Grad classes, house buying, and races…oh my!

I have been all over the place the past few months.

When I wasn’t taking some of my final classes in my graduate program, I was working on finding a house.  My boyfriend and I will be moving to Manayunk in June if all goes well, but we looked at probably 25 houses before finding THE ONE. Not only is it time consuming, it’s emotionally draining…at first it’s fun and then you’re like “FOR THE LOVE OF PETE JUST FIND ME A PLACE TO LIVE THAT IS PERFECT AND CHEAP.” Spoiler alert: doesn’t exist. But we did find one we loved, so hopefully everything goes according to plan!

Now that I’m in my final grad class and we’re going through the home buying process, I am finally refocusing and paying attention to my health and fitness goals.

Being busy shouldn’t be an excuse, but sometimes it is.  Not to say I didn’t workout and do my best to eat well, but I wasn’t really focused on anything. I was definitely enjoying myself, but now it’s time to get back on track with a hopeful PR at the Rock and Roll Philly Half in June!

How am I going to do that?  Well, first off, I’m giving up my expensive fitness classes.  Did you guys know buying a house is expensive? I did, but I don’t think I let myself believe it. So until we are settled and I’m feeling more financially secure, I am cutting way back on my time at the fitness boutiques around town…wah.  Luckily, my work gym kills it with classes, though not necessarily with the schedule.  The past few weeks have shaped up to look a little something like this:

Monday: running and Body Pump

Tuesday: yoga or barre, depending on what times work better for me.

Wednesday: swimming

Thursday: spinning

Friday: running and Body Pump

Saturday: long run

Sunday: rest

I don’t know if 6 days a week will be the norm for me, but I will keep doing it until I’m not enjoying it anymore.

Focusing on food will be important as well. I’m lucky that I’ve been craving mostly healthy foods these days, but some health issues have sent my cravings all over the place. Hopefully a visit to the doctor this week will help with that, but I need to take time to realize that just because I want something doesn’t mean I should have it.  Not every day is treat yo’self.

Treat

Def do it, just not as much as I have been doing it…

Meal planning has been key to save calories and dollars.  On this week’s menu:

Maple Soy Salmon & Roasted Asparagus (I adapted it from this Skinnytaste recipe)

Italian Pulled Beef Sandwiches (again, Skinnytaste because if it ain’t broke…)

One Pot Sausage & Sun-dried Tomato Pasta

Ground Turkey with Potatoes and Spring Peas

I also whipped up some Kodiak Cake blueberry muffins for my mid-afternoon snacks at work.

Hopefully all of this pre-planning will keep  me mostly on track for the week. We’re not perfect, but if you’re not aiming to be your best…what’s the point?