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Real men don't whine!

Monday, April 09, 2012

So I've got to admit, I suffered some "gender embarrassment" today.

My extra office time this weekend paid about 10:30, it looked like I could actually take a bit of a break before my 1:00 meeting. So I ducked out at 11:00 and hit the gym for an 11:30 spin class....WOO-HOO!

There was a guy teaching that I hadn't seen before, and some of the folks I chatted up before class said, "Oh he's real good....very regimented. He's a professional cyclist so he gives you a realistic workout"

Methinks, "OK, whatever that means", but out loud I say, "Sounds good, I'm all in!"

So Spin Instructor Guy is very business like (I like that), takes time out to explain the equipment and the routine for the day ("we'll start with a warm-up, build into a steady climb, do some speedwork intervals, then end with a long hard climb for the last 10 minutes")

I LIKE IT!! Tell me what to expect so I can mentally prepare!

So we start up, he tells you what setting you should expect to see in either Heart Rate (if you have a monitor), or in Watts, to include suggested resistance settings based on the readings from these cool new bikes!


Well so he's not all flash, he doesn't whoop and holler like the other instructors I've seen, but he's real steady and encouraging and he's working as hard as anybody else (which I also respect....I have no tolerance for an instructor that takes rest breaks pretending to walk around and "check on people")

Now I like to plant myself smack up front for these classes, but as we start to get in to the high intensity phase, I start to hear these little "yelps" from behind me and some "oohhhhhh"s from bikes a few seats to my right.

What the hell was that?!?

"Put it up a should see yourself at 85% on the heart rate or pumping out about 250-280 watts," says Spin Instructor Guy

"Yikes" from behind and "OOwwwwww" to my right

Were those really male voices? Who are these guys?

I crane my neck to the right and see this pretty buff 30-something dude, sweating away, eyes closed, moving his head left and right like Stevie Wonder with a big fat grimace on his face as he lets out a big "ooohhhhh man!"

I couldn't stand it any more! "Let's go, there's no crying in baseball, push it up" I yelled.

That felt good!

It did nothing to shut these guys up though.....they were back to puling and whining at the next interval. I try to get a bead on the guy behind me in the mirror.....sure as hell, he looks to be in his 20s and his face is scrunched up like he's about to cry because his girlfriend just broke up with him and he lets out a high pitched "Yooooow!"

I caught the instructors eye, cocked my head at the clowns to right of me, jokers to the rear and gave him the look signifying "Really?"

He hunched his shoulders up in the universal signal of "I don't know"

It only got worse as we entered the steady hill climb for the last 10 minutes.

Now I won't kid you, this was tough....steadily increasing resistance every minute, sitting down in the seat (no standing), getting the heart rate up to 95% of max or pushing the watts up to 350-370.....I was focused on nothing but my breathing and the reading on that dial as we climbed to the top of Agony Hill.

But nary a sound passed my lips! Unfortunately, the Sisters of Pain shared every excruciating moment of their journey with the rest of us.....I seriously considered getting up and leaving, but then those two clowns would have felt like they won.

Now I'm a very tolerant soul and have the greatest appreciation for those who struggle in the gym as we all try to get healthy. But come on the world you know how to suffer well! These are the kinds of sounds that jungle predators listen for as they single out the weak and lame before they hunt you down for the kill!

So, a real good workout, but my psyche suffered some damage. It will take some serious therapy to keep from remembering those haunting sounds and contorted faces on my next ride.....and I may need to plug in my own music to drown out the whines!

I did my ST session with trainer guy after work. I related the tale about the embarrassing display of manhood at this morning's cycling class. "If I ever make sounds like that, you're cleared to kick my ass!" I told him.

Have a great night Spark friends!

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FANGFACEKITTY 4/10/2012 10:18PM

    What wimps! Perhaps they were trying to impress others with their sensitivity? Nah, I think they were just wimps. Our gym actually has "no grunting" as one of the posted gym rules, perhaps yours should consider adding "no whining or crying" to the rules.

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SHERYL_B 4/10/2012 7:56PM

    Sounds like they should go back to the baby class.

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JTROBERTSON 4/10/2012 1:54PM

    I love it that you said "No crying in baseball." Brilliant! emoticon

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SAFARIBABE 4/10/2012 12:54PM

    ROFLMAO!!! I'm completely at a loss for words. I don't have much patience for whiners either. I think you showed incredible restraint! Doubt they'll have the kishkas to show up to another class you attend!!! LOL

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    Oh man! I wish I could have seen your face! Our gym actually has a rule to not grunt and make a lot of noise so that really makes me laugh. It's usually the ones who want attention who do that - especially when they're lifting. Hang in there girl! You showed what you're made of!

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BILL60 4/10/2012 7:07AM

    You gotta love it!!

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CLAIREINPARIS 4/10/2012 2:16AM

    emoticon Ohhh you made me laugh!!! I think this whining would have driven me crazy, and I am not a man! It does sound like it was tough though... Good for you!

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HEALTHIERKEN 4/10/2012 2:02AM

    chuckle! snicker! grin! That's what I did all through this blog: )

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KAYZAKCX 4/9/2012 11:39PM

    What a couple of maroons.... No crying in baseball? I love it. Reminded me of a 6 hour mtb race I did. One of my teammates had a melt down when she realized she left her kit at home. Another teammate (who happened to have a spare kit with her) yelled, "c'mon, there's no crying in mountain biking!". BTW, next time, take a couple of pacifiers for the babies.

Comment edited on: 4/9/2012 11:43:09 PM

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MISSLORI5 4/9/2012 10:37PM

    Congrats on keeping your thoughts from those guys-they probably didn't realize what they were getting into when they signed up for the class! Maybe next session will be a bit easier for them and queter for you! Good luck, regardless! emoticon

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Almost had an extra weekend day off.....

Sunday, April 08, 2012

For whatever reason, I woke up this morning thinking it was Monday!

Like an automaton, I started in on my AM routine, perplexed that my alarm had not gone off as it usually does on Monday morning, when it hit me, "It's Sunday still, isn't it?"

Well it was like having a whole extra day to tack on the weekend I tell you (well not really, but for a few brief moments there, I was really living!)

SWMBO and #2 son are in between churches right now....apparently there was some drama at her last one and she’s decided to start hunting for a new one. So this Easter we were all together in the morning and had a nice Sunday putzing around for a few hours before I actually DID have to go in to the office to knock out a couple of things before the week starts.

Spent about 4 hours there, then went to the gym for some standard cardio (bike, elliptical, sit-ups, & back extensions), then went by the store to pick up some veggies & fruit for smoothies this week.

But they were all closed for Easter!!! What is up with THAT?!? I had to drive 5 miles up the road to the Super-Walmart to grab some Wally brand bags of greens. Sheesh!

I'm also looking for ways to up my protein intake & cut down on carbs during the week. When I came back home, I grabbed a tub of hummus from the fridge and was fretting over a bag of pitas, when SWMBO saw my furrowed brow reading the nutrition info (250 calories per pita!) and she said, “why don’t you just use celery?” Sheer genius I tell you!

So I went a little crazy last week, ordering up some whey protein powder:

Some creatine:

And a “shaker bottle”:

I’m trying to get away from eating sandwiches for lunch and go with some plain protein (chicken breasts, tuna fish, etc.) and fruit during the day.

I plan on adding a little protein powder to the smoothies, and then having a little creatine and protein powder just before hitting the gym. I might gain a little weight with this, but I’m willing to give it a try for a few weeks to see how it goes. The creatine is a good supplement for ST. "Put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up"

For Easter dinner, we cooked up some ginger marinated chicken on the grill and SWMBO roasted up some red potatoes, a 500 calorie dinner....and not a chocolate bunny or egg was seen in the house!

Have a great night Spark friends!

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SHERYL_B 4/9/2012 7:34PM

    I am having chocolate issues. I went 40 days no problem ( well mostly no problem, some cravings but no eating) and now yesterday and today I can't seem to get enough of it! At least it is almost all gone

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SNUZSUZ 4/9/2012 2:55PM

    I, too, enjoyed your blog! You are very uplifting and inspiring!

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SAFARIBABE 4/9/2012 6:40AM

    There's something wrong with those bunnies....they still have their ears! LOL Keep us posted on the protein powder. I've been looking at smooties (the non-green kind) and thought that adding protein would make it more of a proper meal. So I'm very interested in this! Have a good (real) Monday. Hopefully your Sunday dilligence pays off!

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    As always, I enjoyed your blog. Good for you for not letting any chocolate in the house for Easter! WTG!

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HEALTHIERKEN 4/8/2012 11:39PM

    A time warp! What fun : )

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COCOA-JUMBO 4/8/2012 10:26PM

    Have you ever tried Shakeology? It's really tasty and there's lots of different ways to make it. Fills you up and has tons of vitamins and antioxidants!

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Taxes, bistros, and lightsabers

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Well I couldn't put it off any longer.....I collected up all my tax papers today and got everything ready to get to my tax guy so he can finally get them done this next week. It's always a major pain the ass, especially since we have houses we rent out in other states.

Once that was done, we had a family lunch out and tried a new "Bistro" joint was a major bust! I ordered the tilapia and a caprese salad....two dishes that should be pretty standard and hard to screw up....but they did! The poured a bland, white cream sauce over the fish, which was cooked to a rubbery consistency and the caprese salad was made with some cold, rock hard tomatoes and lacked any balsamic vinegar and skimpy on the basil.

Came back home and all of a sudden I conked right out! I was still pretty sore from yesterday's ST session, but after 2 solid hours of rack time, I was all refreshed!

Hit the gym and got in a great HIIT session on those cool new spin bikes they just bought....they actually make a tough work out pretty fun, especially since it is so much easier to adjust resistance levels on the fly than the ellipticals and the older bikes. Afterwards, did a combo of back extensions and pushups on a stab I got in 6 good days of various types of pushups all this week.

Tonight #2 son and I are watching Star Wars Episode #3 on the Blu Ray.....we keep wondering the significance of why these Jedis keep dropping their light-sabers and having their arms chopped off in so many episodes.....

Have a great night Spark friends!

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SHERYL_B 4/8/2012 9:38PM

    I got my taxes done at the end of February, but then the day after I filed, I got another 1099. I know I should know how many to expect, but I have multiple accounts at this company and had gotten one and was two weeks past the deadline for them to send them out. Next year I will have to wait until after April 1 to file I guess.

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SAFARIBABE 4/8/2012 9:20AM

    First off I can NOT believe you are one of those people who gets their tax info to their accountant the week before it's due! Seriously?? Have you forgotten that I'm one of those poor schmoes who is battling this time of year to do for their clients? So, OK I don't actually DO any taxes other than my own...but the concept is still the same!! Now raise your right hand and repeat "I will get my tax info together my Feb 15th next year ot SafariBabe will hunt me down!!" LOL WTG on the pushups!!! You totally rock in the fitness department if NOT in the tax one!! LOL Have a great Sunday! Kindle time?

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    I'm going to be all smug and unsympathetic - I got my taxes done in January. And my pushups every week. Too bad on the Bistro, they had to have tired pretty hard to screw up something as simple as tilapia. But at least now you know it's a pace to avoid and can perhaps rescue other hapless potential victims before they suffer the same fate.

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BILL60 4/8/2012 6:59AM

    I am happy to say, been there and done that.

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    Sorry for the awful 'Bistro'! But good for you for hitting the gym!!! emoticon

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KAYZAKCX 4/8/2012 1:58AM

    I'm dreading taxes this year. My tax guy is a 45 minute bike ride away, so at least I have that. Love the light saber picture.

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HEALTHIERKEN 4/8/2012 1:23AM

    This is what one would call a wide-ranging blog, GETSTRONGRRRR : ), but as always, cogent and interesting!

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Routine....I like it!

Friday, April 06, 2012

So I, like many others, like to think of myself as unique, as daring, as one who can slip the surly bounds of Earth and live a life of constant change and adventure.

But today I realized that I really like routine.

I've been pretty much constantly on the road since the end of February...think I spent a total of 5 days at home all told.

Today, I blocked off my whole schedule at work to get caught up and actually "Think" instead of "Do" which was just what I needed. And I got back into a "Routine" routine.

Now whenever I'm gone from home for a while, there's always a little bit of....."consternation" in the household. #2 son has staked out a portion of the kitchen counter for his schoolwork.... the same portion from which I like to make my smoothies; SWMBO wants to jam a whole week's worth of conversation into a 10 minute chunk of time in the morning....little things as we re-adjust to our routines....all easily solved after the first couple of clumsy attempts to adjust from the recent spell of being apart for so long.

I found that I really like making smoothies for breakfast and taking a big mug of it with me to work to sip on during the day. I like meeting trainer guy at the gym on M-W-F afternoons. I like getting home and having dinner with the family. I like my time on Spark in the evenings, blogging, logging, & chatting. I like my routines.

What I particularly liked at the gym today was that in my almost 6 weeks without working out with trainer guy, I haven't skipped a beat....I've actually progressed so that we could even increase our workload.

That's because I kept up with my ST routine on my own while on the road....I followed a routine!

Things have not always been this way. Even just a few months ago, if I was traveling, I wouldn't do much ST, trying to make up for it with extra cardio. Invariably, when I'd get back, it would always be a tough re-adjustment...we'd almost always have to back off a little and I'd feel beat real quick.

But today was pretty darn good....real, real good as a matter of fact. We set a couple of record high weights and I felt really energized the entire time (didn't let Stasi trainer guy know.....but even he let out a couple of "Harumphs" of approval for how things went)

As a matter of fact, I've had a "crossover". Due to the combination of regular training AND some weight loss, I am now squatting and benching more than my body weight....a definite FIRST!

So yeah......routine.......consistency....... it what you will.....I LIKE IT!

Have a great night Spark friends!

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JACK714 4/8/2012 8:46AM

    We seem to get it done in the routine. Good going.

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    I agree I need a routine too, and I find travels difficult that way. Most of the hotels I travel to don't have a gym, so that makes things more complicated. As I should be travelling more soon, I'll have to plan a strategy!!!
Congratulations for your squatting and benching, you ROCK!

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SHERYL_B 4/7/2012 8:05PM

    I agree with needing a schedule. Things just go more smoothly that way.

Congrats on your new weight records!

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MICHELELYNN777 4/7/2012 1:53PM

    emoticonYou're finding the secret of success to a healthy lifestyle!

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BILL60 4/7/2012 8:19AM

    Well done on lifting more than your weight.

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SAFARIBABE 4/7/2012 5:25AM

    I'm definitely all about the routine. It's HARD to keep to settleinto a new routine on the road -- meals are suddenly at the will of others and the choices are dictated by the canteen or the restaurant, rather than carefully constructed and home cooked meals; gym time is punted to the early hours of the day or late at night on strange foreign equipment. You never cease to amaze me with all you accomplish on your road trips! With all the traveling I have coming up, I hope I can learn too!

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KAYZAKCX 4/7/2012 1:36AM

    Routines can be very comforting. emoticon

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JTROBERTSON 4/7/2012 12:29AM

    I'm a routine guy too. Always been one to have set habits. I don't know if I'd hold up as well as you if I were traveling for work again. I like to think I would try, though!

Congrats on squatting/benching more than your body-weight. That's impressive, my friend. emoticon

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The key to being in a great mood....exercise!!

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Man 'o man what a week!

It's been non-stop since Monday's nice to finally be back home.

Flew to Virginia Beach for a conference and they gave us ZERO free time!

Got there Monday at 4:30 and had to be at a reception at 6:30....YIKES! I barely had enough time to unpack, do some quick abs and pushups in the hotel room, shower, change, and get over there.

Luckily they did up the reception with some good food.....baked salmon, lots of fruits & veggies, a couple of carving stations (OK, I admit, I did grab one mini "chicken cordon bleu"....I needed something cheesy!)

Then Tuesday and Wednesday were jam packed with back to back meetings, working lunches, and evening socials.....none of which I could duck out of!! Pissed me off big time!!

Yesterday I got in some quick cardio and a little time for ST in between the last meeting and a banquet that evening, but holy-moly, what a way to plan a conference. I didn't even have time to blog at night....just barely enough time to track nutrition and "like" a couple of feeds

But at least I ate smoothies on the road, but I managed to stay within calorie limits each day. Landed around 2:00 PM today, checked in at the fires to put out, so I told them I'd see them Friday morning, called SWMBO and told her I was headed to the gym before coming home (she's a dear....she said, "Good idea, you'll be in a better mood by the time you get home!"....How could she tell?)

Got in a good hour on the cool new spin bike they just furnished the aerobic room with.....they are awesome! And its got just a nice sleek design....look at it:

It's called the Keiser M3. It is super comfortable, super easy to set up, super easy to adjust and control the tension....and the little display automatically picks up my HRM!

After that, did my Roman Chair back extensions,

5 sets of 10 pushups on a Stability Ball (up from 5 sets of 5),

and decided to shake up my abs routine....I tried the "100's" odd little move the "Pilates people" do that was surprisingly tough....

In the end I was only able to do about 80....but I did 3 sets of them, so I've got something to work towards.

All good....and SWMBO was right....I was in a much better mood by the time I walked in the door!

Have a great night Spark friends!

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MICHELELYNN777 4/6/2012 12:06PM

    You definitely get some serious workouts in! You are right, though, I have found that I do feel better after a good workout. Though, truthfully, sometimes I'm just glad it's over and that's what feels so good-haha! Glad to be traveling along with you on the Casual Traveler team!

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KAYZAKCX 4/6/2012 10:28AM

    You're right about exercise being a mood lifter. If I go a couple days without working out in some fashion I get unpleasant. Knock off a workout and I'm back to happy land.

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IMSMILEY88 4/6/2012 6:36AM

    What a great reminder...exercise makes us feel better! (Even better than those cookies, right?)

Thanks got the comment on my blog. I'm really trying to get back on track! Here I am on SP this morning...a great start to my day!

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HAKAPES 4/6/2012 2:53AM

    Before home exercise rocks! I did the same yesterday, and all the daily stess and fatigues goes away in minutes!

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SHERYL_B 4/6/2012 12:09AM

    Maybe karma was telling you to take a couple days off? Great job for staying focused on nutrition when you weren't the meal planner.

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    I completely agree that a good workout is the best mood lifter! I've got to try those push-ups on the ball.....

Way to stay within your calorie range :)

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KALISWALKER 4/5/2012 10:42PM

    I had a laugh at the comment on my page! I am glad we are on the same team!


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SNUZSUZ 4/5/2012 10:19PM

    Well, I just had to read your blog after your comment on my page:)
Wow! I can't believe all the exercise you get in, even on the road! I think I would have skipped some, if not all of it, as busy as you were. Good job!!!

BTW-what the heck is SWMBO??? I can't even guess at that one:)

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