Celebrate! October

standard October 11, 2016 Leave a response

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Late, but not forgotten! I really enjoy having these posts to look back on each year and see progress, especially on days when I feel the work is never-ending, and I am getting nowhere. And I do have more goals each month than I share on here, but these are usually the big ones for the month, the new ones, the important and fun ones. Reminding myself that this year is about Celebrating Others and Cultivating Gratitude. Last week, I was in an introverted rut, working on projects, head buried in books and writing, and missed out on the people, the fun, the joy. These next few weeks, as I moved my office to make space for a nursery, I have a new view, a feeling of a new start, thankfulness to do what I do, and time to focus on what matters most.

September in Review:

  1. Bring back Supper Club! (1. Plan for it) // I am still in the habit of planning this last minute, but it happens. Working on being more prepared next month!
  2. Grow photography skills (7. Capture it) // I signed up for a program but have not started it yet. Practicing in October in correlation with some new goals.
  3. Work/Life Balance (4. Schedule rest) // This has been working pretty well so far, hopefully I can keep it up with all the projects coming on to my plate this season.

October Goals:

  1. Host a girls night (1. Plan for it) // Thinking up a girls night dinner with a handful of friends to change up Supper Club.
  2. Finish Celebration Nutrition project (3. Grow it) // I have a big, fun project that is due November 1st, so this one gets top priority.
  3. Prep for Vegan Month of Food (8. Share it) // Yup, it’s happening again this year, and with posts every single day in November. Writing and testing lots of fun recipes this month to share with you!

Have a Grateful and Joyful October!

Friday Favorites: September

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Cooler weather and falling leaves brings comfort foods and thought-provoking reads this month. There have been so many intriguing stories and cozy meals, so grab a cup of coffee and dig into these favorites from around the web.

Neat:

  1. What You Should Really Bring Someone Who Just Had a Baby // Great suggestions here that most people don’t think of, but are so true and helpful.
  2. Working from Home: Finding Your Own Work Flow // Comparison is the thief of joy. Find your own best routine.
  3. Gardening as a Kid Indicates You’ll Eat More Fruits and Veggies as a College Student // Go out and garden with your kids!
  4. The Secrets of Happy Families // A must read for families. This changed my way of thinking about a lot of common issues.
  5. The More of Less // A concise assessment of how to get started minimizing your life. It does not have to be daunting or hard!

Nutritious:

  1. Cheesy Cauliflower Rice and Broccoli Bake // Childhood comfort food.
  2. Walnut Butter Oatmeal // Super simple and easy, perfect for a busy morning.
  3. Miracle No Knead Bread // As someone intimidated by bread baking, even I am excited about this recipe. So easy! So good!
  4. Spicy Vegan Chocolate Chili // A smoky, flavorful spin on a classic for a hearty weekend feast with friends.
  5. Pumpkin Protein Balls // A delicious and healthy way to fulfill those pumpkin cravings.

Have a relaxing and delicious weekend!

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Run Austin: Fall Racing Plans

standard September 23, 2016 Leave a response

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WAYYY back in January of this year, I signed myself up for my next marathon. Before Austin. Because we had grand plans for 2016 training and racing. And because the price was crazy cheap. I thankfully had the foresight to purchase a refundable registration that I can cancel with a note from my OBGYN. Yet, I also already have my eyes on a fall or winter 2017 race, because, you know, annual marathon tradition and all. Plus, motivation.

In the meantime, I am focusing on staying moving forward as long as I can. Weeks 6-10 of pregnancy were horrible in terms of nausea. And for me, running only made it worse. Then, illness and a toe issue derailed me a few more weeks. Today, I managed a happy, slow, solid 4 mile trek, and am so grateful to be able to keep running, at least for the time being.

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On paper, Miami Marathon training starts next Thursday. And even though I am going to be canceling my registration (because Zika. And travel restrictions. Don’t worry. I was crazy enough to try to figure out how to still go for a while. Sometimes you just need friends to tell you you’re crazy), I am still determined to see how much of my training plan I can complete. Without goals, I do nothing. I need a game plan, even for the every day. So why not use the one I already made, with a few modifications? Here’s how it’s going to work.

  1. Walk. Yes, walk. Run/walk methods have been my friend ever since I first started running, and they work. This will force me to slow down, enjoy the process, prevent injury and issues.
  2. Decrease mileage. I can guarantee you I won’t be doing a 16 miler anytime soon.  By decreasing a few miles out of a training day, opting for a walk day instead of always running, or rethinking speed workouts, solid training can happen safely and happily.
  3. Rethink running. Some runs will turn into elliptical sessions at the gym. Some speed days will turn into cross training with strength and Pilates classes. But miles will be done. Activity will be completed. And we will both be healthy and happy.

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So what about racing? Yes, I’d LOVE to keep racing this fall as the weather cools down. I have refused to sign up for anything until the last minute in case I cannot complete the race. I’d rather pay more and know it’s feasible, than sign up in advance at a cheaper rate and feel pressure to run it even if it doesn’t feel right. Right now, I am looking at the Run Free Texas 80’s 8k, Run for the Water 10 mile (or 5k), and the annual Turkey Trot with my family.

None of this may work out the way I want it to. But having a plan gives me a focus, a start, a joy in continuing something I love despite limitations.

Anyone else running through a pregnancy? Would love to hear your stories and tips!