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Spun my little heart out

Monday, July 02, 2012

Could also be named: The spinning class that almost wasn't.

I got to the spinning class with 5 minutes to spare. I jumped on a bike and started to warm up, since it had been a while. 9am came and went and no one else was there. The instructor (who is also my trainer) said sometimes the ladies are a little late, but if no one else turned up in the next 10 minutes he would have to cancel the class. 10 minutes came and went, so I got off the bike and was cleaning it down. Then 2 women walked in and said they wanted to join the class. My workout was saved! *Just as a note, attendance is usually higher, but since it is school holidays the numbers have dropped. The class is usually full of SAHM's who drop off their kids and come straight to the gym*

The class was fast and fun, with heaps of jumps and sprints to break things up. I was sweating like a pig, though. The other 2 ladies looked great, and I looked like I was dying. The 45 minutes went quickly enough, and I thought I could probably do it again, so I have signed up for the Thursday morning class.

I did discover that some of my students go to the school holiday program run by the gym. I was walking out of my class and heard "Hi Miss Bubble!" Spotted!

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    Glad you got your workout!

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CARLA-216 7/3/2012 9:38AM

    Better late than never I suppose. I'm glad you got your spin on!

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JSTETSER 7/3/2012 6:00AM

    emoticon You go girl!

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ROSINVN 7/2/2012 9:29PM

    Hey bubble that's awesome. I've heard of spinning classes but never seen or done one. I would be with you on the sweating thing as it just pours off me. As for the kids, think of the amazing example you are setting for them.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/2/2012 9:13PM

    Way to go! Glad your class didn't get cancelled! I always laugh that I couldn't work within 10 miles of where I live...all too often I get off my treadmill or finish a workout and then go out to get gas for the car. Wouldn't want to run into a parent all sweaty and gross.... funny that your students saw you.

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DRAGONCHILDE 7/2/2012 9:09PM

    I'm guilty of not going to the gym as much since school was let out. I'm the "drop off at school and head to the gym" sort.

That, and summer's just stupidly busy for me.

But yay for the new class! I wish we had a spinning class at my gym. Not enough bikes. :( It would be my style, though... I love biking.

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DABLUECAT 7/2/2012 8:50PM


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My new strength program

Sunday, July 01, 2012

I have done this program 3 times now, and I really like it.

Swiss ball chest press - 9kg dumbbells

I like this one because it works my arms, shoulders AND my legs and core, because I have to stabilise myself on the ball.

I super set the SB chest press with these Swiss ball roll outs

Dumbbell head to toe - 3kg

These suck. I have no co-ordination, no balance. I am getting better, but they are tough!

Smith machine pull ups

Dumbbell curls and overheads - 5kg

Bench barbell butt blaster - 10kg

I think my trainer made this up, because I couldn't find a picture. Basically I have my shoulders on a bench, and I hold myself in a bridge position with a barbell resting on my hips. Then I lower my butt to the floor, and then back again. I look so stupid, but I can feel it working.

Deadlifts - 25kg

Swiss ball lying leg lift

So, that is my new program! I like that I only need a bench for one move, so I don't have to wait for benches when the gym is busy.

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CARLA-216 7/3/2012 9:35AM

    That's a good looking program! Work it, girl!

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HEAT7918 7/1/2012 10:07PM

    You are my hero! I need to start some strength training...
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WOWEETOO 7/1/2012 9:45PM

    9kg??? maybe when i was younger but i can barely make 3/30 at 2 pounds right now lol emoticon

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SLIMMERKIWI 7/1/2012 9:11PM

    That LAST one with the Swiss Ball I REALLY like - it works the muscles like nothing else.


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JSTETSER 7/1/2012 7:16PM

    Great program. Go for it!!!

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X5X52000 7/1/2012 6:37PM

    emoticon emoticon

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BUBBLEJ1 7/1/2012 6:32PM

    Yep, my butt is pulled in and parallel :)

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DRAGONCHILDE 7/1/2012 6:19PM

    Suggestion on that first one: When you balance, be sure and lift your butt up so that it's as parallel to the floor as you can. I do this exercise in my group classes a lot, and when you do this, not only does it engage your abs, but your butt, too! I've gotten some serious soreness off of it before doing that. :)

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/1/2012 5:41PM

    Looks great! Love that it works all the major muscle groups. I know you'll OWN IT!

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Look, knees! (pic)

Friday, June 29, 2012

Last night, despite the freezing cold (about 5C) I wore a dress that came ABOVE MY KNEES, without tights, for the first time in... ummm? Ever? Maybe? I actually can't recall the last time I felt confident enough to show that much of my legs.

I'm sexy and I know it.... emoticon

Also, I ate way too much (duck is amazing, and a very under rated meat. The chocolate tart was huge and I ate it all. Etc)

*Sorry about the blurry photo. My boyfriend is on medication that makes him shake, and this was the best he could do*

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    Woo Hoo! Little victories are some of the best. Be proud, you look fantastic.

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JSTETSER 6/30/2012 6:36AM

    Congratulations! You look GREAT! The photo came out great. You should be so happy with the new you~
You go girl!

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OPALMOON 6/30/2012 5:19AM

    Looking great!!! Lovely dress and you look just gorgeous!

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PAMATX 6/29/2012 9:00PM

    Stunning! Beautiful dress! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BARCLE 6/29/2012 7:45PM

    emoticon G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S!! emoticon

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BEANIES_MOM 6/29/2012 7:43PM

    You look fantastic

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WOWEETOO 6/29/2012 7:02PM

    you are looking quit awesome my friend for sure emoticon the lady mary

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 6/29/2012 6:49PM

    Cute dress, you look great! I too can relate.... always USED TO cover my legs and not wear skirts. This is the first summer in over 10 years that I wore shorts (they are to the knee, but short for what I was used to!) and am enjoying dresses too. Way to go!

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JENNY160 6/29/2012 6:45PM

    You look FANTASTIC!!!! I know the leg/knee issue. Lost a lot of weight once and was amazed that I could see it in my knees LOL But the fat reduction on the inner side of the knee makes all the diff in the world, eh? I can't wait to get there again! BTW, the pic was probably blurry cuz fabulous YOU were making your boyfriend shake!

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June recap and July goals (with progress pic)

Friday, June 29, 2012

June Recap

Well, June was a mess. I spent 2 weeks in bed, sick with an awful cold. This meant no exercise and I could feel myself getting fatter as I sat there. I tracked more often to make sure I was staying within my calories in the hopes that I wouldn't gain. My only hope for this month was to maintain my loss and get back on track as soon as possible.

Weight goal: Get to the 10kg lost mark. That would require me to lose 1.2kg, which is doable. It would put me at 77.3kg.

emoticon Luckily for me I had a loss before I got sick, and after some fluctuations I managed to maintain that loss. Once I got my eating under control and stopped eating like I was still working out I managed to lose another 600g. That put me at 77.2kg and 1.3kg lost for the month. Gotta be happy with that!

Nutrition: Keep on, keeping on! I guess what I am doing is working, so why mess with success?

emoticonI had to start tracking once I got sick. Not being able to exercise meant that I wasn't able to eat as much as I was used to, so I started tracking to make sure I wasn't over eating. I staying towards the lower end of my range most of the time, and this worked for me.

Water: I need to make sure I keep my fluid intake up during these colder months. Herbal tea is helping with this, and it gives me something warm to hold on to.

emoticon Being sick = more water than ever. I even started drinking 1/2 a glass of OJ a day to help keep me hydrated and for the vitamin C. Oh, and ice blocks for my sore throat. They totally count towards fluid intake!

Exercise: Keep up with my current routine, which is 2 days boxing, 3 days weights and 1 run if I feel like it. Again, why mess with success? My boxing class is different every week, and my weights program changes every 6 weeks, so my body won't get used to anything.

emoticon Obviously my illness meant missing out on a lot of exercise. I am a master cat snuggler now, can that count?

6 month progress pic (10kg lost)

July goals

Weight goal: Lose 900g. That will take me to 76.3kg and 11kg lost. I think this is manageable, especially since the first 2 weeks of the month are holidays, so I have plenty of time to exercise and eat right.

Nutrition: Try to track 1 weekday and 1 weekend day a week. Keep up the fruit and veggies, especially on the weekend!

Exercise: Get back to my routine, which is 2 days boxing, 3 days weights and 1 run if I feel like it. I want to move every day of the holidays, even if it is just a walk.

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STEPH-KNEE 6/30/2012 2:16AM

    Congrats, you look fabulous! :D

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 6/29/2012 6:41PM

    emoticon Looks like you did great in June, even with a few setbacks that were out of your control! July is going to ROCK! Your photos look great, can see real progress!

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1 more day to go...

Thursday, June 28, 2012

...Until I am on school holidays for 2 whole weeks! Yippee! I love my job, but I love the break, too. Not that it is all relaxing and reading; I have heaps of planning to do, and I need to get my BT folder up to date because I have really been slacking.

I haven't got a lot planned for the holidays. I do plan on working out everyday, even if it is only 10 minutes. Since I have spare time it make sense to kick it up a notch. I have also booked myself in for a massage next Wednesday, which I feel I have really earned. Can't wait to have all my cares melt away.

In sparking news, I have just had 2 rest days...IN A ROW! Yeah worked too late for my Wednesday boxing class and today is my usual rest day so I just went with it. Strength training tomorrow, with my new weights program. AND I had Chinese food for dinner. Luckily for me, I have this weird tradition where I lose 300g the day after eating Chinese food. Lets hope the tradition continues so I can have a big loss this month!

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WOWEETOO 6/29/2012 7:47AM

    uuumm... chinese
emoticon in my dreams
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DRAGONCHILDE 6/28/2012 11:19AM

    Chinese food usually has the opposite effect on me. LOL.

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SUNSETBREEZE05 6/28/2012 10:00AM

    You go Girl!! Have a bite of Chinese for me..I love it. Enjoy your time off.

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PATSYB7 6/28/2012 8:47AM

    Yay for you for booking a massage! What a great reward! Enjoy your time off. :O)

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JSTETSER 6/28/2012 8:37AM

    Enjoy your time off!

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HEAT7918 6/28/2012 6:34AM

    Enjoy your time off - sounds great!!


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MRS.PRINCIPAL 6/28/2012 5:49AM

    Hope you enjoy your holiday off! A massage sounds perfect!!

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ALBAUGHMO 6/28/2012 5:28AM

  hope you have a wonderful holiday. emoticon

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