Thursday, April 30, 2009
Yeah, HE can probably do 100 consecutive pushups.
Yesterday, after reading all the inspiring comments on my "In a slump!" post, I decided I could make a choice. Continue being in a slump, or DO something. If I chose to continue in a slump, I'd have to shut up, because it was a choice I'd be making consciously. Or, I could have a little fun.
So I decided the easiest, shortest workout I could think of would be the next day of the hundred pushups challenge. Check it out at www.hundredpushups.com if you haven't heard of it before. Given that I'd slacked off at the beginning of April, I'm back in week 5, rather than having already completed 100 consecutive pushups as I'd hoped. And it had already been 2 days since I did Week 5, Day 2.
Got on the floor and did the first set. Hmm. Not too bad. And the next. And the next. And the next. And the next ... did I mention that in Week 5, we do 7 sets, THEN the max set? No? Well, we do. :)
Managed a max of 31. Yay, me. 30 was the _minimum_ for Week 5 Day 3, so don't get too excited. :)
That was a total of 121 pushups. And I *think* but am not absolutely sure, that I did an extra set of 12 in among those sets, because I lost count of how many sets of 12 I'd already done. :)
[Ooh, there's now a 200-squats workout at www.twohundredsquats.com/ as well. I do squats very frequently. Used to be EVERY day while brushing my teeth, but the bathroom sink here is deeper - away from the counter edge, so doing that would be hazardous to my teeth. :) SO I do 'em AFTER brushing my teeth. IF I remember. :) But the other day I tried - could barely do 50 squats in a row - I'd been USED to do 120!!! Sigh. How quickly we decondition! :) Gotta work on them squats.]
Anyway, there I was, all pushup-ed out. And still wanting a bit of a challenge. What to do, what to do?
I'd been mentioning HIIT a lot recently, so I decided to give it a go. Jumped on the treadmill in my brother's basement, walked slow for 5 minutes, then hit the inclines (all the way up to an incline of 10 - his only goes up to 12, rather than the 15 I've seen at the gym) for another 10 minutes. Then my body told me it was ready for the HIIT, so I brought the incline back down to 2 and HIT it. :)
Managed 6 mph for a solid minute. Recovered at 2 mph for 90 seconds, then tried again - at 7 mph. Barely lasted 30 seconds. Recovery interval. THEN tried 8 mph. Umm. Yeah. 20 seconds was pushing it.
Okay, so I HAVE lost conditioning since my last real HIIT workout about a month ago. No surprise, somehow. But not too terribly. I managed to push through for 25 minutes, alternating the 6.5 to 7mph fast intervals (30 seconds to 1 minute at a time) with 90 seconds to 2 minute recovery intervals. Then did another 5 minutes of incline work, working down from 10 to 0. And a five minute cool-down, followed by a stretch.
Pheeeew! It felt good. Even though my niece walked in when I was doing the final incline walk and giggled at me - I'd left a plastic spider perched on top of the front door, so she HAD to come down to the basement and let me know it HADN'T scared her. :D Her little brother woulda SHRIEKED. :D Too bad I missed the entry. But she didn't scream, that's for sure.
One of my SP friends who lives really close to me (HIYA, Mel!) let on that Baskin Robbins was having a 31-cents a scoop special. So my sis-in-law and I took the kids there on the way home from picking up the little guy after school - I had the Rum'n'Raisin. Just ONE scoop. Not the 3 they had as max per person.
And came home and had a healthy dinner.
After allllll that, it was a let-down to see that today was GRAY. Gray, gray, gray. Little rain drop things all over the place. No oomph again. Rest day for the pushups.
The Outlaws have signed up to do PUSHUPS today. Against other teams. SIGH!
So, what's an Outlaw to do? April challenged me to do "at least" 100 pushups. I couldn't let HER down, right?
So, I did 'em. In good form. Real military pushups. 100 of them - no, NOT consecutive. Spread out over 6 sets. Yeah. Really. 20-18-12-20-15-15. I'll do another set of military pushups this evening, I think. But I feel GREAT, knowing that I actually CAN do pushups on consecutive days without wimping out! Woohoooooo!
And that means I'll do my Week 5 exhaustion test on Saturday morning instead of tomorrow - no way will I risk doing that one without a full rest day, so that I can get properly hydrated and have strong core and back and triceps by then. But this means I can do triceps dips today, too - yay! I've grown to LIKE these little monster workouts. I think I want to aim for 100-triceps dips, too. Hmmmmm.
I'm not weighing in today. Not until the weekend. Maybe AFTER the Week5 exhaustion test.
Today, I have to move my behind and walk to the mall again in the afternoon. And it's supposed to RAIN while I do that. Grrrrr.
But all this rain is warming up the soil, hopefully, so there'll soon be pretty flowers in the backyard, and I may even get brave enough to plant tomatoes ... :)
Okay, I'm off. I don't plan to eat any Baskin Robbins ice cream (or any OTHER brand) today!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Yeah, that's what I look like right now. :D
Well, okay, not really.
Aha. THAT's more like it. Substitute a hamburger for that slice of pizza, and that's pretty much me! Oh, okay, the skin tone should be several shades darker - brown!
That little (?) red wagon? Yeah. Gone. LONG gone.
All last weekend and so far this week, I've been totally lacking motivation. Haven't been on the computer much, although I have made time to log what I was eating. Haven't done HIIT even once, but I did get in several LONG walks, and have kept up with the pushups challenge - today will be Day 3 of Week 5, and I'm leaving the exhaustion test for Friday.
All in all, NOT a stellar week. I've been feeling really blah, so just not into posting, chatting (in real life OR on "the net"), or generally taking any interest in anything!
If you were expecting words of wisdom or deep insights, sorry, this blog ain't it! I'm off to sulk a bit more now.
Oh, yeah, I haven't actually gained weight today (weigh in for BLC-10). Which is a minor miracle, and probably will be untrue by the time I weigh in tomorrow.
Have a great week!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Okay, so my little red wagon still could use a little polishing.
I had to weigh in yesterday because it was weigh-in day for the BLC-10 challenge. But now I'm going to try to NOT weigh in until Saturday, and then again only on Wednesday for the next BLC weigh-in.
I did GREAT yesterday. Well, sort of. :)
Weight (a.m.): 197 pounds
Calories: 1590. But, I exceeded my fat grams allowance and went over on sodium. Both of those are directly attributable to the Indian fried-chickpea-flour, savoury snack things I munched on all afternoon. :) (They kinda look like fried chow-mein noodes - you may have seen them in the ethnic section of your grocery store.)
Cardio: Walked to the mall at a brisk pace - about 45 minutes. Plus, walked around a bit *inside* the mall, but I'm not counting that.
Strength: Should've been a rest day, but I wound up doing squats anyway, since I always do them. :) Only, yesterday they became squats with calf raise and overhead press - LOVE those compound exercises.
So, I weighed in at 197 pounds. That sucks. Especially when I look back and realise that on January 1st, I weighed 198 pound.
Grrrrr. 4 months and only ONE pound gone?
Gotta get (and STAY) focused if this thing is going to happen by July 1st.
July 1st? Yeah, Canada Day - the day Canada declared/got its independence. Yes, we still have a queen, but she's only a titular head of government.
No, that's NOT why it's my deadline. The point is, on July 4th, my friend has a wedding reception. (The wedding was months ago, this is just the reception - the party!!!)
But she's asked me to make a toast.
Umm. Yeah. First, I've never been to a wedding. Okay, I lie. I went to one wedding when I was about 6 - I remember running around with a few cousins. And I went to another one when I was 11 or so - I remember sulking because I didn't *wanna* go.
And now this. Er. Umm.
What does one DO at a reception? I ONLY know the bride. Okay, I sorta know her husband. And have met his parents a couple of times, and have spent a few minutes with a couple of the groom's friends.
I'm kinda one of the "bridesmaids", as my friend puts it. ALL her other friends are these lovely, skinny gals. Sigh. I'm SO going to stick out like a sore thumb!
And SO determined to be back in a size 10 by the 1st of July. And stay there or lower for the rest of my life, of course, but first we have to get to the size 10. I'm estimating that's a couple of ten-pounders away. Remember that I've just started fitting my petite 12 in pants - without a muffin top (YAY!) So another 20 pounds or so should definitely see me in a size 10.
We then have to look at the fact that since Jan 1st, I've only managed to shave off ONE solitary pound. ONE. Look at it. Feel it. Weigh it. Say it HEAVILY. Say it lightly! ONE.
NOT NEARLY ENOUGH.
So, there are about 10 weeks from now to July 1st (yeah, I know, not quite, more like 9 weeks and a day or two).
To be down 20 pounds will mean just over 2 pounds per week. Let's say 3, to be on the safe side.
Which, truly, is NOT un-doable.
But I'll need to focus and STAY focused all the time, to get to that point. I *can't* just eat the yummy fried Indian snacks "because they're there and I feel like nibbling", and I can't just put off the HIIT because "aaaaah - tomorrow!" and I can't postpone the weights because "I'm just not feeling it today".
If this is going to happen, I'm going to have to do each of those things on the days I've allocated to them. Which means I'm gonna have to "allocate", as well. To plan. To work that plan. Waaah. I don't DO plans.
Okay, I guess I have a choice. I can choose. Plan, or plan to fail. Gee, it's simple when I look at it that way.
Right. This is pedal-to-the-metal time.
Ready, get set, GO!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
So, it's time to hop back on the wagon, after falling off, big time, over the weekend. I *did* have a good day yesterday, and today, I'm happy to report that 2 of those pesky weekend pounds are gone. However, I'm still about 4.5 pounds higher than the low of 192.5 that I'd achieved a few weeks ago.
It's time to re-focus. To look at EVERY bite that goes in my mouth. To make ABSOLUTELY sure that I do at least 30 minutes of high-intensity exercise, at least 5 times per week. And that I do some resistance training at least twice per body part each week.
So, here goes. I'll be POSTING my weight here every time I blog, and also my workout stats for the day. Starting tonight - I've done nothing so far today other than catch up with SP. :)
I want to see how long I can maintain a healthy-eating/intense-workouts streak during BLC-10.
Tuesday, April 21st:
Morning weight: 198 lbs.
Calories: 1697 (Just 3 little calories short of my upper limit of 1700 - and we know these aren't completely accurate calorie numbers!)
Water: 16 8-oz cups
Cardio: 75 minutes of intense walking/jogging on the treadmill, 5 minute cooldown.
Resistance: Full body workout - pushups, biceps curls, squats, lunges, crunches - yay!
Yesterday was a GOOD day! Today will be, too!
Monday, April 20, 2009
It always happens. Never fails.
I lose a few pounds, get some confirmation of that fact, tell everyone about it, and promptly proceed to stuff my face!
Grrr! I bet those lovely petite size 12 pants don't fit any longer!
Friday was good - I hung out with my friend ALL day. We ate at the food court, but it was Middle-Eastern food - nothing ultra-fatty: shawerma with rice and tabbouleh and pickled turnips and some yummy, stinky garlic paste. Yumm. Too big a serving, but we were walking all day, so hopefully that burned off some of it.
Unfortunately, Friday was followed by the weekend. And I totally abandoned all care and pigged out. For no real good reason. And got in very little exercise - just a short walk on Saturday and another on Sunday, and some playing/goofing-around with my nephew and niece.
And, I cooked yesterday - a yummy curried beef dish. Pigged out on that at lunch time, and then we had Chinese (my *other* weakness) takeout for dinner. Sigh.
When will I learn that a couple of weeks' worth of eating sensibly and working out CAN be negated by a couple of days of acting like an idiot?
Oh well, all I can say is, back to the drawing board! :) Those pants are GONNA fit again by the end of the week!
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