Leftover Love

Food’s getting a little sparse around these parts.  I’ve been on a grocery shopping strike in preparation for leaving town this weekend (hint-country roads, take me home) .

I managed to rustle up a decent breakfast but it was a new combo for me.

The crumbs of Wednesday’s leftover quinoa, the bottom scrapings of a jar of yogurt, frozen wineberries, chia seeds, and a sprinkle of Love Grown Foods Raisin Almond Crunch (my favorite of their granola!).  Even my coffee was leftover and drank cold from the fridge.

I actually kind of like being forced to get creative with my meals based on what’s left in the cabinets and/or fridge.  You know what else I kind of LOVE? I am declaring next week “eat from the garden week”.  We will not buy any veggies and yet feast on produce every day.

The arrival of July has brought the garden into full production mode and I only hope that my squash don’t outgrow themselves while I’m gone for the next three days.  If they do there’s always zucchini pizza…

So, July.  New month, new goals.

I accomplished my goal of bumping up my workouts a notch through June and am looking forward to continuing the challenge through July.  Here’s the plan

  • 2-4 runs a week including 1 six mile run a week
  • 3 strength training workouts a week (at least one kettlebell)
  • at least 3 yoga sessions a week
  • 2 Pilates workouts a week
I am adding a little more distance to my weekly runs because I am starting training for this crazy relay triathlon I am doing in mid-August.  I will be the last leg, the running,  and it’s an 8.5 mile uphill trail run!!!  Oh yeah, and it’s in the middle of the afternoon.  In August.  My goal is to finish but finished will be a little less painful if I train.
I seem to have short term memory loss when it comes to workouts and sometimes by the end of the week I can barely remember what I did on Monday.  This month I will chart my workouts on the I Move page as a way to motivate me to stay on task and so I can see how much I’ve moved!
Have you ever charted your workouts for a whole month?  It can be very revealing tool.  At the end of the month it is usually either; “wow, I really stuck with my workouts, maybe it’s time to bump it up” or “gosh, I thought I worked out regularly all month but there were 10 days with no exercise!”.
Do you have any specific goals or ambitions for July?
Happy holiday weekend!


  1. Jackie Smith

    My July goal is to get to the gym at least 3x/week. I got so out of the habit at the end of school, I’m telling myself that I’m re-establishing the gym habit.

  2. I would like to be more active in general, come July. I regularly run or walk, almost every day, and I usually fit in yoga twice a week. But it’s getting up from my desk, doing little bouts of activity here and there, and things like that, which I’d really like to amp up! 😀

  3. Annelies

    Hi Faith.

    I’ve been reading your blog for quite some time, but this is the first time I leave a comment here. I read that you plan to work out twelve times this week. Isn’t that kind of like… a lot?

    Could you tell us some more about these workouts? The runs I understand, but the yoga, the pilates and the strenght training… how long do you do these? Surely not all of them for one hour a workout? Or do you? I am confused and impressed :).
    Greetings from Brussels,

    • Hi Annelies,
      You’re so right, 12 workouts sounds like A LOT! Here’s the details; my Pilates workouts are 10-20 minutes, my runs 30-55 minutes, my yoga sessions 20-30 minutes, and strength workouts 25 minutes. An average week looks like 3 days of Pilates, strength, and yoga (which all compliment each other great) for a total workout of 60-75 minutes of moderate intensity, 3 days of running 30-50 minutes, and one day of rest (or active rest like easy biking, hiking, or walking). It’s a lot of variety and great workouts but not a crazy amount. Remember, I’m a dancer who is used to being in classes and rehearsals up to 6 hour a day! I prefer to to exercise for about an hour a day at least at then to work really hard just a few days a week. Hope this answers your questions!

  4. I will hopefully be upping the running and adding more strength training into my week. Other than that, I just want to get lots of sleep and feel good 🙂

  5. June was a rough month for me, workout-wise, and I am trying to get back into the swing of things for July!
    You inspire me, Faith! I am definitely not in your fitness league… so my goal is to hit the treadmill every weekday at 5 a.m., for 30 minutes – with short dog-walks in the evening, as well as tending to my garden in the evenings as well (sometimes that is an unexpected sweaty little workout)! I will aim for something else on the weekends (a DVD workout perhaps?), but sometimes cleaning house and cooking is all that happens. We’ll see. 🙂

    I’m trying to chart my workouts – I NEED to for accountability!


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