Run Jenni, Run











I will admit riding to work without the sun glaring in my eyes was awesome this morning, but everything else is a major fail.  I am already so tired today because I feel like I’m doing everything an hour earlier than I usually do.  I am also uping my workout routine this week by adding a morning ab workout to the daily routine.  It is only ten minutes, but it is a lot more active then my average “wake up, get food, find clothes” routine that I have been doing for the past few months.

In other news, I am trying to eat soup all week.  I am hoping this sticks, but we shall see.  I still have mason jar meals, but they are more focused on afternoon snacking with some yogurt and lots of fruit.  I am trying to add hearty snacks into my day that will tide me over more than the normal “grab apple and go” thing I was doing last week.  It would be easier to feel sustained rather than have to find time to eat something small every hour or so, especially at school. 

Speaking of school, I really need to get back on track with my studying.  The weekend threw me off of my game, and I got behind on both of my review books.  I am hoping that my collection of free time that I have gained because the boyfriend’s hours got changed at work will provide me the time to catch up on my study sessions.  I am also thinking a lot more about what specialty I would like to test for.  I am thinking reading, but that makes my options for teaching a smaller pool than if I were to test out of English.  Thoughts?  Concerns?  I’ll take any advice anyone has these days.

Also, I am SO looking forward to the beach this weekend.  I am praying for good weather because I have been wanting this for like a month now. 

Later Days,

-Jenni. 

 



This weekend I was, in a word, unmotivated.  Along with my lack of motivation came a slightly sour attitude and the need for a lot of sleep.  After banking a decent nine hours (uninterrupted!) last night, I am feel much more motivated for the upcoming week.  I have three gym workouts already planned, and I have a modified Tuesday workout due to an Open House for Graduate School at Florida Southern College.  I’ve toyed with the thought of not going to the open house because I honestly do not know how I would afford school at this point, but I’m going to check it out anyways.  I’ll probably regret it later if I don’t. 

I’ve put together a new workout routine for the gym consisting of groups of four moves.  Each “quad” is to be repeated four times before moving on to the second.  Each workout has about six quad sets, and I will probably work up to eight by the end of the month.  It’s all a matter of finding new moves to throw into the mix.  The idea is to give a full body workout, which includes small bursts of cardio, for each day I am at the gym.  It is a lot more motivating than focusing on upper or lower body at the gym.  This is probably because I am so drawn to combo moves that use every part of the body.  Therefore, I am never getting just an upper or lower body workout with my routines.  This plan worked out last week, and I am hoping to keep it up through the end of the month (at the very least).  Tuesday I will be running the lake at least one time.  If I am still feeling energetic after the open house (I have no idea how long it will last), I might run the lake a second time before heading home.  Thursday’s hill workout should consist of an easy four hills. 

Starting today I have cut out fried foods from my diet, which should totally be fun.  I am noticing that my mood tends to change when I eat foods that are bad for me, so I am trying to slowly cut out all bad choices until I have a completely natural and healthy diet.  All the enriched flours and dough are going to be the hardest to cut out, so naturally I am saving that for last.  If I get through the month without fried food, I’ll find something else to cut out soon after the end of February. 

Also, I have finished Silver Linings Playbook.  As of right now, I do not have plans to see the movie any time soon (unless it ends up at the drive-in again).  There will be a review of just the book sometime later this week, most likely Wednesday since there won’t be much to write about my lake run (those are always pretty straightforward).  The book I am reading for February is Diary by Chuck Palahniuk.  He is one of my favorite authors, but I have started and stopped this book over five times.  It’s time to get it read and move on to something new.  There will be a few Palahniuk books on the revised reading list, I have a lot of his books and I have never made time to finish them.  Now is the time.

An update on races: I’m putting a lot of them on hold.  While I did say that was a “wish list”, I may not be getting enough funds to make my wishes come true.  Since I would rather do the long distance races, I am cutting a lot of the 5k races first, starting with the Light the Night 5k.  While I would love to do it, Valentine’s Day plans and overspending (as always) is cutting into my race funds.  Hopefully I can get it all straightened out soon and get some of these races on my calendar for real. 

Later Days,

-Jenni.



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