First, Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! I wore green and that’s the extent of my celebration. See below for what I’m doing tonight instead of drinking Guinness and listening to Gallatin Canyon with my friends at Kardinal Hall.
I won’t lie… I’ve struggled this week. I almost entirely blame the time change and the weather. I have a terrible time adjusting to springing forward, and after weeks of it being sunny and in the 60s and 70s, it’s been cold and largely cloudy in Charlottesville for the last several days. We were supposed to get up to 10″ of snow on Monday night. I woke up Tuesday in full anticipation of a snow day.
No snow. Just rain. Because the temperature was 34 degrees. Two measly degrees kept it from snowing.
In all fairness, it did sleet and snow just enough to need to scrape the windshield. Obnoxious.
I’ve struggled all week. My attitude hasn’t been the greatest, I’ve been tired, and my body is sore. I’ve been working on practicing gratitude more often, so I’ve been trying to catch myself in those pouty moments and remind myself that I can change my attitude, the adjustment phase for the time change is temporary, and I’m sore because I rack pulled like a boss on Wednesday. It’s all in how you frame it. Can you tell I’ve been reading How to Be A Badass?
Tonight, I’m going to a private screening of Beauty and the Beast and my childlike heart cannot contain the excitement. Beauty and the Beast is one of my very favorite movies of all time. I cried when the trailer came out. I got teary-eyed this morning when a commercial played. I have plans to see it two more times this week.
Just for fun, my favorite Beauty and the Beast quote:
“Cheer up, Child. It’ll turn out all right in the end. You’ll see…”
The rest of the weekend – when I’m not watching Beauty and the Beast – will be spent Googling things (!!! – stay tuned!), working on the blog, training, and reading all the books. I’ve got two book clubs in April – must get to reading.
Switching gears a little bit…
I get a fair few emails asking for workout advice, particularly on what to do when you can’t get to a gym but want to get a workout in. I’m a big fan of bodyweight exercises. When I travel and can’t make it to a gym or barre studio, I build a circuit of bodyweight exercises and go for it.
In the spirit of working out without a gym, I put together a workout you can do in your living room, hotel room, or even take with you to a park (if it doesn’t feel like the Arctic where you are…).
I’ve included some instructions for each exercise, as well as modifications to both scale up and down on the difficulty ladder. Do this circuit 3-5 times for a good full body workout in less than an hour!
This is the first time I’m sharing a workout and I want to do this more 0f this sort of thing, so I’d love your feedback, especially if you actually go through the workout!
I’m going to wrap up my office life so I can skip off to the movie theater – here’s to the weekend!