Hi hi! Sorry I have been quite MIA for some time, but I am as busy as ever and still trying to get back into my old gung-ho ways. So to play a little catch up:
I’m working at my old office job again, full time! And it’s been a huge adjustment. Waking up at or before 7 every day, trying to get together a decent lunch, while making my morning coffee (newest lifesaver), and then finding time to re-unite with old friends AND jump back into a 4-day lifting split with running in between is HARD.
I haven’t actually been running like I was hoping to do, but I have been at the gym fairly consistently as I get to know the barbell again. And it’s disappointing for me to tell you that I won’t be running the race I had planned on this coming weekend, but instead will possibly be lifting with a buddy! I will definitely be more prepared for a race in July. I promise (myself and you).
I do have some exciting news on the blogging/internet front: I was contacted by TribeSports after posting my StrongLifts Infographic and am happy to announce that I’ll be partnering with them on this blog (and continuing into my WordPress blog)! I actually really had no idea what TribeSports was when they contacted me, but quickly checked it out and signed up on the main site. It’s an online community where you can take challenges and post your workout logs, a similar idea to Fitocracy, but this is more forum-based than gaming-based, and I like it! Now I’m not getting rid of my Fitocracy account or anything, but for the sorts of activities that are less quantifiable than like, weight-lifting, I think TribeSports is a good alternative. It’s more talk than numbers, which is sometimes what I prefer for say, a speed skating practice. Each one may be an hour long, but each one has a different focus within speed skating, ya know?
Anyways, I’ve got a little thing to share with you guys: it’s a plyo workout that has some pretty sweet benefits. Aka PRIZES. If you have an account, take the challenge by midnight (GMT) tomorrow and you will automatically be entered. If not, get on that.
I’ll be doing it tonight after my lifting session. :)
And finally, to keep you up to date with the move: my designer (ahem, boyfriend…) is in the middle of an actual real-life move to NYC and things are going slower than expected. Slow and steady wins the race though, right? I wanna get this thing up and running the right way, and have things working smoothly by the time I completely switch over, so it’s taking a while to work out the kinks. Also also, I’M GOING TO NYC ON THURSDAY, wooo woooooo!
Ok, that’s all I got. Have a great day!
Things are happening…
I’m happy to announce that Miss Mighty Mouse will be moving over to WordPress!
Don’t get me wrong, I love tumblr, but I’ve had difficulties with the platform since starting this blog as it’s my secondary blog on the account. For those who follow my personal tumblr, I’ll be staying over there from now on! Once I get the new blog running, you can follow along at missmightymouse.wordpress.com.
It’s only in the beginning design stages right now, but I’ll keep y’all posted as I make some progress!
I am out of gas. A little bit mentally, and a little bit physically. As my study abroad time close to a close (!!!), I’m feeling less and less motivated to go the gym, partially because my StongLifts-esque dumbbell routine ran its course, partially because I sleep in almost every day and don’t wanna get out of bed. Especially when it’s ‘pissing down’ rain or BLOODY WINDY (see what I did there; I’m learning the language up here). Also, I haven’t been running because I have a mysterious toe injury that looks a lot like a broken toe… and running in the shoes I have here is probably causing part of that problem since they’re for strength training. OOPS.
Nevertheless, I started a duel with my boyfriend on Fitocracy (with a steep bet on the side) to get myself out and about. Now I need to win. So, I’ve been workin’ out again for the past couple of days.
I started a higher-volume little plan, tweaked it a bit to my liking, and oooohhh boy, does it make me sore, and I actually like it! Remember when I was dying trying to do that bodybuilding plan in the fall? This is way better. Probably because you only do two movements in one session. :) Also, I like the tempo focus on being more explosive during the working phase of each rep, which allows a little ego-monkey like myself to concentrate on something other than increasing my numbers so fast. I still feel like I’m lifting nothing when I pick up a pair of 5kg dumbbells (mostly because I can’t math and just equate that to 5lbs), and that can get discouraging after working with only barbells last year. Problems so far: almost solved.
“‘Husband, I come to you.’ His hands were groping in the dark, groping like souls that sought the light. She went near him, weeping, caught his fingers, kissed them with her lips.”
- Love Among the Ruins, by Warwick Deeping
I finished my final project for illustration class today, a scene from Warwick Deeping’s novel, Love Among the Ruins. The ebook is free through Project Gutenberg and can be downloaded here.
I was inspired by contemporary street artists and painters to create something that updated the imagery portrayed in the book, originally published in 1904. I wanted to focus on the tactile sensations of the lovers’ touch - rather than how the scene may have looked to an outside viewer -as this becomes more important in the final chapter of the story. The colours have been adjusted to these tactile sensations and the unimportant parts omitted, bringing intimacy between the two lovers.
Easy Asian Veggie Stir Fry
So I just finished eating this and oh my lanta is it yummy. It reminds me of the last time I had Chinese takeout, but better.
I’ve got a lot of quinoa and soya mince (aka TVP) to use up before I go home, so I’ve been trying to incorporate them into my routine more frequently. I usually leave them off to the side when I make stir fry dishes, but since I wasn’t cooking any meat with the veggies today I thought I’d substitute these instead. So, this dish is vegan and gluten free if you eat it as is!
I swear I haven’t been slacking. I’ve just been avoiding about posting about this week becaaaause… I’m lazy. Ok, maybe I have been slacking on that part a bit. But this week I think I did pretty well!
I switched up my routine from Monday-Wednesday-Friday lifting and Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday running to Wednesday-Friday-Sunday lifting and Monday-Thursday-Saturday running. I was trying to make it through around 8 hours of illustration work and then eat and then run on Tuesdays and it was just not working out. So I decided not to fight the schedule and just rearrange it. Much better! So far, at least.
I tried out a new route last night as was suggested by my boyfriend and got… kinda lost. Actually no, it was easy to find my way back, but I ran outside of the city for the first time. And it felt great!
The fourth was strong with me today, I ran up a bigger hill than last time and I didn’t stop the whole way up!
However, it hurt my shoulder. I’m not sure what to do here. It only hurts when I’m breathing really heavy, not necessarily because I’m running. I remember it getting better with practice last summer at running, but I also don’t want to make it worse if I just continue training hard. I’m planning to visit a PT when I go home and see what he thinks. But in the meantime, I don’t know what would be the best for it.
Aside from that, I’m thinking of running to class on Monday and Wednesday because I changed up my schedule and run those days anyways!
Canadiens centre Lars Eller left unconscious after hit by Senators’ Eric Gryba
The Montreal Canadiens are down a game and a key player early in their series with the Ottawa Senators.
Canadiens centre Lars Eller was left unconscious and bleeding on the ice after taking a big hit from Ottawa defenceman Eric Gryba in the second period Senators’ 4-2 victory in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarter-final on Thursday night.
“It’s tough seeing a guy laying in a heap with blood coming out,” said Canadiens centre Ryan White. “You never want to see that.” (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)
Today was pretty good. Goblet squat and dead lift PR. Can’t complain, except that every day feels like an arm day lately and WHY AM I A T-REX?! Also, I’ve been so dang sleepy all day long. The only I time I wasn’t yawning or rubbing my eyes today was whilst drinking a coffee and the thirty minutes directly following. Eeeeesh.
I’m feeling a bit better about the stuff I ate last night and will probably still come in under my weekly calorie goal anyways. Nothing to worry about.
Sports Photography Advice | Rocky Arroyo
I’m feeling quite reluctant to post this, but I feel like it could benefit me more if I actually put it down in writing instead of just thinking about it.
So today, I took all that candy and junk food I had separated into snack sizes and just ate it. All of it. Not because I was hungry, actually I was stuffed from eating dinner just before that. Why, then?
So, I’ve already made a goal to break my 5k PR for the end of the summer, but I thought it would be a good idea to plan out what steps I’m taking to reach it. Here’s what I’d like to do this month:
Follow my training plan 3x a week.
Continue strength training.
Join my gym when I go home (!!!)
Find a good plan to get myself back into barbell training. (Any suggestions?)
Track my macros to include enough protein and calories. And chocolate.
Sign up for a race in June.
What are you doing this month?