I am not good at keeping my nails pretty. When I worked at the law firm, a friend of mine was talking about how she accidentally cut herself trimming her cuticles, and I was like “you trim your cuticles at home?? Am I supposed to do that?” She sort of cocked her head to the side and said “let me see your hands….umm, yeah…you should trim your cuticles.” Good. Thanks. Good tip. So, I’m not the best source of advice on this front, but we’re all works in progress and I’m trying to get better, so come along with me anyway.
For Christmas, a friend gave me a top coat called seche vite that is AMAZING. The whole point, for those of you who don’t speak French, is that it dries super fast. Which is great for those of us who mess up our nails before they dry almost every time. It’s also nice and thick, which helps keep the polish from chipping (although when it does chip it basically just peels off in one giant piece, and then you have mismatched naked-and-painted nails). You can also paint your nails and top them off with seche vite right before you go to bed and not worry about creases in the polish (again, being the nail rookie that I am, I didn’t realize you would get sheet imprints in nail polish if you painted them too close to bed time until I was about 25, and wondering aloud to a different friend how I ended up with a linen finish on my nails. Without even looking, she said “you painted them and then you want to bed. That’s not a fancy top coat, that’s the imprint of your comforter.” Umm, ok, right.)
So, buy yourself a bottle of seche vite and paint your nails whenever the hell you feel like it. Or, not at all. Goodness knows I’m not judging. Also, if you have tips for cuticle management I am ALL EARS.
This Week's Workout Log
My training got a little screwed this week by a busy weekend (birthday-valentine's day-birthday sandwich) followed by the stomach flu. But, I will rally. Here's what I got done:
Wednesday: 45 minute spin class at work followed by 15 minute hard core abs class. You guys, the spin instructor for this class is 38 weeks pregnant and still teaching. Makes me feel not so great about myself when I'm struggling through class and she is TRUCKIN ALONG. She's badass.
Thursday: It was way too cold to run outside today, so I took my run to the treadmill. BUT, our new kitchen appliances were just installed, and thanks to the miracle of old house electrical wiring, our kitchen appliances were mysteriously on the same circuit breaker as our treadmill (two rooms away). Because...why wouldn't that be true? Long story short, I blew the fuse trying to run on the treadmill and gave up about two miles in. At least it was something.
Saturday: I tried to live up to my promise of doing more strength training this day, and decided to try out a new kettlebell workout, which I found on Pinterest (original post is here.) The workout consists of two circuits that you repeat three times each, and I did it with my 20 lb kettlebell. The first set is 12 Russian Swings, followed by 10 squat to row, followed by 20 split lunges (10 on each side--I did these as walking lunges and passed the kettlebell from hand to hand underneath my front leg on each lunge). The second circuit is 10 RDL (the original workout says to do these on one leg but I'm not sure how you're supposed to even it out--I did the first and second times through the circuit on alternate legs, and split the third circuit to do five on each leg), followed by 20 Russian Twists (10/side) and 20 one-arm rows (10/side).
So, when I first saw this workout I thought "that's a great start, and then I'll probably add a set of clean and presses and maybe some other stuff on the end." HA. You guys, I finished this workout, but I knew by the end of it I was going to be extremely sore. I winced every time I sat down or did stairs for...three days? Mostly because it targets parts of your upper hamstring and your glutes that I otherwise don't work enough. Clearly. So this one's a keeper.
Monday: This was supposed to be a 6 mile run, but instead it was a "lay on the couch and curse the microorganisms that cause the stomach flu."
Tuesday: Was feeling much better, so I took Chewy for a 3-mile "run." Chewy is really not a runner, guys, but I'm not ready to give up on him yet. Sure, he wants to stop and smell every fire hydrant we got past, and needs to take breaks to frolic in the snow, but he's adorable. So we don't make great time, but we get the job done.
Wednesday (today): Made it to the weekly spin class, but skipped "hard core" abs afterward. Didn't have it, friends. Not hardcore today. Maybe tomorrow. Not today.
And that's it! Later this week I'll be sharing the recipe for Chewy's birthday pupcakes and a tutorial for refinishing radiators, if you're lucky enough to live in a vintage house like ours! (I actually love our radiators because they keep our house so cozy, but a few of them were in super rough shape. Fortunately, that's not hard to fix! More to come.)