Monday, December 16, 2013
I came across this video last night when I was looking for a bedtime yoga sequence to do. I did the first video today. Thought I'd share it with you all just in case you wanted to join in. All of the videos look to be between 10 and 20 minutes long. There's 30 different videos, all by DoYouYoga.com. I'm hoping to stick with these videos, especially with holiday travel coming up. Nice way to get a short, stress-busting workout in.
Side note: Feeling a lot better this afternoon. I stopped taking the Dayquil so I could gauge how I actually feel without the fake superpowers I get from taking it. Still coughing a little, but no major cough attacks, so a step in the right direction. I'm working from home again tomorrow, but will hopefully be back to normal by Wednesday.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
We had a huge project due Thursday at work. Lots of hours last week leading up to it. I FINALLY went to the doctor Friday to see if this cough was more than just a cough (after 12 days, I'd guessed as much!). I have bronchitis :( It's viral, so I just have to wait it out and treat the symptoms. I also have pleurisy (which I'd never heard of) where the lining of your chest wall and lungs becomes inflamed. The inflammation causes friction when they layers rub against each other, which hurts when you breathe or cough. I honestly though I cracked a rib or something because the pain was only in once spot on my back, right under my shoulder blade, but hurt really bad.
Needless to say, I have not exercised at all. I have been trying to up my vitamin C, eat plenty of veggies, drink a ton of water and pretty much lay low. The pleurisy has subsided, so I'll do some much needed yoga this afternoon. I'm still talking Dayquil all day and Nyquil all night.
There was another Groupon deal for a gym that we bought. It's actually for the same gym the deal was for last time. While I didn't really like the gym, they do have classes that I didn't fully take advantage of last time. Since I've been sick, I'll end up starting my 1 month membership at the beginning of the year with all of the "new year's resolution" folks. I guess I'll just look like one of them :)
We have a few warmer days coming up this week. I'm hoping to get a run in outside during the nicer weather, depending on how my lungs are feeling. I'm still very mucousy (sorry TMI). Hoping that goes away soon.
I hope everyone is doing well. I've been trying to keep up with everyone's blogs. I've read way more than I've commented on, so I'm still adequately stalking each of you :)
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I need to admit up front here that I did not do a workout after work on the 11th. I have a ton of excuses lined up, but I will spare you. An excuse if just an excuse.
Day 12: Woke up at 3 to get ready and head to the airport. The only positive was that the plane was ridiculously empty, so I got the row to myself. I couldn't fall back to sleep, but I did rest, so that was nice. I ate a Kashi bar waiting for my connection, and also walked around a lot. If you've ever connected in Atlanta, you know of the walking opportunity of you decide to walk the concourses instead of taking the tram! Got to Wichita and then started the marathon work day.
Soup and salad for lunch, Subway sandwich for dinner (at 9:30pm!). Asleep at 10 lol
Day 13- Woke up at 7 (darn internal clock!) and did a 2 mile run on the treadmill (was like 20 degrees outside!), showered and then set out on the road. Stopped in Oklahoma City for lunch (soup and salad again) then drove to SW Oklahoma. At hotel #2 now. Planning to do some core exercises and maybe some yoga. I kind of wanted to run, but I don't want to take another shower lol (full of excuses over here!). We're going to dinner somewhere, but there doesn't seem to be many options. Someone mentioned a Mexican restaurant. Calorie-wise, I hope not.
I hope everyone is having a great week. I'll catch up on your blogs a bit later.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Ever have one of those days where you say to yourself, "Man, I really need a good butt kicking today!"? Yeah, most people don't lol
Well, I had one of those moments today. I found this gem on fitnessblender.com:
This workout is no joke! There were multiple times where I wanted to slow down or stop, but I wanted to push myself and be able to post my blog today and be proud of what I accomplished. How uncool would it be if I posted this link, but had to caveat that I only did half of the workout? (I'll tell ya- VERY UNCOOL!) I know I didn't burn 1,000 calories, but probably burned somewhere between 400-500.
Onto the hike...
Something interesting happened to me on Saturday about 2 hours into our hike. We hiked down the peak after our snack break and then started a really steep ascent up to the next peak. When I say really steep, I mean like .5mph, calves burning, can't catch your breath steep. I was doing the 'one foot in front of the other,' and concentrating on my breathing. I had this weird surge of motivation and mental clarity, like I was supposed to push my body harder and further than I thought it could go. Like I should take myself to places I'd never seen and experience thing I'd never experienced. I'm not really one of those people who gets all philosophical, but there I was, having a moment on the side of the mountain.
I told DH about if a few hours later after we'd gotten through the ridge trail and into the valley. And I told him I wanted to sign up for another half marathon and continue to push myself. Of course he was his usual supportive self.
The purpose of that, I guess, was to put my "need a good butt-kicking" into perspective. I love that moment when I realize I am past that place where I thought I could go. And I want to be there more often.
Packing up after the first night
View from our first campsite
One of the 15ish river crossings (thankfully, it was really low!)
Testing out the stone chair and table at our 2nd campsite
Dinner (Old El Paso makes these microwaveable packets with chicken, rice and beans. Boiled the packet, added some string cheese and folded it up in a tortilla)
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