New Week // “Fall” Weather // Pix

September 23, 2019

Well. We survived the weekend. It was not one of my favorites. I had plans with a friend and her kids yesterday afternoon, but they had to cancel due to hand / foot / mouth (and I am quite glad they kept that particular bug out of the house).

I really shouldn’t complain; I got to work out both days, G napped well on both days (and I fell asleep for a short stint during both of those naps!), and the big kids were generally well-behaved until they sort of broke down last night a little bit.

Objectively things were fine. It was just kind of lonely. Also, I seem to have injured my left shoulder and it hurts when I do pretty much anything, so that’s a downer. It feels like some sort of tendon irritation or nerve entrapment or something – and I am not sure if it is Beachbody related or more about carrying G (I almost always bear most of her weight on that side when carrying her).

WELL. It’s a new week! And it promises to be an action-packed one. I’m gong to a conference, speaking on a panel, have a bunch of quarterly resident check-in meetings, and today is my only clinical day. (I had a nightmare that I was holding clinic in some bizarre building and managed to get THREE HOURS behind and people started leaving. Hmm, anxiety much?).

Per my new Monday tradition – here are last week’s workouts and this week’s dinner plans!


M – Rest

T – AM run, 9:51/mi, 3.55 miles

W – BB 21DF Dirty 30 (8 and 12 lb weight / 10 lb triceps as per usual)

R – In Strava I wrote “Not really in the mood. But done.” I do not really like running in the afternoon, but knew I needed the mood boost. I ran 3 miles and walked part of the 4th. 10:46/mi, 4 mi. It was hot.

F – BB 21DF Pilates

S – Weekend “long” run, slightly cooler with some light rain, 10:13/mi, 5 miles. This felt really nice because the weather feels like it is turning around a bit here (which is actually nice & early for that to be happening!)

S – BB 21DF Extreme Plyo. Yes! I tried the extreme. It was @$*@# tough And then my shoulder pain worsened, but honestly I’m not sure I can blame this workout because there isn’t really all that much upper body work in it at all! My legs/butt are so sore today.

This week’s dinner plan:

Another not-terribly-ambitious one πŸ™‚

M – chicken sausages (with some kind of carb, pita bread or whole wheat buns), green beans

T – Greek salad with chicken (requested by Annabel), hummus, pita

(I feel like unfortunately the kids seem to be getting pickier by the week; Annabel told me yesterday that the ONLY meals she likes are Chicken Kitchen, sushi, and salad. Uh, great.)

W – leftovers

R – Fartlek chili from RFES (someone posted the recipe here – we usually use ground turkey instead of beef)

F – leftover chili

S – out

S – Erev Rosh Hashanah dinner in MIA (like Rosh Hashanah Eve)


wearing their too-big basketball uniforms! Still cute.
(They had their first games on Sunday — both of their teams lost but neither kid seemed too upset about it!)
love this scene. I took this at ~7 am while I was prepping breakfast.
one fo those #thirdchild moments eating lunch on a random outdoor bench while waiting for A’s game to start
this may not look fall-like to most of you, but trust me it’s an improvement! particularly the lack of forecasted daily storm & lows below 79.
this breakfast was the extent of my cooking this weekend. oh well.


  • Reply omdg September 23, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Those weekends solo with the kids, and limited adult interaction can be so tough. And I’m sorry about your shoulder. I suggest a week of rest (meaning, don’t do anything that makes the shoulder hurt) plus scheduled motrin (if no contraindications blah blah blah), see if it gets better. As someone who has dealt with chronic shoulder pain and loose joints off and on for years, I hear you. Super annoying and sucky.

    I had to laugh about Annabel’s comment. Dylan is quite picky, and will loudly declare that SHE IS NOT EATING anything new (i.e. anything but pasta or chicken), and that SHE WILL STARVE. I have started replying, “Thanks for letting me know, sweetie! I’m sorry to hear that!” and preparing what I was originally going to make anyway. And usually she eats it! It’s tough because our au pairs generally prepare her dinner, and they all cave so easily, which…. I understand, but it certainly doesn’t help the picky eating situation. Then I end up making dinner, which partially defeats the purpose of having the au pair. So. Life is hard. πŸ™‚

    I hope you don’t mind, but I told Dyl that Annabel had started basketball. Luca and I both love basketball, but hitorically when we suggested it to Dyl we got a firm NO. This time, she was intrigued. This is a work in progress. Yay peer pressure.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 23, 2019 at 10:44 am

      I ignore A most of the time too but gah it’s annoying especially since I thought by age 7 things should be getting easier. I love that her basketball inspired D πŸ™‚

  • Reply Christina September 23, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    I love me some BB workout programs (I’ve done 21DF [regular and extreme] countless times, plus several others), and when you mentioned a few days ago that you felt like you’ve kind of plateaued with the 8 and 12 pound weights… I wanted to encourage you to just pick up the heavier weights and see how it goes. Maybe you do fewer reps, maybe you take a break in the middle of the minute, maybe you can’t finish and have to drop-set – but just give it a try! I have to force myself into using heavier weights sometimes, and I’m always shocked at what I’m able to do! I’m currently doing the new Jericho program (Morning Meltdown 100) and if you like the 21DF workouts, I think you’d love these. Currently on workout 62/100, and after a couple years of being reeeeeally bored with working out, this program has gotten me super excited to work out again.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 23, 2019 at 4:41 pm

      Ooh I was tempted to try it! And thank you for the encouragement to just increase. I guess that is how you get stronger !!!

  • Reply Arden September 23, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    I agree that you need heavier weight! You could even do weighted gloves to increase slowly. Or get some cool bow flex weights (I’ve been covering those forever).

  • Reply Mommyattorney September 23, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    One thing I don’t miss about the South is the heat. The PNW hasn’t gotten hot yet. At least not to this southerner. Folks here will complain when the temperature rises above 80, but 85 and 20% humidity is just lovely. Absolutely lovely.

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