Finding a New Routine

Hey Friends! I have been enjoying some 70 degree December weather all weekend and I’m loving it!  This past week was all about getting back on track and into a routine again.  With surgery and recovery, I haven’t been able to do that.  But, I got released this week so I worked hard to find a new routine and it felt great!  

Monday I decided to start getting back on track with my eating.  I have not been doing so great the last couple of months and I have noticed that my sweet tooth is starting to take over again.  I need to get it under control.  I started today with oatmeal and Spark

I was on a role this morning and got a lot accomplished!  I got 4 Christmas presents ordered, finished our Christmas cards, and got them ordered!  LOL I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but I love when I can mark stuff off of my to-do list and it seems like this time of the year that list grows a lot!  Here’s our card!

Lunch this week was simple.  Since we were hunting on Sunday I needed my meal prep to be quick and easy.  I bought some smoked chicken from Rib Crib and a kale salad mix from Walmart. (The salad has kale, carrots, pecans, cranberries, and a honey dijon dressing.)

Monday afternoon I took Jake for a ½ mile walk. 

Then I did an ab and lower body workout. ( Here’s what I did: 2×100 weighted Russian Twists, 4×25 leg lifts, 4×25 reverse crunches, 4×25 L&R side crunches, 100 weighted side bends, 4×25 fire hydrants each leg, 4×25 donkey kicks each leg, 50 squats)

Later that afternoon I was in the Christmas spirit and I wanted to put our tree up.  We got it out and set it up.  But when we plugged it in, half of it wouldn’t light up.  We tried to change the fuse, change some bulbs, and unplug each section but nothing worked.  So, we left it and decided we would fix it on Tuesday.  Jeremy had to go referee, so I was on my own for dinner.  I fixed a DiGiorno garden vegetable pizza.  I love veggie pizzas (veggies are healthy right?) and I saw this one and had to try it.  Compared to other pizzas, this one is a lot healthier.  You can eat the entire pizza for about the same amount of calories as you would get in two pieces of a regular pizza.  I did not eat the entire pizza though.  😉   I loved it!  This was one of the best veggie pizzas I’ve had.  It had a lot of veggies on it and the perfect amount of sauce and cheese.  The crust was thin and crispy, and it actually had flavor.  I will definitely be buying this again!

I am still having trouble sleeping, and even a melatonin did not help at all Monday night.  I got maybe two hours of sleep so I was in desperate need of some Spark on Tuesday morning.  I live on this stuff!  I also had some oatmeal to go with it.  (This one needs a lot more extra pumpkin spice mixed in.)

Around noon I was running late to get on the road to get to an appointment in Norman.   I threw some peanut butter and chocolate cheerios in a bag to eat on the way and hit the road.  I headed to Norman for another follow up appointment after surgery.  I didn’t know until I got there, but this was going to be my last appointment, so I was really excited when he told me he didn’t need to see me anymore!  He checked everything and said that my foot was healed and that it would be impossible to do any damage to it at this point.  He said I had done very well in the recovery and he didn’t see a reason why I needed to still be on any kind of restrictions…except no running.  I told him about how bad it was hurting the week before Thanksgiving and he said I would still have days like that for several months (if I overuse it), but that the pain-free days should outweigh those.  He was so positive about everything so of course I asked if I could start running.  He really thought about it and I got a little excited while he was trying to decide.  He said that if I wouldn’t have had any pain for that one week then he would have said yes.  But, since I had pain he would strongly advise that I still wait until January to start, just to be safe.  I’ll take that!  Especially since he hasn’t been 100% sure that I can even run.  I walked out of there on cloud 9!

I had a hard time on the hour drive home.  I was so tired and I just wanted to sleep.  I turned on some Christmas music and cranked it up to keep me awake!  When I got home, I got to work on getting our tree fixed.  We decided to just buy some lights to put on it and then we’ll get a new tree after Christmas for next year.  We got most of it done before Jeremy had to leave to go referee.  I finished decorating and then sat enjoying the lights and watching Elf! 

While I watched Elf, I did a short workout.  Since I didn’t have any energy at all, this was not a great workout, but at least I tried.  (Here’s what I did: 3×45 sec plank, 3×25 bird dog each side, 3×25 right arm to left leg crunch & opposite arm and leg crunch, 50 dumbbell squats, 3×45 lying leg lifts, 25 ab roller rolls <-it’s sooo hard!!)

Since Jeremy was gone I fixed my favorite dinner – breakfast!  (Scrambled eggs, turkey sausage links, Sara Lee 45 calorie wheat bread, sugar free jelly)

I was so tired and was planning on going to bed super early, and I laid down around 7 to read a book and wind down, but Jake had other plans.  When Jeremy isn’t home, he is usually a little jumpy.  Tonight was worse.  He heard every little noise and all of the dogs around us barked for a really long time, so Jake kept barking too, which he never does.  I never could figure out what they were barking at, but I sure wasn’t going outside when they were all acting like that.  So, I didn’t get any sleep until Jeremy got home and Jake calmed down. 

Since I cooked breakfast Tuesday night, I decided to cook some extra eggs and turkey sausage for breakfast on Wednesday.  I had this with some Spark to start my day. 

Lunch was the same as Monday except I added some pineapple with coconut on it.

Wednesday afternoon Jake and I sat on the porch waiting for Jeremy to get home so we could go for a walk. 

That night Jeremy wanted breakfast for dinner, so that’s what I fixed.  I guess I forgot to take a picture, but you see enough of that on here.  🙂 Jake wanted me to share with him.

Thursday morning was eggs, turkey sausage, and Spark for breakfast again.  Lunch was the same chicken and kale salad.  It was nice outside today so we played with Jake in the back yard until he was tired.  Then I ran over to visit my parents and grandparents for a little while.  When I got home I started a lower body strength workout.  I haven’t really done much since surgery for fear of messing something up in my foot or making it hurt.  I started with some dumbbell squats and some lunges and got about halfway through the lunges when my foot starting hurting.  I guess I overdid it.  So, I ended up doing an ab workout and some standing leg raises instead. 

Since Jeremy was gone refereeing, I fixed another one of those Digiorno pizzas for dinner.  I really like it! 

I read a book until I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore and fell asleep before 10!  Friday morning I had so much energy when I woke up at 5:30!  Our power went off for some reason and when it came back on the oven beeped loud and woke me up.  Breakfast and lunch were the same as Thursday.  Today I did another strength workout.  I did 25 pushups, 4×25 weighted squats, 100 weighted side bends, 75 russian twists, 3 x 60sec planks, and 15 ab rollers.

That afternoon I had another Spark to help me stay awake that night.  Jeremy had games at a school where both of my best friends work (and their husbands coach).  I went with him so I could hang out with them.  The games weren’t close, and we spent the whole time talking.  It was fun catching up.  During the school year, we have a really hard time getting together except at ball games.  

One of my friends had cooked a bunch of barbeque for the coach’s and her husband packed us some to take home for dinner.  

Saturday morning Jeremy got up at 4:45 to go hunting.  There was no way I was getting out of bed that early.  I ended up sleeping until 10:30!  When I got up, I did some squats, 3 x 60 sec planks, and some pushups.  Then I went on a 2 mile walk.  My foot was fine until I had to walk uphill.  It was beautiful out and I just wanted to soak up every bit of it because it’s supposed to turn cold this coming week.  I actually got really hot and sweaty during my walk because of how warm it was! 

When I finished, we got ready and headed back out to the woods around 1.  

Right at dark, I had a massive buck come right in front of me!  He was less than 15 yards.  But, by the time he finally stopped he had moved further away and it was too dark to get a shot.  I was pretty disappointed.  (The moon was gorgeous when we walked out of the woods.  It was so bright it was reflecting off the pond.)


When we got home, we ordered some food from a Mexican place in town and went and picked it up.  I had a cheese enchilada.  We stayed in and watched football all night.  We had recorded the OU game since we were hunting most of the time it was on.  

Sunday was the last day of rifle season.  Jeremy’s alarm went off at 4:45 and I almost got up to go with him.  But, the warm bed won and I stayed put.  When I did get up, I had some Spark and went to get my grocery shopping done.  When I got home, I went out for another walk!  Then we headed back to the woods.  We didn’t see anything!  I don’t know if it was because it was too windy to warm…both of which the deer don’t like…but it was disappointing.  Now I’ve got to get my bow out and start practicing!  On the way home, I picked up some smoked turkey at Rib Crib to fix for lunch all week.  When we got home I stretched…and stretched for a long time!  

I think it’s going to take me a while to get back into a set routine like I was before surgery with running and working out.  Right now, I’m just going to listen to my foot and do what it will allow me to do.  I don’t want to make it angry!  I’m really looking forward to January when I can start running.  The doctor told me to start really slow and start with slow jogging.  He said that whatever “slow” I’m thinking in my mind, that it’s going to be even slower than that.  But, I’m ready to try!  

I hope you all have a great week and are getting ready for Christmas!  (21 days left!)

For this weekly update I’m linking up with Holly of HoHo Runs and Tricia of MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap. I’m also linking up with the other Weekly Wrap bloggers.

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7 thoughts on “Finding a New Routine

  1. Taralynn

    Your tree looks beautiful!

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      Thank you so much! Have a Merry Christmas!

  2. Lesley

    I watched Elf too last week. It’s so cute, and Christmas isn’t the same if I don’t watch it. I watched Miracle on 34th Street Sunday, and I’ve got other movies coming up like the Santa Clause and Love Actually.

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      I am the same way about Elf! It’s the first Christmas movie that I watch every year. We’ve been watching Christmas movies all weekend. We’ve watched Home Alone and all of the Santa Clause’s. I really love Christmas movies! LOL

  3. Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Your tree looks great! 🙂 Enjoy getting back in to a work out routine–take it easy!

  4. HoHo Runs

    Your Christmas card is lovely! I’m glad you included Jake too. No, you don’t want to make your foot angry. Take it nice and slow and you’ll be back into a regular running routine before you know it. Thanks for linking.

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      Thank you! I’m taking it slow but I’m getting antsy! Lol I’m sure you feel my pain!

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