Let the countdown begin!

Thank you for all the nice comments on the Locks of Love post!

Sunday is the start of my work week – and the official countdown to vacation can begin!  WooHoo!!  (Can you tell I am excited??)  I realized that since we stopped biking on Sundays with the cold weather that I have a very relaxing start to the work week.  It’s my rest day, so no gym and I can sleep in.  Then we go out for bagels and chit chat.  Then I start my work day.  That is a *great* way to start the week, I have to say.   🙂   Easing into it.

So speaking of bagels, I decided on a blueberry one today.  Haven’t had that one in a while.  Nom, nom!

Plus about 3 cups of coffee.  Okay, not about 3 cups, definitely 3 cups :mrgreen:

We picked up a few groceries.  Judicious shopping to get us through the week.  Although, I supposed my parents can eat whatever they want out of our fridge (they are house watching and Pixie watching while we are away).

I made a vow that there was to be no intermittent snacking today.  I have been noticing lately that there has just been too much of it, which I correlate a little bit to the increase in mileage from running.   I really found the snacking habit hard to break!  Planned snacks are one thing, but the constant reaching into the peanuts or chip bag without thinking really needs to stop.  I think I will shoot to make this a goal in the week leading up to the cruise as well.  My pre-vacation challenge!

Lunchtime was a superfood fest!  Vanilla greek yogurt, protein powder, canned pumpkin, cinnamon, and ground flax seed.

Note – no cereal!

This week’s run plan will be to decrease mileage.  It’s a good idea when you up your mileage to take a week and back down again.  Helps prevent injury and over training.

Snack break during the football game (and work break).  Latte plus my beloved Attune bars!

I had a coupon for these, so I got some.  So good. Portion controlled (unlike chocolate chips!).

Dinner was ring around the hot sauce!

Plus 1/2 a granny smith.  I like apples, but I don’t eat them as often because there are other fruits I love more, but it’s getting down to eating up stuff in the house.  I had asked John to get me a couple tart apples last week (he likes sweeter ones) and I am just getting around to them.  Oops.

Come on on Saints – I’m rooting for you tonight!!

Question:  Do you start your week easy, or jump right in with workouts, work and eating right?

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22 thoughts on “Let the countdown begin!

  1. Barb

    Woohoo for vacation countdown! What cruiseline/ship are you on? What is your plan for eating and exercise on the ship? As you know I have my cruise in just under a month. We have been on several cruises before, however this will by my first cruise in my healthy lifestyle. I will definitely be hitting the gym or the jogging track. We are planning active excursions and I’m going to do my best to choose the healthiest meals and limit the treats. I’m not a big drinker so I plan to avoid those empty calories as much as possible.

    As for the work week. I typically exercise hard on weekends and keep that up starting the week. If I take a rest day it’s typically a Tues or Thurs since those tend to be long/busy days at work and now that my hubby has the gym bug we are juggling our schedules and the kids. I struggle more with food on weekends so Monday is my dive right back into my calorie counting and planning.
    .-= Barb´s last blog ..Busy and Bunco =-.

  2. Jody - Fit at 52

    That bagel look so yummy!!!! And so exciting on the trip!!!!

    Since I slow down Friday & Saturday on the workouts & start up again Sunday, I am jumping in already & Monday is my beloved weight day!!! All weights & no cardio!

    PS; This is not my post for today but all the comment luvs are picking up my yesterday post.. who knows why! 🙂
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..What I Do on Sunday =-.

  3. Jane

    I wonder if adding a small amount of additional calories to your planned snacks on hard workout days might help cut out the unplanned snacking.

    I can well imagine your pre-vacation excitement!
    .-= Jane´s last blog ..A Snack Breakthrough =-.

  4. Susan

    “Plus about 3 cups of coffee. Okay, not about 3 cups, definitely 3 cups”

    Hahaha, this was SO me today. No shame in the coffee game 😉

    I tend to jump right into my weeks. My Sunday night preps have been helping a lot, although I do find I tend to falter a little mid week. I don’t really have specific rest days, I just go with how I’m feeling that day. Usually it works out to one every three days.
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Time to Get Serious =-.

  5. Leah

    If Sunday is the beginning of our week, then I ease into it. I enjoy a day of church and rest with my family. Mondays I try and jump back into things, pick up the house get the laundry going. However, if we’ve had a very busy weekend then sometimes Mondays are my day to recoup while everyone else is back at school.

    I liked your comment here about taking down the mileage after a higher week. I didn’t know it and it makes sense. I’m working through shin splits and noticing when I tone it down and just use the elliptical versus trying to jog two days in a row it helps. Glad to see you said the same thing – since you have more experience. 🙂

    Mind my asking what you do that you work from home and start on Sundays? I used to do medical transcription and had a shift like that for a time.

    Anyway, I’ll let you get back to work while I get back to mine. 🙂
    .-= Leah´s last blog ..The Ambition Shadow =-.

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