Quarantine Workout

I wanted to check in with everyone. How is everyone doing? How is your mental health? How is your physical health?

This is definitely a trying time for everyone. Some states are locked down. (Oregon is.) I’ve been working from home since March 14th or something like that. I think the last time I went to my gym was March 12th. Then it closed.

I am super grateful that our new house is bigger (it’s twice the size of our old house, which was about 1200 square feet) so we can ALL find a space in the quarantine if we need to be alone. I am definitely one of the those people that likes my alone time. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family and want to be with them, but mentally and emotionally I also need “me” time and away time and the gym was some “me time” that I don’t really have access to now (my gym closed pretty early on during the covid-19 pandemic).

When we moved into the new house last year we had space for a home a gym. This was something on our “must have” list when we were house hunting. Not so much for me because I had a gym membership, but definitely for Michael because he’s not a gym guy and likes working out at home. So our basement in the new house has a space that we’ve designated as The Gym.

A family friend gave us their treadmill (for free!!!) last summer. So that’s awesome. Michael already had a weight bench, so that’s there. We have a bunch of kettlebells of different weights. Michael set up his bike on the bike trainer. We have a big TV down there so we can watch our shows while we work out (that definitely makes the treadmill tolerable). We have fans, a bosu ball, some free weights, a medicine ball, foam rollers, a pull up bar, and various random “gym” type stuff.

The ceiling is kind of low (it’s a basement) so we can’t do things like jump rope down there–but we can do jumping jacks! I bought some foam interlocking mats that help designate the gym and make it more comfortable.

So what am I doing right now?

M/W/F/Sat/Sun are my workout days.

I alternate my days where I run on the treadmill, or I walk on the treadmill with the treadmill at an elevation and I put weights in a backpack and carry that (last time I did that it was 15 pounds in my backpack) so it’s like “hiking”.

For weights and stuff:

  • Kettlebell swings
  • Pushups
  • Bicep curls
  • Step ups (I use the basement stairs) with bicep curls
  • Overheard triceps
  • Triceps dips
  • 1 leg Romanian Deadlifts
  • Deadlifts
  • Bent over rows
  • Shoulder Press
  • Pec Fly
  • Chest Press
  • Toe Touches with weights
  • Bird Dogs
  • Bicycles (abs)
  • Glute Bridges (variations: 1 leg glute bridge, glute bridges with weights)
  • Planks
  • Cobra stretch
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Jump Squats
  • Squats
  • Jumping Jacks
  • See Saw Press
  • Side Lunges
  • Reverse Crunches
  • Kneeling dumbbell halos
  • Clams

These are all things I can do with free weights or kettlebells, so that’s good! It’s definitely better than nothing!

Michael and I are back to doing yoga. It feels good! We bought a subscription to an app that we really like (on Black Friday) because the free videos we found online weren’t really good. Even the popular ones. But this app is GREAT! I highly recommend it. You can choose what kind of yoga workout you want to do, how long, what area you want to target, etc.

Working from home Monday – Friday and keeping a regular workout schedule has DEFINITELY helped me mentally, emotionally and physically during this shut down. When I’m stressed about all of this, I clean or workout and it helps. It distracts me, keeps me off social media, gets my endorphins going…it helps a lot. When the weather cooperates I bike or go for walks.

QUESTION: How has your fitness changed?

Bridal Shower/Cooking Lesson

Saturday turned out to be a really nice day! I planned on going to the gym but Michael suggested we go for a walk as a family since it was so sunny and kind of warm out. It turned out to be a really lovely walk.

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Not too bad of a calorie burn for a long walk/jog. It was nice to go out as a family, too.

Also over the weekend, it was my cousin Anna’s bridal shower. Her friend Shawna planned a super fun and unique shower for her–a cooking lesson! Her friend Bernadette, who has been a chef in many Portland restaurants and now does some catering on her own, taught a cooking lesson for the shower and it was so much fun!

We were all instructed to bring our favorite recipe for Anna and $10 in one dollar bills…hmmm…what could that be for?? 😉

Turned out there were a few rules for the party. You couldn’t mention the honeymoon, their new house or the fiance by name and if you did you had to put $1 in a jar as a tax. It was a funny idea. The money in the jar was going towards the purchase of a Kitchenaid Mixer for the happy couple. I love that idea!

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There were some snacks out while we mingled. Cheese, fruit, crackers, French bread. Lots of wine, sparkling water and lemon water. It was a big group, too, and my mom drove down and stayed with us overnight so she could go. A bunch of my aunts and cousins were there and it was nice to see everyone.

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We were all told to bring our favorite recipe, too. So we all decorated our recipe cards and put them in a book for Anna. My Grandma sent down her coffee cake recipe (which is the best you’d ever eat) and I put in Michael’s mac n’ cheese recipe in the book.

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The party was at my aunt Sheila’s house and the decorations were adorable.

The cooking instruction started. Dinner was salmon with Asian slaw, zucchini and rice.

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The cooking instruction was really fun and interesting and Bernadette answered questions (some just general cooking questions) and was a good teacher. She walked us through her recipe for the slaw and homemade dressing and recruited Anna to do the mixing:

Then she walked us through making the sauce for the salmon. It was tamari, brown sugar, garlic, red pepper flakes and cornstarch with water.

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We all got to taste the sauce after it thickened up and it was almost like a tangy, tamari caramel sauce. It was SO good!!!

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Here is the finished product:

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The food was absolutely delicious! Shawna is going to email everyone the recipe soon and when I get it I will post it. I definitely want to make that sauce because it was so amazing. I also loved that it was a simple, healthy, low-calorie meal that anyone could make.

After dinner we had dessert. Anna’s mom made a chocolate/whipped cream/walnut dessert and a raspberry cheesecake bar dessert. I had a small piece of both.

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The cooking lesson was a blast and it inspired me to look into some cooking classes in the future. It’s something I’ve done in the past and had fun but never stuck with.

It was such a fun night. I was so glad we all got together and celebrated the upcoming wedding. It’s going to be a blast!

Question: Have you ever had a cooking lesson? What did you learn to cook?