Much to my surprise (and annoyance), we awoke to snow this morning. Our first of the season. Beautiful, white, un-forecasted snow. Not enough to close the schools (phew!), but enough to endanger my exercise plans. Since yesterday was ‘knitting Wednesday’ and my rest day from the gym, today was to have been my second go at Phase 1, Workout B of the NROL for Abs.
Something you need to know about me; although I was born and raised in Ontario (think cold, snowy winters) and taught to drive in the snow (on a manual transmission, no less!), I am very nervous about leaving the house on snowy days. The combination of Vancouver drivers (if you’ve visited Vancouver, you’ll know what I mean), lots of hills, poor plowing and salting practices and a lack of snow tires stresses me out. What if I get stuck on the hill? What if the car slides into a ditch? What if I can’t get to school in time to pick up the kids? What if, what if, what if?
So, on snowy days, my hubby does the morning school run and I stay in with my coffee and my knitting, anxiously hoping that the roads will be better in time to pick them up later in the day. But, that Lululemon hoodie is sitting in my closet taunting me (yes, I bought it in advance of achieving my goal, but only because they were running out; I promise not to take the tags off until I get to the end of Phase 1).
What’s a girl to do?
Taking a quick look at my planned workout, I realized that I really didn’t need to go to the gym to get it done. I had all the necessary equipment at home.
Planks and side planks, with toes on the Bosu? Check.
Cable and pulley anti-rotation static holds? No cable machine, but I should be able to rig up an exercise band to do the job. Check.
Single leg dumbbell deadlifts? Check (although my heaviest weight at home is 15 lbs and I had hoped to progress to 25 lbs today).
Kneeling cable pulldowns? Hmm. This one could be a challenge. Might have to sub in some bent over rows or reverse flys. Check.
Overhead squats? No body bar, but a broomstick should suffice in a pinch. Check.
Alternating single arm overhead presses? Fifteen pounds is a bit heavier than I would use at the gym, but I can always cut back on my reps. Check.
Okay! I can do this! One workout closer to my favorite new hoodie! Reminder to self; look past the obstacles and find a way through. Off to workout before the kids get home…