Weekly Update – 11/9/15

I only made it to yoga this week, but that’s ok. I’ve seemed to have a lot of those kinds of weeks lately, which I think is ok.  I know I don’t talk about work a lot, but its been a really stressful time.  That’s definitely affected my every day life, and therefore my workouts.  I’m very pleased when I am able to at least get to yoga every week!


Yoga with Jaye.  It was a harder class than normal.  I find it very difficult to hold lunge positions (runner’s lunge, crescent lunge, etc) due to my Plantar Fasciitis.  My arches of my feet don’t like it.  So I modify to kneeling lunge, but then its hard to transition through positions.

I really love yoga and practice for many reasons.  Strength and flexibility is certainly a desirable by-product, and I don’t feel like I’m making progress in that area.  That is going to be a focus of mine over the next few weeks.


I took a half vacation day on Tuesday.  I needed the mental break.  It was rainy and nasty outside, so I literally sat on the couch for the remainder of the day and watched TV.  No regrets.


Work was closed for Veteran’s Day.  I took advantage of Michael being gone on a little day trip and I got some Christmas shopping done.

Had a small class at yoga on Wednesday night, which was nice.


Thursday was insane at work.  Michael and I had to work late, then we had to go to the airport to pick up my mom and stepdad.  It was a late night and I crashed hard.


On Friday night, we ordered in Chinese food from one of my favorite local places and watched a movie on Netflix called “The Cobbler.”  Its got Adam Sandler in it.  Its pretty fantastic.


On Saturday, we got up and headed to the tailgate before the ODU game.  We only ended up staying until halftime because the sun went away behind the stadium and I got so cold.  We ended up going to MacArthur mall and walked around and did some Christmas shopping.


After church on Sunday, we got our grocery shopping and such done, then we went to my mom’s house for a get together.  Some old neighbors were in town and we got together with them and some of mom’s current neighbors.  It was a great time!

How was your week? Have you started Christmas shopping yet?


Weekly Update – 10/12/15

This week was a pretty stressful week with work, but I had a great weekend!  And I finally got back to doing races after a VERY long hiatus!


Even though it was a holiday and work was closed, my husband ended up having to go into work and help with a problem.  Such is the world of an IT professional! We had plans for dinner that night, but ended up cancelling them.  It secretly made me happy because I got to go to yoga!  It was great to have Jaye back, and it was a pretty tough class.  Love getting back to yoga!


This was the only day this week I could really get to the gym….you’ll see why if you read on….

Warmup: Foam Roll

Two Rounds:

  1. Walking RDL’s with dumbbells
  2. Walking lunges with dumbbells

Three Rounds:

  1. Kneeling overhead press (10 each side)
  2. Triceps curls (10)

*Side note: I haven’t worked my triceps well in ages.  They hurt for 2 days!

Wednesday – Thursday

I attended a training class for work.  I work in the technology field, and this training was working toward a Foundations certification for something called ITIL (basically teaches you how to run an IT shop).  I hope that I will be able to move on and get an intermediate level certification, because this stuff is great!  However, I had to get up super early to drive to another city for the training, then had hours of studying on top of that.  I also had to log into work and get some stuff done after hours.


This is what I did at lunch everyday during training. The weather was amazing.


Friday was my exam, so we finished up early.  I was able to go home and catch up on some work before a night of R&R.


Crawlin Crab 5K! Omg the weather. Drool.  It was amazing.  Recap to come!


First race as a MRS!

After the race, we went to the ODU Homecoming game.  It was great weather for a game! We got tickets through a vendor at work, and we were able to get ON THE FIELD for the entire 2nd quarter.  It was a rough game, but ODU won!  When I was on the field, I even ran into my former trainer Nicole. It was wonderful to see her 🙂


Beautiful weather!


My trainer! I miss her!


On the field!


After church we grabbed some lunch at Taste Unlimited (yum!) and then went to Old Navy.  I got some new jeans (it was time!) and a few new tops.  After that, we just vegged and watched football all afternoon.

Did you race this weekend? How was your week?

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 🙂


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!


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 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 🙂


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?