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Rain! Finally!

It’s finally starting to feel like autumn, since it just rained yesterday for the first time in ages! The cooling weather means more running, since it won’t be so hot that I get dehydrated by just going outside. I think I did sufficiently on my goals for the last week because I hit most of them even though I’m starting from only getting exercise from housework and an occasional yoga sesh on netflix.

I found a new website to obsess over: pinterest.com. It’s great for pinning my favorite things to and come back to. I remember things usually by their website’s appearance, so this is perfect for me! And it’s even better for sorting through recipes by what they look like when prepared!

Goals for the next six months:

#1    Try a new *healthy* cooking ingredient each week, not counting dishes eaten at restaurants. We did quinoa last week, and this week I don’t have a new “ingredient” exactly, but a new style of cooking will have to suffice: we had one almost vegan dinner (Cajun spiced dirty rice), which hubby liked, but I wasn’t especially excited about. It was fantastic to be able to make the spice mix (I found a simple one on Allrecipes.com), though, and even though I messed up the dirty rice at first by adding too much water (I prepared slow cook brown rice before cooking, then added enough water to cook instant rice in the casserole too, oops!) It was easily fixed by adding about 1 tbsp. of cornstarch! Love that stuff!

#2    10k by December 25th and half-marathon by February 25th.

Working on it! Up to 3 miles walking/jogging so far.

#3   Seek out active hobbies or activities to add to our lives!

Hoping to start a crocheting project with the help of a friend this week!

Weekly goals:

#1     Oatmeal 6 / 7 days this week for breakfast

Fail. I had 4 days of oatmeal last week, breaking for cereal and eggs and toast.

#2    3 runs, min. 5 miles

1.5 miles x 1(Check!), 1.9 miles x2 (did 3.2 miles, but had to walk part of it, so almost)

#3    Yoga 3x

min. 30 minutes (only 1x can be checked off, but Jillian Michael’s Yoga Meltdown killed my muscles and made me sore for the next three days…does that mean I can count the exercise 1x for each day I was sore after? ha)

#4    Tennis 1x

min. 1 hour (check! Played doubles Sunday)

And a 5.5 mile bike ride to top it all off!

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Let’s get to this week’s goals:

#1    2 Vegetarian dinners and oatmeal 5 days of the week

We had one (Cajun dirty rice) last night, which will be leftovers tonight, plus vegetarian meatloaf another night. I think oatmeal will be doable for most mornings, as long as we have some awesome tailings of the late summer fruit (thank goodness for Strawberries and Cream oatmeal)

#2    Three runs, at least 6 miles total

#3    Yoga or 30 Day Shred video, at least 3 hours total

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Freshly brewed

Just as I start every day with a hot cup of almost opaque coffee, thus starts my journey to a healthy, running life (with opaque goals, and fresh energy for what is ahead…and an actual cup of coffee of course!)

One of the important motivations for me to maintain healthy habits is avoiding boredom. I get easily bored with eating the same foods every week and doing the same exercise activities, and let’s face it, I stop doing them altogether.

Goals for the next six months:

#1    Try a new *healthy* cooking ingredient each week, not counting dishes eaten at restaurants.

I’m a compulsive planner and like to plan out an entire week of meals at once for the purposes of having fewer grocery trips and determining the most cost-effective meals for the week/season.

#2    10k by December 25th and half-marathon by February 25th.

These will require some planning for training.

#3   Seek out active hobbies or activities to add to our lives!

I’m looking forward to trying some new sports and hopefully modes of transportation (depending on where my current job search yields a position).

Weekly goals:

#1     Oatmeal 6 / 7 days this week for breakfast

#2    3 runs, min. 5 miles

1.5 miles x1, 1.9 miles x2

#3    Yoga 3x

min. 30 minutes

#4    Tennis 1x

min. 1 hour

Cheers!