I put both feet in the same loop and held the other loop with both hands.
From the start position, I just did an upright row –
This was a fairly simple 43 but by the last 15 or so I was feeling it in my entire upper body.
Sometimes I get so wrapped up in the things going on in my little world that I don’t look beyond it to all of the other important events happening around me.
This past week has been a prime example of my extreme self-absorption. I have been so focused on school starting, band stuff, making crafts, planning a brunch (yesterday I had a jewelry party and hosted a brunch) that I have completely neglected a lot of things and more importantly, people!!
Yesterday was my sweet nephew Hays’ 2nd birthday and not only was I late in sending a gift – I didn’t even call. Epic Fail on my part!!!!
I have got to do a better job showing the people I love how much I care about them and not always be so wrapped up in my own stuff.
Do you ever struggle with self-absorption?
Happy Sunday!!! I’m off to apologize for being so selfish!!!
I put it around my ankles and did a side-lying leg lift with the added challenge of keeping my bottom leg off the ground – a double leg pull against the band.
The first 25 weren’t too bad – it was kind of nice to do a move where I could “relax” – then by the last 20ish my outer thigh and hips were burning!!! And, I still had to do 43 on the other side!!
I felt the 2nd side much sooner – because my hips were already on fire!!!
Another day of Insanity Asylum – Speed and Agility. This was hard in every way today!!! My legs were tired from the beginning! I think the double (and a couple days of triple) workouts last week are catching up. But I’m a little anal and want to finish this Insanity program the way it is set up!!! (just 2 more weeks!)
This is a totally different kind of post for me!! It’s a fun little A-Z quiz. I was tagged by the lovely Nellie at Brooklyn Active Mama to complete this Old School Blogging Quiz being hosted by Elaine and Jennifer.
A. Attached or Single?
Married -we just celebrated our 17th anniversary!!!
B. Best Friend?
Yep – the guy in the picture above! Cheesy, but true!!!
C. Cake or pie?
Ummm – frosting (buttercream!) – usually I skip the actual cake part!
D. Day of choice?
E. Essential Item?
giant insulated mug (full of water!)
F. Favorite color?
burnt orange & pink
G. Gummy bears or worms?
red gummy bears but I would rather have Hot Tamales
Hard one – I moved around a lot growing up – I’ve never felt like I had a true hometown. I consider Texas my home state – so let’s just go with that!!
I. Favorite Indulgence?
J. January or July?
No contest – July!!
2 phenomenal boys!!
L. Life isn’t complete without?
my 3 boys – Chris, Jordan, Hunter
M. Marriage date?
May 25, 1996
N. Number of brothers/sisters?
2 brothers – Tim (my twin) & Sam (6 years younger than me)
1 sister – Mandi (7 years younger than me)
O. Oranges or Apples
Puke (maybe not a true phobia but close enough!!)
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde
R. Reasons to smile?
I could go on and on with things that make me smile – sun, a good run, a sweaty workout, friends, reading, a glass of wine, cowboy boots, pedicures…..
S. Season of choice?
Summer!!! Fall is a close 2nd.
T. Tag 5 People.
OK – tagging people is why I typically stay away from these kind of quizzes. I don’t mind doing the quiz but it is hard for me to pick just 5 (I would love to learn more about all my blogging friends) – and I never want anyone to feel obligated to participate!!!
This was a quick 43 that I felt in my quads and it got my heart pumping – success!!
Today’s workout was HARD!!! I did Turbo Barre with Cathe and YIKES!! I might have even moaned and whimpered during the workout because my hips and legs were on fire and overall I was dying!! I have done this workout before and I knew it was challenging but I don’t remember it being so brutal. I guess that’s what happens when you have 3 weeks of almost no activity/working out!!
So, confession time: The past few days, I’ve been lacking any motivation to workout. I’m not gonna lie, this is really rare for me because I usually love the feeling of a really hard workout or run!!Typically, I don’t even think about if I’m going to workout – I just have to decide what I’m going to do. Over the weekend I did my daily 43 but that was the extent of my working out which is pretty sad since I just started back last week!!! I tried to justify it in my mind by saying that I needed to ease back in – NOT TRUE!!! I just didn’t want to do it!!! Then this morning I still didn’t want to do anything – not cool!!! I read a few blogs thinking that would inspire me. Finally I just buckled down and did it!! I really needed some help – I’m not sure a carrot stick is going to cut it either!!! I think that part of the problem is the fact that I got out of the habit and feel like I’m starting from scratch! Plus, I told Chris last night that it isn’t as fun to workout when my legs hurt before I even start! I try to just suck it up and do it but it is sapping the joy out of my workouts for sure!I’m hoping that this is a temporary thing because fitness is really my passion so I don’t know how to deal with this lack of desire to get a good sweat on!!I guess I will just keep forcing myself to hit it hard and hope that the joy comes back!!Either that or find a new passion – JUST KIDDING!!!In the meantime I will make this my mantra –
Does anyone else ever struggle with a lack of motivation (even for things that you generally love)? What do you do about it?
And just for fun – here are some of the pictures I took yesterday on our 2 hour drive through a major storm. (I was keeping myself busy while Chris had the stressful job of driving – he said it doesn’t bother him – perk of being a pilot, I guess!!)
It wasn’t super pretty (and I had to tap my toe after every rep to keep my balance) but at least I was able to get a little bit of leg action!! And, you know, this was the kind of 43 that had to be repeated on the other leg to keep things semi-balanced!!!
Yesterday I was a little short with both of the boys at different points during the day and later I felt really bad about it – they hadn’t done anything wrong – I just didn’t have any patience. I apologized and since they understood, I tried to forget about it but sometimes it is hard to let go of things.
We all make mistakes – I probably make at least 10-100 every day!!! Some are small and don’t affect any one but myself and others are bigger.
When Hunter was younger (1st and 2nd grade), he really struggled with making mistakes. He wanted to do things exactly right the first time and didn’t want to even attempt things that he felt like he might mess up on. I think this is something that many adults (like me) struggle with constantly.
It took time but eventually he has learned that mistakes are a very natural part of life and we all make them – and make them often. He finally realized that he could actually make a mistake, learn from it and move on.
I think that fear of making a mistake (or failing) often holds us back from really achieving greatness. It is hard to put yourself out there and risk being wrong or feeling/looking stupid. But the reward can be so great when you succeed!!
When you really think about it, life would be boring without mistakes. If we always got things right the first time – YUCK – what would be the point of trying new things?!
When I look back at my life so far, I realize that some of the bigger mistakes I made could have had far worse consequences than they did. (Let’s just say I used poor judgement for an entire semester of grad school!) Thankfully, I was able to learn from my many mistakes and move on!I think that some lessons have to be learned the hard way for all of us.Even though I make more mistakes than I would like to (in every aspect of my life), I will just keep on trying (and hopefully learning)!
I will keep asking forgiveness when necessary and also keep trying to forgive myself (much harder!!). I know that today (and tomorrow and the next day….) I will never be perfect. But that’s OK!!I think one of the best things that my boys (all of us, for that matter!) can learn is it is OK to fail because it shows that you were trying!!!
Do you beat yourself up over little mistakes or just shake it off and keep trying?
Today for my 43, I decided to use the same band that I used in my workout yesterday.
I put one loop on my right foot and then pulled the band up (and tried to keep lots of resistance on it) for the move which was a leg extension and toe tap. Lift right knee up –
extend leg (and hold for just a second) –
bend knee again and lightly tap toe on ground before repeating.
This was a great move for my quads. Plus, my hip flexors got a bit of strengthening and the balance part helped work my core! And, this was one of those moves that after I did the first set of 43 with my right leg, I switched legs and did 43 more.
Today is one of those days that I don’t really want to take a rest day but I’m going to since I’m really trying to be smart and hopefully avoid injuries!!!
I think I’ve mentioned before that I collect cook books.
I might have a few! I actually use many of them. I usually pick a couple of cookbooks every few weeks and pick out 12-15 different recipes I want to try while I’m making my grocery list. Other than a few family favorites, I rarely make the exact same dish more than once.
However, awhile back I made a pulled pork and slaw dish that all 3 of the boys loved!! I decided to make it today so yesterday I spent close to 2 hours trying to find the recipe – I have no idea which book it was in!! Seriously?! I think there should be an App that I can use to track the recipes I’ve made – how hard can it be?
Oh, well – I’m trying out another new recipe today. We are still having pulled pork and slaw but with brand new recipes!!! Hopefully it is still a family hit!!
Anyone else have problems finding recipes when you want to remake a dish? Do you experiment in the kitchen or make the same things?
(I guess if that is as bad as it gets in the problem area this weekend then I can’t really complain!!)
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