Sometimes I hate living where I grew up. Everything is very predictable, safe, and easy.
Sometimes I love it.
I love the heat. I love the endless sunshine. I love the summer thunderstorms that roll in every afternoon. I love the ocean. I love seafood. I love the beaches, lakes, and rivers. I love the laid back Floridians.
And I love sunsets.
Yesterday evening a thunderstorm was slowly rolling in across Tampa Bay. The colors of the sinking sun reflected off the billowing clouds in a gorgeous display of yellow, pink, and purple. Fisherman waiting for a catch stood still, submerged in the golden shallows.
It was breathtaking. I was reminded of a Monet painting. It restored my faith in and love for St. Petersburg. You got me. I give in. I love you but I don’t have to like you all the time. I hope you understand.
Just give me a gorgeous summer sunset every day and I’ll be happy.
Before my photographic love affair with the sunset, I biked to the Vinoy for a full-body workout. I was feeling pretty blah and knew a brisk spin around the neighborhood in the dwindling sunshine would give me energy.
It worked! Sauntering down the water among the happy exercisers while blasting One Direction pumped me up for the gym.
The Vinoy is pretty. You gotta love the 1920’s architecture and pink exterior. So Floridian!
At the gym I focused on upper-body moves and some lower-body plyometrics. My hips and booty are surprisingly sore from yoga! So I gave my legs a break and burned out my shoulders. I love working my shoulders! Mostly because I think it makes my body more proportionate in relation to my big… pecs ;-).
Also to balance out my biceps! And my bicycle helmut. Safety first!
I loved adding plyometric moves back in my routine. I did jumping lunges and squat jumps and my foot was not aggravated! I have felt heavy and weighed down from my newly added muscle and will be incorporating more explosive movements in my workouts.
Also excited for Peter! 3 more days…