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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Lisa's 2012- Part 1

As I reflect back on 2012, I am amazed at how many awesome things have happened! Years seem to go by SO fast...did I really do that much in ONE year?! I'm going to post some of my favorite memories (I'm sure I'll forget some of what happened...so, if you remember something I did, tell me!).
I would say that the biggest highlight of 2012 would be my desire to start running again. It had been a LONG time since I did any running, but my PT student, Stephanie, inspired me to start again!
 

I first trained for the Run Cbus 10 miler, followed that up with Race for the Cure and another 5K put on by my parents' church in WV (I actually won 1st place for the girls!). I then dared to do the Warrior Dash with some life groupers (will never do again). Finally, I was crazy enough to commit to the Columbus FULL marathon..which ended up bursting my running bubble. Yuck.
 
I also did some things this year that are unlike me. I read a book by choice..actually, 2 books! The Hunger Games...I've been reading the 3rd book of the series since the summer.LOL. I also earned the nickname "Lisa Stewart" from my boo because I started cooking more this year :) Last, I finally attended my first Hip Hop Fitness class and became obsessed! Jimmy and I go every week! My ex-coworkers begged me for about a year to go and I kept making up excuses. I guess they told me so.
 So, this is my part 1 of 2012. I look forward to posting more about my amazing year!
 



Friday, December 28, 2012

I'm never running a race again!

SIKE! That's the nice version of some of the statements I was shouting during my marathon :) It's been 2 months since I finished that race and I've been on the treadmill to run only three times! I can't stand running outside in the winter...hurts my lungs. This past week, I've started thinking about running again...I miss it. This time, I'm starting small. I'm planning to do this 10K at the end of February:
My motivation? It's 20 miles less than I ran October 21st! As you all know by now, I have to have a goal to be motivated. So this race is my next goal and this is the training program I will follow:
 
WeekMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
1CT30 min tempoRest or CT4 miRest5 mi3 mi EZ
2CT4 x 400 IWRest or CT4 miRest6 mi3.5 mi EZ
3CT35 min tempo4 mi3 miRest7 mi3 mi EZ
4CT5 x 400 IWRest4 mi race paceRest7 mi3 mi EZ
5CT35 min tempo5 mi3 mi race paceRest8 mi4 mi EZ
6CT6 x 400 IW5 mi4 mi race pace2 miles EZRest10K race
It's the first 6 weeks of a 12 week training program for a half marathon (which will probably be my next adventure). I decided to stay away from full marathons this coming year. It just doesn't excite me after my recent experience. I love the program above because it includes cross training days (i.e. Hip Hop Fitness on Mondays!) and speed workouts on Tuesdays. Plus, the mileage is WAY less than I had to do for the marathon so that automatically makes it better!
In the words of Dolvett (Biggest Loser Trainer): "Hard Work! Dedication!"


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Get Your Sweat On...

My friend, Delaine, pinned this workout on Pinterest. It caught my attention so I tried it out today...well, sort of. I did only three cycles instead of five. It's been 2 months since my marathon and I haven't done any running!
 
1 minute at 5.0
1 minute at 5.5
1 minute at 6.0
1 minute at 6.5
1 minute at 7.0
1 minute at 7.5
1 minute at 8.0
2 minutes at 4.5
Repeat five times.
 
I must admit, I was pretty nervous when I read 7.5...8.0. In my marathon training, 6.9 mph was the fastest I ever had to run (except for the occasional 400 meter sprint). I could just see myself falling off the treadmill in the middle of the gym! I made it through my 3 cycle goal with a little knee pain but overall felt great. I had so much sweat on my shirt...it was AWESOME!
 
Here's what I love about this workout. You can modify the speed if the stated speeds are too fast for you. Not everyone is at the same level with their running but everyone can enjoy this insane run! If you want to try this out but aren't sure about the higher speeds, just take it down a level. For example, decrease all speeds by 1 mph (start at 4.0 and work your way up). You may have to experiment to find your level but, if you are an experienced runner, you may already know what you are capable of doing.
 
If you want to sweat, try this workout! 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Don't Decorate Too Much

My title has a meaning. If you are my sister or mother, you are alreaady laughing :) If you are confused, here's the story (it won't be as funny to you because it's an inside joke from my childhood).
 
I am reminded of the phrase, "Don't decorate too much," every Christmas season. When I was younger (can't even guess my age), my family and I passed by a house, when we were checking out decorated homes, that had maybe one string of lights up. Not gonna lie, it was kinda lame. My sister, Shawna, or maybe me (can't remember which one of us) said "Don't decorate too much." Since that moment, it's been a big deal every holiday. It's progressed to the point where we will take pictures of homes that have, basically, no decorations and text them to each other! Shawna even taught this "game" to her son Drew!
 
When my mom visited earlier this week (which was AWESOME, by the way), I realized that my home is one of THOSE homes! Although the inside is dressed up pretty well, the outside has only a wreath!
At least it's a pretty wreath :) Jimmy's mom made it for us a couple of years ago.
 
While I'm on the topic of family, I'll switch gears very quickly to my mom's visit! She drove into Columbus last Monday...I was able to get off work in time to greet her! That evening, we took her to Marcella's for her birthday dinner (she's a Christmas Eve baby) and I let her open her birthday gift early. We then spent some time in the kitchen making gluten free desserts...brownies and chocolate chip cookies! The next day, she was able to watch the girls graduate from agility class and then we celebrated Christmas:

Christmas is my mom's favorite holiday. I'm SO glad I was able to spend time with her during this season.  I love the joy on her face during these times! Love you mommy!
 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Life Group Dinner...Breakfast Style

Our life group gets together one Sunday every month (in addition to our weekly bible study) for group dinner. This has become a great tradition...4 months strong! Jimmy and I hosted this month. In true Dr. and Mr. Boo fashion, we served breakfast for dinner! YUMMY! The menu included Sausage Balls, Bacon/Egg/Toast Muffins, Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, and Mimosas :)
Table set-up in our kitchen:


Most of my supplies:
 
 I'm no Martha Stewart so I can't take credit for the recipes...but the food was delicious! I wanted to share the recipes with y'all in case you want to try them.
 
Sausage Balls:
Super duper easy to make. You can find the recipe here. I used gluten free Bisquick.
 
Bacon/Egg/Toast Cups:
These were more delish than I expected. This recipe is here. I made some with gluten free bread and some with regular, everyday bread. Jimmy cracked the eggs for me :)
 
Cinnamon Roll Pancakes:
OMG. So good. Recipe here. Worth every bite. Jimmy helped me with these, too. It's easier as a team. Gluten free Bisquick was used.
 
Finally, Mimosas:
 I used the following in tonight's mimosas and they were insanely good:
-Barefoot Bubbly Pinot Grigio Champagne
-OJ
-Grand Marnier
I'm convinced that the Grand Marnier made the difference :)
 
Shout out to my life groupers...thanks for coming! Thanks to Jenny for bringing me some Starbucks coffee :)
 
 
 


Sunday, December 2, 2012

So Much To Look Forward To...

Being sick is for the birds! I'm FINALLY getting over whatever this is inside of me. When I get sick, I tend to be quiet and standoffish. Five days of quiet and standoffish (AND not working out) is enough for me! What changed my attitude, you ask? Only the most awesome ending to a Colts game I've seen in forever! They won their game today in the last 4 (FOUR!) seconds of the game:
 
 
Anyway, back to the point. I have so much to look forward to this next week! Now that I feel better, I'm ready to return to the gym...starting with Hip Hop tomorrow night, of course. I have never felt so lazy in my life. Back to the grind!
My lifegroup is starting a new book this week. The Hole in Our Holiness. Hope it challenges me. I'm not a deep thinker but I'm going to try really hard to understand this book and open myself to what I should be learning.
Once a month, our lifegroup has dinner together at someone's house.Whoever the host is prepares a dinner for the rest of the group to enjoy! It's just another excuse to be together :) This month, Jimmy and I are hosting...and, in true Davis fashion, we will have BREAKFAST FOR DINNER! Yummy! Can't wait to grocery shop and prepare for this event!
Finally, my mom will be here in a week! OMG! I am so insanely excited that she is taking time out of her busy schedule to come and see Jimmy and me. Jimmy talked about going into work early so he can get off early to hang out with my mom...so sweet of my boo :) I already have our time planned, for the most part. Zoolights on Monday night followed by a nice dinner to celebrate my mom's birthday (she's a Christmas Eve baby). Tuesday night, she'll get to see the girls (a.k.a. my dogs) graduate from agility class and then, in holiday spirit, we might bake some gluten free cookies together. Then I'll be really sad cuz she has to leave the next morning :(
Goal this week: stay positive and survive!