My Week Turned Around

So this week started out pretty crappy for me. On Monday, I went to the dentist for the first time in far too long and had to get some work done. I ended up shedding almost $500 out of pocket which I wasn’t expecting, plus I just hate the dentist in general. Once the day came and went I got home, and realized my car was not where I left it. I started panicking that it had been stolen because I grabbed an umbrella out of it that morning and thought maybe I’d left it unlocked. After a few phone calls I realized what had actually happened was that I had an outstanding parking ticket as well as an outstanding photo enforcement ticket, and they had booted and towed my car that day. $400 later, and over an hour of time getting to where they’d relocated my car later, I got my car back. An expensive day, to say the least.

Thankfully, things have been looking up ever since. Here are the top five things that turned my week around:

1.) Tuesday morning’s weight watcher meeting

I’ve been leading Weight Watchers meetings for just over a year, and I cannot tell you how much I love it. I feel like I’m 100% at my prime when I’m leading meetings and it feels so good to be doing something that draws on my passions. I always leave the meeting feeling inspired, recommitted, and so happy.

2.) Dinner at Zaytinya

So remember how I said I was going to Zaytinya on last week’s menu plan? Weeeell I made the reservation for Wednesday instead of Thursday, so all my friends were thrilled when they found out I made us miss it. Luckily, the restaurant extended restaurant week into this week too, so I was able to get a new reservation for Wednesday night. Since there were four of us who went, we literally got to order the entire menu because there were 4 options for each course on the RW menu. It.was.amazing. The highlights for me were fried brussels sprouts with garlic yogurt, the falafel with tahini sauce, and seared scallops with yogurt dill sauce. Just thinking about that meal makes me hungry.

3.) Unofficial 5k PR

If you are on my facebook page, you might have already seen this, but I was SO excited when I took a lunchtime run yesterday, and looked down to see this:

5kPR

3.12 miles in 26:17, or an 8:26 pace. I don’t normally run that fast but since it was a shorter run, I decided to push it and was so happy! The fastest official 5k I’ve run is 26:49, so over 30 seconds faster. Woohoo!

4.) Overall exercise this week

I have been struggling with getting into a groove with exercise lately because of my minor surgery and then getting knocked down with strep. This week was the first consistent week I’ve had in a while, and here’s what it looked like:

    • Sunday: 4 mile run
    • Monday: 3 mile run + 1 hour pilates class
    • Tuesday: rest
    • Wednesday: 4.5 miles of intervals
    • Thursday: 5k run
    • Friday: Rest
    • Saturday: 10 miles on the docket…. eek!

I’m really happy with this week’s exercise, though I do wish I got in some strength training. Next time!

5.) Mumford & Sons Concert

Last night, I went to the best concert of my life, hands down. It was Mumford & Sons, one of my favorite bands ever. The tickets for the show sold out in about two seconds, but I lucked out and got really awesome seats in the second row of the arena and it was unreal. I went with my friend Stacy that I am traveling to Peru with, and we had the BEST time.

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The acoustics were amazing and the visuals were pretty awesome too.

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They also did an acapella encore on a different stage that happened to be RIGHT in front of our seats. Just incredible. Made getting home at 2am on a weeknight worth it for sure.

What’s a highlight from your week?



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9 Comments on My Week Turned Around

  1. Phyllis Apkarian-Gaumond
    February 15, 2013 at 11:07 am (2 years ago)

    As much as I hate to read about people having terrible weeks, I read yours and am happy that horrible things happen to good people too, With my old stinky thinking, I would have used those reasons to eat uncontrollably. Now, I look to ways to burn off nervous energy, shoveling snow off the deck, walking a mile, cleaning the bathroom floor, etc. Perhaps dealing with the stress in a physical manner is better than turning that stress into regret, or inaction. So, thank you, Beth. I used to hate the dentist, but I found a wonderful, spiritual, dental hygienist who loves me as I am, and a wonderful Braun electric toothbrush! Life is good, even with the valleys, and in those valleys I can learn new ways of thinking and doing and being healthy.

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  2. Anne @ eatcleaneatreal
    February 15, 2013 at 11:16 am (2 years ago)

    Thats so awesome about the PR…what a great time and great pace!

    The highlight of my week is teaching being done for our winter term (we are on trimesters) and Im just a few days from spring break!

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  3. Gwen
    February 15, 2013 at 2:41 pm (2 years ago)

    TOTALLY jelly of Mumford and Sons! They’re on my wishlist to see. And kickass on the 5k! <3

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  4. Blogging Runner
    February 16, 2013 at 12:45 pm (2 years ago)

    First off, great job on your 5K time, that’s awesome! I just had my best 3 miles time since my injury of 26.09 right around your time! I LOVE Mumford & Sons, I actually got to meet and hang out with Winston a few weeks ago in Boston! It was the best night ever!

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  5. Karen
    February 16, 2013 at 10:29 pm (2 years ago)

    I got a boot this week too! I did not get towed, which was great, but it did cost a pretty chunk of change. Can’t be mad though – I should have paid my tickets. I’m glad you got to end with Mumford & Son!

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  6. Dr. Haley Perlus
    February 17, 2013 at 12:43 am (2 years ago)

    I love how you can focus on the good things that happened. Too often, we overshadow all the positive things in our life with the negative ones. Good for you for starting out the blog with your negatives and then ending them with your positives.

    A good lesson for us all…

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  7. applepommemanzana
    February 17, 2013 at 7:17 am (2 years ago)

    Congratulations! Even though it wasn’t an official race, you know your body can do it, and that’s really what we all are testing, right? It’s not like we win (hardly) any of all the races we run. That’s a great time and I am totally inspired to push a 3-miler soon and see what I can do.

    Since moving to a tropical country last year, my pace has dropped about 2 minutes per mile due to heat, humidity, and a 10-month hiatus. This last week was my second week of following a training plan to get back on track. I can’t wait until my times get like yours again!

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  8. Deb
    February 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Sorry your week started so badly, but it turned around in a great way!

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  9. Roz@weightingfor50
    February 19, 2013 at 1:56 pm (2 years ago)

    OMG, you saw Mumford and Sons??? AWESOME! Glad the week turned around Beth. Hope this one is better from start to finish.

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