Well, I finally started my Christmas shopping on Saturday and the first thing I ran into when I went out to shop was a giraffe.
There was a giraffe and a baby kangaroo at one of the outdoor shopping/dining/living developments here in town. While the giraffe was beautiful, I was a little baffled by how exactly it tied into Christmas but whatever.
The good news is that I got a really good start on my Christmas shopping. The bad news is that I was so exhausted after 4.5 hours of shopping (during which I walked close to three miles around the mall…craziness) that I bypassed my planned evening run in favor of a glass of wine and putting my feet up for a few minutes.
It was a pretty easy decision to spend some QT with these cuties before heading out to a holiday party with some yoga friends.
The highlight of the party was playing the game Head’s Up on the iPhone. It was my first time playing this game and it was very fun and had us laughing for over an hour.
The game was created by Ellen DeGeneres and she plays it frequently with guests on her show. The Ellen team released an app to play at home. You hold your phone up to your head and try to guess the word that’s on your forehead based on clues your friends say or act out. This would be a really great game to have on hand for all the upcoming family get togethers. I am definitely going to buy the app!
I came home after the party and watched half of Love Actually while these two rolled around on the floor.
Speaking of these two…they are obsessed with each other.
Sullie is being the best big sister ever and is so patient and playful with Zoey.
And I’m happy to report that Zoey had her nine-week vet appointment on Friday and the doctor said she’s “perfect” but predicts she is going to be a big girl.
Switching gears…a look at last week’s workouts.
8 rounds of my 1,000 rep home workout (minus the super mans). I only had 20 minutes to workout before going to teach yoga so I cranked some music and got moving. I was sweaty and my heart was beating when I finished…and my butt was sore for two days from the jump lunges!
3.5 mile run
CrossFit main site WOD
20 minute AMRAP:
10 pull ups
20 back squats (75#)
30 double unders
I finished 6 rounds.
Hasn’t happened yet but hopefully a short run and some yoga.
Workouts have taken a back seat to life and work lately and that’s okay. I have managed to do something active most every day, even if it’s not at my normal level of intensity/effort.
People have this misconception that I workout out 3-4 hours a day because I work in the fitness industry and spend a lot of time in gyms and yoga studios. It’s actually quite the opposite. I often find it difficult to carve out the time for my own workouts and sometimes I lack motivation to get it done because I don’t want to stay at the gym or studio after being there training/teaching. This is one of the main reasons why I enjoy running so much…it’s something I can do solo and out of the gym/studio.
I’ve definitely hit a plateau post-Thunder Road. I am considering hiring someone to program for me this winter to challenge me and mix it up on the strength and conditioning front. I’m also want to get back to as close to a daily yoga/meditation practice as possible in the new year.
What do you do when you find yourself plateauing with workouts/fitness?