Post Holiday Slowdown… or NOT, Shopping, Mexican Food, and CrossFit

Congratulations! You survived the first week of 2012!

Yet another bad attempt at starting off a blog post, I know :).

Well, going back to work after my wisdom tooth extraction + Christmas holidays + vacation + New Year’s holiday was quite a wake up call. I’ve been swamped with Federal taxes and forms, along with software updates for the new year. I also have tons of editing for upcoming client training classes on top of my regular workload.
I planned to leave a little early on Friday afternoon to work out with a friend, but I didn’t leave the office until 5:00- taking an unplanned rest day from working out, baking cookies, and vegging out in front of the TV.

I don’t like unplanned rest days, so I guess I’m slightly addicted to working out. Missing a workout to hang out with friends, go on vacation, or do something planned is cool. I know my body needs a day off sometimes to recover from working out- and provided I’m doing something fun and enjoyable, that recovery time is cool. It’s going home and watching TV or baking cookies or just being lazy that get to me. On top of it, I read about my friends’ runs and workouts and feel guilty that I spent the afternoon nomming on Kashi Go Lean crunch instead of doing crunches.

But… I’m super proud of this week. Along with running, I lifted weights one day and I also attended two CrossFit classes. One of the local gyms, Pee Dee CrossFit held a free week where anyone could try CrossFit with no obligation to join or pay a guest fee. I really loved the classes because it’s different each time, and you don’t know what the workout will be until you get there. The classes were 10-15 people, small enough to still get personal attention but big enough to feel like you’re doing a class. It’s definitely a welcome change from ordinary running and lifting, and I have a few friends at the gym who keep it interesting.

Saturday night, Clay and I went out for Mexican at our favorite Mexican restaurant, La Bamba. He had a margarita and “A Little of Everything” (I love how Mexican restaurants have that on the menu and I think everywhere should). I had a vegetarian Taco Loco, which was basically like a taco salad without the meat- it had beans, spinach, cheese, and veggies in it, topped off with guac. We always go out on little dates on Saturday night, and while dinner dates are always fun, Mexican, Indian, and Thai are definitely our favorites. Fun times!

On Sunday, I went for a nice relaxing 4-miler on the streets of a local country club and it reminded me of the best thing about running- this quote from a Nike advertisement…

It was a great run and always fun to run in a different neighborhood, although running the hills on the golf course- which are pretty much the only hills in Coastal South Carolina- was quite tempting ;).

I also managed to do some after-Christmas shopping with my mom. I got lots of Christmas stuff  75% off, and Target even marked down their stuff to 90% off. I got lots of ornaments, gift bags, gift tags, cookie tins, and other randomness for next year, along with these nifty penguin toe socks!

Yep, that’s one way to ensure my feet stay warm… if it ever dips below 50 degrees! Gotta love South Carolina!

Q1.) Have you gotten back into the swing of work or school now that the holidays are over? I’m getting there slowly- today was definitely easier than last week!

Q2.) Did you do any post-Christmas shopping? I did! I hit up Target, Palmetto Moon (specialty store in the mall), and Bed Bath and Beyond. Those are some of my favorite stores, but my friend Kelli got lots of great deals at Kohl’s.

Q3.) Do you feel guilty when you take a day off of working out or running? I guess I’m 50/50 on this one- if it’s a planned rest day I’m usually cool with it, though.

Q4.) Do you like Mexican food? If so, what? I really loved the Taco Loco and I also like taco salads , stuffed poblano peppers, and spinach quesadillas.

 

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7 Responses to Post Holiday Slowdown… or NOT, Shopping, Mexican Food, and CrossFit

  1. I do too much ‘post Christmas shipping. I seriously buy mire than at ‘Christmas time.

    I’m also in love with taco salads but only if they coe with taco shells.

    As far as unplanned rest days-I actually prefer them to planned. At first it makes me self conscious but then I’m just like-I need this more than I don’t. If it is planned than I get nervous thinking about it. Rest days are certainly good for the body but at the same time they nerve racking too!

  2. ladycoop says:

    LOVE the toe socks!

  3. Allie says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed crossfit! I wish Jimmy liked Mexican OR Thai food … Or Indian haha he pretty much likes American. You are so smart to buy post Christmas stuff!

  4. Cori says:

    The Taco Loco looks yummy! I’d probably hold the guac though since I’m not a fan of it. I’ve been hearing a lot about CrossFit lately. I’m not quite sure what it is though. What kind of things you do you do? I love those socks! So cute!

    Q1.) Have you gotten back into the swing of work or school now that the holidays are over? I’m getting there! School started back on Monday. I’m also getting back into the swing of work and working out.
    Q2.) Did you do any post-Christmas shopping? I didn’t this year. I was a little low on money from Christmas, plus I had to buy books for school. No fun! A couple of years ago, I racked up at Target! They have the best after-Christmas sales.
    Q3.) Do you feel guilty when you take a day off of working out or running? I try to only work out about 5 times a week. I rarely ever work out on Sundays since I spend the day with JP. There’s usually something else that comes up during the week.
    Q4.) Do you like Mexican food? If so, what? I love it! My favorite is a cheese enchilada. Yum!

  5. Patty says:

    LOVE the tax cartoon. May or may not be loosely based on my life :)

  6. Rebecca says:

    Hey there. Hehe. :D

    Q1.) Have you gotten back into the swing of work or school now that the holidays are over?
    Well, I work a restaurant, and they don’t close down during the holidays, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and a little bit of New Year’s, so I guess you can say that I’m in the swing of things. ;)

    Q2.) Did you do any post-Christmas shopping?
    Oh. I wish! I spent too much on Christmas this year. You know what though? It was worth it! I got a lot of “thank you’s”, as well as getting back in contact with some old friends. That means a lot to me.

    Q3.) Do you feel guilty when you take a day off of working out or running?
    Well, considering I’m trying to start exercising again, I feel guilty with having difficulty making time for it.

    Q4.) Do you like Mexican food? If so, what?
    Tacos. Quesadillas. Nachos.
    I’m more into Italian food. Oh! But I do like taco salads. Yum. :)

  7. I am returning to school on Monday so it’s time to get my butt back into the swing of things… I guess I am ready to, but doing nothing is oh so nice too haha. However, it is not real-life!
    I always feel guilty when I take a day off, but I just have to keep reminding myself how vital it is to do so, and how the next workout is going to be that much better because of the rest

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