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Yes, I've Been Busy

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Friday morning I completed week 1 of CLX Push
6/24/11
Push Circuit 3
Sumo Squat - W 20 R 8 (will try 22.5 pounds next time)
Single-Arm Row - W 20 R 8 (will try 22.5 pounds next time)
Chest Fly - W 12.5 R 7
Bowler Lunge - W 22.5 R 8 (barely)
Double-Arm Bent-Over Row - W 17.5 R 8 (will try 20 pounds next time)
Bench Press - W 12.5 R 8 (will try 15 pounds next time)
Single-Leg Sumo Squat - W 17.5 R 8 (will try 20 pounds next time)
Reverse-Grip Bent-Over Row - W 17.5 R 8 (will try 20 pounds next time)
Long-Arm Pullover - W 15 R 6
Boy, my chest and inner thighs were pretty sore on Saturday.
It was a busy day at work and I was quite glad when the day was over.
We went out for dinner at our local Mexican-owned Chinese Restaurant.

Snow peas with water chestnuts, Chinese broccoli with BBQ pork, tofu with mushrooms and beef fried rice. Very tasty :-)
Saturday we took my husband's Grandma out to lunch. I didn't get a picture but I had a falafel plate...I'm sure you're not surprised.
Then we cleaned up around the house and I changed the sheets and towels in the guest bedroom and bathroom. My oldest nephew came to spend the night. He is working at UC Davis over the summer and went to a concert near us so we invited him to stay.
My brother came over and we all had brunch before my nephew headed back to Davis. It was nice to see him...it's been a while.
My husband and I did our long run. It was supposed to be 5 miles but we ended up going 6.1 (according to the Sparkpeople run mapper...it was 7.76 according to my Polar GPS...I think it has a problem). Either way, we definitely covered more distance than we should have. Next week we're supposed to do a 2.5 mile run...I think we'll use the track.
I h\ope everyone is having a great weekend!

  
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KAMAPERRY 6/27/2011 10:42PM

    Mexican chinese? Looks awesome. I hear you on busy, but my flu slowed me down a little. emoticon

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LUCKYDOGFARM 6/27/2011 7:39PM

    Mexican Chinese!? that is funny. My Mom and i were just talking about that yesterday how many weird ethnic restaurant combos there are. one of our old favorite places back in Seattle was a Philly Cheese Steak place that was owned and all food cooked by a man from Vietnam!

glad you had a good visit with family and a good run too!

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HALFFAST 6/27/2011 6:59PM

    You're just amazing! I also LOL'd at the Mexican Chinese Place and I would LOVE to have one of those around here! I'm so jealous that DH runs with you - I can't get mine off the couch :(

PS. Almost out of cookies - BOO!

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ANEPANALIPTI 6/27/2011 6:00PM

    UR FREAKIN AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CHERWHOAH 6/27/2011 3:44PM

    you're doing so awesome with the running! i've slacked off a bit but will be back on track soon. :) the food looks yummy too!

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BREW99 6/27/2011 2:56PM

    Wow! Congrats Nat! Sounds like a very nice time! Isn't it amazing when you run more than you expect? I hope you two had a good time together doing it! I love running with my DH - he is inspiration and a delight to run with... I didn't know you had the chance to run with him though. Did he just start up or am I still tired and not thinking clearly after the long weekend? haha

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BAILEYS7OF9 6/27/2011 12:59PM

    Great job on your emoticon I was supposed to do 6.5 this weekend and there was just no time. emoticon Plan on running tomorrow morning though.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/27/2011 9:47AM

    You Rock !!! Love your new running pic. Keep up the good work.

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SOKKERNUT 6/27/2011 9:21AM

    You go SUPERWOMAN!

emoticon on the Mexican owned Chinese Resturant I feel out of my chair laughing on that one! Thanks for starting off my Monday in an emoticon way!

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MISSMITSY 6/27/2011 6:28AM

    Way to go on your long run! Looks as though the knees and back are feeling better if you're running those distances!

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INIT2LIVEIT 6/27/2011 4:18AM

    Happy you had a fun and busy weekend!
Here's to an uneventful Monday...

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VYVIENN 6/27/2011 2:08AM

    Great job on the run! I can imagine it gets more difficult to map a run beforehand once you head off the track. My BFF gave me a book with local running routes, which has helped a bit, especially in the variety department. DH has been running with his Garmin and the Nike+ and reports that both agree completely on distance. I tend not to trust mapping programs all that much. emoticon

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 6/27/2011 12:33AM

    I was wondering where you've been. I was just making a mental note to stop by and here you are. Your meal looks delish! Great job on getting out there and doing that run.

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ALESHABEE 6/26/2011 11:24PM

    Awesome work...keep it up!! Hope you get the mileage sorted out :-)

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2WHEELEDSHARON 6/26/2011 10:41PM

    The Chinese looks pretty good! There's a Chinese restaurant in town that's also owned by a Mexican family, but it's not very good.
Too much corn starch in their sauces.
Wow, good job keeping up with that run. And the week of CLX!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 6/26/2011 10:24PM

    Sounds like a great, busy weekend! You are a rockstar runner!!!

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STRINGS58 6/26/2011 7:40PM

    Wow! This is some good work! The food looks and sounds fabulous! What's the next rack? How long? Seems like training is serious.

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MYTURN11 6/26/2011 5:51PM

    Yes you have! I ran 7.3 late yesterday but the sweat/friction of my running shorts left a nasty chafe on my left leg. I bought body glide for ladies @ the Sports Authority & the chlorine in the pool stung like heck. Keep up the great work!!

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WONDERWOMAN 6/26/2011 5:37PM

    BUSY is right! Was that long run today or yesterday? Are you sore? 6.1 is a lot when you haven't done anything like it. The GPS inaccuracy is why I got the Garmin FR60 - no GPS - and so far, incredibly accurate. It was exact with the 5K I ran last week. I have also found the SparkPeople map tracker to be quite accurate. Rest up tonight for the upcoming week.

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JLITT62 6/26/2011 5:29PM

    That's a lot of mileage quickly, but it's all good as long as you're feeling good. Busy can be good!

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So Glad It's Thursday!!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

I got up and my head felt pretty good. Not quite 100% but good enough to run. I tried out the Superfeet insoles. I think they help. My right shin had been a little sore before but felt good today. My knees felt pretty good. The left one is a little irksome but it's the one that seems most affected by my arthritis. I will try wearing my Cho-pat knee strap for my long run and see if it helps.
Very busy day at work. Samples to run. Things to order. Meetings to go to. I did need a couple of extra cups of coffee for the headache. Boo!
I baked some molasses cookies for a friend's birthday:

Trying to figure out what to have for dinner since my husband will be going out. Probably an Amy's frozen dinner...perhaps something Indian.
Have a great night.
Tomorrow is Friday....I certainly am looking forward to it.

  
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YOUNGNSMYLIE 6/24/2011 10:34PM

    Oooh, I like the look of those cookies. I baked a cake earlier this evening for a friend's birthday and thought of all your delicious-looking baked goods! I hope your headache went away. Take care! emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 6/24/2011 3:44PM

    Missed your food pics, yumy! Glad you feel better!

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SBATES63 6/24/2011 3:41PM

    Hope your Friday is great! Got my bike back from the shop. Sunday will be good weather so I am planning a 22 mile ride!

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BAILEYS7OF9 6/24/2011 11:49AM

    happy Friday is right! Glad the migraine subsided for you to run and that the insoles helped!

I was thrilled this am at the temp and the humidity was not as bad as Wed so I got a 43 minute run in today myself. Hey... I'm going to Lucy! tonight after work! emoticon

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LARIESHA 6/24/2011 11:31AM

    Glad the headache was not too bad. I am so happy that it is Friday, busy weekend for me, but that is okay at least I won't have to be at work!

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SOKKERNUT 6/24/2011 10:16AM

    AMEN IT IS FRIDAY!

Those cookies look yummmmyyy I bet they tasted yummy too!

How are you feeling today?


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JLITT62 6/24/2011 5:06AM

    Love the matter pander myself . . . which reminds me I have one of those light & leans left & hadn't decided on tonight's dinner.

Boy those cookies look good . . . course I thought they were chocolate!

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INIT2LIVEIT 6/24/2011 3:05AM

    Oh yes, Fridays are the bomb, I feel like a party every thursday night just relishing the idea that Friday is the next day...
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Hope your long run over the weekend goes well, both body wise and tech wise... keep us posted...

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 6/24/2011 1:13AM

    I'm with you on being happy to see Friday come along. At least you can get some down time to rest up. Glad to hear your migraine is doing much better, hate when those hit. OMG on the cookies, looking yummy!!!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 6/24/2011 12:23AM

    Yummy cookies! glad you are feeling better!

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WONDERWOMAN 6/23/2011 11:31PM

    Glad the head is better. Here's to 110% tomorrow! Cookies look great. My molasses cookie recipe is probably the least healthy thing anyone could ever eat, but they are DELISH! Old time country recipe uses bacon drippings for the shortening. And yup, there's a bag of them in the freezer.


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KNITTABLES 6/23/2011 10:09PM

    Glad that it is almost the weekend. Take care and those cookies looks yummy.

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THEHONESTME 6/23/2011 9:57PM

    ME TOO!!!!! Looking forward to Friday, that is :D

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LJHST5 6/23/2011 9:48PM

    I love your food pictures! Happy almost Friday!! emoticon

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REEKU731 6/23/2011 9:40PM

    Your cookies look amazing as always!!! By now, we are ever closer to Friday - so Happy Friday my friend!!! I'm glad that you had a great run!!! I can't wait to hear how the straps help with your knees!!!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 6/23/2011 9:11PM

    I forget how much I love molassses. It's probably better that way.
I'm excited for tomorrow too. I work a half day, then spend all weekend doing touristy things with my friend from out of town.
Happy almost Friday!

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MRKTGCHICK 6/23/2011 9:06PM

    emoticon I can see you like baking! And with all that you bake, however do you find the willpower to keep from indulging/overindulging in all the wonderful treats that you create? I drool just looking at your pictures!!!!

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HALFFAST 6/23/2011 8:53PM

    I can't wait for tomorrow - this has been the LONGEST week ever! I'm glad your head felt better today! Those cookies look yummy but nothing will ever compare to the PBCCs! Any chance you could send me the recipe? I took some into work this morning so I could let Donna taste them (the one who posted on FB about meat ;)) and then I remembered she was off today. So I polished off 6 more. Now I have them hidden away so hubby can't get ahold of them! Mine! All mine! Nom nom nom :)

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MAGGIENCALI 6/23/2011 8:30PM

    I'm very happy tomorrow is Friday too. This week has just been too slow for me. Enjoy your TGIF and the cookies. emoticon

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MESSYPANCAKE 6/23/2011 8:16PM

    I'm excited for Thursday too! I always have Fridays off :) Those cookies look great!

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Migraine Wednesday

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I got up this morning with a slight migraine and figured I might as well do my workout.
6/22/11
Push Circuit 2
Standard Overhead Press - W 12.5 R 6
Single-Leg Lunge - W 22.5 R 7
Standing Reverse Fly - W 10 R 7
Standing Arnold Press - W 12.5 R 6
Single-Leg Dead Lifts - W 15 R 7
Bent-Over Lat Raise - W 10 R 8 (will try 12.5 pounds next time)
Frontal Shoulder Press - W 10 R 8 (barely)
Single-Leg Tap Lunges - W 15 R 8 (will try 17.5 pounds next time)
Later Delt Raise - W 10 R 8 (will try 12.5 pounds next time)
By the time I was finished I felt really horrible so I called in (emailed in, actually) sick. Went back to bed for a few more hours and felt a lot better. It's been on and off all day. Boy do I hate migraines.
I did get some laundry done and I went to the chiropractor.
We had a Trader Joe's night for dinner:
jalapeno chicken sausages and Cuban black beans sauteed with bell pepper and onion over some whole wheat couscous. Some cucumbers on the side. Very tasty.

I'm going to head to bed soon. Hope the migraine is totally gone in the morning. I've got a run planned and a busy day at work.
Happy Wednesday!!

  
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2WHEELEDSHARON 6/23/2011 2:15PM

    I sure hope it's gone today.
I wish there was a Trader Joe's closer to us, but the farmers on the island have been pretty productive, so that's better anyways.

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LARIESHA 6/23/2011 12:36PM

    Hope you are feeling better! Migraines are the worst and the heat doesn't help any at all. Sending good vibes of a migraine free day today!

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BAILEYS7OF9 6/23/2011 12:07PM

    Hope the migraine is gone today. boo no fun!

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JOAN_HEO 6/23/2011 9:40AM

    Natalie, don't you realize migranes are illegal in all 50 states? Have it arrested!

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SOKKERNUT 6/23/2011 8:21AM

    OUCH! How is your migraine today superwoman?
Guess what one more day til Friday! emoticon

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JLITT62 6/23/2011 5:31AM

    Here's hoping today's a MUCH better day & I don't know how you accomplished all that with a migraine!

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VYVIENN 6/23/2011 2:52AM

    Your dinner looks awesome! I'm having breakfast as I'm reading this, lol! Hope you're feeling better today!!!

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INIT2LIVEIT 6/23/2011 2:49AM

    Hope you feel better and get the run in...

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FIREFLUTTERFLY 6/23/2011 1:01AM

    migraines are no fun, I hope you are feeling better

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 6/23/2011 12:22AM

    Nat, sorry to hear about the migraine, that's a bummer! I'm hoping it's all better by now. You are rocking it with your workouts, keep it up girl! I love seeing your pictures, very yummy!

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LEN_VERSION32 6/22/2011 10:42PM

    Hope the migraine goes away soon. I know what that is like...makes you miserable

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LUCKYDOGFARM 6/22/2011 10:42PM

    Hey Nat! sorry to hear about the migraine. I hope you feel better NOW! kick that thing out of there! there is nothing worse than waking up with a headache.
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Why Is It So Hard To Wake Up On Tuesday?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

No, I didn't run this morning. Soooooo tired.
Busy day at work, but no complaints. I'd rather be doing something.
I fired up the treadmill this afternoon and got in 3.1 miles. My knees have been a little sore on and off all day. I don't know what they're problem is. They were the same while running. Seems like arthritis. Maybe they don't like the heat. I forgot to try my Superfeet insoles today. I'll have try them on Thursday's run. My arches are feeling much better so whatever the problem was, it may be resolved.
For dinner we had chicken kabobs and bell pepper/onion kabobs with some hummus (not pictured) and since I didn't have any pita, I used a Ozery One Bun for hot dogs. Very tasty.

Tomorrow I will get up in the morning for my CLX workout because I have a chiropractor appointment in the afternoon. Now since you will hold me to it, I will definitely do it.
Better get to bed soon.
Have a great night!

  
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BAILEYS7OF9 6/22/2011 2:44PM

    hope your knees are feeling better today! mmm kabobs.. emoticon

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KNITTABLES 6/22/2011 2:39PM

    Great dinner.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/22/2011 1:22PM

    I find it hard to wake up early ANYDAY. I am soooo struggling with this, I'm gonna do better. Hope you are having a fabulous day. emoticon

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 6/22/2011 11:56AM

    Great looking dinner! Hope you had an easier time waking up this morning! :)

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SOKKERNUT 6/22/2011 11:02AM

    Soooo did you get in the CLX?
How is your knees doing today?
That food looks yummmmyy I bet it was tasty to boot!
Love the title of your blog, mine would be why is so hard to wake up Monday-Thursday but so easy to wake up on Friday! emoticon

HAPPY HUMY DAY!
Maria

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REEKU731 6/22/2011 9:01AM

    I'm sorry to hear about your knees - how are they feeling today?? Mine are always a little jarred after a run, but I'm working on improving my running form and I've noticed that its getting a lot better! Dinner looks fabulous and I can't wait to hear all about your CLX workout today!!

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JLITT62 6/22/2011 6:11AM

    You know I sympathize about the knee! Mine just isn't arthritis. Propbably some other -it is. I'll remember you when I'm trying to decide what I should do today.

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INIT2LIVEIT 6/22/2011 2:58AM

    Uch arthritis, I think I now have it in my thumb. My very first (to the best of my knowledge) is it all down hill from here? lol
Did you kabob those on an actual grill or in the oven, they look real good.
Hope those knees do ok today, careful with the squats...
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Have a great day!
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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 6/22/2011 12:54AM

    I hope there's nothing too serious with your knees. Dinner looks good there.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 6/21/2011 10:59PM

    dinner looks yummy! i copied your meal from yesterday and made the goulash for dinner. perfect day for it because it started storming. goulash is a comfort food to me. i put a pinch of cinnamon in mine along with some chili powder. those suggestions werent in Grit, i made them up. actually, the cinnamon started as an accident. thought i was grabbing the chili powder and really WASN'T paying attention! it was so yummy, i've been adding it ever since.

Have A Fun Wednesday! Hope the doc can make all of your parts feel better. the chiro can fix your knees too!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 6/21/2011 10:30PM

    Yeah, I hope the knees cooperate too.
I need to get up early and work out too. Let's report in to each other afterwards.
The kebabs look incredibly deelish!

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LEAHFELICITY 6/21/2011 10:28PM

    Tuesdays are hard because you don't expect them. Everyone talks about Mondays like they're the big thing, but by now you take for granted the pain of Monday and are only focused on surviving Monday. Then Tuesday comes around and you're like "BUT SERIOUSLY? THIS THING?"

Now Wednesday, that's when the groove kicks in.

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LARIESHA 6/21/2011 10:25PM

    Hope the knees are good for the run on Thursday!

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It Feels Weird Going Back To Work

Monday, June 20, 2011

Somehow I managed to wake up early enough to do my workout this morning before work. I wasn't sure it would happen since I've been sleeping in (5am) while on vacation.
I started the Push Phase of CLX. This phase has lower reps (6-8) and higher weights and they're straight not compound exercises.
6/20/11
Push Circuit 1
Standard Bicep Curl - W 15 R 4 (had to go to W 12.5 for the last 2 reps)
Standard Squat - W 22.5 R 8 (will try 25 pounds next time)
Single-Arm Bent-Over Tricep Extension - W 12.5 R 6
V-Press Biceps - W 10 R 6
Single-Leg Squat - W 20 R 8 (will try 22.5 pounds next time)
Overhead Tricep Extension - W 20 R 7
Hammer Biceps - W 10 R 8 (will try 12.5 pounds next time)
Heel Squat - W 20 R 8 (will try 22.5 pounds next time)
Push-ups - 6 on toes and 2 on knees
Whew!! My arms were super tired when I was done.
Sort of a busy day at work. They came to install the tank restraints for the nitrogen tanks that we'll need for the mass spec when it comes. We had a potluck at lunch. The cookies were a big hit.
For dinner tonight we had slow cooker goulash. It's based on a recipe I found on Spark but I made a couple of changes.

It turned out really well. We'll definitely be having it again.

  
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BAILEYS7OF9 6/21/2011 4:37PM

    looks awesome!


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LARIESHA 6/21/2011 3:23PM

    Great job on the workout. My arms would be tired too after all that, maybe that's what I need to do is up my weights and lower my reps. Dinner looks fantastic.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/21/2011 12:36PM

    That looks yummy!
That's sleeping in????????

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SOKKERNUT 6/21/2011 8:45AM

    Hope your arms are feeling better today.
YAYYY on the cookies being a big hit.
So did the inspection at work ever happen (while you were on vaca?)

AGAIN, I LOVE YOUR NEW PROFILE PIC! emoticon

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REEKU731 6/21/2011 8:25AM

    YUM! That goulash looks super yummy! I might have to borrow that recipe from you!!! Slow cooker dinners are ALWAYS awesome!!! Your workout was killer & no wonder your arms were tired!! Keep up the great work!!

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JLITT62 6/21/2011 5:33AM

    The goulash looks good - altho I always think of that as more of a winter dish. Good job on getting that workout in!

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INIT2LIVEIT 6/21/2011 3:34AM

    All in all a good day and supper looks yummy! Wish I had the gumption to cook like that for supper. What changes did you make from the recipe?

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 6/21/2011 12:26AM

    WOW! Dinner looks really good! You're calling 5AM sleeping in? I guess for you it is huh?

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WONDERWOMAN 6/20/2011 11:48PM

    Cookies=big hit all the time! Dinner looks delish.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 6/20/2011 11:06PM

    killer job on Push! i need to do strength training. one of these days i will get SparkedUP! and start doing that.
the Goulash looks yummy. i love goulash and was fortunate to find a recipe in Grit magazine a few years ago that is just like what my Mom used to make when we were kids! i had to adapt it to a bit healthier version, but is tastes just like i remember.

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CARROT143 6/20/2011 10:51PM

    WAY TO GO on the exercise and thank you for sharing your goulash picture...did you post your own version of the recipe on spark yet?



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