Weekly Rundown

Another week! And now the holidays are over 🙂 Time to get back to regular life. Thank goodness.

Monday: I got my 15 minute break at work and did eight flights of stairs while walking about the hospital.  When I got home I hopped on the treadmill and did the second Intensity workout. That lasts 30 minutes and does about 2.75 miles at varying paces. It’s actually quite nice not having to think about when I can be done, or if I am going fast enough.  Afterwards I did my plank, holding for 2 minutes and 50 seconds, with 15 push-ups.

Tuesday: off. I was waiting for my new sneakers, since running the previous day was not as fun as it could be. I was also extremely tired, although my husband talked me into  taking the snowmobiles out back for a brief ride up and down the field. That was pretty fun 🙂

Wednesday: What I didn’t take into account was that on Wednesday we had my husband’s work Christmas party, which meant that we had to leave immediately when I got home from work. So another day off! But it was a good party.

Thursday: New sneakers arrived! I did a short run, not wanting to go too far til I had them broken in…or at least was sure they wouldn’t hurt my feet. So I just did 20 minutes of the 30 minute Intensity workout. Followed by, of course, the plank: 3 minutes, 16 push-ups.

Friday: another day off. I had final errands with the husband for Christmas (in the first snowstorm of the weekend). I did mange 8 more flights of stairs during my break at work. I figure if I only took three days off the week before Christmas, that really isn’t too bad.

Saturday: Workout by Mother Nature! I had to roof rake our two canvas buildings, one is the “hay barn,” and the other functions as my husband’s garage. It takes about twenty minutes for each one, so that’s not too bad right? They had probably a foot or more of accumulated snow as we hadn’t done them yet this season, and the previous day’s storm dumped about eight inches on them. It was a wonderful arm workout! And my legs were a bit unhappy after  trudging through the deep snow. I rested up while cleaning the house (my family was coming for Christmas the next day), and then I got on the treadmill. I did the 30 minute Intensity workout again–my goal is to get comfortable with it and then do it on the incline. We’ll see. And, of course, I did my Challenge: a 3:10 plank with 16 push-ups.

Sunday: I snuck in some yoga before my family arrived. I really wanted to get on the treadmill and use those sneakers again (they are quite nice!), but we lost power during the night. That was due to the second storm of the weekend, which sadly,  was basically ice. The  electric power website said we should be up and running by 8am, and we were. Which made it easier to stagger the dishes for the meal!

And I finished (finally) my Challenge, doing my last plank for 3:20 with 17 push-ups. Skipping the days I didn’t do an actual workout  during the Challenge was easier, but also meant I didn’t go as far as I could have, had I done it everyday for a month. On the hand, I did end up with a 3+ minute plank, which is really not bad.

I think my next Challenge will be easier! Although I suppose that would not be very helpful.

 

Weekly Rundown

Another week flown by! Time goes so fast as we get closer to the holidays. One day seems like the next..and the last. I barely know what day it IS!

I am happy to say all my presents are bought and wrapped-save one. It arrived on Sunday (poor mailman), and I have yet to wrap it, but at least they are all in the house. Now I just need to figure out the Christmas dinner, as my family comes here.

Which I love. Christmas is just the most wonderful time of year:the movies, the spirit, the music, the hope, the love. The idea of Christmas is a special feeling towards the rest of humanity, whether or not presents are involved.

Happy Holidays to everyone, no matter what you celebrate. I hope they are marvelous for all of you.

I did slack a bit last week, which I will happily blame on the holiday and the busyness of getting everything ready.

Monday: weights and physical therapy. I did straight weights, not adding yoga in between as I have been  recently. I did do 3 sets of 15, and it took about 36 minutes. I felt fantastic afterwards; and I know I must have worked extra hard, because my core hurt a bit the next day!

Tuesday: off

Wednesday:  I did 12 minutes of yoga first thing in the morning, before getting ready and heading out to walk with my friend. We did two loops around the exterior of the hospital, totalling 2.10m in 46 minutes. We had just enough time for coffee in the cafeteria before I headed up for work.

Thursday: Weights and PT again, again with just straight moves and no yoga. No twinges the next day, but it was still a good work out. I did 3 sets of 15 again, but I must have done it quicker as it only took 31 minutes. Or I forgot an exercise. That happens occasionally!

Friday: off

Saturday: off. I was slacking big time. We had a snowstorm aimed at us, so I decided to go  to Walmart (groceries & the tail end of Christmas presents), Tractor Supply (horse food), Hannaford (more groceries) and then gas. I left at 7am-with snow dusting my car white-and got home around 10:30-when the snow was several inches deep. After putting everything away, and eating breakfast, I settled in with the laptop. And by noon my eyes were drooping, so I gave up and went to nap with Bruce on the couch.

Sunday: weights and PT again, this time with yoga stretches thrown in. I can’t even say how marvelous, and how strong I felt. I did only do 3 sets of 10, but they were different exercises than I had done earlier in the week. Plus there was the running around cleaning the house. Sunday was “kitchen” day–reorganization of shelves, cleaning of the refrigerator, and cleaning up all the odds and ends that get ignored on a normal cleaning cycle. Now we just need the new stove to arrive and it will all be perfect!