The weekends are always great for getting in good, sweaty workouts. Today I made my way to the gym and jumped on the Stairmaster first thing. As I may have mentioned before, I have a sort of love/hate relationship with the Stairmaster, I have to get on it as soon as I get to the gym or I know I won’t do it at all… my time on that machine is always brief but it gets me sweating like nothing else.
Today I set that machine to its highest setting (20) and did a five-minute “fat burner” workout. Before I was halfway through I was already dripping sweat.
After that I spent a minute and a half planking, then made my rounds on some machines (3 sets of 8 each on the chestpress, ab-crunches, and leg curls).
I really wanted to run, but I’m trying not to overdo it on my shins so I did a 30 minute circuit on the elliptical.
I hope to do a decent outside run tomorrow, since tomorrow’s my cardio-only day.
Yesterday was a good day with (most of) the family as we celebrated my sister Jaclyn’s 17th birthday. I can’t believe my sister (number 3 out of us 6 kids) is already 17! I remember when I was 17 and it certainly does not feel like it was almost 6 years ago… guess I’m getting old.
We went out to eat as we usually do on birthdays, and Jaclyn chose to go to Chilis.
Before dinner, though, we stopped at the mall so that the birthday girl could pick out a dress to wear to homecoming at the end of the month. Of my own volition I never went to homecoming or any formal school dance myself, but I always secretly wanted to wear one of those sparkly dresses. Fortunately, I am able to live vicariously through my sisters as I help them pick out their dresses
Jaclyn picked out (with my help) a cute one!
I think I was more excited than she was.
After dinner we went home for cake (one of my favorite things)
I was still pretty full from my Grilled Chicken Salad at Chilis so I just had a small slice.
Celebrating Jaclyn’s birthday is always a little extra special to me because it serves of a reminder of the fact that she almost didn’t make it to her 12th birthday. In the summer of 2007 she was kicked in the head by one of our horses and almost died. Jaclyn was flown from our house to Johns Hopkins Hospital by helicopter (Shock Trauma) and initially we did not know if she would live, and then we were told it was very possible that she would have brain damage.
Jaclyn came through beautifully and suffered no brain damage and was completely restored to her original self (except she has a slight scar on her face from where she was kicked). She made records with her quick recovery, and I truly consider it to be miraculous that she is still here and our family escaped unscathed from what could have been a much more traumatic, life-changing disaster.
OK, now there is a giant, delicious cake in the fridge calling my name. I’m either going to have a slice OR make myself some healthier oatmeal cookies to satisfy my sweet-tooth cravings (otherwise I’ll probably end up eating the whole cake!).