Friday after work I hit the gym for strength training and some quality time with Alicia. She hit the treadmill and crushed 4 miles. I’m proud of her. I don’t care for the treadmill. I really only enjoy running outside; in this heat that means getting out early AF or not getting out at all. Lucky me that I am an early riser on my own.

When I go to the gym I like to hit about four machines and rotate through them a few times. Usually starting with 30 reps on each with the weight set at about 55 lbs for the back and arm machines and 130 to 150 lbs for the lower body machines and then rotating through each machine again with 15 to 20 reps on each for as many rotations as I can stand/have time for.

It’s simple and it doesn’t take long. If I go in the morning I usually spend about 25 minutes on my rotation. If I go in the evening I spend 30 to 40 minutes.

The machines I favor focus on large muscle groups. My two favorites feature these diagrams of what it is I am supposed to be working out:


Work work work work work


After we finished up at the gym we walked back together 2 miles at a leisurely pace before I took off to run the last mile home on my own. We saw this lovely rainbow before we parted ways:


rainbow run
Not pictured: The oppressive humidity


Today I am sore and the heat is killing me. I officially turned on my AC unit for the first time this summer. I’m getting pretty sick of never being dry.

I did my yoga video with the handsome man again this morning but today I am taking it easy to focus on throwing away all the things in my apartment. Spark joy or GTFO!

I would like to do a pretty thorough purge before I turn 30 and it is too hot to leave the apartment anyway. Carrying all my junk downstairs to be labeled ‘FREE’ will be my major workout for today.



As always, below is some more information about St. Jude’s and the impact your donations make. Please donate to this wonderful cause here!




Donations make a difference

Every dollar donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital counts! Take a look at some of the possibilities that your effort could provide to the kids and families of St. Jude.

Infant Care Supplies for 10 Babies: $50

These supplies help parents and nurses care for babies in treatment and include items like diapers, baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, footies and heel warmers.

Wagon: $70

Wagons can make traveling through the halls of St. Jude easier for parents and more fun for a young child.

Parties to celebrate birthdays, holidays and “coming off chemo”: $75

St. Jude provides parties, decorations, cakes and more to keep spirits high during the holidays and to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and a child’s completion of chemotherapy treatment.

Creative Toys: $100

Play is an essential part of every child’s life, and it’s important for the children to have fun as often as possible. At St. Jude, colorful, toy-filled play areas are just as plentiful as exam rooms.

Delicious Meals: $210

St. Jude provides meal cards so that patients and families can enjoy the comfort and convenience of good, nutritious meals in the Kay Kafe, our cafeteria.

One Day of Oxygen: $447

Oxygen is key to keeping the immune system strong. A gift of oxygen can help a young body thrive and help fight cancer at the cellular level.

Child-sized Wheelchairs: $700

These special wheelchairs help children move easily through St. Jude.

Airfare for a parent and child: $1,000 Average

For a patient referred to St. Jude, the hospital covers the cost of airfare for a child and one parent or guardian.


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