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Hurts so good

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The gym was packed today. The car park was empty, which lulled me into a false sense of security. It was a nice day, maybe people walked? I went in, got changed and walked into the most packed weights area you have ever seen. People were 3 deep at the mirror trying to check form, there were benches everywhere, most of the weights/machines were being used. I knew I would have to improvise!

I did a quick, 5 minute treadmill run to warm up and headed in. Luckily for me, I only need a machine or a bench once in my entire program, so I grabbed some weights and relocated to the stretching/ab/spare floor area. I wasn't the only one with that idea, so space was tight there, too. I did my first 2 exercises, then grabbed my weights and headed outside. More space, fresh air and all I needed was 1 dumbbell. The smith machine was taken when I needed it, so I used the assisted pull up machine instead. Other than that I managed to luck out on getting a bench just when I needed one, and with some hunting I found the weights I needed.

The only problem I encountered the whole time was when I needed some 5-6kg weights, and there were none left. I looked around and found heaps of dumbbells on the floor, at a girls feet. I asked if I could use the 6kg's if she was done, and she just shrugged and her friend said they weren't using any of them anymore. Well, then put them back? It is obviously crazy busy, have a bit of common sense! Also, the teenage boys using the machines with waaaaaay too much weight and terrible form. Triceps pull downs shouldn't require your feet to leave the ground so you can get enough momentum going to pull the weight down. The 2 trainers were busy with program shows, and didn't see what was happening. I might mention it to my trainer when I see him next, since I am concerned that the boys might hurt themselves. Or knock some common sense into themselves. Either could happen.

The long and short of my epic gym saga is that I hurt. My shoulders and upper back are sore. I need a bath and a massage, stat!

  
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COLETTEISGREAT 7/18/2012 4:12AM

    Have a nice soak in a bubble bath!

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LYNSEY723 7/17/2012 11:21AM

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You did great! If it was that packed I would have just stayed on the treadmill! I'm afraid of the free weights area - - what does a normal ST day look like for you?

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Scale and tape measure hate me, but getting compliments...

Monday, July 16, 2012

Does that even it all out? The scale is putting me anywhere in the 77.0-77.6kg range at the moment. I know, fluctuation, all good, but would it kill it to dip under 77? I was there for like a week, I swear it! The tape measure is showing the same results it showed when I measured a couple of weeks ago. My pants are all big on me, so that is no help. I need new ones, but I spent too much on workout clothes this week, so the pants will have to wait a few more weeks.

Today I was back at school, so I saw all my workmates in work clothes (read: not a baggy tshirt) for the first time in 2 weeks. My tutor teacher commented that I had gotten skinnier over the holidays, which was nice. Also my mum keeps telling me that I look like I have lost more weight. So, even though the scale and the tape measure won't tell me what I want to hear, the real people in my life are. That is something, I guess!

  
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LYNSEY723 7/16/2012 3:18PM

    emoticon If other people notice then there is progress being made!!!

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CARLA-216 7/16/2012 11:16AM

    Take those compliments to the bank, girl! The tape measure and scale will get their act together and show the appropriate smaller number soon enough.

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STARGAZER420 7/16/2012 9:10AM

    that scale will move eventually~!

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COLETTEISGREAT 7/16/2012 8:17AM

    Muscle weighs more than fat; you're doing awesome!

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MARINEMAMA 7/16/2012 7:17AM

    I agree...take the compliments!! The scale and tape measure are only the tools we use. WTG ...your hard work is paying off!!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/16/2012 6:58AM

    I say take the compliments and go with it! The scale will move soon!

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HEAT7918 7/16/2012 6:12AM

    Maybe you "toned up" some over those 2 weeks which doesn't usually show up on the scale or tape measure... either way, I say focus on the compliments, the baggy pants, and really just how you feel. Have more energy? Feel stronger?

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The Tale of Two Spin Classes

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Thursday

Calories burned: 444
Max HR: 160 (barely)

Today

Calories burned: 550
Max HR: 180

A different instructor really makes the class! On Thursday we had a really chatty class with an instructor who chatted along. We didn't work that hard, and it shows in my numbers above. Today we had a no nonsense instructor who worked us very hard. No chatting, just working. Lots of hills, heaps of jumps. I was sweating up a storm!

I actually really enjoyed this mornings spin class. The time flew by, since I was too busy trying to breathe to bother looking at the clock. I liked the instructor and I like that I my workout was done by 10am; I can do whatever I want for the rest of the day! I'm not sure if I will make spinning a regular thing, but I could see myself doing it every so often to mix things up!

  
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CARLA-216 7/16/2012 11:14AM

    I can see why the chatty factor would equal less of a workout. While I do like to chat with some folks at times, overall I'd rather not because I can't workout as hard and talk at the same time.

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DRAGONCHILDE 7/15/2012 12:10AM

    It's funny... I've noticed when my classes are chatty (and I'm guilty of it, too, I've made friends) that we get a lot less intense a workout. And when the instructor pushes, our conversation dies. :)

I think both kinds of workouts have their benefits... but it sounds like you've got two fun classes!

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Ya know what I love?

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Buy one, get one free on already discounted workout clothes. Usually $150 worth of clothes, I paid less than $70!

Kiwis - Get down to The Warehouse right now.


Of course I had to try them out. One strength workout done! The top didn't ride up at all. 3 are the same but different colours, so I tried this one. Love it! Bonus, I look pretty good in them. Always nice to feel good in what you wear!

  
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CARLA-216 7/16/2012 11:12AM

    I love a good sale!
You're looking quite fab!

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COLETTEISGREAT 7/14/2012 9:08AM

    I love it when workout clothes are on sale!

And you look great!!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/14/2012 7:13AM

    Awesome sale! Way to go!

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STARGAZER420 7/14/2012 2:11AM

    you look great~!!

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Too much junk

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I have been eating too much junk lately. I've been tracking most of it, and if I go over my calories it is only by 100-200 calories, but it is too much and it has to stop. So, 1 treat a day, and no more. None of this dessert after every meal business I've been getting into. I don't need that much sugar. If I want another sweet treat I can have some Greek Yogurt with a little cinnamon sugar on top. Sweet and it is actually good for me! The cinnamon sugar only adds 30 extra calories, which isn't bad.

Right, I have had a good breakfast this morning. I had a piece of buttered scone toast, and a diced nectarine with Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar. I'll pretrack my lunch as soon as I finish this blog.

At some stage today I'll head to the gym to do my weights. It is open all day, so I'm not in any hurry. I need a few hours to chill on the couch today.

  
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CARLA-216 7/13/2012 3:02PM

    You are so smart to reign it in before it gets further.
I am currently consuming waaaay too much junk...probably more junk than real food. For some reason I am being too stupid to put a stop to it. :(

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ONESTUBBORNTART 7/13/2012 12:57AM

    I've been hitting the junk pretty hard the last couple of days and unlike you, have not been tracking it. (hiding??) Anyway, you're going to do just fine because you're owning it and making a plan to curb it a bit. Good for you! I hope you enjoy the gym today :)

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DRAGONCHILDE 7/12/2012 9:59PM

    Good on you for identifying the problem. I've been eating a bit too junky myself lately. :(

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COLETTEISGREAT 7/12/2012 7:58PM

    Wow, JESSICA723 said exactly what I was going to say: Good job recognizing where you need to make changes!
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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/12/2012 6:40PM

    Are you still off on holiday? I know when I am off from school and my normal rouine is off... I snack too (and not always pick healthy options). You are tracking it still, so don't be worried. Hope the gym is great!

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LYNSEY723 7/12/2012 6:39PM

    Good job recognising what needs to be changed and taking action!! emoticon

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