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Who has 2 thumbs and went to the gym?

Tuesday, March 06, 2012


Weights today. Warmed up for 10 minutes on the stationary bike then moved to the weights room. The crowded weights room. Luckily my timetable only has me doing weights on one crowded afternoon a week (Friday and Sunday are the other days and the gym is pretty deserted) because I spent waaaaay too much time waiting for machines and equipment. Like the only inclined bench that a guy was resting his water bottle on while he worked on a nearby machine...

If you are interested, here is my weights routine (all 2 sets, 15 reps)


Dumbell flys on an incline (4kg)
Lat pulldowns (30kg)
Bicep curl and press (4kg)
Tricep machine (5kg)
Chest press (18-23kg)


Hack Squat (no weight)
Reverse leg curl (13.9kg)
Leg press (59kg) Most proud of this! Started on 20kg 7 weeks ago!


Swiss ball crunches (20 x2)
Swiss ball roll outs
Planks (March madness)
Push ups - knees (March madness)

I do this workout 3 times per week now. There are a couple of other machines that I add in if I am getting bored, but this is the plan I am currently following.

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CIVIAV 3/6/2012 10:43AM

    Whewhoo. good work...

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JAZZEJR 3/6/2012 9:28AM

    Wonderful!--and I love also reading the readers' added suggestions. Gives me ideas for mixing up my workouts :)

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 3/6/2012 5:52AM

    Sounds like a great workout plan!

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BOB240 3/6/2012 5:10AM


Just IMO (ignore at will). Main aim is to reduce time spent on machines for same effect.

Maybe just crunches instead of the Swiss ball stuff would give the same results (and reduce time)

Reverse leg curl not really needed.

Bicep curls - again you could skip (saves time - they have little effect)

Dumbell flys and bench is asking a bit much. Stick with bench.

I'd increase the weight marginally and drop your reps to about 8 for same effect but quicker.

Getting people off machines:

1] Ask them how many sets/how long they will take then do stretches in their vicinity (whilst looking at your watch and sighing)
2] Occasionally look at them and shake your head disapprovingly and mutter under your breath "form .. tut tut"
3] Ask if you can join in they sets. This usually scares them off.
4] If they have left their mobile phone on the floor do some dumbell curls near it and look like your about to drop the weight

Really good approach you have.. keep it going...
Hope this helps...

Comment edited on: 3/6/2012 5:11:21 AM

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ANAJAK 3/6/2012 4:07AM

    Hehe I can see it now - I totally understand the not talking to others at the gym thing :) Glances work a treat!

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BUBBLEJ1 3/6/2012 4:01AM

    I usually do ask the guys to shift their stuff, but I really didn't wanna talk to people today. I just did other stuff til they moved, while casting glances in their direction

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ANAJAK 3/6/2012 3:42AM

    Fantastic!! Great job on the leg press - thats my fav! Actually I LOVE weights fullstop. Bummer about the wait - I would've just politely asked the guy if I could move his water bottle :)

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I'm baaaaack!

Monday, March 05, 2012

I don't feel sick anymore! Whoop whoop!

I went to work today and survived. The kids were...challenging today. 3 days of subs + 2 day weekend = forgetting how to behave in my class. For homework they have to try and remember how we behave in my class. Hopefully most do the homework and come to school ready to learn tomorrow!

In other news, I went to the gym tonight. I went to a very small boxing class; Just me and a couple of guys. I felt a little outnumbered...Luckily the guys in my class (who are uber fit) are really nice and supportive of little me bouncing around and doing my best. I worked f&#*ing hard tonight. When I got into my car I ran my hands through my hair and my head felt like I had just washed my hair!

My plan for the week is this:

M - Boxing (done!)
T - Weights
W - Boxing
T - Rest
F - Weights
S- Walk/Rest
S - Weights

I have changed my plan of attack slightly at the recommendation of a knowledgeable sparkpeople member. I have been advised to make strength a priority over cardio, and do 3 days strength, 2 cardio and 2 rest. Since I am enjoying my new weights routine I figured I may as well try it for a few weeks and see how I go. I certainly didn't lose when I was a cardio bunny, so it won't hurt to try this ratio and see if I lose anything. I will be doing this for all of March and then I will reflect and review for April.

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ANAJAK 3/6/2012 3:44AM

    Great job mate!! Plan looks good :)

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CIVIAV 3/5/2012 9:21AM

    Yay Bubble!

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BSEANACAIN 3/5/2012 8:55AM

    good idea

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    I've been told to keep strength and cardio even, but to skip cardio if anything, at least in the earlier phases. Building muscle means not only compacting appearance, but burning more calories in base metabolism. I'm trying to do strength work 3 times per week and cardio 5-6x but I have a slow natural metabolism and need the cardio boost to "get to normal". Yay boxing!

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TWINSMOMMY607 3/5/2012 7:32AM

    I want a copy of that recipe!! The ring is beautiful. Good luck!

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L-RIOT 3/5/2012 7:30AM

    Amen honey! I wasn't losing either when I was just on the cardio. You were the one who told me to get off of the treadmill and onto the strength machines. I have you to thank for my weight loss ;) Good on you!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 3/5/2012 5:56AM

    Glad you are feeling better! Looks like a great plan for the week. Good luck with ST!

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AMANDASUN81 3/5/2012 4:36AM

    So hows the the schedule going??? Maybe I should do something like this. I just ulternate my gym classes and mix in free weights training in between. My rest days are sunday and monday. Hope things are going well for you. Rock on!! emoticon

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Some more Pinterest inspiration (pics)

Friday, March 02, 2012

And some funny ones

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BARCLE 3/2/2012 9:16PM

    These are great! emoticon

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CATLADY52 3/2/2012 7:16PM

    Very cute, especially the last one.

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YIWEN39 3/2/2012 7:16PM

    Love them all... but the towel one really made me laugh ;-) Thanks!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 3/2/2012 7:07PM

    These are great! Thanks for sharing!

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SUGARSMOM2 3/2/2012 5:58PM

  oh, love them all .

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My big day

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Yeah, you know you have been sick when the following seems like a big day...

emoticon Took my car in for a service and new battery. I am terrible at getting this done, and it has been ages. Luckily my car is indestructable, because there was nothing wrong with it besides needing a new battery. I already knew the battery was shot because we have to jumpstart it at least once a week. Fun, huh?

emoticon I sold 3 of my university textbooks! YAY! I have 3 more that I hope will sell in the next week.

emoticon I went and paid off some of my layby. I have my engagement ring, wedding ring, eternity ring and Russell's wedding ring on layby. We got them before my staff discount went bye bye and we are slooooowly paying them off. We really can't afford them but there is no way we could have gotten them without my staff discount so we are making it work.

This is my engagement ring. Yeah, it is perdy! Should be all paid off in a month, and then he can propose whenever he feels like it (hint:soon)

emoticon I am cooking dinner tonight! Seafood pasta, my fave! I do it in a lemon and white wine sauce, no cream, so very spark approved. I might even post the recipe later on tonight!

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ANAJAK 3/6/2012 3:49AM

    Still sounds more productive than my study days haha!! Breakfast, STUDY, Lunch, STUDY, Dinner, STUDY, Bed. Yep you're right, you saw no shower in there - ahhh law school.

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CARLA-216 3/2/2012 2:36PM

    That's a gorgeous ring!

Dinner sounds really good. You really should post the recipe!

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    Oooh pretty! It's always worth it to take advantage of discounts even if things get tricky for a bit. Dan was tight for money when he bought my engagement ring but my dad's personal jeweler did it at cost, so he made 1/3 of what it's worth retail. Yay shiny! Hint hint hint, Mr. Bubble!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 3/2/2012 5:54AM

    Very pretty ring, glad you got your discount on it. Dinner sounds yummy!

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ROSABELLEA 3/2/2012 5:26AM

    Ooooh yes please share :)

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Does illness burn calories?

Thursday, March 01, 2012

I swear, for the past 3 days I have been hungry all the time. I eat and then I'm hungry 30 minutes later. I am eating as normally as possible, but boy, I am starving! Being sick must burn heaps of calories, because I am losing despite eating so much.

In other news, I am feeling better today. Glad I have another sick day, but if I needed to I could have worked today. I am taking another day off from working out, but I will be back at it tomorrow. I plan on hitting the gym and doing some weights. Nothing too much and if I feel sick I will stop. 3 days of complete rest should be enough, and to be honest I think that too much rest is a bad thing. Gotta ease back into it sometime, so it may as well be tomorrow. I hope to be back to my normal self by Monday, wish me luck!

In other, other news...Cake pops. Yep. Cake covered in chocolate and sprinkles on a stick from my local cupcakery. I had one. It was amazing. Don't look at me in that tone of voice, I'm sick after all!

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CARLA-216 3/2/2012 3:55PM

    Glad you're feeling better!

Cake pops are really good! I'm glad I've not stumbled upon a place selling them lately. LOL

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TRULYVISIBLE 3/1/2012 8:58PM

  Your body does burn more calories when you are sick. It uses extra calories to heal.

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MARINEMAMA 3/1/2012 6:58PM

    Cake pops!!!!????? Yummy!! Wish I were there to enjoy with you!!

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