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Enough Already ... Slacker-Time is OVER!!!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Yes, it's time for me to stop taking it easy ... though the break has been nice.

I can say that I am "officially" BACK in shape ... I found myself begging for more in my classes this week, at least since Thursday. And today's 50min session on the Total Body ... hey, I burned 1000 kcals (according to the machine) but it was a laughable workout. I was hardly out of breath and my heart rate barely got to 145 bmp ... normally I would expect to see around 160-165 bmp (see HRM people, I do pay attention to my heart rate too ... not just blindly trusting the cardio machines). I kept telling myself "pump it up, dude" but hey, it was one of those days!!!

My SparkFriend SNELSON4 did very well in her bodybuilding competition earlier this month ... I was SUPPOSED to be in the same competition, but hey, I couldn't handle the "bodybuilder's diet", i.e. ZERO carbs, ha! I can testify that #$@% makes you 'mental'!!! But with the competition gone, she fell off her diet ... and dragged me down right along with her, LOL!!!

So anyway, time to get back on my Superman Fitness Plan ... I'm already booked to take a cruise in December to the Bahamas and I feel like looking good while having some fun in the sun.

"He who controls others may be powerful ... but he who has mastered himself is mightier still" - Lao Tzu

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JOURNI167 10/3/2007 2:54PM

    Love the quote. Have used it many times.
I read your page (well most of was kind of long. LOL). I agree with you with regard to what we put into our bodies. I eat all foods, not just protein and low carb, but I stay away from anything that didn't have a mommy or that didn't one live in dirt. The chemical meals just drain me and make it difficult for me to work out.

1000 calories a workout used to be easy for me when I was heavier. Not that I have lost 120+lbs, its not so easy. I have to work out for 90 minutes to accomplish that. But I agree, it can be done and doesn't take rocket science to do. I suggest buying a heart rate monitor to know your real calorie burn.

Lastly, I am having a VERY difficult time both emotionally and physically loosing this last 30lbs. I started out with 153 to drop and did so with relative ease. I lift weights hard (burn about 400 calories in a 45min session), I spin, I do bootcamp, I do step aerobics and I jog (best distance was 8 miles, but normal is 3-5). I drink lots of water (15-18 8oz glasses daily). I cant figure my problem except that I am not eating few enough calories. Yet, I refuse to do anything to lose this weight that I can't do to keep it off. I am a gym rat now. Everyday but Sunday, you will find me there. I hate salads and carrots....not gonna work for me. One day of that and I am binging for a week.

So any suggestions?



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NEWBEIN 9/27/2007 4:10PM

    I agree with KeeKee..I need to be in your line of work!

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KEEKEEWASH1972 9/23/2007 1:12AM

    Welcome back to my favorite slacker!!! And didn't you just come back from a vacation to Aruba?!?! You're going to the Bahamas in December?!? I must be livin' wrong, huh?

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Definition of "Out of Shape"

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

So I looked up "Out of Shape" in the dictionary today, and there was my picture ... the same one posted here ... sitting on a boat chillin' in Aruba.

... And today I felt it.

No ... it wasn't during the 7am session on the Total Body this morning ... those 1000 calories in 50 minutes came easy. I almost threw my back out patting myself on the back for "keeping in shape" during my vacation.

No ... It didn't even happen during the warm-up today for Krav Maga class ... the running around the room ... stopping for push-ups ... more running ... sideways running ... backwards running ... stopping for more push-ups ... more running ... stopping for sit-ups ... did I mention running ... etc .... hey, all that felt GOOD ... all 10 minutes of the warm-up.

Then came out the kick-shields ... today's 50min session was front-kicks first, followed by front-kick/punch/elbow combinations ... a big grin came over my face.

Usually, I love ANY kicks class ... especially using the kick-shield. Basically your partner holds the padded shield (sized maybe 1.5ft X 2.5ft) tight up against their torso ... making a target. Then ... the kicker gets to ... well ... kick the hell out of them! As the teacher tells us ... try to put your foot through their back, that's basically the approach.

It serves two purposes a) the kicker gets to kick a real person, i.e. with resistance and body weight ... so you get to practice trying to kick hard enough to knock that person back a few steps ... good enough to crack a few ribs (or rupture a spleen) if the shield was not there ... and b) the kickie (is that a word) gets to ... well toughen up to being able to take a punch (or kick), padded as it were. And there is much debate about which is worse/more tiring ... being the kicker or the kickie?

Like I said, I usually LOVE kicking ... but today was a different day ... it was my first day back since my "training" in Aruba, feel me?

For those that don't know ... using an elliptical machine, running, swimming, jumping rope, etc ... even lifting weights ... all that is a totally different kind of "working out" compared to hitting/kicking something or being kicked/hit. Unfortunately, I had bragged to Roger about vacationing in Aruba for a week ... and seemingly keeping in pretty good shape. Mistake!!!

After about the first 20 full force kicks (of maybe 100?), me being the kicker ... I was damn near exhausted and gasping for air. Roger the instructor kept asking me, taunting "What's the matter dude .... you didn't do any of this in Aruba???" Hell no I didn't ... wow!!! Luckily my partner today was new to the class, so he was still very impressed with my performance (ego right) and much more tired than I was ...

By the time I got to the combos ... i.e. back leg front kick (to the gut), hammer fist (to the back of the head), finishing with a #1 (or #2?) elbow (to the face) ... lord ha mercy I was ... well, again Roger said it best, "Dude, you're hitting like a damn girl ... what the hell's wrong with you??? Oh yeah ... that's right ... Aruba dude, Aruba ... sorry I forgot man ... I guess that's the best you got today, right?"

Oh well ... but hey, I won't stay down for long.

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KEEKEEWASH1972 9/26/2007 11:34AM

    Wow, you call that out of shape ... ha!

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GARDENGNOME 9/16/2007 11:02PM

    Oh yeah another thing. One that I do. Since I work out at home I do pell work in between sets. If I do that then it is a 2 min "rest" between sets. One of those minutes is me throwing strikes at the pell with one minute of rest. Since I think you work out at a gym not so sure if you can do that. My martial art is more akin to Philipino Stick fighting more emphasis on explosive power in arm movements and just explosiveness in foot work.

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GARDENGNOME 9/15/2007 3:51PM

    I feel your pain =D

No really. Ran into some similar situations early on too. Thought was back in shape or nearly back in shape. Went out to a 3 hour fight practice and had a rude awakening. Was talking to a nutritionist and she was marveling at her brother who is mondo ripped but was crying like a kid when it came to putting in sod and a deck. Strength training and training unless done with some functional training will lead to this (guilty here). I have heard that some of the olympic style lifts (clean jerk, snatch pull ect..) help build explosive power and muscle endurance in the legs and arms. Something you may want to look into or ask a trainer about if you have one.

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DOWNSIZINDIVA 9/15/2007 12:42PM

    You will quickly be up again & back in fighting shape!!!

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MSDIVA1128 9/12/2007 1:04PM

    My 2 sons practice Shorei Kenpo Karate, They have won dozens, and dozens of tournaments, and trophys, so I know exactly what you are refering to. But Dude, looks like you should have taken a kick shield along to aruba, and preyed on some unsuspecting tourist. (LOL)

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NEWBEIN 9/12/2007 11:17AM

    You'll be back in fighting shape in no time. Have mercy on your Kickee, will ya? He was not even ready for all that. Poor thing probably won't even come back to class. Now you know Snapped has to come on a Girlie channel..that's why you've never seen it. It's on Oxygen.

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2008LYNN 9/11/2007 8:20PM

  I know you won't be down long and you have enough ego to try to kill the poor guy who has to be your kickee next time. But shoot, how much fun would Aruba be if you spent all your time working out?

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Remembering Aruba

Monday, September 10, 2007

Okay so it's time to get back to reality, right? The week of vacation was GREAT, just what the doctor ordered. And the scale was nice to me, I didn't gain or lose while on my sabbatical.

I guess I DID burn enough calories scuba diving 2 tanks per day to offset my vacation-mode eating ... including all the typical island favorites with drinks to take things over the top in terms of calories consumed. Hey, I even workout out at the hotel gym ... once ... got in a 5 mile run on the day that Felix had the diving rained out ... funny I was the only person at the gym though, reminded me of my 2am workout sessions back home.

Anyway, so we got a new challenge starting tomorrow ... just in time I might add ... the rest of this week will be relatively light, no more than 2 workout per day, how about that. Don't want to strain myself getting back into competition mode ...

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D710DANCE 9/10/2007 11:49PM

    Thanks for joining in on the challenge! It looks like the CCs will be LONGER-BETTER-FASTER-STRONGER!!!

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Where the heck was Snikwad?!?!?

Friday, September 07, 2007

Okay, so yeah I took off for a week without asking permission ... but hey, I'm all grown up right?!? Felix notwithstanding, Aruba was lovely ... and the scuba diving was fabulous darlin' ... simply fabulous!!! What tales of dread will the scale tell this week though ... ???

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JANEYJAYE 9/11/2007 12:36AM

    Hope you enjoyed every minute of your vacation... scuba in Aruba... of course you did!!!

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KEEKEEWASH1972 9/8/2007 5:07PM

    Welcome back Sniky! Thanks for checking on me, and yes, I'm keeping my chin up. So you were in hiding in Aruba, huh? Looks like you were having TOO MUCH fun.

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LASVEGASLES 9/7/2007 7:51PM

    Welcome back! Those are some great pics!

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D710DANCE 9/7/2007 11:36AM

    I gave you the approval to you were okay (LOL). Glad to see that you took some much deserved time to relax and reward yourself!!! Again, welcome back!

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SEYSARAH 9/7/2007 4:11AM

    Great Vacation and the scales don't reveal a lighter and more relaxed mind!!! Glad to see you took some time off to have fun...missed ya but glad you did NOT ask permission and went for the fun...My turn now lol!!!!

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Cardio Mania - Day Six/Seven Report

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Oh yeah ... the light days have been lovely!!!

Friday Calories eaten: 2655
Friday Calories burned: 2700

Today, the LAST day of the challenge,
Saturday Calories eaten: TBD
Saturday Calories burned: With 60min/1200cal more planned - 3700

Total for the week: 1233 minutes 23500 calories, wow!!!

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ADF227 8/31/2007 8:57PM

    Great job as always!!

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KATIE011 8/30/2007 4:01PM

  Wow - this is very impressive - stunning result.
Well done you.

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LASVEGASLES 8/27/2007 7:45PM

    Yessssssssssssssss! Woooo Woooooo!

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MYTIME2SHYNE 8/26/2007 12:10AM

    Wow is an understatement! You really worked your ass off literally!

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D710DANCE 8/25/2007 11:52PM

    Awesome job!!!!

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