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Lifting Weights to Calm the Nerves - Seattle Bound

Last Workout
It was so nice to walk into work this morning with sunshine. It was really chilly (especially compared to the temps we've been having), but I'll take that over storms right about now. I managed to get everything mostly packed for our trip. I had to leave some things out - hitting the gym and will need to get cleaned up so those things go in last.

I must admit something, it's been 10 days since my last rest day. I know that's bad (no scolding). I know I preach the importance of rest days. I try to never go more than 6 days without one. However, in Seattle, I'm not sure I'll be able to get in any workout. I'm hoping to con someone to go for a run with me at least one day (our friends live near the water, so I would love to run that route), but other than that, probably nothing more than walking around the city.

For those concerned, I really have listened to my body though and honestly would not have pushed through 10 days if I truly felt the need for the rest day. I have learned the hard way to listen and take the rest when needed, planned or unplanned. I've tried to schedule in a mix of workouts that weren't always over-the-top on intensity as well.

Today's workout (while I desperately was itching for a run) was elliptical and weights. It was under an hour, and much needed to shake off some of the nerves due to the impending flight. I hate flying!

So, I did 10 minutes on the elliptical as a warm up then one exercise per upper body muscle group done as supersets of 3x8.

SS#1
Incline chest press
Incline curls

SS#2
Lying triceps extensions
Front raises

SS#3
Pullovers
Rear delt flyes

I did some ab exercises as well before packing it up. It was a stronger workout than I was expecting. Even better, it really did help calm me down. Maybe they need gyms in airports.

Airports and Airplanes
Ativan has been taken...Our flight leaves around 2:30 and we hit Seattle at about 9 (their time). So it'll be a long day of airports and airplanes for us. I've got lots of snacks packed so hopefully we can avoid airport food. My friend, Denise, is a fantastic cook and has already promised a veggie lasagna waiting for me for dinner. Though, it'll feel like 10 pm for me....yikes.

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