good things about february
• valentine’s day (although josh will be on overnight call . . . )
• short, 28-day length and an even number of weeks
• winter clothes are on sale, but still wearable
that’s really all i can come up with. poor february. it really does get the shaft, between a difficult and bizarre spelling (whoever heard of a silent “r”!??) and a crappy position between hopeful january and spring-beckoning march. personally, i see my upcoming month as full of escalating marathon-training distances and a rare opportunity to live a normal, call-free lifestyle. in fact, i only have to work ONE weekend day this month! even if it’s not exactly balmy outside, i’m looking forward to the next 4 weeks.
while yesterday wasn’t exactly exciting, i did get a ton of things done and enjoyed some nice relaxation time at the end of it all. our apartment is now mostly clean (although i did put off doing the bathroom until today . . . blah) and i got through a ton of errands, including a much-needed trip to the tailor! the woman at the tailor shop is going to work some serious magic with my j. crew maggie jacket in heather bright berry, shortening the sleeves as well as streamlining the (too-big, too-boxy) fit. with the tailoring, the whole thing will still run me less than $100! i’m pretty pleased with this, because i’ve been looking for a spring jacket FOREVER and this one seems very high quality (and previously went for $250).
☑ 12 mile run
☑ post-run yoga
☑ clean bathroom
☑ grocery shopping
☑ work on presentation for wednesday!
☑ tonight: super-bowl dinner with josh, maybe sitting at the bar at shula’s.
personally, i am not even the slightest bit excited about watching football (hate it, don’t care about it, bored by it, sorry), but i know it will make josh happy to see it on a big screen. i might bring my book to the bar. everyone will be too into the game to even notice, right? and then i won’t be bored, and can look up when there are good commercials. everyone wins!
workout: i’ll never know why it seemed so impossible on friday, because yesterday i re-attempted the 8-mile tempo run in my schedule and it was about a zillion times easier. i finished with a big smile on my face. it’s not the ideal schedule, because i’d rather spread my mileage more evenly throughout the week, but it will have to do this time. i am planning on making today’s 12 super relaxed and easy.
stats: 8 miles total, 0.5% incline:
– 2 @ 8:41/mi
– 4 @ 8:19/mi
– 2 @ 8:41/mi
finished up with 20 minutes weights
– pushups, 2 x 10
– plie squats with tricep press, 12 lbs, 2 x 12
– bicep curls, 12 lbs, 2 x 12
– shoulder lateral/forward raises, 6 lbs/5 lbs, 2 x 10
– seated rows, 45 lbs, 2 x 10
– abs: 2 sets 15 crunches, bicycles
doin’ time: even though i was only making dinner for 1 yesterday, i figured that i might as well make it a nice dinner for my solitary (and relaxing) saturday evening. the martha recipe du jour was the supersimple roasted chicken breasts with carrots and onion, which was perfect as it allowed me some catch-up reading time while the over worked its magic. i definitely recommend this dish as an easy weeknight dinner, as all the effort it requires is cutting up some carrots and onions, throwing it in a baking dish, and hanging out until it’s done. i served it with some whole wheat couscous. in addition to the carrot/onion combo, the recipe also calls for prunes, which adds a sweet touch. i only used a tiny bit of olive oil, making this dinner very healthy as well as easy.
so, as already discussed, it’s february! i decided to count up the remaining recipes in the winter section of everyday food: great food fast that i’m cooking through to see if i have hopes of finishing up and moving onto ‘spring’ before it’s 80 outside. stats thus far:
already made: 2 soups, 2 salads, 15 main courses, 7 sides, and 1 dessert
left to go: 1 soup, 2 salads, 12 main courses, 6 sides, and (eek) 5 desserts
i knew desserts would be a challenge. i may have to start making some treats specifically to bring into work! i’ll see if i can pick up the pace a bit this month, as i’d like to be done with the section by mid-march. i am really having fun with this project — the only downside is not getting to use my cooking light and rachael ray magazines as resources, and the issues are piling up!
reading: chapters 14 – 17 in developmental and behavioral peds. i couldn’t bring myself to start on my project just then, but i’ll work on it today.
floss report: YES! 31/31 in january! i won’t report every day from now on, but i promise to confess if i slip.