Happy Friday, everyone! Here's how my week shaped up, TGIF style.
The high of my week was meeting with our wedding coordinator on Tuesday night. It was so helpful to go through all of the day-of details. I'm so glad we hired her as I don't know how we could have gotten all the decorating done on the day of the wedding since we get access to the venue at 12 and family photos start at 3 (and my mom will be with me all morning until I leave for the first look photos at 1:30). So it's going to be money well-spent to have her attend to all the day-of details!
The low of my week was getting an RA flare. :( I started to feel some pain when I went to bed on Sunday night and the pain woke me up during the night. I started to take steroids to help but didn't start to feel relief until Thursday morning. I'm glad the weather has been mild this week because I've been wearing it curly/letting it air dry as it hurts too much to grasp the blowdryer or a brush.
A book I am reading is Strangers in Their Own Land which is my next advocacy book. I am really enjoying it. I've been reading lots of thought-provoking quotes to Phil from the book. This quote about the political divide in our country came up early on in the book:
“In 1960, when a survey asked American adults whether it would “disturb”
them if their child married a member of the other political party, no
more than 5 percent of either party answered “yes.” But in 2010, 33
percent of Democrats and 40 percent of Republicans answered “yes.” In
fact, partyism, as some call it, now beats race as the source of
For my workouts I have done next to nothing thanks to my RA flare. When I am flaring I can't exercise as my body needs rest. I've been trying to go on walks during the day at work to get some activity in but work has been super busy so it's not easy to fit in walks. I was able to go to an awesome barre class last night and I'm hoping to go for a run after work tonight, go to a personal trainer session on Saturday, and go to barre on Sunday.
The best money I spent was on
a FitBit Alta HR. I've been frustrated with my polar heart rate monitor as sometimes it doesn't find my heart rate and sometimes it loses it during the workout. I'm such a data junkie so I love seeing HR info and an estimate of calories burned so I can compare workouts. I debated getting a Garmin or FitBit that does it all (GPS for running, heart rate, step counter, etc) but I decided to go with the Alta HR because I bought a Garmin a couple of years ago that will last me for several more years (hopefully) so I will continue to use my Garmin for runs and my Alta for everything else. I'm excited to have a new gadget and I love that it is so small. I ordered it from Target and it should arrive next week!
My plans this weekend include staying in tonight. I'll make this vegetarian chili (no meat since it's Lent!) and we'll probably rent a movie from RedBox. Tomorrow I have a personal training session and Phil and I will clean house. It's supposed to be nice out so we are grilling steak kabobs for dinner! I'm super excited for Sunday as my college friends are hosting a bridal shower for me! They are all so crafty and love planning parties so I know it's going to be such a special event. There will be 15 of us at the shower and the friends attending are from several corners of my life (college friends, former coworkers, a run club friend, sig others of Phil's friends who have become my friends, etc). It's going to be fun to have all these women in one room! Plus after going to countless pre-wedding celebrations, I'm reveling in the excitement of it being my turn!
What are you reading right now? What was the high of your week?