Saturday, August 27, 2011

Saturday Busyness

The day started out just as the past few Saturdays have....

I do so love blackberry season.

And this morning there was a special treat waiting for me in the breakfast nook...

These hibiscus blossoms must have opened during the night!

After breakfast we got out the bikes and set out for a ride on some new-found trails that join up with one of our favorites... so we rode till it ended in a park on a small, beautiful seaside cove... shell and rock beach and just gorgeous.

We covered some mighty hills, and I was so glad to have such low gears on this bike I am riding.  And I have to say, I discovered some muscles, too... just above my glutes and I certainly put them to good use, powering up the hills!

We rode an hour and 40 minutes, total, and my legs were wobbly by the time we got back so  I did a few good stretches and then made a smoothie with the last of the blackberries and part of a banana.

I spent the better part of the day doing food prep for a lunch we are hosting tomorrow... the next door neighbors here are the folks we have been house/kitty sitting for, these past 2 winters.  We have invited them to lunch and I am going all out on the food - really like these folks and I want it to be special for them.

Finally done at about 3:30 p.m.... so decided to do a strength workout before I headed to the tub for a bubble bath.

I got out my 8 lb dumbbells and did about 20 minutes of upper body/arm/core work.

10 each of:
  • bicep curls
  • tricep kickbacks
  • overhead raises
  • lateral raises
  • upright rows
  • delt raises
15 pushups

Repeated that a second time, then:
  • 20 bicycle crunches
  • laying quad lifts, 30 per leg
  • 20 reverse curls
  • 20 bridges
  • side planks, 15 seconds per side
  • full plank, 45 seconds
A huge glass of water... and off I go to soak.


  1. Nice job staying so busy and active today. I haven't rode on a bike in over two years, i bet I would be so sore!

  2. great strength training and what an awesome bike ride!!! definitely sounds like a busy saturday! enjoy your lunch tomorrow :)

  3. Elle! That sounds like a great workout - way to go! I think I may just try it myself. Thanks!

    Also - that pancake with the egg and blackberries look phenomenal! I love reading about and looking at what you cook - beautiful! It's like a work of art!!


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