C25K and Other Miscellaneous Items

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE! I am so ecstatic that it’s Friday. I feel like I’ve done nothing but be at work for the past entire week. It doesn’t help that I had to be here on Saturday and LABOR DAY for goodness sake, so I’m ready for a REAL weekend!

I started my first Couch to 5k (C25K) workout this past Wednesday evening. It’s a 30 minute workout, with 20 minutes of alternated jogging/walking…you warm-up on a walk for 5 minutes, jog for 60 seconds, walk for 90 seconds, etc. until the end of the workout. At the end, I was like “you’re seriously over already?!” I could have done at least two of these workouts in a row…I guess zumba has really increased my tolerance for exercise! I also, however, didn’t get an absolutely complete workout because I am technologically challenged and it took me a few minutes to figure out the app on my phone…the app needs to remain open in order to tell me that it’s time to walk or it’s time to run, and I did NOT know that! So, for the first 6 minutes, I’m pretty sure I walked, because the phone didn’t tell me to start jogging. I figured it out after that though, and was able to complete the workout with no worries 🙂 My asthma always kind of gets on my nerves, but it wasn’t too bad during the workout this time.

Overall, I think the C25K program is going to be great for me. It’s a really good supplement for the days that I’m not doing zumba–since I leave on September 15 for work travel for typically 4-6 days at a time, I’ll need the app to run on the treadmill in my hotels. Yay working out while traveling! I definitely didn’t do this last year, and I just felt lazy and gross all the time while traveling. I’ll get to use my company credit card for all my meals, and it’s really tempting to just eat out 80% of the time. It’s a joke within our line of work (admissions) that all of us pretty much could recite Panera’s menu backward and forward and have tried everything on it, lol. A few of my hotels are suite-style, so I’ll have a kitchen in some of them. I’m REALLY going to try and make a few meals for myself while on the road, but when you get busy and you’re visiting 4-5 high schools a day with no lunch break and you have a college fair to work at night, the LAST thing you want to do is cook…so I’m going to play it by ear. I do feel like I have a much better grasp on eating out than I used to, so I really know how to make healthy choices regardless.

I went back to zumba last night after a week and 2 days of being away–I thought it was going to be super killer, but it wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it’d be. I was sweating within the first 10 minutes as usual, but my muscles weren’t screaming like I thought they’d be. I felt so much better about Life, the Universe, and Everything (42 anyone?) after going to zumba…I HATE being away from good workouts for more than a day! After zumba last night, we went to Oktoberfest downtown with Scott, Bre, our friend Nick, and his 4 kids. It was really fun–I got a schnitzel sandwich and TOTALLY forgot to take a pic, but this schnitzel was literally larger than the plate they put it on (regular-sized paper plate)…I was like HOLY SCHNITZEL. They gave me a regular-sized hamburger bun and I was like..umm what am I supposed to do with THAT?! It was absolutely dwarfed by the colossal schnitzel…lol. I only ate 1/2 because I didn’t want to eat the whole monstrosity, and Nick’s kids helped me out with the other 1/2 🙂 They had already each eaten but hey, they’re not my kids–you want some schnitzel guys?! Have at it!! Thank goodness they were there, or else I probably would have eaten it…I was STARVING after zumba. I also had 2 bud lights,and that was it. Overall, quite proud of how I handled myself there!

We don’t really have big plans for this weekend…just relaxing! Tonight is game night and I’m making chocolate cake with nutella buttercream..yuummm. Tomorrow I can’t decide if I want to get up early to go to zumba, or if I want to just sleep in and do C25k. I’ll probably opt to sleep in, quite honestly! We need to go grocery shopping, and then we’re going over to my parents farm to have dinner. I’ll take pics of all the animals! Sunday will be relaxing, probably C25k, and then Dexter for the sniff…second to last episode! Aaaah!!

Anyway, hope everyone has a fabulous weekend. I’ll leave you with a picture of what Clara looks like every morning while I’m getting ready for work…

She loves to curl up in my spot!

She loves to curl up in my spot!

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