Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Week of December 4 - 10


Monday: Tap dance class (60 min) + Jillian Michaels cardio (20 min)

Tuesday: Family/tempo run 1.55 miles (11:41 pace, 46* and crisp, early evening)  + Jillian Michaels weights (20 min) + restorative yoga (12 min)

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: Restorative yoga (15 min)

Friday: Stroller run 1.35 miles (15:53 pace, 43* and clear, afternoon) + Jillian Michaels weights (20 min)

Saturday: Yoga (30 min)

Sunday: Stroller run 2.0 miles (15:06 pace, 45* and chilly) + Jillian Michaels cardio (20 min)

Total running: 4.9 miles
Average daily steps: 8,681
Weight: +33 (no change)

Monday, December 4, 2017

Week of Nov 27 - Dec 3


Monday: Tap dance class (60 min) + restorative yoga (12 min)

Tuesday: Jillian Michaels weights (20 min)

Wednesday: Run 1.4 miles (16:23 pace, 43*, late afternoon) + restorative yoga (12 min)

Friday: Family run (for me = tempo, keeping up with Abe while he pushed the stroller) 1.5 miles (13:04 pace, 46*, early afternoon) + Jillian Michaels weights (20 min)

Sunday: Yoga (20 min)

Total running: 2.9 miles
Average daily steps: 7,575
Weight: +33 lb (no change)

Friday, December 1, 2017

In Favor of Giving Gifts

I'm not sure if it's just the circles I'm in or part of a general trend, but I've seen and heard a lot this year about foregoing gift exchanges with other adults. And I definitely understand many of the arguments against doing gifts, and sometimes agree! Often time it focuses on two components of the money side: going over budget and into debt, and overpaying/overvaluing what you're giving to someone compared to what the recipient values it. 

But I think there are some benefits to - simply, conscientiously, within budget - giving gifts to family friends.

1. I love the feeling of joy (accomplishment?) at finding a gift that the recipient just loves! Don't get me wrong, I get totally stressed out and anxious in the process! But when I get the perfect thing and can see that I got it just right? Amazing. 

2. One reason I've seen for gifts is that people might find something you never even knew I needed - rebuked, of course, especially in minimalist circles, that if you didn't know you needed it, dude, you really don't need it. 

But - gifts aren't about what you need. I do aim for minimalism in general, but that doesn't mean I don't keep things that are merely wants, because they make me happy. There can definitely be something I didn't know existed that would make me happy if I had it. (And most likely, I'll get rid of something I needed but didn't really like to keep the new want.)

3. As a solution to wasting money on gifts that the recipients might not want, I've seen articles recommend relying on cash and gift cards - everyone loves those, right? And sure, picking out the right gift card shows some attentiveness to the recipient. But to me, that just makes it all about exchanging cash. At least when you give actual things, there's a facade that it's more than just a quid pro quo! What's the point of exchanging $25 gift cards with you? I'd rather you put the thought into seeking something that you think I'll love, even if it risks you missing the mark slightly. 

4. I say this next point with caveats: Giving gifts provides you a chance to impose your values on your loved ones. Now, this can definitely be done the "wrong" way! I have one relative who basically focuses on something they currently consider important or relevant each year, and then gives the same or a variation of the same gift to everyone for Christmas, regardless of whether everyone would want or could use it. Don't do that.

But, for example, if you know someone loves makeup, and you can find a vegan product that's comparable in quality to their favorite - maybe it's worth introducing it to them. And they might love it and start supporting a company that happens to be vegan.

5. Along similar lines, when you have children, giving gifts to other people provides and opportunity to showcase your values. Show generosity by sharing your resources. Show responsibility by giving gifts in keeping with your lifestyle, rather than going into debt. Buy locally, buy plastic-free, buy used, buy vegan. 

Linking up today with Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy for Friday Five 2.0

Monday, November 27, 2017

Week of November 20 - 26


Monday: Tap dance class (60 min) + yoga (10 min)

Tuesday: Rest day

Wednesday: Jillian Michaels weights (20 min) + yoga (30 min)

Thursday: Yoga (10 min)

Friday: Jillian Michaels weights (20 min)

Saturday: Yoga (10 min)

Sunday: Jillian Michaels cardio (20 min)

Average daily steps: 7,969
Weight: +33 lbs (down 1 lb!)

Unfortunately the holiday schedule made it difficult to fit in a run, but took advantage of a family visit to try to impose new workouts (the Jillian Michaels app and the Down Dog yoga app) on my mom. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Week of November 13 - 19


Monday: Tap dance class (60 min)

Tuesday: Jillian Michaels Transform 90 (20 min)

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: Run 1.0 miles (14:22 pace, 43* and rainy, 9:00 pm)

Friday: Hike ~0.8 mile - Uhtoff Sanctuary

Saturday: Stroller run 1.15 miles (14:55 pace, 48* and chilly, 2:00 pm) + Jillian Michaels T90 (20 min)

Sunday: Yoga (10 min)

Total running: 2.15 miles
Average daily steps: 7,534
Weight: +34 lb

For even more TMI than I've already shared, after a urogyn appointment this past week I have a pessary, so I'm able to run! I don't view it as a long-term solution (it's not actually fixing anything, it's essentially a crutch), but I can consider other options like surgery down the road, after I'm done breastfeeding. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

A Few Weeks of Sort of Exercising

Week of Oct 16 - 22

Monday: Yoga (10 min)

Thursday: Bike trainer 2.6 miles (10.3 mph, 55 rpm)

Friday: 3 Day Rotation kickboxing (20 min)

Saturday: Jillian Michaels Bounce Back Baby (20 min)

Sunday: Jillian Michaels BBB (20 min) + Yoga (15 min)

Week of Oct 23 - 29

Monday: Tap dance class (60 min) + Jillian Michaels BBB (20 min) + Yoga (10 min)

Tuesday: Jillian Michaels BBB (20 min) + Yoga (10 min)

Thursday: Jillian Michaels BBB (20 min) + Yoga (10 min)

Friday: Hike 1.2 miles - Pittock Bird Sanctuary + Jillian Michaels BBB (20 min) + Yoga (15 min)

Sunday: Jillian Michaels BBB (20 min)

Week of Oct 30 - Nov 5

Monday: Tap dance class (60 min)

Saturday: Hike 1 mile - Tualatin Hills Nature Park

Week of Nov 6 - 12

Monday: Tap dance class (60 min)

Tuesday: Stroller run/walk 1.1 miles (16:39 pace) + Jillian Michaels BBB (20 min)

Wednesday: Yoga (10 min)

Friday: Stroller run/walk 1.1 miles (17:14 pace)

Saturday: Hike 1 mile - Orchard Park + Jillian Michaels BBB (20 min)

Sunday: Yoga (10 min)

After the 10k that proved the pelvic floor issues were not gone, I figured it was worth taking a break from running for at least a bit. I got an appointment scheduled with a urogynecologist, and took it easy in the meantime. (Aka, had a hard time being motivated to do other workouts.) But as a result, we also decided to commit to going on a family hike every weekend (so long as it's not absolutely horrible weather, at least). 

Friday, November 17, 2017

O Game Night: One Outrageous Ordinary Occurrence

O-lace disc
Orange shirts and toenails

Oregon Trail (we actually won!)

Odwalla Orange juice
Ocean spray cranberry juice
Orange-colored (pumpkin spice) sparkling cider

Orecchiette pasta with Olives, Oregano, Olive Oil
Omelette with Onions, Oyster mushrooms, Okra
Oven-roasted Okra
Outsourced Organic Old-fashioned Oat bars
Onion chips
Opal apples
Oatmeal raisin cookies 
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