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Tough day at the gym

Friday, March 23, 2012

My new weights program is intense. Seriously insane. I think the trainer (not my usual, he was sick) thought I was a silly little girl who wasn't really serious, so he gave me a program he thought I would fail at. That is the feeling I got from him anyways. And he laughed when I told him that my cardio is boxing. Yeah, come to the class, little man, and I'll kick your butt. He also questioned whether my weight is coming off fast enough. Yes, it is. Half a kilo a week IS safe and fast enough. Sure, faster would be nice, but it is what it is! Gah, back to my regular trainer next time. I like a challenge, but I also like a supportive trainer who is positive and motivating!

Anyways, I kicked the programs ass and I am so freakin sore!

This is new new programme

Swiss ball chest press with 5kg weights - 15x3

Talk about your full body workout! Arms, legs and core!

Dumbell Rows - 8kg - 15x3

This one hurts my back. I think I need to drop the weight and improve my form

Lunge and press - 3kg - 12x2

Holy moly, this is a killer!

Squat rack - body weight and bar - 15x3

Lying tricep extention - Bar weight - 15x3 (these are tough! Only managed 8-10x2)

Alternated with bicep curls with the bar

Tricep and Bicep thingy - 18kg, I think!

Like this, then you pull it up to do biceps. Except I don't look as happy as the girl pictured.

Swiss Ball mountain climbers

HAH! I have zero co-ordination, so I currently do these with the ball against the wall to stabilise the ball. Without this I roll off and end up on my face on the floor.

Medicine Ball twists

I do these in boxing, so they are pretty easy... Next time will take my feet off the floor.

So, this for a month! Wish me luck!

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CARLA-216 3/26/2012 10:41AM

    It looks tough. And yeah, lunge and press is killer!

Great job kicking the new program's ass! Sounds like that trainer needs his kicked as well. LOL

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PARASELENIC 3/23/2012 6:07PM

    Thank you for sharing all of these pictures! It gives me some great ideas (and you must be really getting buff with all this ST)!

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CIVIAV 3/23/2012 11:22AM

    doin great. pt is full of nastiness...so I'm glad you're headed where there's support.
keep up the great work!

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UMLEEYEAH 3/23/2012 9:45AM

    Medicine ballin'!

Lunge and Press is my FAVORITE!! I feel all long, strong, lean and tall afterwards, and dang does it make the heart rate go up.

Instead on dumbells, I use one of those medicine balls that's filled with sand from Reebok. I hold with both hands and push it forward, then up, repeat.


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    Taking your feet off the ground during the Medicine Ball twists takes it to a whole new level! I LOVE them!

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BOB240 3/23/2012 6:09AM

    just clarifying.. You look like you're in control of your weight loss. I'm not sure the PT saying that you need to be losing 1Kg a week is helpful to you.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 3/23/2012 5:57AM

    Looks like a great program ! Keep up the good work!

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BOB240 3/23/2012 3:10AM

    Pretty well balanced.. pushing/pulling

Swiss balls.... good for balance - I can't see you benching 50kg on one though - it would pop.

Lunges - yes they look very silly but are a very serious exercise.

0.5 kg a week seems OK. Unless you do serious weights (which would take you weight loss a little higher) you must have a pretty good diet and exercise routine. Weight loss is ultimately about WHO is in control....

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BLOSSOMEWOLFE 3/23/2012 2:36AM

    Wow! I'm seriously impressed! Congratulations on kicking that programs booty! You totally rock!

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Thanks for the support

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Thank you, friends, for your kind words and support over the past few days. I am doing better every day and am starting to come to terms with the news.

The funeral was the saddest hour of my life. She was so loved, and her passing was so sudden. Everyone was crying and wailing. Her lovely husband and 3 beautiful sons were beside themselves, and I hurt knowing there was nothing I could do for them. I went through 3 tissues. All the workmates were there so I had lots of people to hug and hands to hold.

I have been working which has kept my mind off things, but as soon as the kids left on Monday I had a breakdown on the classroom floor while painting displays. Multitasking. Luckily no one decided to come in and ask me something, because that would have been akward. Today I just cried a little in the car.

I have been keeping up the exercise. Endorphins etc. Boxing on Monday and weights today. Tomorrow is boxing class and getting a new weights routine.

Eating hasn't been awesome. Getting my 5+ a day, but too many sweets. Baked banana bread tonight. With chocolate AND cinnamon chips AND walnuts. So there. Only had 2 portions, so didnt go nuts.

I have a course tomorrow, and then I am released from my class for the day to do everything I don't have time to do during the rest of the week!

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PUFFPASTRY 3/21/2012 1:35AM

    Aw, honey. My eyes got teary just reading this. So many hugs to you. ((((BubbleJ)))) emoticon

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CARLA-216 3/20/2012 10:53AM

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Good on you for keeping up with the exercise, and eating pretty good, too!

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RIP Smruti. I love you.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

My dear, treasured friend Smruti passed away this morning, aged 51. She was waiting for a lung transplant that didn't come in time. We worked together for a year and over that time she became my work mum. She would tell me off, give me advice, talk to me about anything and generally be there for me. I called her mum and she called me by my full name, Jessica, an honour reserved only for her and my grandparents. As she grew more and more sick she had to leave work, which made me so sad. How could work be the same without her? It wasn't, and I left soon after to be a teacher.

She was so proud of me when I graduated. She wanted so badly to come to my graduation party, but by this time she couldn't manage stairs, and my house has plenty of them. She was there in spirit and gave me a big hug the next time I saw her.

I visited as often as a could, between her many appointments and my many illnesses. We would sit on her couch and hold hands and talk about anything and everything. I would stay for hours at a time, not realising that so much time had passed until my tummy rumbled.

Smruti was a kind and generous person. She would welcome you with open arms into her home and make you one of the family. She would fuss over you, even when she was at her sickest and could barely look after herself. Her smile could light up a room and she just had a sense of calm about her. People liked being around her.

The funeral is tonight. Hindu's don't mess around by the looks of things.

I don't pray, but Smruti did. She accepted everyones beliefs and everyones God. If you pray, please pray for my dear friend and her family. If you don't, like me, good thoughts and well wishes are also accepted.

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CARLA-216 3/20/2012 10:48AM

    Oh Jess, I am so very sorry for the loss of your dear Smruti. It sounds like she was one of a kind, a real gem of a person. I know I'm a bit late on posting this, but you are definitely in my very best thoughts.
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PARASELENIC 3/19/2012 2:16PM

    nothing to say here to make it better-- thank you for sharing and definitely sending good thoughts to you and yours.

my condolences.

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MENHALLS 3/19/2012 8:57AM

    My heart is with you as you mourn this loss of light in your life. I hope your memories bring you comfort and the pain you feel today is lessened knowing others care.

Find a way to honour your friend this year, through deeds or actions that would mean something to her. That has always helped me through the process.

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PUFFPASTRY 3/18/2012 2:32PM

    Aw, Bubble. Tons of hugs. This is a beautiful description of a beautiful woman, and I bet she feels honored wherever her spirit may be now to know you're thinking of her, and gathering good wishes. xoxo

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SPEEDYDOG 3/18/2012 11:09AM

    Smruti sounds like a wonderful person. Thanks for letting me get to know her. She lives on in your memory.


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TWINSMOMMY607 3/18/2012 9:37AM

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. BIG HUGS!!!

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CIVIAV 3/18/2012 9:29AM

    Bless you J and know that Smruti will live on. I know you keep her close in your heart.
Sorry for this major loss in your world.

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PAMNANGEL 3/18/2012 4:02AM

    Condolances on your loss.

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RUNNER12COM 3/18/2012 3:49AM

    I struggle with my own faith sometimes, but friends like yours are indicators to me that maybe there is some sort of higher power out there sending us just what we need when we need it.

I'm so sorry for your loss, and I'm glad that you both had a chance to become so important to each other.

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ALY123GO 3/18/2012 3:16AM

    I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Kind thoughts, and good vibes for you, and her family.

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ALY123GO 3/18/2012 3:15AM

    I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Kind thoughts, and good vibes for you, and her family.

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Cake pop and compliments

Friday, March 16, 2012

Oh yeah, its cake pop time.

Additionally, I went into my old work to pay off some of my layby and not 1 but 2 former co-workers greeted me with "WOW you got skinny!". Yipeeeeeeeee!

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CARLA-216 3/20/2012 10:49AM

    Cake pop = drool! The only kind I've ever had was peanut butter cake/filling covered in chocolate. YUM!

Hooray for those compliments! Feels good, eh?

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One pair of workout pants, size medium please!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Now everyone join me in giving the middle finger to my scale, in a 'so there, what do you know?' fashion.

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ANAJAK 3/16/2012 4:47PM

    WOOHOO!!! The closest to that I have right now is that I am a small in bikes. A small!! YAY!!!! Hahaha clothes not so much...

Well done you. F*%# you scale.

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LESSOFPMCD 3/16/2012 1:43PM

    Way to go!

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PICKIE98 3/16/2012 1:17PM

    Can I hear an amen? I am proud of you!!

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NINJA_SMOO 3/16/2012 10:48AM


That's impressive! You rock, chickadee! I wish I was a medium again.

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CARLA-216 3/16/2012 9:40AM

    The scale doesn't know jack!


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    I wish they had an emoticon for THAT!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 3/16/2012 5:57AM

    Great Non Scale Victory! Way to go, I alway say the inches off are better than the scale moving.

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NCSUE0514 3/16/2012 5:47AM

    Ain't that a blast?
I've enjoyed watching the numbers on the scale diminish, but even more I've been delighted to see the change from XL to L to M! And I'm really looking forward to S!!!

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