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Weekly Wrap-Up and a Look Ahead

5 May

Wrap Up — get it?!! 😉

A day late, but better late than never!!

I feel much better about things than last week that’s for sure.

Last week’s plan:
Monday – Strength training day + Stretching – Done!
Tuesday – 2.5 miles – Done!
Wednesday – 30 minutes cross training (not sure what I’ll do yet!!) – Done! (well, 24 minutes done!)
Thursday – 2 miles + strength training + 10 second wall sit + 1 set 60 second plank 2 miles, Done! Wall sit and plank Done!

And then, we came up with a *new* fitness challenge — wall sits, planks and upper body
So Thursday became 2 miles + 1 Forward plank/30 sec + 2 side planks/30 sec each +30 sec wall sit +5 pushups + 5 chair dips Done!
Friday – Rest Day + 20 second wall sit + 3 sets / 30 second plan Plank 2F/45 sec + 45 sec wall sit + 8 Pushups + 5 Chair Dips Done!
Saturday – 40 minutes cross training +30 second wall sit + 1 set / 60 second plank Plank 1F/30 sec, 2S/30 sec + 1 min wall sit + 5 Pushups + 8 Chair Dips Done!
Sunday – 3 miles + 40 second wall sit + 3 sets / 30 second planPlank 2F/45 sec + 45 sec Wall Sit + 10 pushups + 8 chair dips Well..not done. Yet. Will definitely get to these today. All of it

Saturday, I spent most of the afternoon and evening clearing out a planting bed – and who knew that hoeing was such an amazing upper body and core workout? I learned on Sunday just really how powerful it is!! Today I am moving MUCH better!! 😉


Before…this is what lazy gets you!!


After….this is what HARD work gets you!


Gratuitous fresh mowed lawn shot!

Sunday was also the day to submit my weight for the Diet Bet I’m participating in for the next 4 weeks — and that was a real eye-opener! And not in a good way that’s for sure! So there may be a bit more talking about the “Fork” part of things in coming days!

And now on to this week’s plan!!

Schedule for the Coming Week:
Monday – Strength training day + Stretching + 3 miles I Missed Sunday + Plank 1F/30 sec 2S/30 sec + 1 min wall sit + REST DAY for upper body!! (Though, I need to make up for Sunday so there’s an additional Plank 2F/45 sec + 45 sec Wall Sit + 10 pushups + 8 chair dips – oops!)
Tuesday – 2.5 miles + Plank 2F/45 sec + 80 sec wall sit + 10 Pushups + 8 Chair Dips
Wednesday – 30 minutes cross training + Plank 1F/30 sec 2S/30 sec + Wall Sit REST DAY! + 8 pushups + 8 Chair Dips
Thursday – 2 miles + strength training + Plank REST DAY! + 1 min wall sit + 15 pushups + 8 chair dips
Friday – Rest Day + Plank 1F/60 sec 2S/30 sec + 90 sec wall sit + 5 pushups + 10 chair dips
Saturday – 40 minutes cross training + Plank 2F/60 sec + 75 sec wall sit + Another Rest Day for upper body!
Sunday – 3 miles + Plank 1F/60 sec 2S/30 sec + 105 sec wall sit + 12 pushups + 10 chair dips

Looks like a lot, but there’s a lot of work ahead! And it’s all good, right?!!


Have a fantastic week ya’ll!!!

monday awesome



Singalong Saturday!!!

14 Dec

And because ’tis the Season…

And of course the part that sticks in my head ALL DAY is “hey Santa (hey Santa)!” so…

We may have to do a singalong for the next 11 days! And beyond!! I have a super special one for New Year’s Eve!!

Winter is coming in early – we’re getting a snow “storm” today (I live in the 6″-8″ band)


Thank you Darren Sweeney at NBC Connecticut for the graphic!

which will hopefully give me the motivation to FINALLY put up my beloved Christmas tree and some lights lights lights!! Also. Baking 🙂

It’s Tuesday!!

19 Nov

And you know what that means….

truth word

That’s right! Something True that you maybe don’t know about me 🙂


This dude has the right idea!

I’m actually pretty lazy.  “What? How can you be lazy and run half-marathons?” Hahaha…

Well, it takes a LOT of my effort to not give in to my innate laziness – I can only imagine what a mess my life would be if I didn’t force myself off of the couch!  I’m motivated to get up and run (or work out or do yoga or…) so that I don’t end up looking like my furry friend up there. Minus the furry of course. Unless I’m feeling super lazy!

In fact, one of my big motivators to clean and organize is so that I have more time to be lazy!! So far it isn’t working out too great but progress is being made!!


New Kid on the Block

18 Nov

No no!! Not that kind of New Kid!! (But, hey, Bonus! You get to have a song stuck in your head all day too!!)


I’ve been writing this in pencil these days!!

Today I’m supposed to start a new job. Now, I’ve been doing contract work for the last 9 years (Yikes!! NINE YEARS?!!?) and have been pretty fortunate to move smoothly from one job to another. I’ve had only one long stretch of unemployment – 9 months – which was fine since it gave me the opportunity to spend more time in Houston when my mom was in the hospital. But I digress 🙂

I had a job earlier this summer. But it didn’t pay enough (though it paid more than nothing so I should’ve just been thankful!!) and eventually I was replaced at that client and started the hunt for something new. I had my heart set on this. one. job! I turned down a job that would have required an 80 mile a day commute (and I am very thankful for this after listening to some afternoon traffic reports in that area!)


I do not have the patience to sit in this every day!!

Eventually I was told that the job I really wanted was mine and I would be starting a couple of days after I came home from Wine and Dine. So I woke up that Wednesday morning, hopped in the shower and waited. Waited to hear from someone telling me what I needed to do to get started!  And I waited some more. And then I realized that I wouldn’t be starting on Wednesday. So probably maybe tomorrow? Or Friday? Heck, I’d even settle for starting on Monday.

monday calm

Which brings us to … Dun Dun Dun…today 🙂 I figured nothing would bring information out (of the “please show up in Wallingford by 9 am” sort) faster than not showering when I woke up. When 8:30 approached I then decided that getting in the shower was SURE to set the phone ringing and dinging with calls and emails and messages.

That didn’t happen. So I fired off my first message of the day “I still haven’t heard anything”. Somewhere on the other end of the line was a flurry of activity – calls being made, information passed on. Eventually word came that I would hear from *someone* between noon and five regarding orientation and my laptop was ready to be picked up.

So, finally around 3-ish I did hear from my new manager/person I’m taking over for and there was a conference call at 4:30 to figure out how we’re going to get me going! I will either have to go into the office at some point (soon? I hope!) to pick up my computer or it is going to be FedEx’d to me. And I will have to learn to use my “dongle”…yeah. Stop laughing!!


Don’t know if this is what my key looks like…

This device will henceforth be called, by me, a “key”.  Here’s hoping the key comes soon and I can get started!!

Needless to say, I am really looking forward to being a productive part of society again!!

What Up?!?!

30 Oct

Well, what’s up on this particular Wednesday is that I Got A Job!!

Now, I wasn’t unemployed for a terribly long time this go-around (it’s been as long as 9 months in the past!) but due to circumstances I was not as financially prepared for ANY unemployment (Hey, I’m paying off my runDisney addiction!)

I will be working from home (yay!) and my direct manager lives a couple of towns over so we will be able to meet for lunch/coffee as needed. And, should I ever need to go to the office, it’s a short 15 minute drive!

Guessing that I’ll start when I get back from Wine and Dine which means that I can relax on this trip and enjoy myself without over-thinking every penny.


And I will be more than thrilled to build my savings back up and get my credit back under control so I can refinance the house while the rates are still low-ish!


This is how my savings accounts look right about now…

So, it looks like I will be celebrating for a few days! Maybe I’ll splurge on Five Guys tonight even!!



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