Hello all! Yesterday was another busy day (for everyone I am sure). One thing I am glad about is that this week is going by way faster than last, and with only 2 hours and 45 minutes left in this school year, I am in a pretty darn good mood 🙂
Yesterday I woke up and hit the gym with Amy to do Day 2 weights. I am getting bored with the current weight routine but our Leg Day continues to kick my little behind. Today I woke up sore in places of my legs/butt that I didn’t even know could get sore! What a great feeling. I alternated in the Smith Lunges, which I haven’t done for a few weeks, and also added in an upper-butt/lower back exercise.
- Alternating Smith Lunges- 3 sets of 10 to 12 with 50lbs.
- Incline Squat Machine (butt)- 3 sets of 8-15: Set 1- 50lbs, Set 2- 100lbs, Set 3 120lbs
- Deadlifts (hamstrings)- 3 sets of 15, using two 20lb dumbells
- Calf Raise (calves)- 3 sets of 10ish, 90lbs (the example is a standing calf raise, we do a seated calf raise, but they both work!)
- Adductor Machine (inner thigh)- Set 1- 20reps, 70lbs Set 2 and 3- 8 to 15 reps, 75lbs
I did a quick 3 mile run after school and enjoyed zoning out and listening to my music. I enjoy running with people and chatting just as much as I enjoy going for a run alone. Yesterday’s run gave me lots of thinking time. I organized the last little bit I needed to do to wrap up the school year and thought about how I will spend the summer. Eventually, and only momentarily, my mind went blank and I was just running. It was so cool to just zone out, even if only for a few minutes!
I did not make it to running club last night because I had a very special party to attend: two of my coworkers that I have worked with for the 6 years I have been at the McKinley are moving on to positions in other buildings. To honor them we all go together at a new Mexican restaurant in Winthrop called La Siesta.
Right away I knew I loved the place. The main reason was that it didn’t smell like food (which means I didn’t end up smelling like food when I left!)
Some walls were brick and others were a warm yellow color with lots of colorful tiles plates, and bowls adorning the walls. The lighting was dim and inviting and made the restaurant feel cozy. I love the atmosphere dim lighting creates in a restaurant. We had a separate room that had three long tables that sat 12 people each.
I had two Ultimate margaritas throughout the night!
There were several appetizers served to us over the course of the night: chicken quesidillas, crab cakes, hot wings, nachos, and chips/salsa. I ate a little bit of everything (but the crab cakes) and got pretty full! Dessert was an amazing cake made by a friend of a friend: Cakes By Sandra. It was in the shape of a math book and looked like it came from the show Ace of Cakes on Food Network. Doesn’t it look too perfect to eat? Well, I did have a piece. It was chocolate and yummy!
One of the ladies leaving, Bianca, is an irreplaceable part of what I like to call “The Fourth Grade Dream Team”. We had an amazing year (Bianca, Cindy, and I) working out a new reading initiative together. We all brought our individual creativity to the table and planned some kick-ass center activities. Our kids were really lucky to have us this year!
I drove home in time to watch the sun setting along Revere Beach. The sky was pink and orange. It was pretty!
Today I woke up to gym-it at 4:30. I made myself some Banana Bread Oatmeal, which came out amazing as usual!
I also had a Starbucks, Venti Iced coffee with sugar-free vanilla syrup and skim milk. It is my new obsession!
Gym was Day 3- Back and ABS. It is the quickest weight day, but my back is already feeling tired and sore!
Day 3- Back:
- Bent-Over Barbell Row- 3 sets, 6-8 reps, 50lbs
- Wide-grip lat pulldown- 3 sets, 10-12 reps, 50lbs
- Reverse-grip lat pulldown- 3 sets, 10-12 reps, 60-70lbs
- Machine Cable Row, neutral grip- 3 sets, 12-15, 80lbs
Well, tomorrow is the LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! I told my kids my big secret today: I am switching grade levels and will be teaching Grade 5 math, which means I will have them again next year (and I am pretty excited about the change!). Only one child seemed genuinely upset that he was going to have me AGAIN 🙂 I take no offense to that at all!
I also have the handouts from last night’s running club and will get them read and posted tomorrow!