Life, Running

Kick in the Pants

After attempting to jog last Monday, I ended up with pressure where I received my concussion. The next day I struggled with a headache and fog all day. I spent the remainder of the week moping about for not being able to exercise. It was dumb, I just could not get past it mentally! Tonight is the night I attempt again. Keep your fingers crossed!

Friday I ran the snow-blower without symptoms- which was fantastic since I had a 4 hour drive to go hang out with my besties from college and their families.  Nothing says a great time like 19 people spending a weekend together in a restaurant turned rental home. We had SO MUCH FUN!

While I went south with the younger two kiddos- Hubby went north with the oldest to make sausage with friends and my dad. We are now stocked up for a while 🙂 Our sausage is always yummy, and a hit for the kids! Some is straight pork, while some is mixed with whatever deer or bear meat we were able to harvest that year.

I (think I) can safely say that I maintained the Grocery budget challenge for the month.
I had my $15 trip, Hubby’s estimated $30 trip, a $3 gas station milk purchase, and $90 last week.  15+30+3+90=$138  I do have to say that we had a couple meals out in here as we were traveling to gymnastic meets and to see friends. I did have plenty of food to have filled in those meals if we would have been around.  Our dining out comes from our individual entertainment cash, so I didn’t count those meals out. I honestly don’t feel quite as accomplished this time around. maybe it is in part that I spent 2 weeks in a fog or funk and just didn’t embrace the challenge!

Along with returning to walk/jog/then running, I am hoping to do a couple of days of 30 Day Shred Level 1, and then moving up to the next level so I can pick up where I left off. This may be doubly motivated as I am hoping Florida is warm enough to lay on the beach in 3 short weeks!

How do you motivate yourself after a break? What challenges are you working on? Any fun project ideas?- I’ve been in a funk with those as well!



Crochet, Knitting, Life, Running

Better and busy

Update on a few things:

  • After struggling for a large part of last week to be a mom and work, the concussion fog finally lifted sometime Thursday.  I still had to take it easy or I would get sleepy, foggy, and a headache. I have to say that the worst part of the concussion recovery, was as I was less foggy and realized just how much stuff I “should” be doing, but it would exhaust me or make me feel worse. Today is a Monday, and I feel rested and ready to tackle the world! I’m sure it helps I have Friday off to go visit friends for the weekend with the littles.
  • February Pantry Bail Out
    • Today I need to make it to the grocery store as we are out of fruits, veggies and milk. I have only spent less than $15 on groceries, but darling Hubby came home with some food last week, but won’t give me the receipt. Most of it was snacks for his desk, so I’m going to just say $30 there. That means if I can only spend $100 and make it until mid next week, I will have met my Pantry Challenge.  After I felt better last week, I was able to slowly organize our chest freezer and found sooo much fish, and other food I didn’t realize we still had. Nat is going to be so sad about the fish as she does not like it at all!
  • I have a few WIP’s that I hope to finish up this week:
    • Island Play Set (#2)- I ran out of my “sea” color and now have to go buy some and pray the “no dye lot” is close to what I already had on hand. Other than this purchase, I had all of the yarn/stuffing on hand for both sets I made. I think I might make some separate animals/island parts that people can buy separately, but am not sure I want to make a full set again just yet.
    • I need to finish my Hat by weaving in the ends 🙂 I have to say this is a very easy hat to make, and I tend to fight making hats!  I will probably work on a few more in other colors down the road!
    • I also am working on a Campfire Blanket Scarf– it is coming along nicely and was the first project I could work on as I recovered.  Once I cast on, it is just knit, knit, knit and I don’t really need to count! I am hoping to have 3-4 of these ready for my family by summer and campfire season!
  • In finishing the above projects I will have 5/18 projects done from my 18 in 2018 challenge and have made progress by using mostly yarn I had on hand so the stash is starting to dwindle!
  • My 30 Day Shred challenge was sidelined by my concussion. I was doing so well, and normally would just not go back to finishing it up. Today I will try to do a Level 1 workout, and will stop if any of my concussion symptoms return, but I will finish this time!

I also want to put a big shout out to Nat who finished her second and final gymnastics meet of the season. Unfortunately she did not qualify for the State meet, but she came within one point! After a sever sprain this summer and Achilles Tendonitis at the beginning of the season left her sidelined for half the season, she made amazing improvements. I hope that learning the lessons of listening to her body, not returning too quickly, and also knowing when to push herself will serve her well as she continues to grow up!

Just a little sorry for all the ramblings! Have a great day!


Chicken Broth Extravaganza

Part of keeping my grocery budget to a ridiculous is minimum this month is working on eating up all the randomness in our freezer. As I was digging through the other day, I realized just how many bags of bones and veggie ends I really had.

I save bones from chicken after I pick the meat off, then toss them in a bag. I also save all those onion/celery/carrot bits and pieces that go into their own bad. Usually, I make broth once I get a bag of each. I apparently put the task off for quite a while.

Last Friday, I filled my Nesco cooker and my largest canning stock pot with all the bags of stuff I found, added a little salt, pepper, bay leaf and topped it all off with water. Chilled it over night so I could scrape off the fat. Saturday I reheated it to can. Now I have 24 quarts of chicken broth!

Update on the Pantry Bail Out $150 budget- I’ve onky spent $14.94.

I’ve already got my next bag of veggies started!

Crochet, Follow up Friday, Life

Follow Up Friday

Its FREEZING here this morning- currently -14 and it feels colder because of the wind.  I think it’s a perfect day to hunker down and enjoy the indoors!

Update on a few of the Challenges I have made for myself:

18 in 2018 & Stash Blaster: (2 of 18)  I finished three each of : Chuck Chick, Buddy Bunny & Rufus Lamb – Lalylala and two Funny Bunny – Lilleliis are crochet, just need to be stuffed and stitch.  All 11 of these projects have been created using yarn on hand.  I’m not going to lie- it feels pretty darn good to finally use some of these projects and yarn!


February Challenges: I am still on track for Jillian’s 30 Day Shred- and feeling it. I made it without having to head to the grocery store, but need to look in the freezer and plan out meals based on what we have for the next week.  A few questions came up as to how I intend to only spend $150 on groceries. We have food on hand, I just never feel like we do, this challenge will make me use more of that and get creative with ingredients on hand. I’ve included a few pictures of my food on hand to show what I have to use up 😳. Really a first world problem!


February Challenges

February is already here! It feels like it was just Christmas last week!

This February, I am going to do 2 BIG challenges.

  1. I’m going to do Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred – 5+ days a week all month (I started yesterday- and am already feeling it).
    • I’m really hoping this will help with some of my back/glute/hamstring strength as I still get really tight after certain workouts and most runs.
    • I’m HORRIBLE at strength training for my running. Sharing this with you will hopefully help me be more accountable!
  2. I’m going to do a February Pantry Bail Out
    • I did something similar a few years ago in June. That year, my goal was to spend only $100 for our family of 4 for an entire month.  I came in at $98 and some change!
    • This year my goals are a little different as I run daycare and have a family of 5.  This time my goal is to stay under $150 (more realistically it should be $200- but I will see what magic I can muster).
    • This is a great way to use up all the random ingredients in your fridge, freezer and pantry! Last time, we ended up finding shrimp and salmon I forgot we had. We ate like kings!

What do you do to change things up at home or in your fitness quests? Anyone want to join me in either of these challenges?