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Wow, 5 days since my last post.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Things have been hectic around here! Thursday we bought a new car and then I dropped my phone in the toilet and had to spend Friday getting a new one. Then there were lots of instruction manuals that had to be read along with studying for/taking the umpire test and umpiring softball games. Even though I have missed my daily blogging I've still followed my workout schedules. I just finished week 3 of the latest workout plan and I'm going to change up again. since I'm now umpiring almost daily, I need to dial back the number of days I'm lifting to 3 instead of 4. I found a great workout in this month's Oxygen magazine that I tweaked a little to make it fit a 3 day lift schedule and today I did the chest/shoulders/triceps. It's a little different in that You do one compound exercise at a heavy weight and then an isolation exercise with light weight. It looks easy on paper but in reality it's quite hard.

Today's workout:
bench press 1x4 80lbs
bench press 4x6 75lbs
cable flye 4x15 22.5lbs
shoulder press 1x6 50lbs
shoulder press 3x6 22.5lbs
lateral raise 4x15 20lbs
assisted dips 4x6 100lbs
tricep pushdowns 4x15 40lb

35 min spin class

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KALISWALKER 3/30/2009 8:05PM

    I wanted to see what you have been doing lately. I am making up my exercise schedule today.

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Make-up day

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Ok yesterday, due to my late arrival at the gym (8:00) I wasn't able to finish my scheduled weight lifting workout. Tuesday is the hardest of all the workouts because it involves three benches; flat, incline, decline-then it's supposed to be followed by pullovers, tricep push-downs, assisted dips, and bench dips. I had a choice to either skip the last portion of the workout, do it after spin class, or push it to today. Skippng was not an option, I wouldn't skip, doing it after spin class would mean I wouldn't have enough strength or energy to lift the weight I normally lift, so that wasn't a good option either. Since Tuesdays are cardio days I knew lifting would fit in there. So, I did indeed finish the second portion of the workout today. It's not something I would do on a regular basis, but for a onetime thing, I knew it would be ok. know that each exercise in the workout is placed in that order for a reason, and so I don't feel as if either workout was as effective as it normally would be, but I still got a good result.

I read this today in the newspaper and I really made me smile. In particular I want to share this with my son and his wife who are expecting their first child this September:


You can use most any measure
when you're speaking of success.
You can measure it in fancy home,
Expensive car or dress.
But the measure of your real success
Is the one you cannot spend.
It's the way your kids describe you,
When they're talking to a friend.

Having lost all this weight has made my kids ridiculously proud of me, and they tell everyone they know about me. My daughter in Boston has my article from USA TODAY on her wall, and my son at school in PA went to one of his football teammate's apartment only to find that he had the same article on his wall. He loved it and called to tell me immediately. My oldest daughter invited me to run a 5K at the school where she teaches, and she bragged to all her teaching friends about how awesome it was. So I can tell you that to hear them talk to their friends about me in that way is the most amazing thing in the world. While my kids always thought of my husband and I as the "cool" parents, they never could be proud of me in the way they do now. Knowing they feel that way makes me so happy and it's something I didn't think they'd ever be able to feel.

Today's workout:
pullovers 1x15 15lb warm-up
cross-bench pullovers 2x10 35lbs
tricep pull-downs 1x10, 8, 8, 6 40, 45, 50, 55 lbs
assisted dips 3x15 110lbs
bench dips 3x15 25lbs

60 min spin class

On another note:
What is the deal with the biggest loser trainers? Why must they continue to propagate the myth that exercise is torture? It's such a disservice to people who are trying to lose weight and get fit and healthy. It does nothing but discourage them from attempting to get moving because they don't want to be in so much pain. No matter how many people say it's an inspiration to watch the people on the show "succeed" at finally losing the weight, I just think that it's irresponsible to mislead people (obese people) into thinking that what the contestants do is what they should do to lose their weight! To make matters worse, the trainers aren't the least bit concerned about proper form when the contestants are lifting!!!

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TRECECOOKS 3/18/2009 4:49PM

    Informative blog; food for thought.

Congrats on your new status as "Grandma-to-be"!! I know your family must be wonderfully excited.

I agree about BL. For me, the show is just so fake. Viewers forget that its principal purpose is entertainment. If people did what we all do, they'd be disheartened because it's not a magic pill. We know that 1-2 pounds/week is the healthy way; they are seeking a faster, more dramatic way.

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Feeling a bit weary.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Between the time change, my current workout and umpiring softball again, I'm feeling very fatigued and quite a bit beat up! This morning I had trouble getting out of bed and was late getting to the gym My Tuesday workout is difficult and takes at leas an hour to complete. had only 45 minutes to do the workout until spin class, so I finished the chest portion and will need to do triceps tomorrow, usually a cardio only day...

today's workout:
chest press 4x10, 8, 8, 6 75lb, 80lb, 80lb, 85lb
incline bench press 4x10, 8, 8, 6, 70, 75, 75, 80lb
decline bench press 3x10, 8, 6 75, 80,85
flat bench chest flyes 2x10 35lb

60 minute spin class
150 minute softball umpiring

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LWINTER 3/18/2009 9:00AM

    Di, know how it is. We're are in the 10th week of our 6-day a week odyssey during TAX season (I work for an accountant), and with 2 early waking days last week & staying up late last night to visit with a friend I hadn't seen in 2 years, this morning was a challenge! Still made myself do it, though--because I put myself through the guilt wringer of a Jewish mama if I don't LOL (at least I make myself feel as guilty as I have others during the years when they don't do what I think is right--sometimes GUILT can be good!)


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DEBBIEDAY 3/17/2009 11:05PM

    I Know you know sometimes a 'rest' day is in order...but better to split the workout then simply go through the motions. ......Happy St Patty's Day!

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TRECECOOKS 3/17/2009 9:04PM

    I admire you for breaking it apart and spreading it over 2 days, rather than scrapping it, due to time. Go you!!

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Monday, March 16, 2009

I love Monday's workout. It's all about shoulders and it's challenging but I feel awesome after it's been completed. Even today, when I got little sleep last night (I know!! I need to get my minimum7-8 hours.) We had to take our daughter to the train station last night at mid-night. She had to catch the train back to Boston. It's one of the last time's we'll be making the trip as she's in her final semester there. But, upon returning I couldn't get to sleep right away and then I woke up around 3:30 and couldn't get back to sleep. So, getting up this morning was a test of wills. But once I got there I was completely into the workout and upped my weights in most all exercises. I got done the lifting a little early so I went into spin class and began on my own and after I finished an hour I left class early (they had 2 songs left). I burned 560 calories and was pleased with my effort.

Today's workout:
arnold press 3x10 40lb supersetted with
seated lat raise 3x12 20lb
wide grip upright rows 1x12 45lb supersetted with
front raise to overhead barbell raise 2x12 20lb
bent over lat raise 2x12 20lb
lying lat raise 2x12 8lbs

60 min spin class

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COLORADOTINK 3/17/2009 8:09AM


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MILLY61 3/16/2009 2:11PM

    Wow you lift heavy. I can't even imagine being able to lift those weights, but you give me hope and inspiration to keep trying.
Thank you :o)

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Preacher curl

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Barbell Preacher Curl


Sit on preacher bench placing back of arms on pad. The seat should be adjusted to allow the arm pit to rest near the top of the pad. Grasp curl bar with shoulder width underhand grip.


Raise the bar until forearms are vertical with the back of the upper arm remaining on the pad. Lower the barbell until arms are fully extended. Repeat.


The long head (lateral head) of the biceps brachii is activated significantly more than the short head (medial head) of the biceps brachii since the short head enters into active insufficiency as it continues to contract.

Most gyms also have a preacher curl machine that can be used as well.

I had a very good week at the gym, also started umpiring softball again on Friday and have 4 games this upcoming week. Normally I do yoga on Saturday, but got the opportunity to play golf with my sons and my daughter's boyfriend. It was a little cold, but we had a good time.

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LWINTER 3/15/2009 10:03AM

    hope your weather is good for umpiring!

Here in AZ, early spring/summer upon us. Could get to 90 next week, Yikes! We're going to be crying for cooler weather!

Did my planned 3 days of weight machines this week, it was a good introduction. Think I will go to 2 sets next week.

Have fun! And good health to you!

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