sore muscles

Like Doing 1000 Squats

Remember how I said we were going to start up some house projects again? Well this weekend we tackled my bathroom!

When Michael first moved in (about a year before we met), he painted over the bathroom with primer. The original color of the bathroom was bright yellow, then at some point the original owner painted it teal/turquoise. So when Michael bought the house he immediately had to cover up the teal–it was everywhere. The walls, maybe even the ceiling because I found some teal paint near the light/vent on the ceiling, the original vanity was white with pink flowers on it and teal counters!

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Ain’t that pretty? Um, not. So he painted the bathroom with primer, probably intending to paint the room at some point but never did. Fast forward 6 years and I was sick of the primer and the yellow and teal where the primer was missed. (I think the original vanity was a little larger than the one we currently have.) We decided the bathroom was a weekend project we could start and finish, mostly, in one weekend. At least the painting part.

BEFORE:

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Saturday morning I got up a little early and decided to postpone the gym for the afternoon when I knew I’d be waiting for paint to dry. I took everything out of the vanity and off the shelves, basically cleaned out the entire room. Michael took out the vanity and part of the toilet.

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Michael took down the ceiling light and the wall light. We decided we might as well update the light from the super cool 1980’s off-white beveled edge plastic. Good god was it ugly. I cleaned all the walls and then we went to Lowe’s to get primer and ceiling paint (which is pink, in case you didn’t know, but dries white!). We ended up going to Lowe’s 4 times on Saturday! Once for primer/ceiling paint and wall samples. Once for getting an old can of paint shaken (which was the color we planned on painting it a two years ago), once for the paint we decided to buy and once more for the new wall light.

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Bella was super excited about all the car adventures! Here are the paint samples:

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Possibility is the top right and it was the one I was SURE I was going to pick. But once it was on the wall it looked super bright white. The left purple one was the can we bought two years ago intending to paint the bathroom with it. It dried really dark purple, which was surprising because the sample was a light lilac/grey…Finally, the gray one is the one I ended up picking. It was the most “neutral” and wouldn’t be too dark or too light nor make it difficult to put makeup on.

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Montpelier Madison White was the verdict! And it dried gray, so I don’t know why they put “white” in the name. Anyways. I did a coat of primer and did the ceiling and then had to wait for it to dry. I figured I had 60-90 minutes for it to dry. Since I had time to kill I decided to go to the gym and do a quick cardio workout. In retrospect I should have skipped it and conserved my energy for the project but I didn’t think about that at the time. And not only that, I was on a roll so had I stopped to take a nap I think my motivation for doing the rest of it would have waned.

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30 minutes on the elliptical and then I grabbed some groceries at the store. Including something easy to fix for dinner! I got home and did the first coat of paint in the bathroom. It was kind of difficult to paint because it looked white (like the primer) when it first went up so I missed a few spots that I didn’t see until after it dried. Here is the first coat of paint:

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I wore my heart rate monitor while I painted the room. Check it out:

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That’s a nice calorie burn for just painting! But boy, by the time I was done with it I was exhausted, getting sore and just over it. Michael cooked a frozen lasagna for us to have for dinner (it said it had 5 servings in it but damn, I could have eaten three servings!). I ate 1.5 servings and had a salad with dinner. Michael slathered BioFreeze on my neck, shoulders and upper back and we managed to watch some Homeland before I just passed out.

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Sunday

I woke up slightly sore but I wasn’t too bad. I did some touch up paint in the spots I missed and did all of the edges before going to the gym. I really, really needed that yoga class and I’m glad I went. When I got back from yoga I finished the second coat of paint. Michael suggested we go out to lunch so we went to Five Guys and I got the Little Cheeseburger (550 calories) and we split an order of fries. I could not get over just how freakin’ hungry I was!

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After lunch we went to Fred Meyer, Home Depot, Kohl’s, Target and Lowe’s. I think that made me more tired than anything!!! We were looking for a new shower curtain. First, who in their right mind would spend $50+ on a shower curtain (Kohl’s)? And why was the ONLY ONE I liked the one they were out of (Target)?? Ugh. I hate shopping. In the end I found something I sorta liked but didn’t love at Lowe’s and we ended up buying a new vanity too. While I liked what we got last year it was small and there was a slightly larger on on sale and it would look nicer with the new paint color.

Look at this gorgeous dog I saw at Lowe’s:

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Alright, we got home and after hitting the wall and just feeling tired, run down and cranky, I had a Diet Dr. Pepper to pep me up and Michael got to work re-installing the lights in the bathroom. Then I did the touch up paint once we removed the painter’s tape from the ceiling. Michael set up the new vanity. We slowly put the room back together and I cleaned the best I could.

WHAT’S LEFT? In a few weekends we’ll tackle the floors, which means we have to take the vanity and toilet out completely. We probably need to redo the subflooring underneath the vinyl floors and all of that was just too big of a project to do in one weekend. After the floors are done we’ll paint the door jam, the door, install the floorboards and the bathroom will be 100% finished! At some point we may replace the tile in the shower but that’s not a priority right now. It functions, it’s not falling apart, it’s not moldy and it’s white so it goes with everything. When the bathroom is finished I estimate it will have taken us 3 full weekends of work.

New bathroom: upper back, shoulders and neck are sore. Hamstrings feel like I did a thousand squats (I did do a lot of squatting)…My entire body hurts and I can’t remember the last time I was this tired. Oh my god. And I think we made a total of 10 visits to Lowe’s this weekend…But I am so happy it’s done and I love the way it looks!!

AFTER:

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I wish I could get a decent picture to really show off the pretty color. For some reason it has a greenish and pink tint to it whenever I take a photo. But in the bathroom the walls are gray, as is the shower curtain. The new sink/vanity was on sale at Lowe’s:

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And I splurged a little and bought a new plant to keep in the bathroom:

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I LOVE how it turned out. I can’t wait to have the floors done and then the bathroom will be perfect! It was a back-breaking, difficult weekend but I feel so great now that it’s finished. 🙂

A Week of Workouts

I’ve been steady and normal with my workouts…meaning, despite the stresses I’ve experienced this year and the wedding stuff piling up and piling up…one thing that stayed consistent was my fitness. I am grateful for that because I DEFINITELY used fitness as a stress reliever.

Here is an example of a typical week in my fitness world:

Saturday

Boot Camp!

I know, I previously said that I probably wouldn’t go to another boot camp class in the summer because it was way too hot and my heart rate got too high…but I went again anyways. It wasn’t as hot this time. I went to the Warrior Room with a bottle of water and bottle of ice cold Gatorade. I wore a hat this time (which was smart) and wore lots of sunscreen. We were instructed to get 2 kettlebells and walk to the school football field (about 4 blocks).

I got to the school and realized I didn’t have much water in my bottle so I ended up jogging back to the gym and then back again! I guess that was my warm-up. This class was brutal. We did partner workouts. My partner would jump rope and I would sprint to the 50 yard line, touch the line and sprint back to the 40 yard line, then back, then sprint back to the 30 yard line and so forth. BRU-TAL! I was dying. Then we switched and I jumped rope while she sprinted.

Then we did a bunch of kettle bell work (squats, dead lifts, high pull and double swing) then did the sprinting/jump rope intervals. Then back to kettle bells–chest press, shoulder press, pushups and bent over rows. Damn. No wonder I was so sore the next day!

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So that was my calorie burn. It was a surprisingly high for only an hour workout! 753 calories burned.

Sunday

I treated my body to some low-key fitness, as per usual on Sundays. I’m frequently sore and not really feeling like heavy lifting. Sometimes I run, sometimes we go for a hike. This particular Sunday I warmed up with about 22 minutes on the elliptical (2 miles) and then it was time for yoga. I really really really needed that yoga class!

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Calories Burned: 341. I was particularly sore from the Warrior Room.

Monday

Rest Day.

Thank goddess!

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Tuesday

Warrior Room!

I was recovered (about 90%) from Saturday’s boot camp and ready to do some weight lifting! I went to the Kettlebell Conditioning class. It was half isolation and half tabata workout. This class in particular was a killer! We did these “burnout” sets where we did intervals of really hard work. Here is an example: 80 High Knees, 4 burpees, 60 Mountain Climbers, 4 burpees TWICE in less than 3 minutes. Gawd! It was HARD. You’d be surprised at how shaky your legs are by the time you get to the burpee part of the set. Then we did kettlebell work. For example: lateral raises, front raises, bicep curls, and goblet squats.

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It was a rough workout and I was really glad when it was over with. Calories burned: 528.

Wednesday

I wasn’t really feeling the whole weight thing…but I did it. Since I’d done specific isolation workouts with the kettlebells the night before, I made sure I worked other parts of my body. I warmed up and then did one leg romanian dead lifts, regular dead lifts, push-ups and a bunch of ab work. After that I did 2 miles on the elliptical. I went easy on the resistance because the sprints I did at Boot Camp made my knees a little cranky and I wanted to take it easy.

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Definitely less calories burned on my own when compared to the Warrior Room, but it was a nice, stress-free workout and I finished up with lots of stretching and foam rolling. Calories burned: 451.

Thursday

Another rest day. I was a little sore from Tuesday and Wednesday–mainly in my hips. That was slightly odd but not abnormal. Every once in awhile my hips get a little sore but it’s usually a good sore, not like an injury. I took a few walks with Bella this day to loosen things up.

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Some weeks Rest Days are difficult. I’m antsy and want to do something. Some weeks I am grateful for those two rest days I have each week! As the years go by, I’ve noticed myself slowing down a little bit and feeling much happier about two rest days a week. My body needs the repair. I’m slowly realizing that I need to EAT more on rest days, actually REST, and let my body do what it needs to do. This hasn’t always been the case, but injuries and over-training at times have taught me to listen to my body and REST when it needs it.

Friday

Swim! I love my swim nights. Sure, sometimes I just don’t feel like it because it’s a process. Drive to the pool, change into the swimming gear, swim, shower, sometimes it feels like a whole thing. But most of the time I look forward to this because swimming is a form of relaxation and meditation for me. It gives me time to think and sometimes not think. I like going on Friday nights because the pool isn’t too crowded and it’s a good transition from the work week into the weekend.

It’s also nice relaxing in the hot tub and sauna afterwards. That always makes my sore muscles feel good! As for the calorie burn, I have no idea. Every once in awhile I used to wear my heart rate monitor in the pool to gauge how my calorie burn is. I normally do not wear it while I swim. The number doesn’t really change much–average burn is 275-350 calories. Kind of low, I know, but the swimming is more for relaxation and to give my joints and body a break from high impact activities.

Saturday

No Boot Camp this day. I was not going to chance it with my knees. Instead I took the Kettlebell Conditioning class. It was a lot of jumping in this class. For example, one routine was this: 5 tuck jumps, 10 frog jumps, 15 floor jumps (i.e crouching down to touch the floor then jumping up with hands high), 20 squat jumps– two times then 12 push-ups. This was another killer. My thighs were ON FIRE. Seriously, on fire. Half way through the first round my legs felt like jelly. Whoever got done first in the class, went into plank position and the clock was stopped. We were timed and if we didn’t beat that time, Ashley made us run. BRUTAL. We ran a few times. LOL

Then we did some kettlebell work–various types of bicep curls, goblet squats, sumo squats, traditional kettlebell swings and two bell kettlebell swings. It was a super hard workout but I was glad I did it.

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527 calories burned. I took my sweaty self home to get cleaned up.

The Coming Weeks

As for biking…I’m kind of disappointed that there wasn’t much of it this summer. I’d hazard a guess that I biked to work maybe a dozen times the entire summer. I wish it had been more but time didn’t allow it. I was busy training for my 5k and then just got busy with other fitness.

The wedding is approaching. My fitness routine will be pretty normal the week leading up to the wedding. Pretty sure I’m going to take that day off, though. 🙂 As for the honeymoon, I am not making any plans. I want to relax and just see what happens. We plan on doing a little hiking, I will definitely be swimming, and we hope to do some sea kayaking. But time will tell. I may end up doing nothing!