The summer has officially gotten away from me! We have been so incredibly busy that I haven’t found a moment to think about the blog or work on crafts!
Much of what we’ve done this summer will be mentioned in future posts – specifically the awesome patio my husband completed last week, our California wedding trip, and our Oregon white water rafting trip. Today, I want to share some of the other things I’ve done this summer.
Insanity is a high-intensity interval training workout from Beachbody. The workouts are between 30 and 60 minutes long and it takes 9 weeks to complete with six days of workouts and one rest day each week. I started Insanity in mid-June and only adjusted the schedule to fit in my soccer games on Tuesdays. I just finished Insanity this past Sunday.
Insanity is tough! My whole body felt like it was falling apart after the first week. By the end of the first month, I felt like I had a handle on the workout… then, after a week of “recovery workouts” (note: these are tough too!), the second month began with the Max Insanity workouts. The Max workouts are even worse! Either way… I persevered and made it through the whole program.
Every two weeks, I completed the Insanity Fit Test, which is a set of eight exercises. You do each exercise for one minute, completing as many as you can do in that time frame. After a 30 second break you start the next exercise. As you can see below, the amount I did within a minute improved each week! I feel that this is a great way to track the change from the beginning to end of Insanity, rather than focusing on my weight or anything like that.
Over the course of Insanity I gained two pounds and lost an inch around my waist! I feel stronger, more energetic, and definitely now have more endurance on the soccer field.
I really enjoy Insanity, but my body needs a rest. I’m looking forward to taking it a little easier for awhile – perhaps just running outside and enjoying this beautiful summer!
I have to admit that I stayed up and went to the midnight release of the new Harry Potter book and then read it all the next morning when I woke up!
I won’t give any spoilers in case you haven’t read it – but just be prepared. Firstly, J.K. Rowling isn’t the only author for this book. It likely was the other two authors’ idea/writing and Rowling simply signed off on the story line. Secondly, it’s a play. The writing is not in the book format where you know everything that Harry is thinking and feeling. The play sets the scene and then only tells you what the characters are saying. Lastly, this isn’t the eighth Harry Potter book. It is set 19 years in the future and the main characters are split between Harry’s generation and the next generation.
Keeping those things in mind, I really enjoyed the book! It has a pretty good story and is an easy read. I can understand how someone may be disappointed if they buy the book not knowing all of the three items I mentioned above.
…lots and lots of ping pong.
We haven’t quite figured out where the ping pong table will go yet. It may fit nicely in the basement, but we haven’t yet set up that space yet. For now, it’s just hanging out on our deck. Eventually I’d love a nice outdoor couch or table and that won’t fit with the ping pong table on the deck. We’ll see what happens as we make decor decisions over the next year or two. For now, we’re all happy with a bit more ping pong in our lives. 🙂
This past weekend, my family went to my aunt’s beach cabin in Puget Sound. My sister and family from Texas flew in for the weekend! We enjoyed a relaxing Saturday in 95 degree weather by sitting around and chatting, playing bean bag toss, taking the boat out and jumping in the water, and eating a ton. In all, a very fun day!
Much of the family stayed overnight at the beach cabin, but we left in the evening to go home as we still had a ton of work to do on projects!
These are just a few of the things we’ve been doing this summer. Have a wonderful and sun-filled end of your summer!