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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Ever have one of those days?

I made it through the first week of my new workout program! Feeling like this is a doable-thing.

Friday (yesterday) was a rest day, but I was hoping to sneak in a short yoga session; feeling like I could use a good stretch.

Did not happen.

Get up and head to kitchen to feed cats. Turn around from getting cat food out of cupboard to find Frank lying directly in my path. Attempt course correction, flailing wildly while trying to regain balance without stepping on cat and wondering if I've left anything breakable on the counter, where my flailing might lead to broken glass on our porcelain tile floor.

Manage to survive this without mishap, and continue on with my day. As I'm moving around the kitchen, tidying up, knock over broom, step on handle which slides causing me to come down hard on my knee. For the record? I do not recommend banging your knee down on porcelain tile. 

And finally, my cleaning lady comes and, while cleaning the kitchen, knocks the glass cruet that we use for sesame oil onto the floor. She has never broken anything before at my house and she felt really bad. I felt a little bad, I did like that cruet, but at that point it almost felt inevitable.

The bright spot in my day - literally - was the fact that it was a beautiful sunny day that almost felt like summer; being at home I was able to eat my lunch out on the deck and enjoy some sun. Frank kept me company.


Today was the start of Week 2 on my  new exercise plan. It was Chest & Triceps, so I figured I was okay to give that a go. I had forgotten there are a lot of pushups, and while I can do some from my toes, I can't do enough to get through a whole workout so I modified either by just keeping one knee down, or doing incline push ups with my hands on the bench.

Tomorrow is supposed to be legs, which I'm not so sure about; I'm still not bending my knee easily, and I can't imagine doing 50 minutes of squats and lunges. So not sure what will happen there, will have to wait and see.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Emerging from winter hibernation

I give up. The winter slump seems to be a thing for me now. The past few years it just seems that I lose my mojo over the winter. This wasn't even a hard winter; we didn't  get much snow, we didn't get a lot of cold weather - pretty much the way I like my winter to be! 

Just when I started  to get my energy back and feel like I wanted to do things I got sick...and sick again. I had a head cold...Just when I was starting to get over that, I got the flu and that has been hanging on and taking forever to go away. I still find that I am tired, but I am finally feeling better.

I started a new workout program on the weekend. Brand new legs workout on Sunday. Result being I've been stiff and sore and feeling like I am walking funny for the past two days.

Today I had a volunteer event with a group of coworkers. We went out and picked up garbage. What a mess. People are disgusting. Is it really so hard to hold onto your coffee cup and your food wrapper until you find a garbage can? And there was one area where I'm sure people were just dumping stuff. 

Anyway, I spent the morning hobbling around on my sore, stiff legs. I did enjoy the fresh air. Now I am really tired and ready for bed. It's 8 pm. Hopefully my muscle soreness will be over with by tomorrow.  

A spectator for part of our clean up effort.


The result of our efforts.



Sunday, December 6, 2015

November Non-Accomplishments

I had  goals. I had good intentions. You know: do healthy stuff, work out, get my house organized now that the bathroom renovations were finally done. Oh well.

Here is my workout list from November:

01: Crunch Fat Burning Pilates
02: LM Pump & Shred
03: Crunch Fat Burning Pilates
04: 25 min Mall Walk
05: 25 min Walk + LM Pump Challenge
16: LM Pump Challenge
17: Crunch Fat Burning Pilates
18: LM Pump & Shred
19: Crunch Burn & Firm Pilates
20: LM Pump & Burn
24: LM Pump Revolution
26: LM Pump & Burn
28: Rockin' Body: Mark, Move & Groove + Party Express

You may notice some gaps in there...Things started off okay, then I came down with a cold...Finally felt better and had an excellent run of workouts. I was feeling really good! Energetic! Until I started feeling crappy again...It felt like the worse case of allergies ever, but allergy meds didn't seem to help much. I have been exhausted and just dragging myself around...And oh look, it's December.

We did make some progress on getting the house back to normal...The living room is almost cleared of stuff that does not belong...A lot has been cleared from the kitchen...The spare room is still uninhabitable, but I'll get to it. By spring for sure, since my parents will probably plan a visit, which will force me to clean!

I finally feel better today. Which means I spent the day running around the house trying to catch up on at least a few of the things that I haven't been doing. I am now tired, but at least it is the kind of tired that comes from having been busy getting things done, which is completely different from the misery-induced tired I had been feeling. 

At this point, I am just hoping that it lasts longer than a week. Or a day.

I have no pretty pictures to share, unless you want to see more pictures of my new bathroom? I did not pick up my camera at all this month. Granted, November is not the most scenic time of year in these parts, but seems to me I usually see something interesting.

But my bathroom is still making me happy so here:

Seriously; this accent tile! I am so glad we stuck to our guns on this when they said they weren't sure whether we could get it or not. I feel like it makes the whole thing.


The tub and surround that we waited 5 weeks for, with the new shower and faucet, etc. We had a plain, basic shower head before so this feels really fancy! It's a spa, every morning.



Love our new light fixtures!


Especially the vanity light.


I'm sure you are as sick of hearing about my bathroom renovations now as I was of living it for two months. I will try to at least have some cute cat pictures next month!

Monday, November 2, 2015

October: Looks Like We Made It

October sort of felt like everything and nothing.

After 5 weeks of waiting, our renovations got back underway. That took most of our attention. Work was really busy for both of us too. Then we both got sick.

But we made it out alive. Renovations are done, except for one niggling detail - the thermostat for the radiant heat floor is not working. We are really hoping it is to do with the thermostat, and not a problem with the actual floor because I don't want to start over again.

October Workouts
01: 25 min Walk
05: LM Pump & Shred
06: 25 min Walk + Renovation room clearing
10: LM Pump & Shred
12: LM Pump & Shred
13: 35 min Mall Walk
15: LM Pump & Shred
24: LM Pump Revolution + Post Reno cleaning
26: LM Pump Challenge
31: LM Pump & Burn

I really think pictures are the way to go this month.

The contents of our bathroom have been taking up space all over our house. As far as the cats are concerned, that means new and interesting places to sleep.


Work from home days, when someone needs to be around for construction, can lead to entertaining sights.




Lightning, a crash of thunder that sent the cats running, and a freak hailstorm are a different kind of entertainment.



Husband's den got a new hardwood floor, a pretty blue paint job, and then got filled with everything else from our bathroom...


While the new bathroom floor went in.


This is exhausting.


But worth it?


We replaced everything except the vanity - floor, tub/shower, toilet, sink, lights, mirror - and painted. It came out really well. Now I just have to put my house back together. Hopefully by then end of November, I'll have it all sorted out. :)