Weekly Update – 2/29/16

This past week was pretty uneventful, as I was not allowed to workout at the beginning of the week, and the back half of the week was spent slowly getting back into my workout routine.  I know I could have done much more than I actually did, but I want to make sure to not push it and hurt myself worse before Shamrock.

Monday

Still on light duty on Monday, which meant no working out. My knee was still pretty swollen all day.  After work, I came home and mostly sat on my rear end in front of the TV.

Tuesday

Still not allowed to work out.  I went to vote after work, then went home and worked for a bit longer before being a bum for the rest of the night.

Wednesday

Finally allowed to work out!  I decided to take it super easy and see how everything felt.

Did a nice slow mile on the treadmill (3mph). Knee felt ok, but is still swollen, so it was a little uncomfortable just because it has that fat, tight feeling.  Did some strength training too.

Three Rounds:

  1. 10 overhead tricep extensions
  2. 10 bent over rows (each side)
  3. 10 overhead press

One Round:

  1. 10 bench push-ups
  2. 10 bench tricep dips

Thursday

Worked out at home.  Just did a nice and slow 2 miles on the treadmill.

Friday

On Friday, we took my stepmom out for her birthday.  We went to Outback and had a nice time.

Saturday

On Saturday, I had to work for a few hours in the morning.  After that wrapped up, we cleaned the house (it needed it bad).  Then Michael’s parents came to visit.  We took them out to lunch and to see a model home like the one we are going to build.  We had a pretty relaxing rest of the day

Sunday

After church responsibilities on Sunday, we went to get a shower gift for my brother and future sister in law’s shower.  We also went to Home Depot and got a new kitchen light.  We did our normal Sunday shopping and cooking.

How was your week?  If you live in a state that had primaries this week, did you vote?

Weekly Update – 11/10

Monday

Skipped yoga because I was working on some major house projects!

Tuesday

Nice and simple workout with Danny. Four rounds of the following:

1. Single arm deadlifts with 20 lb kettle bell – 12 each side

2. Reverse lunge to RDL with 10 lb kettle bell – 8 each side

Wednesday

Skipped yoga again (bad Lauren) because I needed to finish cleaning up the mess mom and I made all weekend.

Thursday

Honestly, I don’t know if I even remember this workout!

Three (four?) Rounds of the following:

1. Some sort of stretch

2. 8 Paloff presses (each side) – we actually pressed the resistance band out, held for three seconds, pressed three times, then returned to starting position. That counted as one rep.

Three (four?) Rounds of the following:

1. 8 Squat hold with KB overhead press(3 times while holding squat)

2. 12 SL/SA bent over row (each side)

3. 20 resistance band face pull

Friday

Got to spend some much needed relax time with the fiance.  We watched Hitch 🙂

Saturday

Woke up to a text from Danny that he was sick and needed to cancel, which was actually kind of perfect, because we had a family function to get to.  My stepmom’s brother was in town and I’ve never met any of her family.  My brother and his fiance came too, and its always great to see them.

We went to Old Navy and I bought the cutest shirt! I haven’t bought clothes in awhile, so its nice to get something new.  We watched the movie, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” with Steven Martin and Michael Caine – hilarious!

Sunday

Got up and went to church, then headed down to Elizabeth City to see Michael’s parents.  It was a chilly day, so Michael built a fire in their fireplace.  I so wish I had a fireplace.

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A boy and his fire…

 

Then I made him take a million selfies.  Why does he put up with my weirdness!?

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This was actually my favorite, but I thought my head looked really big since I was sitting in front of him…so I made him take more…

 

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Then I started getting silly…

 

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Finally, a nice picture!

Did you have a good week?  Are you ready for the cold weather?

 

4 day weekend + DIY Home Improvement

Disclaimer: totally non-fitness related post. Don’t let that scare you away – there are lots of pictures! Pictures are good…right?

I decided to take Monday off when I realized that we had Tuesday off for Veteran’s Day – and I made a 4 day weekend for myself.  I have had a lot of home improvement jobs shelved for myself. Since my mom is so handy, I recruited her to help me out and bribed her with free lunch!

Also, I’m HORRIBLE about taking “before” pictures, but I take the “after” pics! So…you’ll have to use your imagination about how horrible things were before I fixed them 🙂

Saturday

After waking up with a horrible earache and going to Patient First, I took all the recommended drugs they gave me and went on my way!

At the bank I work at, we use a lot of technology vendors to purchase servers, applications, and use services.  One of those companies, Endurance IT, offered Michael tickets to the ODU Homecoming game.  We arrived around 1pm to the tailgate and got to enjoy some drinks and Beach Bully BBQ before the game.

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We ended up in some really incredible seats in the endzone – right near all the box seating.  Two tickets for the season in this section go for a total of $2500.  We ended up sitting two rows in front of our CIO (aka our boss).

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These were great seats!

 

At the beginning of the 3rd quarter, they invited us ON THE FIELD to watch the rest of the game! How cool is that? I tell you what, its pretty scary when a 6 ft tall football player runs out of bounds and is hurling straight toward you.

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The group from Endurance

 

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“Look Mom! I’m on the field!”

 

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We were this close!

 

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These guys were huge

 

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Football signed by the ODU coach 🙂

 

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Not gonna lie, mascots creep me out a bit.

 

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It was SO cold!

 Sunday

Had church in the morning then I came back and got started on house projects.  I went through my closet and all of my dressers (yes, plural) and started purging stuff I don’t wear.  I did this a few months ago, so it wasn’t a great success, but I did get rid of some stuff and managed to switch out my summer and winter clothes.  I also dug out a few pair of old jeans that fit!

Monday

Monday was the start of the chaos. Mom came over around 10am, and we started making our list for Home Depot.  I showed her all the things I wanted to get done over the next two days. So we made our trip, grabbed some lunch and then got to work on the backyard.  Here’s all we managed to do outside:

1. Clean out the gutters for the first time in 3 1/2 years – ya’ll, there were plants growing out of them.

2. Rake the lawn

3. Mow the lawn

4. Trim back my roses and butterfly bush

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My last rose for the season!

5. Dig up old plastic flower bed liners

6. Install stone pavers to line the flowerbeds

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This is only a very small part of the yard, but you can see the nice stone pavers!

 

7. Fix the fence

8. Clean the storm door (since its a target for bird poop)

9. Clean out the shed

10. Clean up our mess!!!

We rewarded ourselves by watching the Eagles game and having some salmon and green beans 🙂

Tuesday

After Monday’s work, I was exhausted, but no rest for the weary! There were inside projects to be tackled! We managed to get a lot done, but it was not without its challenges.

1. Replace kitchen and bathroom cabinet hardware. Sound easy.  Never is 🙂

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New and pretty on the left, old on the right.

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New and pretty on the right, old on the left.

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New and pretty on the left, old on the right.

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Old hardware

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New hardware!

2. Replace upstairs bathroom vanity light…which involved a trip back to Home Depot to get dimmable light bulbs to work with my dimmer switch. Then we had to clean up the mess we made.

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New pretty lights! I put the same fixture downstairs as well.

3. Install towel ring in upstairs bathroom.

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Ignore any mess you can see, and look at the awesome thing I installed!

4. Install downstairs bathroom vanity light.  That involved painting the wall where the old fixture used to be, then installing the light.

5. Putting 2 layers of kiltz and repainting a wall in the office (it had a horrible mural from the previous owner that I finally painted over!)

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The paint is still drying but the old mural is GONE.

My mom ROCKS.  She did so much work with me, there is NO way I would have been able to get it all done without her.  She’s pretty much the coolest ever.

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My fiance brought me pretty flowers for my house!

 

Have you ever done a “project weekend”? Do you enjoy DIY projects?