USAA vs State Farm + CrossFit

I have some really fantastic news. This is going to be totally boring for all of you, but I had switched my car insurance and homeowner’s insurance over to USAA so Jon and I could be on the same policy. Come to find out (which I should have known but somehow missed in my 3 hour long conversation with my insurance companies), when I went from State Farm to USAA, my homeowner’s doubled. I decided, clearly, to switch back to State Farm. In switching back, my homeowner’s insurance amount stayed the same, but somehow my car insurance decreased by $75-100 every 6 months! And if Jon comes over to State Farm, our total payment for both cars for six months will be $729. Holy. smokes. guys. That is INSANE. I just canceled my coverage with State Farm in February and was paying around $550 so to have two cars for $729?! Absolutely!!!! (By the way, USAA was $1029 for both cars with the multi-line “discount.”) And for all you other insured people out there, that’s for 100/300/50 with a $250 deductible for both of our cars. So, despite all my anger that Jon has had to endure after wasting 3 hours on the phone with the insurance companies to double my homeowner’s insurance, it was totally worth it. And besides, that was all my fault in the first place anyway.

Alrighty, so now that we have the boring adult stuff out of the way… I woke up feeling super energized today, which was surprising since I got home fairly late from having sushi with Crista last night and then Jon and I stayed up until close to two, which is super late for this grandma.

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I woke up and started cleaning right away and handling insurance bi’ness. I made it to the noon CrossFit class for 8 minutes of power cleans and a 1 mile run. The 1 mile run felt great. It surprised me since I usually struggle through the first mile but I guess the beautiful weather helped. I used 63# for power cleans (it was supposed to be 90% of your 1 rep max- which was 95# today and I could have gone heavier, but opted not to- my real 1RM of power cleans is 105#) because I’m still really paranoid about re-injuring my thumb. In 8 minutes, I did 60 reps. The mile was untimed.

After that, I came home and did a quick arm workout and then went to The Fresh Market. I thanked my cashier so many times and she didn’t acknowledge me at all. How irritating. Anyway, now I’m getting to some blogs and about to start working on my study guide for my biology lab final tomorrow. I was supposed to be off all day tomorrow, but I’m covering from 7a-11a for somebody and am totally wishing that I wasn’t. But I was only scheduled for 24 hours this week, so I guess I should be glad to up that number by 4. I wish Jon had time to go sit on a patio and have dinner with me, but I think he may have some homework to do. Can’t keep up with him now that it’s finals time!

Everybody have a good evening!

Weekly Roundup and Homeowner Surprises

My workouts this week included: 

Monday: 5mile run in 48:37, squats, deadlifts

Tuesday: 14 minutes of NTC abs and arms because I forgot my sports bra for the gym (and was not motivated to work out at home)

Wednesday: 2 mile run in 21:19 (AM run, totally not motivated either)

Thursday: 2.67 mile run in 27:32, squats, push ups, shoulder workout

Friday: Nothing at all! 12 hour shift

Yesterday was SO nice out! Jon and I had lunch together and then I came home and worked on my lab write up for class. I also happened to check the mail and see that my escrow has a shortage and a deficit of $1000! WAH! Talk about increasing my mortgage in this coming year. Even if I pay the shortage in full, my mortgage payment is still going to increase by $75 anyway this year. Aside from my leaky shower, this is the only other first thing that has made me be like, wtf- I should have rented. But I’m going to file for a homestead exemption this coming week so who knows what will happen with my taxes.

By the time I finished calling my mortgage lender (cause the letter was way too confusing for me), it was 3:30. I decided to get a quick work out in the living room done and do a 30 minute run. I turned around at 15 minutes and guess I ran faster on the second half (as always). I also almost got hit by a car, but not really. The driver totally would have hit me but I’m observant when crossing streets, so their failure to yield to pedestrians wasn’t that serious. In all fairness, I can’t hate on that woman because I once ran into a guy, but he was a black guy, in black clothing, in the dark. So maybe I can be hating on that lady for almost hitting me during daylight. I also had to stop at three lights for a long time each. I don’t normally go that route cause of the lights, actually. Oh well.

I had class last night for a whole hour. I love this lab cause the professor is so laid back and it’s so easy (I got a 108% on my midterm- really?!).

I worked for 12 hours today and was really steadily busy for the entire shift. Almost too busy, but not quite. I had plans of the gym afterwards, but no way. As soon as I sat in my car, that motivation was totally gone and the exhaustion set in. Besides, I’m going to Body Pump in the morning (I am SO excited to FINALLY try this class) and think I’ll do a few miles if I have time. I know that I need to be smart about running and that there really is no need to go crazy in my first real week back at running.

Tomorrow is CAKE TASTING for my wedding and then Jon and I are going to a wedding of a girl that I work with. I’m pretty pumped about the cake tasting. My mom and Laura (my maid of honor) are coming with me since Jon is going to a going away party for his friends. I’m in desperate need of friend time since I haven’t seen my friends in over 2 weeks and have only been hanging out with Jon (we were on vacation) or working. I need my girl time or I go crazy.

Okay, time to get changed, eat, and start working on my discussion postings for class. I’m exhausted and think Jon’s going to pick up a red box for tonight!

Tuesday

Yesterday I had a surprisingly good visit at the gym! I had to get a money order for my wedding photographer (guess who lost their checkbook?) and somehow totally missed the bank on the way to the gym. I ended up knocking out 5 miles in 48:37, which is pretty good considering how little I’ve been running lately! I did all speed work, as usual on the treadmill. Anywhere from 5.5-8mph. Typically I don’t go any lower than 6, but I was spending a lot of time between 7-8mph, so I needed more of a break. Then I did 5×5 back squats at 105# and 5×5 deadlifts at 115#. I knocked out a few pull ups, push ups, and abs and then it was 4pm, so I stretched and headed over the bank, which was CLOSED at 4pm! When did Bank of America start closing so early? Guess I’ll be paying my photographer a little later on. But I was a little bummed that I hurried out of the gym to make it to a closed bank.

After my workout, I ate 6 pieces of bacon (I really wanted chicken sausage but didn’t have any). Jon bought Oscar Meyer nitrate/nitrite free bacon, but Oscar Meyer is just SO salty! I prefer my 365 brand from Whole Foods all the way. And really, I wanted some chicken sausage but it smelled a little off, so I decided to forego that option and just have some bacon. I had a pretty big serving of my squash casserole and a smoothie with kefir, PB2, berries, a banana, and greens. I was surprised I ate so much. Then I followed it with 6 Thin Mints. Oops. I need to get these Girl Scout Cookies out of the house.

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My squash looks like throw up.

I definitely was feeling much more “on” after a workout and being able to eat my own food and I had slept in my own bed too. I get thrown off way too easy by being out of town. I don’t eat out that often (Jon and I were just commenting on how we’re eating out so much lately- which is Mexican once a week compared to maybe 1-2 times a month before) and eating out for all my meals just don’t work with me. And for just 2-3 days, I don’t want to go buy all new food to eat for where I’m staying. I also am feeling much more motivated to work out after getting just one good day in. I’m too easily derailed from the gym lately and really need to work on that.

I got home, cleaned, and studied for my test. Jon was gone most of the evening and went to bed when he got home, so it was a quiet night before a day of work and an evening of tests!

Tonight, after working all day, studying for a test, and taking a test, I was excited to get to the gym to walk out all my soreness and do some abs and a little upper body! I got to the gym (still in my scrubs from work) and realized I forgot my sports bra! Bummer! I was actually really in the mood to be at the gym too! I was about to work on in scrubs though, and I also wasn’t about to work on in a tight white t-shirt with a black bra with red lace on it. No thanks.

Off to upload some engagement photos and eat a 10pm dinner!

Running and CrossFit on a BEAUTIFUL day!

I AM SO HAPPY! Guys, it is 66 degrees and sunny out! This is like my dream day! Except everybody else is at work cause it’s Tuesday and I have a test to study for. But I love this weather so much that not even that can bring me down! Sadly, my March schedule is really rough and I’ll be in Wisconsin for a week of it, so my days like this are feeling limited before we head back into fall. What a pessimistic way of thinking. That’s me. 

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Last night I worked until 7pm and managed to actually go to the gym afterwards! That is the first time I’ve ever gone after getting off at 7pm! I was totally bummed when I walked in and saw how packed out the gym was! I always go during the day on my days off, so I’ve actually never experienced an evening at LA Fitness. I was not a fan at all! I did a quick mile run and then walked an incline for 1/2 mile. I didn’t want to run too much since I did 4 miles the day before and am really trying to take it slow this time around. I had planned on doing some legs but the machines were full and all the squat racks were packed out, so I just stretched and headed home. Not anything super great for a workout, but at least I made it there and got one mile in, right? And I signed Jon up for the gym, so I really hope that he’ll use it. I mostly did it for weekend mornings so that we can drag each other out of bed to head out to the gym, and he’s been making some changes lately to try and get back to living a more active lifestyle which I think is awesome!

I spent my evening doing homework, blah. I’m so excited to graduate in May but also not very happy that I missed the deadline for graduation by a month and it’ll cost me $100 extra (from $30-$130, ahh!). I just found that out yesterday, by the way. I’m a transient student for this class that I’m in, so I never check my actual UNG email, which is where my degree is going to be from. Explains how I missed it, but I’m still bummed about $100 when I’m saving for a wedding and honeymoon (and need to buy a laptop for travel nursing).

Anyway, this morning I got up at 9:30 and started studying right away. I also looked up the Bacon Chase 5k because I love bacon and I like running, so what would be better than all you can eat bacon after going for a run?! But it’s $40 per person and I draw the line at the amount of money I’m willing to spend on bacon. Jon and I can go run a 5k for free around the neighborhood and then eat an entire pack of bacon (that I know is nitrate/nitrite free) for $5. I’m starting to realize that spending money on running is just not going to happen for me between the amount of money I already spend on LA Fitness and CrossFit every month. Until that 1/2 marathon, I’ll be running for free.

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My morning. Womp womp.

I headed to CrossFit at noon and we did:

8 min EMOM (every minute on the minute)

Squat clean followed by a thruster, x2. I did 63#

3 rounds for time (12:57)

400m run

10 kettlebell swings (35#)

15 push ups

20 walking lunges with KB

I was seriously so pumped to do this outside. I think I’m probably affected more by the weather than your average Joe. It’s serious. And this weather has me seriously happy. I would love to go running in it but I want to wait until Thursday to run again since I’ve gone twice this week and my test is tonight, so I can only give so much time to being active in one day. The rest of the day will be spent on my bum, reading about genetic drift and morphology.

I was planning on heading to Starbuck’s for an afternoon outside of studying, but I think I’m just going to make a nice cup of my Keurig coffee and sit on my porch. I really need to prepare my essays for the test I have tonight at 7pm and then I’ll be coming home to finish up my biology lab write ups so that I can hang out with Laura after work tomorrow!

Alrighty guys, time to be productive! Hope you all have a good day!

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And just to leave you guys with a cute picture of how Tom cuddles my face every. single. morning.

 

Speed work, homework, work, and broccoli and eggs

Jon started complaining yesterday that he was starting to feel like he was getting what I had all of last week (and still have, but I can live with this). I warned him about how much it sucked. When we got into bed last night, Jon warned me that I better not wake him up if he started to snore because he had to sleep on his back and obviously, being sick, he’s going to snore. I felt sympathy for him cause I’ve had to sleep on my back every night since being sick and hate it. Last night as we were trying to fall asleep, all I could hear was sniffle sniffle sniffle, swallow, open mouth, close mouth. I thought I was going to lose my mind! I’ve barely slept in over a week because of being sick and it was the first night I wasn’t miserable. So I just brought him some Nyquil and then moved into the guest bedroom!

I probably got to sleep around 1 and then slept until 10. It was wonderful! Both cats kept me company and we cuddled under out blankets in the dreary weather! I pulled up the WOD at CrossFit since I wanted to go at noon, but it involved 50 Pull-ups, 115 pound Squat clean, 50 reps, 50 Box jumps, 24/20. Uh, no. I typically would love that, but after doing 50 thrusters last night and having my legs cry the whole time, I figured it probably wouldn’t be happening. Then I stood up and felt my legs and knew there was no way that I was about to go do another 50 squats plus 50 box jumps. Cherry picking at its finest.

Instead I went to LA Fitness for a run since the weather still seemed okay. I did 4 miles of speed work, which I wasn’t expecting. I went from 6-8 at an incline of 1.5 (getting crazy, right? haha). 6 was my base and for the most part, I alternated every .2 miles from 6 to 6.5, 6 to 6.8, 6 to 7, 6 to 7.5, and 6 to 8 (and then just went up or down or whatever I felt like doing). I actually kind of enjoyed my run on the treadmill, but as I was getting into the higher speeds, my feet started burning from the friction of the treadmill since my shoes only have 4mm soles. I had planned on doing 3 miles but kept going, and I really felt like I could have kept going without any problems but I’m trying to be conscious of how quickly I start building miles again because of my knee, and my nose also kept running and I was starting to blow snot bubbles. Not cute. I did some pullups and dips and then decided to try shoulders. My shoulders felt like they were near muscle failure after just starting out, so I tried triceps. Same thing. So I kept it to just a few sets of each and then called it a day. If my arms were shaking like that from the start, it’s not going to be that productive of a workout anyway. Might as well save it for a better day.

I came home, showered, and made some breakfast.

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I shredded broccoli in my food processor (everybody needs one of these) and then cooked about a cup of it with two eggs, garlic, and cheddar cheese. So good. It’s a nice spin on some eggs cause I get really tired of eating regular old eggs all the time. I really couldn’t even taste the eggs much. And bacon. Of course. If I take the time to make a real breakfast on my days off, I almost always make bacon. But it’s nitrate and nitrite free, so that counts for something. And saturated fat isn’t even bad for you, so I’m still winning.

I’m about to start on my plethora of biology that I’ve been putting off, but I decided to hold off until I was eating because it entails putting pictures like this into a lab write up:

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Yep, so biology had to wait till breakfast was done. I really need to start some cooking for the next two days because I have a feeling I won’t be coming home from work tomorrow night. It’s supposed to get bad after midnight, so when Jon gets home from work, we have to discuss if he’s comfortable taking me to work tomorrow. Unfortunately, I need my car when I get off work on Thursday at 3, so I’m not sure how to work out the car situation if he drops me off (maybe drop mine off tonight before we go to bed). This prospect of snow and ice is really a pain! If I didn’t have class on Thursday night, it wouldn’t be a real issue, but I have to have my car to make it there Thursday after work. Also, if I wasn’t a nurse this wouldn’t be a big deal. And even more, if I wasn’t PRN and got paid for being off work, I wouldn’t be as stressed. But if I miss out on 20 hours of work (between tomorrow and Thursday), I lose out on a lot of pay, and we can’t be having that! Health insurance and car insurance were both due within a two week period this month, so responsibility calls- gotta make that money honey.

Okay, breakfast is all done, so time to go be productive for the rest of the day! Can’t believe it’s already 2:30pm! All I did was go the gym, shower, and eat! The day is almost over!

(By the way, Kitty always sleeps behind me when I’m on the computer and she snores so loud. Does anybody else have a snoring cat? I think it’s the cutest thing ever but she is seriously so loud. I recorded it on my phone the other day and it’s the best. I’ll include a picture of how cute my cats are… Kitty’s the fluffy one in the back that I just woke up, and Tom is the orange one. Excuse the bed with pillows with no pillow cases. The guest bedroom isn’t anywhere near finished yet.)

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Workout plans no more :( Sick week!

I’m actually a little bummed to report that my Fitness February didn’t start yesterday. While I was working on biology in the morning, I noticed that I was starting to feel increasingly worse. I ended up napping from 11:10-12:15 and finally dragging myself off the bed to go grocery shopping. After that, I was going to run and head to the gym. Nope. With every hour that passed, I continued to feel worse.

The good news is that I had time to cook yesterday since I was feeling too sick to work out! I also decided to get a picture of what $127 worth of groceries buys me:

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Enough wild caught cod for two people and two pounds of chicken included.

I still hate cooking but was actually excited to be making our food again! I hate getting into the habit of eating out because when you always eat out, it’s just so hard to want to eat at home. I used my new kitchen stand (/super old but recently brought home from the storage unit) as my recipe/Pandora stand:

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I’m excited to stain this darker!

 I made these amazing breakfast muffins:

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Bacon, egg, cheese, hash brown! SO GOOD!

I also cooked up some shredded chicken in the crockpot, some sweet potatoes for breakfast, cooked chicken for stir fry, and cut all the stir fry veggies up.

By the time I finished, I had about 45 minutes until I had to go to class. I did a quick workout with 10# weights at home first since I had skipped the gym. Then I managed to get to campus early enough to study two chapters. I got home and was feeling exhausted and lazy so all I did was watch TV and go to bed.

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Tom has been so cuddly lately! He just laid in my arms while I watched TV.

I didn’t get much sleep cause of congestion and my sore throat, unfortunately.

I just got home from work today. As a quick lesson I’ve learned in my years of nursing, it’s that IV drugs are really never a good idea. Nothing like dragging an unresponsive, totally blue young kid out of a car, presumably due to overdose. But there’s nothing quite like the excitement of somebody running in the front door and saying they need help and having it actually be a legitimate need, either.

My original plan was to go to CrossFit tonight but I’m really not feeling it at all. As much as I want to get back into the gym, I spent most of my day nauseous and now I’m blowing my nose every ten minutes and coughing and sneezing a ton. So instead, I think I’m about to shower and nap and then start on my biology.

Hopefully by this weekend I’ll be able to get back to working out and running. Maybe I won’t set any fitness goals anymore because clearly once I do, my body feels the need to intervene.

What women “should” look like

“You’re supposed to have curves. You’re supposed to have an a**. You’re supposed to look like a woman. Being a woman does NOT mean you are automatically weak. It doesn’t mean you can’t be physically capable.” – from Lean Bodies Consulting

I read this excerpt from an article today. The article had an overall good message- it’s about loving yourself and accepting yourself for how you are. However, I have a problem with all these “love yourself” articles and photos. Why is this article telling women what we’re supposed to have? So I’m supposed to have curves and I’m supposed to have an ass? And you include this information about what I should have in the article about loving yourself?! Well, I don’t have an ass and I don’t have curves and I’m still a woman! I hate this type of “validation” on what your body should look like as much as I hate the media out there that tells you that you should be strong or you should be thin or you should be something or other!

What you should be is healthy

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I like feeling strong, don’t get me wrong, but what if somebody is skinny?! What if that is their natural body type (which it is for me- I’m naturally about 95lbs- I can get up to 105 max if I’m lifting heavy and lifting very often)? So these images are spread all over the internet telling people who are naturally thin that now they need to be strong because it isn’t sexy anymore to be skinny, basically. And I know the message intended is to actually tell people that they should be strong and fit and not strive to just be thin. There is more to life than just losing weight (because I do know that that actually is the main focus for a lot of women out there- which I think is just as crazy as focusing on the numbers on the scale- muscle weighs more than fat, guys). However, as a thin women with absolutely no hips and curves, I am so tired of reading how I shouldn’t be skinny anymore and I should be fit and how women are supposed to have curves!

I have a ton of CrossFit friends so my Facebook newsfeed is obviously full of other CrossFitters. They like to post a lot of articles about CrossFit. A lot. Especially people who are new into it and feel like it’s omg the coolest thing eeeever. I’m so tired of seeing articles about how CrossFit is good for you and all these benefits of it with pictures of clearly jacked men and women. Yeah, there are a lot of people in CrossFit who are jacked. There are also a ton who are overweight or who are thin or are really just average. Include those pictures in the articles about CrossFit!

I’ll consider it a success when all the focus really does shift to being healthy and when the images of the healthy women actually vary. It is true that no matter how “healthy” you are, added weight does increase the risk of other medical problems. Your body isn’t meant to operate with all that added weight. However, you can have a few extra pounds, be in great cardiovascular shape, strong, and eat healthy and not lose all the weight! Who cares?! You’re healthy! Who cares if you never have curves? You can still be healthy without an ass or curves just as you can be healthy with them!

Rant over.

I did make it to CrossFit today for the noon class. We did 2x2x1x1 front squats. I maxed at 113#, which is really good for not squatting much in 7 months. I have no idea what my 1RM is… I think it was 135# for front squats. Maybe one day. Maybe not. Then we did a 7 min EMOM (every minute on the minute) of rope climbs and 8 kettle bell swings (I did 35#). I love rope climbs but didn’t think I’d be able to keep up with 7 after being out of the gym for so long. I was wrong. I finished each round in 30-32 seconds. So I was glad that I made it! Definitely felt good to climb some ropes again! Then I grocery shopped and now it’s time to study and cook until it’s time to go wedding dress shopping tonight! I’d love to run today because it’s so nice out, but I don’t think I have time! The only reason I sat down to write this blog was because my accent chair was being delivered and I knew I couldn’t concentrate on studying with random people in the house!

Everybody have a good day!

The weekend and rhabdo!

Friday I got off work at 3 and drove over the the gym. I got to the gym and had a bathroom emergency and was exhausted, so I wrestled with whether or not I really wanted to go to the gym at all. I had decided to at least do 45 minutes at the gym doing whatever my heart desired once I got in the doors, but once that bathroom emergency hit, it was over.

I came home, got out of my scrubs, and crashed for 2 hours. Maybe I dream too big for working 5 days in a row. Nurses aren’t used to that sort of thing. I did feel justified in my decision not to work out when I slept that hard though cause clearly I needed it.

I woke up hungry and grumpy and waited for Jon to get home (he was supposed to be home way earlier and hadn’t let me know he was staying later at work). Once Jon got home, we packed for the cabin as quickly as possible and headed out the door.

Our night started with awesome massages. After going back to CrossFit, I needed it. I thought I was going to cry when he dug into some of the knots on my back. Jon loved his massage just as much as I loved mine, so maybe we’ll go back. After our wonderful massages, we headed up the my parent’s cabin in Blairsville.

I woke up throughout the night with intense pain in my triceps. I’ve never had that happen before. After not working out as much and still being in the mindset I was in 7 months ago with CrossFit, I overdid it. I’m extremely careful going back into doing lifts, but not as much with the number of reps of bodyweight exercises. I’m almost positive I ended up with a mild case of rhabdo. Luckily, it was just in my triceps. People with the highest risk for rhabdo are athletes who are getting back into working out and overdo it. Hm, sound familiar (and by athlete, I just mean former CrossFitter- I don’t feel like an athlete of any sort). I barely slept all night because of the pain in my arms and could barely move them. I’ve done CrossFit for over 4 years so I know what it’s like to be sore. I’ve been in agony when I’ve been sitting down on the toilet before. My muscles frequently hurt just to touch and feel bruised. But this was different. It wasn’t just a sore muscle. My arms at rest were in a constant aching pain and that radiated into the surrounding muscles, leaving them feeling like they were in constant muscle failure. If I moved my arms, it felt like a tearing pain, and when I got to a certain point (which was after very minimal movement), it felt like I was having the most severe muscle cramps in my triceps. They were swollen and Jon said my left one looked bruised. I drank tons of water to flush out the myoglobin casts so they didn’t occlude my ureters (I peed way less than normal- oddly enough, but my pee was still light). I was feeling nauseous a lot of the day also. Jon even had to dress and undress me. I couldn’t bend my arms enough to get my clothes on and off. Last night I still went to bed in pretty bad pain, but luckily woke up this morning (only woke up a few times overnight) and was able to move a little bit more. Tonight, I’m able to move more for sure, but bending my arms is still really painful and the constant ache in my left arm is about 1/2 of what it was the other day! Anyway, I blame myself completely. I know who is at the highest risk of rhabdo. I know my own limits. I definitely pushed them and the coach on Wednesday had told me to only do 14 dips per round and not 20, but I still did 20.

Anyway, yesterday morning Jon and I woke up to this:

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Instead of enjoying a day hiking as I had hoped for, we went to The Sawmill Place for breakfast. Afterwards, we ended up heading back to the cabin and we both napped for a few hours. I’ve been really taking a ton of naps lately, which is so rare for me. I usually never want to nap. I slept so good too after being up all night in pain the night before. We woke up to a nice sunny afternoon so we decided to head out to look for possible wedding venues.

We drove around and enjoyed some nice scenery! Didn’t find much in the way of venues, but we have a few places we want to check out. We had dinner at an Italian place that was okay. Enrico’s in Young Harris. Jon made fun of the girl when he ordered “caprese” and she verified that we wanted the “capreeese.” It’s “capraysay,” duh. We went to Italy. We know. (I’m kidding, but we did go, and Jon does feel all Italian now.) They used sandwich tomatoes for their caprese which ruined it. But our entrees were pretty good!

We went back to the cabin and read all night. This morning, we woke up to a beautiful morning!

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I would love to get married in a field like that! Jon and I wondered if we just set up in a field, if anybody would stop us. We don’t think so, but I think the logistics may be a little tricky. We ate a really good breakfast at The Crimson Moon Cafe in Dahlonega and then headed to Amicalola Falls to check out their B&B as a possible wedding venue.

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The view from the lodge. Unfortunately, you can’t see the falls from the B&B.

I’m curious to hear the pricing on that place. Anyway, we went to pick up Jon’s wedding band and sent off my engagement ring for resizing. I have a feeling it’ll squish my fingers when they swell in the summer, but I’m tired of worrying that it’ll fall off into the sinks at work when I wash my hands a million times a day!

My parents came over tonight to help us hang up pictures. After they left, we’ve been organizing all day. It sucks that we left so much to do today because it was a beautiful day out and we could have done so many fun things! Our guest bedroom was still in shambles after we did the floors, so I have most of that together. Now I’m catching up on laundry. I really wanted to clean the glue off the floors but my arms are still really tired and hurting, so I didn’t. I also didn’t want to run today because I didn’t want to damage any other muscles and release anything else into my bloodstream to be filtered out by my kidneys! I’m such a paranoid nurse, huh.

Anyway, time to go relax and watch a movie with Jon. It’s back to reality this week… I have a class for work tomorrow and am on call till 3 (I hope to check out a wedding venue after!) and then Tuesday is back to class. Ugh.

Bloggeriffic. What I did. What I ate. What I worked out. Pictures included.

I had a really productive day for once today! I worked until 3:30 (I start getting really antsy to leave at 15 after whatever hour I should be leaving, so by 3:15 I was calling my relief and asking what was going on!) and was actually glad to spend my last 4 hours at work at the greeter desk. It’s the only area in the ER that we have any windows (since it’s in the waiting room), so I got to enjoy looking at the bright, sunny day for once!

I came home from work and was motivated to run! I was starving, so I had a quick snack:

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A gluten free biscuit, two mango slices, and Boar’s Head Tuscan turkey breast- it’s nitrate and nitrite free and costs $11.99/lb at Kroger, but let me just tell you, Jon and I agree that this is hands down the best deli meat out there! It is delicious!

Jon ended up walking in the house while I was finishing up my snack so he agreed to go on a run with me! I kind of forget at times that my running actually has improved, so I run farther and faster than him. We headed out to do a 4.2 mile run (I don’t think he knew how far he agreed to when I asked if he wanted to run to Wal-Mart) and after 2 miles, he was done. A 21 minute 2 mile. I was planning on going to CrossFit tonight, so I was fine with it. Besides, it’s rare that Jon agrees to run with me so I was just happy to have him go!

We spent our 2 mile walk home talking about our future wedding plans and freezing our asses off. We were dressed to run! So a walk in 40 degree weather in the shade was definitely cold!

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I don’t normally add pictures of what I look like before running, but today I’m fancy. Also, I don’t have a clue if that’s a headband or ear warmer, but I think it’s the perfect ear warmer and a stupid headband, but I’m not really up on all the fashion trends in the fitness world. I own all the same shorts, pants, tank tops, and long sleeved shirts to work out in.

We got home at 5:50 so I stretched until I headed out the door to CrossFit. Tonight was 5 rounds of 20 ring dips and 14 thrusters. Since this is my first real workout with my thumb, I went light on the thrusters. 33#. And I scaled the dips because my triceps died. It was awful. It was absolutely not a cardio workout at all for me, but I definitely hit muscle failure on my last round of dips.

After getting home and talking Jon into massaging my triceps for me, I made us some quick dinner.

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Salad with ranch dressing and then portabello mushrooms, spaghetti sauce mixed with cream cheese, and parmesan cheese. I ate another mango slice too (not pictured). Also, that looked like a ton of mushroom when I started sautéing them, but then we hardly had any by the time they finished cooking. Lesson learned.

I was way too lazy at the store this week to think of a real meal and I didn’t feel like having to cook much on a week where I was working every day, so that was it. But it was good.

In case you wondering about what I ate for the rest of my day, my breakfast at 6am was roasted carrots, chocolate milk, and pumpkin coffee with So Delicious French Vanilla coconut creamer (I don’t ever have carrots for breakfast but I left my tupperware with sweet potatoes and goat cheese at work and I’m pretty sure my eggs are expired). Side note: I bought Dunkin Donuts mocha k-cups and hate them. They expire at the end of this month though, so I’ve been drinking them every morning and just adding plain coconut milk and hating my morning coffee. So today I splurged and went back to my good old favorite- Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice k-cups with the above creamer. Mmmm… End side note. For lunch at noon, I had spaghetti squash with parmesan cheese and spaghetti sauce and a Noosa yogurt… Which come to think of it, after that small lunch, it’s obvious why I was so hungry when I got home from work at 4 because that’s a really small lunch for me when I’m at work.

Anyway, after dinner, Jon and I cleaned our room and bathroom and now we’re working on laundry! How exciting. I was all excited about watching Nashville tonight after we finished our cleaning, but it’s not on till the 15th!

I’ll leave you with this last picture before going to cuddle on the couch with Jon and head to bed soon. Another work day tomorrow!

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My loves on the couch. Jon and Tom. Although most of you don’t follow me on Instagram, this is an accurate representation of my Instagram. Jon on the couch with Tom on his chest. Nightly occurrence.

PS- This post was really bloggeriffic with all the photos and what I ate and what I did.

Christmas-time greetings!

Well well well! I’m making this in the quiet of the guest bedroom at Jon’s sister before I go out to the living room and his niece realizes I’m awake! There is no peace and quiet with children around. Which I love during my visits to Florida at all times except for when I first wake up!

I finally made it out for a run on Wednesday afternoon! With all the floors, it has just been so hectic that time to run seemed impossible to come by. I probably could have found some, but I was also happy having a few minutes to relax when I had the chance. Priorities. And running isn’t number one. However, I was impressed because I planned on going about three miles and ended up going five.

Splits:

Mile 1: 8:48, Mile 2: 9:06, Mile 3: 8:50, Mile 4: 8:25, Mile 5: 7:46 Total: 43:14

I was so excited about the 7:46! I was feeling good at the start of my last mile and decided maybe .2 or .3 miles into it to try and go for a mile in the 7s and I made it! So excited!

After working Thursday and Friday, Jon and I came down to Florida. Unfortunately, I woke up on Friday morning feeling sick. I was so paranoid about having the flu because I have been surrounded my patients with the flu at work! But I realized that I seemed to have more cold symptoms than anything else. I got off work 4 hours early on Friday and I was so grateful to come home and nap before driving 6 hours to Florida!

Saturday morning we woke up in Jacksonville! I was still feeling really under the weather (slightly nauseous) and had barely slept all night, so we ate a nice Panera breakfast because I crave carbs when I’m sick and then got our gift cards from Target. I got my nails done in a nice red for the holidays!

We spent the afternoon at Jon’s parent’s house. I was surprised that we got so many gifts as a couple. We ate tons and tons of food and then went in the evening to see Handel’s Messiah. Jon’s brother in law is in the chorus. It got a little lengthy for me, but I was impressed with how awesome they sounded.

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His brother in law is in the back row, 5th from the left.

Sunday morning Jon and I went for a walk on the beach! I was hoping to run, but my throat was killing me when I woke up and I had no energy at all! So we went for about a 45 minute walk total and enjoyed some 80 degree weather for a change!

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After that, we came back to his sister, Rebecca’s, house and took a two hour nap! Like I said, no energy at all. I was still tired when we woke up but knew we had to shower and head out. As soon as we got in the car to go back to his parent’s house, I fell asleep again.

We hung out with his parents again last night. We enjoyed some leftover Christmas dinner, ping pong, and the card game Golf (which I won!). We stayed for awhile and then headed over to see his other “parents” that I also love seeing! We were only there for about 30 minutes before heading back to Rebecca’s to hang out and sleep.

And that’s where we are now! I just woke up this morning and we’re watching Zoe and Slade (niece and nephew) while Brad and Rebecca look at apartments. I’m hoping to go for a run today for once! I need to start drinking some water and eat some breakfast. I still don’t feel 100% but have no specific complaints this morning. Jon and I were taking Zicam like it was going out of style. But I’m pretty sure I can at least manage a three mile run. We need to get Christmas shopping done and then tonight, we’re going on a date with Brad and Rebecca.

Anyway, the little Zoe monster just found me awake, so I’m going to go hang out with them! Merry Christmas if I’m not back by then!