Friday, September 2, 2016

August Stats/Recap

Goodbye August! This month we got some crazy thunderstorms in Dallas which seemed to bring cooler temperatures. Most of the summer was very dry and 95+ degrees so you can imagine that I've been looking forward to weather in the 70s. All the locals rave about how amazing the spring and fall seasons are here (although they are pretty short lived) because the summer and winter can be brutal. I am incredibly excited for fall (it's just around the corner!) and all things pumpkin.

On the baby front - I have officially quit pumping at the office this last week. We have a pretty large freezer stash that should last us just past Jo's first birthday and I'm okay with making a bottle or two on the weekends when Jo and I are together during the day. I literally don't know what to do with myself now that I don't have to carry that 5lb pump in my laptop bag or wash parts every night. WOWZA! We are still nursing in the morning and in the evening. We are right on track to meet our 1 year nursing goal and I am so proud of us. I'm also really proud of myself to have continued to pump throughout all of that work travel since we've moved to Dallas - I've taken 8 trips since she was 5 months old that lasted anywhere from 1-5 days. That is A LOT of pumping and A LOT of transporting milk across borders (ha).

On the home front - we hired a cleaning service and I need to share with you guys (and remind my future self) many reasons why I should have done this a LONG TIME AGO. My life is so much better for this and I'm sure that Joanna appreciates being able to crawl on cleaner floors :)

On the work front - I'm in between projects right now (I keep hearing the next one is going to keep me really busy), so I've been trying to enjoy the extra time I've had.   

On the fitness front - I'm still focusing on building my running base back and getting ready for that fall half marathon. By doing this, I'm trying to convince myself that I can run a spring marathon. I have really be enjoying the running (probably because I've had more time this month) but it's stressful to think about how I am going to fit in the mid-week long runs or that Saturday long run if I actually do sign up for a spring marathon. Coach Beth has been great at encouraging me when I hit new records, etc. and also checking in with me when I have missed a workout or two. Having this accountability is tremendous right now as I'm trying to balance all the other things which seem much more important than getting out the door for a run. Getting the treadmill has been a life saver - I wouldn't have been able to get all those miles in this month without it.

I stole Coach Beth's format for monthly reporting as it is way cooler than the one I made up :) 

Run 81 miles
I haven't seen numbers like this in a long time! We got pregnant 2.5 months after Chicago Marathon and I just let my running go as the weight piled on. I'm averaging 20 miles a week right now with most of them on the treadmill.

Bike ZERO miles
I'm crossing my fingers for fall weather so Jo and I can get out on the weekends! We have a great local part with paved trails that I'd love to go to once its not blazing hot out anymore.

Steps 411,181 (13k daily average)
I'm still not consistently hitting the 10k steps a day but the running has continued to bring up my average steps. That's not cheating, right?

Strength Training 3 30-minute workout videos. I'm still sticking with the 21-day fix extreme videos when I do get this in. This is an area that needs improvement if I'm going to get serious about that marathon.

Current Reads I'm in the middle of Getting Things Done by David Allen. My manager recommended it to me and the thing I like the most is the idea of writing down every lingering thought, to-do, distraction so I can regain focus on whatever it is I'm actually doing. This has let me enjoy what I'm doing instead of focusing on all of the things I think I should be doing (those are now written down on a list so I stop obsessing over them in my mind).

Current Obsession Joanna's first birthday! It's happening this month and most of our family will be coming to Texas to help us celebrate. We're also going to be baptizing her the same weekend. Planning for Jo's big #1 has been mostly on my mind.

Current Song Starving feat. Zed by Hailee Seinfeld - I heard it on the radio and now its on repeat in my headphones during my runs, in my car on the way to work and even in my office!

Current Need A new camera :) mine just doesn't seem to do great while anything is in motion - and isn't all of life in motion?

Current Triumph Running faster! Coach Beth asked me to do a 2-mile timed trial. I did 1 mile warm up and 2 miles all out. I hit 8:39 and 8:40 for mile 2 and 3. Now I'm signed up for our next 5k :)

Current Bain of My Existence Washing bottles! After 11 months of bottle washing, I am so ready to transition to sippy cup with milk at the 1 year mark!

Current Goal switch from evening running to morning running. Now that Brad's schedule has shifted to later in the evening, I'm trying to spend the evening times together instead of running like I used to. This means I need to go to bed earlier so I can run before Joanna wakes up at 6am.

Current Indulgence Microwave popcorn. I know its gotta be awful for you but they supply it as a free snack at the office and I can't help but indulge in 2-3 bags a week!

Current Blessings My mom. I got to spend a lot of time with her over the last 2 months and I really miss her. She helps me look for my inner strength and is always there when I call to talk about anything thats on my mind. She's also an amazing grandmother and I love seeing her with Jo.

Current Excitement 3-day Labor Day Weekend!


1 comment:

  1. I stole this format too, so NBD. Ha! I'm super excited about all of the great progress you have made. You are a joy to work with and I know you have big goals ahead and I can't wait to help you reach them. :D