So Saturdays mean teaching for me. I teach College Algebra at the community college from 12:30-4:30. I always liked teaching at the community college, especially when I compare it to my experiences teaching high school. But teaching a 4 hour long math class smack dab in the middle of a Saturday kind of sucks sometimes. I’m able to go workout or grocery shop, or workout and grocery shop, before I even go to class, but most Saturday mornings are filled with just working out, showering, and getting all of my notes and whatnot ready for class. I still do enjoy teaching at the college level; I just don’t think a 4 hour, once a week class is the best idea — to take or teach.
So speaking of working out, my work out sucked this morning. I was not motivated. at. all. I go workout at Planet Fitness (woohoo for $10 a month!) with my neighbor, Mandi, 3-4 times a week. I’m training for the Shamrock Shuffle that my friend, Spring, bullied me into. Let me explain. I am not, nor have I ever been, a runner. I used to despise working out. I used to also be fat. I was a really chubby kid. I’ve battled my weight my whole life. Fast forward to this fall a few months after I had Audrey: I downloaded the C25K app for my phone (one of the only apps I’ve ever paid for!). I started jogging with that, but in December, we had a lot going on, and all of us (Audrey, Marcus, and then me) got the stomach flu. After that, Audrey and I had a nasty cold, and then there was Christmas, and New Years, and why don’t I shove some more goodies in my mouth?!?
I digress….I started the program, but only for a month. Then I took some time off, and Spring kept coming at me with this Shamrock Shuffle. So I finally agreed, thinking what the heck? I can do a 5k! Wait a minute….what?!?!? It’s an 8k??? Ughhhhh….so one day I finally said, “Screw it! I’m doing it!” and I signed up. That same day, I downloaded the only other app that I paid for, the C210k. I figured as long as I worked as far as I could, I’d be in good shape for the 8k. But I was really scared of signing up for the run and not completing it because I was lame and didn’t train.
So, I’ve been striving towards not being lame. It’s helped a bit with taking off some of the remaining baby weight, too. I only have about 2 more pounds to go, and my goal was to lose it by Audrey’s 1st birthday (not till April 24). After that, I’d still like to lose a bit more. The spring before I got pregnant with Audrey, I lost a bunch of weight and got to my smallest ever, in the 140’s!! (145.5 to be exact…funny story, I told Marcus that after I weighed myself, I thought it had said 154.5 because I had never seen those numbers before in that order…145.5 was mind-blowing to me!) During the summer, I put a few back on, got pregnant, and decided I could eat whatever the heck I wanted. Forty-six pounds later, Audrey came. I weighed in at 200 pounds even right before I gave birth to Audrey. Sooo…I’m working my butt off to lose that weight.
But things are different this time. Yes, I want to lose the weight. But more importantly, I want to be fit. Like, kick someone’s ass fit. I want workouts to be part of my regular day, and I want Audrey to see that her parents are active. The awesome part is that even though I’m only 2 pounds away from my pre-baby weight and another 8.5 pounds from the very smallest weight I’ve ever been, I’m fitting into clothes that I was wearing when I was that small. They don’t have quite the same fit, and not all of them are loose enough for me to wear, but I know that I’m getting fitter with more muscle mass. The last time I was the weight I am, I wouldn’t have been able to fit in these clothes, so that makes me happy!
I don’t want to be the skinniest, or be in any particular size. I want to fit into my old clothes from before I was pregnant so I don’t have to buy new ones (I’m cheap). And I want to be healthy. I want my family to be healthy. So that’s what this is all about. We’re exercising, and we are eating more whole foods. Which brings me to tonight’s dinner….leftover pork tacos and roasted carrots! The pork tacos were just as delicious as the other night, and even easier (if possible) since we just nuked the meat. I had some organic carrots that I wasn’t using and didn’t want to go bad, so here’s the scoop with them:
About 2 cups carrots, cut at a diagonal
1 Tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 425 F. Mix the butter and oil, pour over the carrots. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and mix to even coat the carrots. Roast or bake for about 15-20 minutes.
I paired dinner with the last of the white wine I had gotten to try. I’m not a huge fan of white wines, but I really enjoyed this one!
With that, I hope you all have a great weekend!