Flexibility is Key

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Top of the morning to you (or afternoon now for those of us on east coast).

I woke up in a surprisingly good mood, considering.   Yesterday was a day from hell.  One of those days at work where absolutely nothing goes right, everybody and their mother is either hollering at you or demanding something from you, and then the printer jams at 5:37 p.m. when you need to get a document signed and no one is available to help fix the dang printer.  Not. Effing. Cool. Myfriends. (Pardon my French Grandma and Grandmother)

When I finally made it home, mustering up the energy to get dinner on the table was truly impossible.  I tried to psych myself up, honestly I did.  In my head it was like:  "Ok April, pour yourself a glass of wine, relax for 10 minutes, and then start dinner".  In reality, it was more like: "Pour yourself a glass two glasses of wine, ignore all emails, and get lost on Pinterest for 45 minutes until Scott gets home." Yeah.   

What's really hard for me to admit is that the menu for the evening called for Boston Butt out of the freezer (i.e. already freaking cooked), roasted sweet potato and green beans.   Sadly, all I would have had to do was throw it all in the oven at 425 degrees for 30 minutes.  It doesn't get any easier than that.  But it literally felt like I was staring Everest in the face.  

Lucky for this girl, Scott was on board with eating out.  So we headed to our favorite weeknight restaurant, Salt Water Creek Cafe, a local restaurant with a fairly diverse menu and consistently good food.  We eat there at least once or twice a week, so it's safe to say we are regulars. 

While having a weekly menu is great, I've learned you have to give yourself a break now and then.  I am the biggest proponent of menu planning; it keeps me organized and makes my weekdays a little less hectic.  But flexibility is critical.  Especially on days when cooking dinner would be the straw the broke the camel's back (or in my case, my sanity's).

Today is a new day, and this morning's work out looked like this:

1.  Bench Press / Chest Supported Row Circuit:  4 work sets alternating, less than a minute rest in between sets 
     - Warm up:  Bar (45 lbs) x 10
     - Warm up:  55 lbs x 6
     - Warm up:  65 lbs x 6
     - Work set:  Bench Press 80 lbs x 5
                         Chest Supported Row 25 lbs x 8

2. Walking Lunges / Incline Bench Press: 4 sets alternating, less than a minute rest in between sets
      - Incline Bench Press 60 lbs x 5 reps
     - Walking Lunge 15 lb kettle bell in each hand x 8 per leg

3.  TRX Pikes and Knee Pulls - 3 sets
     - Alternate TRX Pikes with TRX knee pulls, 5 reps each  (Mastiff assistance optional)

I just texted Scott to tell him we may need to stick to one heavy press a day.  My shoulder joints are are feeling a little battered.  And that TRX circuit was no joke.

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