Sunday, September 05, 2010
So I started the training for being able to do a chin-up yesterday. I did some reps on the thingy (Gravitron +) and then I did the "explosive" moves on the lat pull down. I did not do the lower-yourself-slowly thingy cos I didn't have a spotter to do it in real life and i didn't think about using the Gravitron + to do that part.
Let's just say that I am feeling it today! I have never been able to make my biceps or triceps sore with the exercises I've done in the past. I found that I can be sore in those areas! OUCH! Oh...and guess who found her core muscles! LOL!
On top of that, I pulled weeds for an hour yesterday. Lots and lots and lots of squats in that activity. Today, I am sore from the neck down. I am fine if I am moving. I am fine if I am sitting still. It's those darn transitions that are killing me! LOL!
Now, on to my DH's good influence. We have a habit of going out to dinner most every Saturday night. Going out to eat is still a treat for me and so I think of it as a celebration. An excuse to eat whatever I want, as much as I want. And, to top it off, we went to Buffalo Wild Wings (so we could watch the TCU vs. OSU football game).
DH has started eating more healthily (is that a word?). And he's dedicated to it and been doing very well with it. (He's lost 22 pounds in just about five weeks. Men! Ugh!) Anyway, he decided to order the grilled chicken sandwich. Because he was ordering healthy (or at least relatively healthy) I felt that I needed to do so as well. I had the Garden burger. (Turns out it wasn't AS healthy as I thought, but it was better than some of the other choices there!) He hasn't had a cookie in over a month so he hasn't bought cookies. If he doesn't buy them, I (generally) don't buy them and thus don't eat them. I really want to eat the rest of the stew in the crock pot (about half!), but I'm holding back because I want to be supportive of him.
So, anyway, he's being a good influence on me so I will try to be a good influence on him. Or at least not be a bad one! LOL!
Time to go have some popcorn...
Saturday, September 04, 2010
Today, Jillian Michaels was in my ear. I was only half listening because I was also working. Also, she preaches pretty heavily for organic meats, milk and thin-skinned veggies and against trans fat. I get where she's coming from but cannot afford to follow all of her advice...especially about organic food.
BUT, she "teased" the topic that was coming up after the break. BTW, since I don't listen live, the breaks are at most 10 seconds. Sweet! Anyway, the tease was how to train to be able to do a pull-up or chin-up. Wait a minute...that's one of my goals! I'd better pay attention.
I ended up listening, rewinding, listening again and then writing down which podcast and where in the podcast the info was. I want to do this! How do you do it? I'll list what I can remember, but please don't do this based on my description. Find this podcast (free!) and listen to her instructions. Jillian did recommend that if you have weight to lose, do that first and THEN train for this.
The first step included using the Gravitron or whatever that machine thingy is called in the gym that offsets some of your weight. Offset some of your weight and do the recommended number so reps and sets. (See why I bookmarked it? The details are very sketchy! LOL!) If you don't have a machine thingy in your gym, you can use some band thingys (yes, that IS the technical term for it!) Second, you should do "explosive" (at least I think that's the word she used) lat pull downs. Set the weight to a level that you can only lift it four times. If you can lift it five times, up the weight. Hold your hands in the same position as you do for the chin-up. Then pull down REALLY fast (thus, the explosion!) and slowly lower the weight. Repeat for four reps and do three or four sets.
Lastly, you're supposed to hang from a chin-up bar, start in basically the up-position and then slowly lower yourself. And by slowly, I mean take 30 seconds to lower your body. Huh? I don't even think I can make that last for one second, let alone 30! LOL! If you follow her plan, you should be able to do about 10 chin-ups after a month of training.
So guess what I'm doing in the gym tomorrow! Yep...listening to the podcast again to try to get the instructions! LOL! Okay...that and I'm going to try at least the first two parts. I think you need help on the third part and I don't know how that will work.
I'll let you know how this goes!
Friday, September 03, 2010
I discovered podcasts that I can download onto my iPhone or iPod. I have found quite a few that are about health, nutrition, exercise, etc. and are, most importantly, free! One of the ones I listen to is Fat 2 Fit (sorry, can't remember the people who host it).
There big theory/belief/push is that it is very important to determine what calorie intake would have you maintaining at your goal weight. Hmmm....if I eat enough food to maintain my goal weight, I will lose weight and continue to do so until I meet my goal. As I get closer to goal, the weight will come off more slowly. Okay. That makes sense to me.
In fact, before I started listening to this podcast, I had just increased my calorie range on Spark from 1200 - 1440 to 1400 - 1750. And as soon as I did that, I started losing weight. I had been plateaued for quite some time. Wait! I'm eating more food AND losing weight? No, I did not increase my exercise. My theory is that my food intake was just a little too low and my body was seriously considering switching to survival mode...if it hadn't already! LOL!
So, maybe there is something to this theory. All I can say is that I like it! I can fit in a less healthy snack, not feel deprived or guilty, and STILL lose weight. Sounds like I'm a winner, winner, winner! LOL!
I just rechecked the BMR calculation that they have on their site. Based on my activity level, I could/should be eating closer to 2000 calories per day. Does that mean I can eat even more food? Dare I?
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Today I met my dad and his new wife (okay, so they've been married for over ten years. She's still new to me! LOL!), my brother, his wife and their two kids at a state park a little over an hour from where I live. It is also an hour from where they live, but in the opposite direction. Nice halfway point for us all.
Anyway, as we were heading into one of the centers, I saw my dad hold the door open for his wife. Sweet, right? There was a second door. She stepped to the side and waited for someone else to open the door. Okay, whatever. When it was time to leave, we all started gathering up our chairs. My dad had two or three chairs out and I had three. Each of my kids got one and I got one. One, two, three, done! My dad was putting one back in it's case and I saw another chair still sitting on the grass. His wife (not my stepmother - long story) was just standing there. She continued to stand there while Dad put away all the chairs.
Tonight, after DH and I had eaten dinner, I grabbed the bag that had our leftovers...even though it was closer to him. Made me start thinking about "things." We each have our own thing. When DH and I eat at a restaurant, I carry leftovers. I don't know why, I just do. When I go grocery shopping, he carries in the big heavy tub (if he's home). I can carry in the tub. he can carry leftovers. We just don't. Obviously, my dad and his wife have their things. She doesn't open doors or put away chairs. And it works for them. I'll have to just let that go. Deep breath.....and moving on.
So, what other things do I have? Glad you asked. Here's a list.
I don't do dishes - usually. There are a few I will do or I will wash dishes if I need something for dinner. But I complain about it very loudly! LOL!
I feed the dogs in the morning.
I don't take out the trash. That's what kids are for.
I trim the lawn before mowing (yes, before! It doesn't look right if you don't do it or do it after.) I like the way the lawn looks if it's been trimmed first and I like enough that I will do the work to get the look.
I don't leave trash, pop cans, etc. in my truck. It is NOT a trash can!
I fold my towel into thirds after every shower (and when I'm putting them away) before I hang it up.
I use the same water bottle for every workout. Always.
Okay, that's enough excitement for tonight! LOL!
Do you have a thing? Do you and your SO have definitive things you do (or don't) do? Am I the only one?
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