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 – 3/21/16

I didn’t intentionally set out to not workout this week.  I had planned on 2 rest days following my half marathon, but nothing beyond that. The rest of my days off were purely by coincidence and a product of the craziness of life right now.

Monday

First day after my half marathon.  I probably feel after a half marathon like most people do after a marathon.  I’m a wuss!  Since the weather was so nasty on race day, I definitely had a weird shoulder posture going on (I guess trying to stay warm), so my upper back hurt a LOT on Monday.  I wore my compression sleeves most of the day at work which helped my tight calves.  My feet still hurt a lot and were a little swollen.  My blisters…well, I don’t know if I can let them run their course.  Might have to pop them!

I did make sure to move around a lot, but no workout for this girl.  Would have done way more harm than good.

Tuesday

Opted for no workout again on Tuesday.  My feet were still swollen, and my back was still pretty sore.

Wednesday

I had to work late on Wednesday, which meant I couldn’t make yoga on time.  I did some light foam rolling and stretching, which felt nice, but still no workout.

Thursday

Ugh, I was planning on going to the gym on Thursday.  But I had to work late, then there was a massive accident on the way home.  I didn’t get home till past dinner time. Probably not a bad thing to rest so much?

Friday

On Friday, we had some family over for dinner. It was a great time!  My dad is a nurse and he popped my blood blister for me.  It wasn’t making any progress at all healing, so he said it would be best to pop it.  I’m not squeamish, but even that got to me a bit!

Saturday

Saturday was a really lazy day.  Much needed. We did some light chores, but mostly were really lazy!  We did go to the mall to find some shoes I need to wear as a bridesmaid, so we did get a nice walk in as we walked around the entire mall.

Sunday

Easter Sunday!  We enjoyed church with our church family!  Afterward, we grabbed a quick lunch, then settled in for a nice day of Netflix marathoning and laziness!

I got some GREAT news on Sunday.  I have a friend name Stephanie who has been waiting for her 2nd heart transplant for about 2 years now. She received her first heart over 20 years ago. She received a heart on Sunday and is making a great recovery so far.  Please keep her in your thoughts over the next week or so, as well as the family of the donor.  Becoming an organ donor is such a personal, difficult choice, but one that can bring such joy and life to others.  Their family is grieving the lost of a love one, while we are delighting in a second chance for Stephanie.

If you have any questions about organ donation, please read about it here.  I can understand the reasons why you may not want to become an organ donor, and that is ok! I’m not criticizing your choice – it is such a deeply personal choice.

Do you ever have an unplanned week off? How was your Easter weekend? Are you an organ donor? I’d love to hear why/why not!