Sunday, November 29, 2015

What We Are Reading: November

It is one of my favorite posts!!!! And I figure better late than never at this point haha. Geez life and everything seriously got in the way this last month. I thought I wasn't reading all that much but indeed I actually was this past month since October.

My most recent books included...

I LOVED this book. Much more than I thought I would. I do not own my own business but I found this book to be very inspiring. It had a lot of great stories from women who own their own business and how they rose above. Even though I work for a corporation, being just my own boss in life, it really rang true. Between this book and How to be BadAss, well they have really changed my outlook on being positive in all things. I highly recommend this book and be your own #GirlBoss.

Just like the last book I read from James Patterson, with the same feel, I read this book in one day! It was quick and easy but the ending just happened. The chapters were short and you knew the ending was happening and then it was over. No real explanation just over. It was a fun read and I love books like this from James Patterson. I love the short and sweet chapters because it makes it quick and I feel like I am really accomplishing a book. The story was heart warming and I love the past and present implications it had. I also hear that this book was a movie too.

I have read the other bestsellers from this author and really loved them and this book did not disappoint. It took me a little bit to dive into this book. I had a hard time getting into the story and I had to keep putting it down and then picking it up. BUT once I picked it up I got really into it. It had a really interesting story behind it. The main character was a bit of a baby for me. She was whiny, but the other characters were amazing. The depth of the story and how it played out made me extremely happy and that main character I was not happy with, I ended up loving!! And she had me cheering for her and her happiness. This really was a great book, I recommend not giving up with it.

Because it was Halloween time and I really wanted to take a walk down memory lane, I ordered this book from online since I LOVED it so much as a kid. I remember taking this book out of the library and reading each story and just falling in love with the short stories. I would read aloud the really scary ones and rereading the funny ones to my grandparents. I got the book and all those awesome memories came flooding back. AHH the memories. This book is great have for me as just a memory alone.

And my final book, which I just finished today and LOVED.

Nancy over at This Crazy Life of Mine highly recommended this book to me. I was waiting forever for it to come at the library and it finally did and I was thrilled. I started it the beginning of the month and I finally had some time to finish it. Another great and fast read. OH man was this book juicy!!! It followed a group of women and how their lives all intertwined without even knowing it. The last few pages of the book I LOVED and couldn't have asked for a better way to end the book, I mean seriously I was blown away. I  have never read anything from this author and now she is on my list of authors I love. I can not wait to read more from her. Make sure you check out Nancy's blog because she has the best recommendations. And go out and take out this book now!!!!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

My Successful First Week Of Half Training

Okay so I survived my first week of Half Marathon Training and what a week it has been.

My life is all over the place right now with work. I am putting in a ton of hours, usually my days can go between 8-10 and then some. Then by the time I get home it takes on another 1/2 hour, believe me the last thing i really want to do is work out or run But I am trying my absolute best.

This week was a bit different than the rests because I have only had one day off, which was yesterday. See life is out of control.

But per schedule it gives you 2 rest days, 2 cross train days and 3 run days. Out of all of those days, I know that the run days are the most important and I should never miss them. Now because my work is crazy, I will take an extra rest day and miss a cross train day because running around the store is defintley a cross train day for sure.

And that is how this week panned out.

Sunday- Rest Day
Monday- 3 miles after work in the dark. Stayed around a 13 minute mile. My legs were tired but I got it done, I stayed with in the 3:1's too.
Tuesday- Per schedule rest day and it was great. Had a half day at work, came home and napped and then just unwind the rest of the night
Wednesday- After work, I got my 30 minutes of cross training in. I went to the gym and used the bike and the elliptical.
Thursday- Used as another rest night. Long week and day and I just wanted a night to have fun. James and I went out to dinner, and I ended up going to bed early and sleeping amazing.
Friday- Finally my day off!!!! Had a perfect day off. Went to Walmart and got Adele's new cd ( amazing by the way) Returned library books, went to lunch with Bubba, went to Target and spent way to much, but it was so nice to treat myself. AND got my 3 mile run and the best run I had in a long time. Since technically I was suppose to run on Thursday and cross train today, I did the run instead. It felt really good and I felt super rested.
Saturday- I had planned since I was working 11-7, I was going to run before work. That way I didn't have to worry about it when I got home. Wellllll see my bed was so comfy this morning and it was the first time I could sleep in forever, I mean I really wanted to take advantage. So I hit snooze, well really turned off the alarm and vowed when I got home from work, that is when I would run and it would have to be the treadmill, which as you know, I hate more than anything BUT I wasn't going to give up. So I got out of work late, of course, and I came home, changed quickly and went straight to the gym. Despite the fact James already had dinner made for himself and I wanted to sit down. I hit up the dreadmill and watched the newest Grey's, which is also finally getting good. The 3 miles were tough because I am constantly looking at the how far I have gone, next time I need to bring a towel to cover with it. The only thing I liked was controlling my speed, but I got the 3 miles over and done with.

The main thing is I didn't give up and believe me every day I wanted too. I just wanted to say I do not care and I am done and I could figure it out. But I didn't and I wont. I know the next couple of weeks will be tough, but I can adjust and move on.

So here is to another successful week of craziness.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Training for my 8th Half Marathon

Good Sunday Evening Everyone!!!

Pretty fun and exciting stuff happening on the run side of my life.

Today, started my week 1 of Half Marathon Training.

So if I ran a marathon and tons of 5k's and halves, why am I training for one?? I know I can run, I know I can run the mileage and get it done. But I need the structure. I love the routine. I need to know everyday what I need to be doing. It holds me accountable and allows me to never give up.

I know if I didn't set out a plan and stay on track with it, I would let the rest of life pass around me and then I wont get it done. I really want to have a great experience with this half. It is my turning point, since coming back from my accident and just making it through life through that.

I went on to Pinterest and found this really great 12 week plan. Which has 3 runs a week, 2 rest days and 2 cross train days. Cross train days will be done in gym, I want to work on strength training on those days and the bike. My longer runs as the time increases will be done on Saturday's because that is when the half marathon will land, trying to set my mind set up with it also.

My rest days are Sunday and Thursday, which is nice because Sundays are usually my day off and I can just truly rest and stretch.

I am excited for this half training. I am going to try to stay as close to the training as I can, but already tomorrow I might have to switch some things as I may have a really long day at work.

But life and running go along perfect with that right, making adjustments and just not giving up.

I will be blogging this weekly so I can see my progress and accountability!!!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Buffalo Chicken Pizza Soup

If there is one thing I love for lunch or dinner is SOUP!!

My top 3 soups are French Onion, Tomato and Broccoli and Cheese. And I never really eat them because they are so high in points or calories. They are definitely a treat when I get them out and ironically all my favorites are at Panera. But this post isn't about my love for Panera, it is just about soup.

On Sunday, I was looking through my Pinterest for some good soup recipes. I was really in the mood for using my crock pot and making soup so I can have it for lunch for the week. I found this one where I had all the ingredients, which is rare in my life lol.

And it was so easy and simple.

3-4 chicken breasts
1 package of frozen corn
8 cups of chicken broth
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 red onion, diced
1 1/4 cup of BBQ Sauce
Salt and Pepper and Garlic Salt to taste

Add all to the crock pot.

Cook on low for about 5 hours.

Take the chicken breast out, diced or shred, then add back to the soup and stir.

I measured out 2 cups for 255 calories and that was one serving.

Then add some clinatro, shredded mozzerella cheese and I topped with a bit more BBQ sauce.

It was sooo yummy and filling and ended up having a ton of protein. James even liked it.

It is the perfect time of the year for soup and for when I am starting to put in some crazy hours, this is just perfect to come home too and have for the rest of the week or the nights when you just do not want to cook.

I paired with some biscuits too.

Here is the recipe I used too if you want some more guidance.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Pizza Soup

Friday, November 6, 2015

My Whirlwind..Scratch That, HURRICANE of a Week

Good Friday Morning.

Oh my gosh it has been a little over 9 days since the last time I had checked in. Remember when I would write every day. Remember when I had the time to do so.

Yeah me neither. Life is pulling me in a million and one directions. You should hear the ongoing fights I have in my head on what I should get done now and then. Believe me sleep and resting seems to always win first.

That basically has been my life since the last time we had chatted. Halloween for us was something super simple. I worked in the day and then just made it nice and comfy on the couch and called it a night. We ordered some pizza and watched Sons of Anarchy. Which, could be my new favorite show and we are on the final season. I hate to see it leave, it AGAIN, has been a show I didn't think I would love, but oh man...and look at this sexy man...

There is just something about a bad boy for sure.

Then came this week. I knew this week was going to be long, but I guess I wasn't sure how long it really, really was going to be...
hSunday at work we had our annual Holiday Floorset. Well up until my promotion, I was prepared to do the one at my old store. I knew it was going to be a long day, but man was it ever. The new store is way different than my old one, which brings me to long nights. I worked from 645-815. Almost 14 hours with drive time. I was tired and hungry and my body ached. I could barely move when I got home because I was constantly just moving the whole day with setting the new displays. We got it done, but god it took forever. Then the rest of the week I was going in early, every day to get the store fixed up, shipment, my paper work, etc.  I have to go in early because it is seriously the only time I can get stuff accomplished and I STILL feel like I got nothing done.

So when I come in super early, still means I have to work my full shift. So the days become 10 or 9 hour days. Which, yes, I get it, it is this time of year, but by God, really the first week of November!! I am seriously just waiting anxiously for the end of December!!!

I clocked in at 53 hours this week. It is a nice testing point for what the holiday will be bringing me. I have not worked out at all this week. I did do a quick one mile run to our friends house the other night because they invited us over for dinner. So to get my work out in, I threw on my running clothes and ran. It felt so good to sweat. Working out was hard this week for me to just adjust. I hate to make excuses but I was just so darn tired. I try, but by the time I got home, I was beat and with the time change, I was just off.

I mean, I work my Ass off at the store, so I am so tired. But I will do much better next week. I guess I just needed to focus on one thing right now. I am off today through Sunday, so I will be running at some point every day, walking around and getting my sweat on and then setting up a schedule and sticking to it.

My eating has been good too. I have brought my lunch every day. Usually just a sandwich, because it is quick and easy. I have brought my breakfast every day too. Not great, usually a piece of toast or something or yogurt. My coffee game is strong, with a cup on my ride in and before I open the store, going to Dunkin Donuts! I seriously love that there is one in the  mall.

If you are ever shopping at Countryside Mall, please feel free to win me over just bringing me a coffee, iced or hot with skim milk and 3 splenda :0)

My weight has been good too. I feel good, granted how tired. I lost 2 pounds this week, not sure if it was water or what, but the scale said a number. The scale is going down slowly but hell I am fine with that, its making its way down. I am feeling better in my clothes again too. I put on a pair of jeans the other day, not just leggings, which hell day off weekend, that's where it is at.

But I feel good, I have to incorporate more veggies for sure. I have been a bit lack luster on those this week and fruits, so stocking up on those is a must.

I promise this week I will get back to my typical posts and have more food related and running. I start my half training plan on the 15th, so like I did in the past, I will blogging daily about that.

Hope everyone has a great day!!!