Weekly Update – 12/14/15

Monday

Monday was a TERRIBLE day at work.  Just one of those bad days.  If I didn’t have plans, yoga would have been so beneficial to go to!

Instead, we went to my high school’s Christmas Chorus concert.  I was in chorus in high school and I always love going back and revisiting! I may be biased, but they sounded amazing.  There is nothing more amazing to me than a good chamber choir singing a capella. At the end of the concert, they invite any alumni up to sing “Joy to the World.” Its an arrangement that’s been done at the school since the 70s.

Tuesday

I ran into my yoga friend Debbie, and we hit the ellipticals and chatted.  I did about 2.5 miles.  Not my hardest workout, but certainly fun 🙂

Wednesday

Yoga was particularly tough for me.  I was having a really bad day with my balance, so I ended up taking modifications.  I haven’t had a really off day in yoga for awhile, so mentally that was a little rough for me.

Thursday

I was bad and skipped the gym on Thursday.  I had to run some errands after work and stop by my mom’s house.  She ended up cooking me dinner and I spent some time with her.  Tis the season, right?

Friday

I had Friday off.  I know, I’m spoiled rotten saving my vacation days like that.  I slept in some, watched a Hallmark movie, then had lunch with my dad.  We got some Christmas shopping done afterward, which was nice.  It was the first cold day in awhile…finally felt like Christmastime!  I was able to spend some time with my good friends and grab some coffee at Starbucks.

Saturday

Slept in on Saturday and had a lazy morning. We left about 2pm to head out to Virginia Beach since  Saturday was the Surf-N-Santa 5-miler! Always a favorite. More on that in another post, but it was a good (COLD) time! We came home and warmed up on the couch with some TV.

Sunday

After church on Sunday, we went to see Michael’s parents and celebrate Christmas with them and his brother! Lots of good food and a fun time with family!

How was your week? Any Christmas runs?

 

Weekly Update – 10/26/15

This week wasn’t a fantastic week in terms of workouts, but I did manage to have a good 10k race.  After the busyness of the last few weeks, it was nice to have a pretty relaxed week.

Monday

Yay for yoga!  I missed it so much over the last 2 weeks.  Jaye mixed it up a little and did some different flows, and now she’s doing more concentrated ab/core work.

Tuesday

On Tuesday I had a little clumsy moment.  I hit my wrist and thumb HARD on something on my way to the gym.  So rather than aggravating it, I decided just to foam roll and hit the elliptical.  I just did 30 minutes on the elliptical.

Wednesday

Yoga again.  I felt pretty decent in class on Wednesday. I still have trouble holding my Warrior II pose for as long as she likes to make us do it, but I’m getting better.

Thursday

So Thursday was supposed to be a gym night, but we had to drive up to the BMW dealership to pick up Michael’s car.  There was a recall on the fuel pump and it needed to be fixed.  Even if we didn’t have that errand to run, we probably would have skipped anyway.  We were not feeling it after the rough day at work.

Friday

After work on Friday, we went to pick up my race packet for the Wicked 10k the next day.  We treated ourselves to Red Robin afterwards.  Although I’m going to say that RR is a terrible idea the night before a race.

Saturday

Halloween AND the Wicked 10k! Race recap to come soon!  The rest of the day was mostly a lazy day, but we did hand out candy in my mom’s neighborhood and got to enjoy all the little kids dressed up.

Sunday

After church we went to my dad’s house to watch a little football and hang out. My stepmom made lots of really good tasting but bad for you food.  We watched the Saints beat the Giants in a really good game.

Did you have a Halloween race this weekend?  How was Halloween for you?

 

Weekly Update – 9/28/15

I was looking forward to the Crawlin Crab 5k, but unfortunately it was cancelled due to the weather.  It was a great week to catch up from life and de-stress.

Monday

Body Flow night! I’m actually starting to like this class a lot.  I like doing different sections to music.  Although the ab track is NOT my favorite.  I can’t believe I ever used to take a 30 min abs class.  Maybe I need to get back to that….

Tuesday

Everything on Tuesday worked against me getting to the gym.  I ended up skipping.

Wednesday

The stretch and strengthen class is starting to grow on me, but I had to go to worship team practice.  My church is celebrating 9 years on Sunday – so we wanted to make sure to get a little extra practice time in.

Thursday

Warm up: Foam Roll

Heart Rate Training: Elliptical for 1/2 mile, keeping heart rate under 150

5 Rounds:

  1. 1 minute on the ReACT trainer
  2. 10 KB high pulls
  3. 5 KB swings

On Thursday, I found out that the Crawlin Crab race weekend had been postponed by 2 weeks due to the nor’easter we’d been having, as well as the impending doom of Hurricane Joaquin!

Friday

On Friday night, we went to get some Mexican food with Michael’s brother, and just had a relaxing evening.

Saturday

Crawlin Crab was cancelled, so I took advantage of it and slept in like a champ!  We got some laundry and other chores done, but mostly we just hung around the house watching movies and being lazy!

Sunday

Sunday was our 9 year celebration of our church’s existence.  It was a great service and wonderful celebration.  We came home, did more chores, got the grocery shopping done for the week, and watched our Eagles lose. I also lost in fantasy football 😦  We also had a little adventure with the stove….Michael was cooking and burnt all our vegetables into the pan.  We think the one burner heats up a lot more than the others for some reason.  While I know there are things you can do to try to clean it…yeahhhh we are a bit lazy. It was so bad we had to throw the pot out – there was no saving it.

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There was no saving this pot. RIP.

Have you ever ruined a pot? Did the rain ruin your weekend plans?

Weekly Update – 9/21/15

I’m doing a much better job at consistently getting to the gym.  I think it helps a lot with my stress levels, and gives me a good outlet.  This week was a little different due to having Jaye gone and having subs for all her classes.

Monday

Since Jaye is gone for about a month, I have to get used to Monday night not being a true yoga night.  Looks like on Monday’s we will be doing Les Mills Body Flow.  I’ve done this class before.  It combines yoga, Tai Chi, and pilates. Its not terrible.  I also like that its only 55 minutes as opposed to the 75 minute yoga class.  Frees up a little more of my evening! Class was good, but it’ll take a little getting used to.

Tuesday

I ate a snack before the gym that did not sit right with me.  I had the worst heartburn. As a result, I didn’t push it too hard.

Warm up: Foam Roll and 1/2 mile on the elliptical

5 Rounds:

  1. 1 minute on the ReACT trainer
  2. 10 TRX rows

Cool down: walking lunges and walking single leg RDLs

Funny thing seen at the gym….watching someone do wall balls and break the wall!

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Also….a girl did that! 🙂

Wednesday

So now that I was expecting Wednesday night not to be Vinyasa flow, but instead was going to be this Stretch and Strengthen class, I was more ok with it.  Still not sure if I like the class, but its better than nothing!

Thursday

Warm up: Foam Roll

Two Rounds:

  1. Walking RDLs with 10 lb DBs
  2. Walking Lunges with 10 lb DBs

5 Rounds:

  1. 200 Meter Row
  2. 10 body weight squats

Friday

On Friday night, Michael and I went to the movies with my mom and stepdad to see The Intern.  I love Anne Hathaway and have really begun to love DeNiro in comedies.  It was a great movie.

Saturday

On Saturday I got to sleep in!  After awhile, we went to a local community to meet with a builder to learn about their building process and the base prices of their homes.  We like the builder and the area, but we aren’t sure about the school system.  Its also much father away from the interstate, and that’s a convenience factor we aren’t sure we are ready to compromise on.  Afterward, we went to his parents house for a late lunch and spent some good time with that.  We had a pretty lazy night at home.

Sunday

On Sunday, we went to church, then headed home for an absolutely lazy day. It was delightful and just what the doctor ordered.  We watched some football and my Eagles finally won!

 

Weekly Update – 9/7/15

This week was pretty uneventful.  I didn’t get as many workouts in as I wanted, but I was glad I pushed myself to get to yoga class on Friday since I had missed my normal Monday and Wednesday yoga classes.

Monday

I talked about Monday in last week’s post!

Tuesday

I had a pretty exhausting day at work on Tuesday, but I forced myself to go to the gym anyway.

Warmup: Foam Roll

Conditioning: 1 mile on the elliptical

5 Rounds:

  1. ReACT Trainer – 1 minute
  2. 10 TRX Rows

Wednesday

Skipped yoga on account that it was my husband’s birthday! We went to Outback Steakhouse to celebrate 🙂

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Isn’t he cute with his rum drink?

Thursday

I was a little all over the place on Thursday.

Warmup: 1/2 mile on the elliptical

3 Rounds:

  1. 10 KB Goblet Squats
  2. Farmer’s Carry

3 Rounds:

  1. Kneeling Lunge Overhead press (5 each side)

Cool down/mobility:

  1. Walking RDLs
  2. Walking Lunges

 

Friday

I think I pushed it on Thursday, cause my poor glutes and hammys hated me! I decided that since I hadn’t been able to make it to yoga all week, Neve’s hatha yoga class on Friday night was just what I needed.  However, Jaye was subbing, so we ended up doing more flow.  I will say that Jaye really did attempt to make class a hatha class.  We did a lot of stretchy stuff, which was good, but was a challenge due to my soreness!

Saturday

Ouch, I woke up double sore on Saturday.  I had to get up at 6am, because we had a big application install at work. I worked about 8 hours, then my husband and I went to the ODU football game.  We ended up getting drenched at the tailgate because of some afternoon storms, then the storms came back right before halftime.  We decided it was time to pack up and go.

Sunday

On Sunday, we went to church in the morning, then came home and did all our grocery shopping.  We had an early dinner at my dad’s to celebrate his birthday and Michael’s birthday.  Afterward, we came back home and did our food prep for the week.

 

How was your week? How do you celebrate birthdays in your family?

Weekly Update – 8/24/15

I felt really good again this week about getting to the gym so much.  I haven’t been working as much on mobility exercises on my own, so getting back to yoga on a more consistent basis has been helpful.

 Monday

Yoga was great, but difficult.  Jaye wanted to keep us in warrior poses almost the entire time.  That seems to really bother my plantar fasciitis, so I was not a happy camper.

Tuesday

Warmed up with some foam rolling and stretching.

5 Rounds:

  1.  200 Meter Row
  2. 10 bodyweight squats

My form on my rowing must have been off, because my lower back became pretty unhappy. So, I finished up with 15 minutes on the elliptical.

Wednesday

We had a small class at yoga, so Jaye decided we’d do partner work.  I’m not a huuuuge fan of it, but the woman I was partnered with was very nice.  We also did legs up the wall for final relaxation, which for some reason I didn’t like.  But yay for trying something new!

Thursday

I worked from home on Thursday, which meant that by the time I got to the gym, I was feeling extroverted and had a lot of energy.  I decided not to go crazy though, because I didn’t want to hurt myself!

Warmup: Foam roll and 1/2 mile on the elliptical

3 Rounds:

  1. 10 half kneeling off-set overhead press (each side)
  2. 10 plank rows (each side)

Then I just did a single round of single leg deadlifts (10 each side).  I haven’t done them in awhile, and when I start doing them again, they tend to hurt my back.

3 Rounds:

  1. TRX rows
  2. TRX pushups

Friday

On Friday, Michael and I spent the night in and watched movies on Netflix.

Saturday

Saturday morning was relatively lazy, but then we went to a big family picnic at work.  They had food, games for the kids, etc.  It was a great time to hang out with people from work in a non-work setting.  After that, we headed to a family friend’s house to sit on their back deck with my mom and stepdad.  They live on the water and it was a beautiful night!

Sunday

On Sunday, we had church, then we headed to our friend’s house for our church Fantasy football draft.  I am less than pleased with my team. We’ll see what happens though!

How was your week? Do you play fantasy football?

Weekly Update – 8/10/15

Monday

I mowed the lawn after work and STUPIDLY didn’t put on bug spray.  I paid for it hardcore with several dozen bites on the back of my legs.  So itchy!

Tuesday

Warmup: 10 minutes elliptical

Workout:

  1. 1 minute ReACT trainer, 5 pushups (x5)
  2. 200 meter row, 10 KB swings (x5)

I’ve noticed when I do the ReACT that my hip flexors have weakened up quite a bit and I’ve lost some of my flexibility and mobility in my hips.  I need to go back to yoga – that will help loosen them up.

Wednesday

I finally went to yoga! Jaye was a little tough on us, but it was a good class. My hips are super tight.

Thursday

I spend a lot of time foam rolling and stretching.  For some reason, when I foam roll, I tend to neglect my IT band.  When I rolled them for the first time in ages, they hurt so bad!  Guess I need to work on that.

Did a pretty light workout:

  1. 10 minutes elliptical
  2. 3 rounds of :30 bird dog hold each side, then :30 plank
  3. 3 rounds of 10 TRX rows and 10 TRX push ups

Friday

After a crazy week at work, we just relaxed on Friday night.  We got some Mexican food with Michael’s brother and just had a relaxing evening!

Saturday

On Saturday, we woke up early and drove up toward DC to see my brother and his fiancé.  We had a mimosa tour of the house, went for a hike at Great Falls, went to a house warming party, and had homemade strawberry ice cream!  I don’t know how they have so much energy.  By Friday, I’m shot.

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Great Falls!

 

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Homemade strawberry ice cream!

Sunday

We slept in a little bit, then went to a cool restaurant called Ted’s Bulletin for brunch.  I had fabulous chicken and biscuits that I forgot to get a picture of because I devoured it.

 

Do you have siblings? Do you get to see them often?