I seem to have fallen out of the blogging habit (among other things) this month. I have no excuse other than work and life got extremely busy and I lost my exercise/running mojo. The last time I posted I mentioned hurting my hamstring. I eased myself back into working out for another week and managed to get my runs or other cardio sessions in before work during the first week that I knew I’d have to work late.

Then I went to NJ to for a visit with my family. It was an exhausting weekend physically and emotionally which left me totally depleted and unmotivated during the second stressful work week. There is much to think and write about the old issues and habits that re-appear almost every time I visit my family, but I’ll save that for another post.

This past week I had wanted to focus on regaining my running endurance, but I came down with a horrible chest cold on Tuesday and was only able to go out for a short walk today without feeling exhausted. So much for April and my training plans!

I did do a pretty good job on the food front – lots of salads, soups, and vegetarian dishes. I really feel so much better when I stick to veggie heavy diet. Sometimes just looking at a colorful salad before I eat it raises my spirits.

I’m definitely on the mend and am looking forward to getting back to the gym tomorrow. I have vacation days scheduled until Thursday of this week so I will have plenty of time to rest afterwards. This cold seriously kicked my butt, but I can’t say I didn’t enjoy the opportunity to lay on the couch and watch Netflix all of yesterday and today! I’m now obsessed with “Pretty Little Liars” which is admittedly a show for teenagers (my 18 year old sister watches it), but  is seriously entertaining. I can’t stop hitting play. I also can’t stop admiring  one of the actress’s (Lucy Hale’s) hair. I’ve been practicing my curling technique all weekend as a result.

Lucy Hale


Sadly, I think I’m pretty close at this point. This is what happens when I have too much time and not enough energy to leave the house. 🙂 With any luck and a lot vitamin C we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming shortly.

Dealing with Setbacks

Guys, it’s not a good idea to not run for an extended period of time if  you can help it! I encountered this life lesson yesterday when I hopped on the treadmill for an interval session after about two weeks. The first week was because my left hamstring was really tight and sore for a few days.  I was afraid it was going to turn into a serious injury if I pushed it, so I gave myself a few extra rest days and then stuck to the elliptical when working out. The second week was a result of long, stressful days at work where mentally I could only accept elliptical workouts or Zumba. So, when I finally decided to get a run in, my body acted like it had never run a day in its life!

First I used the elliptical for thirty minutes and then switched to the treadmill. I had planned on doing some intervals using one of the C25K workouts where I would go slow during the “run” portions and speed up during the walk portions. After the first round it quickly became clear that I would have to slow down both interval speeds if I wanted to survive. The one positive thing from this was that, instead of getting mad at myself for a pretty pathetic run, I accepted the fact that I lost some of my endurance and would have to work to get it back. So my plan now is to take the next week or two to work back up to where I was before by returning to the C25K plan.

Today was not going to be a running day, but when I got to the gym, my favorite treadmill was free and so I decided to do a quick, easy 15 minutes to warm up and remind myself what running feels like. My hamstring was a little sore again, but it felt much better a few minutes in. I was happy with the 15 minutes and avoided the temptation to keep going. Then I fit in another 30 minute elliptical session.

These next two weeks are going to be my busiest yet. I am really hoping to get in some workouts nevertheless. I’m planning on some early morning workouts this week. I am not a morning person, but it’s pretty much the only way I can fit them in with the exception of Zumba tomorrow night. I’ll be visiting my family in southern New Jersey next weekend and am pretty sure I won’t be getting in any runs. So I really need to get myself moving during the week. I have a feeling this is going to be a coffee-filled, hectic few weeks!

Friend Makin’ Monday: Childhood Flashbacks

I can’t believe its April 1st! I guess I need to come up with April goals.

In the meantime, it’s also Friend Makin’ Monday!

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

Childhood Flashbacks

1. Did you have a set bedtime as a child?  If so, what was it? I think I did up until 6th or 7th grade. It was probably 8 or 9 depending on my age. Once I hit middle school my bedtime was up to me, but I loved my sleep so it wasn’t an issue.

2. Were you taught to be a member of the “Clean Plate Club?” Did it have affect your eating habits as an adult?  Not really. I remember giving my dad any leftovers to eat. We used to call him the “garbage man” because his response to any leftover food was “Well, I’d hate to see it go to waste!” Lucky for him, he had a great metabolism!

3. Share one thing that you were not allowed to do as a child. I remember not being able to ride my bike in the street or to walk across a main street by my house.

4. What is the cheapest gas price you can remember?  I remember it being about $.87 when I first started driving. Those were the days!

5. What was your favorite thing on the playground?  I loved the swings, the see-saw, and the merry-go-round. So much fun!

6. Share one thing that your parents always made you do that you didn’t like doing.  I hated cleaning my room and doing the dishes. Funnily enough, I still hate doing the dishes. My husband hates having dirty dishes in the sink so when we first moved in together he would end up doing my dishes even if he hadn’t dirtied anything. I felt bad, so now I (almost) always wash my dishes right away.

7. Do you remember your first kiss?  If so, share the details!  I was 14 or 15. I was asked to dance by this guy who was one of the class clowns, but also kind of a bully. I was totally shocked when he leaned in a kissed me! I had thought he didn’t even like me. Nothing happened after that, though.

8. Did you prefer to play inside or outside? I did both. Outside I would ride my bike, roller skate, play on our swing set, or swim in our pool. Inside I read, watched TV, or played Barbies. My favorite activities were definitely reading or playing Barbies.

9. What was your favorite TV show growing up?  Oh, there were so many, but I think I liked more adult shows the best: Cheers, Moonlighting, LA Law, and Mad About You. I was kind of weird. 😉

10. Share one awesome childhood memory.  All of our weeks spent at either the Jersey shore or the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Beach vacations with one sibling, four cousins, and four friends’ kids were so awesome!

Bonus: Share a picture of yourself as a child. Showing my love of books from an early age And my favorite mode of transportation – my Powder Puff Big Wheel! That street behind me is the one I wasn’t allowed to cross.

KM PowderPuff