Friday File: podcasting, running, essential oils and more

Happy Friday!  I’m starting something “new” on the blog called the Friday File.  I’ll be honest, it’s just the Friday Five but without the five.  The pressure to produce a list of the five things sometimes made me not want to do a weekly roundup.

I feel like I’ve been hitting my stride this week in life, which means next week everything is going to fall apart.  I’m ok with that though.  I did some great things this week.

If you haven’t listened to the podcast, you definitely should.  Having this podcast will add more content to the site and provide more information that people want for weight loss and such. I am very excited about the future of the podcast.

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Last week I couldn’t run due to extreme calf pain.  I was worried I was down for the count but I managed to get better and I was about to run this week. I owe my being able to run this week after last week to use of my Pro Compression socks and the Panaway essential oil.  I don’t want you to think I’m trying to sell you anything or push products on you because I’m not.  My pain was unreal last week which even made me think I needed to take some otc drugs.  I did but it didn’t work.  I wore my compression socks every day but on Thursday I decided to mix the Panaway oil with a carrier oil and Friday was a different day for me.  It wasn’t tight and I felt like it was on the mend.

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This week I was back to running with no pain.  The only pain I felt this week was the 78 degrees on Wednesday and then the 37 degrees running weather today.  It’s crazy how different the weather has been just this week. Please excuse the muffin top in the photos. I guess sometimes you just have to keep it real in the photos.

I did invest in a running coach because I feel like I needed a running friend since I do end up running a lot by myself.  I’ve been trying to make it a goal to go to make it to the running group during the week.  The only problem with that is I have to run when I can and waiting until 6:30 pm might mean not making a run.  I try to show up to be social with everyone, but life with a child puts me on a different schedule.

My workouts this week were great considering last week I had to keep it easy.  I didn’t want to blow it out of the water but I did go back to a normal workout schedule.  The one thing I did learn this week is I need to work on my core to improve my running form.

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Did you listen to the podcast?  If you did, you heard about how I haven’t really been prepping all of my meals which has led me to eat out a lot.  This week I did prep an easy lunch and I’m proud to say I ate it all week.  And it’s been a lot easier on me.  I’ve just felt a little better on the inside this week and this is the biggest reason you should meal prep.  Not having to worry about finding food or what I’m going to eat has been a huge load off of my shoulders.  Plus, you may have noticed that I’ve had more time and energy to work on my side hustle here.

I’ve also been working on doing some different things with veggies instead of eating everything steamed.  Maybe steaming veggies all the time is why people don’t like them?

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My Tiny Tot has been keeping me busy this week.  She’s super active and it’s hard to keep up with her.  Some days I think it’s going to be fine but by night time I’m just exhausted.  Where does she find all of the energy?  Wish she could pass it on to me! It’s been great watching her grow and learn new things every day.

That’s a wrap on my week.

How did your week go?  What workouts did you do?  What food did you eat? What did is something new you learned this week?

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