Thursday, December 02, 2010
I was going to add this to a discussion thread but it was too long winded:
I do abs daily and commonly do calves 2 or 3 days in a row. This week is an example of why.
I’m at a week long conference in Chicago. The West building at McCormick place is secluded---so I did 3 sets of one leg calf raises on steps. I also did triceps dips. (LOL-business attire and all. But this is really away from the crowds and nobody saw me.) Today and tomorrow, I’ll do calf raises—but will not allow myself to do dips until tomorrow so that I rest the shoulders.
Back at the hotel, I did abs already. I suppose the reason I fall into daily ab and core work so easily is that in my 20’s I was on my college taikwando team and we did daily core. Thirty years, 4 kids and a whole career later, I’m feeling like I’m “back home”—the muscle memory is still there! I feel better, function better with this regimen. It ‘s not difficult—just two minutes of some lower abdomen, upper abdomen and oblique work. It’s like brushing my teeth or stretching. Do I think this will overtrain my abs---no way. I don’t worry about resting the ab muscles for 24-48 hours like I would the upper extremity because the muscle connects to itself along tough fascia—no synovium, no joints, and great blood supply for recovery—really nothing to worry about.
The general rule of resting 24-48 hours is excellent. I adhere to it mostly. But for me, daily ab work rocks as well as my frequent calf-raises. Those are the only two groups of muscle I confidently work for days in a row.
EVEN BETTER ACCOMPLISHMENT THIS WEEK: I’m surrounded by lots of food during this conference. I LOOK at it completely differently than in my past. When I see plates of carbs—I’m seeing plates of refined flour and have NO INCLINATION to eat that way!!! I packed protein bars to split during the day. I eat out at GREAT Chicago restaurants and order protein and fibrous veggies—salad and broccoli—and enjoy every bite! I do not like what they serve at the food courts. When I see what other attendees eat—I have no desire for their type of food. Cool, huh?!
I’m lovin’ the lifestyle!!!!
Monday, November 29, 2010
I ate barely any dessert over Thanksgiving weekend!! I LOVE my new lifestyle. The dessert treats were not even on my radar screen.
I DID enjoy roasted veggies. I diced a rutabaga (white turnip) and included it with yams, onions & potatoes. It did not go over well on T-day. But the NEXT day, I put leftovers in the crockpot and created the best ever high-protein –with-complex carbs turkey stew and the rutabagas were cool. EVERYONE loved it. I made a first batch Friday and called it Turkey Stew. It was thick and tasty. I took my spices with me from home and added whatever. The next day, Saturday, I was down to less meat. That day, I made “Parsley Potato Soup” using a masher that made it more of a potato soup based concoction. Again, it was a big hit.
Grandma is almost 90 and is adorable. She needs to feel that she is doing everything herself—as she always has done wonderfully in the past. The young adults are benefiting from being able to come over free of worries and get good eats without cooking themselves. Grandma feels In the thick of things. It is keeping the family together.
We walked after dark on Thanksgiving night. I was going nuts by the time I was able to get to the Y. But I made it—during the OSU Michigan game on Sataurday when I had the Y nearly all to myself!! (The game was still playing on the big screen—but I got my exercise in ).
So, it was a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’m probably up in weight from sodium, but not from desserts. That’s great. All in all, this has been a wonderful healthful fall through Halloween and Thanksgiving. I do not have to cook for the masses this Christmas. I will be going to other houses and do not have to bake cookies. My family will have enough of that stuff from events we attend without any need for them being in my home.
It’s good to get back to Monday!
Monday, November 22, 2010
It is interesting to me that Frank Zane credits his drive to perform bodybuilding with a deficiency. He opens his book, Fabulously Fit Forever, explaining his observation than many bodybuilders he knows had fathers who were unavailable emotionally or physically—himself included. He believes object-loss identification, the need to be ‘more of a man’ to identify with the missing father, drives success.
Interesting take. Interesting that a NEGATIVE is turned into a POSITIVE. No blame. No excuses. I give him a lot of credit. This guy is a world champion—and he opens his book so HUMBLY?! Would I be willing to do that? (only a person with lots of confidence could).
How can I achieve POSITIVE from the NEGATIVE in my life?
One thing I notice about my drive to work out, my need to succeed, and my joy of dripping sweat: I CHERISH THE FREEDOM AND TIME I PUT INTO THE GYM. No kidding. I witness snide comments about gym time. I retaliate. I spent a LOT of twenty years raising kids, doing career and NOT getting to a gym. I spent a LOT of time in a fast-paced, the-buck-stops-here decision-making job with no time to eat, pee, sh** or take a phone call. The fact that I have time to go to the gym now has been EARNED. I APPRECIATE WHAT I HAVE. I THANK GOD IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO RECLAIM MY HEALTH.
Friday, November 19, 2010
I told Kxxx how strong she looked crossing the half marathon finish line. When I complemented her the day of the race, she said she felt like crap. Today, I learned she thinks, too, about how she looks in a race. She said her goal is to finish each race – “with dignity”.
That is exactly what I saw in her. Her posture was perfect, tempo even, stride perfect and breathing rhythmic. She LOOKED better than most the runners. I want to run like Kelly. I’m getting there. As I work on my core muscles, I feel them kicking in while I am doing cardio—and activities of daily living. My transformation is showing. I don’t know why I never thought of it before—but everything comes from the core. So why not exercise the core?? I skipped core earlier—just focused on cardio to burn the calories, then on arms and body parts as I learned the weight lifting. But I was missing a focus on the core. Now, I’m doing daily abdominals, back, obliques—and feeling stronger than ever. When I run my 5ks next year, I will finish with dignity. I will have straight posture and good form, rhythmic breathing and a big smile (well, maybe not all the time.) I will start small, run daily even if it is to the corner and back and build my endurance s…..l…..o…..w…..l……..y. It’s my way.
I interviewed Kxxx following her phenomenol half marathon performance. She runs the Boston Marathon Monday April 18, 2011. She’s one of my Y instructors—and teaches as many as ten a week. Her training schedule is tempo run (for example, in her ten mile run, mile 9 is 8:26—the same as mile 2). Her long run is 15 to 20 miles. Her short speed run is 4 miles. She uses a Polar and says something I noticed in myself in my own workouts. She may have a run that she feels was fantastic—until she looks at the numbers on her Polar. The body will fool you! Measure and record!
Kelly used to run daily and believes that gets you no improvement over what she does now: quality runs. Each run has a purpose.
For me, each workout needs a purpose. Even if the purpose is calorie burn, it needs to have purpose.
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