It seems odd that today is the official first day of summer, but I’ve been on summer vacation for a month already (if you count the time I was on medical leave for my surgery). This summer has already been great, and I know it’s just going to continue. I’ve been loving the pace and routine that I’ve developed: wake up around 6:30 or 7am, a cup of coffee and breakfast while watching Good Morning America, doing a bit of watering in the yard to keep the plants and flowers looking good, going swimming/workout out, lunch, reading/shopping/relaxing, walk Sofi, dinner, t.v., bed.
This week I’ve started weight training again, and whew, are my muscles sore! Monday I did chest/back at the gym on the traditional machine, and I have to say, I had no real idea what the heck I was doing. The next day or two, I felt it on my sides, rather than the back or chest. Wednesday I did legs with a more whole body approach, following an OnDemand workout, Robert Jones’ leg building. I did the 8-minute workout twice, which included holding a 5-lb weight in my hands as I did lunges, side lunges, squats, side squats, and a few other moves. He kept me moving the entire time, and my heart was PUMPING. I literally cannot bend down this morning. Today is my arm day, and I’m thinking of doing a kettlebell workout. The only downside to building these muscles is that my body is already reacting on the scale. I’m seeing almost no movement, and I know it’s my body holding on to water and wondering what’s going on. I knew this was the risk, so I’m not panicking. Plus I know how important weight training is.
Happy 2nd birthday, Fit Approach! I was honored asked to be a SweatPink Ambassador, and although I didn’t completely understand the scope of what I was joining at the time, I’m so thrilled to be included in this fast-growing group. I have to admit that a lot of the time I feel like I’m out of my depth – my fellow SPAs are badasses! They compete in triathlons, marathons, Diva Dashes, CrossFit competitions, etc. And while fitness is an important part of my life, and has given me aha moments, I’m nowhere near that level…yet. I did sign up for a Color Run in September and plan on participating in the Dirty Girl Mud Run in SF in February, so maybe I have earned my #sweatpink stripes after all.
My dad and I always go to see the big blockbuster/action movies together; it’s our thing. This afternoon, he and I are heading to the theatre to see Man of Steel, and I’m looking forward to it because I’ve heard such good reviews. I always love paling around with my dad, and yes, I do know how lucky I am to have such a great man as my father.
Sunday I’m heading to an all-day, outdoor, free concert in Golden Gate Park. Our local radio station, Alice 97.3 FM, hosts this event every summer, and I’ve always wanted to go, but there was always some sort of conflict. This year, my plans were open, and I’m so looking forward to this day of music and fun.
How are you celebrating summer?