Saturday, May 30, 2009
Well today just about killed me - it all started at 9:00am this morning when I left to go pick up flowers, mulch and top soil. I purchased 12 - 40# bags mulch, and 10 - 40# bags of topsoil and 20 different plants/shrubs. That was all loaded for me however, when I got home I had to unload all of that from our van into my lawn tractor trailer - take them to destination and unload them only to have to pick each one up again in order to empty it - HAD MY UPPER BODY WORKOUT - I mulched my tree'd area that is roughly 20 ft long and then proceeded to the next garden where I dug holes and planted flowers and shrubs, then proceeded to the next area where I had to put down top soil and then plant the remaining flowers and shrubs - HAD MY LOWER BODY WORKOUT + MORE UPPER BODY.
Then I decided I had better mow the lawn and get the weed whacking done because we are supposed to get rain for 2-3 days. Got the lawn all mowed and went out with the weed whacker to whack around everything including all of our trees. We have 2 acreas, all of it mowed, and a ton of tree's, many of them are birch. They all needed to be weeded whacked - HERE CAME LOTS OF WALKING AND UPPER BODY WORK JUST HOLDING ONTO THAT WEED WHACKER FOR SO LONG.
Then the brother in law called and he and my sister in law are picking up my father in law tomorrow and bringing him here for lunch. So when i finished picking up all the tools etc and getting the tractor and wagon put away, I came in and jumped into the shower while hubby ordered dinner. After we had dinner I started making potato salad and shrimp salad. I just finished all of that and the dishes at 9pm. I got all the laundry done and had planned on ironing that tonight, but guess that will wait until tomorrow morning.
So needless to say I did not get into the gym today - but I sure felt like I was there and then some, so I guess I forgive myself today. The outdoor work done today scratches one more thing off the TO DO list and I am happy for that. I do have to say my body feels like it got hit by a mack truck and my low back is absolutely killing me - thank god my son is coming over this week to help me paint cuz I sure do need a massage.
Well short timing for bed - can't come soon enough tonight. We will see what happens for tomorrow. Having company wasn't on the agenda because I wanted to start prepping my walls for painting - but -- it is Dad and we love having him over and I know how very much he enjoys coming so we decided to treat him to some steak on the charcoal grill, no gas this time, and some salads and some fresh oven roasted asparagus and garlic.
I have yet to determine if I flunked out on my goals today or if I actually exceeded them - the lawn was not in the plan, so I guess I can say based on how my body feels that I exceeded them.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Today was a lovely day and enjoyed reading the responses on my blog from yesterday. I treated myself to a manicure and pedicure today after I got my husband on his dialysis treatment. It felt absolutely wonderful. When we got home I did just a quick little leg workout in the yard while hubby soaked up some warm sun (he freezes after his treatments, so the sun feels so good) - I did 2 sets of 20 walking lunges down the driveway and then proceeded to do 2 sets each of jump lunges and jump squats, then did 2 sets 12 of deadlifts with 45 #. I didn't really go overkill tonight because I had meat to get cooked for me for meals and to get dinner. I am also searching for some health care insurance for my son. He had to give up his full time job in order to go to college so he is uninsured. He is a massage therapist and just started college to get his Chiropractic degree. I cannot stand the fact that he is walking around with no health insurance - his schooling will be at least 6 years and although he is extremely healthy he just cannot go with no insurance - SO I WILL BE DARNED - its time to get on a roll!!!!
I wanted to comment on some of the blogs comments today. I apologize for not blogging not so much because I need to but because I wanted to. There are people who enjoy reading them and learning from them, depending on content, and it somehow makes me feel badly because I so love giving to others. I will probably get over it but nonetheless it makes me feel like I am doing my part when I can contribute.
And then there is that comment about DECONDITIONED?????? Well Don that surely won't happen in my lifetime. I seriously put that in there because so very many people feel that if they don't work out for a few days, or take a much needed and necessary break from training that they will somehow lose every ounce of muscle - this is so not true.
Over my years of training I am extremely aware of self and body and know exactly what I need to do for any ocassion. This comes with years of discipline and commitment. But, even for we diehards, it is extremely necessary to have goals all the time. One of the very big things that I feared when I made the decision that i would retire from competing was that very thing - What Will I Do With Myself Now - My mind does not stop in terms of thinking about what else I want to achieve personally and from a physique perspective. What had made me fearful was that I had achieved everything that I set out to achieve - I added 2# of lean muscle in the areas that I wanted to add muscle and I had achieved getting through my last competition. So where does that leave me now????? Well just suffice it to say that it leaves me with plenty and I will NEVER be without a challenge or multiple goals. I am on top of that planning now.
Hubby's birthday is tomorrow and he has decided he wants to wait til next week to do a few things that he wants to do, so we just may got out to dinner or I will make him his favorite BD meal here at home - we shall see what tomorrow brings. My sister is coming in the morning and she and I are going to color each others hair - but that is after we do our 4-5 mile walk. I will also try to get in the gym to hit a real workout - and guess what, if it doesn't happen oh well - I am on for whatever my DH wants to do for the day.
I am off to do some more research and will be back on tomorrow!!!
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