Good Monday to you, friends! I’m writing to you from my new home. As some of you know, on Friday, Dave and I moved out of our beloved, yet tiny city apartment, into a newer and bigger place outside of our old ‘hood. Although it was a stressful few days leading up to the move, I couldn’t be happier in our new spot. In fact, we’re both pretty ecstatic with the change. But to understand, you have to see what we left behind …
I took this photo right before we walked out of our empty apartment once all the boxes were gone. It was a pretty sad moment for me, and a few tears were shed. This place will always hold a lot of memories, but it was definitely time to move on.
Suffice to say that our new place is three times the size of that one. And loud city street noises just feet below the windows? Not anymore.
A weekend full of boxes and work
We spent nearly all of Friday and Saturday moving, unpacking and coordinating a bunch of logistics with a few food breaks and a trip to the grocery store in between. I’m happy to report that we have a little hole-in-the-wall sushi joint in walking distance from our new place and already hit that one up to test it out. In addition, we found a good lunch spot …
On moving day, Dave and I ran out for a very late lunch at Freebirds, and I enjoyed this salad consisting of chicken, black beans, corn, avocado and salsa. So good.
Finally, on Saturday night, after our Internet and TV were set up around 7 p.m., we sat on the couch, with a cold beverage in hand, put a pizza in the oven and rejoiced. Moving is done. Thank goodness. We definitely have a lot of decorating to do, and we need to buy some more furniture to fill up the rooms (we had a new couch delivered on Saturday), but for now, we’re content. And let me tell you, it feels amazing to be nearly settled again.
Taking a little digital detox
In the midst of all this moving and craziness, I pretty much stayed off the computer for about two days, only to open up my laptop on Sunday morning and scroll through some of your comments and posts that I’d missed. I also stayed off my phone mostly too, outside of a Facebook post and sending 8,999 pictures of everything I could to my Mom, including the inside of cabinets and pictures I hung on the wall in my closet. (You know, Moms like to be part of the action!) Throughout the weekend, it’s almost like I had a little digital detox. It was good to focus on the here-and-now, because it made it so that I got a ton done. But I missed you guys! And I’m back now.
Sweating and Super Bowl Sunday fun
Yesterday, after a relaxing morning at home, Dave and I went on a little jog on a trail near our house, then went to a Super Bowl party at a friend-of-a-friend’s house just a couple minutes away. Good times were had. As expected, I spent much of the time hanging around the food table. But I hear there was a football game on in the other room?
Life has been a little chaotic lately and because of that, I decided to ease up on my workouts a bit and took two full days off. But it’s Monday, so as usual, I’m still going to recap all of the ways I’ve been getting my sweat on. Here we go…
- Monday – Completed 20 minutes of walk/run intervals on the treadmill, taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, foam rolling
- Tuesday – Completed 20 minutes of walk/run intervals on the treadmill, taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, attended a one-hour gentle Yoga on the Labyrinth class
- Wednesday – Taught one-hour BODYATTACK and BODYPUMP classes, foam rolling
- Thursday – Completed 30 minutes of walk/run intervals on the treadmill
- Friday – Rest day
- Saturday – Rest day
- Sunday – Went on a 2.5 mile jog outside
What was good about my week of workouts?
Cardio! This past week I woke up on Monday morning with a plan to do something different. Before breakfast, I did 20 minutes of intervals on the treadmill, I repeated this on Tuesday and did 30 minutes on Thursday. Outside of taking group fitness classes like Barry’s or Orangetheory, I hadn’t been on the treadmill in months. I wouldn’t say it felt easy, but I’m glad I did it. The week included five sessions of cardio (three on the treadmill, one outside and one in the group fitness room while teaching BODYATTACK) and three sessions of resistance (all of which were teaching BODYPUMP), I also took yoga. That’s good diversity. Within four days, I basically did all of the workouts I would need for the week. Incorporating treadmill intervals was certainly beneficial, because it was a new challenge for me outside of my routine, and this was the most running I’ve done in one week in more than a year.
What could have been better with my week of workouts?
That’s pretty clear. Three days of BODYPUMP in-a-row? Not good. Because BODYPUMP is a full-body resistance workout, it’s better to have a rest day in between. However, I was asked to fill in last minute for a class on Monday, unplanned. Not only did I rush to get there in time, but when I arrived, the mic wasn’t working. Then I couldn’t clock in, since I don’t normally teach at that gym, so that wasn’t fun. But other than that, I felt alright during all three BODYPUMP sessions, and I was sure to vary my weight so I didn’t go super-heavy in all of them. What else could have been better? I front-loaded the week with all of my workouts, when in a perfect world, they would have been spread out. But with moving and everything else going on, I’m not going to complain.
Okey doke, guys. On my agenda today? Work, a workout and something super exciting. I hope you guys have a great day. And hey, if you partied a little hard for the game yesterday, drink some coconut water, get your work done and start fresh tomorrow. Sound good?
Questions of the day
How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun for the Super Bowl? What was your best workout last week?