I Think I Influenced My First Vegetarian Conversion!!!

I have been remiss the past few days…in more ways than one.  My last post was on Wednesday, so in that sense I have been lacking in posting regularly.  I also haven’t been working out as much.  It’s not for lack of wanting to, though I have no good excuses – if I tried hard enough, I would have found a way. 

Thursday was a 30 min run OR rest day.  I had hoped when I started this training that I would opt for the workouts always when given a choice.  This past Thursday, I did not.  Of course, my excuse was that I had a long day at work (started at 7am and didn’t get home until after 6.  It was a scheduled strength train day, and I blew it off.  My excuse of course is that I had an early start and a frustrating day – and all I wanted to do was go home.  I feel guilty when I work all day then go to the gym – like I’m somehow being selfish (even though no one has ever made me feel like that – it’s my lovely Catholic guilt at work I guess).  I could also easily talk myself out of any runs outside since it’s been stupid-hot, but I have a treadmill, and while it’s not a joy to run on one, I could have.  I also could have busted out a workout video or something and used some light weights at home.  Alas….hindsight is 20/20.  Isn’t that what they say??

Friday was my anniversary!!!  Our yearly tradition has been for D and I to spend the day at Busch Garden’s sans children.  So, we got up early, went to breakfast, and then drove the hour up to Williamsburg.  We spent about 4 hours there, leisurely walking, holding hands, giggling, going on rides, and having a couple beers.  It was an awesome day (low 90’s), and I had an absolutely wonderful time.  After we got home, we gathered all the kids and went to Cinema Cafe to see the Karate Kid and have dinner.  The day was darned near perfect.  The training schedule had me at 30 minutes of cross training.  I have decided to count my 4 hrs of walking at the park as legitimate cross training.

Saturday I have no excuses whatsoever.  I’m a loser, and I completely skipped my run.  What sucks is that it was a long run (9 miler) and I was actually looking forward to it.  I was up probably early enough where if I had gotten my act together, I could have knocked it out.  Instead….I went to work.  I knew I had to spend a few hours in the office this weekend and catch up after my week off, and D suggested that doing it Saturday would be better than Sunday.  If I went in on Sunday, I would end up working a 6 day week instead of 5.  Sound logic, so I agreed.  I went into the office around 10am, and ended up staying until 230.  When I left it was…..no kidding…110 degrees!!!  WHAT?  Not fun.  In any way, shape, or form.  It was over 100 degrees still at 7pm.  And while I like running at night, I don’t like the idea of running in that crazy heat.  So I ended up skipping the whole thing.  I feel awful about that because I’ve been so diligent, and I have to shake this feeling that skipping this one long run will somehow render me unable to cross the finish line in October, but for now, I’m just angry at myself.

One fun thing is that my daughter R had her first friend sleep over Saturday night!  It was mostly okay, but exhausting.  R was thrilled, and that by far outweighed any drama that may have occurred.

I was considering going to run early on Sunday, but of course with R’s friend spending the night, I had to be up and making pancakes for them.  D and I had massage appointments at 1245, so any hope of getting up and running on Sunday was shot when I didn’t get out the door by 7am.  It was another blisteringly hot day, so I took it as the “rest” day that was intended. 

My sister sent me a link to sign up for something called Groupon.  You enter your city, and each day you get an email with a ridiculous deal, but you usually only have a day or two to buy it.  On Friday, the Groupon was a 90 minute massage for $46, and you could buy up to 2.  So heck yeah, I bought those!  D and I scheduled our massages for Sunday afternoon, and off we went!  The time with D was nice, but the massage really wasn’t.  It didn’t feel good, and we both left disappointed in that aspect, but at least we tried a new place (but won’t be going back!).  They also do a massage “club” thing where you pay a certain amount per month and get discounted massages.  They pushed that on us as we were leaving, even though we said they were not interested.  Finally we just took the literature, smiled, and left.  We bought a desk finally for the green room, and while D spent 4 hours putting it together, I went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and picked up a few things.  As a side note, I bought today’s Groupon too…$25 for $75 worth of wine! 

So to explain the title of my post!  I have several blogs that I follow, and one is my sister in law’s.  I was looking at the latest postings via my Blogger Dashboard for the ones I follow, and noticed she had a new one.  And it’s title??  “Crissie, if you’re reading this, hush. I know you told me so.”.  So I proceed to read it, and she’s declared (publicly) that she’s now a vegetarian!  I try very hard not to be militant about my veganism.  In my opinion, if someone asks, great – I’ll share away.  I’m proud and very happy of my chosen lifestyle…but it’s just that MY choice.  Like being Catholic is, or loving all things purple.  It’s not my place to try and persuade someone to follow my choices just because I happen to.  When B was here, we certainly talked about it, but I wasn’t in any way trying to influence her choices.  So I was pleasantly surprised when I read that!  Of course now I have to send her stuff to help make it easier (like cookbooks and things…).

Today was another early day, but a good one.  I decided to make all 5 of R’s sandwiches for the week last night before bed as to make morning time a little bit faster.  After the morning rituals, I dropped R off at her daycare and headed to begin my day of meetings.  I had lunch with S and a couple people from work (yummy Indian food), then had more meetings.  It was actually a very good day at work, and I know it wouldn’t have been had I not gone in on Saturday.

After I got home and had a web-based meeting, M and I went to the gym.  He did the Interactive Zone, which is basically some cardio equipment hooked up to video games, a rock climbing wall, dance dance revolution, etc.  I did my Fitlinxx strength training workout.  The last phase of my training, I did the workouts on Tues, Thurs, and Sundays.  With the Endurance phase that just started, it will work better to do Tues, Fri, and Sunday.  Of course because I skipped last Thursday and yesterday, I was itching to go…so for this week, I’ll do Monday, Thursday, and then get back on my regular schedule.  I then got home and did my ab video that I totally love which is the Bender Ball.  It’s only about 15 minutes, but it seems to work great, and is challenging.  Then…my run!  It was only 40 minutes, and I waited as long as I could…but the temp didn’t drop.  At 715 (while D was at TKD with A and M) when it was still 97 degrees outside, I hopped on my treadmill and pounded out the 40 minutes.  I swear…I think I go slower when I’m on the treadmill than I do outside.  When I’m outside, I’m not overly concerned with pace (unless it’s a paced run), and find my overall run pace is faster than when I run inside.  I think I have a mental block when it comes to pushing the up arrow on the MPH key!

Anyway, I know I didn’t talk much about food.  All in all, my eating habits were great…a lot of whole grains, fruit, veggies, legumes, and tofu.  I did have onion rings yesterday though (YUM). 

So now it’s time to wind down, take a shower, and get ready for bed.

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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