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I deadlifted my body weight tonight!

Friday, April 12, 2013

I think the title says it all.

This morning I weighed 65.9kg, and tonight I deadlifted 67.5kg. Coz I could. I even did it 4 times, AND I have witnesses!

I was also that annoying advice person at the gym today. Well, I offered to help and it was accepted, I didn't just butt in. I was finishing up my squats (75kg, thank you very much) and had already done my chin ups when I saw a couple of young guys trying to do chin ups. They weren't quite able to so after a bit of ribbing ("come on, even I can do better than that!"), I offered to help. I told them they could say no if they wanted, but I was happy to show them how to use a band to make the chin up easier until they were ready for the real deal. They accepted and I had a chin up lesson with 3 guys. Then they were my deadlift witnesses. They were impressed :D As they should be, really.

  
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LIVEDAILY 4/13/2013 3:42PM

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PRETTYPITHY 4/12/2013 1:08PM

    I love, love, love the attitude in this blog! Well earned. Be proud!

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LYNSEY723 4/12/2013 1:06PM

    Will you come coach me?? :) You are doing so awesome. You are an inspiration!

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SAMBINA77 4/12/2013 9:18AM

    rock on with your girl power!

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BUSYGRANNY5 4/12/2013 7:26AM

    You are AWESOME!!! Congrats on your deadlift and on helping the guys!!!

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You are amazing!! You rock! Absolutely love hearing a gal can outmuscle the guys!
Keep up the great work!

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NANCYPAT1 4/12/2013 6:34AM

    That is such a great story - I find people in the gym/fitness centers tend to be very supportive of each other even when their levels of performance are pretty different. Thanks for sharing it.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 4/12/2013 6:03AM

    emoticon emoticon Jess, I bet those guys went home an blogged.... You should have seen the fit, hot chick I met at the gym! Love that you taught them.

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Next time I run it will be my 6k!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

I am FINALLY trained for a race. After entering things for motivation for years, and then bombing because the motivation wasn't enough, I finally went out for regular runs. Having a running buddy has really helped. I text him on Sunday and said, "Hands up who can be bothered this afternoon", and he replied, "Me. See you in 15 minutes". So I went for the run and I was a better person for it. It is nice having someone to keep me accountable, and to keep me running.

I'm also the fittest I've ever been. I'm doing weights 3 times a week, boxing twice a week AND running twice a week. Also, I am running faster and running is easier. I think there is actually something to this whole training thing; It seems to be working!

Today, to boost my confidence for Sunday, I completed a 5k run, and my only goal was to run the whole time. Not only did I run the whole time, but I took 45 seconds off my last 5k time AND reduced my average pace by 10 seconds per km AND I finished feeling strong.

I think I am going to be able to meet my goals this weekend, which are to run the whole time and finish is under 40 minutes.

Wish me luck and I'll be sure to post pictures on Sunday night!

  
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APED7969 4/12/2013 2:52AM

    Good luck!!

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    YOU are a ROCK STAR!!

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    I'm getting ready to raise a toast to you. Cheers! emoticon

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LYNSEY723 4/11/2013 1:17PM

    How exciting! You can do it!!

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CARLA-216 4/11/2013 9:07AM

    Awesome job, Jess! You're my inspiration!

Best of luck on Sunday. I Know you'll meet your goal to run the whole time and finish in under 40 minutes.

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RAPUNZEL53 4/11/2013 6:42AM

  Good Luck!

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HAPPYMENOW58 4/11/2013 6:37AM

    Way to goooooo! Good luck!

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Gym story - Couldn't get mad at this one!

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

So I was at the gym yesterday and was ready to do my squats when I saw that some lovely duck had left 80kg worth of weight on the squat bar AND had left it in the lower rung (were probably doing deadlifts?). So instead of just taking off what I needed to to get to the weight I wanted I had to unload all 80kg (4x20kg), move the bar, then load 60kg on. All before I could even get started. So I was doing my thing, taking the weights off, when an older man in his 60's came up and said, "Are you alright with those 20kg plates, miss?". How sweet and gentlemanly is that? I told him I was fine and it wasn't a problem, and then he told me that he was complaining to the manager because the girls shouldn't have to put away the weights, the boys should have offered to do it for me and, more importantly, people should put their weights away when they have finished! Now the feminist in me wanted to say that girls can take care of themselves, but I didn't say that. I could tell this guy was old school, and that he was genuinely concerned about what was happening. It was really very sweet.

And he did complain to management (the gym was in a shambles so it was good) and within minutes there was everyone who worked there in the gym tidying it up. We ended up having a chat after, and I told him that I just tell the messy boys to clean up if I see them leaving their weights away. After all, I give instructions to children as a living, and I have no problem with using the Miss Bubble voice in the gym if I need to!

  
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ANASARI 4/10/2013 6:35PM

    I am really glad you were gracious about his antiquated notions; it must be hard for him, living and trying to interact in a world so much different from when he was a younger man. I bet he really appreciated not being told off for wanting to be solicitous, too, because I am sure it sometimes happens, poor fellow! Kudos to you, and thanks for sharing this post; it made me smile!
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JSTETSER 4/10/2013 5:48AM

    Use the Miss Bubble voice! I love it!

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LIVEDAILY 4/9/2013 10:03PM

    That really was very nice of him....many men wouldn't even ask. And he was right, everyone needs to police their equipment after they use it. That's the fair thing to do for everyone in the gym. It's like wiping down the equipment after you use it. Common sense, right? My gym has signs posted everywhere...everywhere!! And you know, there are still yutzes who don't do it. I've seen it. I've got into the habit of wiping down BEFORE and after I use a piece of equipment. When you use your Miss Bubble voice, do you give them the Miss Bubble look too??
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APED7969 4/9/2013 5:11PM

    That's really nice of him. Amazing how a different intention and tone behind an action can make for a different reaction from our inner feminists :-)

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DRAGONCHILDE 4/9/2013 5:03PM

    Aww, how sweet and kinda chivalrous! If more guys were like that, the weight room wouldn't be such a pain in the butt.

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LYNSEY723 4/9/2013 3:43PM

    So cute for him to watch out for you!!

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How I plan on being a bada$$ this week

Monday, April 08, 2013

Monday - Boxing (done, boxed twice and got a great workout)
Tuesday - 6km run without stopping, ST
Wednesday - Boxing
Thursday - 5km run
Friday - ST
Saturday - Rest (marching down the main street in Auckland for a teacher protest!)
Sunday - Whenuapai 6k run!

Whoop whoop, lets get this done!!!

  
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LIVEDAILY 4/8/2013 10:52PM

    You gonna be busy busy. Make sure you get a bit of rest in there too and eat right!
You gonna do good!!

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FITMAMA_ 4/8/2013 5:37PM

    Sounds like a great plan!

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LYNSEY723 4/8/2013 4:40PM

    Sounds great! You can do it!!

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Well, hello, sparkworld

Saturday, April 06, 2013

This time next week I will be basking in post race glory. I hope. My 6k is now less than a week away, and I am ready to run it. I did a 5k last week, and I plan on doing another one today, and hopefully a 6k during the week. So I'm all set! YAY! I'm trained and I'm fit enough, I just have to keep reminding myself of that during the race! I have 2 race goals

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Two very achievable goals!

In other news, ya know the picture from yesterday where I am showing off in a tank top and shorts? Yeah, karma came and got me. I'm now wearing a long sleeved top (from Old Navy and I wish I had gotten more of them... I wonder if they ship to NZ?) and jeans. While sitting in bed covered with a duvet. Yeah. Ah well, I'm glad I got one more day in my shorts before the cooler weather hit. Truth be told I actually like cooler weather so I don't mind!

  
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FITMAMA_ 4/8/2013 2:15PM

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    Great goals - you can do it!!

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JSTETSER 4/7/2013 6:17AM

    Go girl! That is exciting!

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