I vowed to make this weekend about my family. I want to be sure to give James some quality time and some normalcy (he has been seeming anxious about all of the moving chaos). We wanted rest, relaxation and more importantly, fun!
We know that I spent Saturday doing lots of baking, but we also had some other errands to attend to! I attempted my run in the morning, and right away I felt WAY OFF…I was lifting legs of lead and just felt weak. To make things more exciting my camel pak leaked all down my back…nope, this run is not happening. I changed the plan for a FIRST THING IN THE MORNING run on Sunday. If I wait around before a run, I get tired and always feel sluggish. An alarm was set for 5:30am (waking up at 5:30 on a Sunday, by choice, in order to run shows at least a little dedication…right?) Either way there was some family time to attend to! I wanted to cuddle, play, and just enjoy these two gorgeous kids!
The weather was all over the place, so we went for a little mini shopping spree at the Y100 shop (Japanese $ Store). I wanted to get treats for my student goodies bags, AND I needed to get some containers so I can try to organize all of my baking items! We are so wild and exciting!!
I wanted to enjoy a nice little mixed plate for a snack/lunch before hanging out some more with the boys. So we cranked the ‘Classic Rock’ and just hung out…simple and relaxing ~ that is what we need 🙂
Those “Toasted PB Bites” were so yummy. Is there anything better than banana and melted PB??? Well, maybe if there was chocolate involved! Gavin ended up in the kitchen with me for a little while (he is such a beggar when it comes to scraps 😉 ) He helped
cheer scream at me while I baked all of my new goodies…he may have had a taste or two! James joined me for my Shred Level 2 workout…he told me my face was really red! Ha, that is how you know you are working it!
The rest of the evening was spent cuddling on the sofa with my two boys while watching a movie..I was the first to fall asleep! I am so lame 😉
Sunday started off with my 5:30am wake-up! I was pumped and ready to go tackle my first 5 mile run! I was literally walking out the door when Gavin woke up with his high-pitched screams and whines…maybe he will go back to sleep if I give him a bottle and some cuddles. Nope…I got stalled until 8am. Here is where I made a crucial error ~ I didn’t eat anything. As soon as Eric woke up I got set up with the camel pak and made my way out the door. I did a little walking to get to my ‘start run now’ area, drank some water and began. Wrong, horrible, and frustrating are how I would categorize the 2 miles that I was able to barely get out of me! Those pesky stars and tunnel vision began, the legs started shaking, and the dizziness set in.
I was suffering, I could not believe how hard it was and how weak I felt…this was only 2 miles!!! I was literally getting p’d off at myself…this is my 5 miler, this is where I meet my final goal of the week, this is my opportunity to see how far I have come. Nope, this was my opportunity to learn a new lesson. NEVER RUN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH when you have already been awake for nearly 3 hours!! I made it home with a very annoying sharp pain in my right leg…I am guessing a ‘no fuel cramp’. I was pretty upset and overly frustrated with myself!
Eric really gave me a look of “are you kidding me?” when I told him I hadn’t eaten. I guzzled some more water and then made up an oatmeal parfait with some chia seeds, granola, banana, and chocolate soy milk.
I needed to make sure to get some energy back before our continuation of Family Time! I went to lay down for a bit and then got up and ready for us to go have a Japanese Buffet Brunch with the Nanny who used to care for Gavin (she was amazing, and is just like a loving grandmother)! My goal was to eat as healthy as possible!!
The boys were enjoying their food, too! Gavin was a little porker, he ate everything we offered up to him! He also got to enjoy some funny time with Daddy while James enjoyed some cake!
We finished up our yummy meals, took a few more photos with Kinu (the Nanny) and then made our way to the movie theater to watch “Rango”!
The movie was pretty cute, Gavin slept for most of it, and James was seeming a little sleepy as well! They stocked up with popcorn, but I pre-planned and brought my own snacks: an apple, and a trail mix, go lean, raisin bran mixture (1/2 cup total). We then made it back home where I went on a “prep for the week” cooking spree!
I weighed them and measured out single portions of the salmon and chicken so they could be wrapped up for easy access when making lunches!
Next up was to make a new batch of guacamole to go with some toasted Naan! I used equal parts onion, tomato and cilantro with 1/2 lime and then mashed up the avocado before adding it in the mix! SO YUMMY!!!
THEN it was time to compile the recipe I got from OSG- Olive Oil Pasta with Walnuts, Lentils and Red Pepper! This was so good! I toasted the walnuts, added all of the other ingredients to the sauce while the noodles cooked. I toasted the Naan Bread and served that on the side! I have discovered I am not a fan of lentils “it’s not the taste, it’s the texture”, but at least I gave them a try! Lentils or not, this pasta was GOOOOOOD!!!
My last adventure in the kitchen was to be a new type of date ball. I wanted to get a Chocolate Peanut Butter Date Ball. I decided that I loved the espresso taste so much from my last batch, that I would try to add that in as well. Not so successful. I used a different type of espresso, and even though the balls were delicious I feel like I am eating coffee grinds. Fail. So another batch is on its way tomorrow night WITHOUT the espresso! You cannot succeed without failing first, right??
I was pretty tired from all of the cooking and baking so I decided to veg out on the sofa for the rest of the evening. Sometimes, you need to just stop trying to do everything and just listen to your body. I think that is a lesson I am struggling to learn. I want to do it all, do all of the extra running, all of the baking, all of my additional workouts, prepare for a huge move, deal with green card stress, etc. I worry that if I slow down or miss a day I will get lazy and then regress. I guess I need to prove myself wrong, take some rest days and then come back with renewed energy for my training! Sigh, that is so much easier said than done 😉
How do you know when you are burnt out? Do you worry about taking time off to rest and rejuvenate? How do you fuel your body so it can handle all you have going on?