Friday, December 30, 2011

Young Adult - movie review

Last night Ryan and I had a mini date night and headed to the local movie theater.  The closest theater to our new neighborhood only has 2 screens and is usually playing what I consider "indie" or "artsy" films ... rarely any mainstream movies.

Out of the 2 choices available we chose "Young Adult," starring Charlize Theron, written and produced by Diablo Cody.  From IMDb:
"Soon after her divorce, a fiction writer returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend, 
who is now married with kids."

First off ... when did movies become so expensive?  Why is it $10 a movie ticket?  Maybe that's why movie attendance has slumped to 16 year low

Secondly ... this movie was strange.  It was a weird combination of comedy and drama and left Ryan and I thanking our lucky stars that we have such normal, happy lives.  Charlize Theron did an excellent job of portraying this depressed, alcoholic, seemingly "has been".  I would probably suggest waiting until this comes out on video (is that the correct terminology or should I say DVD, bluray?).

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Gym recap

This week I've done 2 workouts that have so far gone undocumented.

On Tuesday after work I went to the YMCA with Ryan and did the following:
- 20 minutes of cardio on the bike (total 7.2 miles)
- 3 sets of 12 reps bicep curls using a pair of 5 pound weights
- 3 sets of 12 reps lateral pulldowns with weight set to 25 pounds
- 3 sets of 12 reps seated row with weight set to 25 pounds

Today I used my lunch break for a quick cardio workout. I jumped on the treadmill at the YMCA and alternated walking and running for 30 minutes and 15 seconds.
- total time ran was 20 minutes and walked for 10 minutes and 15 seconds
- total distance 2.5 miles

So far I'm 3 workouts in for this week and look forward to going to the gym a couple more times. I can't slack off before the new year :)

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

27 weeks

The weeks just keep flying by.  I say it every week, but I still can't believe how quickly all of this is going.  I'm now in my 3rd trimester and feel like I've hit the home stretch.  And by stretch I'm just referring to my ever growing stomach.

These photos were taken after Ryan and I went to the gym.  I ran a little over 3 miles on the treadmill.
I haven't found any maternity work out clothes ... or haven't really looked for that matter.  I'm still rocking my x-small NIKE top and small NIKE tempo shorts.
I definitely get some stares while at the gym.  Not sure if people are just surprised that a pregnant woman would be working out beside them or if they are scared I'm going to go into labor all of a sudden (too soon for that people!).
The ever growing stomach has made it difficult to do things like bending down to tie my shoe ... from what I've heard it's only going to get harder for these tasks.  

While at the gym I weighed myself ... 126 pounds.  So far I've gained a little less than 20 pounds throughout the pregnancy.  From this point on "they" say that I'll gain 1 pound a week.  I'm curious to see where those 13 pounds will go.  

I feel great all the time, albeit getting more and more tired as the day goes on.  Ryan has been such a great help and even gifted me a spa gift certificate for my first prenatal massage.  I can't wait to schedule that!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Rain rain go away ...

All I want for Christmas is some sunshine in Charlotte. The weather predictions for the next 5 days call for rain. Boo. That's no way to spread Christmas cheer my friends.
This morning I popped into Starbucks to help brighten my otherwise dreary day.

A non fat tall chai latte was purchased using one of my holiday giftcards. Score!

Happy Wednesday. Here's to a good day full of productivity in the office and in the gym during my lunch break.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

26 weeks

Another week has gone by and I'm still amazed at how big I've been getting.  I'm still feeling great and somewhat energetic ... by the time evening rolls around I'm usually beat and ready for some rest though.  I'm happy to report that I'm still popping into the gym every once in a while.  I hope to maintain working out throughout the rest of the pregnancy, even if it means just walking for a couple of miles.

I'm still wearing most of my normal clothes, with a few maternity tops thrown into the mix.  I tried to wear my maternity jeans yesterday, but they were still so big.  Hopefully a few washes will shrink them a bit.  For now I'm alternating wearing the "ultra low Levi's" and a pair of Express jeans I dug up from my closet.

Today's outfit ... Mossimo sweater from Target, circa 2007, Express jeans, and TOMS
Nice side shot of the growing belly ... 
Finally a shot of the belly head on.  It's crazy to think that I'll be gaining roughly a pound a week for the next 14 weeks.  Hopefully I can keep the weight all in my midsection and nowhere else :)

No other updates in the baby front.  I've slowly added a few more items onto our registry at Babies R Us and have created 2 other registries as well ... Target and Pottery Barn Kids.  I definitely need my friend Julie to look over the growing list and make sure I'm asking for necessary items and not just cute bibs and blankets.

Looking forward to another great week!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Chicken and Egg

Tonight's dinner came from my "Chicken and Egg" cookbook.

I set out to make the chicken pot pie with a few variations. I really don't like carrots and peas so I omitted those and added celery and corn instead. I also halved the recipe since it served 8 and Ryan and I were the only ones dining this evening.

The finished product. Perfectly golden brown ... Right out of the oven.

My plate ... Served with a side salad.

The remains ... Leftovers anyone?

This was an easy to follow recipe and the result was a super delicious home baked meal. It's a perfect meal for a cold winter night.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday tradition is back!

This morning I started off the day with a great Friday tradition ... Dunkin Donuts breakfast with Ryan. We haven't gone in such a long time, and welcomed their delicious croissant sandwiches with open arms (and stomachs).

I went with my usual egg and cheese sandwich with a vanilla chai on the side.

Both were tasty and delicious. Wish my happiness this morning would've lasted a little longer ... Headaches at work around 8:45 made my morning suddenly take a nose dive.

Let's hope the day gets better! Happy friday everyone :)

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

My first jamba experience

Today during my lunch break I walked over to Jamba Juice for the first time in my life. I was craving some fruit and figured a smoothie would be a quick fix.

After reading the menu for a really long time I finally picked the "acai super antioxidant".
- acai juice blend, soymilk, strawberries, raspberry sherbet, blueberries, ice, and antioxidant power boost
-16 ounce size has 260 calories, 4 grams of fat, 46 grams of sugar, and a whole lot of vitamin C

My verdict? Pretty tasty. Lots of sugar ... Probably should've ordered something less sugary. Kind of expensive ($4.10+tax for small).

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Back in the gym

Today I felt well enough to head back to the gym. I decided to keep it simple and did some incline walking. I set the treadmill at 2.0 for the incline and kept an average walking pace of 4.0 for 29:30 minutes and completed 2.0 miles.

Once back at the office I made myself some Trader Joe's instant macaroni and cheese and ate a banana on the side for lunch.

Time to countdown until I see "Breaking Dawn" with my friend Danielle at 7:15pm. YAY!!!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Food groups covered ... Check!

Since becoming pregnant I've tried to put more emphasis on having enough protein in my diet. Unfortunately I get lazy and lean on eggs for most of my protein.

Tonight's dinner came together in a flash. I combined chopped green onions, red bell pepper, and spinach with pepperoni, Gouda cheese, and 1 egg. It was my take on an egg scramble ... But for dinner. On the side I had a slice of whole wheat toast with butter. What is it with toast and butter that makes it so comforting when I'm feeling under the weather?

And I can't forget about my fruit serving ... Some apple juice served in a mason jar. Dinner is complete!

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Feeling guilty about fast food

So not only have I taken the past 2 days off from working out, I've also succumbed to the ease and convenience of fast food.

I don't feel well and couldn't make a healthier decision for lunch. Plus I'm exhausted and figured some iced tea might give me an acceptable caffeine boost.

At least I opted for the grilled chicken sandwich instead of the mouthwatering fried one.

Comfort food is ok once in a while ... Especially since I already feel guilty about eating fast food today.

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Better than McDonald's

This morning I switched up my breakfast sandwich by adding one additional ingredient ... A slice of Canadian bacon. That one added ingredient made it very similar to McDonald's traditional egg mcmuffin. My version was clearly 100 times better.

Whole wheat English muffin, Canadian bacon, cheddar cheese, egg, and raspberry jalapeño jam. Perfect!

I haven't been feeling all that great and have decided to skip the gym again today. Hopefully I'll be back to 100% tomorrow.

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Monday, December 12, 2011

25 weeks

I'm sitting at the doctors office waiting to take my glucose test.

I had to drink this prior to a blood test to check for diabetes. It wasn't that bad to drink but it's kind of making me feel nauseous at this point.

Ryan was unavailable to take my weekly shots, and since I wasn't at work I opted to take them in our bathroom.

There's the bump. I'm rocking a comfy sweater today since it's so cold outside.

Still wearing my ultra low skinny Levi's. They fit so why not?

Side shot for the real deal. Check that thing out.

I've been trying to work more on updating our registry, but it's just so hard to pick between so many items.

Other than that I've felt really good the past couple of days. I've kept up with working out 4 days a week and haven't had any issues.

Ok doctors appointment is over. I passed the test! And the doctor said my weight and blood pressure are both right on track. He said maybe I should have a bunch of babies since I'm doing so well with this one. I said one at a time ... Let's not got crazy.

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Happy Friday!

Today I started off my Friday much like every other Friday ... With a bagel at Einstein's.

I wish they had some sort of reward program for frequent buyers ... I'm all about positive reinforcement.

Right now I'm spending my lunch hour at the gym.

Just started my 20 minutes of cardio on the bicycle.

Yesterday I ran 2 miles in 20 minutes on the treadmill before working out shoulders. My friend Sue thought it was a little silly that I would be working that one muscle but since it was day 2 of "upper body" I figured it was an easy choice.
-2 sets of 12 reps using a pair of 5 pound weights of:
*overhead press
*side lateral raises
*front lateral raises

Guess it's time to stop blogging and start focusing on my work out.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Favorite dinner and dinner guest

It's no surprise to anyone that reads this blog that breakfast is my favorite meal. EVER. Tonight I decided to treat myself with some early morning treats ... 2 eggs, 2 slices of bacon, and 1 slice of toast slathered with my new favorite jalapeño raspberry jam.

And yes I couldn't wait to eat my toast and took a bite before the photo.

The company for dinner wasn't too bad either ...

Honey enjoys lounging on me and my hot pink sweatshirt.

Back to watching some more quality tv programming ... All of recorded shows from CW :)

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Location:Thomas Ave,Charlotte,United States

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Brats make a great refueling food

Today after work Ryan and I hit up the gym. It took a lot of convincing but I finally got Ryan out the door and headed towards the YMCA.

Once there I did a total of 20 minutes of cardio ... 6 minutes on the bicycle (I couldn't adjust the height and couldn't last any longer) and 14 minutes on the elliptical.

Tuesday is leg day #1 so I did the following exercises:
- seated leg curl with 30 pounds (3 sets of 12 reps)
- leg extensions with 30 pounds (3 sets of 12 reps)

I was starving once we got home and opted for an easy meal of brats and salad. Delicious!

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Fro-Yo for lunch

Eating frozen yogurt for lunch is acceptable. At least I think so. Especially when I added fruit in the mix. So it's healthy. Just like a salad.

Last night I started my week off with a good workout.
-walked on treadmill 2.05 miles in 30 minutes
-seated row using 25 pounds: 3 sets of 12 reps
-lateral pulldown using 25 pounds: 3 sets of 12 reps
-bicep curls using a pair of 5 pound weights: 3 sets of 12 reps

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24 weeks

This pregnancy is moving right along isn't it?  Seems impossible to think that I'm going to keep getting bigger and bigger for another 4 months.  

Updates on the baby front - Ryan and I actually started our baby registry this past Saturday.  What an experience!  There are way too many baby items at Babies r Us.  It's really overwhelming, and almost frightening to an extent.  We stopped after 1.5 hours due to a) impatience and b) hunger.  Hopefully I can finish our registry up online and avoid walking back into that store for a while.

My maternity clothes have also arrived in the mail.  I'm still trying to decide whether to stick with the Old Navy maternity jeans (cheap, comfy and roomy) or the GAP maternity jeans (double the price and more fitted).  I also found that Macy's sells a very small selection of maternity clothes at our local mall and I stocked up on some long sleeve shirts and sweaters (buy 3 get 1 free).  I have yet to wear any of my maternity clothes.  I still have one pair of "normal" jeans that fit so I'll rock those until I absolutely have to switch over.  Stubborn?  Yes.

I had a good week of working out and plan on maintaining the "easy" work out schedule for as long as I can manage.  I worked out upper body twice last week, lower body twice, and did 4 days of cardio.  

 I should wear dark colors all the time ... much more slimming than some of my other outfits.
No bare skinned belly shots today ... should've planned my outfit a bit better and not have worn a dress.  Today the weather in Charlotte is humid/foggy/gross but at least it's not cold ... temperatures are at around 60 degrees.  Figured this might be the last time for a while that I get to wear a dress to work instead of layers of clothing.  Ryan has some work to do with his photography.  I'm still not overly thrilled with the quality of these shots BUT it was 7:30am and I was kind of in a rush.  We'll let it slide again this week.

Friday, December 2, 2011

$10 lunch

Today I ventured out into the big city and forewent (is that a word) my usual cheese quesadilla for lunch.

I headed over to Blynk organic for a tasty 2 piece meal. I chose half of a "chicken charm" sandwich (chicken, cranberry spread, brie cheese, and apple on a grilled panini) and a small "make your own salad." I think I went a little overboard with my salad and picked almost every topping.

In the salad went spinach, mandarin oranges, tomatoes, craisins, cucumbers, green olives, beets, eggs, onions, and feta cheese. Lunch ended up being $7.50.

Then I headed over to Amelie bakery for a little snack ... Caramel salted brownie for $2.

Love my under $10 lunch!
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Happy Friday!

It was 27 degrees this morning when I woke up and all I could think about was having something hot and steamy to drink.

On my walk to work I stopped by Einstein's for my usual Friday bagel and chose a toasted asiago cheese bagel with butter.

Then I stopped at Starbucks for a non fat tall chai latte. Unfortunately they lost my 'cup' and I was forced to look angry and demand where my drink was. 10+ minutes of waiting at Starbucks is definitely unacceptable ... So my drink magically appeared with a coupon for a free drink during my next visit.

Happy Friday!

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Fit for a 5 year old

I literally just ran over to our office mini fridge to grab my afternoon snack ... Juice box and string cheese. Talk about age appropriate snacks ... Not.

I'd like to think that I'm just treating myself after a good speedy work out during lunch today.

I ran on the treadmill for 20 minutes and completed 2.02 miles. The 0.02 is important to note because it means I ran faster than 10 minute/miles.

After my run I headed over to the weights area to work out triceps and shoulders.
-triceps push down machine: 3 sets of 8 reps set at 30 pounds
-shoulder overhead press: 3 sets of 10 reps using a pair of 5 pound weights
-shoulder lateral side raises: 2 sets of 10 reps using a pair of 5 pound weights
-shoulder lateral front raises: 3 sets of 12 reps using a pair of 5 pound weights

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Afternoon treat

Just wanted to share with everyone my current drink of choice.

At only 50 calories and 13 grams of sugar this is a mighty healthy juice box in my opinion. Cheers!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Dinner #2

I seriously just ate what appeared to be a sufficient amount for dinner (grilled steak, sautéed spinach, potato wedges and half of a Roma tomato) and 45 minutes later I'm hungry again.

One of my pregnancy cravings has been bowls of cereal from the start. Although I plowed through boxes upon boxes of "lucky charms" I've recently switched over to "honey but cheerios". I might be extra hungry tonight from today's workout:
- 20 minutes on the seated bicycle (7.20 miles)
- 3 sets of 12 reps seated leg curls using 30 pounds
- 3 sets of 12 reps seated leg extension using 30 pounds

2nd day in a row of working out. I'm so pumped about it. Get it? Ha. I love puns.

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Brisk Walk during my Break

Today during my lunch break I took a very brisk walk to the grocery store. Round trip was one mile in 13 minutes.

While picking up some steaks for dinner tonight (clearly 40 degree weather doesn't stop us from grilling on our BBQ), I picked up some chips and salsa for my Mexican lunch.

Cheese quesadilla with sour cream (lots of Tabasco). Side of whole grain chips and some medium salsa (unpictured).

Another highlight of lunch today was catching up with my mom on the phone. So much multi-tasking during my brief 1 hour break :)

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back in the gym

I felt so productive all day yesterday.  I had a good day at work, took a lunch break where I did some minimal grocery shopping and walked 1.4 miles, went to the gym with Ryan, and made a delicious dinner.  I know this seems pretty mundane, but it was such a breath of fresh air to act like a normal person again instead of just working long hours without breaks, scavenging for food at random times of the day, then passing out from exhaustion.  Let's keep our fingers crossed that I can have some normalcy for a few days.

It felt good to be back at the gym and working out.  We took too long of a hiatus after the half marathon in Savannah.  

I started my work out with 2.1 miles on the treadmill:
  • 2.0 miles running - alternating between 5.3 and 6.0 - 21:25 minutes
  • 0.1 miles walking - set at 4.0 - 1:35 minutes
  • total for the day 2.5 miles - 43:30 minutes
After some cardio I headed to the weights area and did the following back and bicep exercises:
  • seated row - 3 sets of 12 reps @ 25 pounds
  • seated lateral pull down - 3 sets of 12 reps @ 25 pounds
  • bicep curls - 3 sets of 12 reps using 2 free weights, 5 pounds each
  • bicep curls on machine - 3 sets of 8 reps @ 10 pounds
I was definitely huffing and puffing after everything was complete and ready to head home for some dinner.  

Monday, November 28, 2011

23 weeks

Ryan had a problem with my weekly photographs from the outdated "gross" work bathroom.  He decided to step in from now on to be my photographer.  He definitely needs some work; this week's photos are not some of the best.  Hopefully you can tell that I'm getting bigger ... much bigger.  As our friend Alex put it, "you're getting bigger every day."  As long as I know Baby C is growing big and strong then the extra pounds don't really bother me.  

This week I've gained 1 pound, which is not too bad considering we had to deal with Thanksgiving.  I definitely ate an embarrassing amount of food on Thursday.  To my dismay I didn't really improve my eating habits the rest of the weekend.  Today Ryan and I are turning our lives around ... we do this from time to time when we notice how poorly we've been eating and when we've lacked gym visits.  

I started the morning off with a glass of orange juice as I made some green monsters for Ryan and I.  In the blender went the usual ... banana, spinach, vanilla soy milk, ice, and peanut butter.  My 2nd breakfast of the day was a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios with some vanilla soy milk.  Hoping to pack in some vegetables during dinner tonight.  

I even got around to ordering some maternity clothes last night online.  Hopefully the jeans will come in the mail soon ... and will fit.  If not it's back to leggings since I'm basically on my last pair of fitting pants.

 I kind of look normal from the front ... all of my tee shirts are getting pretty snug though.
I love our beautiful Christmas tree as the background.  It's a huge improvement from the terrible office bathroom. 

Whiskey Warehouse burger review

Yesterday Ryan, Alex, and I enjoyed some football and lunch at Whiskey Warehouse, a local bar/restaurant in our neighborhood. They had lots of drink specials and I settled on a virgin bloody mary from their "make your own bloody mary bar".

Their brunch menu looked pretty delicious but since Ryan and I had already eaten breakfast earlier in the day I settled on what I know best ... Burger.

The "bistro burger" had caramelized onions, Brie cheese, bacon, and a horseradish Dijon sauce. I added a smear of mayo once I got the burger but did not add anything else (no lettuce, tomatoes, ketchup).

The burger was perfectly cooked, slightly pink but definitely medium. The seasoning on the burger was spot on and super juicy.

The fries were a bit disappointing and I barely put a dent in those. Overall it was a very pleasant dining experience at Whiskey Warehouse!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

22 weeks ... and a few days

Sorry this has taken so long to post!  Work has been unreasonably busy and this morning I decided to just take a few minutes for me and Baby Chalmers to get this up on the site.  10+ hour days are no fun, especially with no breaks, but hopefully things will get better soon so my stress level can finally decrease.

Back to baby ... he's been growing quite a bit!  This week Baby Center says that he is 11 inches and almost 1 pound.  His vegetable comparison this week is a spaghetti squash.  Seems a little big to be hanging out in my body.  It's still so strange to me how much bigger he'll get in the next 18 weeks!

I've been feeling fine, just craving extra sweets lately.  I still haven't had a chance to buy some maternity pants but I'm definitely at the point where I think I should be wearing those instead of my normal jeans.  From this point on it seems I'll be gaining at least 1 pound a week. 

 sorry my hair is currently very Scary Spice-ish ... haven't had much time in the grooming department
 does everyone enjoy my army green cargo pants?  oh yeah old school.
 woo hoo to wearing flip flops in November!  too bad the low for tonight is 36.
And finally ... the main attraction ... the belly shot.  Check that thing out!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Will travel for cheeseburgers

Well Ryan and I are now at the Charlotte airport anxiously awaiting our flight to London, via NYC. Since we had some time to kill (and knew dinner choices would be slim) we stopped by Chili's for a bite before our flight.

I had asked if they had kids cheeseburgers, but they did not. I opted for their sliders served with onion straws and fries. It wasn't the best meal I've ever had, but it did the trick.

Fingers crossed for no delays and safe flying. See you from across the pond.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

21 weeks

It's hard to believe that the halfway mark has come and gone and now I'm in 2nd half of it all.  I've been feeling great lately and enjoyed taking a week off from working out after my half marathon.

This morning we had another doctor's appointment and everything checked out ok with Baby Chalmers.  The nurse thought it was humorous that I was still wearing my normal clothes and could fit into my jeans (little does she know that I can BARELY fit into my jeans). 
  • weight gain since the start - 13 pounds
I love hearing Baby's heartbeat and knowing that he's doing just fine in there.  Grow Baby C grow!  This week he's as long as a carrot and should be about 3/4 pound.  Crazy to think how much more he has to grow.  I was born a month early and weighed 5 pounds 11 ounces.  

And like usual here are the obligatory bathroom shots of my belly's growth:

I figure I'll end up having to buy some maternity jeans in the next couple of weeks but for now I'll keep on squeezing into my normal jeans :)

30 minutes is a start

After taking a long hiatus from working out since the half marathon, I decided today was the day I would head back into the gym. I dragged Ryan along with me to the YMCA. Even though we were only there about 30 minutes, it was still better than staying in bed and not working out.

I'm still not feeling all that excited about running so I stuck with some incline walking on the treadmill. After 21 minutes of cardio I headed over to the weights area and did:
*2 sets of 12 reps using 5lb weights - shoulder press, front lateral raises, side lateral raises

Happy monday!

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