week 10 (20): women’s day edition

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.

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Of course, my Women’s Day hero is my mother. She is just beyond incredible and we are so lucky to have her.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Oh, and little man made waffles for the whole family.

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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.

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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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29 Responses to week 10 (20): women’s day edition

  1. I love watching 80’s movies with my stepsons. The action movies (Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Terminator, etc) are my favorite, their comments are priceless. Rosemary popcorn sounds delicious. As always, congrats on all of your hard work this week. Can you imagine how far ahead you are in your recovery compared to someone who just put the minimum in to PT?
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  2. Coco says:

    OK, when you have the energy for spring cleaning you know you are on the mend for sure. It’s not a lot of fun to so, but it does feel good to have it done. Glad you are getting stronger every day!

  3. Renée says:

    I was going to say the same as Coco! haha! if you ccan spring clean you are doing really well! Great week Jenn – you are seriously going for it!!

  4. Congrats on a great week! Keep on keeping on 😉

  5. Having a great support system of women friends is everything! Looks like you are making lots of progress this week keep it up

  6. Chaitali says:

    Sounds like a great week with lots of progress! And I love that idea of the outdoor 80s movie, how fun 🙂 I would have thought kids wouldn’t be into things from the 80s so good to know I’m wrong on that.
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  7. Sounds like all in all a great week. The pugs whining for food are so cute. I have to admit mine generally don’t do that. They stare. Sometimes they jump up. But they don’t usually make noises. Weird!

    Even though we’re warmer, I’d have to really bundle up to watch a movie outside — you’re lucky!

    • runswithpugs says:

      Those pugs are naughty! When I lived on my own, I prided myself on having dogs that didn’t beg (pugs are notorious beggars). Mr PugRunner broke all the rules, and really spoiled them with feeding from the table, and now that Bentley is bordering on senile, he forgets all his manners, and Delilah just joins in. Next pug is going to be taught properly.

      I had my snuggie and there was a fire for that movie. I also had my ski jackets and gloves. It was fun.

  8. Marcia says:

    Hooray for a great week! I can sense your mood lifting through your writing. Getting together for a movie sounds like fun. Have a wonderful spring break!

  9. Kim G says:

    You had a really awesome week and I love seeing all of your progress! ❤️

  10. Hannah says:

    Sounds like a great week! I like how bosu lunges count as a “reward”.

  11. It sounds like you had a great week! Thats a good plan to start with the elliptical. I’m glad its making a difference. I am very impressed that you were able to do all of that cleaning!

    • runswithpugs says:

      The cleaning wasn’t hard, and it felt good to get something done. I haven’t been super helpful around the house (for obvious reasons), so I wanted to pitch in.

  12. Darlene S. Cardillo says:

    Cleaning? Does not sound fun.

    You are doing so well. I think I rushed running. Then got a stress fracture in the other foot. My leg was not strong enough. Sounds you are doing everything right.

    • runswithpugs says:

      Cleaning is awful! However, I haven’t been able to contribute much in that arena, so it was nice to be able to take on a productive task. The boys and I have very different ideas of cleanliness (they allow more clutter), so it’s been a challenge.

      My left leg is like a Hulk leg. I think I perfected pistol squats while I was non-weight bearing, just because that’s how I lowered myself to the ground. I’m not rushing this because I will lose my mind if I end up reinjured.

  13. Oh, Jenn, it’s great that you had such a good workout week and congrats on taking on the elliptical and winning!

    I’m not much of a movie person so I couldn’t tell you which movies were made when. LOL
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  14. Janice says:

    Oh boy favourite 80’s movie?!? Mine is Sixteen Candles, but Lost Boys, Goonies and Stand By Me are up there tied for second 🙂
    Good work with the PT!

  15. I don’t have a favorite movie. Oh, and I’ve never watched The Lost Boys. I am glad you had a great week.

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