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Soggy Shoes and Grumpy Moods

I definitely woke up on the wrong side of the bed Saturday. I woke up at 6 am–even though I didn’t have to get up until 8am. I was supposed to go trail running with a friend. I tried and tried to go back to sleep but I ended up laying there for two hours. My friend canceled because she wasn’t feeling well. I got up and decided to go for a run when I stepped outside to POURING RAIN.

I slammed the door shut and continued to rant and rave throughout the house. Poor Michael was in the kitchen hearing me throw a temper tantrum at the Universe that rivaled the tantrum of a two year old. There was swearing, there was shouting, there was massive frustration. I had no where to go. Mt. Scott–closed. Clackamas Pool–closed. Bike ride in the rain–no thanks. Bike ride on the trainer–NO! I’m going to be doing that all winter long, I don’t want to start now. Not having a gym to go to in the pouring rain makes staying fit in Oregon a challenge.

I decided to do a workout in the living room using the Nike Training App. I hadn’t used it in months and I had all the stuff I needed to get a half-assed workout in. I got out the free weights and the medicine ball and got to work.

I started with the Arm Definer. It got my heart rate up and I was sweating but I was still unhappy with how my weekend was shaping up and I griped and complained the whole time.

I switched to the Cardio Burst workout and that made me feel a bit better. I was starting to feel like I was getting a real workout in and my mood improved. I finished up with the Ab workout because god knows I’ve been neglecting my abs all summer long.

By this time my good mood was waning again. I was kind of done with the workout (mentally) and I was struggling to push myself any further. Some people can workout at home. I’m really not one of those people. I need a place.

Workout Stats:
Time: 48 minutes
Calories Burned: 388

I saw that the rain had died down outside so I changed into my  old running shoes, grabbed a hat and jacket and headed outside. I ran down the street in the cold, damp morning toward the track.

The rain came back steadily but I was committed to running by that time. There was a kid’s football game about to start but I didn’t plan on running for very long. There were two other people running the track.

Having a hat helps when running in the rain. It’s not QUITE as miserable. I know I shouldn’t complain–it’s just rain after all. But I cannot tell you how much I despise the rain. As I ran the track I grumpily whined inwardly about how “this is what the next 8 months look like”. I seriously dislike the long, gray, gloomy, rainy winters in the Northwest.

By my last lap it started to hail. I said out loud to myself “SERIOUSLY?!” and then headed home. I’d had enough. I workout because I like it. I shouldn’t be miserable when I workout–it makes me less likely to continue doing it!

Every step was miserable because my shoes and socks were soaked. I was so glad I’d grabbed my old pair instead of my nice, new, clean running shoes! I got home and stretched. I killed my legs on the Foam Roller and then showered–grumpily.

Run Stats:
Time: 36 minutes
Calories Burned: 358
Distance: 2.73 miles

Total Calories Burned: 746

Running usually makes me feel better no matter how bad of a mood I’m in. This time? It was a miserable run. I got out of my soaked clothes–thankfully it was laundry day. I ran a bunch of errands and did cleaning the rest of the day, then I headed to Cost Plus World Market. I was told they had cute business card holders. It’s funny–every single time I go to World Market for one thing I leave with at least 5 things I don’t really need.

I got a package of fajita sauce and a Universal Edge Guard for when we go camping. I didn’t even know I needed that. 🙂 But when we went camping a few weeks ago we just wrapped our sharp knives in a towel to take with us.

I also got some new placemats. Yes I am weird, only buying one of each. They did NOT have business card holders but I left with 7 items and $18 spent. This was the final last minute purchase:

DIGESTIVES!! I remember going to London with my cousin Anna when I was 18 and our hotel room had Digestives. We were soooo confused! Were they crackers? Were they laxatives??? We were too nervous to eat them for a few days and then finally gave it a try and they were good. I haven’t had them since then–almost 14 years ago. I cannot wait to try one of these. Despite my crappy day, the highlight was definitely Cost Plus Market and finding THIS on sale:

Finally! I’ve been checking for months, waiting for this very expensive product to go on sale and it finally did. I cannot wait to make my favorite soup with this. That’s definitely;y something to look forward to. Michael got home late from golfing and we made turkey burgers. It was so nice to have an old favorite return. We haven’t had any ground turkey from Costco for most of this summer so no turkey burgers.

As a side we had some tomatoes from the garden. The turkey burgers were on sandwich thins. It really hit the spot.

After we ate dinner and watched an episode of Breaking Bad, Michael started to entice me with the idea of getting donuts. After the day I’d had, he didn’t have to twist my arm very hardly. We trekked to Krispie Kreme.

I had one and it was amazing! I crashed into bed and after the day I’d had, I was asleep immediately.

QUESTION: How do you reverse a grumpy mood? When was the last time you had a really bad day?

This is Gonna Hurt

Saturday morning I ate a whole wheat English muffin with peanut butter on it and headed to the gym. When I got there I realized I didn’t want to do The Same Old Saturday Routine. The weight room was nearly empty because of the early hour so I took advantage of that and warmed up with the FREE WEIGHTS! I thought of Lori’s comment about trying free weights to switch things up and I did it.

I only knew a few free weight routines so I warmed up with those. I did some routines my old trainer Christian taught me and then added in some Shoulder Shrugs with two 10 pound weights.

Then I had the brilliant idea of using my Nike Training Club App to get ideas on other moves! First up was the Sumo Squat with Lateral Raise. Oooof I knew my legs were gonna feel like Jello after a few sets of these babies. I started with two 7.5 pound weights and then swapped them out for two 10 pound weights.

My thighs were BURNING! I went back to the Christian Routine, plus Shoulder Shrugs before doing the next workout: Sumo Squat with Press.

I was getting my heart rate up like CRAZY! Next: Alternating Step Back Lunges with two 10 pound weights.

I hadn’t planned on doing so many leg exercises but that’s alright. I found another exercise that was targeting my upper body and switched to that.

The Single Leg Arm Curls were super fun and I did these the most. I alternated between the above squat exercises and this exercise. I think this one was good because it not only worked my biceps but it made me engage my core and stand up straight to have proper form. PLUS it helped me with balance. The balancing part was hard and I almost lost my balance a few times but the more of these I did, the better I got. I like this one a lot.

Next: The Wood Chops. Check out this ridiculous video. I don’t think guys are watching it to learn how to do the exercise, if you know what I mean. 😉 Finally, I did the Shoulder Press with two 10 pound free weights. I liked this one a lot and could have easily done 15 pounds. Next time.

I finished up with my “normal” weight routine using the plated machines. I had to increase the amounts on several of them. That felt really good.

I spent about 55 minutes doing the weight lifting routines and I felt awesome. I felt confident and happy and I was reminded once again how much fun weight lifting can be. It really is a self-esteem booster because I’m always impressed with what my body can do! I finished up with a 2.75 mile run on the treadmill doing hill intervals. The hills made my thighs BURN.

I could have run longer because despite all the squats and lunges, my legs were feeling pretty good. However I’d already spent about 1:15 minutes in the gym and was kinda ready to go. I stretched and called it quits.

Gym Stats:

Time: 1:45
Calories Burned: 767

I love that I switched things up!! I will be doing much more with the free weights. And now for an update in Progress Photos:

Before Weight Lifting, Sept 2010
After Months of Lifting, June 2011


QUESTION: Tell me some of your favorite free weight routines!