snowpacolypse & taking a minute.

The theme of this week has been slow down and take your time.  I am not a fan of slow.  I want to run faster.  I want to get projects done more quickly.  I want to constantly be go, go, going.  But, this is no way to live and I keep learning this the hard way.

It all started with my annual check-up with my doctor this week.  Ever since my whole iron thing, I have kind of avoided doctors like the plague.  I had to see so many doctors during that whole excursion, I just didn’t want to anymore.  So, I’ve been living in limbo just hoping that my iron is fine and taking my pills religiously.  I decided to bite the bullet and see the doctor this week for a physical and she recommended I get my blood drawn, which came as no surprise.

I had to go on Thursday at 9:45 because that was the earliest time available and I just wanted to get it over with.  I went in and started talking to the phlebotomist and let her know this wasn’t my first blood drawing rodeo.  I had gotten my blood taken probably 25 times just during my iron spell alone.  She tourniqueted me up and got to work.  I was doing fine, until I wasn’t.  All of the sudden, my vision went blurry and next thing I know I was dreaming.  I woke up to a new man who had entered the room calling my name and putting a cold, wet towel on my neck.  I had inexplicably passed out.  I’m still not entirely sure why, but it is probably the second most surreal thing that has ever happened to me after going to the ER two years ago.

They had me lie down in a new room with my legs up until my face regained color and they could let me go.  As I lied there, I thought about how much this screwed up my plans for the day.  I was going to go to the gym.  I still had a ton of work left for the rest of the day.  I had to take my dog on walks.  I had a whole bunch of errands to run.  I had choir rehearsal.  I didn’t have time for this.  But, that’s when I thought about it some more.


I could make all the plans in the world, but I’m not always in control.  Sometimes, it’s okay to take a break.  My body was screaming out to me to slow down, but I didn’t listen.  I didn’t go to the gym that day.  I didn’t run any errands.  I spent my afternoon and evening resting.  I thought about how lucky I was.  How lucky I was that even though I couldn’t workout today, I still had a functioning body that has allowed me to do some pretty amazing things.  I can run, jump, dance, and walk just fine whenever I want to.  That is such a luxury and something I take for granted far to often.

I was reminded to slow down again today when I was forced to.  We were annihilated by snow.  Honestly, it just keeps coming.  I’m a Chicago girl through and through, so I’ve seen my fair share of snow, but this is a whole bunch.


Of course, with a lot of snow comes the inability to get anywhere.  So, I set up a little station at my house and started to get my workout on.  I did a leg workout that took me about 30 minutes and then did 15 minutes of HIIT.  This is a pretty short workout for me to be honest, but I think that that’s a good thing.  Every workout does not have to last an hour and a half just to count.  I worked hard, I got sweaty, and I felt good afterwards and that’s what it’s all about isn’t it?

This week has been humbling.  I slowed down and took my time and I feel refreshed for it.  I was adaptive and faced challenges head on, which isn’t always the easiest thing to do.  I could have done things a lot differently, but I’m happy with my choices.  I don’t have to be perfect everyday, I just have to be grateful that I have legs, lungs, and a body that allows me to get up and move every day.


let’s get down to business.

A new month has started and I’m ready to kick it in to high gear.  August was particularly stressful with a lot of long nights of work and moving and too many other things that I couldn’t be more thankful for the arrival of September.  August was not a good month for me in terms of healthy eating, so I really want to kick it in to high gear come September.  I need to get back to tracking my macros and really eating to fuel my workouts, so here is my pledge to do so.  Healthy eating can be easy if you really take the time to sit down and plan it out before hand.  Being a person who loves organization and lists, I am all for this.  Unfortunately, it’s always sticking to that plan that causes me to occasionally falter.  This month, I’m going to try and be a little more diligent about what is going into my body in an effort to produce maximum results in my workouts.  I have been letting my speed on my runs dip a bit and I would like to push it back into sub-7 pace.  That being said, this week was a good one in terms of workouts:

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Sunday-BBG Week 17 legs & 30 min cardio

Monday- 4 mile run, 10 min HIIT, 20 min cardio

Tuesday-BBG Week 17 arms & 30 min cardio

Wednesday- 4 mile run, 10 min HIIT, 20 min cardio

Thursday-1.5 mile run, BBG Week 17 abs, 20 min cardio

Friday-2 mile run, 1000 rep challenge, 15 min cardio

I took a couple of my workouts outside this week and I am loving the feeling of breathing in the cool, crisp air while sweating it out outdoors.  It’s very refreshing and revitalizes my workouts which I can’t complain about at all.  It is easy to get sucked into a rut of doing the same thing every day and that can eventually be very demotivating.  Shaking it off and getting outside to do something different has made me excited for my workouts again.

Here’s a quick body weight HIIT (high-intensity interval training) circuit you can take outside to really feel some burn.  Complete each exercise for 30 sec. and then rest for 30 sec. before moving on to the next one, repeat 3 times for a total of 15 minutes of HIIT.  All you need is these short 15 minutes and you will get an extra burn all day long:

  • Jumping Jacks
  • Jump Squats
  • Walking lunges
  • Broad Jumps
  • High Knees

Have a lovely long weekend, fit fam.