Sunday, March 30, 2014

Random Sunday Musings 3/30

To wrap up my TV shows, Sunday brings Once Upon a Time.  I liked it from the first episode.  I have never seen Lost, but I keep reading about the Lost cast members in OUaT, the same format of the show.  I don't care about any of that though because I love this show.  Of course I'd love it since I'm a Disney nut, how could I not?  The first part of this (the third) season did drag, but I'm so happy they're away from Neverland and the Peter Pan plotline.  Now it's an Oz plotline and I can't wait to see what happens.  Sometimes I can predict how an episode will end, but I was surprised the last two episodes.


Sunday: weight lifting

Monday: rest, stretch

Tuesday: 1 mile

Wednesday: PT, 30 minutes yoga --> I'm actually starting to touch the floor in a forward bend

Thursday: rest

Friday: weight lifting

Saturday: 1 mile

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thursday Night Shows

Has everyone seen my new post from yesterday?  I'll post the answer there in a few days :)

Tuesdays were my only TV nights until Summer 2010.  I happened to catch a summer repeat of the Big Bang Theory, and I was hooked.  The episode was from season 3, "The Pants Alternative."  After I watched it, I told my parents they had to watch this show, and I went out and bought season 1.  I did not catch up through Netflix, so I have every season on DVD except last season.  I went to school with a couple people like Leonard and Sheldon so I completely get it.

Elementary is in its second season, and I'm really enjoying the show.  It's a nice spin on the Sherlock Holmes stories and the show captured my attention very early on.  I find if I don't like a show within the first couple episodes, it's tough for me to keep watching.  Case in point was Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.  I gave it a shot, but I wasn't connecting to any of the characters.  That being said, I am happy it's doing well because TV needs scripted shows.

Vikings started its second season this year on the History Channel, after the first season was shown on Sundays.  I'm descended from vikings so this is my family tree.  I have no idea how accurate the show is, but it's good and intriguing.  It's now on at the same time as Elementary so each week I need to decide which show I watch and which show I DVR.  At the moment though, Vikings is the only Thursday show on, until March madness is over.  A couple of my friends are constantly tweeting about the games, and I'm plotting my revenge when the World Cup gets here in June. :-)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Where in the World

I'm trying a new post for Wednesdays: Wordless Wednesday or Where in the World.  I went so many places before moving out of my parents' house, I have all these pictures of trips, either somewhere in the US or Europe.  First up, and fittingly for Frozen:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tuesday Night Shows

On Sunday's post, Lauren asked what my CBS shows are, so I thought I'd start some posts to talk about the shows I watch since my TV nights are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, perfect spots to blog since those coincidentally are the days that I do blog :)

Tuesday nights are my heavy TV nights.  When all the shows are up and running I've got NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Rizzoli&Isles and New Girl.  Truth, I haven't watched a single show of New Girl when the current season is airing.  It was suggested to me by a friend last summer and I watched all episodes from Netflix.  It's on at the same time as NCIS LA, and I wasn't caught up yet when this season started, so I missed the beginning episodes.  Next season I'll use my DVR.

I started watching NCIS during college, and it just seems to keep going.  I've watched it through all the cast changes, and the show just doesn't seem to falter.  It's in its 11th season, and I only have through season 5 on DVD.  I seriously need to catch up.  Since LA was a crossover episode, I've seen all the episodes since the show started.  I don't have any of the seasons on DVD, but LA is now in syndication with the main show on USA.

I love Rizzoli&Isles.  I love strong female characters in general, this is a good show, and it's based in Boston.  When they mention neighborhoods or towns, I know where they are.  For those who have never heard of it, it's on TNT, and the 4th show just ended.  It was another show I caught up on from Netflix, and the fun part is the show starts in the summer.  When the rest of my shows are on summer repeats, R&I episodes are new.  There's nothing to compete with it so Tuesdays are still a TV night in the summer.  Season 5 starts June 17th.

How about y'all?  Any Tuesday night shows?

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Random Sunday Musings 3/23

It's now officially spring, and what do we have this weekend?  A cold front.  At least it's officially spring, and I've gotten more workouts in.

2013 Blue Bonnets
I ended up watching Frozen again on Thursday because my CBS shows have disappeared in favor of March Madness.  *gag!*  I had to use up time before Vikings aired so why not more Frozen?  It's based on a Danish storyteller's fairytale so it kept with theme of Scandinavia for the night.


Sunday: Weight lifting

Monday: rest

Tuesday: 1.25 miles

Wednesday: weight lifting

Thursday: yoga

Friday: rest

Saturday: 1 mile

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A "Frozen" Day

Tuesday was Happy Frozen Day!  I took a mental health day from work, and after sleeping in until 7:30-ish, it was obvious I needed it and not just so I could buy Frozen the minute Target opened.  After scarfing down breakfast, I set out to Target and arrived in the parking at 8:02am.  Driving on the streets at 8am is scary!  I normally now get to work around 7:15 so I don't really deal with a whole lot of traffic.  I saw buses and mothers taking their children to school, and I just wanted to get to Target and get back home.

Target had two displays for Frozen, one of their regular spaces, then one cardboard set up where DVDs and Blu-Ray were available on all 4 sides.  Smart!  I know a lot of people had been waiting for the 18th and Target was ready.

I made it home safely and immediately put the movie in.  Viewing #1.  Allie even joined me during the movie, but not for long.  She was active and playing with her toys, but she snuggled for a few minutes.  I didn't move until the movie was done, took a break and then went to get gas and lunch.  I made sure to schedule breaks so I wouldn't be a couch potato during the day.  Viewing #2 was during lunch and afterwards, I went to the gym and came back home to watch some Champions League soccer.  Viewing #3 came because the CL game was boring :-p

There would've been a 4th viewing but I had my Tuesday night shows to watch.  3 times was plenty and still fun.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Muscle Milk

As I mentioned last week, I've been looking over my past training schedule to see what needs changing, but I also am looking at what I to boost my strength training.  I realized I needed help getting more protein, so I am trying Muscle Milk (all my own).  I opted for the chocolate, sugar free stuff, which is OK, but could taste better, and might taste better with sugar.  Trial and error.

I realized between my breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner, I was very much most likely falling short of the amount of protein I need to boost building muscle.

Breakfast: cereal and a side of carbs.  Maybe a couple grams of protein
Morning snack: 2g of protein
Lunch: deli meat in sandwich, no clue how many grams
Afternoon snack: 10g of protein
Dinner: meat, no clue

See?  I need help since I want to build muscle, not just maintain what I have.  I'd seen ads for Muscle Milk and decided to look at their website and see which product I would try first.  They absolutely stress this isn't meant to be a meal substitute, which I'm not going to use it for, but the sugar free stuff I bought has 15 grams of protein.  Hopefully this'll help.  I had a good weight lifting session on Sunday and drank a Muscle Milk, in batches, throughout Sunday.  I may have drunk it all in one sitting if the taste was better.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Random Sunday Musings 3/16

Spring is almost officially here, and with spring comes MLS soccer.  The FC Dallas home opener was March 8th, which had gray weather, wind, sometimes rain, and cold temperatures.  No bueno Texas!  I understand I lived in Boston for 12 years, but my willingness to put up with cold weather fled south 5 years ago, when I moved to Texas.  It was 39 degrees at kick off, and it didn't get any better.  At least pre-season in February in Boston meant I'd be running and staying somewhat warm, not sitting and watching.  I made hot chocolate when I got home and threw my PJs in the dryer to have some extra warmth.

Unlike Olaf, I know why I like warm weather.


Sunday: Yoga

Monday: rest

Tuesday: 1 mile outside

Wednesday: Killer Buns and Thighs

Thursday: rest

Friday: core and leg Pilates

Saturday: 1 mile

Thursday, March 13, 2014

What's Next?

What's next?  I want to figure out what's next for me since I've started running again, one mile at a time.  I know I want to build slowly back to a 5k, but with summer quickly approaching (didn't we just leave winter??), I think that 5k will end up being a fall race.  I don't want to rush anything, but I am taking a look at what my training schedules have been and finding where I should change things up.

The nice weather even had Allie more alert
For starters, I haven't been to yoga since mid February.  I know, I know, bad of me, but I like having Sundays as a weight lifting day.  Sunday mornings are more quiet at the gym, and I can make use of the free weights section to do the Strong Curves exercises.  So what am I going to do?  I think, honestly, not do yoga at the gym.  I have two yoga DVDs I really like, and I can do those either on a "rest" day or Sunday afternoon.  I find I like flowing yoga a lot more than the static stretching, and my DVDs with Gwen Lawrence and Rodney Yee fit that.  They still hold poses so I can feel my muscles stretching, but muscles just feel better after I use the DVDs.

All that's happening because here comes the time of year I have to beat off aspirations of doing a full marathon.  Each year I start thinking I can do one when first LA happens, then Boston, then Big Sur, and each year I have to bring those aspirations crashing down to earth.  I'm still trying to find the right balance with strength training and I'm just coming off an overuse injury because I didn't strength train enough.  Aspirations, take a break!  But what if I can find the right balance?  Will I be ready to commit to a full?  If so, which full?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

In a Dragon Mood

Ever since last weekend, I've been in a dragon movie mood.  It started with Dragonslayer and went to How to Train Your Dragon, the Reluctant Dragon, Dragonheart and then Mulan.  I was originally going to watch Mulan during the Oscars but changed my mind at the last minute to watch Brave.  Any other good dragon movies out there?  Not Pete's Dragon, I did not like it the one time I saw it.  I will say, of all the dragons, I'm partial to Mushu.  He seems to be a rare character in the parks but is out on the race courses.  I saw him during Princess 2012 outside EPCOT but I was so wrapped up on finishing my first half, I did not stop for a picture :(


And holy charlie horse Batman!  I wondered when one would hit during my transition to the Altras, and it hit Sunday morning.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Random Sunday Musings 3/9

This has been one weird week!  After an ice storm blew through and work was closed Monday, power went out at work on Thursday for 1.5 hours.  I headed to the gym where I did 1 mile, pain free!  At least some good came out of the power outage.  I again used my new Altras and they even felt bouncy during the mile.  I felt like Tigger.

They're bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy
Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!

My calves did feel a little sore later Thursday evening, but they weren't bad at all.  It was more the bottom of my feet, so I got my trusty golf ball out.


Sunday: Strong Curves/Weight work

Monday: 20 minutes Pilates, 30 minutes yoga

Tuesday: Strong Curves

Wednesday: rest

Thursday: 1 mile

Friday: rest

Saturday: 1 mile

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?


Sorry, but I am absolutely over this winter.  I can't take it anymore, and there are no words to describe my fatigue.  Saturday saw temps near 80 in Dallas, then a cold front swept through Sunday, dropping freezing rain, sleet, hail and thunder.  Campus was closed Monday, so what did I do all day?  Besides going crazy...

Luckily the alert text went out Sunday evening so I didn't have to set my alarm, wake up, then look at my phone to see if work was closed.  I did get up to feed Allie and give her fresh water, but I went back to bed for at least another hour.  I finally dragged myself out of bed around 7:30, slowly ate breakfast, sped through my DVR'd Oscar ceremony to see the RIP segment and Let It Go.  I didn't have any interest in the ceremony itself since I'd only seen 3 nominated movies, 2 of which were Frozen (of course!) and Despicable Me 2.

After that I did break out one of my Pilates DVDs and did 10 minutes of abs and 10 minutes of hips.  Next came the Wizard of Oz, lunch, a nap, Captain Blood, and 30 minutes of yoga.  By that time I was back on my usual afternoon schedule since it was late afternoon.  I watched an episode of Band of Brothers, episodes of BBT, then some of the fashion police.  I wasn't really impressed with most of the dresses this year, but the ones I liked were worn by Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock, Kate Hudson and Idina Menzel.

So basically a lot of TV watching.  With the temps in the teens and "feels like" single digits, no way was I venturing outside voluntarily.  I moved from Boston to get away from weather like that.  I've wondered this winter if I should move back to a state that can handle the cold weather since business could go about as usual.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

My Shoes Came In!

Finally!  The Tri Shop ordered my Altras on Feb. 14 and they were delivered Feb. 28th.  They warned me about difficulties they were having with speed of deliveries, but I didn't think it'd take 2 weeks.  I picked them up on Saturday, and immediately started wearing them around my apartment.  Zero drop shoes will take some time to get used to.  The color scheme is almost like my college colors, and I've never had green shoes before.

Sunday I decided to test them out on the treadmill, and initially I was going to walk 1/2 a mile.  As much as I've been getting the itch to get back to cardio again, I was still scared to test out my knee.  I'm glad I did because after walking 1/4 mile I jogged the next quarter mile.  My knee held up (!) and I got to see how these Altras operate.  They have me running up on my toes, but there's no notch on the sole like the Newtons.  I felt it was a more fluid motion than the Newtons, and the wide toe box let me feel more comfort as I was running on my forefoot.  The wide toe box does look strange, but if my toes aren't being squished together, maybe my toe cramps will happen less often.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Random Sunday Musings 3/2

Between Christmas break and Memorial Day weekend, my work doesn't have any official holidays.  Not one.  President's Day and Good Friday are stuffed with other holidays like Columbus Day into the end of the year so we can have that Christmas break.  I love it, but the time between official breaks can really drag.  Gone are the fun holidays and here for a while is crappy weather, or if you live in Texas, schizo weather.  It was in the 70s last week, it was maybe 50 on Monday, mid-40s on Tuesday and will be 77 on Saturday.  No wonder I've woken up feeling stuffy.

I normally take a day or two off in March, and this time around I'm taking March 18th off.  Just so I can be the first person in Target to get my hands on this:

I hope my cat likes the movie because I will be watching it, on repeat.


Sunday: walked half a mile, 30 minutes yoga with Rodney Yee DVD

Monday: Strong Curves

Wednesday: Strong Curves