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My strength training victories!

Friday, May 25, 2012

The one thing I love about strength training is that it is so easy to see progress. When you move up (or in my gyms case, down) the weights you know that you are getting stronger and making progress. The progress is also faster than something like running. I find I can up my weights once every 2 weeks! I don't do it all at once, because that would be too much, but I will go heavier on 1-2 moves at a time.

Last night I upped my weights for a couple of things, and I was reflecting on how far I have come since I first started lifting weights. I'm most proud of:

Chest Press: Start - 2x3kg Now - 2x9kg
Skull crushers: Start - 5kg bar Now - 12.5kg - When I started I could barely do 5 with a 5kg bar. Last night I did 2 sets of 10.

I love my strength training days, and I love how strong I am getting!

And some funny ones

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K-GETTING-FIT 5/26/2012 10:44AM

    YAY! Love my strength training too. Absolute favorite. That first pic is killer!!!

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HEAT7918 5/25/2012 9:42PM

    Love it - great job!! emoticon

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MENHALLS 5/25/2012 8:32PM

    You go girl!! Love the pictures too, especially the last one.

I'm now inspired to go do my ST.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 5/25/2012 6:31PM

    These are great victories! Way to go. Great pictures too!

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New clothes

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I have just finished purging my wardrobe of my 'too big' clothes. I won't be needing them again, so there was no point having them clog up my wardrobe. The Salvation Army will be getting a big drop off this week. However, now I have next to nothing to wear! I realise that I am lucky to have what I do, and that I should just leave it at that, but 3 pairs of pants and 4 tops wasn't going to cut it.

As usual, because I was looking for something, I found nothing. Gah. You know how it goes, when you aren't looking to buy something you find heaps of cute clothes, when you are looking you find nothing. That, and I don't know how to dress myself now that I don't have a belly to hide. I managed to find 2 tops that I liked (and were on sale, score), as well as a much needed winter woolen cardigan. I ended up getting 2 smaller belts, so I can keep wearing some of my current tops. They are loose, but with a belt they will last another few months/kilos.

I had a rest day today. I am really sore from working out 4 days in a row. Tomorrow I'll be at the gym doing my weights program.

My weight is going up and down like a yo-yo, thanks to some Chinese food the other night. Sodium, fun stuff.

And, finally, I had a haircut tonight. I love the head massage part! Just a trim and some layers/thinning to try and tame the curls.

And thats all!

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OPALMOON 5/25/2012 4:50AM

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SAMBINA77 5/24/2012 8:57AM

    congrats on HAVING to replace your wardrobe!! Good for you!

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    It's great needing new clothes! Except then you need new clothes because the ones you have are too big, so you have nothing to wear!

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A busy gym means...

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Upping my weights. Busy means more people using the weights and less selection available. Ah well, go heavy or go home, I suppose.

Another busy day today. We watched some youtube videos for topic, but since 2 classes piggy backed on my lesson, it wasn't hugely effective. Too many kids, too much talking, and the only teachers were me, a reliever and the librarian. Yeah. Oh well, we had a good discussion once we were back in class, and our animal classification display looks cool.

And now I need to go to the supermarket to get some more food for my lunches. The only downside to the healthy eating lark is that real food goes off quicker, which means 2 trips to the supermarket per week. I forgot to go on my way home, so I'll need to venture out in the cold. I'd go before work, but I already leave the house around 7.30am, and I really don't want to get up any earlier.

That's all, folks!

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BOB240 5/22/2012 4:27AM

    I recommend powercleans in the gym... The exercise is OK but the chief advantage is that everyone gets out of your way!!

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Almost halfway

Saturday, May 19, 2012

I can hardly believe that I have lost almost half the weight I want to lose. My goal is 69kg (152lb), which is a loss of 18kg (40ish lb). At the moment I am hanging around the 8kg (17lb) lost mark, which is awesome.

I haven't lost a lot of weight this month, but I still have another 10 days to go, so anything can still happen!

I am now at the point where I am thinking that I can actually do this. I can lose this weight, I can keep it off, and I can be amazing.

I know that at this rate I will probably meet my goal sometime next year, and that is OK by me. I am averaging 1kg per month, which is slow, but steady. 10 months from now is next March. That suits me just fine, because we are talking about getting married in May (no, he hasn't put a ring on it, but we do discuss these things).

I am starting to love myself again. This morning I lay in bed running my hands over my hip bones. I can feel them and see them, and for a long time I thought they had just up and left me. They are back.

I no longer feel like the out of breath, unco girl in my boxing classes. It seems easier, and I am having to put in more effort to get the same workout. I no longer struggle to run 2 minutes at a time.

I love lifting weights. I am usually the only girl in the weights area and I don't care. I get in, get the job done and get out. I think that gets me a bit of respect from the guys, and at the very least they are all lovely and polite when I need to share equipment or need help (barring douche canoe guy). I never thought I would be the girl who liked to lift weights, let alone spend a hour and a half a week doing strength training.

Here I am, almost halfway to my goal, but I am already a different person!

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HEAT7918 5/22/2012 6:16AM

    Great blog! You are going at a steady pace that you will be able to maintain.


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    Slow and steady wins the race, and is more likely to be a permanent change.

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CARLA-216 5/21/2012 3:41PM

    Very nice! Congrats on your progress and on loving yourself again.

You'll get to your goal, and if it's next March, so what. Like I've said to others, no rush because once goal is reached it's pretty much the same thing day after day to maintain the weight loss as you did to get there. [not that I've ever been to goal, but my feeling about it sounds about right. lol]

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OPALMOON 5/20/2012 10:08AM

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MENHALLS 5/19/2012 11:18PM

    You are so tough! I am inspired to go get my weights and sneak in one last ST for the week!

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SONYALATRECE 5/19/2012 8:49PM

    You are really progressing!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 5/19/2012 8:47PM

    You look great, and your positive attitude and all the hard work you are putting in WILL pay off for you! You WILL reach your goal! Keep it up Ms. Bubble! (Hoping you get your ring soon!)

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After 5 hours at the zoo with 22 children...

Friday, May 18, 2012

I deserve a prize, or a medal, or at the very least, a cupcake. Seriously, those kids are so much fun, but chasing them around a zoo for 5 hours wore me out! I was asleep just after 9.30 last night, and I slept for 10 hours straight.

The thing I found amusing about my kids at the zoo was, they would glace at the animals that were visible. Oh, yeah, a giraffe. Yawn. But when we got the the hippo exhibit and there was no hippo to be seen? They stood there for 10 minutes waiting for the bloody hippo to come up for air. Seriously. They obviously like a challenge, because they did that at every enclosure that claimed to house an animal, but there was no animal in sight. At least it killed some time.

Then, last night I was reflecting on the zoo trip when I was hit with a thought. I walked around the zoo for at least 4 hours, if you count in the stops and lunch breaks. I was tired when I finished, but I never once found myself out of breath or feeling like I needed to sit down. Then I thought about how different the trip could have been if I was 8kg heavier. I likely would have gotten out of breath often. I would have needed to sit down more frequently, and my feet would have hurt way more than they do today. What a difference 8kg makes!

I am now the proud owner of my third pair of running shoes.

They are Mizuno Wave Inspires. Apparently. That is what the box says anyway. I tried these on and instantly knew they were my shoes. They are comfortable, light, and look super cool. The man at the shoe store said they have more support around the arch area, because I am more flexible there. I think that is the only place I am still flexible...

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TWINSMOMMY607 5/19/2012 9:47AM

    It sounds like you had a great trip to the zoo!

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CIVIAV 5/19/2012 9:25AM

    You are one of my heroes Bubble! I wish my son had had you as a teacher especially one wearing running shoes like that. I love my Mizumo waves. Ran my half in them last Oct!
Go girl!

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HEAT7918 5/19/2012 9:24AM

    Love the new shoes!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 5/19/2012 7:30AM

    Sounds like a fun trip, and that the kids really enjoyed it. Glad you were in great shape and able to make the walk. Very cool new shoes!

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    Make sure you track all that walking at the zoo in your fitness minutes!!! Awesome job!

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OPALMOON 5/19/2012 2:26AM

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MERLETTE 5/18/2012 9:18PM

  yeah Mizunos! Those are my shoes of choice, too!

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BARBARASDIET 5/18/2012 8:50PM

    Been there, done that. So glad that my kids are grown!!

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