Thursday, June 19, 2014

Finding My Fitness Groove

My winter fitness level was like many things in the winter months...dormant.  Besides swim lessons, a few times pedaling away on the exercise bike, and a walk here and there, I spent most of my free time catching up on must-see tv (ha!) and movies. 

Now that summer is almost here, and the heat and humidity are out in full force, it's time to get back in that fitness groove.  Lately, I've been getting some good walking mileage in around town, doing anywhere from 3-5 miles at a time and trying to get in at least 3 to 4 days of walking a week. 

Today, I did a little walk/run circuit on the treadmill for 37 minutes and found my running legs again, if only for a little bit.  I am contemplating doing a race or two this year so it felt good to get in some running without feeling like I'm going to collapse.  Of course, running on a treadmill in air conditioning is much nicer than in humid conditions, it still works for me!

My biggest hurdle is going to be weight training.  I know how important weight training is for optimal fitness goals, and will really help in the long run with cardio as well, I just hate it.  Weights bore me and I can't seem to stick with them for more than 10-15 minutes.  I'm thinking maybe a video or a gym class may be the best option to start with to get some good ideas and keep me involved long enough to see results. There's always Crossfit...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Hello 2014!

No 2013 recap from this girl...although there were a sprinkling of good times in 2013, it was not one of my better years so we'll let it fade off into the distance and move onward and upward (I hope)!  In true Crystal fashion, I have some goals that I hope to achieve this year.  Here's some of what is on my agenda for this year, some small things and big ticket items as well.

                   2014 Goals
  1. Complete 100 push-up challenge
  2. Personal Trainer certification
  3. Visit the Sears Tower skybox
  4. Visit 2 new breweries
  5. Get a pedicure
  6. Lose 50 pounds
  7. 30 days of running
  8. Plan a weekend trip - Key West or Charleston
  9. Donate blood at least twice
  10. See a play or musical
  11. Visit Crowder Mountain State Park
  12. Go ziplining
  13. Get a road ID - completed
  14. Daily photo project for one month
  15. Host a small dinner party
  16. Recreate 5 pins from Pinterest
  17. Say yes to more things
  18. Try something new
  19. Cook at least one new recipe a month
  20. Run a half marathon
So that should keep me busy!  There are a few other things I have listed as bonus items or projects I'd like to complete but all in good time! I plan on also continuing with some monthly goals as well.  Here's to a happy, healthy, and productive 2014!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

In a Slump

I'm not sure if it's the time change, the fact that it now is dark when I leave for work in the morning and dark when I leave at the end of the day, or if I'm still a bit sluggish from all the pie I ate over the Thanksgiving weekend, but I have sure been feeling like I'm in a bit of a slump this past month. Heck, maybe it's even the chilly weather we've been having, which is nothing like my family and friends have been enjoying in the great white north, but is still chilly for this area. A couple days is good, but weeks of this? Come on. Give me sunshine and 60 degree days! It's why I moved south! 

Moving on...

To sum it up, I kind of feel like this guy:


In fact, that's almost a spitting image, besides the fur of course.  Good times.  So there you have it, I am in full-on slug mode.  Maybe I need a good workout or to go for a run to snap out of it. Maybe a new goal or challenge to achieve this month. Or maybe I should just relax, enjoy a few more days of sloth and then get back on the to-do list/goal-oriented/challenge-filled bandwagon. Yes, that sounds good.  Time for eggnog.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Weekend Update and December Goals

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend! Brian and I enjoyed ourselves and kept it pretty low key around here.  We had a nice turkey dinner with all the fixins and way too much pie...I swear I ate my weight in French silk and pumpkin pie while watching football.  The rest of the weekend was spent catching up on tv shows, watching a movie or two, putting up Christmas decorations and getting our tree.  Today, I spent most of my day watching episodes of Boardwalk Empire and reading. Got to soak up these last few hours of leisure time before another work week starts up again.

As for December goals, they are very similar to November's goals, seeing as I didn't put much effort into those at all.  So, December looks like this:

  1. Read 3 books.
     2.  Exercise 3 days a week for at least an hour. I would like to           
 push for 4 days a week, but with 3 days of swim classes, it can get to be a bit much.

     3.  Visit a new place in the Charlotte or surrounding area.  Show my family around the Charlotte area when they visit for Christmas.

     4.  Make 2 new recipes.


     5.  A new 30 day challenge?

Keeping it simple for December since there is so much craziness with the holidays coming up and I have a feeling this month is going to fly by just like November did (no wonder I didn't accomplish much)! 

Until next time...

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Friday Favorites






Running - Even though it has been a battle these last couple of years with an ongoing injury and never-ending starts and stops, I have come to love running.  Last night, I decided to get out there and do 1.5 miles and enjoyed every minute of it.  I know it's not much for distance, but it felt good anyway. 




Wine  - Ah, so delicious on, well, any day.  Now that fall is here, I find myself enjoying more wine than I did over the summer months. Summer was beer time, fall/winter are my wine months.  Last week it was a sweet red, this week, a delicious moscato.  Love...


My sister - I love my little sis! I always enjoy every moment I get to spend with her and her beautiful girls and miss the times when we are far apart.  Looking forward to our next get-together down the road.


The library - I stopped by the library and spent a good half hour browsing through the isles and picking out 4 books for the month.  There's just something about peacefulness of the place that I enjoy...that and free books!


It's Friday! Need I say more?  Happy weekend everyone!




Sunday, November 3, 2013

Weekend Update

This weekend was pretty laid back and the majority was spent either at the pool or at home, which was a nice change from the running around we have done the last couple of weekends.

Friday was kind of a cool, rainy day so we stayed in, ordered some Chinese food, and vegged out on the couch watching episodes of Dexter. I think we got through four or five episodes before calling it a night. 

Saturday morning I was up early and spent a good hour and a half reading and enjoying a cup of coffee before heading off to teach swim lessons.  Some days I am excited to be at the pool, this weekend was not one of them. Since I've been battling a nagging cold all of last week and into this weekend, all I wanted was to stay home and be lazy...but duty calls and my swim kids were ready to learn!  At least I have good classes on Saturdays and get to end with a fun adult class with a great lady learning more difficult swim strokes and technique (my favorite stuff to teach).  Plus, she is also a runner so we chat about our running experiences and races during class as well. After swimming, hubby and I went out for a nice soup-n-salad lunch and, after grabbing coffee for the ride home, we headed back where I got some weekend chores done and read a few more chapters before we returned to our Dexter marathon.

Today was all about cleaning and I got lots of deep cleaning done on the house.  It was beautiful outside today so after chores were done, I enjoyed some reading outside on the patio before I headed back to the pool for swim training. I'd love to say I enjoyed that extra hour of sleep this morning from Daylight Savings time but I am an early riser so I am up at the crack of dawn no matter what so 6am was my wake up time today.  Now, a couple hours of down time before another work week starts up again.  Oh, and my football lost again. Go Vikes! Ugh.

Friday, November 1, 2013

November Goals

Ah, November...a month filled with pumpkin pies, turkey dinners, a nice long weekend, and our anniversary...it's a busy month in general and I plan to squeeze in some fitness here and there.

I'm thinking just a few goals for this month, a little something here and there to keep me accountable for the next four weeks. I'm thinking:


  1. Read 3 books. Since I reached my 52 book goal, I've started slacking with my reading.

  2.  Exercise 3 days a week for at least an hour. I would like to            
       push for 4 days a week, but with 3 days of swim classes, it        
       can get to be a bit much.

  3.  Visit a new place in the Charlotte or surrounding area.

  4.  Make 2 new recipes.

  5.  A new 30 day challenge?

I think that's enough for one month. Here's to another productive month of goals and challenges with some good food and fun sprinkled in as well. Anyone else have plans for November?