Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Week 1 of hell is over!
Thank the Lord!
I hate hip flexors...hate them!
By the first 100 squats, my knees hurt so badly the day after that all I could do was a bit here and there. I finished up all the hip flexors first and then moved on to the rest. Due to the pain in my knees, I was unable to walk or do many squats. On top of that I twisted my right wrist. I figure I do some here and there and try to aim for about 50 a day on squats and push ups. I actually spent the last two days doing a total of 425 of each. 225 yesterday and 200 today. On the terms of walking...well with my knees I tried to put that off as much as I could...
I did...Today I walked 6 miles! With kids!
I walked to the nature trail and walked it twice, hills and all. Then I walked back, got dinner and then at night walked with the kids for 2 more miles. The nature center walk was 4 total.
I'm hurting for sure!
There hasn't been much to blog about though. I was so upset about my knees going out so soon. Then even more upset about my wrist. I figured it would be best to not focus on myself and to focus on the members of the challenge.
I check blogs at least 4 times a day if not more (at times my hips, knees and pelvic will have me bed bound/ chair bound and that was the case for a lot of this week sorry to say) and I have to say that there are some really inspiring blogs out there! I want to send some of them out to you all through links just so that everyone can kinda reflect back during week 2 and see what it was that others were doing to push them through the week. I can actually say that many of the blogs made me move that moment and many others brought me to tears!
As for week 2, how do I feel about it? It scares me! I've taken one step class and it killed me! I've never done a circuit session or anything like this since...well forever! For the past 10 years I've stuck to the whole "At my pace walk, elliptical, bike deal." I've never done anything like this in a while and I'm not even sure if I can do half of the exercises! No, I did not try this out first! I took things I knew I had no clue about, I figured I would hate and if it looked hard, it too got tossed in.
It's all reminding me of my track and field days. Did I tell you that I also did dance, cheer, cross country and was on the J.V foot ball team? I loved to workout! I still do and looking at what is up ahead for week 2 and 3 (week 4 is still not fully done) I'm thinking that the Rocky Challenge might be the challenge that actually brings me back to my full blown love for working out!
Let's not put it that way...I love to work out now...I just can't seem to do more then the "bare miniume" Ever workout and walk away to see someone else sweating like a pig and really going at it on the machine and then realizing "I was barely out of breath...and I barely broke a sweat...and I KNOW I can do that, if not better!"
That's how I've felt for past...gee almost 2 months now.
I want to banish that feeling and wanting that is exciting.
Knowing what I have to do next is a bit scary.
I'm scared, I'm excited and I'm ready because I am Rocky Balboa!
Yes, still, the month isn't over yet!
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Rocky Balboa-An American Icon
I've been wanting to do a Rocky Balboa theme for about two months now and just knew that July would be the perfect month to do it. Rocky just screams "American Icon" and there is something about the character and the story itself that continues to move me and many others.
The story is inspirational, motivational which is why 30 years after the original you can still find people from around the world who still don't realize that yes, Rocky is nothing but a hero drawn out of the mind of Sylvester Stallone. But not all is fictional.
Rocky is based off of the 1975 fight between Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner. While everyone knows Ali as one of the greatest boxers of all time, many do not know the story of Chuck Wepner, the man who went the distance with one of the greatest boxers of all time. Wepner, also known as the Bayonne Bleeder due to the constant facial stitches and injuries he incurred during his bouts, would be the underdog who would fight Ali for the heavy weight title, going 15 rounds with two bloody eyes and a broken nose, knocking Ali to the ground in the 9th round and making a huge point come back before losing by TKO to Ali. It was a fight that no one expected-the Bayonne Bleeder goes the distance with the Champion.
This was the true life inspiration for young Stallone. He would later write Rocky, a movie that would continue to inspire millions across the world. Everyone in their own way is the underdog looking to go the distance which is why the story of the young Rocky Balboa from Philly, who had nothing to start with and therefore nothing to lose, continues to bring thousands to the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps and to the Rocky statue that sits in the yard.
Without a trainer for most of his training, without equipment and with nothing but his own determination, Rocky Balboa climbed, step by step, to the top of the Philadelphia Museum of Art leaving many of his fans in tears as they cheered him on.
It wasn't the fight, the battle for the title but his own personal battle, the one he had been fighting for that made our hearts race because as he stood there at the top, arms in the air, we all knew that this battle won would lead to the final win at the end.
We all knew that Rocky would continue to train, would continue to fall and would continue to get back up. We knew that he knew that he was just another kid from Philly with faults of his own and for the many who watched his struggles, it was this knowledge that inspired and motivated us. It is Rocky's ability to admit to his faults and keep pushing through, to never give up and to go the distance that has made him a hero. 30 years later the story is still inspirational and motivating, and the character Rocky Balboa is still a fixture in American history- A true American Icon.
Friday, July 04, 2008
For weeks now I've been lacking in the sleep department. I've been sick, injured or dealing with a sick child. The past few days I've been setting up the Rocky challenge and have been reading blogs, comments, sparks pages and all the rest. I've been getting to bed around 1-2 am and then waking up around 7-8 in the morning. I'm use to my 8-10 hours of sleep and 6 hours is not cutting it, not with the way I get up throughout the night and all. Tonight I plan on getting to bed before midnight!
So here is the list
Today I did
51 mins on the elliptical (same as yesterday)
150 of each: wall push ups, hip flexors and squats
3 reps of 10 on 5 different weight machines
I did not get in my walk today.
Tomorrow is my weigh in day and hopefully I'll get some great numbers since the past 2 weigh in's have given me a combined loss of 1.5 pounds. I am swollen though and hope that it goes away some for the weigh in!
Wish me luck!
Thursday, July 03, 2008
some of you may have noticed that I'm a little out there. I'm sure it didn't take long for you to realize it, did it.
Well, I've started up a challenge. I didn't have it planned, it just came to me and I'm totally happy that it did.
Many changes have come with the challenge. For one you may notice that my sparks page is full with stuff. Second, you may notice that I'm no longer Katrinia17 but IamRockyBalboa (someone stole the name RockyBalboa!). Lastly you may notice I now sign every thing as Rocky or Rocky Balboa.
Yeah, it's a bit off but it works. Really, my crazy ways normally help me drop between 8 and 10 pounds a month. That is when I'm full out and going at it.
So, I'll be having 2 blogs up at a time. One to help motivate and those to talk about my day.
This one is to talk about my day.
Well, here is what I did today-
100 hip flexors
100 wall push ups
1 mile walk with a run at the end
51 mins on the elliptical
3 reps of 10 on 5 weight machines
I hate hip flexors...
My knee is not fully done being not done...
I hate that ab machine...
After walking my 1 mile I did 25 each of push ups, squats and hip flexors. By the time I got to the squats my legs were shaking like crazy. By the time I got to the hip flexors I was near tears and felt like I was going to puke...I still had another set of 25 to do...
I'm going to post something up from one of my teams. I feel it reflects how I feel about today.
WHAT DIDN'T I DO TODAY???
Honestly, that's the question that should be asked cus if I list everything I did do today we would be here alllll day long.
1. I said no to the cookie handed to me during that 5 hour meeting and then ate it anyways when I realized I had nothing to eat for breakfast. Forcing myself to not eat the cookie is something I did not do!
2. During my cool down I had the urge to run for 2 laps and I forced myself (more like convinced myself) that running one lap would be okay since it was a "cool down". I really wanted to run so I ended up running 1.5 laps instead of 2. I forced myself to not run 2 full laps.
3. On the elliptical, after about 30 mins my swollen feet (yes I'm like a sea cow over here, sooo swollen) began to ach in my shoes (which I could barely get on!GRRRR) and so after my last 8 min session, I forced myself to pause, on the machine and yank off each shoe within 5 seconds and went the next 20 mins bare foot. Yes, I forced myself to not complete my endurance plan from start to finish without stopping.
Other than that my day ROCKED cus I wanted it to.
By the way, I raised the resistance on my elliptical endurance program and was totally shocked to see that I came in at 3.99 miles... one point of a mile away from my 4 mile goal...and this is after only having 2 workouts in the past almost 2 weeks!
I AM ROCKY BALBOA!
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
HEY, MY NAME IS ROCKY BALBOA...
That's right, my name is Rocky Balboa.
Yes, it may sound crazy but it's not, trust me. I like to call it imagination.
It's amazing what the mind can do. It's even more amazing what we keep the mind from doing. The things we block out as we go through life. One of those things is our imagination.
I believe it works. No, I know it works.
I remember as a child I use to "teach" my dolls and stuff animals. I would give them a question "What is 2 +2?" and I would write it on paper and then "show them" how to get the right answer. When I got older I kept that same concept and used it.
Some of you may have remembered a couple of weeks back when I was really, really pushing it. Alone in the gym, with only my music with me. I wanted to reach that goal, man I wanted to reach it. I walked into that gym repeating the words 4 miles, 7,000 (strides), 4 miles, 7,000. I got on the machine and visualized that machine panel reading those numbers. I put on my Rocky music (I actually start my Rocky music by shouting out "HEY, MY NAME IS ROCKY BALBOA!") and I was there in Philly going the distance.
Even more, when I felt the need to slow down, when I got tired I didn't stop with letting my mind take over. I told myself "You want to be tired, but you aren't. You aren't tired, you got a lot left." I imagined blood flowing through my legs that just wanted to stop dead right there. It flowed, swelled them into these huge muscles, and I imagined my legs moving faster and faster, light as can be, strong and not willing to give up...
And they didn't and I reached my goal.
When I'm in the gym I'm not alone. I've brought sparks friends with me. I've had them in the gym watching me, telling me to move and keep moving. I've imagined the words on my sparks page sprawled across the gym walls, I've had the trainers from the biggest loser screaming at me and in the last 2 months I've been running up the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum with my man Rocky.
I honestly believe that if you can join me on this and really think, focus, believe and become Rocky Balboa, you can go the distance.
Read my sparkspage intro, watch the movie if you want and take from it what you can. Turn the story of Rocky into your own story.
For me, the story of Rocky Balboa becomes my story. The story of how one fat woman on the brink of being immobile for the rest of her life, took that step up the Philadelphia Art Museums entrance and began to fight her way through pain, emotional anguish, fear and 100 pounds of fat.
Now what's your story?
I'll help you every step of the way. I just need you to pretend, to believe that you too can run those steps to your goal. Just say it with me...Hey, My name is Rocky Balboa.
Put on your gray sweat pants...
Slide on your black gloves...
Pull your cap over your forehead...
Lace up your shoes...
It's cold outside...
On the streets of Philly...
And now is your chance at the title...
Now is your chance to go the distance Rocky...
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