Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mid-Week Mix-Up - Disconnecting to Reconnect

Another Double Workout
This morning I got up when Jason got up to go to swim. The plan was to do Cathe's MMA Kickboxing DVD then do back and triceps at lunch or after work. I really needed a day off from running - I had run 5 days straight.

And wouldn't you know it that my cross-training day also happens to be the first morning in months that it was in the low 60's. Really? Talk about bad timing. I almost feel like I let the universe down by not taking advantage of the crazy cool temps. And of course they go right back up the rest of the week. Humph....

But, I listened to my body, my feet, my piriformis...all telling me to not run. So, I didn't. I did my kickboxing workout (sulking just a bit I won't lie). But it was a good way to "kick" off the morning.

During lunch, I ran home to get in my back and triceps weights done. I went with my same back and triceps workout as last week. No gym means no assisted pullups or barbell rows. So, I do worry a bit that I'm going to sort of plateau with any strength gains not having the additional exercise choices.

I can't get a pullup bar at the house because our house is so flipping old that they don't fit in any doorways (we tried and had to return it).

I guess I need to start scouring the internet for new back exercises and try to find a barbell and bench that would fit in the room. The olympic size is simply too large. Anyway, back to the workout - giant sets of 3x8:

GS#1
Underhand dumbbell rows
Single-arm rows
Pullovers

GS#2
Double-arm overhead triceps extension
Lying triceps extensions
Double-arm kickbacks  


I also did 3 sets of 10 reps of low back extensions on my stability ball. The back workout felt pretty good, but I felt super


Mid-Week Mix-Up
As I mentioned doing last week, I've decided that we really need to mix things up during the week, at least one day.

We tend to get so caught up in routine, that it easily becomes a rut. We forget to enjoy the moments and start focusing on weekend plans rather than enjoying something special during the week.


I guess it was sort of a date-night-in. Last week we went to a wine bar for a drink first, tonight we're just staying in, making a nice dinner, and watching a movie.

Something else I'm doing is disconnecting for the evening so that we can reconnect. Kind of funny how you have to do that these days huh? How often do you make it a point to disconnect or mix things up in order to actually reconnect?

So, I'll be back tomorrow with a recap of dinner - it includes homegrown Japanese eggplant and homemade red sauce.

Daily To-Enjoy List:
Kickboxing
Weight workout
Cooler morning
Disconnecting & reconnecting