PFG Jen said people have been asking about me and my maintenance life. Welp, here I am popping in for a quick hello! I have been up to so much since my departure from the blog world that I don’t even know where to begin. The short version is that I’m still being active at least three days a week, and I’m always mindful of what I eat. Now, being mindful doesn’t mean that I’m always eating superhealthy, but I am definitely aware. That’s the key. If I start feeling sluggish and I notice my clothes fitting differently, I cut out some of the snacky junk that I let creep into my diet and go back to the basics—lots of veggies/fruit and less crap. Easier said than done, but it’s the life of a maintainer! I’m so glad that I love working out, otherwise I’d be screwed … because I also love beer.
The longer version of my life update begins with my running at least one race per month from March through October. Chya! I’m superproud of myself. I sure didn’t think that I—a nonrunner—would sign up for my first 5K in September 2009 and have it turn into a fun little passion. And now for some pictures/proof:
I was actually interviewed on live television about five seconds after finishing the Goldy’s Run 5K. The guy totally caught me off guard, and I’m fairly certain I blacked out or something because I didn’t realize what had happened until after we finished talking. Turns out I’m funny after a race, though, so that’s a plus. If you want to check it out and laugh at (with) me, click here. Fast forward to around 2:42 to get to the good stuff.
Now let me tell you something about the Minnesota 5K: I almost died. OK that’s not true, but it felt like 100 degrees with a jillion percent humidity. It was my first race running completely alone with no fans or anything. I planned to arrive at the race fairly early, but construction and crazy downtown parking made me get to the race JUST as the gun went off. Great start, Amanda. I was also, for the first time, using my phone instead of my iPod to play music. Big mistake! I had it set to shuffle songs every time I shook the phone, which happens a lot when I run apparently. So annoying. Oh, and did I mention how hot it was?? I was drenched after two minutes, and that’s totally not normal for me. But here comes the awesome part (*sarcasm*): I accidentally took the half marathon route instead of the 5K route. In my defense, it was horribly marked IF AT ALL, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one to do it. I was, however, the only one to get about 3 miles along and stop at a first aid station to see if someone could come pick me up instead of running 3 miles back. I felt like an idiot. So embarrassing. If it wasn’t so dang hot I just would have jogged/walked back, but I was so pissed at everyone and everything I just couldn’t bring myself to do anything else. That picture up there was obviously taken before my mishap because I still look into it. Man, that sure got me worked up just thinking about it again.
I haven’t run a race since mid-October, and I actually haven’t run at all since the beginning of November. I’ll get back into it after Christmas because I have the 2012 Get Lucky! 7K to train for! The sweatshirt and medal you get for finishing are AMAZING. I mean really, a kelly green (my fav color) sweatshirt WITH THUMBHOLES?! Boom. Registered. However, I will need to either join a gym a purchase a treadmill to train this winter because I’m not a snowrunner. I used to have a gym in my apartment, but I don’t live there anymore. Wait, what??? Oh that’s right …
I’m a real adult with a real mortgage as of the end of September. I’m obsessed with my house and I love it so much. Yay homeowner! I had my housewarming party a couple of weeks ago, and we thoroughly christened the place. I was once again reminded at how lucky I am to have such wonderful, fun friends. They keep me mentally healthy in this chaotic world.
It’s about time to wrap this baby up, but first a couple more factoids. Aside from my running adventures I’m still kickboxing three days a week and loving it. I bought a Groupon for two months of Jazzercise that I need to start within the next month, so that’ll be fun! I hope it’s as Richard Simmons-y as I imagine it. I’m hoping the schedule works out so I can do both kickboxing and Jazzercise for those two months. I need to get my beach bod back because I’m going to Mexico in April! The same city where I had my last-straw moment and decided I needed to change my life, and the same city to which I returned two years later as a healthy, happy woman. It’ll be exactly two years since the last time I’ve been there, and I am so excited it’s not even funny. To be honest with you, I’m up about ten pounds from two years ago, but I can work that off if I buckle down. And you know what? If I don’t lose the weight, I’ll be just fine, too. As long as I feel good about myself and am remaining active and healthy, I am happy. Ah, the life of a maintainer.
Meanwhile, I’ll be eating my usual salads for lunch and trying to not hit up the veggie burger station in the cafeteria.
You’d think I would get sick of making myself essentially the same salad almost every day at work, but I don’t. It’s just so good! Mixed greens, spinach, hard-boiled egg (minimal yolk), sprinkle of parmesan cheese, chickpeas, green peas, red grapes, sunflower seeds and some noodles. Top that with a little bit of make-it-myself dressing and fresh cracked pepper, and I’m a happy camper! The dressing I’ve been making lately is walnut oil, balsamic and red wine vinegar. I shake it up in a little cup and pour a little on. Sometimes I switch up the oil. I’m a wild one like that.
Anyway, this got crazylong but I’ve been busy! Since Jen said some people have asked about me, feel free to ask questions in the comments. I would love to hear from you!