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A personal challenge - met!

Friday, September 07, 2012

Every month my gym has a challenge. Something like how many deadlifts can you do in a minute. Things like that. I have always looked, but I have never done one. I always told myself - I'm not fit enough, I will come last, they will think I'm silly. Well, no more!

Today I did my first YMCA challenge! As many squats as possible in 1 minute. I went to the (hot) trainer and told him I wanted to do it. He told me the rules (90 degree angle of knees, only full ones counted etc) and said go. I did 31! My goal was 25, so I am pretty happy with myself. You can enter as many times as you like, so I might try to break my record in a couple of weeks!

Also, in other news, I have lost 13kg and 15% of my body weight.

Funny how meeting the fitness challenge warrants its own post, but weight news is a by the way. The way I view success is changing...

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 9/8/2012 7:25AM

    Way to go on entering the contest! I am sure you will beat that record by the end of the month.

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PAMATX 9/7/2012 11:10PM

    31 squats in a minute? Truly spectacular! As is 15%!

Rock on!

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LYNSEY723 9/7/2012 12:37PM

    Awesome job!!! That's really great!! emoticon emoticon

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TWINSMOMMY607 9/7/2012 7:26AM

    Wow, that's awesome!!

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PATSYB7 9/7/2012 5:34AM

    Awesome! Keep going! emoticon

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OLIVIANIGHT 9/7/2012 5:34AM

    Wow that's a lot of squats! I don't understand kg but losing is good so WOO HOO!

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FATHINSN 9/7/2012 2:41AM

    Hmm, that's an interesting way to weight yourself and get happier result, hehe.
Anyway, congrats for your kg losses, WooHoo!

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Great day

Thursday, September 06, 2012

emoticon I got an awesome nights sleep last night. I was in bed just after 8pm (yes, just put me in curlers and call me a Nana) and I vaguely remember the start of the 8.30pm TV show. Apart from a brief wake up around 3am, I slept until 6.30am! Well rested, indeed.

emoticon I ate well today. Lunch was leftover pasta and I snacked on fruit.

emoticon School went well and I have the cleanest class in the school since I bribed the children with a prize for the best tidy-up people (they knew it would be a freddo frog (chocolate)). Sometimes bribery is needed, and I am OK with that.

emoticon Stopped on the way home and invested in 2 new sports bras. I managed to find one that is really high impact, so it is great for running. YAY for safe and happy boobies!

emoticon Instead of the gym, I decided to go for a run. It was a nice day and I didn't want to be cooped up inside. The run went really well. Considering I haven't run in weeks and weeks I managed to do my usual route in my usual time with no walking breaks. It felt great to go get out and get moving. I do like running, I just have to be in the mood for it.

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JSTETSER 9/6/2012 7:05PM

    Way to go! A bribe is just a payment that a student earns. I'd give rewards too!

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LYNSEY723 9/6/2012 10:32AM

    Sounds like an awesome day! Way to go! emoticon

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OLIVIANIGHT 9/6/2012 6:00AM

    It's great when you have days that just work : )

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 9/6/2012 5:50AM

    Sounds like a great day!

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PATSYB7 9/6/2012 5:37AM

    Yay for a great day! I hope today goes just as well for you. Enjoy! emoticon

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Feeling tired and sore today

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Well, the title says it all! I'm skipping the gym tonight. I have worked out for the past 5 days in a row, so it is time for a break. I actually didn't realise it was 5 days, until I looked back. I usually take Saturdays off, but since I was up and motivated last week I took a class instead. My last rest day was Thursday. Since then
Friday - Weights
Saturday - Spin
Sunday - Weights
Monday - Kickboxing
Tuesday - Weights

Whew, I deserve a night off. If I was just tired I would probably power through a boxing class, but my shoulders are sore so I think I need to rest my muscles.

Mum is home from the hospital. I'm cooking her spaghetti bolognese for dinner which I am going to pack full of veggies.

And that is my boring life! Goodnight!

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LYNSEY723 9/5/2012 11:52AM

    Smart thinking to take a day off. I'm sure your body will thank you!

And I'm sure your mom will also thank you for taking care of her! I'm happy to hear that she is back home!

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TWINSMOMMY607 9/5/2012 7:42AM

    Good for you listening to your body. I hope your Mom feels better soon!

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JSTETSER 9/5/2012 6:09AM

    Sometimes your body just needs a break. Breaks are healthy!

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PATSYB7 9/5/2012 5:56AM

    Hope your soreness abates soon. Stretching is key. A hot shower helps, too. Glad your mom is home and doing better. Enjoy your day! emoticon

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OLIVIANIGHT 9/5/2012 5:38AM

    So glad your mum is alright and back home : ) And it sounds like a rest day is definitely a good idea.

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SLIMMERKIWI 9/5/2012 3:27AM

    Just reading your exercise regime for the last few days has me soooo tired just seeing it. I can sure imagine how YOU feel - LOL! Great that you are listening to your body.

How is your mum? (and BF?)


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ANAJAK 9/5/2012 1:41AM

    Yum spag bog is always good for what ails yer :) I manage to put at least 5 servings of vege in the meat sauce AND serve it with a couple of side vege. Jack thinks it is one of our "unhealthy" or kids food as he calls it but little does he know mwhaaha emoticon

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SPIRIT42013 9/5/2012 1:37AM

    Phew! Send me some of your energy, C.O.D.! emoticon

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Mum in hospital, boyfriend to A and E

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Well, I have had a busy day.

I got a text around 10.30 from my mum saying that she was in hospital. Her cold wasn't getting better so she went back to the doctor who sent her straight to the hospital to rule out pneumonia. Luckily work was really understanding and sent me to be with her. All the tests have come back negative, so she is just in being observed and she can come home tomorrow.

While I was at the hospital my boyfriend called me and said that I shouldn't panic but he cut his finger making dinner (to put in the crockpot) and it wouldn't stop bleeding. Left mum in the hospital, went to get the boyfriend and took him to the accident and emergency centre. Only a minor injury, but he needed a tetanus injection and a dressing.

Whew. Luckily everyone is safe and sound tonight. Very lucky to live in a country with such awesome (free!) medical care!

It goes without saying that my eating wasn't awesome today. I took my morning tea to the hospital, so I had a banana there. Picked up sushi for lunch. Dinner was in the crockpot, so no major there. I tried millet for the first time, which is minor compared to the rest of the day, but it was yummy. Managed to get to the gym for a quick weights session. I am sore from kickboxing, mainly in my back.

Now I have to organise a little bit for tomorrow, and then I can relax!

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ANAJAK 9/5/2012 1:38AM

    Arrgghh the drama!!! Glad everyone is good now. What did you cook in the crockpot?? I'm so nosy haha emoticon

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JSTETSER 9/4/2012 3:28PM

    I'm glad to hear that all is well. Good quality free health care must be a great thing!

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_LINDA 9/4/2012 9:12AM

    So glad your loved ones are all okay! I love kickboxing too, but my sore back is from tossing and turning and never being able to sleep :P.
I hope you have a much more enjoyable Tuesday!

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TWINSMOMMY607 9/4/2012 7:15AM

    I'm glad to hear that everything is okay!

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BUBBLEJ1 9/4/2012 6:16AM

    Chaley - Just not as awesome as usual! My 2 oranges, yogurt, and sandwich are still sitting in the fridge at work. I made good choices with what I had, but more fruit and veggie servings would have been nice!

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PATSYB7 9/4/2012 6:12AM

    Glad everyone's okay. And you did well with your program. Good for you!

You're lucky to have free health care. Here in the US I spend $6,500 per year for my family plus another $1,000 in deductibles and copays. My employer kicks in $6,500. Yikes! Are things out of control here, or what?

Anyway--hope your day is event free and smooth sailing! emoticon

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OLIVIANIGHT 9/4/2012 5:46AM

    Ooh I was worried when I read the title! But yay for everyone being okay : )

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    What do you mean that "it goes without saying that your eating wasn't awesome"? It sounds like you still managed to eat well, and get in a workout! Great job!!

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SLIMMERKIWI 9/4/2012 4:55AM

    It sounds like MISS BUBBLE is taking after her Aunty Kriss - LOL! THAT is the sort of thing that happens to us. About a year ago I had hubby go off to hospital in the wee hours of the a.m. I was supposed to take my Stepfather to an Outpatient Appointment that day, so waited until a civil hour and phoned to let them know there was a slight change of plans and that I would take our lunch with us. My sister answered the phone. As soon as I mentioned a slight change of plans she interrupted and said "Tell me about it - the Dr has just rocked on in closely followed by the ambulance." HE was sent to hospital so I had BOTH in North Shore Emergency Dept. one on one side of it and the other on the other side. I was racing back and forth between them. It turned out they both had the same Specialist coming back and forth too. A wee bit before that, it was my mother and sister together. Mum was going down in the ambulance as support for my sister who had just had a stroke. Mum ended up collapsing too so the Ambo had to get assistance to get them both out the ambulance and into the ER. At least the staff put them into 2 cubicles next to each other, and that could easily have the partition opened so they could talk with each other - LOL!

Anyway sending good vibes to your Mum and as for your BF - I reckon he was jealous and wanted you with him :-) Hope they are good as gold in no time at all!


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Thoughts on my first kickboxing class

Monday, September 03, 2012

Well. It was nothing like I expected. Firstly, no one told me that coordination was required. I have no coordination; I trip up stairs and fall into walls. Terrible. I got a space at the back so if I managed to make a complete idiot of myself the audience would be limited. Luckily I got a spot next to a lovely guy from boxing, so we laughed our way through the class.

It was very fast. I did struggle to keep up. I did say 'what the f***?', more than once. I did ask the guy next to me if he felt ridiculous too (he did, but said I had some good moves and I'd be fun to go clubbing with, so there is that). I did accidentally kick the wrong way and kick the guy next to me. But it was enjoyable. Not something I'd usually be into, but something I would do again. AND I burned 450 calories in a 45 minute class (HRM reading)! Not too shabby! My only complaint is that the music was very, very loud and I couldn't hear the instructions, so I just did what the person in front of me did.

So, I'll be back. It is a new challenge for me! Same time next Monday!

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ANAJAK 9/5/2012 1:34AM

    Haha this is just so awesome. The whole blog made me smile emoticon emoticon

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PAMATX 9/3/2012 12:57PM

    Ha! Sounds like a lot of fun! This post made me laugh. You're clearly having a great time. Yay!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 9/3/2012 7:59AM

    Sounds like a good experience! Way to step outside of your normal box. Glad you had fun with the guy from boxing (hint... you are fun to be with, and new guys find you interesting and fun!)

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WENDYSPARKS 9/3/2012 7:33AM

    Sounds fun!!!

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AMSPARKER 9/3/2012 6:22AM

    great job on trying something new! i want to take either a zumba or a bokwa class, but I am too chicken!! So good for you! I actually LOVE kickboxing (again, only tried via DVD, but still loved it!). My husband and two of my daughters are black belts in karate and they say that the moves are similar to the warm ups and agility drills that they do in class. Keep it up, and if nothing else, you have the promise of perhaps going clubbing with your fellow exerciser! So you rocked it on a couple of fronts!

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SLIMMERKIWI 9/3/2012 5:56AM

    It sounds like you got a kick out of this in more ways than one - LOL!

NOW you know that the trick is to stand next to someone you DON'T like - then you have a very good cover for kicking butt :-)

You can always ask them to turn the music down - I've done this lots of times and no-one minds!


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OLIVIANIGHT 9/3/2012 5:45AM

    I LOVE kickboxing, but I sometimes struggle with coordination too. It's good if you can laugh about it : )

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SDANLSON 9/3/2012 5:27AM

  Actually, it sounds like the kind of thing that will actually improve your coordination while you are doing it. Unfortunately, when you stop the activity for a while you will start loosing the skills.

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