Drop sets and virtual Turkey Trot

Yesterday was the first snow of the season.  It wasn’t too bad, actually.  At least we didn’t have to commute in it.  Again, thankful for my job.

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It turned to rain later on and most of it was melted, although I had to really scrape off the car this morning to get to the gym.  Our house has a small 1 car garage and right now the Saturn is in it because we drive the Prius a lot more and don’t want to have to swap cars out all the time.  We are thinking of going back to a 1 car family again.

Anyway, this week is about the drop sets.

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For those that don’t know, a drop set is after your last set of an exercise, immediately drop to a lower weight and do as many reps as you can, then drop the weight again and do as many reps as you can. Since you are already pretty tired (or should be) on the last set, this pushes you really hard to fatigue.

Exercise Set/rep
Overhead shoulder press 4 sets of 10, plus drop set
Lateral Raise 3 sets of 10, plus drop set
Bent lateral raise 3 sets of 10, plus drop set
Biceps curls 3 sets of 8, plus drop set
Hammercurls 2 sets of 10, plus drop set
Lying triceps extension 3 sets of 10, plus drop set
Triceps kickback 3 sets of 10, plus drop set

Talk about noodle arms. Indeed.  It was one of those days at the gym, too.  I had some trouble with trying not to compare myself to other women there. Most times I am fine, but then sometimes it sneaks in there. 

Also on the workout front, Alissa over at A Journey to Thin is hosting her usual Thanksgiving Virtual 5K (run,walk,bike, swim, whatever).

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She also is offering some prizes of gift cards, so hop on over here to sign up!  Alissa and her husband also recently welcomed a new baby into their lives!  I will be participating with a 5K walk.

The sun came out today, but the winds have been fierce!  Good thing I walked on the treadmill at the gym this morning because I did not want to go out in this. Can yo usee my flag blowing straight out here?

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Stepping back into this room farther for perspective, I am getting closer with the wallpaper.  I have 3/4 of one wall left to do. The end is in sight! We joke now that it looks like a trash house inside with bits of wallpaper everywhere, paint swatches on the wall and holes in the wall that need repair. Not to mention the unkempt living room.  Just keeping it real…

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And doesn’t everyone hold up nonfitting curtains with tacks?  This is just for a little privacy since this window overlooks the street and now that it gets dark early, I guess I don’t need people seeing me remove wallpaper 😀

Notice how I say “I” all the time in reference to wallpaper removal. John avoids that LOL! There are so many projects to do in the house and somehow I end up on wallpaper removal. John has been removing the gross carpeting on the stairs. He has to do one stair at a time because after taking off the carpet, then the all tack strips have to be removed with a hammer and chisel – and each stair has a bunch. We can’t have a bare stair with any tack strips on it since we go up and down the stairs a lot and I could see me stepping on a tack strip in the morning before coffee.  So, it is painstaking work.

Yes, you did spy the laziest cat in the world up there, too. I took this picture early on in the day.

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She was laying there pretty much since this morning, except when she got up to eat and then barfed it up. Pets…

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20 thoughts on “Drop sets and virtual Turkey Trot

  1. Jody - Fit at 55

    I love those drop sets as you know Lori!!!!!!!!!! AND, i still do compare now & then even after all these years – not too often but during rougher times in life…

    I am so amazed at all you do with home repair – you guys are awesome – I am useless with that stuff…

    COURSE I noticed Pixie – the life for sure! 🙂

  2. debby

    Oops. Anyone out there after dark,too bad for them. You know what’s funny? That view out your window–I was thinking there was something wrong with it. OH yeah. Its a new neighborhood!

    1. Lori Post author

      I don’t care all that much about having the curtains, but this room seems particularly exposed. It’s funny because the dining room windows are so much bigger and it doesn’t bother me. Of course, only the neighbors that surround the block see in those windows.

  3. Fran

    Sometimes I’m so jealous of Bella when I see her sleep all relaxed, like Pixie does. The life of a loved pet is so simple, no worries in the world.

    My living room looks out over our garden and you can’t look in from the street. But we always close the curtains in Winter, I love the cocooning idea and besides it stays warm longer in the room.

    Great job on the workout.

    1. Lori Post author

      Pets are so happy with the simple stuff, too. I guess if I didn’t have to worry about providing food, shelter, clothes, etc. I would lay around all happy as well 😀

      I am thinking of fashioning some roman shades for the windows if I get up the ambition. Because of John’s allergies, a ton of fabric that holds dust isn’t good for him (same with carpet) and mini blinds just don’t seem right for these windows.

  4. CARLA

    the last time I lived in snow I had a LONG COMMUTE.
    I do think often how working remotely as I do now I COULD HANDLE THE SNOW.
    maybe 🙂

  5. Helen

    I only had a swag at the top of my kitchen windows for years. We actually have friends who made it a point to look up at our house to see if we were in the kitchen when they stopped at the intersection below lol. Then in 2013 when we got the newer, easier to cover windows, I decided I wanted something there and got those custom cut, cordless accordion shades at Home Depot. I never realized how they would help with energy efficiency and now I can’t imagine not having them to pull down at dark!

    1. Lori

      I have to see if those will fit in our windows. They are funny sized and the screen is on the inside of the window as a separate unit. Nothing has been easy to do in this house LOL!

  6. Shelley B

    We feed our cats Wellness dry food, which is not cheap, and anytime Kip (he’s our barfer) eats and then immediately throws up, all I see is dollar signs on the floor…

    I like pleated shades in our windows – you can pull them all the way up during the day for a clear view outside, but lower them at night and it cuts the cold along with anyone being able to see inside.

    Oh – and I can take the cold (to a point) but WIND? That is the worst!

  7. Cammy@TippyToeDiet

    That’s an awesome arm workout! I rarely do drop sets, but I might start tossing one in now and then. They are a good burner finish.

    We had a windy day here, too, enough that I traded tomorrow’s rest day for today. I’m a wimp. 🙂

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