Posts Tagged ‘around the house’

The Weekend FLEW by!

I kind of can’t believe it’s Monday again already! We had a great weekend – even though it was too short.  Jeb got good news at work on Thursday, and we planned to celebrate on Friday.  Unfortunately, I got out of work late, and we ended up grabbing a quick dinner at home and watching a movie (Harry Potter 6).  Wendy watched it with us.

 

Princess Wendy

So angelic – there’s even a little halo of light around her head!  Of course, Jeb and I both forgot that Harry Potter movies are very long, and stayed up much later than we anticipated.  Saturday morning, I was the Queen of Productivity – for about 1 hour (I made us an AWESOME breakfast!).  Then, I became sleepy and let Jeb convince me to snuggle up together while we planned the rest of our day.  Three hours later, we both had taken a power nap, and STILL hadn’t planned our day!  Whoops! (yes, I realize that a “Power Nap” by definition lasts 20 minutes or so – but I’m sticking with it!)

 

We ended up going to see Harry Potter 7, which was awesome!  We both felt like the movie left out some important details, but overall it was very well done.  We’re pretty excited to see the final movie, though I must admit that I will miss them!  This series is one of my favorites, but it’s hard to find the time to sit and watch the movies at home.  Am I alone in this?  I have such a hard time relaxing at home for long periods of time.  I always feel like I should be doing something. Maybe part of this is worry that I will become sedentary again and gain back all the weight.  We also grabbed a late dinner at the Met Burger Bar (I got the Paris Chicken burger), and headed home.  Everything seemed a bit wacky at the mall – maybe from the full moon?

 

Full Moon from the driveway

People think I’m crazy when I say this, but I firmly believe that the full moon affects people.  From years working in EMS and mental health, I barely even have to check the calendar to know that the full moon is coming.  Everyone gets a bit unsettled, and the craziest things seem to happen around the full moon.  Keep an eye on it – you’ll see the correlation!

On Sunday, Jeb and I went to the gym.  He did part of my workout with me (which was a BEAST), and then we went home to “get stuff done.”  We ran some errands and I made a yummy game-time dinner and Baked Alaska for dessert (more to come on that).  Jeb took a nap on the couch…I mean, watched the game. 🙂

All of a sudden, though, the weekend was over!  There were so many things I wanted to accomplish – especially with the holiday coming up!  Back to the grind today!

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Back on Track!

The house renovations are mostly done – there is, of course, still some organizing and decorating to do, but there is no more MAJOR tasks ahead of us!  We’re so happy with the results and feel like we can enjoy our home for the first time since buying it in 2008!
During this project, however, I missed a couple workouts (but made up for them with plenty of NEAT), and Jeb and I often found ourselves trying to grab a quick meal (read: pizza) more often than we should have.  My body has been feeling out of whack, so I was excited to get to the gym this morning.

 

I started a new week of my Impact workouts, and REALLY enjoyed them.  They were hard, but I was able to push through and feel successful!  For my “Grand Finale Conditioning” I may have overdone it.  I decided to use Kettlebell Swings for the 30:30 intervals (5 rounds).  Since I normally use the 24kg bell for swings, I decided to use the 20kg one since it’s for conditioning. I should have gone with the 16kg, I think – my body was HURTING by the end.  I was so tempted to switch weight (from the 20 to the 16) mid-set, but gutted it out.  I then took about 15 minutes to cool down and do some (also recently-neglected) soft tissue work.  I already feel back on track, and look forward to cooking a healthy dinner tonight!  Now, to decide what to eat…

What a week!

It’s been a slow week of posting…and working out, and cooking, and keeping up with family and friends…

 

We’ve been working REALLY hard on our house – taking care of repairs from some major flooding damage we sustained a couple years ago.  It’s finally getting close to done, so we’ve been pushing ourselves and staying up late each night to paint, run errands, and complete parts of the job.  Before and after pictures are coming soon!

 

Unfortunately, I had to sacrifice my workouts for other things this week.  Early in the week, I struggled with this emotionally.  I’m in the middle of a good program, and was worried that I would lose a lot of ground.  I also knew that I would not be cooking my normal types of foods since our kitchen was torn apart.  Fortunately, I was able to (mostly) listen to my body and, while the quality of my food wasn’t great, I did not gain weight.  Tonight, we’ll have a healthy dinner, and tomorrow I’m going to be back in the gym!  Can’t wait!

Weekend Update and Week 2 of Impact

We had a busy Halloween weekend!  We’ve been working on some remodeling of our house (after the Ice Storm of 2008 pretty much destroyed part of it), and we are FINALLY near the finish line!! 🙂  On Saturday, we did some painting and shopped for new floors.  We’re thinking of going with Laminate flooring for durability’s sake.  I think I would LOVE hardwood, but the hardwood in the rest of our house took some damage from the water, and the peace of mind knowing that it will last is very appealing right now.  As a result of all this extra work, I did not get in my workout on Saturday.  It was just as well, though, since I was still feeling pretty beat up from my other workouts last week.

 

On Sunday, we were both pretty tired.  We ran errands, did some work in the yard (raked and planted bulbs!!) and went over to my parents’ house for dinner and trick-or-treating with my niece.  This was a great option for us – for several reasons.  First, we got to walk around with Talia (the elephant!) for her first REAL Halloween (even though it’s her 2nd, I doubt she remembers much of the first one!).  Also, we avoided spending $50+ on Halloween candy, since our neighborhood is the kind that gets TONS of trick-or-treaters.  It was really nice (and conducive to my goals) to wake up on November 1st without any extra candy lying around the house.

Talia the Elephant!

Speaking of goals, Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are NOT helping.  Seriously, these are what Reese’s will always aspire to be.  However, I WILL RESIST the dark chocolate, salty goodness for the rest of the year!  As a reward, I will buy myself a nice outfit to wear on New Year’s Eve – in what will undoubtedly be a better body sans PB cups.

Also, I’m working damn hard in the gym, and am starting to think that it would, in fact, be worth it to count calories just to get through the holidays.  Thoughts?

Workouts are going well now.  I’m getting used to the pace of the Impact workouts and have a bit more confidence when trying new exercises.  I’m stronger than I thought!  Hopefully, all this home remodeling won’t keep me from too many workouts.  I will be getting plenty of activity, so I’m trying not to stress too much – but I also want to stick with the program.  Tonight, we buy floors!

On a side note, don’t forget to vote!  It’s important!