A Head-down, Strategy in Focus, Hard March Kind of Week

There’s nothing like the start of an up hill week to keep you humble.  It’s an amazing thing how Friday can bring such a natural tapering of events and urgency, but Monday never fails to re-open the flood gates.  C’est la vie, I suppose.  Which brings me to #23to30 guideline #6:

fuel sweat grow: humble mondays


Over the last year I’ve tried to routinize myself enough to set aside a chunk of time on Mondays for circling back on loose ends and setting a basic plan for the next 5 days.  It’s always humbling, and somewhat overwhelming, to look at the full list of to-do’s, so I like to take a moment (coffee in hand, in immediate route to belly) to make an execution plan.  Workload isn’t something that scares me – believe me, I love to work and I’m terrible at vacation – but I have to have a plan or even smallest sense of organization and structure.  I need a strategy for how and why I am doing things and big picture approach –  without that, I suffer from what feels like a severe adult case of no-freaking-focus syndrome.  I’m pretty sure that’s not an actual ‘medical’ diagnosis, but it should be, because I think all my friends have had it at one time or another (we’re probably just passing it back and forth via viral emails and Facebook posts).

The reality is, no mater what, I’ll eventually get it all done, but I’d prefer to not waste my time (or others’) to get there.  Whether it’s work, life, or a combination therein, it all seems to be about perspective and and vision.  When both of those things are present in the foundation, it’s not so hard to deal with the unexpected, or adjust on the fly.  All in stride, and all with a deep breath, and all with trusty cup of coffee (or beautiful glass of wine).

So far this week has required many moments of pause, coffee drinking, and list-making….and the fact that it’s not even half way over should probably scare me, but thankfully the careful structure of my sweat schedule has added an extra precautionary layer to boost my mental preparedness.

We wrapped up MAD cardio week on Sunday with the longest, most grueling, and most intense hamstring and glute interval that I had felt in a while, so I took today as a rest day with the full-on commitment to my sweats for the rest of the week, as follows:

Tuesday: MADabolic

Wednesday: MADabolic

Thursday:  Run + kettlebells + band stretch (yep, i’ll be posting this)

Friday: MADabolic + Stretch

Saturday: MADabolic + foam rolling / stretch

Sunday: REST.

This weeks focus is a head down, strategy in focus, and a hard march on toward the end-zone as a restart to this final quarter.  The holidays are coming sooner than we think, and it’s time to get prepped, so who’s with me? I’ve got barely three weeks until I turn 30 and you better believe that 29 is going to finish out stronger than it started….and this year has certainly been a big one so it’s go time.

From the Beach to the MADness

This week started out at the beach, on what was a last-ditch attempt to get away and have some semblance of a vacation before all the MADness hits the fan, and ended with 4 days that felt like 4 weeks, with hours of to-do’s crammed into half-hour time slots.  We’ve all been there, so I’m sure you get the picture.  It was chaotic, it was all over the place, and despite some major logistical debacles, was pretty productive.

My sweat schedule went like this:

Monday: Run

Tuesday: Flywheel w/Jenna!

Wednesday: Fight Gone MAD w/Brandon (and the ever present coach, Kirk, working out with us)

Thursday: 16 oz curls (read: pool grilling and drinking)

Friday: Fight Gone MAD w/Kirk

Saturday: a last minute, totally stressed out squeeze into an empty bike in Jenna’s class.

Today: another Flywheel, because it’s so darn convenient, and tomorrow it’s time to roll back into the MADness.

I haven’t been cooking much as of late, so I’ve been subject to the menu options of restaurants all over Charlotte.  Before I get into that, I’d like to personal thank Starbucks and the fine iced coffee brewers over at Sunflour Baking Company for sponsoring my caffeine fixes, and keeping my brain functioning.

As for food, here’s some of what fueled me this week

A (very) late breakfast at Cheesecake factory consisted of their Energy Breakfast: scrambled egg whites, roasted tomatoes, and grilled chicken over a spinach + mushroom sauté.  It’s one of my favorite daytime items on their menu, and if you’re so inclined can be requested to NOT be cooked in butter.

cheesecake factory

Another on-the-go lunch took place at one of my favorite spots in Charlotte, The Cowfish Sushi + Burger Bar.

CYO burger at Cowfish

This particular meal was a create your own with a regular burger on a lettuce wrap (sort of…the lettuce wrap was kind of weak) with lettuce, tomato, onion, roasted red peppers, avocado, and a side of grilled veggies).  I have to say, I have infrequently (in the past) opted for the veggies over their sweet potato fries, but the squash stalks were amazing.

On Wednesday night we had a little Fight Gone MAD ‘owners dinner’ of our own at 1900 Mexican in Elizabeth.  Dar was also in Charlotte getting ready for her big Main Stage Show this weekend, so we met up with Tracie + Roland who recently announced that they will be opening the Fight Gone MAD in Lake Norman (north charlotte).

I love the food at 1900 Mexican, and the food was amazing, but I didn’t take pictures of it.  I did however capture the most important new menu item, and that was this Breakfast Margarita.  The addition of grapefruit juice and either grapefruit or orange zest was perfection.

1900 Mexican, breakfast margarita

Thursday was a really long day for me so I was happy to get a text from Dar and our friend Billy in the mid-afternoon saying that grilling and beer-ing (or in my case, cider-ing) was underway out by Billy and Gwen’s pool, so I hightailed it over there as soon as I was able to wrap up a few more to-do’s and errands.

Food credit on this meal goes entirely to Dar who has in the last year not only learned how to feed herself, but now also others.  And well.

fuel sweat grow: food blog

We had amazing skirt steak and filets from Whole Foods, grilled zucchini + yellow squash, and a huge awesome salad, a la the summer fruit trend.

fuel sweat grow: summer salad

Even Bug, who has recently NOT been eating the same way she used to, enjoyed herself and a new toy that she got for being good (well, pretty much for no reason at all, actually).

Friday I took myself to the mall during lunch to get a few errands under my belt and break up the work day, which worked, and also allowed me to catch up with some of my favorite lemons at the lululemon in Southpark, and then capped off the late afternoon with an early evening Fight Gone MAD class, and dinner at the Peculiar Rabbit with Kelli, another FGM regular and a great friend.

What I didn’t anticipate was the craziness of the rest of the weekend (not in the going-out-hard way), or the impending chaos of the upcoming week.  The good news is everyone survived, no one got injured, and I managed to knock out a big load of necessary tasks in the last 24 hours to ease the harsh return of Monday.