Catching Up (Non-Video Post)

Hey there! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty laid back (even more so than usual) so I didn’t vlog this weekend. Instead I thought I’d write a “catching up” style post.

1. Increasing Mileage

This week (today) I start working with a coach again. I’m very excited about this because I am TERRIBLE at challenging myself. Not because I don’t want to be challenged but because I tend to underestimate my capabilities.

In weightlifting I would still be squatting 25lbs if Adam wasn’t there to encourage me to test my limits. The same thing goes with running, especially coming back from exertional compartment syndrome. I have so many reasons constantly floating around my mind about why I shouldn’t push too hard, run too long, reduce run/walk intervals, etc.

I just need someone to tell me “look, just run 3 miles okay?” And I’ll do it.

That’s why I’m excited to work with a coach again. I know a coach can get more out of me than I could, and that I need someone to push me to start increasing my distance.

2. Making Gains 

Over the weekend I squatted 5 x 180lbs and was shocked at how easy that felt. When I first started doing the Wendler 5-3-1 plan I was annoyed at how it made me go down in weight while building back up to my max by increasing reps.

Now, just three weeks into the plan, I can see that it absolutely works. I used to find 5 x 160lbs hard and now I find 5 x 180lbs easy. I know when I get into my next cycle and go for a new squat PR that I’m going to be able to get it, I can definitely see that this process works really well for me.

3. (Im)Patiently Waiting 

Booking a vacation in March that we won’t take until the end of May is torture! Normally Adam and I like to take our first vacation of the year in March or April because Q1 is always busy for the both of us. At least now that it’s April I can say that the vacation is next month.

We’re going to be in London for two days before we take the cruise, so I need to start planning what we’ll do while we’re there. If you have any suggestions please let me know. We’ll be staying in central London.

4. Garden Therapy 

If you’re the kind of person that likes a lot of time to meditate, gardening is probably for you. I find I can stand outside watering my flowers for an hour or more without blinking.

I love that I’m outside in the fresh air doing a task that requires minimal brain power. I just let my mind go blank and it’s so relaxing. That’s one of the things I used to love about running, except these days my mind hardly ever gets into that meditative state since I have no endurance and I’m constantly out of breath!

Until I get my endurance back gardening will be my daily therapy :).

5. Cecil’s Shedding 

Are your cats shedding more than usual this spring? Cecil has been shedding like crazy, so much that he’s been having hairballs almost once a week.

This is pretty alarming to me because he previously hadn’t produced a hairball in about five years. We feed him a high quality diet that allows his digestive system to break down hair really well. I’m honestly perplexed as to why he’s been shedding so much right now. My mom said her cat Georgie has also been shedding a lot this spring.

I don’t want to bring him to the vet for shedding which seems like a normal thing, but the hairball thing is really weird. If he keeps it up I’ll have to bring him in for a check-up. I’m paranoid.

Are your pet’s shedding more than usual this spring?
Do you like to putter in your garden?
Any suggestions for how to spend our 2 days in central London?



  1. April 2, 2018 / 8:04 am

    Marcy dog is shedding loads this spring. We can’t keep up with it ! Hopefully it’ll pass soon !

  2. April 2, 2018 / 9:34 am

    Our pets shed a lot and they have hairballs from time to time. Not every day, not every other day or anything, but we are never alarmed when they have one because it’s just normal for them. Christmas doesn’t puke but Jelly will puke. Sometimes it’s just liquid sometimes it’s all of his food! Then he walks away like it aint nothing but a thang….

    I normally sked our vacations way ahead of time, so I am used to waiting several months! Right now we have a lot of short trips plan, on in Mid May, Mid June, Early July, Mid July, Early August!

  3. April 2, 2018 / 1:15 pm

    London!! how awesome is that!! I’m jealous ! I don’t know anything about London, but my brother said he wished he would have spend more time there when he visited.

    Your plants look gorgeous! I have a black thumb, and I am not allowed to care for plants.

    • Kristina
      April 2, 2018 / 4:38 pm

      SAME! Adam and I spent two days there last time we were in Europe but barely got to do anything. We were really just there to see the Dolphins football game. I got him tickets for his 30th bday and that was the main reason we were in Europe but we also spent a few days in Paris which was AMAZING!

  4. April 2, 2018 / 4:11 pm

    Aww I was hoping for some updates on your latest home reno project? What are you guys doing?

    Geno and Bernie haven’t started shedding much yet, because it is still really freaking cold here and spring is taking its sweet ass time arriving. I’m not looking forward to it, though – I hate when they start shedding a bunch! Bernie gets hairballs sometimes, they are so gross. I hate that they look just like poop – I always think someone had an accident at first!

    • Kristina
      April 2, 2018 / 4:37 pm

      Our current big project is renovating the guest bathroom upstairs. We’re taking down wallpaper, painting, putting in new fixtures, etc. It’s been slow going because we needed to take the current fixtures off the wall before we could begin prepping the walls and we couldn’t figure out how to get them off- they didn’t have any screws anywhere. Eventually Adam literally just ripped them out of the wall… we still have no idea how they installed them or how we were supposed to get them out.

      Now we need to patch the holes in the wall before we can begin the rest haha. I need to run to Home Depot tomorrow to get a patch kit as I don’t think I have enough patching spackle right now for all the holes 😀