Thursday, February 02, 2012
Tonight I was planning to do the Bodyrock One-Legged Gypsy workout that has been making the rounds among my friends- well, Hannah and Misty at least- but my butt is still so sore from Butt and Fat Loss that I don't know if poor little rump can handle it.
I decided to take it... easy...? and give my butt a rest tonight. I chose a Crossfit challenge called Death By Pullups.
It is my opinion that there are certain words that make a workout sound appealing to me. Those words include, but are not limited to:
My BFF and boyfriend both think I'm crazy. Some of you probably do too. But the ones who get it... You know who you are. And you get it.
Crossfit's Death By Pullups
With a continuously running clock, do one pullup the first minute, two pullups the second minute, three pullups the third minute, and so forth, for as long as possible.
I did reverse pushups on my dip station because I am still trying to practice those.
I completed the minutes through minute 11 which turned out to be 66 reverse pushups. That's not so bad, plus now I have a starting number which I can beat next time!
You guys aren't even going to believe this- I talked my couch potato boyfriend into doing it too! FIRST TIME EVER!!! I'm so proud! And I think he had fun too! He completed 9 minutes. I have no comment on that but if you guys do... please, feel free to share :)
Then I made food.
Mini Shrimp Pineapple Pizzas
Put half a tablespoon of your favorite BBQ sauce (I used Frank's Red Hot Kickin' BBQ Sauce) on an English muffin. Top with shrimps, shredded smoked Gouda cheese, and a pineapple ring. Adjust all measurements to your caloric needs and preferences. Toast in toaster oven.
It may look all cute and clever, but it's really a result of one of those nights you have no grocery money and scramble around in the pantry/fridge to create something edible.
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Good evening my friends. It's time for another round of What's Sore, What Hurts, and Why!
What's Sore: Mah RUMP!
What Hurts: Going up stairs, sitting down and standing up, walking, and when my boyfriend gooses me
Why: 180 side jump lunges, baby! At least, I think so, but I'm sure the one-leg squats played a part as well.
Tonight I did a Bodyrock called Harder Than Ever, which can be found at this link right here.
I did this workout on December 8. That was before I got my dip station, so I adapted the workout slightly to fit my needs at the time. So, no pullups.
Apparently I was feeling particularly frisky this evening because I went through this beast TWICE. The thing is, you think, only once through each exercise? Pfft. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Yeah. Not so. If you do it RIGHT you will be a quivering pile of Jell-O at the end. But I forgot that, see (oh, how quickly I forget...) and I was like, well, I better do it twice. Then I got through it once and I was all like, holy balls. But I SAID I was gonna do it twice (only to myself, mind you, so this just goes to show how nuts I really am) so I better do it TWICE!
10 and 50 second intervals, for 12 minutes. Old scores in parentheses. New scores for first time through and second time through follow. Aaaaaand... beep.
Jump Rope: (120) 164, 154
Prisoner Squat Jump: (23) 25, 20
Mountain Climbers: (70) 83, 80
Pushups: (22) 23, 17
Jump Lunges: (12) 14, 11
Bicycle: (41) 46, 47
Tricep dips: (16) 24, 22
Side Jump Lunge Right Leg: (12) 14, 15
Side Jump Lunge Left Leg: (15) 16, 15
Side Crunch Right: (15) 16, 19
Side Crunch Left: (13) 18, 20
Burpees: (6) 6, 5
One, am I really turning that jump rope 3 times per second? Damn.
Two, my abs get stronger faster than any other part of me, which is unfair because that's the area I care least about. LOL
Three, check out those dip numbers. Boom!
Four, I was fairly certain my butt was going to fall off from MORE side jump lunges. I just can't catch a break. Which is dumb because I CHOOSE these workouts. LOL
Five, I did real burpees tonight and modified ones last time.
Six... I'm tired!
I've typed like 4 different paragraphs about different topics, but nothing really strikes me as something I really want to talk about tonight. So I'm just going to leave you with that... hope it's not disappointing. Also, I'm hungry and I want to go eat.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
I wanted to end January with a bang, so I re-did a Bodyrock that will forever stick in my mind.
I did "Butt and Fat Loss" on December 8. It just about killed me. I was sore for SIX WHOLE DAYS after. You hear? SIX DAYS. I remember saying in a blog, this workout is aptly named "Butt and Fat Loss" because my butt hurts so much, I might just lose it.
Went a little something like this.
30 Side Jump Lunges
5 one-leg squats, each leg
100 jump rope skips (25 together, 25 jacks, 25 together, 25 jacks)
That is one round. Do 6 rounds for time.
Let's see what I can say about this workout. I'm not at a proper pistol (one leg squat) yet. What I do is squat down with both legs, lift one up, find my balance, and push up on one leg.
I added the pushups last time in an attempt to start getting up off my knees and 3 proper pushups was all I could do with proper form. I actually could have done more tonight (YAY!) but I kept it at 3 to keep the workout consistent to see how I have improved. I did do more pushups after the workout. It was warm enough here to wear a tank (!) and seeing my bare arms just motivated me to crank out extra pushups :)
So, right. 6 rounds of that.
Old time: 25:13
New time: 19:33
I was so pumped, I took pictures.
Hm. Too nerdy.
Rock and ROLL!
Better. Still nerdy. There's just no denying that.
And it's the last day of the month so you know what that means! Gun progress!
October, November, December, and now today.
I just could not get a really good photo of my arm tonight. And I gotta be frank, flexing it a hundred times was starting to tire me out. No joke. LOL.
Man, I love you guys. Bold as I may be working out outdoors in front of all my neighbors, my price for putting pictures of my arms on Facebook would be very, very, very high.
This month I printed out a January calendar from the interwebs that I could color all over. This is what January looked like in terms of workouts.
Yellow=Bodyrock or Crossfit (at-home Crossfit, that is.). Sometimes additional jump rope interval for 20-30 minutes, sometimes not. Did not note that.
Pink=Cardio only. Jump rope intervals.
White=off, rest day, etc.
And I actually have good reason for most days off...
6th- lost my GymBoss
11th-Boyfriend birthday. Spent the whole evening with him participating in a different kind of workout. Know what I'm sayin? Know what I'm sayin'?
12th-sick with my tummy fire thing
17th-sick with tummy fire
26th-planned rest day (after 8 days!)
The 27th was the only day I really just kinda slacked off. I worked late, came home and was just like, yeah. Not happening. Don't wanna. Tired. Whine. Boo.
I hate to end this so abruptly, but. That was my January. I am starving. Goodbye.
Monday, January 30, 2012
I think I may start a new feature in each of my blogs. It's called What's Sore, What Hurts, and Why!
Pulling doors open
100 seated pullups... and for my core? Not sure... Must have been the 100 Knee Crunches. I'm typically skeptical of any exercise with the word "crunch" in it, but when you get your legs involved, it's usually a core killer.
Tonight I did a workout that was given to me by my ninja friend CHAOSTHEORY635. She told me about it as a solution to my indoor-allergy/asthma/hacking/wheezing/gas
ping/lung pain issue when I work out inside the house. I tucked it away as a Severe Weather Workout, that is, something to try when I absolutely must stay indoors and I have no way of getting outside. Buuuuuuuuuuuut... I just couldn't wait to try it because it sounded so fun and different. I did change it up a bit but the basic principle is the same.
30 second pullup hold
30 second pushup hold
30 second squat hold
30 second elbow plank
AMRAP in 20 minutes.
You have to accumulate 30 seconds for each position. So if you only hold it 10 seconds and collapse, you have to pause the stopwatch and start again when you regain the position, until you get all 30 seconds in. I had my boyfriend come out and start and stop the stopwatch.
It was so different! It definitely burned, baby, burned, but there wasn't a lot of heavy breathing involved. It was funny too, I thought the pullup (reverse pushups on my dip station) hold was going to kill me- it turned out to be the least problematic! That pushup hold was a b*tch!!! OMG! In order of difficulty I would rate it, from easiest to hardest, pullup hold, elbow plank, squat hold, pushup hold. I was pleased, I managed to hold most everything for 30 seconds without too many breaks.
I managed 6 rounds in 20 minutes. That score has me baffled. WTF was I doing for EIGHT WHOLE MINUTES? If it's theoretically 2 minutes per round? I'm really disappointed. I keep telling myself Matt must have counted wrong!!! LOL
Then to get some heart-pumping cardio in, I jumped rope for 20 minutes. 15s/1:00 intervals. I need to bump up the activity interval, or shorten the rest interval, or something. Gettin' too easy.
So yesterday I get an email telling me I'm a SparkPeople Motivator. I just kind of stared and blinked for a few minutes... I thought it was pretty weird... then to discover it was for Fitness??!?!?! Beyond my comprehension. If you knew me when I was a kid... *shakes head* I was THE most unathletic child you've ever seen in your life. Chubby, slow, weak. I couldn't do ANYTHING. You surely hear people talk about how much more they could do when they were young? Pfffffft. I can do things now I couldn't even imagine when I was a kid. At 25, I can jump rope circles around my 7 year old self. And I couldn't do anything, either, until I was about... 17 or 18, when I finally started to exercise. And I've been hooked ever since, but it's ridiculously hard to shake that fat little girl inside. I asked my best friend what she would have thought if, in junior high, someone told her I'd get recognized for fitness someday. She replied, "I would have laughed at them." I realize that may sound mean, but she's just being honest. I was just that much of a couch potato. I hated everything to do with exercise and avoided it as much as humanly possible.
And frankly, there's still a lot I can't do... I'm not a runner. Not by far. Truth be told I'm not even sure I could run a whole mile, unless there was something particularly ferocious chasing me... or maybe if there was a chocolate lava cake topped with ice cream and hot fudge waiting for me at the end, and in order to be allowed to eat it, I had to run the whole mile. I can see that being appropriate incentive.
Plenty of my Sparkfriends are much fitter than me and can do things I haven't achieved yet. But I think I know exactly what I've got going for me that's made me a Motivator- 1. Consistency- I try to get out there most days. 2. Determination- as my SparkPage says, I may not be the STRONGEST, I may not be the FASTEST, but I'll be damned if I'm not trying my HARDEST!!! And I bring that attitude to every workout I do. I push to my max and I give it 101%. And I'm going to keep doing that, and keep blogging, and keep talking and talking and talking and talking for as long as anyone still wants to listen
Love you all! Thanks so much for all the support. It means more to me than I can say.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
My arms are dead. Don't ask how I'm typing this blog. You probably don't want to know. Just messing with ya... although, it is a challenge to type right now. I cannot lie.
OK, I have a few things to talk about so I'm just going to dive right in!
First of all, I am 9 days sugar-free and I feel great. Not all sugar. I still eat fruit, of course. I'm talking no zero-nutrition sweet processed treats. No chocolate, no cake, no cookies, no ice cream, no candy, nothing like that. I feel like I need to clear something up though... when I asked everyone how they felt about it, a lot of people said they would feel "deprived" if they cut something out completely. I just want to stress this point- I do not feel deprived at all. In my case, if I allow myself a treat every day, it just builds and builds and I get... well... I guess you might say addicted... to the point when I GOTTA HAVE IT ALL THE TIME. But if I can avoid it for a few days, the cravings go away and then I can truly "treat" myself every once in awhile, and really enjoy it, instead of just forming a daily habit that's going to get out of control.
I usually do believe in moderation. Take fried food for example. My BFF is crazy for fried food the way I am crazy for chocolate. I had a handful of french fries on Friday night... and I enjoyed them, and that was it... I didn't want more fries later that night, or fries the next day like I would have wanted more sugar. I hope my point is coming across clearly... I'm not depriving myself. A bi-weekly treat just works better for me than a daily one is all.
Onto the workouts!
Yesterday I did a variation of one of my very favorite challenges. The original called the Just Do It Challenge and it consists of 10 squats and 10 pushups, as many times as possible in 12 minutes. I actually modified this to regular pushups before I had my dip station, as it is supposed to be reverse pushups.
So I chose two exercises I really need to work on... jump lunges and reverse pushups. I knew my numbers weren't going to be anything spectacular and they sure weren't. LOL. 60 jump lunges total and 57 reverse pushups. In 12 minutes. I ALWAYS cleared 100 squats and 100 pushups with the original challenge, so my score on this one was kind of a kick in the crotch. But, hey, you know, I know what my weaknesses are and I am trying to work on them because that's how they become strengths.
Then today I killed my arms with this Bodyrock:
10 seated pullups
10 knee crunches
Do this combo 10 times.
500 jump rope skips
10 ball pushups right arm
10 ball pushups left arm
10 regular pushups
10 slider pushups right arm
10 slider pushups left arm
50 squat jumps
So... in case you didn't fully grasp that first part up there, that was ONE HUNDRED seated pullups... I have to confess, guys, Brutus told me I couldn't do it and I kinda sorta believed him. And during the last few rounds, I was doing, like, 2 at a time, and he was giggling at me, but I did complete all 100 seated pullups. I'm not gonna pretend it was real pretty or that I broke any time records, but I did do all of them!
I was faced with a dilemma today... drag my dip station outside where I could jump rope freely or attempt to jump rope on the deck? I really didn't want to drag my dip station outside, so I jumped rope on the deck. I think my time for this workout would have been a lot better if I could have just jumped rope in an environment I was used to (outside on the sidewalk). I had enough room, but... it just felt funny... I don't know. It felt awkward and I felt slowed down by that.
The pushups were supposed to be 50 core twist pushups, but I felt like doing a variety, so I did.
I finished in 26:52. That's not so bad really. I was just going for under 30 minutes. Those seated pullups definitely slowed me down the most, no question.
Then I went outside and jumped rope for 20 minutes and kept my pants up this time.
Yesterday's pants incident wasn't due to fit. They fit great. It's due to style. They're kinda low-rise and sexy and have a fold-down waistband... they just aren't that great for jumping rope, I learned. The hard way. When everyone around saw my underpants.
I feel like I should talk more about food. OK. Food. Last night I made a new recipe called Latin Chicken. It had like a Cuban-inspired twist to it, I guess. The recipe is here:
It is very light and healthy, but I would rate it only as good, not great. I think the problem is that I thought I liked sweet potatoes more than I really do. That's a food I am "trying" to like, you know? But I can't... quite... get... there. Last year I learned to like pumpkin okay. Now I'm trying to like sweet potatoes.
Tonight I am making something I KNOW I love and it is delicious and nutritious and AMAZING. My beef barley soup!!!!!
That's the link for my blog entry about the delicious beef barley soup.
OK, I think that's all I wanted to talk about. Have a great Sunday everyone!
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