Weekly Workouts

Workouts for the week of September 15th through September 21st

Saturday |  Rest.
Still awfully sick and didn't do much of anything this day.

Sunday |  Upper Body
I finally felt a little better and went to the gym with Curtis for about an hour.  I took it easy and didn't push myself too hard as I was still pretty stuffy and couldn't breathe, haha.

Monday |  Lower Body
Back to normal!  Finally feeling like a human being again.  I have normally been doing the HIIT class on Monday evenings but decided to take a break and follow my weight lifting program.  Honestly, I felt SO good this past summer when I was lifting more so I kind of want to get into that again.

Anywho, this workout wasn't anything too crazy.  A lot of supersets involving leg press, single leg dumbbell deadlift, good mornings, goblet squats, leg extension/leg curls, etc.

Tuesday |  TBC
First intense cardio workout & I felt like I was going to die!  It's amazing how being sick for just a few days really takes a toll on your workouts.  Our workout was pretty similar to what we have been doing since class started back up again at the beginning of the month.   We did three different AMRAP workouts, each round about 10-15 minutes total with 5 exercises in each round.  The exercises were all a core movement, upper body, lower body, cardio/plyo, and a mobility move.  Normally we run stairs in this class but thank goodness those weren't on the agenda for the day!  I think I would have really died.  😝

Wednesday |  Upper Body
Again, I skipped out on the HIIT class to lift instead.  More supersets like Monday including incline press, bent over rows w/ barbell, Arnold press, lateral raises, lat pull downs, hammer curls, etc.   I've really liked training back/lats lately and this program doesn't focus a lot on back so I threw in a few extra exercises with the cable machine.

Thursday |  TBC
Similar to Tuesday, we did an AMRAP workout but it was just one long set of exercises that we did for about 25-ish minutes.  It felt very lower body focused and my legs were still sore from Monday so I struggled! 

Friday | Active Rest.
Since I'm typing this ahead of time, I'm putting active rest for today because I have a feeling we're going to be doing a lot of walking!

And we're off!

Happy (finally) Friday!

I think I am finally back to normal after last week's wonderful sickness that knocked me on my butt for a good week.  Now let's hope I don't get anything like that again!  Definitely going to be better about taking my multi-vitamin and maybe sanitizing my work area more regularly (I'm pretty sure I caught the bug from all of my co-workers who were also sick -- pretty sure I spread some of that last week as well 🙈).

I'm taking a quick break from packing right now as we are getting ready to leave for the airport to fly to Houston this morning!   Maggie knows we're leaving as she's boycotting her breakfast right now and following us all around the house.  It's going to be so hard to leave this pup for five days! 

The main reason for the trip is to attend the wedding of one of Curtis's college roommates.  They are getting married about an hour outside of Houston so should be a fun time!  Then we'll be headed to Waco to spend Monday at the Magnolia Silos and fly back to Omaha on Tuesday evening.  I've never been to Texas before so this will be an adventure!   The bad thing ---  it looks like it's going to rain the entire time we're there.  😠

Have a great weekend everyone! 

Sickness & Other Randoms

Well, last week was a doozy.

I am pretty sure that everyone & their grandma has been sick lately which is how I ended up with it as well.  Curtis had some sort of allergy/sinus issue two weeks ago but was able to kick it by just taking some sudafed and staying home from work one day.

I, on the other hand, got hit with the same thing but about 10 times worse than what he had.  The weird thing is that it just came out of nowhere too.  Last Sunday after the gym, I was complaining about my neck & upper shoulders feelings sore but I just chalked it up to sleeping wrong the night before.  I should have known that it was a sign for what was about to come.  😵  By Sunday evening, my whole body ached, my head felt congested, and I was ready for bed at 8:30.  I took some cold medicine and suffered through it on Monday & Tuesday.  By Wednesday, I had to finally call in sick to work and went to the doctor.  It was kind of a weird visit -  I felt like I basically told him that it felt like a sinus infection and he wrote a prescription for an antibiotic. 

Rant:  Wouldn't it be nice if we could just go to the pharmacy and get an antibiotic without having to go to the doctor?   Like, I've had plenty of sinus infections over the past 30 years and know the symptoms so why do I need to spend $35 to tell the doctor what I think is wrong?   /end rant.

The worst part of last week was not having any energy to do anything.  Despite the fact that it was a sinus infection & all in my head, my entire body hurt so even showering or doing the dishes took a lot of effort, haha.  I only made it to the gym once which drove me crazy but I knew I needed to take it easy if I wanted to get better. 

By Saturday afternoon/evening, I started to feel a little better.  I ran a few errands but then spent the rest of the night on the couch.  Sunday, I felt almost human again!  I had enough energy to make it to the gym for an upper body workout although I took it easy and didn't push myself too hard. 

So, I think I'm pretty much on the mend.... finally.   I'm still coughing like an 80 year old smoker but at least I feel somewhat normal.  And I have to be healthy because we are going to Texas on Friday!  I can't even imagine being sick while on vacation.  So, this week is going to be all about packing, cleaning, and getting everything ready for the trip.  The main reason we are going is because one of Curtis's college roommates is getting married outside of Houston on Saturday.  I decided against getting a new dress and I'm just going to wear the one I wore to Trevor's wedding last year.  I love it and don't have any other events coming up where I'm going to be able to wear it again! 

I better try it on again first & make sure it still fits!  😂

Anywho, that's all I got for now.  Everyone take your vitamins & wash your hands because whatever crap I am getting over is NOT fun at all.  Have a great Monday!

Weekly Workouts

Workouts for the week of September 8th through September 14th

Saturday |   Upper body
This was the last workout of the "deload phase" that I mentioned last week.  Again, I did all drop sets for each move to try to mix things up.   This included incline chest press, reverse grip rows, bent over fly, seated lateral raises, cable crossovers, lat pull downs, bicep curls, tricep extensions, etc.

Sunday |   Legs
First workout of Week 2 of the training program --  I was not feeling it.  Staying up too late, drinking German beer, and then getting up too early... ooof.   The more I've gotten into lifting, the more I hate doing legs.  Well, mostly hate legs.  It's the compound movements that I hate -- deadlifts, squats, leg press, lunges.  They just make my entire body hurt and I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I sit all day.  My hip flexors are incredibly tight & will scream at me during certain moves, usually squats or certain core movements.

Anywho, week 2 is all super sets for the first three exercise groups --- barbell deadlifts + dumbbell sqauts;  Romanian deadlifts + step ups;  Hip thrusts + static lunges.  I swapped out the Romanian deadlifts for good mornings as deadlifts were in the first exercise group.  Other workouts included calf raises, hamstring curls, extensions, etc.  I also added in a few other moves as a finisher.

Monday |  Rest
Not sure what happened but all day Sunday, I started feeling worse & worse.  By Sunday night, I was ready for bed by 8:30 but slept like crap -- pretty sure I saw the clock every single hour.  I went to work but still felt awful so decided to skip the gym & just rest at home.

Tuesday |  TBC
I was feeling a little better this day & thought that sweating would help knock some of the sickness out.   Our workout was almost exactly the same as last week so I'm not going to type it all out again!

Wednesday |  Rest

Thursday | Rest

Friday | Rest

Obviously, this week was not normal.  I stayed home from work on Wednesday, went to the doctor, was diagnosed with a sinus infection, and got a prescription for some antibiotics.  While I felt better once I started taking the antibiotics, I literally had zero energy to workout.  😕  This was especially frustrating as the gym is sort of the place I go to unwind after work.  I may have a little bit of workout guilt as well but that's a story for another day.  I knew I needed to rest and didn't want to push my limits. 

Let's hope next week is a better week. 

Fall Favorites | Fashion

Fall is a very difficult season to dress for in the Midwest.  The mornings are usually pretty chilly but then it heats up in the afternoons.  Some days, it may be 50 degrees when you head out the door for work but then it ends up being 80 degrees by the afternoon.  Needless to say, I struggle with what to wear most days.  It also doesn't help working in an office that has a very poor heating/cooling system so even though it may be cold outside, it feels like the middle of summer inside the building.

Keep in mind that I am not a fashionista whatsoever.  I'm not a big fan of the current "trends" such as mules, floral prints, puffy sleeves, peplum tops, etc.  I like to be comfortable & keep things simple.  I still shop at places like Forever 21 along with Target, JC Penney, and Marshalls/TJ Maxx.  My office is also very casual & doesn't require employees to dress up every day either.  So, my typical fall outfit looks something like this:

A little grungy sometimes but mostly just comfortable.  I bet you can't guess what my favorite color is 🙈.  (Self tanner problems --- black hides any stains from it!)

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#1  -  Cardigans

I live in cardigans during the fall/winter and Target is usually my go-to place.  My favorite Mossimo cardigans have since been discontinued but this one is pretty similar.

I also own a lot of light weight cardigans which are nice to have when it's a little cool in the mornings but then warms up during the day.  These chunky cardigans are good for the really cool days.

#2  -  Long Sleeved Dresses

As I mentioned previously, some days end up getting pretty warm.  The majority of my dresses are from Old Navy and these long sleeved jersey swing dresses are some of them.  They are light weight despite being long sleeved.

I have a lot of their tank top swing dresses which I will wear with, you guessed it, a cardigan.  Don't worry, not all of my dresses are black -- I have royal blue, teal, and burgundy ones!

#3  -   Boots

I've gotten away from the tall riding boots trend lately & combat boots have become a staple in my wardrobe.  I wear them throughout the majority of fall/winter.  I can't find my exact pair online -- I found them on major clearance at Marshalls awhile back -- but these are pretty similar.

This year, high heel combat boots have been on my radar -- I'm really thinking about getting these and waiting for them to go on sale!

P.S. -  If anyone has tips on how to properly tuck your jeans into combat boots, please let me know.  Mine always bunch up at the top of the boot and it looks ridiculous.

Ankle booties are another item that I wear throughout the fall.  I don't wear them too often during the winter because it's usually too cold!  And guess what, they aren't black!

I got these booties at JC Penney about two years ago.  These booties appear to be this year's version which I am really liking!  And for $30, you can't beat the price!

Obviously these aren't boots, but I do have to include the Dr Scholls Madison Slip On as I wear them a lot when it's too cold for sandals but too warm for boots.  These shoes are super comfortable and great if you're walking around a lot.

What are some of your fall fashion staples?  
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