Saturday, April 24, 2010
My friend and I had a great workout being amateur loggers last Wednesday. I have a lot on the Washington Long Beach Peninsula that has many trees on them. The associations CC & R's require only a 24 foot height level limit. My plan was to just trim the trees down to conforming height but after climbing up my ladder with my "running" chainsaw I felt a true sense of danger lurking all around me. Remember I said earlier I am an amateur? So in my wisdom and expertise of cutting trees down to a stump, that is what I preceded to do. Better to cut tree limbs off on the ground and not my own limbs while on a ladder. All the trees, 8 of them, fell right where I meant for them to land. (That is the story I am sticking with) I cut, and my friend cleaned/dragged out the debris. In the over 4 hours we took a 10 min. break. We hustled. At the end of the 4 hours I felt tired but not exhausted. I guess I should speak for myself because my friend was jokingly, I think, saying I would not stop and rest longer. The only time we rested , separate from the 10 min. break, was to fill the chainsaw with gas and bar oil. Otherwise I was wielding a chainsaw making chips fly, cutting tree limbs and wood.
Bottom line is I got more of a workout than most of my workouts at the gym. I would estimate I must have burned over 2500 calories. I am happy to report I have all my limbs and so does my friend. Best workout I have had in a long time. I have the sore muscles and the bruises to show for it. (I didn't say I was graceful) Now I have a lot with a debris pile almost 100 foot long X 15 food wide X 10 foot high. I hope I still have my friend when it is time to clean it up. Since I can legally have a fire pit 4'X4'X3' I figure if I have 20 campfires and a lot of wieners we can have a roast we should be able to get ride of that debris pile in a hurry. At least that will be my story to the fire department when they are putting out the neighbors house fire. I am just kidding about the house fire.
Today I feel great and even put in almost 2 hours in the gym. I want to saw more trees!!! But I don't have any more.
The guy in the picture is my friend. Or at least he was my friend.
Monday, April 12, 2010
I have been working out hard, in my humble opinion, for the past 3 months and I am still sore everyday. I try to change my workouts from cardio lower body, then upper body, and the same with strength exercises. I have taken 2 days off in a row at times resting and healing to no avail. The 2 days rest take away some of the soreness but not all. Maybe I am working out to vigorous. About 80 % of my cardio is on the treadmill and 20% with the rowing machine and recumbent bike.
The treadmill I practice my C25K, currently on W5D2 of CoolRunning, for the allotted time then finish off with a walk at a fast pace, 3.8 mph, for the remainder of 65 min.
Once I get started on my exercises the soreness disappears, but the instant I stop...there it is again. I think I may start working out harder and longer. The soreness is mainly in my calf's and hips. I stretch after every session. I need to remember to stretch during my exercise a couple of time, which I do not do now. My reasoning is that I still need more challenging conditioning to get myself in better shape.
I'll see how that works out for me?
Friday, February 19, 2010
I found this title on one of the message boards. I believe it is a haunting question that plagues a great percentage of dieters. I believe that cheat days are a sabotage of eating habits I have been trying diligently to build for a future lifestyle change. If I "cheat" with food I am trying to put in my past it is akin to an alcoholic falling off the wagon to take one drink/s on a predetermined day. One cheat day leads to another, and more often than not it leads to another then another...and then we're back on the food merry-go-round. I have been down this road to many times. I am certainly no puritan because I will cheat from time to time, but I will not set up an actual regular weekly cheat day. There is one exception however, see last paragraph)
When I hit my goal, and I will, I will go out and have an In-N-Out burger (maybe 2,3,4...??) At that time I will be on my 10,000+ mile motorcycle road trip. While in California I need an infusion of In-N-Out Burgers (Double-Doubles). The restaurant is not located in Oregon (thankfully for me). I am reserving my cheat "time" for May 7, 2010 in Redding CA. on Dana Ave. However if I have not reached by goal by then I will have to ride on by, and it will be painful. Last year I was able to eat plenty of Double-Double burgers on my road trip and after 30 days I still lost 5 lbs. The road trip was grueling and took a lot of energy. The problem is when I got back from the trip I forgot to get back on the "diet wagon". However when I get back off coming trip I will have to put my man-pants(the ones that have willpower) back on the "Diet wagon" and "Fitness-Wagon" routine.
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