitely remain a part of my workout. I am planning on going to my local hot yoga studio once a week to get a really good power session in.
Where do you come in? I just need some recommendations and advice. Do any of you feel pressure to be a runner but find that it doesn’t really work for your body? Any advice on a good strategy to get back in shape and out of this fitness rut?
As always, any advice, love, and support is welcome.
Have a great evening everyone!!
lots of love,