Weekly Update – 1/1/2018

Monday

Since Monday was New Year’s Day, we had the day off of work.  We slept in some, even though our New Year’s Eve was uneventful and spent at home.

We went to the gym, and I did a 5k on the treadmill.  I was too pooped from staying up late (I’m such an old person!) to do any strength training.

We spent the rest of the day watching movies on Netflix.

Tuesday

I stayed home on Tuesday and got in 2 miles on the treadmill.

Wednesday

Since the impending snow bomb hurricane thing was coming, the gym closed early on Wednesday.  I opted for 2 miles on my treadmill at home.

Thursday

Work was closed on Thursday due to the 10+ inches of snow that we got.  I still had some conference calls and other work to get done.  But I still had some time to enjoy the snow fall.

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snow2.jpgI got 1.5 miles in on the treadmill, and did some strength training.

Three rounds of the following:

  • 15 overhead press (8 lbs)
  • 15 bicep curls (8 lbs)

I also shoveled half of the driveway, which was a crazy workout!

Friday

On Friday, my workout was shoveling the other half of the driveway and some of the walkways.  We only worked half a day, so I had plenty of time to get it done.

Saturday

On Saturday, I was super sore from my two days of shoveling.  I was still super active around the house though.  I spent a lot of time organizing and getting rid of stuff.  Nothing like being stuck in the house to encourage cleaning.  I wish I had gotten some “before” pictures, but when I’m all done, I’ll have to post some “after” pictures.

On Saturday night, we ventured out and went to a friend’s house for poker night.

Sunday

I did NOT feel like working out on Sunday.  We slept in, then did some cleaning, shopping, etc.  I still managed to get all my steps in for the day!

Were you affected by the huge snowstorm this past week?  What did you do to keep from going crazy?

 

Weekly Update – 12/26/2017

After the busyness of the Christmas season, the week between Christmas and New Year’s is pretty calm, especially at work.  This gave me time to really focus on getting back to the gym, and not just working out at home.

Tuesday

Finally went back to the gym – I’ve been working out at home for so long!  Did 1.5 miles on the treadmill before I hit the weights.

3 Rounds of the following:

  • 10 Dumbbell tricep extensions (12 lbs – dropped down to 8 lbs for last set)
  • 10 bodyweight squats
  • 10 incline pushups

3 Rounds of leg press – 10 reps at 100 lbs.

I decided to add in the leg press at the last minute.  I have been having issues with runner’s knee since I haven’t been doing strength training.

It felt good to get some strength training back in.  Now I just gotta get back to yoga.

Wednesday

Since it was ridiculously cold outside, and I didn’t even want to drive to the gym, I opted for a treadmill workout at home.  Just a quick 2 miles.

Thursday

Got 2 miles in on the treadmill at home, and tortured myself with the foam roller.

Friday

Went to the gym after work.  Got in 2 miles on the treadmill before doing a little strength training.

I did 3 rounds of the following:

  • 10 Dumbbell tricep extensions (10 lbs – dropped down to 8 lbs for last set)
  • 10 incline pushups

Then I got on the reACT Trainer and did 30 seconds facing each direction (front, back, left side, right side).

Saturday

I skipped a workout on Saturday.  Michael and I had a really active day – running errands, cleaning etc.

Sunday

On Sunday, we hit up the gym and I got in 3.1 miles on the treadmill.  It feels good to be consistently going back to the gym.

How was your week after the holidays? Do you enjoy working out at a gym, or do you prefer home/outside workouts?

 

Weekly Update – 3/6/2017

The work week was pretty uneventful, but we did have a nice weekend with family.  Its getting easier to get motivated now that I can see an end to winter.

Monday

I was exhausted all day on Monday.  We had a nice evening in.

Tuesday

On Tuesday we headed to the gym.  I did a quick 2.10 miles on the treadmill.

Wednesday

Went to yoga on Wednesday like planned.  Class was good, but I modified to easier poses.  For some reason the knee that I fell on last year was bothering me.

Thursday

We had date night on Thursday and went out for Mexican food.  I’m really enjoying our weekly date nights.  Its nice to intentionally spend time together. We spent some time planning our trip to Seattle.

Friday

My brother was in town for his birthday, and to pick up his new sweet Corgi pup.  Kona was the highlight of the night at my mom’s house.  We had a nice time celebrating with family.

Saturday

On Saturday, I had to work for a bit in the morning.  After I wrapped up my work, we headed to the gym and I got in 2 miles on the treadmill.  My time on the treadmill felt really good.  Lots of energy. We met my brother up at our new house and got to show him around.  We have a driveway and sidewalk now!

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We had some errands to run that afternoon, so we did all those items before heading to my dad’s for my brother’s birthday celebration there.

Sunday

After church on Sunday, we had a pretty lazy day.  Did some laundry, grocery shopping, food prep, and watched lots of HGTV.  I even took a pretty nice nap, since Daylight Savings Time took its toll on me.

Have you adjusted to the time change? Do you have any pets?

 

Weekly Update – 2/6/2017

While this wasn’t a fantastic week for working out, I felt like I did a lot better with work/life balance and making sure to practice self-care. I’ve found it to be really important to listen to my body recently.

Monday

On Monday, I planned a rest day due to having the race the day before.  I normally take a rest day on Sunday, but decided to shift everything over.

Tuesday

On Tuesday, we hit up the gym and I got a quick 2 miles in on the treadmill.  We planned for a bit longer at the gym, but ran into some new house issues and had to go meet with the builder.

Wednesday

I was so incredibly exhausted on Wednesday.  Its normally yoga day for me, but I couldn’t even think about anything other than a giant nap all afternoon.  I came home and relaxed all night and went to bed really early.

Thursday

We had our normal date night on Thursday night.  We made the mistake of  having Arby’s for dinner and regretted it, as both of us ended up with upset stomachs.  Not that we needed to be told that fast food is bad for you…

Friday

On Friday, we had another night at home.  We’ve become quite the homebodies.  We watched a weird movie on Netflix (what other kind is there?)

Saturday

On Saturday we got up and went to the gym.  I got in 2 miles on the treadmill. We spend the rest of the day with my mom and stepdad.  We walked through the new house, spent some time enjoying the nice weather, and went out to dinner.  I had the best Caesar salad that made my breath smell like garlic through Sunday!

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Sunday

On Sunday we got to sleep in a little bit, as we were trying out a new church that didn’t start until 11.  After church, we came home and did a bunch of chores.  We even finally cleaned the cars.  Since the weather was unseasonably warm (set a new record at 81 degrees!), we decided to go for a 2 mile walk around my mom’s neighborhood and stopped at Starbucks for a nice cold iced coffee.

How was your weekend? Did you have warmer weather this weekend like we did in VA?

Weekly Update – 1/16/2016

This was a pretty good week in terms of workouts and life in general.  I’m really glad to be getting back to the gym. Now that I’ve started easing back in, I need to start kicking up the intensity….soon.

Monday

We had Monday off for MLK day.  We had two house showings in the morning, so we decided to get out of the house and go to the gym, then get breakfast.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t like staying in my gym clothes a long time.  I got two miles in on the treadmill, then hit the showers.  We went to Starbucks for a coffee, then went to the Egg Bistro for brunch.  We had to wait a 1/2 hour, but it was totally worth it for the ham, cheddar and broccoli omelet.

We came home and made some crock pot chicken and dumplings and watched HGTV.  We are officially old people. I finished up all the laundry I couldn’t get done earlier because we had to keep the house immaculate.

Tuesday

On Tuesday, I wanted to work out, but really wasn’t feeling leaving the house to go to the gym.  That’s when our treadmill really comes in handy! Did a quick 2 miles on the treadmill.

Wednesday

Yoga was great.  We did a LOT of stretching.  I can’t decided if my hammys are happy with me or furious with me.

Thursday

Thursday was a planned rest day…and thank God, because I needed it.  We had a vendor onsite for a demo ALL DAY and its mentally exhausting.  I came home and napped (which I rarely do). Michael and I had our “date night” which is a night with no TV, computers, phones, etc. We spent a lot of time talking about life. Sounds cheesy, but its true.

Friday

Friday was a nasty dreary day, but I signed up for my first race of 2017! I’ll be doing the Game Day 5k again this year.

We went out and had some yummy Mexican food on Friday night after work.

Saturday

On Saturday, I slept in like a champ, then we took our time getting to the gym.  I did 2 miles on the treadmill, then we came back to the house to get ready for the day. We did some furniture shopping, grocery shopping, and food prep.

We watched a great movie called Flash of Genius, about the gentlemen who invented the automatic windshield wipers.  Great movie, wonderful cast.

Sunday

On Sunday we tried a new church, went out to lunch, relaxed for a bit, then went to see the movie “Hidden Figures.”  It was quite honestly one of the best movies I’ve ever seen.  Go see it if you haven’t already!

Have you run or signed up for your first race of 2017 yet? What was the last movie you saw in theaters?

Weekly Update – 1/9/2017

This was a pretty good week despite the leftover snow.  We made it to the gym a few times, listed the house, and had a showing!

Monday

We had abbreviated hours on Monday due to all the snow and the lack of clearing on the roads.  My husband and I worked from home for a little while before heading in.  It was a pretty relaxed day, as I don’t expect many people were deciding to go to the bank in all the snow.

After work, we just relaxed and took it easy.  The gym parking lot is notoriously bad after snow and they were closing early.

Tuesday

Our current house is on the market!  Hopefully it will sell quickly. Tuesday was a rough day at work.  After work, we hit up the gym and I did 2 miles on the treadmill.

Wednesday

On Wednesday, I went to yoga after work.  I know you aren’t necessary supposed to pay attention to the music in yoga, but the music was really great this class! I’m starting to really feel where I’m tight and feel a noticeable difference after class.

Thursday

Thursday night ended up being a night out with my dad, stepmom and sister.  Thursday was supposed to be date night for Michael and I, but sometimes you have to divert plans to spend time with family.

Friday

We went to get Mexican food on Friday night and it was yum!

Saturday

We got up Saturday morning and went to the gym.  We had a house showing, so it was a good way to spend the time we had to be out of the house.  Got in 3 miles on the treadmill. We got some grocery shopping done, as well as some chores around the house.

Sunday

On Sunday we tried out a new church.  We went to my in-law’s house for a late lunch afterward.  We came home and vegged out most of the evening.

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How was your week? Where is your favorite place to go eat with your family?

Weekly Update – 1/2/2017

Other than the snowstorm we got that kept us inside, this felt like a very good week.  Very productive in terms of the house and very good from a work/balance perspective.

Monday

Since we work at a bank, we also got Monday off as the observed day for New Years.  We got up, drank our coffee, then started tackling the house.  We plan on listing it on Friday, so we had a lot to clean up!  Here are a few things we did: mopped the kitchen and bathroom floors, dusted, cleaned all the baseboards, vacuumed, took down all the Christmas décor, took more stuff to storage, made a crockpot meal, 2 loads of laundry, etc.

I had no guilt about not making it to the gym.  That was some hard work and I was very sore the next day!

Tuesday

Tuesday was a really rough day back to work. After work, we hit up the gym.  I did a quick 2 miles on the treadmill.  Its hard not to be at the fitness level I used to be, but I know better than to push it.  Slow and steady!

Wednesday

I finally made it back to yoga and it felt so good.  Thankfully, Jaye did a more restorative class instead of her normal flow yoga class, so it was a bit easier to get back into it.

Thursday

On Thursday, the impending doom of snowmaggedon was apparent, so we did our grocery shopping to make sure we had enough essentials through the weekend.  We also got ingredients to make a pretty fantastic beef stew.

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Friday

After work, the realtor came over to get everything together to list the house! The market is starting to rebound, and she’s confident we can list it a little higher than we originally anticipated.

Saturday

On Saturday, the snow started falling before we woke up.  We were anticipating 8-12 inches, but knew the forcasters were probably a bit off.  They were. The heaviest snow was a little farther north.  We still got a good 6-8 inches though.  It was true blizzard conditions, and that wind was insane!

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We made the wonderful beef stew – I wish I had a picture of the finished product, but I have a few prep pics.  We watched a lot of Netflix, played on our devices, watched the snow fall, etc.

Sunday

The temperatures didn’t rise at all on Sunday.  It was another day inside the house.  Michael did go out and shovel a little bit and clear the cars.  We knew it was likely we’d have to go into work on Monday, so we wanted to be prepared.

Did you get any snow where you are? What is your favorite thing to do when you are stuck inside due to weather?

 

 

Weekly Update – 5/30/2016

Despite a few tough things that happened last week, all in all, it was a pretty good one.  I celebrated my one year anniversary of marriage with Michael!

Monday

We had Monday off for Memorial Day.  Michael went up to the casino in Baltimore.  I stayed home and totally vegged out.  Disney Channel had a marathon of their original movies, the ones I grew up with on the Disney Channel, so I had a few of those on in the background while I did some closet cleaning.  I didn’t get rid of a ton, but I got rid of some stuff, so I feel at least a little good about it.

I got some bad news on Monday night.  A dear friend of mine, Stephanie had her second heart transplant on Easter.  I know I mentioned it, because I talked about how important being an organ donor is.  She had started experiencing some complications with the transplant and her kidneys failed. I learned that she passed away on Monday.  While this was always a risk with the transplant, its hard to see someone get another chance at a healthy life, and then they don’t make it.  She leave behind a sweet husband and beautiful little girl.  Stephanie was a woman of faith and is most certainly in a much better place without suffering, but its very hard for those of us who have lost her.

Tuesday

On Tuesday we were going to go to the gym, but it was so beautiful outside, I begged Michael to go for a walk.  We drove to my mom’s house and parked and started on our first lap.  Mom joined us for the 2nd and 3rd lap.  We love walking in her neighborhood.  Its a great big loop and there are a lot of beautiful homes.

Wednesday

Wednesday was yoga night.  I struggled through class a bit. I couldn’t seem to get my breathing to match up with my movements, and I was surprised at how sore I felt (though I’m not sure from what).  Still, it felt nice to get back to yoga and it helped open up my back a lot.

Thursday

Thursday was a long, exhausting day at work.  I skipped a workout.

Friday

After work on Friday, we went to get Mexican food with my brother in law. It was a nice time.  Its been awhile since I’ve had some good Mexican food!

Saturday

On Saturday, we slept in for awhile, then did some stuff around the house. We also went to the movies for part one of our anniversary celebration to see the movie “Me Before You.” I really enjoyed the movie, but it was definitely an emotional rollercoaster.  Michael even liked it!

Sunday

We made it a whole year married!  We woke up and had mimosas and cake for breakfast.  It sounds fun, but it was a really bad idea.  We had champagne that was given to us on our wedding day, so we decided to make mimosas.  We decided to have cake for breakfast, because why not?  Our tummies didn’t like it at ALL!

We both crashed afterward and took a nap.  Who knew that at 10am we’d be recovering from partying too hard. We read through our journal from our honeymoon and reminisced about all the good food and fun we had.  Michael took me to Isle of Capri (one of our favorite restaurants in VA Beach) for dinner. It was delicious! We had Caesar salad (made at the table – dressing and everything!) and I had the chicken fettuccine alfredo.

How do you celebrate big milestones/special occasions?

Weekly Update – 2/8/16

This was a pretty good week of workouts, if I do say so myself.  I tried my hardest not to let the cold trick me into not wanting to get up off the couch.  For me, this is the hardest part of winter to be motivated!

Monday

Yoga night!  I jumped on the treadmill before class started and got in a quick .75 miles.  Jaye did a little more of a restorative class, which was nice, but I was ready for a harder class! I did take advantage of the slower pace and made sure I was very intentional in my movement and activating all my muscles in each pose.

Tuesday

I think the husband is sick of going to the gym with me.  I have this habit of socializing before I actually make it to my workout, and so he’s done and waiting on me to finish.  Oops!  5k done on the treadmill.

Wednesday

I was able to get to the gym a bit early, and I was able to get 1.5 miles in on the treadmill before yoga.  I felt pretty strong in class and really focused on trying to hold the poses, even when my muscles were yelling at me.  I did tweak my knee at some point….just transitioning back to Down Dog, nothing crazy, but it was pretty angry at me the rest of the night and the next day.

Thursday

I was not feeling the gym on Thursday.  I wanted to skip so bad, but I knew I’d be skipping on Friday, so I went.  Did 2.5 miles and took it easy.

Friday

Rest day! We got a little bit of snow, so it was nice to stay home and curl up with a movie.

Saturday

Got up and got 3 miles in on the treadmill at home before doing some housework. Michael and I went out for our Valentine’s dinner on Saturday night and it was lovely! Michael gave me some beautiful diamond earrings 🙂

Sunday

On Sunday, we went to church, then got some Jersey Mike’s afterward for lunch.  We went to the gym and I got in a good, long foam roll session before doing 2 miles on the treadmill.  We went to see “How to be Single” at the movies, which turned out to be much better than I expected.  Afterward, we splurged and went to Coldstone.

How was your week? Did you do anything special for Valentine’s Day?

Weekly Update – 8/4

Can you believe it is AUGUST already?  And here in VA, we have had unseasonably cool weather.

Monday

Monday Morning: Got up early for a 2.5 walk/run on the treadmill.

Monday Night: Hatha yoga with Sue. She made class much harder this week since last Monday was “easy.” Did a lot of hip openers again, which I love.  My hamstrings were rather tight which lent to some difficulty, but nothing too bad.

Tuesday

Woke up with some discomfort in my left heel.  I’m going to switch to running in my new shoes and see if that alleviates anything.  I think the shoes I’m wearing have bit the dust.

Danny night. Felt pretty good, super sweaty.  I suck at jump roping!

Three Rounds:

1. Elevated split squat kettle bell press (reverse grip) – 12 each side

2. Hamstring rope pull

3. Jump Rope for 3 minutes

Wednesday

Wednesday Morning:  2.25 miles walk/run on the treadmill.

Wednesday Night: Vinyasa yoga with Sue.  Class was pretty difficult.  I FINALLY got Half Moon and was able to hold it for at least 10 seconds!  It’s easier on one side than the other, but eventually I’ll even out.

Side Note: My right shoulder was abnormally sore from Tuesday’s workout and made doing anything where I put my hands behind my back nearly impossible.

Thursday

Danny night.  My shoulder was really bothering me all day on Thursday, so we basically did a rehab day.  Danny diagnosed it as anterior deltoid soreness; mostly cause my shoulders are super tight due to my scoliosis.

Round One (2x):

1. Resistance Band pull forward (20 sec hold each side)

2. Resistance Band pull down (20 sec hold each side)

Round Two (2x):

1. 10 “power rangers” each side

2. 5 hip hinges

3. 1o resistance band side steps

4. 5 hip hinges

5. 10 resistance band side steps

My shoulder felt significantly better after that, but I suspect it might be a few days before it feels 100%.

Friday

Friday Morning: Walk 1.75 miles on the treadmill.

Friday Night:  Rest night, YAY.

Saturday

Danny and I worked out in the outside area.  He had me working out with Nicole (another trainer).  We had to stick together and not move on to the next exercise until we were both done.  It was a pretty tough workout. Nicole is pretty hard to keep up with – she’s a machine!

1. 25 single arm resistance band press (each side)

2. Run 100 meters

3. 25 single arm dumb bell cleans (10 lbs) each side

4. Run 200 meters

5. 25 single arm suitcase dead lift with 20 lb kettle bell (each side)

6. Run 300 meters

7. 50 resistance band back rows

8. Run 100 meters

9. 50 goblet squats with 30 lb dumb bell

10. Run 200 meters

11. 50 kettle bell swings with 20 lb kettle bell

12. Run 300 meters

Sunday

Rest day.  Got to go down to Elizabeth City to see Michael’s parents, which is always nice.  Got my grocery shopping done for the week then totally vegged out for the rest of the night.  I think I babied my shoulder on Saturday and my neck was bothering me a bit.  Danny is trying to kill me! 🙂