If you’d asked me on Sunday, I would have told you I was in for a rough week. For my fellow Apple users, I’m sure you’ve probably experienced your share of first-world Apple problems, so you might empathize with me when I say that the tech struggle has been REAL recently.
I don’t know about you, but I tend to be one of those people who doesn’t install software updates until a couple of weeks or months later when I get annoyed with pop-up notifications. I’ve been trying to update my Mac’s software for quite a while now, but every time, I got a message saying my Macbook couldn’t connect to my external hard drive. I ignored it for ages, but very recently, Finder started freezing after about 10s of being opened which made it verrrry difficult to organize blog photos. Finally, the disorganization made me call Apple. After unsuccessful troubleshooting, they told me to take it into the store.
The diagnosis was a long and convoluted one. The proposed treatment was backing up my files, wiping the computer completely, reinstalling a newer operating system, replacing the upper case because my trackpad was defective, and returning it to me to load my files back on. They mentioned I’d likely have to re-purchase Adobe Lightroom and MS Office (which I was NOT pleased to hear). I was covered by Apple Care, but between Sunday afternoon and Monday night, I’d come to terms with the fact that the whole software situation was going to cost me some money.
I don’t have kids, but as a blogger, parting with my Macbook at the Apple Store on Sunday afternoon for what I was told would be 3-5 days felt like leaving a child in the hospital for a major operation. While Apple fans all over the world were busy complaining about how the iPhone 7 (which nobody said they have to buy) doesn’t have an iPhone jack, all I wanted was for my baby to be OK!
Much to my surprise and great delight, I got a call on Monday afternoon telling me they didn’t actually have to wipe my computer clean, nothing had been lost, the issues were solved and it was all ready for pickup. If that’s not under-promising and over-delivering then I don’t know what is. In addition to having my baby back, I can now back up the squillions of precious photos of every recipe on this blog. Hooray for security!
Annnyways… tech biznazz over. Let’s chat fitness!
Work It Out
You guys know I love a little high-rep challenge from time to time, and this week it’s your legs and glutes that are going to get all the action! By that, I mean 300 reps of total body (but lower body-focused) moves, all of which can be adjusted for your fitness level. You can choose to do them using only your body weight, grab some dumbells, or toss a barbell on your back at the squat rack like I did. The key however, is to make sure your form is solid the whole time. That means it’s important not to get too ambitious with your weights – what feels easy after 50 reps likely won’t feel that way after 150!
The 300 Rep Drop It Low Workout
Complete the exercises as shown below, one immediately after the other. Squats are the darling of this workout, but I’ve thrown in a few other moves to keep things interesting. If you need to stop to shake out your legs, do this as quickly as possible before continuing the reps.
Turn It Up
This week’s tune is Untouchable by Tritonal & Cash Cash. I don’t have a lovely story about why I chose it aside from the fact that it’s got a great energetic beat, and if I could run right now, this is what I’d run to. Instead, you run to this and I’ll be over here doing abductor stretches from my physio.
Have A Read
- 4 core exercises for pull-up strength for women – via Breaking Muscle
- This 10-Minute Barre Sequence Will Tone Your Entire Body — No Props Required – via Mind Body Green
- So you can’t run – here’s how to cope with it – via Women’s Running
Now over to you! Let’s hear…
- Will you be getting the iPhone 7?
- What’s on your agenda this weekend?