Wait, was that supposed to be a weekend?

December 3rd, 2012 | Posted by Erica House in Fitness | Health | Life

Because it surely did not feel like one!

I kicked off Friday rocking some of my favorite hoop earrings – they are sparkly so I only feel like I can wear them during the Holiday season (I’m so low key fashion wise this is a big deal for me!)

That day in class we discussed one of my favorite topics – having children. Should you? When? Why? What happens if you don’t?

Not surprisingly the class got into a pretty heated discussion!

After class, and a short lunch break at home, I headed to Panera to camp out for a few hours and start grading papers. Between my 6 classes I’ll have about 160 turned in this week and I grade them at the rate of about 6 per hour. Do the math and I’m looking at just shy of 27 hours of extra work this week.


I actually really reading their assignments because they let me get to know the students so well. There’s one where I ask them to discuss stereotypes they have and where they think they came from, a Freudian analysis of their dreams, reactions to the Jonestown massacre and body language observation (which I ‘trained’ them the basics of reading in class one day). It’s so much fun but adds up to a lot of extra work for me this week.

That night I actually took a break from grading to clean. Who actually views cleaning as a ‘fun’ break from work on a Friday night? This girl.

I was supervised closely by my prison warden. Salem looks like SUCH a creeper here.

I snapped a less psychotic picture of him that night. I rolled over in bed and saw him under the covers with me, with one little hang hanging out like a person sleeping. The picture quality is bad since I had to use a flash but he just looked so stinking cute.

Saturday morning I was up at 5 a.m. and decided to do my long run. I killed it. If there was ever a doubt in my mind before about being a ‘real’ runner, I think I’m officially over that.

While running I realized I may need to start refueling during my long runs. I started to get pretty tired after the hour mark and the idea of a quick shot of sugar/caffeine sounded perfect. I had to go pick up a new pair of my favorite running socks that afternoon so I grabbed some GU packets to try out next weekend.

Saturday night I had a mad craving for carbs and didn’t feel like cooking so I ate a can of Annies Organic Ravoili. It’s been in my pantry for a year maybe and goodness it was incredible!

Sunday I worked out, did some laundry, and made the weekly grocery run. My bill was a bit higher than normal this week ($70 instead of $50, as I explained in my ‘healthy living on a budget’ post). There were a few things on sale BOGO that I always use so I went ahead and grabbed some to stock up. I saved $15 in sales & coupons though!

Finally, I received this gorgeous outfit from YogiClothing last week. The bottoms are perfect for me! I hate super short or tight workout clothes and these have the thick, high waistband I love. The back of the top is my favorite – the cutout and straps are comfortable and give the outfit a nice ‘trendy’ feel without trying to hard.

I don’t do a whole lot of yoga so I busted out my ‘guns’ so I could show off how I’ll be more likely using these clothes! ;)

Well – I’m staring down the last week of lectures before finals start. I’m imagining a couple of momentary stress freak-outs, maybe a bit more chocolate consumption than normal,  but I can make it (can you tell I keep trying to convince myself of that?)

Oh, and I’m hopefully moving at the end of this month! In town, and more details as soon as I know if I got the place I really want! Also, look for another great giveaway on here either this week or next (as soon as I get the goodies, I can’t wait to share!)

Any other students/teachers out there counting down the days until the Holiday break?

For those of you who fuel during long runs, what do you recommend I try next? 

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 Both comments and pings are currently closed.

29 Responses

  • MizFit says:

    sooo many thoughts.
    AMEN SISTER to the weekend thing.
    whats up with that?! :-) to fast here. not restful enough.
    I laughed out loud you ate that annies even though youd had it for so long.
    Im completely one who would do that as well
    and the husband would mock.
    and you look AMAZING in the outfit.
    I cant stand too tight shorts either…or anything tight really :-)

    • Erica House says:

      I hate tight, but like form fitting, so it’s virtually impossible for me to find workout clothing I like!
      I’m planning on picking up some more Annies next time I’m at the store since I liked it so much and I’ll probably eat it in 2014 ;)

  • I have a love/hate relationship with form fitting clothing. I’m sure part of it has to do with my phobia of it when I was 70 pounds heavier. I do love that it doesn’t get in your way as you do something like yoga, though! (Can’t wear shirts like that one simply because of the shape of the chest. It’s cute, though, and I often find myself upset that I can’t wear shirts that resemble it.)

    Have you tried Lindsay Cotter’s “Healthy Bites” yet? I’m going to be trying them very soon, but a lot of my friends swear by them – and they’re real food, not the GU. lol (I love GU, but, then again, it’s goo. lol)

    • Erica House says:

      I haven’t tried the bites yet but I see them everywhere! Let me know what you think … I’ve been fighting off some wicked sweets cravings lately!

      I’m still particular about how form fitting my clothes are – if they are tight around the stomach at all I start to feel uncomfortable. I don’t think people realize that once you’ve spent a significant amount of time overweight part of that ‘fat mentality’ never leaves you.

  • Andree says:

    I taught a university class this year; my students had their last class on Wednesday, but have their final papers due on this Wednesday. Fortunately only 40 papers to read and these are in lieu of an exam so it`ll be done and over with soon.
    The top looks awesome. I am so picky with my workout clothes which makes it all the more difficult to replace when they get too big. Just got some really nice stuff 60% off at Gap though.

    • Erica House says:

      I’ve never tried the workout clothes from Gap but have heard the quality is great! I should try to stop by sometime during my afternoon break when the mall isn’t in absolute Xmas chaos mode. I am SO glad this is my last week of lecturing. It’s always nice when I have friends who can relate to the pain of instructing ;)

  • Jen says:

    ooohhh…good luck with the new place. i hope you get it! i love the pic of salem in the bathtub.

    i prefer Gu or Clif Shot Bloks for long run fuel.

    • Erica House says:

      I swear he sits by my bed and watches me while I sleep like that all night! I’m hoping to hear about the place today – I’m nervously checking my phone every few minutes as though that will help make it ring faster. Will pick up some Clif Shots next time I’m out to try!

  • Lea Boyd says:

    HI Erica,
    Nice long run! And so early, too. I like to fuel (at about 45 minutes in) with Carb Boom apple and cinnamon. It’s not too thick, not too sweet, and it’s either fairly natural or I’m in denial.

    • Erica House says:

      Lol, yeah I get up at 5 a.m. every day so I can make sure I get my workouts in! If I put it off until later in the day I always come up with a dozen excuses why I don’t want to. I was thinking of fueling every 45 min (which for a while will mean just once on my long runs). I haven’t heard of Carb Boom before, will be on the lookout for it!

  • I love those socks, too! Sports Authority had them buy one get one 50% off a couple of weeks ago so I stocked up! ;)

  • amhow says:

    You let us all know what you think of the energy shots. I have been increasing my mileage gradually and I’m thinking of giving them a try. I’ve heard that you need to get used to them, so it’s not a good idea to use them for the first time during a race. Wouldn’t want to get sick.

    • Erica House says:

      I’m pretty nervous because my stomach seems to react negatively to … almost anything! I think the possible benefits of using them far outweigh the slight chance it won’t agree with me so I”ll definitely let you know how they work and which ones I like best!

  • Great job on your run! That shirt is adorable… I want one! :)

  • lifeasliv says:

    I’m definitely counting done ’till Holiday Break! I’m so, so ready to be home and without any homework. We can do it! Only a little bit longer. Love your new top. You look adorable in it!

  • Kierston says:

    I don’t like too tight of shorts either. You look awesome my friend!

  • You’re adorable! LOVE the idea of high end fitness gear for cheap. I will not spend a ton, I don’t own any lulu for that reason exactly. I missed the dec. 1 deadline but I’m definitely going to contemplate it :-D And who cares what others think, if you’ve got it lady, flaunt it ;-P

  • Weekends go so so fast. Great job on your run and love the yogiclothing top! Super cute!

  • Allison H. says:

    With all your questioning if you’re a “runner”, I saw this picture recently and think it makes perfect sense and should answer your question! :-)