What’s blooming and decompressing

I made it to today! Yay! Yesterday’s post was kind of fun to do. I actually had the window open and just jotted things down as I noticed stuff. I slept pretty well last night, although up a squidge early today. I had a Luna bar

and proceeded to have an awesome stress busting workout. First was the 10 minute bike to the gym.
Then the iron:

Exercise Set/rep/weight Muscle worked
Deadlift/row combo 3 sets of 8 with 65# bar Full body
Lying leg press 3 sets of 10 at 50# Legs
Underhand grip lat pulldown 3 sets of 10 at 60# Back
Calf raises 3 sets of 10 at 100# Calves
Planks 3 sets at 75 second hold Abs
Barbell chest press 3 sets with 10 at 55# Chest
Face Pulls 3 sets of 10 at 40# Shoulders
Triceps pushdown 3 sets of 12 at 30# Triceps

Did the leg work early because I knew I would be hitting the treadmill after that. I got on the mill closest to the fan :mrgreen: Then I ran 3 miles with some interval work in the last mile. I haven’t done intervals in months! They weren’t much, just alternating between 5.5 and 6 mph. I am hoping to get back down to a steady 10 minute mile pace for running by the end of the summer.

Then I biked home. 600 calorie burn and I felt fantastic. Got rid of all the stress from yesterday.

I was craving chocolate cream of wheat for breakfast, so even though it was hot – that is what I made.

With a mashed banana and topped with cashew buttah. I let it cool for a bit before consuming. Delicious!

Regarding the 2 jobs front, it isn’t a permanent thing. I am just making sure this company will be a good fit for me before leaving my other job. And right now, I am limited with work until I am off the quality check. There is just such a difference between the 2 companies. I can’t even tell you. One has so much tension and negativity. The other is easy going and so much less pressure. I think I might like it there. 😀
I will probably go down to part time with my first job for a while, then leave it all together.

I actually am working the 2nd job today and some of the first job for a bit just to get caught up with lines. This week was crazy, that is for sure!

Lunch time!  I made some chicken curry salad and it was cool and delicious!

John said it looked healthy and delicious like all my meals.  I do love my food.

John brought me home a box of chocolates from his trip:

I had one after lunch.  Sweet!

The garden is still in full swing right now.  It actually does pretty well in the heat, although some of the flowers look a little tired by the end of the day:

Couple of my very favorites are blooming.  The Doppelganger echinacea

Liatris (kobold)

One of my little garden dealies (present from my mom):

Interesting color snap dragon.  I like getting the mixed, because you never know what you are going to get (right, Forrest?)

View from my porch:


After doing some work, I convinced John to take me to the library and stop for some yogurt.  We took the scooter:

Safety first!

These helmets are so heavy.  Not like the light bike ones.

Treat after the liberry:

This was white chocolate macadamia yogurt with raspberry topping.  Deeeelicious!  And so good on such a hot day.  It was melting fast here.

I wanted another cool, light dinner tonight.  It was just kind of a snacking plate.

Not pictured is the extra serving of crackers I nibbled on while waiting for my broccoli to cook.  In this mindful eating practice, I have really found that I have a terrible habit of snacking while I am preparing meals.  I knew I did that, but I guess I never thought much about it.  At least I am more aware of it now.

I will do a little bit more work tonight and then chill out.  I’ve got some blueberries to munch on later:

I have been in fruitopia lately.  Not a bad place.


Question:  What is blooming in your garden?

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17 thoughts on “What’s blooming and decompressing

  1. Pubsgal

    Oooo, I just love your cottage garden! We have major gopher and snail issues, so my garden is rather more “survival of the fittest” in nature. However, like Marisa, we have some tomato flowers blooming, and there are even a couple of plants with tiny fruits. I’m cautiously optimistic, because it’s been a cool and foggy summer here in coastal Nor. Cal. We have a few strawberry plants, so every few days or so we get to eat one or two perfectly ripe strawberries (if the snails don’t get them first). Flower-wise, we have sweet peas, calendulas, geranium, nasturtium, a bush full of hydrangea blooms, and some viney pink flowers that are starting to invade from two houses down. It’s pretty, so I think we’ll let it take proceed with its plans for world domination.
    .-= Pubsgal´s last blog ..Life is Good Award Update 2x =-.

  2. roxie

    I am so jealous of Lori’s garden. Your flowers are lovely. And the scooter? Beyond fun.

    Does your seltzer water have a brand name?
    .-= roxie´s last blog ..Back On Track =-.

  3. Shelley B

    Your garden looks so pretty – what a great view! Hmmm, what’s blooming for us? How about three little American flags, “planted” in Lily Hill – With Rock?

    Glad you got to slow down a bit today – the scooter ride looks fun!

    Nice job with the planks!
    .-= Shelley B´s last blog ..Wednesday Workout Update =-.

  4. Leah

    I have black-eyed susans, mums with some blooms that came out in May, an hibiscus, and a couple other flowers I bought, but can’t remember the names of. I have a whiskey barrel on the porch with vincas, some small kind of roses that spread and two other plants I can’t remember the names of, because they are new to me. Yea, I buy because they are pretty, I know where they can go with the amount of sun they will receive and just try and remember to water them. Still learning about gardening. 🙂
    .-= Leah´s last blog ..Plodding Along =-.

  5. Fran

    You have a lovely garden Lori. Mine is between blooming now. The Spring flowers are done, now we’re waiting for the Summer ones to bloom.

    That icecream looks delicious!

  6. Lynn Haraldson-Bering

    Your garden is so lovely AND inspiring. I’m going to dig up some of my non-producing plants next spring (perhaps this fall) and replace them with a few of the flowers perennials you’ve got blooming since we’re probably in the same zone. Right now I have coneflowers, shasta daisies, salvia and clamatis blooming. The mums (which are the MONSTERS of my garden…I really have to thin them next year) are about to burst open, too.

    Because of my pending surgery, I went light and cheap on the annuals, so I have mostly pansies and begonias blooming on the porch and deck. My petunias are not doing well due to all the dang rain we’ve had. Oh well.

    I love the walkway you have. How did you make it?
    .-= Lynn Haraldson-Bering´s last blog ..No Pain- No Gain =-.

    1. Lori Post author

      It’s just pavers. They are maybe a couple inches thick. We smoothed and dug out part of that bed and hammered them in place with a rubber mallet. It was pretty easy.

  7. April

    I’m a big fan of intervals. That is why I don’t classify myself as a runner…I hate it! Running straight blah LOL!

    Mmmm…butter creams. I wouldn’t be able to eat just one.

    I have no clue what it is my garden. There’s stuff out there but i’m back with flowers 🙂 If they aren’t daisies, roses or carnations i’m clueless 😉
    .-= April´s last blog ..Chunks of Energy =-.

  8. John

    No garden for me either. Do have hydrangeas that are too slowly for me taking up more of my lawn each year. If I hadn’t cut them 2 years they’d probably be taking up 50% more than the are they do occupy now.

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