It's hard to believe that Patrick and I were in Virginia Beach / Norfolk, VA just a week ago. I think we got out just in time!
Our conference went well. The test preparation course was canceled, and I felt strongly that I wanted/needed the course for success in taking the test. We ended up postponing the test and enjoying the conference much more fully. Next year's conference will be local - hosted in Minnesota - and we're on the hook to help. Being able to participate more fully in the conference (without a test) gave us some good information to start that task. I'm glad that we have almost a year to make this happen!
Because of the trip, my next personal trainer appointment isn't until this Wednesday. I've been keeping up with the exercises that James prescribed and improving all the way:
Squats against the wall, with a ball and a dumbbell - I feel so much ore confident in my form now.
Hip Bridges with a ball - Ha! When you do them correctly, it's quite a workout for the hamstrings.
Reverse lunges with a dumbbell - Major improvement here; I actually bowled yesterday without a knee brace!
One arm row with a dumbbell - Bumped the weight up five pounds today, can see my efforts in my shoulders and biceps.
Chest press with dumbbells - Using dumbbells means that your non-dominant arm cannot 'cheat.' I'm feeling the work evenly, so I hope that is progress.
Scissor Kicks - The trickiest of the ab exercises, at least for me.
Hip Twist Planks - I CAN DO THESE NOW!! In fact, thanks to these + Fitness Yoga + Mat Pilates, I have so much less pain in my toes. If I never lose another pound (eeek!) I will be happy knowing that my toes are no longer limiting my activities.
Bicycle Crunches - It's funny, but I actually look forward to these (versus the other ab exercises).
The TRX bands have been largely unavailable. I tend to work out before the training room is open, so it's not really happening.
This is the last week before my next assignment. Looking back, I'm pretty happy with the way that the month moved along. I think Patrick and I had a bit too much "together time," but that was to be expected. He's still struggling with the job search, and may have decided to return to school (*sigh* Yes, I am a Sugar Momma).
I just want him to be happy, so I don't care if he's selling hot dogs, training squirrels or taking a ceramics class.
(From our trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts this weekend)
And me? Work seems to be a smaller part of my life all the time. I'm really enjoying the Y and look forward to keeping that as a priority. The kitten is also doing better with knitting (well, 'better' is a relative term, LOL) so I'm hoping to get back on track with that as well. In fact, I even knit a new project this month!
Speaking of the wild cat-to-be, she is getting SO big. She is roughly 2/3 the size of Moose, which certainly makes for a lively time when the two of them are playing.
(I call this my "Corner Cat.")
I hope that everyone is doing well. It seems like a few SparkFriends are struggling with one thing or another, internally or externally, and I sure hope that your dark clouds pass soon. Today is a great day to do something awesome for yourself!