Ice, Ice Baby

It’s so freaking cold here! I’ve been totally spoiled by the super mild winter we’ve had, so now that real winter is here, I’m freezing! Half the time I wind up taking my rings off to type because they just spin and spin on my fingers and drive me crazy!

It’s supposed to start snowing soon, but I’m hoping it will take a while to actually accumulate anything because I want to make it to yoga class tonight since I have my Team in Training kick off meeting on Thursday and won’t be able to make that class.

I didn’t get any running in last week, and I didn’t get much accomplished over the weekend either! I did however attend a two hour Kundalini yoga workshop and it was pretty amazing! A slightly different version of the yoga I typically practice, it focused on shifting from lower chakras to higher chakras. Plus the dance party in the middle didn’t hurt either! It was like clubbing in Vegas (based on movies I’ve seen!) but without the sequins and body glitter.

After that, I picked up M and we headed to my local dockdogs club banquet and hung out and caught up with a few people before heading out to go catch a movie. We wound up watching 13 Hours and it was pretty good. Except for Caption Commentary who was sitting behind us. I get your political opinions dude, and you’re most certainly entitled to them, but you don’t need to say them loudly in the middle of the movie I’m trying to enjoy. And then you’re to chicken shit to stay around for the end of the movie and you rush off before the credits roll and the lights come on? Boo on you, sir.

Sunday I spent the day half ass cleaning and grocery shopping. Nothing to exciting. My calves were super sore,  I guess from all the dancing we did in the workshop. They’re actually still a little sore today, but I’m hoping to get to class tonight and get them nice and stretched out. And maybe foam roll a little bit more tonight!

Yoga Magic

I swear, someone has sprinkled some kind of voodoo magic all over the yoga studio and maybe even all over me because yoga is certainly starting to click for me way more than it has in the past three or so years.

I’m starting to get poses that were very hard for me to do and I’m thisclose to getting some of the arm balances and arm pressure poses that have been evading me for forever. Super exciting times!

I didn’t get a run in before class on Tuesday because I stayed at work later than usual to talk about travel insurance for my upcoming trip to Italy. My health insurance through work “covers” me, but I would have to pay for everything up front and then they would reimburse me when I got back and submitted everything correctly. Instead of dealing with that, on the off-chance that anything might happen, I am going with a separate policy to cover me for just this trip. I don’t travel very often, so finding one that will cover me for a short time period and isn’t going to break the bank was pretty important. I will post more about it later.

Back to yoga class-it was packed! Every year in January, the studio does a Yoga-palooza event with the chance to win prizes for completing so many days of yoga (30, 25, & 20 I think). So every class is jam-packed with maybe a few inches between your mat and your neighbors. But for the most part, everyone is pretty chill and understanding about that.

I even busted out some yoga moves last night for M because he had no clue what arm balances and such even were. It was pretty entertaining and slightly exciting to realize that I could bust out some of the poses at home without being in my magic yoga studio.

Speaking of last night, we went to my niece’s taekwondo class to watch her test for her next belt. It was boring for the most part, but there were a couple tiny tykes who slayed me with their adorable little ghee’s and moves! Then we headed to the Elk’s lodge for their chili dinner they were having. So all in all, not a bad few days.

I  meant to post yesterday, but didn’t get around to it. I was going to post about the delicious Chicken Stir-Fry recipe I found and made the other day, but I guess now I will have to prep it for next week!

Bizarre

I work some distance away from where I live, about an hour or so, but it still blows my mind to think about how the weather can be so completely different at work verses at home. For instance, at home on Saturday we got around 3 to 4 inches of snow. At work? Nada.

And there’s still quite a bit of snow and ice still left! And then it’s supposed to be in the 50’s in a few days? Welcome to the Midwest!

That being said, Saturday I woke up around 8 and got ready to head to yoga class. It was raining with a few snowflakes mixed in when I got to class around 9, but about halfway through class it changed to just snow. I had planned on going out on the trail for 3 miles after class, but once I walked past the window and saw how much snow was already covering the ground I decided to skip that and head home. It had only been snowing for MAYBE 40 minutes and there was already almost an inch on my car when I went to leave class. And it was the good, sticky kind of snow for making snowmen and snowballs. Not the dry shit that just blows around on the road.

So after I got home from class and got my grocery list all situated, M and I headed to the grocery store to get the stuff I needed to make dinner and lunch all week. Grocery shopping is such a struggle because I want to save money but I don’t want to sacrifice quality, you know? So I guess I need to start learning how to coupon? Or coupon better? I don’t know. But once we got home, we basically chilled for the rest of the day and continued watching the Star Wars  movies since we’ve never really watched them in correct order. And I made Chicken Stir-Fry with from scratch sauce. BOOM! It was pretty good, not going to lie.

Sunday we got up and headed for breakfast with everyone at the Lion’s Club and then went home and just cleaned up and watched more movies. I’ve read the book Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Amazon link, not affiliated) several times and wanted to see the movie so we watched on via HBOgo on the Apple TV. I was surprised M watched it with me, but it was a pretty decent movie. It jumped around quite a bit, and I think that if you hadn’t read the book you might be a little confused by it all without that back story. There were several times where I had to reference the book for M because he wasn’t quite sure about something.

All in all it was a pretty successful weekend, even though I never got my three miles in. Tonight I am looking forward to getting a short run in before yoga class tonight and then having chicken nachos ready and waiting when I get home!

New Leaves

So last year when we decided to build a new house, we decided to overhaul our current bill paying and bank account set up. When we first got engaged and then married, we had one joint checking account and one joint savings account. And it seemed like we fought about money ALL THE DAMN TIME! So not too long after I started working at my current job, M decided to open up his own bank account and pay his personal bills out of that and then put x number of dollars in the joint account (which became “my” account) to pay our joint bills. Which cut down on our number of arguments significantly.

But now, we sat down and looked at what our new house payment will be, plus all the joint bills, plus the fact that our real estate taxes and home owners insurance will not be escrowed into our monthly mortgage payment, and decided to adopt a new strategy. Now we each have our own personal accounts and one joint account that we each put $XX each pay period for all our joint bills.

And I’m not going to lie. Having my own account it slightly terrifying!

You’re probably thinking, but aren’t you a grown-ass woman? Why would having your own account be scary? That’s lame!

And I’d be inclined to agree with you. It is sad, and a little shameful. But I wasn’t really taught anything about managing money and making budgets. And I can’t even begin to tell you the amount of times I’ve been bailed out with some extra cash here and there. Aside from a week-long course in the 6th grade, I knew/know next to nothing about managing my money.

But this year I am hoping to turn that around. I’ve spent time reading some good blogs, and I even broke down and read through a Dave Ramsey book. Which was something I didn’t really want to do. Mostly because I already knew all the things he was saying, I just refused to commit to putting them into practice.

I’m looking forward to working with my new account and really seeing what money I have left to work with after I transfer my set amount to the joint account each paycheck. I’m looking forward to actually wiping out my debts and seeing my credit score get higher. Because right now, it’s sitting somewhere close to gutter level.

I got tired of looking at how much money I made each year, and wondering where the hell it all went. Which was silly because I know exactly where the hell it went. Lunches out, credit card payments, late fees, overdraft fees, etc. My bonuses that I received I blew on crap. Not this year! I’m already making plans for my part of our tax refund, and planning on socking my tax season paychecks away to make a lump payment towards one of my debts. One of my goals this year is to become more financially responsible, and actually posting about my plan seems like a good place to start.

I give major props to anyone trying to get their shit straight, because honestly, it is one of the HARDEST things to do! It’s a big, scary step in the world of adulting, but it’s one that almost everyone has to take.

In the Books

Last night I took my first run of 2016! I got in two miles before yoga class last night and I really pushed the pace. For me, anyways. I have noticed a definite improvement in my running this past year and I am looking forward to continuing to see my race times drop!

 

I wore my new jacket and while it’s still a tiny bit snug around the stomach area, it zips all the way and fit nicely everywhere else. It also kept the sprinkles off me and did a pretty good job at keeping me warm when I needed it and ventilated when I needed that.

It’s rained a shit-load here in Missouri and just earlier this week this trail was under water! So it was nice to be able to use it again and it actually wasn’t too muddy or dirty out!
 After my run, I hit up that night’s yogahour class and the same yoga voodoo magic was happening again! So maybe not a fluke! Very exciting times.

The one thing that bothered me a little bit was the girl on her mat next to me. Is it proper to come to an instructor lead class, and then decide halfway through that you don’t want to do the same poses as the rest of the class, so you’ll just do far more advanced and completely different poses? Is this a thing? I found it quite distracting and also a little rude to the teacher. But what do I know…maybe that’s how you roll in yoga class.

Today is a glorious rest day before the weekend! In which it might snow, but I am going to try to get in a yoga class and a 3 mile run anyways.

Om La La

Tuesday night I hit up my second yoga class of the year (my first yogahour) and I don’t know what yoga voodoo magic they sprinkled in the studio right before I got there, but damn! I was starting to get poses that have previously been next to impossible for me.

Maybe it has something to do with losing weight? Maybe it has something to do with trying to “get out of my own way”? Like, literally and figuratively, I’ve been in my own way for the past few years. Literally, because well, when you are bigger, there is a lot more of you to try to bend into these tight compact poses. And figuratively, because I’m often afraid to let myself do something because I don’t trust myself (or my arms or legs) to hold/catch/support me. Which is kind of silly sounding, I guess? It’s totally a mental thing.

I’m planning on hitting up the yogahour class tonight, so we will see if it was a one time thing or if I’m making *gasp* progress in yoga. I’m really hoping for the latter, but we shall see!

I’m also hoping to get in a two-mile run before class since I will have an hour or so to spare. I got a new running jacket for Christmas and I’m excited to put it to the test. It’s by NorthFace, and it’s longer in the back than the front and the sleeves are made of a different material than the shell and they have thumb holes. Plus, it’s super pretty. Because that totally matter. It looks like the forecast is calling for some rain (ugh) but hopefully it won’t be pouring down and I will be able to have a nice little jaunt. Crossing my fingers!