Wednesday, December 31

  • 5a-eggs, beef bacon, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 930-chocolate super cookies, coffee w/ CM
  • 11-rice crackers
  • (12p-Dustin session)
  • 130-tuna w mustard, toast, Renola, 2 Reese's Pieces
  • 4-hot dogs, SB&J toast, Zevia
  • 7-9-bunch of BWCs, few veg 
  • calories 3050: p 650, c 1300, f 1100
Sleep: 7.75 hours in bed, 915p-5a, 77% quality. Was all set to turn in early, distracted by reading JR's shared article, longer than I expected. But so riveting! Solid, though; I'd seriously call it 95%.

Healthy Movement: Definitely feeling squats, and upper body is VERY sore as I discovered in class warm-up. Once again, I really wanted to mess around with SA chins but had to do -0- and was understanding why Dustin wanted to shake me yesterday! But I'm very happy to land squarely on 5280. Me like purty numbers! FABULOUSLY fun session, deadlift PR and good, tough weighted ring pulls. And a couple near-SA chins to bring me to 5280, which impressed Dustin. He said I'm not far off from full SA, holy shit!

Fun & Play: Class done same as yesterday's, again forcing heavier weights and loving the reactions to such beastliness. Yay, ladies! Break time with BK. Super productive day. Great morale, plenty of silliness amongst our stress. Session badassery including LT, and bonus chitchat with HB & CJ & CME, plus massive HB silliness. Chitchat with MB about gift ideas for my BB. Seeing my BB! Hubs time. Reflecting on a good year, with low stress about the new year. Brain is in a very happy place. Fun party with ROUSers, and the hubs enjoyed himself, too!

Tuesday, December 30

Nutrition: I was all kinds of hungry today. Snacky, cravey, legitimately hungry, all of it. Wha?
  • 530a-eggs, beef bacon, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 715-coffee w/ CM
  • 845-lemon super cookies
  • 930-coffee w/ CM
  • 1045-Larabar
  • (12p-Dustin session)
  • 115-fruit leather, Kind Strong bar, toast
  • 3-carrot cake super cookies
  • 7-ribs, cauliflower, apple w/ SB
  • calories 2825: p 475, c 950, f 1400
Sleep: 8.25 hours in bed, 9p-515a, 85% quality. A little choppy, woke a few times, but no extended time awake. Got up feeling rested. Lowest pulse since Thanksgiving day.

Healthy Movement: Body feels great. Session went as well as it should have I GUESS - but I wanted to improve, dammit! In class warm-up at the end of the day, body was feeling awesome. Wanted to work on SA chins but limited by my own damned goal!

Fun & Play: In a great mood & loving life. FB silliness. Fun session including HB chitchat. Fun class, changed things up, forces heavier weights, loved the success & reactions. Long but very productive workday. BK chitchat in person. BB plans for birthday breakfast. Played music all night, singing to the dogs and dancing as I got ready for bed. Hubs gone meant utter foolishness ruled!

Monday, December 29

Nutrition: I had only a little bit of coconut butter in my drawer at work, and all I brought was tuna + crackers. Hungry day! Luckily it was fruit day, so I took two. I'll pass on my Wednesday cookie to make up for it, m'kay? And yes, my bag was up loaded for the week as soon as I got home.
  • 5-eggs, beef bacon, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 9-coconut butter
  • 1030-coconut butter
  • (12-lunch run)
  • 115-tuna w/ mustard, rice crackers, banana
  • 645-ribs, carrots, pint AZ, SB&Cb&J toast, bootch
  • calories 2525: p 775, c 800, f 950
Sleep: 8 hours in bed, 9p-5a, 61% quality. Not that bad; out super solid until 315a, then dozing, then had to let out the dogs (330a?!), then fell back. Alarm had to wake me, bleah.

Healthy Movement: Body feels great other than slight tightness in low back. Stretched in 3rd-world squat during class to happy it up. Also did one each of the assisted SA chin. Noon run felt good; I almost daresay easy! Could feel left core a bit on run and afterward; note I didn't say "hip" because it's now back up to that mild achey tightness. Progress, I'll take it.

Fun & Play: Fun to see my people again. An enjoyable run, despite being solo. My brain shut right the fuck off for the first time in about a week: bliss. Ton of work done, some stuff that I just needed to knock out in order to feel free for tight-deadline-stuff. (At TS for 11 hours, yuck. Thankful I had that run.) Invited to the NSS party in February, SUPER yay!!

Stress Management: Existential crisis about which I cannot bloggity, but have been thinking about constantly. Argh. Awesome potential but also possibly not at all happening. 

Sunday, December 28

Nutrition: No food sounded good today. Just meh to everything.
  • 8-eggs, beef bacon, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 11-SB&CB&J toast
  • (1130-lifting session)
  • 1p-BWCs, ribs, Larabar 
  • 4-pineapple
  • 6-BWCs, toast, Renola, bootch
  • calories 2625: p 625, c 1000, f 1000

Sleep: 9.75 hours in bed, 10p-745a, 58% quality. I was awake at least until 11p, woke around 4a tossing & turning a bit, but fell back solidly. I would call it 80% or so. Took a post-workout nap 130-330p, but woke up feeling tired. 

Healthy Movement: Body great, happy hip! Knocked out a bunch of cleaning and chores in the morning, then logged a lifting workout. Was tired and meh by that point, but it went better than I felt. Very tired afterward: napped but then had even less energy. Lazed on couch for hours. Ugh. Didn't take a DayQuil today, figured I'd see how the body was doing without drugs, so I have my answer: not good.

Fun & Play: Getting the disastrous kitchen cleaned up, along with the office. Both now livable! Fetch with Lexi in the sunshine. Solid workout. Nap. Snugly Clyde. TV show catch-up. 

Saturday, December 27

Nutrition: Man, it is high time to get back to a normal caloric intake. This has gotten redonk.
  • 2a-couple bites pecan pie
  • 3a-Larabar
  • 5a-eggs, beef bacon, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • (6a-45min run)
  • 11-pecan pie, BWCs, coffee w/ CM
  • 2-summer sausage w/ rice crackers, SB&J toast, chia bootch
  • 6-Daiya pizza w/ ham, olives, shrooms, can Zevia
  • Calories 3575: p 475, c 2125, f 975

Sleep: 7 hours in bed, 945p-445a, 67% quality. Awake 130-3a or so. Monkey mind on work stuff, then on why I was awake. Got up a little after 2a, ate a few bites of pecan pie. Up again just before 3a to eat a whole LB and finally that was enough. Napped 8-1030a, got up feeling refreshed from that.

Healthy Movement: Body feeling gah-reat. Not even hip pain! PT for the win! Fun little trail outing with BK at 6a. Felt I could've ran longer, but BK was done. Considered joining the 7a group but 10 miles felt like way too much and I doubted any short-runners would be there. Logged a delicious shower & nap instead. Lazy rest of day, and a bit headache-y. Been taking both DayQuil and NyQuil, and cold had been okay, but I may skip it tomorrow to give the body a chance to deal with itself. I dislike taking drugs for every little discomfort.

Fun & Play: Early-morning trails, and time with BK. A nap! Pie for second breakfast. Fun Hoppe family times. Even won a round of dice!

Friday, December 26

  • 7a-turkey, eggs, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 10-beef jerky
  • 1215-eggs, ham, potatoes, coffee (Trav's!!)
  • 4-banana, bacon jerky
  • 730-pecan pie w/ CM
  • calories: 2275: p 900, c 675, f 700
Sleep: 10 hours in bed, 845p-645a, 82% quality. Solid, though I did wake a few times. I was shocked to hit 10 hours; a clear sign that I need to catch up from vacation AND recover from this cold. Since I need to get up early tomorrow to run, I shall be sure to turn in super early again tonight.

Healthy Movement: Body feeling great but I worked alllll day so no official workout, just a crap-ton of my favorites: pulls! Sets throughout the day at NSS were full of fun: 10 super-strict NG; 12kg KB on foot, 3 per side; 16kg KB on foot, 1 per side; 1 with a 12-kg KB PER FOOT!; a SA (assisted) chin per side; 5 straight-bar pull-ups trying the "crunch" that pumps a MU (didn't work); 1 ea of a split grip (I forget the proper term and am making up my own now) trying to decel SA...but couldn't quite let go with the barely-there hand; 5 on the rings, twice; 5 on blast straps; 5 straight-bar dead-hang pulls. A total of 48, just having fun. LOVE. And also 2 cartwheels and 1 handstand against the wall (don't try that with a head cold, kids). FUN to just play around with everything and see what's hard. I am definitely putting single-arm pull-up down as a 2015 goal. Badassery, I shall achieve you!

Fun & Play: Sleeping in. A slow easy morning. NSS with the AC/DC station blasting, and SO SO MUCH accomplished. I put in 7 hours! Pull-up fun (x2) with Gonzo. Lunch with HB

Thursday, December 25

Nutrition: Lawd, all the food.
  • 5a-eggs, beef bacon, toast, coffee w CM
  • (7-7m run)
  • 12p-ribs, turkey, acorn squash, roasted cauliflower, pickles, pecan pie, coffee
  • throughout afternoon-BWCs, bootch
  • calories 3125: p 775, c 850, f 1500

Sleep: 7.75 hours in MY OWN BED, 845p-430a, 81% quality. Woke a few times and wide awake at 4a, dozed for a bit and gave up. Got up feeling well-rested.

Healthy Movement: Body feeling perfect other than the cold. Got to run TRAILS which was the best gift ever; thanks, Ma Nature! Not the easiest, but I didn't expect it to be. Just got BK talking, and kept up! Hip was a bit tight after the run, but not bad at all. Remembered PT two whole nights, starting a new streak.

Fun & Play: Morning run with BK. Present wrapping. Family time. Fabulous presents. Silly pets.

Wednesday, December 24

Nutrition: Again with the plane-over-eating, followed by "it's still technically vacation so Imma eat a whole pizza."
5a-Larabar, coffee
630-bacon jerky, apple, Americano
8-nut clusters
1030-pork jerky, nut clusters, almonds
(2-hour time change)
630-Daiya pizza
calories 2875: p 325, c 1550, f 1000

Sleep: 8 hours in bed, 845p-445a, 86% quality. Nope, more like 66% - woke a ton. Somewhat the cold, somewhat the terrible bed, somewhat the too-much-light. I am such a Sensitive Sally. 

Healthy Movement: Again I forgot PT last night, what the hell? Body feels just fine except for the stupid cold. Flying was better on the pressures than I expected, thankfully, until the landing which hurt like bad, yo. But it wasn't too long-lasting. Pullups at home, just 6 sets of 5, but felt easier than I expected, woo hoo!

Fun & Play: Smooth travel, quickly-moving (or no!) lines. Loving pups. Adoring kits. Home. Home home home.

Tuesday, December 23

Nutrition: Another too-much day, mostly due to the Paleo treats I bought last night. So sue me.
  • 7-almond macaroons, coffee
  • 8-eggs, ham, potatoes, coffee
  • 10-salted caramel bar
  • 11-pork rinds w salsa, apple, almonds, bootch
  • (1-hr time change!)
  • 3-almonds, Renola
  • 5-Larabar 
  • 7-Cobb salad, iced tea
  • Calories 3150: p 1150, c 1200, f 800

Sleep: 9 hours in bed, 930p-630a, 92% quality. Best bed of the vacation! Woke often from 4a onward...sinus drainage fun times. 

Healthy Movement: Body feels great but I have forgotten PT the past two nights. Crap! Acquired a cold yesterday, ugh. Found some decongestant right away. Do NOT want to fly with pressure issues, can be awfully painful as I've learned. Sitting all day. Hip a little annoyed. Tired and very meh due to this cold. Could have fallen asleep at supper. 

Fun & Play: Sleeping in. BK chitchat, HB chitchat, FB silliness. Fabulous breakfast. Red Rock Canyon and burro talk. Going home en la maƱana, hooray!!

Monday, December 22

Nutrition: Holy shit, I found a restaurant that knows Paleo!! I overate for sure, but who the fuck cares? I ordered right off the menu and made zero substitutions! Like a normal person!! Rounding up on calories but I seriously am not caring.
  • 630-Kind Strong bar
  • 8-eggs, ham, potatoes, coffee 
  • 9-4.9m hike
  • 11-beef jerky, pistachios, zucchini chips, bootch
  • 2-apple, cashew butter
  • 6-burger (on bun!!) w/ bacon, avocado, tomato, lettuce; roasted broccoli, mango smoothie, salted caramel bar
  • Calories 3550: p 950, c 1300, f 1300

Sleep: 9 hours in bed, 9p-6a, 90% quality. Solid, but woke a few times after 2a, and dozed for the last half hour or so. 

Healthy Movement: Shins and calves a bit sore, but the hike, while awesome, felt entirely runnable. Feeling too lazy and wanting to DO SHIT. Ready to go back to normal life. 

Fun & Play: Sedona beauty. Absolutely incredible. Slow-paced vacation life. Paleo restaurant food!

Sunday, December 21

Nutrition: Today was the first day my hunger/cravings felt in line. No snacky feelings at all. Excellent! It was also the best breakfast and best supper so far. Bonus: probably also the cheapest.
  • 5-coconut crisps
  • 7-eggs, ham, potatoes, coffee
  • (1030-3.5hr hike)
  • During-half Larabar
  • 2-jerky, apple, Paleo People Cappuccino Crunch, bootch
  • 6-chef salad w/ guacamole
  • Calories 2700: p 800, c 950, f 950

Sleep: 8 hours in bed, 930p-530a. Pretty solid.

Healthy Movement: Feeling nothing from yesterday's canyon hike, not even tight calves! Short car ride today, then an aborted hike plan (couldn't find trailhead at busy ski hill). Then we logged an amazing hike, much harder than we were expecting. Didn't realize we were going all the way to the top, probably wouldn't have attempted it if we'd known. Loved it! Ran at the finish. Ran up stairs at the meteor crater. Feeling strong and awesome and wishing the hubs was in better shape. Hoping to find flat and easy trails tomorrow, hope he can handle longer hours if they are easy. Hip was there when hiking but fine when running. Did NOT tighten up as the day went on. Still remembering my PT on vacation, how impressive is that?!

Fun & Play: A fabulous breakfast. A fantastic hike. A big giant crater that again made me feel teensy. BK chitchat about his epic circles of hell. LT chitchat, recruited her & Mac to visit kittehs. Even some random DQ chitchat! A very lovely drive to Sedona. Inside info on trails there! A fabulous supper. A cheap, perfectly adequate motel in an expensive town. Today made me feel much better about the cost of this trip.

Saturday, December 20

Nutrition: Not loving the acne on vacation. Would so love to be makeup-less but it's just getting worse with all the eating out.
  • 5-fruit leather, coffee
  • 715-apple w bit of PB*, pork jerky, banana nut bar, coffee
  • 1030-apple, almond butter, Larabar
  • (11-3m hike)
  • 130-super cookies, bootch
  • 3-snip chips, beef jerky
  • 730-chef salad, Larabar
  • calories 2825: p 950, c 1050, f 825
*until I read the label to see vegetable oil. Jesus fuck, our food supply is the WORST. 

Sleep: 8 hours in bed, 845p-445a. No quality measurement, couldn't reach. Awake around 4, dozed a while. Finally a good, solid night.

Healthy Movement: Lots more today, finally. An awesome hike, though too short. Lots of time standing and staring at the canyon views.

Fun & Play: I almost cried when I saw the Grand Canyon. Had tears in my eyes and had to focus hard to not-cry. So beautiful, so precious, so immense...and so unimportant am I and all my troubles. Felt like I could hike down to the bottom and never come home. Very happy little pagan hippie today.

Friday, December 19

Nutrition: All. The. Meats. Too many, this I know. Started my day by stocking up BIG TIME at Sprouts, tons of snacks and a bootch for every single day.

Still, feeling certain that my already-bad acne is about to get fierce. Eating out fucking sucks, yo. Soybean oil is everywhere.

4-lemon super cookies
6-steak, eggs, coffee
10-Renola, bootch
1-apple, pork jerky, Sunbutter
6-salad w/ oil & vinegar, prime rib, baked potato, decaf
Calories 3025: p 1425, c 850, f 750

Sleep: 7.75 hours in bed, 830p-430a, 79% quality. Slept rather shitty, woke often. Woke at 4a with no ability to fall back. Energy definitely on the low side all day.

Healthy Movement: Lotta car-sitting. Walked through a couple museums and a baby-animal zoo, but amounted to perhaps 3-4 hours on feet. Hip doesn't like the sitting, but it's definitely been worse. Excited to do some serious hiking tomorrow, wanna MOVE!

Fun & Play: Vacation day two! Mountains. Museums. Route 66. Critter viewing. Grand Canyon plotting. Dose of BK chitchat, rounding up a crew for next year.

Thursday, December 18

Nutrition: Mmmmm, vacation [over-]eating! Flying makes me snacky.
  • 515-eggs, cottage bacon, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • (630-Dustin session)
  • 9-Larabar, coffee w/ CM
  • 1015-summer sausage w/ rice crackers, iced tea
  • 11-eggs, ham, bacon, fruit, coffee
  • 2-rice crackers, apple
  • 415-bacon jerky, pistachios
  • 830-salad, pork loin w/ yams & pineapple
  • Calories 3500: P 1200, C 1000, F 1200

Sleep: 7 hours in bed, 10p-5a, 77% quality. Sound, but not enough. Alarm woke me from a dream so good that I was bummed to wake up (although I have zero recollection what it was) until I remembered: I'm on vacation!

Healthy Movement: Body feeling fabulous. Early morning session was good but there was a huge difference in how deadlifts felt compared to last week. Ugh. I had my first fail on a Jefferson, but then somehow eeked it out on the left side. 

Fun & Play: Vacation day 1! Session which included bonus HB chitchat. BK chitchat. A super sweet cuddly Hanky who knew he was being left behind and trying to show what a GOOD BOY he could be, please take me with! Zero major hitches in our travel. A front-desk clerk named Brian Klug!!! He's nothing like my BK, but damn I love the coincidence! 

Wednesday, December 17

  • 515-eggs, cottage bacon, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 730-Larabar, coffee w/ CM
  • 945-apple, Larabar
  • 12p-Cobb salad, clementine
  • 4-rice crackers, pork jerky
  • 630-salad w/ balsamic, toast, apple w/ SB
  • calories 2425: p 625, c 600, f 1200

Sleep: 7.5 hours in bed, 930p-5a, 81% quality. In late due to my stellar supper date (worth it!); wide awake at 3a and forced my mind to shut the fuck down and get back to sleep. Worked, but I needed the alarm to wake me from sound damned sleep at 5a. Ugh. Feeling rested, though.

Healthy Movement: Body feels great. Thought no one was going to show to class, so I decided to do it myself. Then someone showed, so I got to do it with her - felt fantastic. I even did some single-arm chin-ups, bitchez! Body is feeling great despite yesterday's badassery. I like!

Fun & Play: Class! HB chitchat about SG. Gifty from my bestie Timmy. Gifty from my fabulous team. Lunch out with the entire incredible Finance team. Fun all-team, got to describe Paleo, claim the 2015 motto again, give a number, and a one-commit: popular! But next time I think I'm sitting in the back row with BK: I could get some work done if I wasn't in the speaker's direct line of sight! Wrapping up things on my last workday for ELEVEN DAYS. Packing / overpacking.

Tuesday, December 16

Nutrition: I have some cysts. Perhaps I should not have eaten an entire bag of maple-glazed pecans on Saturday? Damned sugary deliciousness! (And the distracting convo that made me forget just how much of it I was eating.)
  • 415-eggs, cottage bacon, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 730-apple, Larabar
  • 1045-chocolate super cookies
  • (12p-Dustin session)
  • 115-summer sausage w/ rice crackers, two clementines
  • 315-Larabar
  • (530-yoga)
  • 630-Cobb salad
  • calories 1925: p 525, c 850, f 600

Sleep: 7 hours in bed, 9p-4a, 81% quality. That's bullshit. Woke once at 130a, fell back, was awake 3a onward and couldn't fall back for nuthin'. Gave up at 4a. What the fuck, body? On the bright side, my morning resting pulse was 62, which is the lowest it has been in almost three weeks - and I'm talking significantly lower, 10-40 points difference - and is finally in my normal range. I suspect this cold may finally, finally, finally be over.

Healthy Movement: Body is feeling great - hip did complain a bit the first outing from my car, but that's it! Kicked ASS in my session. Dustin didn't deload me as programmed, since I'm off all of next week. And I hit a BENCH PRESS PR with the big-girl plates. Now THAT makes for the best-evah Christmas gift - thanks, Dustin! Yoga club after work where I discovered a tight low back: stretching it felt positively fantastic.

Fun & Play: Chitchat with MB. Delivering gifts to my girly besties who were most appreciative and profusely thankful. Feeling loved! Session. BK chitchat. United Way sale at work. Yoga club. Supper at my favorite place with my BeloveBuddy AND her SuperGirl. Spoiled.

Monday, December 15

Nutrition: Fresh, juicy, messy pears: I love you!
  • 5-eggs, cottage bacon, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 730-coffee w/ CM
  • 930-bacon jerky, apple
  • 1230-pork jerky, pear, Larabar
  • 315-Larabar
  • 5-eggs, ham, potatoes, decaf (Trav's)
  • calories 2250: p 825, c 750, f 675

: 8 hours in bed, 845p-445a, 93% quality. Woke often 1a onward.

Healthy Movement: Body is feeling good, hip gave nary a tightness most of the day. Had some weird slight twinges of tightness in RIGHT low back; new & most unwelcome. Noticed it in class warm-up and the random 3rd-world squats that I do during class, but it never came back during day. Standing is all good! Intended to, and changed to, run after work with BK, but the shit weather ruined it. Too slippery, certain I'd faceplant. Plus, I managed to forget socks. Eh, more rest might mean kicking this cold for good. Still waking up phlegmmy. 

Fun & Play: Team chitchat. BK chitchat. Bacon jerky! Super duper productive workday. Supper with BK and giving the perfect gift to him. HB chitchat. Clyde snuggles. Finishing touches on the gifts for the rest of my besties, which involved writing them love notes. I am so very lucky to have my peeps. So so so in love with them all. 

Sunday, December 14

  • 545-pork jerky, apple, coffee
  • 830-fruit, Larabar, moar coffeez
  • 930-clementine
  • 1245-spaghetti squash, toast
  • 4-Larabar, bootch
  • 5-Cobb salad w/ vinegar, iced tea
  • calories 1700: p 525, c 875, f 300

Sleep: 7.25 hours in bed, 10p-515a, 67% quality. In late due to partying (ha, parties used to START at 10!), woke often thanks to hotel bed/pillow not being MINE, woke early to hit the gym. Napped 1045a-1245p.

Healthy Movement: Tight calves from the run & some shin soreness. But zero hip pain on my walk to the gym! No workout in said gym, because there wasn't a single free weight and I wasn't interested in spending time figuring out how to use the one stupid weight machine - and it ain't cardio day. Decided I would find time to lift at home before working at NSS. Unfortunately I felt sickly the entire ride home, ready to puke at any second. No idea why, but it was perfectly awful. At home, I crawled directly into bed; couldn't even make myself help unload the car. Woke up feeling mediocre, but good enough to eat food & go to work. Improved with time. Logged 5 sets of 5 pulls during my time at NSS, but they were tough. Hip did hurt some by the end of the day, too much sitting. 

Fun & Play: Quiet morning reading. Family time. Nap with both kittehs snugged up tight. Leaving gifts for Dustin & NSS. Supper & chitchat with miss Emma.

Saturday, December 13

Nutrition: Oof. I don't wanna talk about it.
  • 5a-eggs, cottage bacon, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • (6-8m run)
  • 8-eggs, ham, bacon, potatoes, coffee
  • 1-olives, pancetta, prosciutto, salad w/ chicken, prosciutto, balsamic vinaigrette 
  • 5-maple pecans
  • 7-BWCs, salad, raw veg, bootch
  • 9-BWCs
  • calories 3000: p 700, c 1000, f 1300

Sleep: 7 hours in bed, 945p-445a, 78% quality. In late since I got home late and had things undone; woke once around 230a, but it was otherwise sound. Woke naturally. Napped 245-445p. Glorious.

Healthy Movement: Got up feeling great. Excited to run with my beasties. A huge crew showed up and I was able to run with all of my favorites for at least a little while. Delightful! It also felt good, although my lungs struggled. Not sure whether speed or sickness on that one. Started it out with a coughing spell but otherwise the cold is on its way out. Sat the entire rest of the day like a slug. Hip was bothersome at the end of the day and a bit on the run. Huge improvement over past long runs, though!

Fun & Play: Fun run with my beasties. Fun breakfast & white elephant exchange with my beasties. Hoppe family getaway to the wreath ceremony and water park. Had a great nap in my allotted solo time, woke to BK's news that he passed his test (of course he did), played another white elephant game, ate all the food, laughed all the laughs, and gave toddlers horsie rides. Happy fun times!

Friday, December 12

  • 6a-eggs, ring sausage, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 9-Larabar
  • 11-Larabar 
  • 1230p-chicken, baked potato, veg
  • calories
  • 230-fruit, Larabar 
  • 8-spaghetti squash w/ marinara, toast, apple w/ SB 
  • calories 2675: p 625, c 1300, f 750

: 8.5 hours in bed, 915p-545a, 85% quality. Very sound after the frustrating 1045p coughing fit. Woke naturally and gradually, enjoyed some daydreams & Oscar snuggles.

Healthy Movement: Nothing in hip until I sat all day, then it certainly ached. Massive energy tank at 130p, an hour after lunch. Like, nap time FO SHO. I hate sitting. 

Fun & Play: Sleeping in! FB silliness first off. Time for Caribou. DBB folks. TS leadership party was super fun since my team won the Catch Phrase game, naturally, because I'm fucking stellar at that game. Left a bit later than I should've, but listening to good stories. 

Thursday, December 11

Nutrition: Felt like eating a whole pizza today. So I did, what of it?
  • 6a-eggs, ring sausage, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 915-Larabar, coffee w/ CM
  • (12p-Steve session)
  • 130-tuna w/ mustard, rice crackers, apple, Larabar
  • 415-Larabar
  • 615-Daiya pizza, bootch
  • 1045-Larabar
  • calories 2925: p 500, c 1975, f 450

Sleep: 8.5 hours in bed, 915p-545a, 100% quality. Yes! Took until 10-ish to fall asleep, but it was solid as bedrock once I did.

Healthy Movement: Hip is feeling SO good; almost nothing there. The magic of actually doing the rehab I was told to do! Cold feels same-to-worse. Phlegmy morning, and I haven't had that in a while. I took a damned rest day yesterday, body, so what up?! Had a stellar session with Steve. Deadlifting fun! Felt like I may be sore tomorrow from the beastliness, though. Cold seemed much better as the day went on, but I woke up from sleep to a massive coughing fit at 1045p. Water didn't fix it, nor did swearing in frustration, so I ate a Larabar. Weirdly, that helped. It may just have been the time spent upright. Regardless, reverted to NyQuil dependence.

Fun & Play: Productive morning. FB silliness. BK running plans. Session, and with LT besides. Productive afternoon. Impressively lazy eve at home, purring Clyde in my lap on the couch. Just lost all ability to care about my to-do list.

Wednesday, December 10

  • 5-eggs, ring sausage, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 7-coffee w/ CM
  • 10-Larabar
  • 11-two clementines
  • 12-chicken, apple, Larabar, decaf w/ CM
  • 330-Larabar
  • 615-salad, ring sausage, apple w/ SB, SB&J toast
  • calories 2500: p 625, c 825, f 950

: 8 hours in bed, 9p-5a, 78% quality. Better, more like 90%. Nyquil knocked me out again; this time it stayed solid, and I slept like a champ.

Healthy Movement: Got up feeling improved over yesterday, but still a weird voice and some coughing. But no drainage, no pressure. No yoga club, and still don't think I should run, so a full rest day. Feeling the squats but actually pretty mild.

Fun & Play: Class. BK chitchat. LT chitchat and lunch. Massive progress on a troublesome task. Productive afternoon. Fun break from usual work to help rearrange for the UW garage sale. Sweet devoted Hanky face.

Tuesday, December 9

Nutrition: Once again, I come in exactly at 2300 calories without trying.
  • 615-eggs, ring sausage, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 8-coffee w/ CM
  • 10-Larabar
  • 1115-Larabar
  • (12-Dustin session)
  • 130-chicken, toast, Larabar
  • 4-pistachios
  • 7-salad, ring sausage, SB&J toast
  • calories 2300: p 625, c 675, f 1000

Sleep: 8.75 (!) hours in bed, 915p-6a, 62% quality. A Nyquil knocked me out soundly but I woke up at midnight with a nonstop half-hour coughing fit. The hubs went to the couch to get the fuck away. Poor guy. Wished I could've got the fuck away from myself, too! Once I was out again, though, made it all the way to the alarm waking me at 6a. So that was nice.

Healthy Movement: Again the hip is feeling pretty good. Cold took a big step back, and I have to assume it's due to last night's delightful little outing. Damn it! Told BK next time we need to go longer to make the setback worth my while. Improved more as the day went on, but definitely doing a step back from yesterday. Session was GD awesome. Felt pretty good the rest of the day. Cough returned post-shower, weirdly.

Fun & Play: FB fun with an old family picture, crazy-ass curls and a wee 5-year old Sabrina! Session. Uber-productive day. Errands knocked out, including now having gifts done for almost everyone, yay! Snuggly pet time.

Monday, December 8

Nutrition: Easy peasy automatic mode today. Happy place to be.
  • 515-eggs, ring sausage, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 730-coffee w/ CM
  • 930-Larabar, coffee w/ CM
  • 1230-tuna w/ mustard, toast, apple, emergen-C
  • 230-Larabar
  • (5-30min run)
  • 715-salad, ring sausage, coconut butter
  • calories 2025: p 575, c 650, f 800

Sleep: 8.25 hours in bed, 845p-5a, 84% quality. Took a while to fall asleep, but once I did, I slept like a goddamn angel with vivid dreams, and woke naturally. Might've been able to fall back but for a prancing Hanky.

Healthy Movement: Hip is near normal. Woo hoo! Did a pyramid of chins before class this morning, 1 to 5, (10s rest per prior pulls). Didn't think I'd get 6 so I stopped there. Felt hard. Ugh. Energy level stayed great all day (whoa, what's this now?) and I joined Brian for a short run after work. Easily could've gone farther, piece of cake. Pie. Bacon!

Fun & Play: Class. BK chitchat. Talking with everyone about Mary and what we can do for her. SUPER productive on something I'd been dreading. Firing on all 8 cylinders today, p'kew p'kew p'kew! (Hi, I'm 4.) Fun run, coffee-ing, and catching up with BK. I am SO fucking happy to hear him realizing that he can get better just by improving his nutrition & sleep. If that boy gets his shit together, he is gonna go places and win them. And I'm so gonna steal credit! FB chitchat with GP, another silly runner boy. I seriously miss my running schedule just for all the socializing.

Sunday, December 7

645a-eggs, cottage bacon, toast, coffee w/ CM
10-apple w SB 
1p-chicken, banana ice cream w/ SB
4-summer sausage, rice crackers
6-salad, ring sausage, emergen-c
Calories 2250: p 750, c 700, f 800

Sleep: 9.25 hours in bed, 915p-630a, 97% quality. Again I coughed a lot before finally sleeping, but once I did, it was bitches! Solid. Energy level was up & down all day, napped about 130-330p. Got up feeling rested.

Healthy Movement: Hip feeling quite good. I no longer look like an ungraceful version of Pinocchio when climbing out of bed! Energy level was just shit due to this cold. No interest in anything. Not even a single pull-up was done today. Feeling fat and weak. And angry.

Fun & Play: Chores accomplished, including the beginning of the transfer from desktop to laptop. Ugh, what a process. Wish I liked doing that, I need to spend a LOT more time on sorting & properly storing digital pictures, files, and the like, never mind the physical versions! Cleaned some crap out of the office & did a little re-organizing, though I felt overwhelmed by all that I didn't touch. Why do I have so much shit? Nap. Delightful BK chitchat on his class & test, which he's pretty sure he passed, as I've been reassuring him he would. Cuddly pets. Didn't leave the house all day, unless the far corner of the garage counts?

Saturday, December 6

Nutrition: Eating was tiring today. At supper, my jaw got tired from chewing. What?
  • 615a-eggs, sausage, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 1030-SB&J toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 1p-spaghetti squash w/ marinara & black olives
  • 3-apple w/ SB
  • 6-chef salad
  • 8-half pint AZ, half kombucha 
  • calories 1925: p 600, c 575, f 750

Sleep: 8.5 hours in bed, 930p-6a, 83% quality. In a bit late because I was watching TV and got so tired that getting ready for bed sounded like too much effort so I kept vegging. Yes, it makes no sense. Took me ages to fall asleep, coughing fits as soon as I was flat, but once I was out, I stayed out (thanks, delicious NyQuil) and the alarm woke me.

Healthy Movement: Hip is feeling significantly better. Dressed to run, and then when I paused to rest after putting on my socks, and felt exhausted, I realized it was a really stupid idea. Rest day. Super rest day, in that I sat pretty much all day other than shopping. Played fetch with pooches mid-afternoon, and became grateful I had not attempted to run: fetch was tiring! Cold is the same as yesterday; rough in the morning, better as the day went on. I'm NOT AT ALL GOOD with being told what to do. This cold is telling me what to do (rest) and I'm fucking pissed at it. Coughing fit at Walgreens sent me to my car for water. Awesomely fun times. Yep. So glad my last truly free weekend for four months is being spent feeling like ass.

Fun & Play: Big fat full moon. Knocked out Dad's bookwork, work-related Xmas shopping & wrapping completed. Still need to take care of two of the godchildren, and three easy friends. Supper & shopping with the hubs.

Spent 2 hours tuned into the WS drawing to see if BK or any of my other peeps were in. One person that I kinda sorta know, but that was it. So no trip to CA next June: boo, hiss! But I know he'll find other races, just hoping I can always go, which really only means not over month-end close, because my work rules my life. (This is not how I want it to be.)

Friday, December 5

  • 5a-eggs, sausage, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 730-coffee w/ CM, 2 Coldcalm
  • 9-Larabar
  • 1030-2 Coldcalm, Emergen-C
  • 11-apple, Larabar
  • 12-chicken, toast
  • 415-pork jerky, Larabar, 2 Coldcalm
  • 6-eggs, ham, potatoes, decaf
  • calories 2500: p 1200, c 800, f 500

: 8.25 hours in bed, 845p-5a, 67% quality. SO much better than that; I was out cold until 2a, then awake a bit before getting in another good cycle. Hubs up at 430a meant I was, too, otherwise I probably could have made it even longer. Sleep Cycle wants to see the peaks & valleys, so since I was out like a rock, it thinks that's bad. Fuck you, Sleep Cycle.

Healthy Movement: Got up feeling the crud pretty fiercely again. Better after a few hours. Hip first reminded me of its anger getting out of car. The PT is working. Felt pretty okay all day, then sat at NSS due to tiredness. Hip a little annoyed afterward but not too bad. Cough got kind of barky toward evening. Yikes. 

Fun & Play: Made the parents' Xmas gift this morning. Sometimes I wish my ideas weren't so grand and time-consuming. Productive at TS but the brain began frying by mid-morning. BK chitchat. Taught class at noon and it was packed, what a great problem! Fun. Lively at NSS. Chitchat with MB; although her news was terribly awfully no good, it was nice to talk to her and not have to worry about the rumors. She said she missed me, aw. Second breakfast with HB, fun catching up. 

Temperance: I finally decided to leave a committee this morning. I am staying on the Relay committee, but removing myself from the United Way committee. Both together has proven to be too much, and there is only so much me I can give, unfortunately. Felt guilty about it. Shouldn't.

Thursday, December 4

Nutrition: Woke up very hungry. Weird.
  • 515-eggs, sausage, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 830-Coldcalm, 2 Emergen-C
  • 930-Larabar, decaf w/ CM
  • 1115-Larabar, Coldcalm
  • (12p-Dustin session)
  • 130-chicken, toast, kombucha
  • 345-mango, 2 Coldcalm
  • (445-class)
  • 530-Larabar
  • 630-salad, SB&J toast, cantaloupe
  • calories 2550: p 675, c 1175, f 700

Sleep: 8 hours in bed, 915p-515a, 59% quality. Oh no, not that bad at ALL. Took a Benadryl (only sleep-inducer I could find, until the hubs told me about his stash of Nyquil, too late!) and fell asleep quickly. Awake about 1130p, coughing & hacking, feeling like a repeat of last night. So I got up for water & a Nyquil. Zonked after that. Don't recall much twitching until Hanky began dancing. Got up feeling much better than yesterday.

Healthy Movement: Gold star for me: doing PT is fixing the hip. Don't get lazy again, idiot! Cold is improved quite a bit; hacking still in the early AM, but better by mid-morning. Rocking the sexy deep voice, but haven't lost it. Session was great fun, although I still expect pull-up progress when sick (naturally) so I am NOT pleased they are faltering. I'm clearly not going to hit 20 by 12/31 at this rate. Did my class so that Aaron wasn't alone. Hard, fun, loved it. But good to keep it at once a week, this I know.

Fun & Play: Super productive workday, feeling like I'm actually learning this crap. Chitchat with CR, BK, GP. Session. Class. Chilling at home.

Wednesday, December 3

Nutrition: Again I was constantly hungry. Weird.
  • 5a-eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 830-Larabar
  • 10-coconut butter toast, apple
  • 1230p-tuna w/ mustard, rice crackers, Larabar, bootch, Emergen-c, Coldcalm
  • 345-Larabar, 2 Emergen-c, Coldcalm
  • 630-salad w/ avocado, SB&J toast, fruit
  • calories 2975: p 500, c 1275, f 1200

: 8.25 hours in bed, 830p-445a, 77% quality. Now THAT is a bullshit calculation. In nice & early, pointlessly: couldn't fall asleep to save my life. Woke a million times, checked the clock thinking it should be around 3a, it was only 1130p. Woke a million more times. Every time I woke: drool puddle, dripping nose; flip to back; cough until give up and flip to other side. At one point, the fresh side I rolled into was still wet with disgustingness and I had to flip the pillow over. Fucking UGH so gross and so tired. Tonight I shall be taking some sleep-inducing drugs FO SHO.

Healthy Movement: Hip pretty great until getting out of car at work, more noticeable after that. Interesting note: my morning heart rate is usually around 65-70. Last 6 days, since the sickness began: I'm averaging 85. Whoa. I had optimistically packed running gear last night, but doing jacks in my class warm-up, my TEETH hurt. Rest day sadness. At least I was wise enough not to attempt class; it was clear even in the warm-up that I had zero muscle endurance for anything. I even attended a 9am meeting (that I should've skipped) just for the opportunity to sit. the. fuck. down. And I thought I was tired then? At lunch I could have crawled under the table for a nap, easily. Energy level came up after that, but felt like my brain was functioning at about 5/8 or so for much of the afternoon. By evening I was sounding terrible (voice weird, hacking constantly) but feeling surprisingly good. Much better than last night, though I sound far worse. This thing is on its way out, I know it is!

Fun & Play: Class. Productive work day. I'm getting smarter about socializing; if I don't run, then instead of eating at my desk, I'm trying to hang with my peeps! LT worked through lunch to go to an appointment, my BB had a noon meeting, so BK landed as my lunch date again. Care package delivery from my mom. More productivity including reconciling a massive beast of an account, taking me pretty much all day long. Various other little fires put out. Silly pets.

Tuesday, December 2

Nutrition: Insatiable hunger today, and I don't understand it at all. FOUR Larabars by 3pm? Dafuq, body?!
  • 445-eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 815-Larabar
  • 930-toast w/ CB, decaf
  • 1115-Larabar
  • (12p-Dustin session)
  • 130-tuna w/ mustard, rice crackers, Larabar
  • 3-Larabar
  • 645-salad w/ avocado, SB&J toast 
  • calories 2950: p 525, c 1025, f 1400

Sleep: 7.5 hours in bed, 915p-445a, 74% quality. Lots of tossing & turning. Sinus pressures, mouth-breathing, drooling, hip pain when flipping. My hair looks like hell today, thanks to all that tossing & turning, but it's bench day so no updos. Man, my life is SO difficult. FEEL FOR ME.

Healthy Movement: I didn't even think about my hip until I was making coffee at work this morning, like two hours after I got up. Cool beans! Does hurt a bit, but much improved. Perhaps doing my full PT last night is something that should register as "helpful" in my brain? You'd think.

Great session with a bench-pressing PR once again. Hip was not noticeable until, say it with me: getting out of my car at work afterward. Luckily I stood all day and it remained okay. Felt squats some by the time I did the afternoon class warmup.

Fun & Play: FB silliness abounded all morning, what fun! Productive work day, much Excel playing without feeling quite as stupid as last month, and bright, chipper moods all around. DC team thanked me for Kudos as I was stupidly in the break room right after they got them, although I certainly didn't know they'd know. Not anonymous at all! Damn. Nice to be thanked, but it feels very weird. More work productivity, followed by a delightfully fun, chatty class.

How did I not mention this yesterday - last week's 105x13 bench press calculates to a 1RM of 148.68. Or, you know, BODYWEIGHT. Beast mode is ON, bitches!

I discovered I can shop in the little boys' department. Hellz yeah!

Monday, December 1

Nutrition: Today I'm drinking tea! Because it's cold as fuck outside, not that it matters since I work indoors at a desk, but also because I'm sick. And instead of making chicken broth, I just ate the chicken bones. Like a goddamn psycho, that's right emmer effers!
  • 515a-eggs, bacon, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 1015-Larabar, black tea
  • 1230p-chicken, toast, summer sausage, coconut butter, pistachios, tea
  • 145-Larabar
  • 6-spaghetti squash, toast, apple w/ SB
  • calories 2100: p 500, c 700, f 900

Sleep: 8 hours in bed, 9p-5a, 79% quality. Woke at 3a but fell back. Solid otherwise. Had a glorious dream that I came into work today and November was already closed. Don't I wish!

Healthy Movement: Sinuses again drained once I was upright, but pressure was still there. Throat still hurting like mad, and getting into some coughing by the end of the day. Yay progress, but UGH. Still: drug-free. I don't need it, bitches, I EAT CHICKEN BONES. Class warmup felt good, but the awful -16F windchill outside was seriously unappealing for a lunch run. And my brain was deteriorating based on work stress, so...enjoyed a rest day. I gots nothing to train for, anyway, who cares? I can adapt to this next-level winter bullshit in January, where it belongs.

Fun & Play: Class was fun. Much chitchat with BK & even had lunch with him to soothe his panic over his PT test this weekend. I'm feeling combative & ready to punch out all of TR if they say I'm showing favoritism again, because goddamn it I get to be friends with whoever I want! On the plus side, his team is/was the recipient of my RAK, and stupid Amazon showed it came from me, so that leadership team is aware that I'm a weirdly generous person, although I asked them to please not tell the team. I want them to feel loved, but I don't want them to know it's me. Anonymous is best in such a situation. Knocked out a 2-hour CEC for my CMA (all the abbreviations!) in only 30 minutes, yay online courses!

Sunday, November 30

Gratitude: I can't short my final child, Lexi. She's the perfect dog: sweet, calm, tolerant, great with little ones, avoidant of cranky kittehs, madly addicted to fetch. We inherited her from my SIL and she's been a great sibling to needy Hanky. Despite her 130am barking today, I'm grateful she came into our zoo.

Nutrition: I thought perhaps I should eat more today, but I was just too tired to care at the end of the day.
  • 6a-eggs, bacon, toast, SB&J toast, coffee w CM
  • 10-pistachios, bootcha
  • (1115-lifting)
  • 1-eggs, bacon, toast, apple w SB, decaf w CM
  • 530-Cobb salad, decaf
  • calories 1925: p 500, c 525, f 900

Sleep: 8.25 hours in bed, 930p-545a, 73% quality. I thought it was solid, not sure why it's ranking so low. Did take a while to fall asleep, and oh yeah, at 130a Lexi started barking madly at something (a terrifying way to wake up) so I got up for water, bathroom. Fell back easily though.

Healthy Movement: Tight calves from yesterday's run. Hip a little better. Basement lifting felt pretty damned good; enjoyed it and feel like it was the exact right volume. Hip didn't change throughout the day. Upper back did get tight around supper time. Energy levels tanked about 5p but food helped a little.

Fun & Play: Quiet & productive day at home. Lifting fun. Catching up on podcasts and deleting some that simply aren't a "fuck yes" anymore: simplify. Lifting chitchat with SM. Little bit of rearranging in the kitchen. Supper out with the hubs to celebrate 13 years together. That poor bastard.

Saturday, November 29

Gratitude: How have I taken so long to get to this one? My health. Although I've battled assorted injuries due to running or lifting, they aren't really injuries: they are annoyances. Other than my broken thumb, none have affected what I'm capable of in daily life. I don't get sick very often, the current head cold being a rarity in my life. I have no major medical issues. I have no chronic illness, no daily pain. I have no mobility limitations. I have almost no limitations at all, really, provided I balance my stress and recovery properly. I even have great teeth! Through most of history, my terrible eyesight would have been a massive problem, but thanks to technology, it's not an issue at all. Pop in contacts, see 20/20. I am so very, very grateful to have my good health.

Nutrition: All of the calories again today. Down with the sickness!
  • 2a-Larabar
  • 430-eggs, bacon, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • (6-6.4m run)
  • 730-eggs, bacon, coffee
  • 1030-Larabar, kombucha
  •  230p-summer sausage w/ rice crackers, apple w/ SB
  • 6-salad w/ avocado, toast, tea
  • calories 2800: p 550, c 900, f 1350

Sleep: 7.25 hours in bed, 915p-430a, 72% quality. Woke at 2a when the hubs came home, tossed & turned for an hour due to his snoring, my pained hip, and my clogged sinuses. Woken up by prancing Hanky dark & early, since the hubs had not let him out when he got home, despite my specific request to do so. The man is lucky to be alive, I tell you. Napped 12-230p. Took a while to fall asleep, but once I did, I was OUT.

Healthy Movement: Same hip soreness. Run went well, and hip didn't get worse. Sitting at NSS afterward wasn't as painful as normal. It does really hurt when I lay on my left side in certain positions, a stabby pain, and still bad when I get up. Me getting out of bed is the least-graceful thing you could ever see.

Once I got up from bed, the head cold moderated with drained sinuses, though the pressure came & went, and the sore throat never left. After my nap I was a tired slug. By 530p, it felt like 10p. I slothed in front of the TV all day, couldn't even put my brain to work reading a book.

Fun & Play: Group run. Group breakfast. Laziness catching up on TV, with critters snugged up in my lap, including Hanky the non-lap-dog who thinks that he is.

Friday, November 28

Gratitude: Happy for convenience foods I can eat. So nice not to have to make everything from scratch all the damned time. 

Nutrition: Again super hungry in the afternoon. Brain depleted. Also felt a little exhausted, rotten, getting sick, thus fueled up on pizza. 
  • 530-eggs, bacon, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 830-Larabar
  • 11-Kind Strong bar, apple
  • (12p-powerlifting)
  • 115-chicken, toast, Kind Strong bar
  • 3-coconut butter
  • 6-Daiya pizza, apple w SB
  • calories 3325: p 425, c 1900, f 1000

: 8.25 hours in bed, 9p-515a, 83% quality. In on time, slept like a rock, woke naturally. Boom. 

Healthy Movement: Hip is same. Again, no PT = no improvement, ya blathering idiot. Spent my lunch break enjoying the shit out of All The Lifts for the first time in ages. A serious amount of work crammed into an hour, rather proud of that one. Finished up by working over AS to join us on tomorrow morning's run, and texted BK to work on him. Always trying to create more runners, despite the dude being built for lifting. Which I shall also encourage him on, of course. Hip was better after the workout but I got TARRED. Exhausted by mid-afternoon, and definitely getting sick by the end of the day. Argh. 

Fun & Play: Spaced my breakfast date with HB until after I had eaten, but we changed to a Caribou date and still had a good hour of chat. Meaty chitchat with my BB. Lifting fun times. Laziness with my critters. FB chitchat with my running beasties. (Man, I love when it autocorrects "besties" to "beasties" because every time, it's still accurate!)

Stress Management: Honestly the hour with HB was a bit more stress in my day, too, not starting work until 8am is NOT okay with me. I should have known that would be the case. Barely made it to 430p, the brain was so fucking fah-RIED today. 

Thursday, November 27

Gratitude: Races. I don't really want to do them anymore, but I love being at them. I love seeing others achieve. I love helping others achieve. I could be at races every single weekend, whether volunteering or crewing, and would be so very fulfilled, without ever racing again. Full-time cheerleader, volunteer, do I get that perfect job?

Nutrition: Although this is high calories for a rest day, it sure as hell isn't high calories for Thanksgiving. Still surprises me how things have moderated themselves so naturally & effortlessly since I stopped restricting.
  • 530-eggs, Canadian bacon, toast, coffee w CM, SB&J toast
  • 930-Larabar
  • 11-SB&J toast
  • 1-salad, chicken, squash, veg, fruit, coffee
  • 5-Larabar
  • 630-eggs, bacon, toast, decaf, SB&J toast
  • Calories: 2775: p 750, c 1175, f 850

Sleep: 7 hours in bed, 1015p-515a, 79% quality. Honestly, I have absolutely no idea what the fuck I was doing up so late. No memory of it whatsoever, as I type this all of 36 hours later.

Healthy Movement: Pretty much none; pure laziness today! Hip saw no improvement today, no surprise given I've been forgetting my evening PT work. Shivering outside for an hour while sitting was bad. Sitting all day at the Thanksgiving feast was also bad. And uncomfortable for many positions. But would've been way too fucking weird to stand and hover, and just a little too formal to lay on the floor. Damn.

Fun & Play: 5k volunteering with a few of my favorite people = best way to start the best holiday. Bunch of "I'm thankful for you" texts out to my besties, which meant a bunch of love-filled texts back. Happiness! Family time was pleasant & relaxing.

Wednesday, November 26

Gratitude: My strength. I love being strong after a lifetime of weakness. I will never be weak again by choice. It might be a bit too much of an obsession for me, but given my history, it's the better end of the spectrum. Saner. Healthier. And today, my strength allowed me to play "toddler squat & toss" at the Hoppe household, which was great fun to both me & the toddlers, although I couldn't do enough for their satisfaction. Mine either, to be honest, but I loved finding this fun little party trick.

Nutrition: This afternoon I wanted to eat my own goddamn fists off. No idea why, but it was legit hunger, not stress-cravings.
  • 5a-fried egg sandwich w/ mustard, Canadian bacon, SB&J toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 830-Larabar
  • 945-Kind Strong bar, coffee w/ CM
  • 12-pork tenderloin, sad iceberg salad
  • 130-apple, Larabar
  • 330-Kind Strong bar
  • 430-coconut butter
  • 7-ham, pineapple, potatoes, spaghetti squash, raw veg, Zevia
  • calories 2675: p 775, c 1100, f 800
Sleep: 7.5 hours in bed, 915p-445a, 80% quality. I'd rate it more like 90%; it was solid as hell until 4a, which meant the alarm woke me from my return to sleep. Bah.

Healthy Movement: Got up with hip feeling about the same as yesterday. Did class which was super fun, swapping the DB racks around to where I've always wanted them. Happier instructor now! Not much improvement in hip throughout the day, although no worse either.

Fun & Play: Class. Chitchat with BK, a surprise but too-brief appearance by BB. LAPW lunch where I was told to dig out my phone and text a "Thank you" to someone who has inspired me: I sent three. Productive, helpful coworkers. A delightful Hoppe family Thanksgiving.

Stress Management: Work. Fucking ugh. I'm coping okay stress-wise (at least for today), but I'm rapidly turning into this: 

Tuesday, November 25

Gratitude: The Well. I will be forever grateful for how it has changed my life in terms of strength & fitness, but also the incredible people it's put into my life, like leading me to NSS. And I love the experience I gain by teaching here; such a range of people is fabulous learning for me, and the peeps in my class are a delight. Part of me wants to do it full-time. Or maybe just half-time...because I would desperately miss my spreadsheets and balance sheets.

  • 530-eggs, Canadian bacon, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 9-Larabar, coffee w/ CM
  • 1015-pepitas
  • 1115-Kind Strong bar
  • (12p-Dustin session)
  • 115-tuna w mustard, rice crackers, Larabar
  • 4-Larabar
  • 8-chicken w mustard, apple
  • calories 2150: p 825, c 725, f 600

Sleep: 7.75 hours in bed, 930p-515a, 80% quality. In a bit late but fell asleep quickly. Woke naturally but could've used a little longer. 

Healthy Movement: Hip feeling decent in the AM, better overnight than the night before. But once again made me wince getting out of my car. What the hell can I do about that? I can avoid sitting all day at work - but I can't exactly stand while driving. (Although? I wish I could.) Session made the hip feel much better again, literally trotting around the turf with zero pain. Movement works, yo! But it hurt again getting out of my car back at TS. Made me want to smash things, fiercely. Did my class but kept it on the light side, felt great! Hip was great the rest of the night despite sitting for two straight hours. Just a touch of tightness, a pleasant surprise.

Fun & Play: Another birthday gift early in the morning: a Trav's gift card from Timmy! Made a Friday breakfast date with Holea. BK chitchat and birthday coffee. Fun session, with deadlift PR and pull-up total-rep PR. Also, just feeling beastly! Very sweet birthday gift from Monica. Very wonderful RAK story from Brett, made my day entirely, AND he told me about his planned new family holiday tradition, involving taking his girls to do RAKs every weekend between Thanksgiving & Christmas. Dude is so amazing.

Stress Management: Man, I am so fucking TARRED of feeling overwhelmed by my to-do list. I'll be working TS all day Friday to try to Get Shit Done. And that means working at NSS after the breakfast run on Saturday. Or maybe on Sunday. Whatevs, soon I'll be working every weekend, might as well get used to it now, right? 

Monday, November 24

Gratitude: All of my people that I haven't yet mentioned this month. I got over 100 messages via FB, text, and email. And some cards. And a few in-person hugs. And my mood went from utter shit at the start of the day, to super happy and deeply loving the world again by the end. I am thoroughly spoiled by all of this love.

  • 230a-Larabar
  • 515-eggs, sausage, Canadian bacon, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 8-coffee w/ CM
  • 9-coconut butter, moar coffees w/ CM
  • 1045-half bag lemon super cookies
  • (12p-Dustin session)
  • 130-chicken, butternut squash, apple
  • 345-half bag lemon super cookies
  • 630-salad w avocado, toast, bacon jerky, kombucha
  • calories 2850: p 600, c 950, f 1300

Sleep: 7.75 hours in bed, 915p-5a, 84% quality. Up at 230a for bathroom, water, Larabar. Fell back relatively easily but did lay there for a while with a monkey mind.
Healthy Movement: Hip hurt but tolerable at home, hurt like a motherfucker walking into work. What the hell is it about sitting?! It's also not a weight-bearing pain; I could feel it sharply just moving my leg to roll over in bed; pain initiates from the hip flexor movement, but that's not where the pain is. Felt like an old person. Did some PT moves in class, a lot of extra lunge holds to stretch the left front, and it all helped. Still, limping much of the morning. Frustrating and beat down mentally. Went into the session determined to walk out feeling great, and I did. Of course! This is the magic of NSS and Dustin.

Fun & Play: Birthday wishes from my class attendees. Birthday voice mail from my papa. Doing my RAKs. FB birthday messages galore. Birthday texts from my loved ones. A Relay donation by my BB. Session. Ordered treats for an entire team at work, anonymously. RAKs rule!

Temperance: Still hating on myself. That's a fun way to start your birthday. I spent my drive into work reminding myself that it's lifting season, and most lifters aren't running 13 miles, and I showed up yesterday expecting only one lap, so why the hell should I be upset that I got 1.5 laps?! Because I'm a perfectionist overachiever. And I need to knock that shit off, or I will go insane.

Work super sucked in the morning. Spent my first few hours morning feeling like a total idiot because I'm trying to take over a full-time job as just one of my many tasks, with almost no help on what I'm doing. I know that's just how this is going to go, but...Not. Fun.

Luckily, my people, as always, saved the day. A million birthday wishes, silly texts, a couple cards, a Relay donation, a fantastic session, a ton of laughs.

Sunday, November 23

Gratitude: Old friends. It's a beautiful, precious thing to still be close to people who were my besties during my formative years. We are at ease instantly, catch up quickly, and laugh so very hard together. Love them thoroughly.

  • 630-eggs, sausage, toast, SB&J dinner roll, coffee w/ CM
  • 915-homemade Larabar
  • (1015-12.9m run)
  • During-toddler pack, Larabar, rice crackers, SB&J
  • 1pm-apple
  • 2-SB&J, homemade Larabar 
  • 430-Larabar
  • 530-chef salad, decaf
  • calories 2550: p 525, c 1125, f 900

Sleep: 8.75 hours in bed, 930p-615a, 90% quality. Slept like a rock, but I didn't get up feeling rested.

Healthy Movement: In addition to left hip pain, also a tight right Achilles. Felt rather bleah all over. The trail run seemed like a terrible idea, but I packed as though I'd do it all, just in case shit magically came together. It didn't, and I'm now struggling to be proud of what I DID accomplish, even if it's less than what I WANTED to accomplish. It's still more than I would have done without my foolish friends getting me out there, and more than 0, but I finished feeling like a beat-up weak little quitter, and that's never a good feeling. Feet a little sore from the run, right more than left; left knee gave a few angry shouts around mile 11 but faded; left hip was mildly there on first lap, a little worse on second lap after the pit stop, but it didn't get any worse as I kept running on it; right Achilles was fine on the run, but tighter than left the rest of the day. Full PT before bed.

Fun & Play: Love my running peeps so much. Nature. Chitchat about 5k volunteering on Thanksgiving morning. Posted my gift request (RAKs) on FB. Lovely, enjoyable supper with two of my oldest friends.

Nature: The saving grace of that run was enjoying the winter beauty. We only saw two deer early on, and a few squirrels, but I loved watching the trail for tracks (SO MANY TRACKS) and being out in the warm day, and building a miniature snowman while walking up a hill. And I hope I can remember that, with adjusted expectations, trails can and MUST be done this winter, because the nature is, as always, worth the effort.

Temperance: Sad about my run. Took offense at BK saying the trails were easy, felt hurt by it - and then realized I wasn't mad at him but rather at the unfairness of it. They probably were easy for him. And a few weeks ago would've been easy for me, too. I'm sad at how quickly I've lost my running abilities. In a matter of two weeks I've gone from feeling like a runner on top of the world, can do no wrong, to again feeling like a meathead weightlifter who should give up running. Realizing it's probably going to take me most of next summer to get back to where I got this fall. And I'm never gonna be a good enough pacer for BK. And woe is me, blah blah blah.

And my face is freaking out - for unknown reasons, compounding my sadness - so tomorrow I turn 36 with the skin of an ugly16-year old. Hate my face, blah blah blah.

Fucked up the husband's entire day by sending him off to buy a snowmobile (to fix & resell) with a checkbook that had no check blanks. He had it loaded up and everything. 180 miles round trip. Given how pissed I'd be at him in that situation, I got right to hating on myself for it, so fucking stupid, blah blah blah. 

Saturday, November 22

Gratitude: My family. Seriously amazing people. I actually had FUN spending 4 hours cutting up hogs and washing up equipment, chatting & laughing & working hard all being equally delightful with those people in the mix. I was then fed a tasty lunch by my mama, and serenaded by all the wee cousins. Hugs all around, & wishes to see each other again soon, and actual true sadness that it's not as often as I'd like. The. Best. People.

Nutrition: Once again, a massive carb-load of pizza for supper. Fuck you, it's my birthday weekend, and I'm [stupidly, perhaps] going to attempt 20-30 trail miles tomorrow.
  • 430a-eggs, sausage, toast, SB&J toast, coffee w/ CM
  • (6-5.25m run)
  • 730-banana
  • 1230p-venison burger, roasted cauliflower, apple, Larabar, much coffee
  • 3-homemade Larabar 
  • 6-Daiya pizza w/ Canadian bacon, red tea
  • 730-root beer float (Zevia & AZ)
  • Calories 3100: p 650, c 1975, f 475
Sleep: 7 hours in bed, 915p-415a, 80% quality. In a bit late and took a while to fall asleep, then woke a bit earlier than necessary, not enough time to fall back. Got up feeling rested, though. Logged a solid afternoon nap 315-515p.

Healthy Movement: Felt great at home but hip hurt just as soon as I got out of the car to run. Fuck. You. I just ran through the pain (not being badass, just stubborn; the pain is mild-ish), and tried to see if leftward slant or rightward slant or perfectly flat would help: nothing changed it. Bah. Was sore all day, but standing & cutting meat/fat didn't bother it, both legs equally weight-bearing. At home, napped, then was sitting all eve.

Fun & Play: ROUS run with my favorites. Hog butchering fun times with the family. A dozen kiddos singing Happy Birthday to me. Lovely birthday gift from the parents. Vacation booked, FINALLY. Flying to Vegas, road trip from there; $100 saved vs Phoenix. Next up: even more logistics, since we have to plot a route and maybe some hotels, and OH I have all these pets needing care & feeding. Gah. At least that all can "pend" a little longer.

Friday, November 21

Gratitude: Oscar, my little gray tiger, is THE perfect snuggle buddy. Every night he lays on my right side, snugge up tight against me. When I flip over, sweeping the blanket right out from underneath him, he calmly rises & waits for me to simmer down, and then resettles, again snugged up tight against me. He never wakes me up, unlike his siblings. He is my alpha kitty, ready to fight Hank at a moment's notice, protective of his little orange brother, and very vocal when I forget to feed them. He's also got the most expressive eyes I've ever seen on a kitty. I love him to bits!

Nutrition: Stocking up on calories for the weekend'a adventures. And also, I just wanted pizza. 
  • 530-eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 745-coffee w /CM
  • 945-homemade Larabar
  • 12p-tuna w/ mustard, rice crackers, apple
  • 215-Larabar 
  • 6-cheese pizza w/ Canadian bacon
  • 730-pint AZ
  • calories 3025: p 850, c 1675, f 600
Sleep: 7.75 hours in bed, 930p-515a, 81% quality. I have no idea what the fuck I was doing to get to bed that late. I did my PT, but that takes all of 5 minutes. Get your shit together, girl! At least I slept like a rock. Vivid weird dreams. Woke naturally at 5a and thought I might fall back, but no.

Healthy Movement: Never noticed hip at home, flinched as I got out of car at work. Sitting = bad news bears. More movement =more happiness. Stood at NSS all afternoon, makeshift standing desk. At home, only sat on couch, and felt pretty good by bedtime. 

Fun & Play: FB silliness. BK chitchat. Farm fresh eggs delivery day! Lunch with my BB! Productive afternoon at NSS. Lazy TV time with pets in my lap. 

Temperance: I've been reading a lot more and writing a little more. Very satisfying. Must fill my previous "allotted for running" hours with this. 

Thursday, November 20

Gratitude: Coffee. I love it, and I wouldn't want to live without it. I'd give up bacon before coffee. (Yes, and without hesitation.) It's also something I can easily gift to my beloveds, which I often do. And it's my favorite way to spend time with most of those beloveds (unless they are runners, then THAT is my favorite way to spend time with them, natch). To sit with endless coffee and talk and enjoy each other's company is pretty much the best thing on earth. I got to do that with BK today, and it made me wish I could do it every single day with one of my peeps. If I could rotate through a week's worth of coffee breaks with each of my besties, that would be amazing.

  • 530a-eggs, bacon, toast, homemade Larabar, coffee w/ CM
  • 10-homemade Larabar
  • (12p-Dustin session)
  • 130-chicken, squash, dinner roll
  • 4-coconut butter
  • 7-salad w/ avocado, SB&J toast, apple
  • calories 2325: p 400, c 875, f 1050

Sleep: 7.75 hours in bed, 930p-515a, 86% quality. Slept in, woo hoo! I was the one waking up Hanky today - payback, sucka!!

Healthy Movement: Left hip felt better in the morning at home, right back to sharp as soon as I got out of my car. Sitting is very bad, flinching just walking after sitting. Eased into session because of it, but hit badass level quite easily! Hip felt significantly better afterward. Movement = good! Did PT in eve before bed.

Fun & Play: Sleeping in. Spent time cheering up BK after his morning started shitty, and it included spending his entire break time with him, an unexpected delight. What a nice little catch-up session, covering all the things we'd hit on a run, except instead we were drinking tasty coffee and sitting on out butts. Good times! Big plans & big talk with him, BL, DQ about running a 50k this Sunday. On LCSP trails. In falling ice pellets and rain. Bring it on, Mother Nature! I don't know if I'm still capable of 50k, but I know I can do 10m easily, and 20m with a little effort, so I'll aim for at least that, and see what happens. At the very least, I expect much fun with badass friends! Productive work day, happy & silly & giddy coworkers, just nice to have no stress about it. Fun class, wanted to participate but was needed more for instructing, which of course is also fantastic. But feeling the urge to Do Shit, big time. Target shopping after work, nabbed some fun stuff, and ran into a former coworker & was happy to catch up with her.

Wednesday, November 19

Gratitude: A nice little thing: I am immensely grateful for Trav's. It's a place I can order a normal meal, no substitutions, no questions - only "no toast" - and absolutely fucking LOVE IT, rather than simply tolerate it. Ate there tonight with Miss Holea to catch up, and it was fantastic. Second breakfast with buddies is the bestest.

Nutrition: This afternoon my SIL emailed me about Thanksgiving food; her parents are hosting us and planning a pasta bar. I literally teared up trying to write enough to encompass restrictions & ideas & really just wanted to say "I'll bring my own food, it's fine, really, it's easier for everyone that way, even me." And when I feel like such a weird fucking loser who is going to be doing this for the rest of my fucking life...ugh. And then I realized that on vacation, eating is going to be a huge PITA because we are traveling daily & NOT smartly staying in one spot with a kitchenette, which is what works best for me. We won't even have a damn cooler. UGH. I just wanted to cry. Eating shouldn't be this hard.
  • 445a-eggs, bacon, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 930-Larabar, coffee w/ CM
  • 1045-homemade Larabar
  • 1230-chicken, dinner roll, apple, coffee w/ CM
  • 330-coconut butter
  • 6-eggs, ham, potatoes (Trav's!)
  • calories 2100: p 775, c 725, f 600

Sleep: 7.5 hours in bed, 9p-430a, 75% quality. Wide awake 4a onward. Couldn't fall back, thanks to licking dogs. Heard even through ear plugs. FOR REAL.

Healthy Movement: Did PT last night before bed, and again this morning before class since I was up so early & at work so early. Worst pain is balancing on left foot with hip jutting out; if I squeeze that glute to keep my pelvis level, pain disappears. So, while at my desk, I stood like that regularly throughout the day in short bursts. Wake up, left glute!! While walking, I could sometimes eliminate the pain by pushing in around the area, or by hiking up one side or the other, or by twisting. Didn't really "stick" beyond a few steps - more like, a change made the body go, "Whaaa?" until it realized it was nothing, then back to pain. Always worse after sitting. Got a little movement by hauling boxes & & tables and throwing pallets, helping organize for a garage sale at work. Otherwise, another rest day, besides a dreadmill mile for shoe testing.

Fun & Play: Super productive day. Potential for stressful morning, feeling almost burned out at 9am (work chaos), until I realized I hadn't had any work coffee yet. That solved a lot of problems! Coworker giddiness today - we really have a lot of smartass fun 'round here. Got to drop a little dose of praise on the team at a meeting. Supper with Holea, who is in a great place already. Successful shoe test & BK chitchat about them.

Tuesday, November 18

Gratitude: I'm so grateful that I have enough money. I was just whining about how our vacation is going to cost more than I want it to, and how I should probably buy two pairs of winter shoes so that I have a rotation (lower chance of overuse injury) - and then I realized what an asshole I am being. To be able to spend money on these things is a blessing, much less to be able to spend more than I really want to? This is an incredible gift! I have dear friends who are struggling right now, some of them big time, and meanwhile these complaints of mine are not just expenses that I can control & that I choose to indulge in (unlike, say, the cost of a divorce, or child support) - and that I can totally afford. Instead of complaining about my "abundant" expenses, I recognize how privileged I am, and feel grateful.

  • 5a-eggs, bacon, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 945-Larabar, meat stick, coffee w/ CM
  • (12p-Dustin session)
  • 115-chicken, squash, Larabar
  • (515-1m run)
  • 6-salad w/ avocado, SB&J toast 
  • calories 2225: p 500, c 725, f 1000

Sleep: 7.5 hours in bed, 915p-445a, 72% quality. Solid as a rock until 4a, then wide the fuck awake. Dozed and dreamed about Western States. GodDAMN, I hope BK gets in. More mountains for me! I mean, yay for my favorite running buddy, but really: it's all about me.

Healthy Movement: Hip still hurts, although there is a little tiny bit of improvement. Session felt good, could kind of feel the hip in first set of squats and then fine. But immediately afterward, from car to TS, it was back. Argh. Bright side: pull-ups PR of 16, hot damn!! Tested a new pair of shoes on the treadmill after class. Just one mile. Liked 'em!

Fun & Play: Uber-productive work day. Session. Buddy praise. Class. Shoe testing.

Monday, November 17

Gratitude: Social media. It's possible to NOT connect through social media, to only have surface connections, and certainly I have "friends" on there that really aren't - but I hide their nonsense and I don't care what they think about mine. And I only make time for two sources: DailyMile & Facebook. Through DM I can keep up with my favorite runners even if I only actually see them once a week, or less. The next time we run, we don't have to catch up on the gap, but can get right down to the nitty gritty details of our hobby. FB gives me the ability to keep tabs on my people, hear their random thoughts, and share my own silliness. I love seeing the little details of others' daily life, pet pictures & kid stories & clever pictures & chicken strips shaped like dragons. Because the little things really are the big things. This I know for certain.

  • 515a-eggs, bacon, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 745-homemade Larabar
  • 945-2 meat sticks
  • 1245p-chicken, dinner roll, Larabar
  • 430-Larabar
  • 615-salad w avocado, toast, apple
  • calories 2425: p 625, c 800, f 1000

Sleep: 7.75 hours in bed, 915p-5a, 81% quality. Solid until 4a, then dozing in/out. Alarm woke me, bah.

Healthy Movement: Left hip is very, very tight - has dropped beyond the core and reverted to the hip issue from August. Sadness. I was weirdly excited to TTFU and go running at lunch, tackle the challenge of the sideways snow, Get After It ... but this hip made me stay indoors & rest. Frustrated that I was eager but unable. I was literally getting pissed that BK didn't want to run because I DID want to go run in the nighttime snow. And if he had wanted to, I totally would have. So I know that it's to my physical benefit that he didn't. But not mentally. I want to be able to run whenever I want to. I know it's a minor thing, but it sucks. And I don't know what's causing it, unless my pelvis has turned again. I should do the corrections for that and see if it fixes itself. That would be pretty smart, wouldn't it?

Fun & Play: Class. Another blog post written (not this one - one over here). Much work accomplished (yet so much more not, ugh). Vacation chitchat with FB peeps & BL, and then tracking down flights & a car with the hubs, woo hoo! New winter running shoes with great big meaty lugs! Will have to treadmill test, and even if they suck, it's fun to play with new shoes. It also leads to BK chitchat about shoes. Running buddies are the best.

Sunday, November 16

Gratitude: High time for me to wax on about Hank. He has been such a delight to me since I brought him home 1.5 years ago. He's a hassle, he's messy, he's a liability when vacation planning, he chews everything, he's expensive, and he has wrecked a lot of stuff. And yet? I can't imagine not having him, how boring life was before him. He FLIES out of the garage whenever I come home, runs laps of excitement in the yard, and nearly climbs into the driver's seat to make sure it really is me, that this miracle of my return is not his imagination. He prances around me for attention, always a step ahead of me as I walk through the house to make sure he's going where I'm going. He sits at my feet and leans back into me whenever he is calm or sleepy. He tries to climb into my lap whenever I'm on the couch or the floor, not realizing that at 70lbs, he is NOT a lap dog. He lets me squeeze him tightly with ferocious hugs and whisper my problems into his soft fur and smack his flank satisfyingly, like one would a horse. When I massage his ears just right, he nearly passes out in ecstasy. I love him so much, and I'm so thankful we decided to take the leap beyond kitties. My Hanky is my most joyous buddy.

Nutrition: Today's slog through the snow reminded me that eating enough is hugely important. This week's "overeating" may very well be why it felt as easy as it did. A good reminder to eat by feel and not fight it or worry about it, as long as my cravings are normal and rational. Which they have been, for a very long time. Crazy note here: since about the time I started eating more/enough.
  • 7a-eggs, sausage, toast, coffee w CM
  • 10-homemade Larabar
  • (11-hulking session)
  • 12p-burger on bun w mustard, oven fries, apple w SB
  • 3-homemade Larabar
  • (330-4m run)
  • 6-hamburger, spaghetti squash w marinara, kombucha
  • Calories 2600: p 875, c 1075, f 650

Sleep: 8.75 hours in bed, 945p-630a, 95% quality. In late due to movie-watching, and past 11 before I fell asleep, but out like a rock until 6.

Healthy Movement: Left core is tight. Felt it get almost crampy on TGUs in hulking session, but fine for the rest. That loosened it up somewhat. Upper back tightened up a little after the lifting, but in a good "mmmm, I benched a lot!" way. Debated a run to test out Heidi's shoes, decided I should avoid them (Newtons gave me foot problems a year or two ago), and winter weather had me MEH anyway. And then Shawn offered to run with me, and so I decided that this winter, if I have someone to run with, I do it, whether or not I was planning on running. If there's a buddy, and I have the time, go run! That will keep it enjoyable. I'm so glad I did today. It was tough, but satisfying & fun! 4 miles in peaceful, pretty powder. Left core a little worse again afterward, did the PT stretch after both workouts today, in addition to usual bedtime routine.

Fun & Play: Productive day at home. Hulking. Big dose of reading time. Running that felt good. Shawn time. BK chitchat. FB silliness with several peeps. Lovely, crisp, refreshing nature.

Saturday, November 15

Gratitude: ROUS. It's brought many wonderful people into my world, some of whom have turned into amazingly dear friends, and uncountable fun adventures, and made my running so much more enjoyable. Incredibly grateful. 

  • 5a-eggs, sausages, dinner roll, coffee w/ CM
  • (6-9m run)
  • 815-eggs, ham, bacon, potatoes, much coffee
  • 2p-SB&SB&J toast, kombucha
  • 5-homemade Larabar guts
  • 615-burger on dinner roll w mustard, oven fries
  • 8-pint AZ
  • calories 2750: p 1050, c 1000, f 700

Sleep: 8 hours in bed, 845p-445a, 95% quality. Solid as a rock. Sleep graph shows me tossing & turning 345a onward, but I don't think that happened. I got up feeling pretty great.

Healthy Movement: Feeling great, and excited for the run. Not even too upset about the cold. It was better than hoped; after a full week off, I thought 9 miles might kinda suck, but the body held up nicely. Left core did get crank around mile 7, and extra super crank after sitting at Trav's. Stretched it when I got home but it was tight all day long. Ugh. Shoes were upsettingly slippery on the snow, as expected, but BK came through with several recs for me to investigate. 

Fun & Play: Great time on the run. Breakfast with my BB. Shoe advice chitchat with BK. Bonus bit of HB & Mitzi time. Shopping for new running shoes (online) using BK's helpful research; found 4 that Amazon will deliver next week! Cooking alongside the hubs. Vacation plans. Movie time.

Nature: No stars were visible on our cloudy morning run, but I did enjoy crunching along on the snowmobile trail, and now I've found some hope that LCSP's trails will also be runnable. Eep!

Friday, November 14

Gratitude: I am so grateful for my orange boy Clyde. He knocked over the dog water dish this morning, making a big mess for the half-dozenth time, and yet when his number one favorite thing to do is sit in my lap & lean back into me & purr like an exotic sports car ... I forgive him anything & everything. If I were raising children, they'd be SO naughty; I'm such a sap.

Nutrition: Why can't I stop over-eating? I was in a mode of tracking solely to make sure I was eating enough, but now I'm easily flying past my minimum and still feeling a little deprived. This is getting weird.
  • 545a-eggs, sausages, yam, coffee w/ CM
  • 7-Larabar, coffee w/ CM
  • 930-meat stick, mixed nuts
  • 12p-sausages, hot dog bun, mixed nuts
  • 330-Larabar 
  • 630-eggs, sausages, yam, decaf w CM
  • calories 2700: p 700, c 750, f 1250

: 7.75 hours in bed, 945p-530a, 79% quality. In too late due to painting class, otherwise super solid, woke naturally, got up rested.

Healthy Movement: Sore glutes, that's it! Definitely from the jumping lunges, I decided while doing class warm-up today (every third Friday). Still, I wanted very much to join in, but having already told BK I would conserve for tomorrow's run, I stayed wise & resisted. Feel excited to run tomorrow; have 2-3 pals to join so it will be a grand time of playing at running. And hopefully I see some stars ... this morning I saw the moon (but no stars, sun was rising) and it made me realize I haven't seen it nor Orion for at least a week. I miss that big fella. Greeting him is a pleasant way to start my day.

Fun & Play: Sleeping in. HH chitchat & running-date-making. BK chitchat & coffee-delivering. BB chitchat & breakfast-date-making. Damn, I love my peeps! NSS time was super productive, had extra time to get some good reconciling done. HB chitchat and hug- & advice-giving. She'll be fine, I know, but it hurts me to see her feeling so sad & hurt. Hubs time.

Thursday, November 13

Gratitude: LAPW. I have met so many people and made so many connections. I don't know that any of them are on my close friends list, but they are definitely lovable and fun to hang with. Tonight I did one of the painting classes with a group of them, and had SO much fun. Except for not leaving until 8:15 pm (oh no!), I loved every bit of it, and want to do it again.

Nutrition: Got me a delivery today that consists FOUR CASES of I have two left in my drawer. Great timing!
  • 6-eggs, sausages, yam, coffee w/ CM
  • 10-apple, meat stick
  • 1130-Larabar
  • (12p-Dustin session)
  • 115-sausages w/ bun, Larabar
  • (440-class)
  • 530-bag pork jerky, Larabar
  • calories 2325: p 925, c 700, f 700

Sleep: 8.5 hours in bed, 915p-545a, 88% quality. Wide awake at 2a. Up for bathroom, water, in/out there onward. It was kind of terrible, but at least I was able to sleep in nice & late, thus got up feeling fairly rested.

Healthy Movement: I haz aching squat legs. Session still felt fantastic, no issues. Happy to get to go heavier again on deadlifts & stuff. Remembering that I was looking forward to dropping the runs and upping the weights. Did my afternoon class and loved the complete change of pace to something hard as shit & satisfyingly fatiguing. Had to miss a few minutes for coaching purposes; may be able to join the second round of each afternoon class to teach well, and it moderates my dosage too.

Fun & Play: Productivity. Cleaned out some to-dos. BK chitchat. Session. Class. Painting fun!

Ze blank canvasss.

Ze tools.

Easiest part!

Hm, not perfect, but I like them.

Ooh, pretty! Very happy with my birch trees.

Those mothafucking BIRDS were the death of me. Blue bird was perfect on the first stabs. Then I redid red boy like 3 times and yella fella around 8 times. Still not satisfied, but it's the best this accountant will do without help (I didn't want help).

Add some pretty snow flecks, and VOILA, I am an arteest!