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The Week Behind, The Week Ahead [LINKUP]

Happy Sunday! You know, Sunday is a weird day of the week. Some people consider Sunday the end of the week, and some people consider it the beginning. I'm a little bit of both, I suppose. I like to use Sunday as a day of reflection. What have I accomplished in the week behind? What are my goals for the week ahead?

With that thought in mind, I decided to start a little Sunday linkup here on Flecks of Lex. It is here that I will discuss the passing week, and the week up ahead.

It is my intention that this Week Behind, Week Ahead linkup serves as sort of a report card since last Sunday, but also a way to hold myself accountable on what I do during the week coming up. If I don't follow through with my goals for the week ahead, I'm going to have to tell on myself next week! So, let's get to it, shall we?


This past week had its ups and downs. I was good in that I only took one rest day this week, and kind of accidentally! Here's my rundown of activities since last Sunday:

Sunday: Honestly, I have no recollection of what I did Sunday, besides referee volleyball games for 4 hours straight. Maybe I did some stretching and foam rolling in the morning? I couldn't tell you if my life depended on it! Last Saturday, I played in an all-day volleyball tournament, so all I know is that I took it fairly easy, because I'm not totally mad.

Monday: Our Monday night volleyball team has been struggling. We haven't had our full squad, and we've been getting our butts beat week after week. Well, we finally won! Hallelujah!

Tuesday: Rest day! Unfortunately, I couldn't play in Tuesday night's game because of a work event, but work comes first! I'm actually glad I took this accidental rest day, as I wouldn't have gotten in any other rest day in what became a long and exhausting week.

Wednesday: BodyPump. Oh, BodyPump. That class was... well, weakness leaving the body. Let's just say that. I was a total crybaby at this class. Before a couple of weeks ago, I hadn't done BodyPump in years. The instructor I had on Wednesday was different from the one I had the previous Tuesday, so I didn't know what to expect. Holy guacamole! NO MERCY! I lunged and curled for my life, and my body paid for it the next day. 

Thursday: Volleyball was definitely rough for me! BodyPump kicked my butt, and the DOMS struggle was real. Diving, running, jumping, heck, even serving the volleyball was no bueno. I earned that pain, though, so I ain't mad!

Friday: I did Vinyasa Yoga with my coworker/friend Bertha. This is starting to become a routine for us after work on Fridays, and I really love it! I could see some improvement since last week's class, and I took a bit of pride in this fact! Unfortunately, I had to sneak out a few minutes early to make it to a movie on time; BUT, don't worry: I got some Savasana in before I left!


Saturday: Went for an amazing hike through a portion of Shenandoah National Park. It was a gorgeous winter day, and we chose a trail that had quite a few hills. I got the chance to use my hiking poles (don't judge) for the first time, and it was great to have a mini getaway outside of the DC area.

Today: I went to my gym, and tried Yin Yoga for the first time. I am really digging yoga these days, and this yoga class just made me so happy and relaxed! Yin Yoga focuses on holding poses for longer, and doesn't really have any cardio. It's more about relaxing and breathing through stiffness. I used a yoga bolster for the first time, and had a great teacher who helped me relax better than I've relaxed in recent memory. In Savasana, she gave us cool towels with eucalyptus to place over our eyes. This was definitely a first for me, but it really helped me breath deeper and feel even more relaxed! After class, our instructor gave us the option of using a couple drops of lavender oil to feel even more relaxed. Me, not being too shy about trying something new (even if I think it's a little odd), took advantage of this and experienced even more zen than I was already feeling. 10/10 would take Yin Yoga again!

For the week ahead, I'm planning to get a good amount of fitness in, and since I'm going to go grocery shopping tomorrow, I'm going to be more focused on well-balanced meals! I really slacked on my diet this week, thanks to a combination of stress, exhaustion, some emotional stress, and an abundance of excuses!  I gotta whip my butt into shape, dagnabit!

I will be playing volleyball on Tuesday and Thursday this week, will return to Vinyasa on Friday evening, play in an all-day tournament on Saturday, and hopefully make it back to Yin Yoga next Sunday. Tomorrow, I'm going to take at least one class at the gym. I'm leaning towards BodyPump, but I might try to get in BodyPump and maybe yoga, pilates, or something totally different as a supplementary class. We'll see! I want to try to go into downtown DC tomorrow, since I have the day off, but I'm not 100% on that. It really depends on whether it's going to be cold again!

Okay, so now on to this whole linkup experiment. ;-)

Did you write a post where you recapped your week this week? Did you write a post where you talk about what you're planning to do during the upcoming week? Link up with me! Leave your post in the InLinkz widget below, and be sure to comment on this post, as well as at least two other links in the linkup. I'll be hopping around and commenting on your posts too! Happy linking! :-)

29 comments

  1. I don't have too much going on other than my challenges but I am happy about all the folks coming along the journey.

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    1. But that's a LOT going on still! :-)

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    1. Good luck to you! Looking forward to reading more of your blog! Thanks for linking up.

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  3. I don't know if I could recall this past week if I tried! There has been SO much going on lately! I'm getting back to a healthy lifestyle, which after taking a while off, is quite difficult that's for sure!

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    1. That's a good thing! Whenever I can't remember what I did, I know it's because I did a lot! ;-) Best of luck to getting back on track!

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  4. very cool that you are on a volleyball team! I am always afraid that I will get hit with a ball in my face and I stink at it or I would play lol. Great time of year to meal plan and eat healthier meals. Have a great week!

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    1. I LOVE volleyball! And you know what? Even though I've been playing for 20 years, I still get hit in the face every once in a while. It actually doesn't hurt too bad! I've gotten hit HARD in the face in my coed league before, and just try to play it off by talking trash to the guy who did it. "Oh, I'm fine. You didn't hit it THAT hard!"

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  5. I've been such a slacker lately. I need to get my act together and start actually training for my upcoming half marathon. Running undertrained is not a lot of fun...

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    1. Tell me about it! That's basically the story of Lex 2014 and 2015. :-P

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  6. What a fun idea for a recap! Last week was all about recovering from the Dopey Challenge, and this week is all about getting back to my routine. So far, so good!

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    1. Those Disney challenge always sound so fun! I think I'd be great at the Sleepy Challenge. Do they have that one yet?

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  7. This coming week will be all about surviving multiple doctors appointments for my newborn son and I. We have a number of appointments, so its going to be a very busy week!

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    1. Sounds like it! I hope that all of the checkups go well for both of you! Congratulations on the new baby!

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  8. Looks like you had a very active week! Love the idea of a link up, and I'll link up this week's post!

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    1. Thanks for linking up, Wendy! I really enjoyed your post, and I'm excited to see all of your hard work on Instagram! Good luck at Big Sur!

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  9. That's lots of volleyball! Way to go! I had a race on Saturday and so I was just training in preparation of that. And now it's on to the next.

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    1. What's crazy is that it's less volleyball than I was playing about 6 months ago! I need to sign up for some races already. Everyone is making me feel like such a slacker!

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  10. I've done Yin Yoga once and I remember it being VERY intense. I couldn't hold some of the positions as long as you are supposed to. I'm sure that if I did it more frequent I would like it better, but for now I like the flow!

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    1. Girl, that's not supposed to happen! Our teacher gave us a ton of different modifications and ways to use tools like blocks and blankets to relieve pressure. She told us we shouldn't feel strained doing anything in Yin Yoga! Vinyasa is still my favorite, but Yin Yoga made me feel super relaxed after a long week.

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  11. you are a busy gal! I played volleyball in HS, I wasn't great, but maybe an itsy bit above average (I'm tall, so I had that going for me). I couldn't imagine doing an all-day tournament these days...go YOU!

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    1. If you think you might still like it, you should go to a drop-in gym or join a social league with friends! I love that you see people of all ages and skill levels playing at most gyms. Tournaments... now that's another story. I have to build up my endurance for tournaments at the beginning of each season. You'd think running would help with that, but NOPE.

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  12. That Yin Yoga class sounds so interesting. Sometimes I get impatient with yoga, but sometimes I realize that I need to stay in a pose longer to breathe through and get into it more.

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    1. I used to get really bored with yoga when I first started it, but now I can see improvements pretty quickly, and I can see how that flexibility and tension relief is being transferred to my other activities. I also just generally feel calmer. I love it! Give it another shot!

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  13. I love the idea of a Sunday linkup! And I totally hear you on BodyPump - my gym calls it "Group Power" and I took it last week and was sore for days! It's such a good workout!

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    1. Thanks! Link up with me this upcoming Sunday! I'll post the linkup earlier in the day this time around! BodyPump (and its cousins) is such a great workout. I keep having different teachers, and it's kicking my butt!

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  14. There's always time for yoga. I haven't recapped my week in a long time. Maybe I need to :)

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    1. I am starting to understand why so many people swear by yoga. I've learned so many new stretches to help me out during the work day and before/after volleyball. It's incredible!

      You should totally link up with us next Sunday!

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  15. Sunday's the beginning of the week for me! :P Great job on your fitness progress this week! I will hopefully have more recap posts coming around in the future, so hoping to be able to link up in the future! :D

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