Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope you all have family and/or friends to spend your day with!!
For my 44 today I did a single leg squat in the figure 4 position with a front raise.
44 on the first side wasn’t too bad but by the 2nd set my arms/shoulders were burning!!! (and I only used 5 pound dumbbells)
Stacy and I decided to do the 4 miles for today inside (because I sort of miscalculated the start time for the turkey and had to get it started!!!). She hopped on the treadmill and I did the elliptical. I just did 30 minutes (4.1 miles).
Today for my 43 I met Stacey (my sister-in-law) in the hotel fitness center (not much there but we made it work!!). I started out with 43 minutes on one of my least favorite machines – the elliptical –
Then, since Stacey was doing her WOD, (run 1 mile, 100 hand-release push-ups, run 1 mile, 100 low squats with hands over head, run 1 mile 100 butterfly sit-ups, run 1 mile) I decided to do all the moves for 43 reps!!!
43 hand release push-ups (these are hard!!!) – Stacey let me film her for the demo!!!
Today I worked my triceps with the 43. I also really had to use my core because I included a stability ball. I put my feet on the ball – I tried to keep just my feet and not let my calves rest on the ball to make it more difficult!
I nearly lost the ball a couple of times but I made it through 43!! It took quite a while after I finished for my arms to quit shaking!!!
I also spent some time on the elliptical again today. I’m telling myself that even though it is not my favorite it is much better than nothing!!! I did 45 minutes at a harder pace than the other day. My legs feel very tingly again but I really think it is just the blood flowing!!!
So yesterday was just one of those perfect kind of days! I got cards from Chris and the boys:Both boys were very sweet with what they wrote –
And – they gave me a Garmin!!!
I can’t wait to actually start running again so I can test it out!!!In the meantime – I will just pretend!!!
The weather was gorgeous – no wind so the lake was perfect!!! And – WE PUT THE BOAT IN THE WATER!!!! This always make me happy because it means we made it through winter and now it’s summer – my favorite!!!We didn’t actually take a ride – Chris just put it in and drove it to the marina. It was a little chilly – plus we had stuff to do still!
We had some friends over for dinner – grilled steaks and chicken, campfire potatoes and this super easy summer corn – a perfect ending to a great day!!!
I had to stop for a couple minutes after I completed the first 28 and rest before doing the last 15. (I asked Jordan if he could do any and he did 5!!!). After Jordan’s awesome push-ups I got set up and finished the set of 43. I’m counting it as a complete 43 even with the short break because I did them all!!!
Then – I WORKED OUT!!!! It wasn’t much and definitely not my favorite but I did it!!! I used the Elliptical today.
I just did an easy 30 minutes on it to see how it felt – not bad. My legs got really tingly after about 20 minutes but I think it is just because I finally got blood circulating through them for the first time in 2.5 weeks!! I’m just happy to get some movement and work up a bit of a sweat!!!
So, yesterday, Chris and I took a little day-trip to a Palace!! Here are some scenes from the drive:
And, finally, the Palace:
What kind of Palace were you expecting??? I live in Kansas!!
We went to pick up our side of beef for the year – at the Palace!!!
Are you totally disappointed with the Palace trip? It’s a funny name for a place that butchers cows! But, Chris and I had a nice drive (it’s just over an hour each way) and came home to restock the freezer!!
And, I even put on real clothes (as opposed to workout clothes which is what I live in these days!!):
So, if you ever visit Kansas, make sure you check out the Palace!!!
Today I did another combo move for the 43. I did a single-leg dead lift with a reverse grip row. This one took awhile because I like to do dead lifts at a slow, controlled pace and I had to do 2 sets of 43 to get both legs taken care of equally!!
You can see that I have a slight bend in my base leg – I would rather do that than end up rounding my back and hurting myself.
I liked this 43 – I prefer moves that work multiple muscle groups and this one got my hamstrings and back really well!!!
I also used Hunter’s new punching bag again today.
I love this thing!!! I did a solid 22 minutes on the punching bag – 3 sets of 50 single arm jabs (each side) and 500 alternating punches plus a set of 100 single arm jabs (each side) and then 1000 alternating punches. Then I did about 3 minutes with the speed bag – I need to work on my timing for sure!!
I’m hoping that all of the punching will increase my shoulder strength – plus it has to be good for my core!!! :Delighted:
My original plan for today was to hop on the elliptical. I sort-of really hate that machine but I decided it would be a good cardio alternative while I can’t run. I said something about it last night to Chris and he was adamantly against it. He thinks that I’m going to have to be out of running even longer than 8 weeks because of my complete disregard of the Doc’s rules. He feels the need to keep reminding me that it’s not just about not running – I’m supposed to be completely non-weight bearing (crutches). Blah, blah, blah…….I know he’s right but I’m still not going to quit all working out!!! I figured nixing the elliptical was a good compromise!
I think I mentioned before that Hunter is very good at solving this little puzzle:
Well, yesterday afternoon he got a new challenge handed to him.
By the time he went to bed last night he had pretty much figured out how to solve it – he just needed to perfect the technique and “get quicker”.
Here he is this morning with both of them solved (although he is still trying to decide on the “best” method for the 4 x 4). Genius!!!
Jordan doesn’t have any interest in trying to solve it. He just waits for Hunter to solve it and then acts like he did it!!! Then, he messes it up again!!! Silly!