Is it really October?

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How was your first weekend of October?  It was absolutely beautiful here in Boise.  It doesn’t even feel like fall except that it gets dark so early.

Saturday morning I somehow managed to turn off my alarm instead of hit snooze.   So when I woke up at 8:09am, I panicked because my running group was meeting at 8:30am.  Luckily I had all of my stuff together so I quickly poured coffee, grabbed an english muffin and got ready to run out the door.  I let my friend in the group know I was running a few minutes late and headed to our meeting spot at Whole Foods.

We ran 10 miles and then met back up at Whole Foods for some coffee and I treated myself with a Rice Flour Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin.  It was very tasty and I chatted with the group for a few before it was time to head home and get ready for work.Pumpkin Muffin

Saturday evening we decided to grill up some burgers, chicken thighs and salmon.  We had burgers for dinner and prepared the chicken thighs and salmon for meals later in the week.  Grill

Steve helped me with meal prep and making up lunches for the week.  It was super helpful and we got it done so fast by working together.Food Prep Grilled Edition

After dinner I put on my compression socks, turned on the fireplace and got comfy on the couch to watch the Boise State Broncos take down the Rainbow Warriors of Hawaii.  Steve and I actually started dating just over 9 years ago when we had our first “date” during the BSU vs. HI game.  Still can’t believe it’s been that long and that matchup will always make me happy as a reminder of it.Recovery Socks

Sunday morning I woke up early and sipped coffee while reading blogs before Steve got up.  He offered to make pumpkin pancakes and I definitely took him up on it!  They were so yummy and a great pre-run breakfast.Pumpkin Pancakes

I ran 5 miles after breakfast along the Oregon Trail area just down the street from our house.  I love this area because the trail is wide and slightly soft and it’s so cool to appreciate the history of the area.  Plus the fall colors were gorgeous! Morning run

Then we took the dogs for a hike up Tablerock.  More fall colors and it really tired the dogs out…win..win!Hike with the dogs

After all of that we came home and cleaned up the garage, weeded, mowed the yard and made sure enjoy all of the sunshine of the afternoon!

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Getting back to routine

Happy Friday May 1st!
This week went by fast but I’m still thinking TGIF!!!
It’s been beautiful sunny 70’s weather here and Boise and I ca’t wait for the weekend to get out and really enjoy it. Last night we hiked Tablerock which is one of my favorite places in Boise. I had hoped to hike up and run down but the dogs were pretty hot so we hiked down so they didn’t over heat. My husband and the dogs catching our breath at the top.

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The hike felt great and we all were nice and tired from it. It was harder than normal so I definitely could tell I lost some strength. Speaking of, all week I’ve been trying to make it to 6am Body Pump and this morning I finally did! I guess better late than never.
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I know they say it takes 3 weeks to form a habit so I have to be really diligent about getting back into it. I love Body Pump and I’m sore this morning! I haven’t taken the class since January before tax season so I took it easy today to see where I was at strength wise. I also didn’t want to kill my legs since I have a long run planned in the morning.
With the start of a new month and trying to form new habits I am going to do the 30 day plank challenge. I plan to do them in the evenings and this morning I asked my husband to do it with me. He didn’t seem too thrilled but I think he will come around.

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Who’s going to take the challenge with me?
Okay now before you call me crazy…people that know me well know that I’m kind of an all or nothing kind of person. Meaning I don’t sign up for the 5k I do the marathon or I don’t make a sprint triathlon for my first time, I sign up for a half ironman if you get my point. I am signing up for a marathon soon but more on that later. In addition to the plank challenge I am starting May on a healthy note by starting the Whole 30 challenge.
I have a major sweet tooth (ehh umm chocolate) and I have just been eating too much of it. I’ve read that the Whole 30 can help break that so I want to give it a try. I think my sweet tooth is what is really holding me back from getting into leaner shape as well. Plus with summer around the corner I should be enjoying all the yummy melons that are naturally sweet and so much better for us instead.
Hopefully my husband will join me on this too because not having the “NO” foods around the house will make it 100x easier to do. I just read of the “NO” list and I am going to ease into the whole 30 for the next few days because I’m pretty sure I would be setting myself up for failure if I try to go cold turkey on it today. Especially since I have my long run in the morning, it’s going to be hard to break my pre-run bagel habit but I have done it before so I know I can.
Well off to work! Hope I stay focused knowing it’s my first real weekend to myself in a long time!
Are you working on any new habits this month?
Thanks for visiting,
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