I woke up this morning at 8:30 after having gone to bed last night at, oh…9:30. I was exhausted!
I put on my running clothes and woke Milhouse up, fully intending to go for a 3 mile dog jog.
Then I got outside. It was rainy, and windy, and cold, and muddy, and Milhouse started whining to go inside almost immediately. I thought “I have to run…but I don’t want to!” and had a minor panic attack.
Milhouse dragged me back inside and I had a bowl of Kashi and flipped on a little Stacy & Clinton. I was already dressed for a workout, so I felt especially bad about skipping.
Then it dawned on me. I can work out inside! Suddenly, the idea of some indoor, at-home strength training in front of the TV sounded PERFECT. It’s not running, but I’ve been neglecting weights of all kinds for the last few weeks, and I’ve missed them.
I set the oven timer for 30 minutes and grabbed my yoga mat and 2 8 pound weights (the heaviest I have at home, sadly). I improvised a 30 minute weight circuit, repeating the following circuit 6 times in a row:
- Weighted squats for 1 minute
- Upper body move (shoulder press, flies, rows) for 1 minute
- Abs (bicycle crunches, planks, reverse crunches) for 1 minute
- Weighted lunges for 1 minute
- Upper body move (bicep curls, skull crushers, chest press) for 1 minute
It was a really great idea and I’m glad I did it! I would have been crabby and unhappy for the half hour if I had gone running, but I had a lot of fun doing this! I’ve missed weight training since I’ve been so running-centric lately. And I must have done something right, because by the end I was pouring sweat and shaky.
Then I went for a massage. While the massage itself was great, the whole experience was ruined for me by how pushy they were for tips the whole time. I’ve worked in the service industry, and I understand that tips are important, but this just came across really grabby to me:
Combined with envelopes with GRATUITY on them in the rooms, and the “How much gratuity would you like to add?” question at check-out, I will not be going back. Not worth it.
At least my legs feel a little bit better.
Then I went shopping. Ann Taylor Loft had a big sale today, and I noticed they’d gotten more stock in since last time I’d been, so I figured why not.
MAJOR SCORE! I wound up with a shower dress, a dress for my downtown bachelorette party, a dress for Napa Valley, a necklace, earrings, and headband for 50% off…which amounted to maybe $15 more than just my first shower dress cost.
For the shower:
And for my bachelorette party night out in Chicago:
And for bumming around Napa Valley:
I’m definitely a dress person in the spring and summer, so these will be re-worn on our honeymoon and various other ways while the weather is nice. I hate wearing shorts—I can never find pairs that fit me in both the waist and thighs, so I own a lot of summery sundresses. I think they’re cuter and cooler than shorts anyway!
I got home and spent the afternoon watching Precious:
Good movie, but sad. As expected. I also wrote some thank-you notes.
Buckley’s taken up residence on the back of my chair for the time being:
Tonight? Homemade pizza for one and bumming around. Glorious!
Anyone else get any good shopping deals this weekend?