#elf4health week 3 recap

16 Dec


Week #3 for #Elf4Health is in the bag!  This was probably my least successful week with the challenge.  I had my last law school final right in the middle of the week (Wednesday) and was in 10-hour-days at the library mode for the first part of the week.

Here’s a reminder of what the challenges were:

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Monday’s circuit workout was…lackluster.  But for good reason! I had a huge half-mary PR on Sunday (post to come…I promise) and was nursing a gnarly charley horse back to health.  I ran 2 miles in the morning with Back on My Feet, which actually made the charley horse feel better. That said, everything still felt a little creaky so I went with a “stretch” circuit.  I reached out on the Elf 4 Health Facebook group for ideas and went with this one…


Tuesday’s challenge was to “pay it forward” but my options were pretty minimal since I was spending the entire day trying to cram any semblance of understanding of trusts & wills concepts into my puny brain.  I did buy my friend Taylor an assortment of treats from Starbucks, but that didn’t count.

On Wednesday, I crushed Pay it Forward AND Healthy Snack.  Well, sort of.  I didn’t “pack” a healthy snack because I wasn’t at school long enough (I basically took my test and left).  But when I got home, I had some carrots and yogurt before teaching spin.

I made up for the lack of “paying it forward” on Tuesday by stopping into Target to pick up an Easy Bake Oven. My roommate’s law firm was doing a toy drive for Para Los Niños, and when Jenn asked me if I wanted to contribute I said “of course.”  She read me some of the things kids had requested, and when she got to “Easy Bake Oven” I said “YES. GETTING THAT.”  I never had an Easy Bake Oven, but I love the classic-ness of the gift. (My brother and I did have a Creepy Crawler maker, though).


On Thursday, my “me time” consisted of getting my eyebrows done (FYI, threading hurts WAY MORE than waxing.  But you also don’t lose any skin, so there’s that).  I also got a manicure in the most obnoxious Christmas polish color I could find.


On Friday, I went on 3 miler with BOMF, went back to bed for a few hours (amazing), and then went to try and run my “fastest mile.” Unfortunately, USC’s track was closed so I stopped by LA State Historic Park since one lap around the dirt track is one mile.  I ran 6:34. It HURT. I thought I would run a little closer to 6:00, but the dirt track and not having music threw off my game. (And the fact it wasn’t broken up into even 400s made it harder to pace). Regardless, I completed the challenge!

I did Saturday’s Closet Clean out today — I completely cleaned out my entire closet and drawers and ended up with about a bag and a half of things to donate. My closet REALLY needed it — and now it is less of an eyesore.

My Sunday “meal planning” consisted of shopping at Trader Joe’s.  Since I’m not in school right now, my schedule is really flexible and it’s hard for me to set a strict schedule of what I’m eating when, but I picked up some easy-t0-make meals and produce to get me through the week!  Today I made eggs over-easy for brekkers, which was a delicious change from my usual go-to of scrambled eggs.

I can’t believe there’s only one week left! I’ve loved this challenge — and getting to know my new elf, Katrina Runs! Goal for this coming week: actually do the challenge on the assigned day.

ELVES: What has been your favorite day of the challenge so far? 

I felt most accomplished on the new workout, 100 burpees, and “eat the rainbow” days, but the Pay it Forward day was the most inspiring to me!

4 Responses to “#elf4health week 3 recap”

  1. nutritionella MPH RD (@nutritionella) December 17, 2013 at 11:42 pm #

    Love your nails!!

  2. irunfordonuts December 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    So speedy! Congrats on the PR!

    p.s. loving the nail color

    • gillian December 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

      Thank you!! They’ve started chipping, sad 😦


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