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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!!!


Pure Joy

Today’s 43 worked a muscle group that I rarely spend much time on – my calves.  I guess I just assume that running and plyo work is enough for them.  (Weird, cause I use to always add in calf work.)

Anyway – I did calf raises on my bottom step (on a separate note – I really need to vacuum the stairs!).  I held 15 pound dumbbells for added weight and tried to work all angles of my calves.  I did a set of 43 just straight up and down:


I really tried to focus on holding not just the drop portion but the raised portion of each rep.

up - this is the real work!
up – this is the real work!

Then I turned my toes out for a set of 43.

toes out
toes out

A third set of 43 with my toes in.

pigeon toes
pigeon toes

Then I thought I might as well go ahead and really work my calves to fatigue by doing each leg by separately.  (For these, I held one 15 pound dumbbell in the hand on the same side as the leg I was working.)

43 on the left leg.

left leg only
left leg only

Final 43 on the right leg.

right leg
right leg

Yikes!!  I really should start doing these more often.  I think it would help my problem Achilles a lot!!  The hold at the top of each rep is where the true burn comes in!!

Today was a Les Mills Combat day – HIIT Power.  30 minutes of high intensity strength and plyo moves.  There was a brief moment during the last segment where I questioned why I was putting myself through such torture pain an intense work-out.  Then I remembered – I LOVE IT!!!!

Since the work-out was short, I decided to get in some extra cardio – Hello, treadmill!!!

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Today was maybe the best run I’ve had since sometime last summer.  Not because of the speed or distance – it just felt so great!!  I felt like I was running simply because I LOVE it.  Screen shot 2013-02-19 at 10.51.33 AM

Such a great feeling!!  I ran 6 miles (41:38) and then did and easy 1.5 to finish an hour of running.  I don’t know what was different today but I will take it – Pure, 100% joy from the run!!!Screen shot 2013-02-19 at 10.53.39 AMThis babies expression sums it up beautifully!!!

Happy Tuesday – I hope your day has a great deal of true joy!!!