Tuesday, October 11, 2011
You know what low jacks are a lot like? Squat jumps. Which I HATE MORE THAN ANY OTHER EXERCISE IN THE WORLD.
I swear, every time I do a Bodyrock modeled like this, with 2 sets of 10 exercises at 50 seconds each... I always consider quitting after the first ten minutes. And tonight was no exception.
I also have never actually quit. And tonight was no exception.
I wore a smaller pair of jeans to work today, and a snug little sexy short-sleeve square-neck gray sweater that clings to all the right places. I couldn't wear it for almost a year because I'd gained too much weight. Now it looks awesome. I got compliments all day.
But no one sat me down and fed me.
Monday, October 10, 2011
I made up my own workout tonight, focusing on upper body, because tomorrow I am going to do the No Hands workout from Bodyrock, which is all lower body.
I was thinking today about how other people can perceive your weight loss and healthy lifestyle. They can be supportive and cheer you on... they can be suspicious... or they can be downright mean and jealous. Thankfully I've never had to deal with anyone who was outright mean about it, but when I was losing weight in high school, you better believe rumors flew that I was starving myself. Because as you may know, no 16-year old girl can lose weight if she's eating, right?
I was having lunch with my coworker Kristy. She's the other temp and we spend 8 hours every day pretty much at each other's sides. Luckily we usually get along okay. So I'm sitting there chewing on my grilled chicken breast sandwich...
Kristy: "You've really been the topic of conversation around here lately."
Me: "What do you mean?"
Kristy: "Well, Gretta said this morning that she's really worried about you."
Me: (with mouth full): "What? Why?"
Kristy: "She said you're looking really thin and she's concerned. She asked me if you are eating."
Me: "Are you lying?"
Kristy: "No. She said she wants to sit you down and feed you."
Me: "Huh. ... ... ...Do you think she'd take me to Chipotle?"
My BFF was rather offended by this exchange. It's been her experience, I guess, that when you lose weight everyone assumes you're doing some kind of dangerous crash diet. It didn't bother me though, because I have heard some really vicious, nasty things that come out of people's mouths when they're bitter and jealous, and I know Gretta was just... noticing my progress... in her own way... haha.
I do hope that all of your are fortunate enough to have support and encouragement in your daily lives, and a loving environment to come home to. And if things aren't so good, well... I'm always here for you.
Sunday, October 09, 2011
I blog about my workouts because I like to think maybe I can give someone else an idea, or some motivation, but also because on days like today, when I need to update my workout journal and can't remember what I did Monday, I can go back to my Monday blog and see.
I realize reading about workouts can be boring, so I'm going to try my best to incorporate an extra thought with each blog, so that I'm not just blogging my workout. Today's thought is about stretching. But first...
I did 10 minutes of jump rope intervals, 10s and 50s, the usual, you know. Then I did this Bodyrock:
This was a new one. I try to do mostly new Bodyrocks. I try not to go back and repeat too many per week, maybe 1 or 2. They say to keep your body guessing for the best results and my body NEVER knows what's up for the day!
Sandbag Lunge/Row: 7, 6, 8. I'm very bad at keeping my balance during lunges when I add weight or a twist, so the low numbers are because I kept having to adjust and re-balance myself. Any suggestions welcome.
Burpees: 8, 8, 8
Squats: 15, 16, 15, 16, 12, 15. I didn't add weight today. Instead I decided to focus on getting lower. When I do squats, I really like to have something to touch my butt on so that I know exactly how low I'm going, plus, consistency. If I have nothing to touch my butt on, I have the distinct feeling I don't go as low as my reps go up because I am getting tired. My boyfriend has this bucket he uses when he cleans out the fish tank, and it looked good, and lower than my usual bench outside. So I dragged it out onto the deck and did my squats with it. I don't sit down on it, I just lightly tap it with my butt and come back up. Hoooooooooo boy was it ever lower than what I am used to. It was fabulous! What a challenge. I was groaning and cursing and my legs were screaming.
Then I did the time challenge with 3 jump squats and 3 pushups, 15 times. OK, you should know that jump squats are about my least favorite things in the world. I absolutely suck at them and I hate them. But they say those are the exercises you should do more of! I know I didn't go very low when I did the jump squats- I can't yet. I did the best I could. My time was 6:28 for the time challenge. It probably would have been better but after each round I had to stop for a second and dry heave.
This workout REALLY whipped my butt. I thought I might throw up... I think I drank too much water beforehand. Or maybe it was the heavy German food last night. Anyway, also, when I cooled down and stretched, every part of my body was shaking. I didn't really think I was getting much in the way of an upper-body workout today, but in the shower I could barely wash myself, my arms and back were so tired.
I can say two things with absolute certainty: 1. I have never suffered a workout injury that kept me out of the game for more than a day or two (knock on wood, of course). 2. I have never skipped my cool down and stretching. I can't help but think those two things might be related! I take my stretching very seriously. No matter how eager I am to be done with my workout, no matter how tired or gross I am, I ALWAYS stretch all my muscles for at least 30 seconds each, longer if I worked them particularly hard. I have read many articles that emphasize the importance of stretching not only for prevention of injury, but also, they say that stretching after your workouts makes your muscles stronger.
I started making my Halloween cards today. I cannot wait to post pictures! I think they are going to come out really cute. Speaking of that, I'm going to get back to it. I'm going to cut all my paper today and hopefully just assemble the cards throughout the week. Then next weekend my boyfriend will make the bows for me (I'm afraid of the hot glue gun... LOL) and Monday I can send them out. My favorite month is going by WAAAAAAY too fast!!!!
And had a nice date with my sweetie last night! We went up to Harrisburg to go to the Lancaster Brewing Company, our favorite restaurant, for Oktoberfest food and beer. Well, beer for him, not for me really. I hate beer. We got a beer sample, 8 little 5 ounce glasses of beer. He wanted me to try the strawberry wheat, a light little fruity beer, and I pretended I liked it. LOL. He was so happy I was enjoying a beer that I couldn't tell him I didn't like it. I drank that 5 ounces like a champ! We got a hotel room (Harrisburg is like an hour and a half away which is why we rarely get to go to our favorite restaurant). We played charades- it was hilarious! Try it sometime! Then we watched Shrek and Shrek 2 on TV. It was a fun little night, very out of the ordinary and that's always good in a romantic relationship, right?
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!
Saturday, October 08, 2011
I was feeling pretty awesome this morning so I decided to do something really scary sounding!
Firstly, I did 10 minutes of jump rope intervals with my Gymboss. 50 seconds jumping and 10 seconds rest.
Then I did a workout called 300 Reps of Brutality. It was so good, when I finished and walked down the stairs to go for a cool-down walk, my legs were so wobbly I had to ease down the steps backwards. It was awesome.
There are 5 exercises, you do 10 reps (and 20 of the sumo squats) for 5 rounds. Man, I blew through that first round like nothing. By the 3rd round I was getting tired. I briefly considered quitting during the 4th round. By the 5th round I was pretty well dead. My time was 33:47.
I'm scaling back the modifications. This is my 8th week of doing Bodyrock 5+ times a week and I'm not a "complete beginner" anymore. For example, a few weeks ago I wouldn't have used any weight for the two lunge exercises, but today I used my Old Navy duffel bag filled with 10 one pound bags of rice for the lunge twist things, and my little 8 pound squishy ball for the lunge swings. Yes, it's definitely harder to add weight and I can do more reps or have shorter time without the weight, but it's time to progress forward a little.
I am feeling so good today it should be illegal. After a record-breaking rainy September, it is an absolutely perfect fall day here. And I am feeling so small and fit. I took a pair of jeans from my closet I couldn't even get past my thighs a few months ago and they slipped on without a problem at all. In fact I may have to find a smaller pair because they might be too loose. I can tell you I am fitter than I've ever been, even when I was two sizes smaller. Because even at my lightest and smallest, I was still fluffy because all I was doing was cardio. I'm firming up and getting strong and it's an amazing feeling. 8 weeks ago I said in a blog, "I have discovered Bodyrock and my life will never be the same" and I believe that is true.
Friday, October 07, 2011
Whew. OK. I'm back after a two day rest (read: slack). Two days was pushing it but three days off in a row was NOT happening. I've worked too hard in the past eight weeks to give up any of my new strength.
Not. Happening. Period.
Gawd, I think I took an hour trying to decide what Bodyrock to do tonight! Nothing sounding appealing to me. I didn't want to try something new, but I didn't want to redo an old one either. I didn't feel up to a longer workout, but I wanted to get back into the swing of things. Finally I decided on a 10 minute jump rope interval, and this Bodyrock:
I did real commando pushups. No modifying at all. I figured I can do two of anything, right? Plus commando pushups are different than regular pushups... not easier, necessarily... just different.
The first half was a 6 minute challenge where you had to do 2 commando pushups, a couple squat jumps, and 10 squats, and repeat as many times as possible. I did 9 rounds in 6 minutes.
The next half was sandbag swings and sandbag sit-ups. I REALLY need to start practicing brand new moves a few times before I start the workout. I wasted precious seconds trying to figure out the sandbag sit-ups. I did 25, 26, and 23 sandbag swings and then 9, 11, and 13 (see how I figured it out?) sandbag sit-ups.
Both exercises were with 10 pounds of rice in my Old Navy duffel bag. I used to use 15 for sandbag swings but it was hurting my form, so I lightened up.
I'm pretty excited, my boyfriend actually wants to GO somewhere this weekend. Somebody call the Baltimore Sun. We're heading up to the Lancaster Brewing Company, our favorite restaurant, for some Oktoberfest German food and beer. Well... he'll be drinking the beer. I don't like beer. Or any other alcohol. But I do enjoy food. A lot. I'm gonna have me some apple strudel for dessert, tell you what right now! I will never choose a drink when dessert is an option!
Big thanks to anyone who commented on my recent pushup blog. I'm going to go now and try to respond personally to as many of you as I can, but I really appreciate everyone who commented and supported me, it made me feel tons better.
Also, I want you to know I tried a toe pushup in my cube this morning. Even with the "I can do it" mentality, I still couldn't quite make it. Until I can touch the floor with my chest and push back up, it does not count- however- I can tell I'm much closer than I used to be.
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