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
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.
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 ...
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 ... ???
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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