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I thought September flew by fast, but October seems to have been even more of a whirlwind. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if I woke up tomorrow morning to the smell of Turkey and Pumpkin Pie (yup the one holiday that is all about food is my favorite). I just feel like I haven’t had one moment to sit down, take a deep breath, and enjoy a 5 minute mental vacation since July. I am tired. The to-do list that was once do-able has now become a nightly 20 minute review and discussion with J to start knocking things off, like finally getting around to hanging up pictures
I have to give credit to J though, not only is he the best boyfriend in the world, the man did the unimaginable – he knocked off a portion a HUGE chunk of the list yesterday. He fixed things around his place, cleaned, ran many errands, even got in a workout and studied a bit! I felt bad because I wish I could have helped him more – but what a stress relief to really only have a bit more cleaning and the fun stuff on the to do list left like picking up Halloween candy and a costume, celebrating a birthday :) …oh there is a trip I promised J I would make to the post office (ehhhh) and the daunting task of bathing a 92 98 lbs stinkin’ fatty.
[Sometimes it's nice to know I am not the only one that hates getting on the scale - Leo does not appreciate J picking him up to weigh themselves]
What a look…
So back to conquering that to-do list, when I say review and discussion, this is what happens:
1) We list everything we have to do out
2) Prioritize the list
3) Determine what tasks each of us can do (J- pick up red velvet cake, me – post office ehhh) and what tasks require both of us (filtering beer)
4) Assign a date
5) Anticipate the unexpected will occur
The simple tasks help us efficiently conquer the to-do list with as less stress as possible. We live very busy lives, but we work hard to play hard.
Are you a list maker? What are your tips and tricks for getting stuff done?
Here’s something to cross of the list – workouts!! Cha, cha, cha! As promised yesterday, here ya go:
No time to run, but enough time for some Back and Shoulder w/J
|Shrugs on Smith||3 sets x 30 reps||20#, 50#, 50#|
|BB Overhead Shoulder Press||3 sets – 12 reps, 15 reps, 18 reps||Bar|
|J didn’t have a name for this exercise – but held plate with straight arms between a 90 degree and 180 degree angle||3 sets x 10 reps||10#|
|Pull Over Machine||3 sets x 50 reps||20# – I go really light with the # and high with the reps on this machine for a purpose – with all the pull ups I do I’m being careful not to “bulk” up the muscle|
|Lower Back Machine||3 sets x 20 reps||70#|
|Lat Pull Down Machine||3 set x 20 reps||50#|
|Bicep Curl Drop Set;||10 reps, 10 reps, 20 reps||50#, 30#, 15#|
Lots of time for cardio, (82 mins, 7 mi) but with J working late we didn’t hit the gym for weights or yoga. I would have gone to the gym solo, but I had some True Blood to keep me entertained via the treadmill. I am trying to knock out the rest of Season 2 because Prince of Persia will shortcut to the top of the Netflix mail queue – I take such threats seriously from the bf.
Thursday I slept in what little I could and pushed my BFL workout to the evening. Since I had a spot, check out what I did on the bench press. For the record, if I can do it, so can you (with doctor approval disclaimer, be smart – you get the point)!
|Chest||BB Bench Press||12||0#||30 s||5|
|Point||Bent Over Fly||12||10#||2m||9.5|
|Back||Lat Pull Down (Machine)||12||35#||30 s||5|
|Triceps||Skull Crushers||12||15#||30 s||5|
|Biceps||DB Curls||12||15#||30 s||5|
I know I’ve been doing screen shots, but I inserted the workout as a table so y’all could click the links to machines I used.
This breakfast rocked – had to share the kraut.
The salad I made for my co-worker was such a hit, that another co-worker gave me $3 to make the most of my leftover produce and make him a salad as well, haha.
Once again, my lunch was rather boring leftover soup and an easy onion, tomato, dressing side salad. However, I got a special treat. Remember mention of A.T. – maker of the Monster Sandwich? This is his second foodie appearance this week with a treat that is very near and dear to my heart.
Still drooling over that gelato. A.T. you are the best.
It’s okay to make the soup and salad combo for dinner as well? Instead of leftovers it was Italian Salad with Pesto Tofu and Potato Leek Soup.
No more gelato – but a glass of red wine and some dark chocolate made a sufficient substitute.
Have a great Friday.
P.S. I’ll share some chocolate with anyone that is willing to go to the post office and give Leo a bath for me.