Let’s start with the good news: The folks at FitBit asked me to supply a copy of my purchase receipt, which I did late on Friday. Monday at mid-day they notified me that a replacement device was being shipped to me. Said device arrived at my front door less than 24 hours later.
Now THAT, mes amis, is customer service.
I heart FitBit!
Sun Aug 17:
Today was mainly a rest day. Any effort exerted was related to entertaining a group of 10 for a sit down dinner in honour of Ed’s aunt and uncle who were visiting from Portugal.
Other than the usual cleaning, prepping, cooking, serving and clean-up, I also managed to get a 5k walk in. But make no mistakes, this was no Nancy style walk. The pace was verrrry leisurely, and I was primarily acting as tour guide and group photographer.
Walk: 3.1 miles / 5 kms
FitBit Stats: 10,534 steps
Mon Aug 18:
Run: Outdoor – 5.6 kms (alternate short sprints and jogs)
Yoga: Namaste Yoga: Hanuman Series #218: The Strength of a Warrior. This practice looked at brains versus brawn and learning to think before you act. This one provided some good challenge with the following yoga asanas: Baddha Konasana Star Pose, pigeon, Goddess Victory Squat, Forward folding Goddess Victory Squat, Garland pose, Half-moon Balancing, plank, side plank, Warrior one, Warrior two, among others.
FitBit Stats: 12,125 steps
Tues Aug 19:
Home Reno Fun! With the main bathroom now finished, We finally started the demolition of the master en suite. Today was spent ripping the tile from the shower area.
God, I love smashing shit. I think I missed my calling.
At the end of the day, this is what my former shower looked like.
Elliptical: 45 minutes
Walk: 3.5 miles
FitBit Stats: 13,502 steps
Wed Aug 20:
I found a killer upper body dumbbell workout on Fitness Blender called Tank Top Arms (not to be confused with the Tank Top Arms program I have listed on my Get Moving/Strength page on this blog). This 25 minute workout packed a LOT of punch in a short amount of time. The rapid fire exercises, done in sets of two, with the second set ending in a crazy burn interval of shorter (range of motion) reps until the muscle was fully exhausted. I loved this — and felt it, big time, the next day. I’ll be adding this routine into my regular rotation. I really liked it.
Power Walk: 3.9 miles
FitBit Stats: 10,115 steps
Thurs Aug 21:
Yoga: Namaste Yoga: Hanuman Series #219: Listen to Your Body. This practice was all about tuning into your own body and focusing on listening to what your body is telling you. Poses included: Dead Bug Circle with Ankle and Wrist circles, Keyhole Stretch, Bridge/setu bandhasana, Foot Series, Rock the Baby, Cat Pose/Marjaryasana, Downward Facing Dog/Adho Mukha Śvānāsana, Eagle/Garuḍāsana, Prasarita Padottanasana/Wide Legged Standing Forward Fold, Salamba bhujangasana/Sphynx, Child’s Pose/Balasana, Cow’s Face/Gomukhāsana, 1/2 cow’s face forward fold, Savasana. This was a great practice for me on this day; a great reminder to listen to my body’s cues, respectfully and lovingly.
After yesterday’s great Fitness Blender workout for my upper body, I knew the perfect counter-workout would be a lower-body focused workout. I had about half hour between conference calls, so I went back to Fitness Blender to look for something for my legs and glutes – and I found two winning workouts.
First I did the 100 Rep Lunge Challenge. At 8 minutes, this was FAST-PACED and challenging, almost a bit of a cardio hit as well as strength/toning. Since I still had 20 minutes before my next meeting…
I followed that up with the 100 Rep Squat Challenge. This one was a 10 minute workout, also very fast-paced. Doing this immediately following the lunge workout, with no breaks, provided a GREAT lower body workout AND got my heart racing (and sweat pouring). Lucky for me my meetings are phone only, with no video requirement. I was looking quite the sweaty mess at the end of these 18 minutes.
FitBit Stats: 8,847 steps <– I’m not going to even whine about not hitting 10,000. With the yoga plus the back-to-back lower body workouts, I did not feel like a slacker today.
Fri Aug 22:
Still More Home Reno Fun! <– Insert sarcasm here.
Because I wanted to do some sleek bi-directional glass doors, that half wall had to go (see Tues pic).Unfortunately when we removed the half wall and, subsequently, the vanity, we discovered that the builder hadn’t finished the floor tile all the way to the wall.
This completely changes my plans as I now need to stay with one very long double-sink vanity, versus the two separate units I was planning to replace it with. I had a very clear vision of what I wanted to do in this room to make it look fantastic without spending a ton of money and now I have to rethink everything. Pisses me off.
Oh, since this is a workout recap, I should note here that the shower floor tile came up along with 3 inches of cement. I carried blocks of said tile/cement from the second floor down to the garage. In about 47,000 trips. Workout complete.
FitBit Stats: 11,522 steps
Sat Aug 23:
Power Walk: 4.5 miles
FitBit Stats: 14,069 steps
I have a feeling that hitting my daily step count goal won’t be much of an issue now that I find myself walking back and forth between my bedroom and the main bathroom due to the fact that all my shit from my now-removed vanity is sitting on my bedroom floor.
This picture only represents the contents of the 3 drawers. The stuff that was in the two main cabinets is dispersed among 3 laundry baskets, in another part of my room.
Please let this reno be over soon.