Man, it’s been a month.

February was pretty shitty, overall, mostly because of the weather. I think we had two weeks of pretty consistent ice and snow, which is pretty unusual. Classes canceled two weeks in a row, anyway (except we met online in one situation which I hate because I prefer face-to-face communication).

It was pretty, but I got tired of it REAL QUICK.

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I hate being stuck at home. Class cancellations just mean more work to catch up.

It was depressing.

Snowing pretty hard around here!

I’m REALLY appreciating the current 50-60+ degree sunny days is what I’m saying.
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I’m trucking along with the running thing. The weather meant that February didn’t go very well, but I made it to the gym a couple times without sliding off the road.

I didn’t do an official 5k in February (per my plan to do one each month). I wound up not doing the Valentine’s Day run because the morning option sold-out and we spent the day in the mountains, I think. I intended to do one on the 28th, but it canceled because of the weather. Not a big deal.

The actual half marathon training didn’t start until March 1 (I started Monday, anyway), so I’m good. I’ve decided to do Hal Higdon’s novice plan, but do each week twice. That will take me right up to my birthday – which is the goal.

I’m hoping it will go well. I did my first long run today – 4M. I’m doing a walk/run thing and putting no pressure on myself, so it was very enjoyable.

Plus, SUN!

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I’m trying to make an effort to lose this godforsaken 10 pounds I gained. I stopping the gaining, which is great, but it’s going to require actual work to lose the 10 pounds. IMAGINE THAT.

I’m loosely utilizing myfitnesspal, but I’m mostly just focusing on fewer “treat meals” and ice cream trips and smaller portions, in general.

We haven’t created a meal plan for March yet because we’re trying out my trainer’s meals for the upcoming week. We ordered enough for dinner for each night, anyway. I’m hoping this works out because I’m tired of our entire nights being consumed by cooking and cleaning up. Jon gets home around 6, we go to bed at 9 – so that’s it.

I don’t know how to attribute a dollar amount to the time that will be saved, but I’m going to go ahead and say it’s nearly priceless right now. Realistically, buying the food from her isn’t THAT expensive and may not wind up increasing our food budget much at all.

Eating well is a priority, so it’s worth it. I’ll report back about how it goes.

We prepped for the week this morning.

Jon grilled some salmon and chicken, made huge pots of rice and bean-less chili and boiled a bunch of eggs for easy breakfasts and snacks.

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He also roasted asparagus, brussels sprouts and okra.

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I portioned it all up and we wound up with 15 lunches (meat, rice and veg option, chili, or spinach salad with salmon), which will feed the 3 of us for the week.

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We also had enough for lunch for today and some extra rice, too.

So, we’re good to go for the week.
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This baby? 8 MONTHS OLD. Crazy.

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He is so sweet and nearly always happy.

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So fun.
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The 2015 report so far:

My semester started in January, Jon traveled nearly every week, I had a stomach virus and jury duty and went on a quick trip to New Orleans. Busy and chaotic, but good.

February = snow/ice and drudgery and sucked.

So far, so good for March. My plan is to work on freeing up some time and mental space so life is more than the drudgery associated with work and basic life maintenance.

Onward.

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