Rested and Ready to Run
Fantastic … it’s Friday! I’ve been really looking forward to this weekend more than usual because on Sunday I’m running my first half marathon! There hasn’t been much exercise going on because I’ve been trying to take it easy before the race. I’ve probably taken it easier than I would have liked because earlier in the week I felt really tired and lethargic and I didn’t want to push myself and risk illness or injury. Now that I’m feeling a bit more lively I’m really itchy to get outside on a good run, but I know that I need to rest. Hopefully I’ll be chomping at the bit on Sunday.
Resting hasn’t been all bad – I’ve had more time for my other passion in life … watching TV. Ok, I’m exaggerating for dramatic effect, I wouldn’t call TV a passion of mine, but I do love lounging on the sofa in front of a good series or film. I recently (before the Big Budget Challenge!) invested in season 2 of Glee, so I’ve been getting through that a bit too rapidly.
My week hasn’t been completely devoid of exercise. On Monday I did my usual yoga class which is always challenging and I got a real sweat on this week. On Tuesday I gave the 5k time trial at running club a miss and went on a 3 mile run by myself instead. I went Garmin-less but I ended up picking up the pace anyway because it was cold and I didn’t have enough layers on! On Wednesday I did a short upper body strength workout. I’ve been neglecting strength training lately because of a niggling chest/shoulder injury I’ve had. It was pretty sore the day afterwards, so once I’ve got the half marathon out of the way I’ll try to get my injury sorted out and get back to strength workouts.
It’s been a week since I started the Big Budget Challenge, so I thought I’d give an update of how I’m doing so far.
1. I know what’s in my kitchen cupboards and I’ve been using up the stuff that’s been hanging around for ages. I made this lentil curry with a tin of puy lentils that I’d forgotten I had.
2. I’ve been making more recipes from scratch rather than buying the store versions, like this peanut butter hummus.
3. I’ve bought bags of dried beans to soak and cook up myself instead of buying loads of tins. It’s cheaper and space saving, which is important for me because my kitchen is so teeny tiny.
4. I’ve not let anything go to waste. I saved the seeds out of the acorn squash I ate on Wednesday and roasted them. I picked out the squash pulp and rinsed them, and then laid them out on a baking sheet and let them dry out for 24 hours. I then sprinkled some salt and chilli powder on top and roasted in a low oven for about 45 minutes, tossing them regularly.
These are so addictive and I’ve eaten nearly all of them. I love chilli Munchy Seeds, but they don’t fit into my budget challenge plan, so I made my own!
5. I cancelled my gym membership and have used the extra cash to pay for yoga classes and the entry fee for another 10k. I’ve decided to enter the Leeds Abbey Dash on the 20th November … I’m a glutton for punishment
I feel like I’m a lot more aware of my spending habits and where my money goes to. I’m finding it surprisingly easy to stick to my grocery budget, but I think that’s because my kitchen is very well stocked already and I can get through the next two months by just buying fresh produce and topping up bits and bobs.
I’m finding it very difficult to stick to my personal budget though – I never realised how quickly money is frittered away on every day items. Half my monthly budget is gone already, so I’m going have to try really hard in the next few weeks. I might be able to “borrow” some money from my grocery budget with a bit of luck.
I hope you all have fantastic weekends!
Do you like watching TV?
Do you keep track of your spending?