Sunday, November 13, 2011
Today I slept in- again. Not quite as abysmally late as yesterday, but late for me. 9:00?!?! I've been so lazy this weekend.
I got up and went out to Jiffy Lube to get an oil change. My car was going to explode if I didn't get that done. It feels good to maintain your car, doesn't it? It's kind of a pain but I always feel good knowing I did something to make my ride last longer. I don't have any particular affinity for cars- basically if it gets me from A to B... that's all I care about. I have no dreams of owning a specific vehicle. I do, however, have dreams of not having a car payment. I'm going to keep my car until I run it into the ground.
Then I went to the pet store... I needed some kitty food and I had a coupon for PetSmart. When I was there I saw hairless rats. I want one so bad. They are just too adorable. I love rodents. I used to have hamsters before I had cats. But then it just didn't seem fair to the rodent OR the cats. So when Doughnut passed on, I didn't get any other rodents. But the nudie rats melt my heart every time!
While I was out I had this nagging urge to go to Goodwill. I wasn't feeling particularly energetic and I wasn't even in any mood to shop (the oil change and cat food took me down to $20 to my name). So I was like, this is stupid. I can't go shopping. I have NO money. But I couldn't shake the desire to check out Goodwill. And I'm SO glad I did, because I snagged a pair of practically BRAND NEW Nike Shox IN MY SIZE (9.5) for $15. I could not believe my good fortune. I needed a new pair of workout shoes real bad. For the past few months I keep saying, maybe next paycheck, maybe next paycheck, but I can never afford it. These babies were unloved. Whoever had them clearly NEVER wore them, because the soles are white. As in, like, STILL white.
I probably wouldn't have picked them at Dick's or somewhere for 100+ dollars, but for a Goodwill find, OMG. A treasure.
I decided to work out this evening instead of this morning. On the weekend I have a habit of doing my workout in the morning. But my body's just not used to it and I can never perform at my best like I can in the evening. So for a change I did evening workouts this weekend. Plus, I really kind of like working out in the dark and looking up at the starry sky. Which is funny because I used to HATE working out at night. But now I kinda like it. I did this Bodyrock here:
I didn't really love this as much as I loved last night's workout. I did, however, enjoy the 300 thigh squeeze challenge. I did it in 5:13. You know what that means?! I beat Zuzka's time!!!!! Now granted I do not have the Ugi ball, so I have to do the modification without the ball- but I am still happy. I will be doing that challenge again sometime.
Also excited that this is my last full week of work before I get to go home for Thanksgiving. My mom's pretty excited. This will be the first Thanksgiving dinner we've done in a long time. Truthfully I'm pretty excited too... come to think of it... and hungry... hummmm. Wish it was Thanksgiving right now!
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Wow, can't believe this is my first blog post since Tuesday. I've been doing okay, great actually considering how heavy my heart has been for the past few weeks. I had an awesome time going home for my mom's birthday, but immediately after that, things started falling apart. I can't remember a time when things looked so dark and sad.
But... enough of that... I'm blogging because I really wanted to tell you about this workout I just did...
This was really great! I did plain leg lifts instead of the hanging knee raises and slider pushups instead of the decline pushups. I LOVE slider pushups because they target each side individually, but are still much more doable than one-armed pushups.
My boyfriend came outside to keep me company and count my reps for me! It was so fun! Because you know I had to push REALLY hard 'cause he was watching!!!! I feel like I really gave it 101% tonight!!!!
This was big for me... I remember when I first started doing Bodyrock, I would go outside on the deck and close the blinds and warn him, "Don't you dare look at me while I'm working out!" I was so self-conscious. But now- I have gained so much strength and CONFIDENCE!
I'm going to go eat. I made chicken soup. Good for the soul, you know.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
I've been doing some true HIIT lately- not intervals- I mean the real hardcore stuffs.
The most... standard... I guess you could say, timing of HIIT is 20 seconds on, 40 seconds recover.
This is most easily and painlessly done with a GymBoss interval timer.
40 seconds: Walk/recover
20 seconds: Sprint as hard and fast as you can, as if a terrifying, hairy beast with huge fangs is chasing you. I mean, you gotta really scoot like your life depends on it.
I wanted some visual motivation for said beast, so I did a Google image search to find the scariest, most horrifying monster I could find, and I'm going to picture him chasing me next time I do HIIT.
Brace yourself, folks. And only scroll down if you're really, really brave with a heart and soul of steel.
Monday, November 07, 2011
Tonight I re-did a squat and pushup challenge.
As you may know, this is Beat My Numbers week, so I am doing workouts I've done before all week instead of doing new ones.
I don't have a dip station, so I just do regular pushups when the workout calls for reverse pushups.
Last time I did this challenge, on October 18, I did 110 squats and 103 pushups. And my arms were so exhausted I had to peck out a whole blog with my nose? Remember?
Tonight I did 119 squats and 110 pushups.
And I was dry-weeping on the deck during those last couple sets of pushups... like the sound you make when you're sobbing, but there are no tears coming out?
The criteria for tomorrow's workout= no squats and no pushups.
Sunday, November 06, 2011
So, as I said yesterday, my plan for this week is to do only Bodyrocks I've done before, to try to beat my numbers so I'm motivated to push really hard after my week of slacking.
This morning, my legs were killing me from yesterday's workout... I did 100 squats and 45 jump squats... and that wasn't even everything, that was just part of it. So yeah. Stiff ouchy legs. Felt good.
So I did a long warmup. I did a walk/run for 21 minutes to loosen up my legs, then I did this Bodyrock that I last did on September 25.
Always assume I had to modify some of the exercises. It would take too long to blog about all the modifications I make. And it's boring.
I beat most of my numbers! I keep losing burpees though. I'm not sure why.
Old total: 43
New total: 47
Old total: 15
New total: 14 (see? Grrr.)
Elevated Squat (right leg)
Elevated Squat (left leg)
Just goes to show the whole left side of my body is stronger than my right... not just my arms but my legs too!
Back lunge/knee crunch
Um... ROCKASS! Mountain climbers are way down on the bottom of my favorite exercises list... I hate(d) them about as much as I hate(d) jump squats, but I am improving at both a LOT!!!!
Squat lunge combo
Full Body combo
So overall I feel good about my workout. Not too bad for a week off, laying in bed and crying.
I made a laz-agna last night. That's basically a lasagna without the hassle of layering. It's like a lasagna casserole. Lazy lasagna. My boyfriend had been saying he was in the mood for lasagna so I made one. I didn't use any particularly healthy stuff besides 93% lean ground beef. But I ate a small amount, with a salad that took up half my plate.
Today I want to spend the day in front of this computer right here, because I want to see if I can't start to learn to crochet. If anyone knows of some really good tutorial videos (besides Knit Witch- already know about her, and yes, her videos are awesome!) let me know.
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