Posts Tagged ‘fall’

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am so grateful for every blessing in my life this year, and look forward to the upcoming holiday season!  I wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving with lots of love, laughter, and delicious food!

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It Felt Like Spring Today!

And it was GLORIOUS!  It was 57ºF this afternoon – the sun was shining, the birds were singing, and I even saw a group of wild turkeys on the side of the road (and it was a side road, so I was able to slow down and watch them for a minute).  According to the interwebz, a group of turkeys is called a “rafter” – who knew?  Some people also refer to a group of turkeys as Congress!  (hehe – not my joke, but funny nonetheless!)

 

Oh Crap…

Today is November 17.  Not only are we FAR from spring, but we haven’t even been TOUCHED by winter.  The local meteorologist is predicting an easy winter, but I learned long ago not to count on that!  In the meantime, though, I will enjoy every last minute of warmth I can get before the bitter cold sets in!

Weekend Update and Week 2 of Impact

We had a busy Halloween weekend!  We’ve been working on some remodeling of our house (after the Ice Storm of 2008 pretty much destroyed part of it), and we are FINALLY near the finish line!! 🙂  On Saturday, we did some painting and shopped for new floors.  We’re thinking of going with Laminate flooring for durability’s sake.  I think I would LOVE hardwood, but the hardwood in the rest of our house took some damage from the water, and the peace of mind knowing that it will last is very appealing right now.  As a result of all this extra work, I did not get in my workout on Saturday.  It was just as well, though, since I was still feeling pretty beat up from my other workouts last week.

 

On Sunday, we were both pretty tired.  We ran errands, did some work in the yard (raked and planted bulbs!!) and went over to my parents’ house for dinner and trick-or-treating with my niece.  This was a great option for us – for several reasons.  First, we got to walk around with Talia (the elephant!) for her first REAL Halloween (even though it’s her 2nd, I doubt she remembers much of the first one!).  Also, we avoided spending $50+ on Halloween candy, since our neighborhood is the kind that gets TONS of trick-or-treaters.  It was really nice (and conducive to my goals) to wake up on November 1st without any extra candy lying around the house.

Talia the Elephant!

Speaking of goals, Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are NOT helping.  Seriously, these are what Reese’s will always aspire to be.  However, I WILL RESIST the dark chocolate, salty goodness for the rest of the year!  As a reward, I will buy myself a nice outfit to wear on New Year’s Eve – in what will undoubtedly be a better body sans PB cups.

Also, I’m working damn hard in the gym, and am starting to think that it would, in fact, be worth it to count calories just to get through the holidays.  Thoughts?

Workouts are going well now.  I’m getting used to the pace of the Impact workouts and have a bit more confidence when trying new exercises.  I’m stronger than I thought!  Hopefully, all this home remodeling won’t keep me from too many workouts.  I will be getting plenty of activity, so I’m trying not to stress too much – but I also want to stick with the program.  Tonight, we buy floors!

On a side note, don’t forget to vote!  It’s important!

Gorgeous Fall Day! (and a run)

It is positively GORGEOUS out today!  The air is finally dry, but still warm and slightly breezy.  I went out for a jog this morning to get in my “conditioning” workout of the week.  I hadn’t jogged at all since the warrior dash (about 5 weeks ago), and I was shocked at how much I had lost in terms of my running ability.  I’ve still been working out consistently, and I know my cardio has been good, but my legs just aren’t used to pounding the pavement right now.  I pushed myself, but was smart about it – I don’t want to get injured.  I ran only 1.6 miles, but there were some good hills in there.  Plus, my muscles are really tired from all my other workouts this week – plus helping friends move on Sunday.  It was really nice to be outside enjoying the sunshine for (what may be) one of the last truly NICE days of the year.

 

I paused a couple times along my route to take some photos of some of the trees changing in my neighborhood.  I have a nice camera on my phone, but I’m not good at taking really good pictures with it, yet.  I should work on that! 🙂

I love the puffy clouds in the first picture.  The tree in the third picture is actually VERY pretty right now, but my lighting was off – bummer.  I’m hoping Jeb and I are able to take the dogs hiking this weekend – I want to enjoy this warmer weather as much as possible before it’s gone!  We might end up working on the house, though – which is also good to finish while the weather is nice.

I’m definitely going to have to continue jogging. I want to be competitive in the Warrior Dash next year, so I don’t want to have to start running “from scratch” again next year!