Getting Back on the Horse

Well I’m back!

Namon and I had a family thing in Indiana, and once there I really didn’t have much time for posting… or exercise. 😣

I was totally off the wagon, and ate some deliciously awful things for me! Fries, burgers, and in my special case some amazing full gluten bread that ruined two full days for me and still has my gut twisted up. 

Bread, why won’t you let me love you?

When you fall off the workout wagon it is extra hard to climb back on. You know that it is gonna hurt, and you’ve tasted the sweet life of Netflix and pizza. This is when you need to grit your teeth and push yourself.

The day after we got home I went right back to P90X3.

Thankfully the four days I missed were recovery days, so mostly stretching and light cardio.

Yesterday was Isometrics (which felt so impossible when the week before it felt easy) and today was Dynamics which went better.

At least, once you started a habit, getting back into it doesn’t take as long as it did when you first began.

It was wonderful to see family and pick up Mjulnir, the newest fur baby, but it was also good to get back to my routine.

Hang in there folks! And know that you can always get back on the wagon after a fall. It happens to all of us!

Here is Mjulnir, after his first vet visit, poor baby!

Did a little shopping…

Living near an outlet mall is dangerous!

I wanted to get a couple new sports bras so I can stop doing laundry constantly! Today is a rest day, so Namon thought it would be good to hit the outlet mall.

Victoria Secret was having a sale. I got the bra, the pants, and the tank top for the price of the bra!

It is almost too pretty to sweat in!!! Almost. 😉

I sweat like a pig when I work out, by the way! I’m not one of those girls who gets dressed up to go to the gym, because I know I’m going to be a dripping mess by the end anyway. 

No shame! It means I worked for it!

Anyway, left with much more than I excepted to have, but it was a good trip! We stopped at stores for Namon too, and finally picked up some water glasses so we aren’t serving guests water in wine glasses anymore! (You’ll remember that, Heather!)

Today, my wallet got the workout. Gonna stay FAR FAR away from the mall for a few months! 😊

How is your Sunday going?

Monday Edition of Cooking with Namon

Hello!  I may have mentioned in a previous post that Monday nights are a little less involved when it comes to dinner, because it is Game of Thrones night for us.

Plus, it’s Monday.  I’ve never heard of a Monday Person, but if that is a thing, we are not monday people.

Anyway, Namon wanted to film a special Monday Edition of Cooking with Namon.

Please click here to see the wonders of cooking on Mondays.

He thought it was pretty funny! 😉  Cracks Namon up just thinking about it! 🙂

I hope Tuesday has been better for everyone! I am getting there. It is hard to shake off Summer and get ready for Fall Semester.  Pushing through though!

Maybe tonight you will get to watch me cook.

… maybe! 😉

A Lovely Ride

Can you see the city in the distance? That is Toronto! I’m waving to Canada right now!

Uprooting your life to move with the person you love has its perks! 

It also has its fair share of stress and hardships. I left a LOT of really awesome people back in New Orleans. It’s been kind of a slow adjustment, especially to this new definition of “summer weather” but it is days like this one when I really love being able to experience new places.

I also had NO idea just how much I use my core when riding on the back of a motorcycle. Every turn and stop I was like, “Hello! Did I work out EVERY muscle in my back yesterday?!!”

I felt muscles I didn’t even know I had. They made their displeasure quite known.

We rode up the scenic way and then on the way back down we stopped at Wegman’s for a snack and to stock up on a few items we needed for the week. The benefits of having a giant cruiser! Wegman’s was not a familiar name, but it’s quickly becoming a favorite grocery store.

What I really love is how friendly everyone in our new state has been. Namon and I are both Midwest kids, and then I spent around ten years in small town southern Illinois and he spent years in Louisiana. We are use to really open and friendly folks. Each state has its own feel, and since I’ve never even been to New York, all I knew about it was of course the city. 

I’m a country girl! I was nervous.

However, we are nowhere NEAR New York City, and instead have found ourselves surrounded by some of the prettiest country ever! It has been wonderful!

Worrying about this move did nothing for me. I should have just realized that no matter what, Namon and I can always find the best in any situation. I should have stayed positive. Either way, I’m glad it all worked out in the end.

I just wanted to share the photo, and a bit of how we relaxed today. Namon is prepping for his next cooking video. 😊 He really enjoys it!

I hope you all had a peaceful Sunday as well!

Here you can clearly see the big red mark left behind by my helmet! 😣 I may need a large… I have a huge head! 

A Day of Rest… and a Run

Getting kitty kisses as I stretch out!

Sunday is usually my rest day. Everyone needs to rest, and in my humble opinion that was why Sunday’s were invented.

Sometimes, however, a quick solo run IS part of that rest. 

My run time is when I can just zone out. I listen to pop music, bounce to the mindless sugarcoated lyrics, and focus on breating in and out. It’s kind of zen for me. Even with Britney singing in my ears that I better work.

I mentioned before that my resting heart rate was really high before exercise. It has since dropped down to a human level instead of a small woodland critter, but I know that is because I work it out a little each day. After my run I feel calm and my heart relaxes into a quiet rhythm. 

The whole point of this post is to say you have to rest, but rest has to be your own definition. My morning run was two miles in 30 minutes, so more like a slow jog, with much walking before and after. Maybe your rest is doing a home project you’ve been meaning to finish, or reading that novel that’s been sitting by your bed the last month, or even taking the kids to the park and playing frisbee. 

Whatever you think of as rest, give yourself time to DO it! Part of taking care of yourself is giving yourself time for peace!

Happy Sunday, everyone! I’m off for a motorcycle ride with my man!