Day 36 ~ callouses and all of the cuddles

Day 36 ~ March 5th, 2017

The morning was sporadically rough with the kiddo, nothing not manageable or all-consuming of my patience so not terrible. It all wrapped up on a good note so I am glad about that fact especially. My son was quite interested in my callouses on my hands while chilling on the couch with me this morning. I have quite a few rough spots from lifting weights on each of my palms and he was just fascinated with touching/rubbing them today. I sat looking through some math notes and he played with my hands haha

On a sort of math-related (and kiddo related) note, this evening when I put Zootopia on for him downstairs he spent a good chunk of it cuddled right up against me in some way and I got several pages of math work done. The mellowest I have seen in a while as typically I get about 30-60sec into it (or something else) and I am interrupted. So, a chill evening for every one and it was lovely!!

It snowed a bit this afternoon, which is certainly not awesome, but it is melting quickly! If it does snow again I don’t think it’ll be sticking around long-term, but I am seriously itching to get running outside on a regular basis. Soon, very soon *rubs hands together in glee* 😀

Things I am grateful for/about today:

~ a one rep increase for my pull-ups
~ that my teeth (that woke me up in the middle of the night) weren’t hurting when I woke up this morning
~ one of library branches being so close to home
~ getting some more indoor seeding stuffs and some potting soil
~ feather duvets. So roasty, toasty!

Cheers ~ ✌

Day 31 ~ all over the map

Day 31 ~ February 13th, 2017

I was doing pretty good with this every day and then I kind of slipped out of the habit again. I will keep at it though, eventually I will find a system that works!

Attempted to do a full Harry Potter movie marathon this long weekend. We would have been able to do it too if I didn’t have any engagements the next day like watching the kiddo and a 40 minute run. I wouldn’t have functioned well enough the next day for either of those things if we’d pushed through the last three movies. At least we’ve got a good idea of how we’ll go about if for next time. It’s gonna happen before the summer time for sure though!

Slightly vexing news from last week, my son got kicked out of the pool on Friday before his swimming lessons started. Swimming lessons that I will add were specifically for children with disabilities/special needs!!
He was running on the pool deck, but there really isn’t much to do to get him to stop that. For my son there isn’t ‘walking’ or ‘running’ it’s just ‘moving’. The speed of movement isn’t something he can understand in the slightest. Plus, the physical stopping of the running would have created a bigger issue that would have resulted in him throwing himself around and crashing, which to me is an even bigger safety concern as he is purposely trying to hurt himself at that point. Apparently one the lifeguards restrained him as well and I am hoping to get a name sometime tomorrow because they are getting a really pissy phone call and a formal complaint. If I had gone with them, like I do sometimes, I would have knocked this woman out if I’d seen that happen!

Anyway on from that, I’ve gotten one longer run in this week of 60 minutes that ended up being just over 11km *fist pump* and I did a 40 minute run today that got me just over 8km! That’s a great consistent pace and I am insanely happy with it 😀 I am looking forward to when it’s finally dry and warm enough to get running outdoors again. Running around in circles at the track for another over 30 minutes is extremely boring!

Things I am grateful for today:

~ I’ve gotten most of my son’s new physical therapy equipment this past week. Only waiting for one more thing!
~ I’m doing great with the daily push-ups and pull-ups. It would be cool to finally hit 20 pull-ups by the end of the month.
~ Finally getting through a math lesson that was bogging me down.
~ That my back doesn’t seem to be sore today.
~ Feeling a ton more comfortable driving than when I started *big thumbs up*

Cheers ~ ✌

Day 29 ~ coming out of the tunnel… to more snow :P

Day 29 ~ February 4th, 2017

*sigh* it’s been a tough few days here with the kiddo… Thankfully these kinds of days don’t happen all that often, maybe a 5-10 times a year, but when they do it is always incredibly overwhelming because it hasn’t been my “normal” for a very long time.

So, that craziness combined with trying to get work done on my Pre-Calc course, the daily chores, plus attempting to get some stuff off of my ever-growing ‘to-do’ list, my son’s schooling/therapy/body breaks/hygiene/meals, issues with my computer, and my daily workout and such has made for a very tired Val….

All of that I know is contributing to my terrible sleep the last few nights as well. I know the irritability I’m feeling is simply from just being extra tired and is not helping any of it -_-

But, today has been better than the last two and despite those earlier tough days for my son, he’s done amazing with all of his schoolwork! He even got through two days worth of stuff yesterday he was so focused on doing school stuff. So, not all bad, just more difficult than I would like!!

Well… I suppose the above is kind of my last few days seriously summarized so not much else to say. It’s snowed for most of yesterday and today so there’s lots of snow on the ground again. I don’t mind all that much because it means that temperatures will be warmer for at least a little while. I do love seeing the sunshine this time of the year, but days like that are typically freezing and I despise being cold!!

Things that I am grateful for today (and last two days too!):

~ not losing my temper
~ getting almost three weeks of schoolwork organized for my son
~ my punching bag
~ I got the big bean bag stitched up and the refill put in
~ the walls washed in my son’s room
~ going for a run yesterday at the track
~ increased reps for my pull-ups this morning
~ cinnamon. It make so many things, so very tasty!
~ small heating pads to sleep with
~ trimming my hair and my son’s hair

Day 15 ~ unexpected liking, goals reached

Day 15 ~ December 28th, 2016

Christmas was relaxing I played Assassin’s Creed for most of the day and boy do I enjoy that game! I hadn’t ever played it until this last week because it didn’t seem like a game that I would enjoy, but I am loving it 😀

I managed to catch what seems to be a head cold from the kiddo… -_-
Not impressed with how many colds I’ve had so far this winter. I was going to go for a run on the 26th, but I felt so crappy I just couldn’t make that happen. Not feeling all that much better today either, so I am just planning to pick up the running first thing in the new year. I’ve gone basically two months with no running and it sucks big time!

I think I’ve picked the program and challenges that I will do for January. I have two challenges decided on already and I am just waiting to see what the new monthly challenge will be at Darebee and then I may add that one on as well. The program I plan to do is entirely weight-based and I am looking forward to it. I am also planning on getting my running more regular again and I want to start boxing at least once a week.

As far as fitness goals for this year, I’ve reached most of what I set out, or wanted, to do and that feels amazing! I don’t think I will hit 20 pull-ups in a row by the end of the month though… That is a bit of a bummer, but I am close to getting it and I may re-do the Pull-Up Lvl 2 Challenge in the new year to help me along. Fingers crossed it helps!

Night!

Cheers ~ ✌

Military Fit Plus &Cardio Blast Challenge ~ Days 9 & 10 + Fitness Advent ~ Days 9 to 16

Military Fit Plus Program

Day 9 ~ Level 3/7 sets — a TON of army crawls! Thankfully my elbows aren’t as sore as they were this morning

Day 10 ~ Level 3/5 sets/5 minutes — 5 minute sets (x5) of non-stop high knees and then every 10 seconds doing a side jump (dodge) and a basic burpee *insert panting/sweating face here* Each set was followed by an intense coughing fit. I am clearly not healthy enough for this kind of intensive cardio as of yet, but hopefully it’s better in a few days.


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Military Fit Plus, Fitness Advent, & Cardio Blast Challenge ~ Days 3 & 4

Military Fit Plus Program

Day 3 ~ Level 3/5 sets — a great workout, very similar to my old shoulder/lat weight day. I used 15lb dumbbells on the lat and front raises; 25lb dumbbells on the bicep curls, upright rows, and shoulder press; and 30lb dumbbells on the shrugs.

Day 4 ~ all levels 3 sets **30sec light jog in place/march steps as active rest between exercises** (no rest between sets) — I will enjoy these full circuit days more when I am no longer sick and can barely breathe. HIIT and colds do not mix at all!!


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Posture & Super Saiyan Challenges + Unofficial 2 Minute Pull-Up ~ Days 20 to 25

Posture Challenge

Day 20 ~ 42 micro expansions/3 sets

Day 21 ~ 34 side bend x2

Day 22 ~ 44 micro expansions/3 sets

Day 23 ~ 36 side bends x2

Day 24 ~ 46 micro expansions/3 sets — these felt amazing today!

Day 25 ~ 40 side bends x2

Super Saiyan Challenge

Day 20 ~ 240 sit-ups (120/120) + 550 squats (20 pistol/150 basic/100 single leg/100 sumo/100 shrimp/80 plie)

Day 21 ~ 240 push-ups (120 classic/50 triangle/25 accordion/25 stacked/20 cross body) + 1200 punches (600/600)

Day 22 ~ 260 sit-ups (100/100/60) + 600 squats (100 jump/100 basic/100 split/100 shrimp/100 sumo/100 single leg)

Day 23 ~ 260 push-ups (50 wide grip/50 decline/50 triangle/50 dragon/30 matrix/30 judo w/alt. toe touch) + 1400 punches (700/700)

Day 24 ~ 280 sit-ups (100/100/80) + 650 squats (150 basic/100 shrimp/100 sumo/150 split/100 plie/50 jump)

Day 25 ~ 280 push-ups (80 classic/50 pike/50 stacked/50 push back/50 spiderman) + 1600 punches (700/500/400)

Unofficial 2 Minute Pull-Up Challenge

Day 20 ~ 200 sit-ups (100/100)

Day 21 ~ 46 seconds up and down — failed 😦 will try again in two days

Day 22 ~ 240 sit-ups (120/120)

Day 21 (again) ~ 46 seconds up and down — success, but it was very difficult!

Day 23 ~ 50 seconds up and down — tried a few times and failed.

** Currently I am at 18reps for pull-ups to failure and I want to get to 20reps by the end of the year so I am shifting my focus for the next month so I can reach this goal. I will re-try this challenge most likely in January.**