Something Is Better than Nothing

Basically this week has been one of very minimal workouts.  But…I still did a 45 everyday!!!

Sunday 11/16 - 45 low duck walks.

Duck Walk

Duck Walk

So, this is a move I actually did while we were cleaning the apartment – the layer of filth was deep and after I scrubbed all the walls I duck walked the entire perimeter of the apartment cleaning the baseboards and floor line.  (this ended up being way more than 45 duck walk steps!!!)

Can you see the dirt on the baseboard?!

Monday 11/17 - 45 roll-ups with one leg straight and one bent.

left leg out - ready to go
left leg out – ready to go
roll up
roll up

(keeping your hands under your back helps you remember to keep your back pressed to the floor!!)

right leg extended
right leg extended
roll/crunch up
roll/crunch up

This was a new (to me) move and I liked it!!!

Because I new that this was one of my last chances, for a few days, I tried to run.  Didn’t happen.  I walked 4.5 miles with a 9% incline after running 2 miles super slow.

Tuesday 11/18 - 45 single arm reverse curls to shoulder press while standing on upside down wobble balls.

ready
ready
right arm - reverse curl (curl with palm down)
right arm – reverse curl (curl with palm down)
press up
press up

I did all 45 with my right arm then switched and started over.

left arm curl
left arm curl
press
press

I had to work my arms since I knew it would be the last time for a few weeks!!!

I walked 6.5 miles with a 10% incline – fun times for sure!!!

Wednesday 11/19 - 45 raises (upper and lower) while on stomach.

easy part
easy part
lift and hole 3 count
lift and hold 3 count

I don’t work my back enough but I really liked this move!!!

Thursday 11/20 - 45 inner thigh lifts with foot touch (non-lifting foot on wobble ball).

ready to work the right leg and balance on the left
ready to work the right leg and balance on the left
lift right leg - touch foot with left hand
lift right leg – touch foot with left hand

This move went quickly.  I had to do 45 on each leg of course!

balance on right leg, lift left foot
balance on right leg, lift left foot
lift foot up - touch with right hand
lift foot up – touch with right hand

Friday 11/21 - 45 flutter kicks while on back (right – left = 1 rep).

"easy" part
“easy” part
right foot up, left foot down
right foot up, left foot down
left foot up, right foot down
left foot up, right foot down

This move went quickly and is a great way to work the core.

Saturday 11/22 - 45 leg extensions with the figure 8 band.

right leg
right leg
extend
extend

And, I had to work my left leg!!  (I held the band in my right arm still because when I tried it in my left it rubbed right over my stitches.

Left leg
Left leg
extend
extend

I’m hoping to add in a bit more next week – I hate not working out!!!

Happy Saturday!

Kim

Does 8:00 AM Mean 8:45 AM?

I have faults – lots of them!!  But, when it comes to being on time, especially for an  appointment/work, then I think it should be a given that both parties will be on time!!!

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This week has been one full of waiting on others and the sad thing is I don’t think any of the  late parties even cared that they were late.

Tuesday morning I had an 8:00 time set up for a company to come to the venue and service the furnaces (all 4 of them!).    Someone from the company finally showed up at 8:45.

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 8.20.27 PM45 minutes late!!!!

When I asked him if I was going to get the first hour free he acted like that would be ridiculous.  On top of being late he didn’t even know what he was there for – Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 8.19.02 PM

Needless to say, I wasn’t super happy!!!

Wednesday morning I had a root canal at 9:45.  I got there early to do any paperwork and then waited and waited and waited.  At 10:15 they called me back.Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 8.24.17 PM

Not to worry though – I think he tried to make up the time by not fully numbing me since I felt everything going on the last 20-30 minutes.  I told him it was a good thing I was a runner!!!  (I do understand that it is easy to get behind in the health profession.)

Thursday morning I had an electrician scheduled to come at 10:45 am to go through the apartment that we cleaned last weekend and that I’ve been working on all week.  (We just used this guy about 3 weeks ago – he was 15 minutes late then.)

I called at 11:00 to see if he was still coming – left a voicemail.  At 11:15 I saw his truck pull into the parking lot but he didn’t get out.  I went out and got in my truck – he was eating.  He called me and said “sorry I missed your call – I was running late.  I’m here now.”  I told him that I knew because I saw him sitting eating (35 minutes late by this point) and that I was leaving.  I said that he had been late 2x with no phone call or anything and that I didn’t have time for that type of business

He emailed me later – his version of apologizing I guess – and said he didn’t think that 15-20 minutes really made that much difference.

1.  He was over 30 minutes late.
2.  IT MATTERS!!!!  My time is important, too!!!

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In addition to all  of this wasted time this week, we have also had issues with referrals from our primary care Drs office which resulted in wasted time.

I have been waiting on a couple of referrals for about 3 weeks now for my leg.  Tuesday afternoon I got a call from an office to get my information before my appoint Wednesday morning (during the time of my root canal of course!!!).

What appointment?!  So I had to reschedule for a whole week later since no one called me!!!

Chris went to the DR  a couple of weeks ago to have a spot checked out – that required a referral to the dermatologist.  He got a voicemail last week saying – “Your appointment is November 19 at 3:30.”

He went to the appointment Wednesday( November 19).  They had no idea why he was there because his real appointment is December 19.  He listened to the voicemail again – yep she said November.

This referral system is all from our primary care DR.  I called and left a message for the “referral” person to call me – still haven’t heard back.

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Do you feel like people just don’t care about being on-time or treating your time like it’s valuable?!

Happy Friday!!!

Kim

 

Disorganization Is Sapping My Joy

Chris and the boys know that I thrive on organization.  So it makes sense that when things aren’t organized, I start to deteriorate!!!Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 5.29.42 AMLately I’ve felt like I’m running around without any rhyme or reason.  My desk (dining room table) is a mess – covered in stuff I need to take care of.  I have little piles all over the place (something that I hate since I think everything should have a home!!!).

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In the past couple of weeks, several amazing bloggers nominated me for the Liebster award.  I had every intention of sharing the fun of those questions but I feel like it is just one more thing I have let pile up and become a source of stress which is the opposite of what it should be.

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Sometimes we get so caught up in everything going on around us that we lose the joy in life and I feel that happening in my world.

I’m going to slow down (semi-forced anyway!) and spend today (after my root canal later this morning) getting organized and making a plan so that I can enjoy the upcoming days!!!Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 5.43.56 AM

I do choose joy!!  I would rather spend an evening at home playing a game with my family or even watching a DVR show together than have to spend that same evening being cranky because I’m so behind!!!   (which is how last night ended!!!)

Does being disorganized cause you stress?  
Have you ever had a root canal?  (this will be my 2nd this year)
Ever have a forced “slow-down” day?  (mine is today and tomorrow – I’m supposed to limit activity since I have stitches in my arm)

Happy Wednesday!!!

Kim

Can You Tell a Joke?

I had a different plan for today’s post (some fun Liebster questions!!) but we spent most of the weekend cleaning the hoarder’s apartment. Screen Shot 2014-11-16 at 9.00.39 PMThe weekend wasn’t quite as relaxing as some – I usually try to get caught up and maybe even a little ahead on blog stuff but not this weekend.

Anyway, today I decided to share one of my favorite jokes ever.  Just to let you know, I’m awful at telling jokes – mostly because I usually forget the punch line right in the middle of the delivery.

But this joke is one that I heard almost 10 years ago and still love it!!!  I even made the boys laugh the other night at dinner when I told them this joke.

Kim’s one and only joke:

2 brothers (approx.  ages 4 & 6) were talking.  The older brother tells his little brother, “I think it’s time that we learn some swear words.”

The little brother readily agrees!

Big brother:  when we go down to breakfast I’m going to use the words “hell” and “damn” and you say the word “ass.”

OK – little brother is super excited!

The boys go down to breakfast and their mom greets them – “What would you boys like for breakfast today.”

Big brother:  Aw, hell, give me some damn Cheerios!!

Mom spanks big brother and sends him to his room.  Then she turns to little brother and says, “And what do you want for breakfast?”

Little brother with a quiver in his voice:  “I don’t know but you can bet your fat ass it won’t be Cheerios!!!”

the boys were about this age when I heard the joke first!
the boys were about this age when I heard the joke first!

Every time I heard or told that joke I pictured my sweet little boys and for some reason that just made it funnier (to me)!!!

Can you tell a joke?
What is your favorite joke?

Happy Monday!

Kim

 

A Little Break Is Starting to Spiral out of Control (11/9 – 11/15)

Since I haven’t been able to run (or jump or do anything with any impact) lately, and I took a week almost completely off, it has gotten harder to really push myself during my workouts.

Sunday 11/9  – 45 squats on a wobble disc.

ready
ready
down
down

Not gonna lie – this was hard and hurt my leg (squats and lunges aren’t working out well for me right now).

Monday 11/10 - 45 side bends with arms behind head.

bend right
bend right

I did 45 bends to the right and then had to switch and do 45 to the left –

to the left
to the left

I did a workout that is very low impact but still at least feels like I”m doing something – Fat Burning Pilates.

Tuesday 11/11 -45 sit-ups on bender ball – Bender Ball

easy part
easy part
up
up

Wednesday 11/12 - 45 alternate twisting knees on upside down wobble balls (right-left = 1 rep).

start
start
knee up twist right
knee up twist right

Go back to the start and then –

Knee up - twist left
Knee up – twist left

I tried to run (for about 5 steps!!) and ended up just walking (again) – 5 miles with a 10% incline.

Thursday 11/13 - 45 rear leg lifts (on stability ball with arms extending forward).

easy part
easy part
right leg lift
right leg lift

After doing 45 lifts with this leg (lift the leg and tap the toe down) in a slow controlled way, I switched legs –

left leg lifts
left leg lifts

I did Jillian Michaels Kick Box:  Fast & Furious.  Most of the workout was good –  a few of the kicks hurt my leg but I think I just need to suck it up!!!

Friday 11/14 - 45 fly to head banger while in bridge.

ready
ready
bring hands together
bring hands together
head banger (triceps)
head banger (triceps)

Reverse move to complete one rep!!!

I pulled out another old workout – TaeBo Ripped Extreme.  If you like TaeBo this is a great workout.  The last little bit had a lot of squats to kicks which I ended up skipping out on but otherwise it was a great workout!!!

Saturday 11/15 - 45 push-up with arm reach (feet on BOSU).  This move is one I got from Kristin (Stuft Mama).

the easiest part
the easiest part
down
down
up read forward with right arm
up read forward with right arm

Do another push-up  and then –

reach forward with left arm (I think I twisted my body too much!!)
reach forward with left arm 

The sequence above is 1 rep!!!  I had to do 90 push-ups to get my 45 done this morning!

The good news is I completed Josie’s (YumYucky) weekend push-up challenge – the advanced version!!!

What I’ve noticed after taking some time off is that after a break it gets easier and easier to take a day off and the workouts seem harder and harder.  I don’t really like this trend!!!

Happy Saturday!

Kim

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