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What a week...

Friday, February 15, 2013

Work was crazy this week.
I got a new project, and it gave me a lot of work, 10-12 hours a day, plus 4 hour drive to and from.
Monday was hopeless, so I called that a rest day.
Tuesday-Thursday I had a business trip, coming back home Friday morning.
The good thing was it is the location where I can stay in the hotel by the lake. I ran 3 days in a row. Normally I don't do that, but there was no other workout possibility and I really needed something fun.
I love this job, but it is non-stop high intensity thinking staring at the computer screen and paper documents and boxes with small numbers an so on. It is kind of addictive, and gives me a high similar to running... of course quite different too : )
Unfortunately it disturbs my sleep.
Going to bed on time doesn't help. Whatever time I go to sleep, I wake up 5.5 hours later, tired but wide awake. Job related thoughts emerge like grass blades from earth, one after another, and then I notice my heart beating and then I know there will be no more sleep tonight. Good thoughts, though...
Frustrating, but I guess I'll get my sleep back when I'm tired enough.

It was good to come home, I really missed my family... and my barbell too : )
After working some more and chatting with family, I did the first barbell workout of the week.
It was pleasant and relaxing. I added a little weight to the deadlift.
At start I did all exercised with the same small weights, the point was learning the moves.
Now the shoulder press is about 25 pounds, the squat 36 pounds and the deadlift 50 pounds.
Slow progress.
On the other hand I got the squat quite right today. Something was wrong with my posture, and at the 3rd rep today it just got right.
I finished with stationary bike intervals: 2 minutes moderate pace, 30 sec as hard as I can, repeat 5 times.
I feel so much better now!

I'm typing this sitting on the couch with DH and DD, watching TV, some stupid movie, because DD didn't like the idea of the ghost story DH chose, but it is great to be together anyway...
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    699 days ago
  • FIREFLY4407
    Way to go balancing work demands and still getting fitness in - I know that can be a challenge. And I can also relate to the new project sleep issues. As you said, not coming from a bad place - you are just in problem solving mode, which is rewarding, but has your mind on overdrive. Hope you can rest up this weekend...
    1862 days ago
    Hang in there! Sometimes, life is such that you just have to take whatever exercise you can squeeze into your schedule.
    1862 days ago
    Sounds like you got a lot of fitness in this week. Running around a lake sounds awesome!

    You may want to try turning the brightness down on your work monitor - may help.

    Have a great weekend!
    1862 days ago
    Keep squatting. It just takes practice as you see. Sometimes it just clicks. It also helped me to watch several different videos on youtube to see how other people do it. You're 9 pounds away from being able to squat the barbell. :)
    1862 days ago
    Wow, that's really interesting that your work is disturbing your sleep like that. If you hated it, and felt terribly stressed out by it, it wouldn't be surprising that you weren't sleeping as well. But since you like it and you wake up with good thoughts, it's strange!

    I hope that it works out for you soon though - it's got to be exhausting only sleeping 5.5 hours. It's great that you got to run by the lake - good scenery makes running that much more enjoyable, doesn't it?
    1863 days ago
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  • AJB121299
    Get some rest this weekend
    1863 days ago
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