Happy International Women’s Day! March 8 is the day of equality and empowerment, and I consider myself lucky to be surrounded by a tribe of absolutely incredible women.
Of course, my Women’s Day hero is my mother. She is just beyond incredible and we are so lucky to have her.
Sunday – gym (bike, elliptical, weighted squats)
I woke up Sunday, feeling fairly refreshed and ready to take on the day. The gym was quiet, and I put in time on the elliptical and bike, then did some weighted squat.
Sundays are for laundry, grocery shopping, and getting ready for the school and work week, and so that’s how we spent the rest of the day.
Monday – physical therapy
I felt super strong at physical therapy. There is a lot I can do on my own, but L pays attention to my form, and then starts adding therabands, or new equipment to keep me progressing. Dorsiflexion is the name of my game right now, so she showed me some moves I can do at home to work on my flex.
Tuesday – gym (bike, elliptical, arms)
At the gym on Tuesday, I had this genius idea to start with the elliptical rather than the bike. For whatever reason, I’m stuck on this idea that I have to warm up on the bike, but honestly, I don’t. I was able to get to 20 whole minutes on my nemesis, and felt so much better than when I do it second. So yay!
I also worked on lunges, as instructed. I’m supposed to do these every day.
Wednesday – gym (bike, elliptical, weights)
I repeated yesterday’s routine and it’s definitely making such a difference. After I finished a total of 40 minutes of cardio, I spent some time with the free weights, and did some inverted rows and deadlifts. My arm strength has lapsed a little, because I get so tired after spending so much time on my lower body, but I’m trying to balance it all.
Thursday – rest
For some reason, I felt awful on Thursday. My ankle was tight and pinched all day, and I just didn’t want to do anything. Delilah snuck upstairs before I got out of bed, so I just snuggled with her sweet self for an hour or so, rather than being productive.
To compensate for my lack of energy, I did my PT moves at home, while the pugs did their best to distract me by whining for food from the kitchen.
In the evening, I stepped up to attend a meeting for Scout leaders. I’m back on that leadership team for little man’s troop, and I am finally in a place where I can get myself to a monthly evening meeting.
Friday – physical therapy
TGIF and happy PT day. While I don’t have any photos of it, I got to do lunges on the bosu ball, which felt like a big reward. Also, I’m starting to track my calorie burn and workouts again.
Since I was feeling great, I did try to do a bit of spring cleaning. Every few months, I like to scrub all the walls with white vinegar and hot water, and mop all the floors with the same. I’m not able to really get down and dirty with the closets and drawers, but I could at least do this. So very glamorous.
Saturday – gym (bike, elliptical, weighted squats)
I had a fabulous gym session. Not only did I manage to go for 20 minutes on the elliptical again, I also increased the resistance a little. It’s these tiny gains that are going to start adding up to something great, I know it. On a side note, the gym was fairly crowded for a change, so it helped me get through some of that anxiety working out with people.
Oh, and little man made waffles for the whole family.
The weather was so gorgeous but we weren’t super motivated to do too much, until little man’s friend invited us over to watch a movie outside that evening. We brought all our warmest clothes and blankets, and had pizza and rosemary popcorn with wine. The kids wanted to do an 80s movie, so we ended up with The Lost Boys. Sigh, memories of the two Coreys. Oh, and the kids thought it was cheesy and hilarious. We are absolutely making it a thing.
I’m pretty proud of this week. There were ups and downs, for sure. I am almost finished with the medication for my nerve pain, and that’s definitely changing the way I feel just a little bit, but not enough for concern. It’s just something else I need to adjust to.
Beyond that, I don’t have much new to report. This week will be busy as Spring Break kicks off on Friday and we are looking forward to a fun weekend and break!
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How was your week in training?
What’s your Favorite 80s Movie?
What inspired you on International Women’s Day?