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Schweaty Sunday #1

Thursday, I shared a new series with that I was starting about my monthly goals (link to August goals post). And today I have another one called Schweaty Sunday, where I’ll share a recap of my workouts from the week. There isn’t much more to it than that, so let’s get started shall we?

First, I want to start off by saying, this is the most pitiful looking start to a Schweaty Sunday series if I ever saw one. Some of these days, life just got in the way this week, and others, well not so much.


My long runs used to Sunday, but after last Sunday, I realized that trying to fit my run in before church was kind of stressing me out, so I decided I need to move things around a bit. Trying to adjust that schedule was going to be difficult but I knew it needed to be done. I know what you’re thinking, “Couldn’t you just get your run in after church?” Technically, I could but it’s so hot outside and I really don’t like it. For some it’s just an excuse and that’s ok but for me I absolutely miserable. In any case, to feel less stressed and just enjoy my Sunday, I have decided to move my long runs to Saturday, at least until it cools off and I cna have the option of going after church, which will be a while, but who knows, maybe I’ll end up preferring Saturday long runs and keeping them. I do have to say, I definitely felt more at peace on Sunday. Now if I can just have house cleaning and laundry done before Sunday, I can really have a relaxing Sunday


I had all intentions of getting up early and going for a run. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. I did have plan though to meet my friend, Beth, at the high school where she teaches to help do some classroom setup. We live in a pretty big neighborhood, and my son’s elementary school and the high school where Beth works are both located inside my neighborhood. Since I didn’t get that morning run in and the high school is close, I decided to walk to the school. It was a short 1.45 mile walk but it was better than nothing (at least that’s what I’m telling myself anyway). And once at the school, we did plenty of walking around and climbing on ladders student desks to put up posters.


Beth and I spent another day setting up classrooms (yup, more than one). Her husband is also a teacher, but a different school and he asked her to help set up his room, so I went along to help her out. The school her husband is at has a lot more resources for the teachers to use than the school Beth works at, with every located in one convenient place, so setup was quick and easy. With lots of time left, we headed back to her school and classroom and finished her room. There was a ton more climbing around and walking but we got it finished. I got home and was exhausted. Who knew setting up classrooms was so much work.


I just took today as a rest day. After a busy two days at the high schools, I just wanted a day to relax and that’s what I did, and enjoyed it.


This was an unintentional rest day. Wednesday night, Beth’s husband was in a head on collision and as soon as she called me, I was on my way to the hospital. Before arriving, she had kept me updated, so I knew he wasn’t badly injured but you never think twice about sitting in a hospital waiting room until 1 am when one of your best friend’s husbands has been in a car accident. Thankfully, he was able to go home that night with some major bumps and bruises only, which is incredible after seeing the damage to his truck. Needless to say, after not getting to sleep until 2:30 am, no working out was happening that day.


I woke up with some back pain. My guess is I slept on it wrong, which happens once in a while, but this morning it was really hurting. I thought about skipping my run, and maybe I should have, but since the rest of my week was pretty void of workouts I had to get something in. 3 miles + strides was on the schedule today. I made it to mile 2 and my back was really hurting, so I called it quits and walked home, which was thankfully pretty close. I’m disappointed I didn’t finish but I am glad I at least tried. To be honest, I went a little farther than I thought I would make it.


So it was supposed to be my first Saturday run but life happened…. 🙁 Going for a 5 mile run wasn’t going to happen today but I did want to get something. Well that something turned into a much smaller run than I had hoped. I was hoping for 3 miles, but after immediately beginning my run my calf was on fire. I got one mile in before I realized it wasn’t going on and had to stop. Bummed? You bet but I didn’t want to risk hurting anything so I’m hoping that today will be a good run day.

And there you have it! My first Schweaty Sunday post. Check back next week where I hope that it looks a lot more active than this week!

What kind of workouts did you get in last week?

10K, fitness, goals, Green Living, nutrition, running

August Goals

Wow! Is it August already? This summer is flying by! And this month I have decided to start a monthly post where I share my goals with you! Mostly, I’ll share fitness goals with you, but I’m also going to share a few nutrition goals and sometimes some personal goals as well. Getting them all out there will realy make me accountable for each of these goals. So let’s get to it, shall we?

Fitness Goals

  • Continue with my 10K training.
    • Last month, I started a 10K training plan that will take me right through the end of October, where a Trick or Trot 10K will be held. It will be my first 10K and I’m super excited about it. While I know a lot of people, don’t need training plans for running a 10K, I like following a plan and I think this is the best approach for me. I’m looking to improve my speed while training, so I’m really hoping this will do it. 
  • Cross-train 2 times a week
    • I’m really bad at this. I run, and never do any sort of cross-training on my off days. Not cool, Sabrina, not cool. However, the past two weeks, I went to the aquatic center for a morning swim. I have really enjoyed those swims. I find them relaxing and peaceful. It’s definitely something I want to continue but the cost can add up, so I’m investing in the punch cards (where it’s slightly cheaper and the hours I can go are better). I think adding at least one swim a week with some yoga will be perfect for my cross-training. And who knows, maybe I’ll squeeze in twice a week. And if you know of any really good yoga videos (preferably some inexpensive or free ones), please let me know
  • Strength-train 2-3 times a week
    • This is another area I am awful at. I do not strength train nearly enough, and I know how absolutely important it is. I really need to get with the program and just do it already. For this, I’m thinking I’ll add it after each run, except for my long run.

Nutrition Goals

  • Do a better job with meal planning
    • I typicaly go grocery shopping every Friday or Saturday for the following week, but before I go, I do my best to plan out the meals for the week. While I have beeb doing this for while, I haven’t done the best job I possibly could. I often find myself so busy during the week, that it’s Thursday night or even Friday morning before I sit down to meal plan and by that time, I feel rushed and just pick meals that may not be the healthiest or I pick meals we’ve had a few too many times but I just write them down to get the plan done. This isn’t really a benefit to us. I need to spend more time planning meals so we can try new ones.
  • Prepare our own snacks
    • With Dylan going back to school in less than 2 weeks, my morning routine will go back to including lunch prep. I would like to start including healthier snack options for his lunch, but in order to do that, I need to stop buying conveniece foods and actually make them. I don’t want to overwhelm myself with too many at once, but if I can make 1-2 a week (3 if I can pick some easy ones), I can get hime set with some good healthy snacks for his lunch, on top of the fruits and veggies he brings.
  • Meal prep for the week
    • This pretty much goes along with the first two goals. If I can meal (and snack) prep on Sundays (or even Saturdays if we have time), then this will make every meal that much easier. It will also be a lot harder to “go grab a pizza” if I already have the meals prepped and ready to cook as much as possible.

Green Goals

I have been working on slowly becoming more green (there will be a post on this), but sometimes it feels slightly overwhelming. Setting a few small goals each month will help be go green in a manageable, non-overwhelming way.
  • Unplugging any electronics we aren’t using
    • In our house, we already turn off all the lights in our house when we leave, or are not in the room. Well everyone, except for TJ. He’s so bad about leaving his “mancave,” aka the garage, light on. But it’s an easy way to begin going green. Another easy way, is to plug any electronics we are not using. Even when your electronics are off and plugged in they are still using energy. One of the best ways to conserve energy is ti simply unplug them. This includes chargers, bedside lamps, hair dryers, Scentsy warmers that are not on, even your coffee pot. This is an area that we really need to work on. It’s so easy but always forgotten. I unplug my phone every morning, but don’t ever think to unplug the charger and put it in my night stand. In fact, I just stopped to go do that now. haha!
  • Finding a green recipe for my dishwashing detergent
    • We will be running of dishwashing detergent, so what better to accomplish this goal then to start researching a good recipe for my own. We already already use homemade green laundry detergent and I love it! I have no doubt that I will find a great green recipe for our dishwashing detergent too. Slowly I will get rid of our chemical-filled cleaning supplies.
  • Use our resuable totes on every shopping trip
    • I already use them every week for grocery shopping, but I often forget when I run to other places like the pharmacy, the mall, Goodwill and even Target. Sometimes when I only need one or two items, I just don’t think about it. I have purchased a lot of these bags but I think I need a few small ones for the small trips too. Maybe I’ll make some! 
I think that just about wraps my August goals. I have such high hopes for these goals that my mind is already racing towards September goals, but I know I need to slow down. 
Do you set goals each month? What are your goals for August?