Monday, March 14, 2011
Writing this today solely for the accountability factor...
~B2W Mission Seven~
Throw out the scale the pressure and the numbers just enough to free yourself, without being ridiculous.
This weekend, I am not assigning you a workout, i am assigning you to take the lead in your own journey til Monday.
Tell me what you are working on this weekend- is it exercise? organizing? spring cleaning? cooking meals for next week? welcoming spring? recovering? racing?
Your job is to come up with a plan that you can be proud of accomplishing by Monday.
-Mega Mega Mega Mega *******FAIL*******
This weekend, I did my cardio, some stretching, some really half-***ed ST on Sat. That's it. The only real goals I set were to do my taxes, clean my fish tank, and maybe work on my vision collage. Instead, I did absofrigginlutely nothing.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
I had my third fitness evaluation this morning. Great results: weight, inches, and body fat all way down. Flexibility at 90% for my age group, endurance at 80%. It’s a toss-up what the bigger cause for celebration is: my cardiovascular rating or my strength results.
My biggest goal for cardio was to get a passing percentage. I would’ve loved for it to be maybe 70%. After my previous results—the 1st eval put me at 14% and the 2nd at 40%—just passing would’ve been enough to please me. Well, mission accomplished! I’m at 100%. PERFECT!!!
As far as strength, there’s no rating for it but you have to do as many pushups as you can. No time limit but you have to stay in plank position if you need a break. The trainer let me do modified pushups the first time. When she saw that the trainer that did my 2nd eval made me do the full version, she changed her mind and made me do those today instead. It was hard. I’ve been doing modified ones to ST, but the regular ones are a lot tougher! There came a point when I wanted to just quit because they started hurting my lower back. I thought back to my first fitness evaluation last May. Twenty-two pushups in, I decided to stop. I *could* have done more (how many, I don’t know—maybe only 1, maybe 5—I’ll never know), but I was tired after the step test and situps and wanted to stop. 10 months later, I still regret giving up. I regret saying “I’m done” when I WASN’T done, when I had the opportunity to push myself, test my limits, see what I was made of. That memory flashed into my head as I contemplated quitting today, and in a nanosecond my mind was made up. I rested in plank position and then I did pushups again. I kept going until I quite literally could not lift myself up again.
Today I didn’t quit. I found my limits. I’m going to test them. Tomorrow I’ll be better.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
~!Mission 6 - 3/7-3/10!~
MAKE ME ****BADASS****
1. Pick one to work on- it can be one you have already done- or if you really want to stick to your formula- pick the one area you have not focused on yet. or just pick your favorite.
***D. TOTAL BODY.***
Plan two workouts between now and when you go to bed Thursday night and STICK TO IT. Workout twice, log it, track it, prove it, picture it, blog about it- whatever you want to do to commemorate it- do it. TWO WORKOUTS IN 4 DAYS- YOU CAN DO THAT.
I did my 1st workout on the same day as I did Stride class and didn’t know how/if I was gonna do my 2nd workout with how geriatric I felt afterwards. But I did it!
7x15 Standing Calf Raises
3x12 (both legs) Single Leg Standing Calf Raises
2x40 Hip Abductions
2x20 Lying Hip Adductions
3x15 Prone Hip Extensions
3x15 (each leg) Glute Isolator, 40 lbs
3x20 (each leg) Straight Leg Raises on propped arms
3x1 Wall Sit (1 min each) **w/** 3x12 Dumbbell Lateral Raises, 10lbs
3x12 Seated Rows, 60 lbs
3x12 Seated Chest Presses, 50 lbs
3x12 Biceps Curls, 38 lbs
3x15 Assisted Triceps Dips, 94lbs
3x15 Reverse Flys, 45lbs
5x20 Knee Raises on Captain’s Chair
4x20 Back Extensions on machine, 10 lbs
approx. 15 mins assorted core work in Stride class
3x15 Biceps Curls w/ lt. resistance band
3x15 Seated Rows w/ med. resistance band
3x15 Straight Leg Triceps Dips w/ chair
3x1 Wall Sits (1 min each) **w/** 3x23 Dumbbell Shoulder Presses, 6.6 lbs
3x15 (each leg) Step Ups
5x15 Standing Calf Raises
3x20 Prone Hip Extensions
3x12 (each leg) Standing forward Straight Leg Raises
3x20 (each leg) Straight Leg Raises on propped arms
3x15 (each leg) Standing backward Straight Leg Raises
3x20 Lying Leg Curls
2x20 (each leg) Lying Hip Adductions
2x40 (each leg) Lying Hip Abductions
3x15 Reverse Crunches
3x15 Back Extensions on Floor
3x20 Standing Side Bend w/ towel
3x1 Plank on elbows (30 secs each)
2. Drink 8 glasses of water every day for the next 4 days. I really don't care if you think you are one of the people that that rule doesnt apply to cause you dont like water- DRINK UP SEXY LADIES!
Mon=9, Tues=10, Wed=9, Thurs=8
P.S. Yoovie, you owe me some mega toilet paper…having me drink 8 glasses on a non-cardio day. Where’s the “I spent 2 hours today peeing” emoticon?
3. Create a new healthy habit OR renew a feel good ritual that you miss.
For example- a nightly routine of taking care of your skin (moisturizing, anti-aging-mask, whatev), preparing an afterwork eat at home snack the night before, buy a new toothbrush, try a new shampoo, get a new razor for those nasty hairy winter legs LOL, record a marathon of a guilty pleasure show to watch while you work out in the living room, prepare a special meal for yourself once a week or once a day.
- Painted my nails
- Put on makeup every day to make me feel prettier
4. Practice thinking of yourself as an athlete, or meditating on what you would look like in a healthy body- or what you can do with it if you are already there. Go ahead... take a nap and get lost in daydreams about yourself. Picture it in detail and love what you dream of.
- I envisioned myself keeping up in Stride without a struggle, thought about what it would be like if I had a strong core, and daydreamed about how muscular I have to potential to become.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
My first workout tank top. I impulse-bought it on clearance around New Year’s. I’ve only ever worn tee shirts while exercising. [Not even new cute ones—the newest, biggest-sized ones were purchased about 4 years ago, the smaller ones like 7 years ago, and I even have one that I’ve owned since I was 12. Seriously.] New, cute workout clothes = Motivation. Sleeveless = Big Motivation. The fact that the tank top was too tight when I bought it and really displayed my back fat = Biggest Motivation/Why I didn’t wear it until last night.
I’ve tried on this tank top every single week since I bought it. I’ve been holding off wearing it until my back fat disappeared and my bat wings were less unsightly. Plenty of heavier people at my gym wear tank tops--people that even my distorted body image can see are larger than me--but I was too self-conscious and embarrassed. Then yesterday, I decided “yeah, I still have back fat (less, though!) and my arms are gi-freakin-normous; but I want to wear that tank top NOW, and d@mmit, I’m going to.”
I wore the tank for awhile at home before I left for the gym and felt ok. Once I got the gym, though, I felt SO nekkid. Super exposed, like I forgot to put on my pants before leaving the house or something. I was incredibly aware while I was exercising of how fat my arms were. Aware that of the pesky rolls right below the back of the shelf bra. Aware of the fact that this shirt totally displayed my form and wouldn’t allow me to hide out in it during Zumba like I can in my 1-or-2-sizes-too-big tees. But you know what? I got a compliment on how good I looked.
My dad assured me that this is my head messing with me. I can’t help wondering if people are just trying to be nice by complimenting me. Like I don’t actually look ~objectively~ good but I look so much ~better~ than I used to that they think I deserve a compliment for that or something. Because I totally know that my body image is still distorted, but I really thought it was improving and that I was seeing myself clearer than I used to. Is it possible that my self-perception is still unfathomably screwed up?
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
BOOYAH. (Ok, that's a totally obnoxious saying, but it's so totally applicable.)
Smallest pants size I've ever fit in.
I'm not even that unhappy that my top half is 2 sizes bigger than my bottom. It's inconvenient and unpleasant, but what can I say? I've been working my ass off. Literally.
That's it. I'm goin' for 8s. BRING. IT. ON.
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