Thursday, January 09, 2014
Technically, Day 2 was yesterday and it was a rest day. Initially, I wasn't going to take the rest day and was going to do some light cardio but my shoulders were screaming with achiness during the night so I decided to not push it.
However, today was Burn Circuit 2 and I've gotta say, it felt a lot harder to me than Burn Circuit 1 did.
First of all, I think it felt harder because I felt that I was making better weights' decisions. There was only one exercise where I felt I should go lighter.
The other reason I thought it was harder was because it involved a lot of lunges and with the osteoarthritis and the rheumatoid arthritis in both of my knees, lunges (and squats) can be difficult. However, that said, here are the exercises that I did today with the weights I used and the number of reps:
1. Sumo Squat w/Bicep Curl - 8 lbs, 12 reps
2. Lunge w/One-Arm Tricep Extension - 5 lbs, 12 reps
3. Dead Lift Row - 10 lbs, 12 reps
4. Sumo Squat w/Overhead Tricep Extension - 10 lbs, 8 reps (This is the one that I'll go lighter on next time.)
5. Dead Lift w/Double Row - 10 lbs, 11 reps
6. Bowler's Lunge w/Single-Arm Row - 10 lbs, 10 reps (I didn't make it to 12 because of the actual lunge not the weight that I was using.)
7. Bicep Curls w/Abductor Balance - 8 lbs, 12 reps
8. Forward-Lean Lunge w/Double Row - 10 lbs, 12 reps
9. Triple-Threat Push-Ups - 3 reps (Triple-Threat Push-Ups are tricep, wide hands and wide feet. Where I did 6 push-ups 2 days ago, I actually did 9 today since each push-up set is made up of 3. I did all of them on my knees.)
Workout Time - 45 minutes
Calories Burned - 234
Tomorrow's workout is Burn Intervals and Ab Burner. Sounds tough but I'll do my best as I always do.
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
So, I did the first workout (Burn Circuit 1) in the ChaLean Extreme program this morning. Some of it was tough and some not so much. Here are the exercises I did with the dumbbell weight, number of reps and comments:
1. Sumo Squat w/Hip Lift - 15 lbs, 8 reps - much too heavy. Chalene says if you can't do a minimum of 10 reps, go lighter.
2. Lunge w/Posterior Fly - 5 lbs, 12 reps - did 12 reps per side and found that 5 lbs was too light on the right but was fine on the left.
3. Push-Up w/Leg Lift - 6 reps on knees, no leg lift. I can barely put any weight on my knees as it is so the leg lift was definitely out of the question. However, I have to do the pushups on my knees until I can build up some arm strength to do them the proper way. Up to ChaLean, I've just been doing wall push-ups.
4. Dead Lift w/Posterior Fly - 5 lbs, 12 reps - I chose 5 lbs because of the posterior flyes but I'm going to try 8s next time.
5. Lunge w/Core Rotation - 15 lbs, 12 reps - This one felt too heavy. I'll try 10s next time.
6. Bench Press & Lower Leg Lift - 10 lbs, 12 reps - I didn't do the lower leg lift because I do the bench press on my bench and I'm always afraid I'm going to fall off unless I keep one foot on the floor and the other on the bench.
7. Squat w/Side Bend - 15 lbs, 11 reps - I found the 15s too heavy for this one as well; I'll try 10s next time.
8. Forward-Lean Lunge w/Double Arm Posterior Fly - 5 lbs, 12 reps - I'll try 8s next time.
9. Chest Fly w/Hip Lift - 8 lbs, 12 reps - As with #6, I didn't do the hip lift thing.
Workout Time - 45 minutes
Calories Burned - 209
Tomorrow's supposed to be a rest day but I may do some light cardio if I get up early enough.
Monday, December 30, 2013
Well, we made it to Arizona. DH loves flying especially the taking off and landing parts (the parts I hate most ). We travelled well as a pair.
We were both pulled aside by security in Buffalo -- me for not having the toothpaste in the clear plastic bag with the other liquids and DH for having not one but two knives. One was a plastic knife that came with our breakfast and the other was his long-owned favourite key-chain Swiss army knife that he thinks of as just a handy tool and not a weapon. Unfortunately, the security guard did not see it that way. DH was slightly irked that a woman on our flight had knitting needles and apparently THEY were fine.
Our rental car is a white Mustang convertible which we drove with the roof down. It was a little chilly but the sun felt so good. The temperature when we arrived was around 72 or 73.
Our hotel room is spacious and the only real problem with it is that the bathroom can only be accessed from the bedroom.
On Saturday, we checked out downtown Tucson with the high points being getting lots of tourist information from the Tourist Center and going to the South Arizona Transportation Museum.
DH has gone to look at trains and to an airplane museum this morning and I'm using the time to catch up with everyone online and perhaps do some reading.
We went to Phoenix yesterday. Our first stop was a Mobile Home Dealership. Mobile Homes are a lot nicer looking than I thought they would. They look like real houses and they're not too expensive.
Our second stop was in Mesa to see the Chicago Cubs new training facility. Unfortunately, the gates were all locked but we did get a couple of photos of DH in front of the gates with the new facility in the background.
Our third stop was at the Heard Museum of American Indian Art & History. It was pretty interesting although after seeing the hundredth woven basket, a little repetitive. There was a Georgia O'Keefe show there but it didn't include her wonderful flower paintings. The exhibit was called Georgia O'Keefe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam & the Land and featured depictions of a lot of katsina dolls (Hopi-related) and frankly, I found them a little creepy.
When we got back to Tucson, we went to a recommended Mexican restaurant for dinner (El Charro). The best part of the meal was the appetizer which we shared that had guacamole and a salad that tasted really good.
DH had the dish that they're renowned for:
A deliciously grande ó pound portion of our World Famous
Carne Seca. Dried in the Sonoran desert sun, our marinated
lean Angus beef is shredded & flash‐grilled with green chile,
tomato & onions. Features guacamole, Pico de Charro, arroz
& frijoles refritos or Charros, flour tortillas.
But didn't love it. And, I had:
Sampling of Three Handmade Tamales: Pork Carnitas, Chicken Tomatillo & Fresh Corn
I could only eat two of them (I don't know which two) but the one with red sauce was too spicy for my palate (DH didn't find it spicy at all). The green-sauced one was a little spicy but I found that I could cool off my mouth by interspersing it with the white sauced tamale which wasn't spicy at all.
By the time we got back to our room, we were both exhausted and DH actually went to sleep before 9! I managed to make it to 20 to 10.
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