Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Work It Out

For the past month I have been using a phone app that has helped me start running. My friend Janey and I have been meeting almost daily at 6:00 a.m. and increase our running time each week. Yesterday we started week four and it was obviously the hardest yet.  The set goes like this: Warm up for 5 minutes, jog 3 minutes, walk 1.5 minutes, jog five minutes, walk 2.5 minutes and repeat with a 5 minute cool down at the end. I made it through most of it. I had to walk some of the last five minutes but I mostly did it all. I have to admit... I hate it! I truly hate it! I really want to be one of those people who discovers running and it changes everything. My sister is this way. She has really taken off with it and even trains others. She loves it. I hate it. But I have to work out. It seems irresponsible not too. I'm going to eat chocolate chip cookies no matter what so I might as well work out and burn them off. Yesterday after my workout I literally felt like I couldn't move for most of the day. I also took an allergy pill and it completely drained me of what little energy I had left.  I finally got up some energy to start styling and taking photos of my new products and I got one item down and then... I broke my camera! It was a tragedy! I blame the running...

I managed to get this cake box photographed but I'm still a bit weary of putting it in my etsy shop because I'm not quite sure how to ship it. Any suggestions?

I took a picture of this box with my iphone but have to accept that I should not fill my shop with iphone pics so I put off the picture taking. My husband and I both need a camera so we did some quick research and ordered a fairly inexpensive one. We will definitely be pinching pennies harder than before for a while but what's done is done.

Meanwhile I have been KILLING it in the kitchen thanks to recipes I found on pinterest.  Monday night we had Mexican pizzas just like Taco Bell makes only with actual meat and way less sodium (I am not hating on Taco Bell, it is my cheap drive-thru go to, but seriously, what is in the meat?)  Find the super easy recipe here.
Last night I made one pot thai peanut past and oh man!  It was amazing. I'll admit I did not have a ton of hope for this turning out great but it was mega good.  You can find that recipe here.  I think next time I will go a little lighter on the peanut butter. Two tablespoons made it such a heavy dish.  I used pad thai style rice noodles so I followed the advice of one commenter and let my veggies simmer for about five minutes and then tossed in the noodles and simmered for about ten minutes. Ahhhmaaaazing!

This dish was yummy but also felt like it was probably high in calories. And we may or may not have gotten ice cream after... So despite hating working out and feeling like a lump on a log the whole day after running, I reluctantly put my work out clothes back on and hit the treadmill.  Last night Janey and I prayed for rain this morning. We didn't get rain but she overslept so we didn't run.  I can't say I'm sad. I hit the treadmill and walked for a couple of miles and now I will spend all day dreading tomorrow morning. But I'm going to do it. I promise I will.

If you're looking for a good playlist while working out here is what I listened to. It helped me not completely hate the experience of running.

Air War -- Crystal Castles
Bang Bang Bang -- Mark Ronson
Dancing on My Own -- Robyn
Girls -- Santigold
Got Money -- Lil Wayne
Helena Beat -- Foster the People
Midnight City -- M83
On to the Next One -- Jay Z
Shimmy Shimmy Ya -- ODB

NowI'm off to do some non-camera related things!  If you didn't see  my interview with Robyn Wells from earlier be sure to check it out!


Unknown said...

Running makes me wish I was dead. I was hoping it would help alleviate stress and what not for me. But I hate it. It has not changed my life. I wish I had a pool; swimming I can do.

CassieMarie said...

Running is alright - I think the trick - especially when you are starting - is to go slow, like slower than you think you should be running. This way you don't end up feeling like you are going to die. I also second Carrie's recommendation for swimming. Other than that - yoga and exercise videos are the way to go for me.

robayre said...

I absolutely agree with Cassie! When starting out run slower than you think you should. I might have told you this before, but when I was in school once or twice a year we would always have to do the "Run" unit where we were supposed to run a mile by the end, and the training was always start out walking the curves of the track while running the straights. I could do that, but I never got past that to running continuously and NEVER RAN A MILE! I discovered c25k in probably 2007 and have started it a dozen times or so, and NEVER finished it, BUT I have run a mile. I'd heard that "don't focus on your time, slow down" thing before but always thought "I am running slow!". One time I decided to go for a jog, running down the street and back and ran so slow that it felt like a joke. BUT, I was amazed at how far I went and came back and could have continued going. 2 days later I took it the track and ran 4 entire laps (a mile) straight! I was able to run a mile after all, I just do it super slow. I have a goal that someday I want to run a 5k race.
And this post makes me think again how you remind me of my friend Nikki that passed away. She hated exercise. We would go to the NIU rec center in the mornings to work out in the early morning. I complain about exercise but she LOATHED it. She would often cancel and I told her advice I heard which was if you don't feel like working out just make yourself get dressed and start working out, promising yourself that if you are still not into it after 5 minutes that you can quit. I do that trick all the time and have only ever quit working out after 5 minutes once or twice. She on the other hand said that every single minute she works out she wants to quit and if she promised herself that she would only ever have 5 minute work outs.