You know, when the temperature is reaching (almost) record-setting levels is not really the best time to be resuming an exercise program. Particularly when there is no fan or A/C in my office. It reached 102 F today, which is pretty hot for Minneapolis. They expect it to stay above 90 for eight days or so. It's still 92 F at 10:20 p.m.
But I did okay, doing a Sharon Mann light weight-lifting/interval cardio workout, 30 minutes. It's a fun and quite unique program because it incorporates balance challenges into the weightlifting, and it has a really cool exercise I've never seen on any other workout tape or DVD, which manages to target the obliques with weights. That
you don't see very often! You stand on one leg and raise the other to the side (abductor engaged). You lift two weights from your hip that is abducting up in a diagonal motion over the opposite shoulder, over your head, as if you're raising an ax. Then open and lower the two weights from over your head to your hip level and cross them in a figure eight motion in front of your body as you squat and switch your weight to the other leg. Then you engage the abductor in the (newly) non-supporting leg, and repeat on the other side. The balance challenge makes it really difficult, and it targets the obliques amazingly well. And I did a 20 minute free Yoga podcast. Free Yogamazing classes at iTunes, oh joy. I felt the stiffness from Thursday's more strenuous weights workout, which I expected; the second day afterwards is always the worst.
Although I cannot be totally smug. Yes, I did work out, and yes, I did eat sensible, healthy meals with lots of vegetables.
But I did succumb to the last of the avocado ice cream tonight. Mmm.
Rob was working today. I took Delia to get her hair trimmed, and then we went to get her annual birthday portrait done. We've had the good luck to be working with an excellent photographer who has been doing our family since the girls were babies; he works at our local Proex. He has always done such good work, and it was, as usual, a very good shoot. I like his eye; he suggested a color for the background which wouldn't have occurred to me, and it worked really well. I'll get the pictures next week, and I'll update Delia's icon. She really is looking stunningly pretty these days.
Hot. Everyone on line is complaining about it tonight. Rob got the window A/C installed in our bedroom just in time, bless him.
I do believe I am going to go down and snabble a Luigi's Italian lemon ice
from the freezer. The very best way to beat a heat wave.
What do you like to do to keep cool?