July So Far and Goals Check-In

The first two weeks of July have just blown by, and our little family has been thoroughly enjoying!  We have had two guests come to meet our little guy: my SIL and best friend.  Cliff fell in love with them both, and the feeling was totally mutual.

Cliff has been thriving and developing new skills so quickly these days!  Wednesday night we started feeding him some rice cereal from a spoon, and at first he wasn’t so sure what his crazy parents were up to.  He sort of let the liquid pool around his lips and tongue, then would let it seep further into his mouth.  The next night, he started catching on halfway through that he was actually being fed, so he opened his mouth each time I brought his red spoon to his mouth.  it was adorable.



Cliff had the same emotional reaction: rice cereal in formula is blaaaaaaaand.

What little boy’s life, whose name is Clifford, would be complete without these???

Exactly!  Three months old is the age when you start wearing backpacks anyways, right???

I was asked to run a two-week, SAT Reading tutoring session, which has been a great opportunity for us, not only because of the extra income, but also it forced to met get to know the updated test.

July is already halfway over, and before I begin to think about August, I thought it would be a good idea to check in with the progress that I’ve made with my July goals.

Books/Reading/Curriculum Planning:

Goal: Review the following books & create “Lists”

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Goal Update:

I have reread both The Great Gatsby and The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and have reacquainted myself with the specific motifs and themes from both novels.

I wouldn’t say that I have created specific lists, by chapter/section, that I want to have the students focus on, but I am definitely closer to having my first units completed.  Luckily, the texts and strategies are familiar to me, so I can easily outline the curriculum.

As for The Scarlet Letter, I have decided that I want to put that title on hold because I am not using it this year.  Instead, I want to spend more time organizing my first two units for English III and AP Literature.

Health and Wellness:

July Goal: Workout daily & fit into my black and khaki capri pants.

Goal Update:

There is definitely more room to breath in both pairs of these pants.  I wouldn’t call them wear-ready at this point, but I still have 15 more days.

A friend of mine asked me how I was able to get back to my pre-baby body so quickly in comparison to some other women, and I told her it was all through hard work and dedication.  I still go to the gym daily, but the harder part is monitoring my food.  I’m an “all-or-nothing” person, so I can’t nibble on things or feel successful with portion control of what I call “heavier foods.”  These include: ice cream, chocolate, fries, chips/crackers, “salads” that contain a creamy dressing that is mixed throughout the ingredients, and breads.

Instead of fighting to be the person who can indulge now and again, I figure it’s better to embrace who I am and just avoid those foods that may taste good for a moment, but make me feel bloated and deflated beanbag-esq.  So that means I have cut out most unnatural sugars and increased my water intake.  It’s not easy this time of the year, what with all the BBQs and appeals to eat ice cream on a hot summer day.


The Half Marathon Training Schedule

Half Marathon Training, day #1 is officially in the bag. I decided to go with the Hal Hidgon Half Marathon Training schedule for intermediate runners. Why this program instead of others found at runnersworld.com or other running websites?

1. Keep.It.Simple.Stupid.

It wasn’t so technical that I felt like I needed a PhD in Kinesiology and Philosophy to figure out what the hell I’m supposed to do on each day.

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I’m not a runner’s runner. I was not an athlete in school. I don’t really know running terminology more sophisticated than “go faster.” The only kind of splits I want to be a part of include three scoops of ice cream, and I’m pretty sure that’s not going to be endorsed in any legit training plan. Although, if I made up my own that was heavy on the desserts, I’m sure I could retire before finishing my first half marathon.

2. It’s chill on the speed work.

The speed workouts that are included are not intimidating at all! I have attempted a few modified, interval workouts and they kick total butt! I want to first and foremost finish the half marathon, but I’d like to finish before the cows come home.

Did one of you fart??

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3. Strength training

There are two days of strength training involved, and room to add a little more.

This is totally natural. I really don't have to workout cuz I chase my kids around the backyard.

I’m no fanatic, but I’m loving the way that adding weights into my weekly workout schedule had tightened things up, flattened things out, and taken a healthy dollop of “the continuous wave goodbye” out of my upper arms.

See this, bitches??? It moves when I tell it that it can move!

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4. It’s not too intense.

I feel that I could comfortably begin, and complete this schedule without hitting the burnout wall. I also wouldn’t be overwhelmed by the long run days. And as a non-runner, runner I like that Sundays aren’t going to turn me into one of those runners.

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Today’s Moves and Eats:

Today’s plan: Run 3 miles.

I ended up running those 3 miles in 26:12 and threw in a lower body circuit training session with Ms. Warner. After getting cleaned up, I went on a 3 mile walk with my mom downtown.

What I ate: Breakfast

Must-haves for a smokin

Add it to your blender. Zip. Zap. Zot.

Toot toot! Smoothie heaven!

Lunch: Turkey Sandwich & Mollasses Cookie @ Lansing City Market

Dinner: BBQ @ Uncle Frank & Aunt Janet’s

Beautiful couple at our wedding last summer.

Amazing BBQ setup

Patio fun

And they know how to put out a good spread!

Me, the big DUH! forgot to take a picture of my turkey burger, but you know!! I got the photo of dessert!