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Challenge

Week Four

Sleep fail, massive sleep fail. And sleep fail leads to a sluggish body and zombie brain, and it’s all a stupid vicious cycle of sloth. I need to remember that a challenge is supposed to be challenging, which means that I should get out there even when I’m so tired that I just want to collapse on the couch. It might even help me sleep better. Sitting on the couch obviously isn’t helping, so it’s worth a shot. Having insomnia was bad enough before, when I was living a life of absolute leisure, but now that I have a child to take care of, it’s a special sort of evil.

Apart from the whole sleep issue, it was a great week. We went for a hike on Cougar Mountain, which is so green and beautiful right now, and attended a dinner with His Majesty King Harald V of Norway! A very cool experience, but gaah, I am never wearing heels again. Why do women do this to themselves.

Dinner with His Majesty King Harald V Cougar Mountain

For the sake of my sanity, I’m skipping the bad bullet points this week. I didn’t run, I didn’t sleep nearly enough, yada yada yada.

GOOD:

I covered 18.5 miles | That’s frankly amazing considering my sleep this week. *pats self on back*

I completed one strength session | I’ll take it.

I did not shoot myself up with chocolate | The no sugar challenge taught me that I don’t need chocolate every day, which was a lesson I really needed to learn. Eating well is going smoothly in general, I notice that I’m pretty much just eating the way I did when I had gestational diabetes, with a focus on beans and greens.

Powerline Trail Free ride
Zzzzz Naptime gardening

This week’s book obsession was Eating on the Wild Side, which was recommended on Alpine Lily. I found it fascinating, and it has influenced my vegetable intake (and gardening plans) in lots of little ways – for example, arugula is now my lettuce leaf of choice, even though I used to think it was too bitter, and I let my garlic rest for ten minutes post-mincing before cooking with it. Also, if I ever get around to weeding around our house, those dandelions are going in my belly, not in the compost pile. The book has lots of little tips and tricks to get the most phytonutrients out of your produce, and tells you what to look for in the grocery store, at the market, or when shopping for seeds for your garden.

Alright, I hear Nora chirping on the baby monitor. I’ll be back next week, hopefully all energetic and well-rested.

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3 Comments

  • Reply Kersten @fitandtasty180.com June 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Great pictures! You seem to a lot of hiking. That’s funny, that’s something I think all the Norwegians do, or at least that’s my impression :) Agreed on that high heels thing! Every time I wear them (happens about once in four months) I think: Why??

    • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz June 2, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      It’s definitely a very Norwegian thing to do, but for some reason (aka laziness) I didn’t start hiking until we moved to the U.S.! Gaah, think of all the gorgeous Norwegian mountains I missed out on…

  • Reply Sarah June 2, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    OK, seriously jealous you got to go to the dinner! My Norwegian ancestry shows itself in jealousness ;-)

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