Friday, April 10, 2009
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Anyway. On to regular business. HAHAHA.
I've been sitting right at the top of my maintenance range still, which is irritating me although I'm not going to kick my butt over it because hey, I'm still in my range, and TOM is next week, etc.etc. SO right now I will employ the super fabulous "patience" technique. My clothes all fit normally just fine, rockin the skinny jeans today, so all is well. Maybe I'm building back some muscle with MTC as well! :D Wish my body fat % scale didn't stop working and then die altogether. :( I'd love to get another one.
So today's MTC was soooo...... easy. No run beforehand, first activity of the morning so I was fresh... plus today's workout was kinda just... easier. I think this week was the light week of MTC but next week it kicks back into CRAZY INSANE mode. Don't believe me? I brought my book so I could show you what I'm supposed to do on Monday. :D
BEGIN DETAILED MTC DESCRIPTION - SKIP AHEAD IF YOU LIKE! :)
Decline Dumbbell Press - 20
Squats - 50 fast, no weight
Step Plyos - 1min (This is like doing step ups on alternating legs, only you're jumping between hence - Plyo - Plyometric - jump training...)
Butt Kicks - 1min (This is like running in place only your kicking your heels up to your butt.)
Plyo Pushups - 10 (yeah, pushups with a clap in between. I WILL attempt these from palm to toe format, but they may end up being from the knees)
Dumbbell Flys on Body Ball w/ Crunches - 15
Leg Extensions - 20, 12, 6-8 (Pyramid up w/ weight)
Knee Tuck Jumps - 10 (CANNONBALL!!!!)
Step Plyos w/ Dumbbells - 30 secs
Scorpion Pushups - 10 (5 per side - and yes, I do these from the knees usually)
Alternating Dumbbell Press on Ball w/ Elbow Drive - 10 per side
OK this is a hard one to describe, but basically you press up with the right side and keep pushing your right shoulder up while driving your left shoulder back and down rolling up so the point of your elbow is sticking into the body ball. It's killer.
Surrenders - 10 per side (Dumbbells straight overhead, step back, kneel down, both knees, step forward, stand up - repeat, never dropping dumbbells down. Then DIE.)
Side Step Plyos - 1min
Dips to muscle failure
Lunge w/ Military Shoulder Press - 20 per leg
Burpies - 20 (Squat, to plank, to squat, jump up!)
W Shoulder Plress w/ Leg Extension - 10 per leg (shoulder press w/ palms facing in so you kinda make a W shape, stand on one leg w/ leg bent at 90 degrees, push leg straight while pushing dumbbells up)
Rope Tricep Press - 20
Straight Leg Squat Thrusts - 30 secs (Normal Squat thrusts go from Squat w/ hands down to plank position and back. These ones you jump your fet forward, but keep your legs straight so it's almost like jumping into a pike position...maybe not a very tight one... hahaah)
Chair Pose - 30 secs (AKA wall squat hold?)
Side Plank w/ Inner Thigh Raise - 10 per side (For the record, I still can't really do the inner thigh raise, I try, and then end up holding the plank for 10-20 seconds per side instead... but I used to be unable to hold a side plank so this is still progress!)
END MTC DESCRIPTION
YEAH. That's gonna be a tough one. Next week is the final full week of MTC, and then there are the Day 29 and Day 30 workouts.
Tomorrow I get to run again (YAY) and go to Pilates (WOOHOO!). I really look forward to these Saturday workouts -- it's just such a happy place mentally, more relaxed and thoughtful, than the kind of feelings and thoughts I have while doing MTC. :D HAHAHA Those are all, I'm so hardcore, GRRR ROCK IT, PUSHPUSHPUSH... and um, running is like... wheee, look at the trees, breathe nice and even, keep that heart rate down (yeah not way down but lower and slower than I tend to try to run), then Pilates w/ my teacher's mellow out music going the whole time. :D It's very nice.
Things I'm hoping to be able to buy before I go to San Diego (but maybe not because I'm spending so much money on the trip itself, but hey, I can have a wishlist, right?):
New Sports Bras (mine are like.. fruit of the loom and they are soaking up sweat like nobody's business)
New Workout Tops (These men's V-Neck undershirts aren't doing so great either in the moisture wicking department)
New Workout Socks (they're just old.)
Skinny Denim Bermuda Shorts. Yeah. :P (I realized that I DON'T OWN ANY PROPER SHORTS. Only one pair of like.. workout shorts that are from BEFORE.)
New Sunblock - I'm pretty sure mine is expired, but I keep using it and I haven't gotten burned... YET. *eek!*
Anyone want to be my benefactor? HAHAHAHAHA j/k.
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Today is GORGEOUS outside. HURRAY! :D I had the most marvelous run outside. Pulled myself back for the first half, but then didn't really manage to on the second half. The resultant pace was a 12min mile average so that's not too bad. I've been averaging slower than that until now.
Then it was on to MTC! I dunno if it's because I ran first (um, probably is) but today was tougher than when I did it on Monday, and seemed to burn more calories as well. I'm now just over 1000 from my week end goal of 4000 calories burned and I still have another day of MTC, a run, and Pilates. I'm thinking I might go over a little bit, but it might be pretty close. We'll see!
I'm SO stoked for the 8K I'm gonna do in San Diego -- it sounds SO fun and I bet it will be gorgeous. I'm in the process of planning some other things to do and I'm just too excited not to keep bringing it up, so you will be SO SICK OF ME soon, I'm sure. ;)
Last night I made it to a BIT above my calorie min, FYI.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
So today I planned to run indoors -- I knew I would be sucking it up running around a track for 30min. I only made it 2 1/3 miles, but I was DEFINITELY pulling it back the WHOLE time trying to keep my HR in the 150's. It'd creep up to the 160's and I'd pull it back. The best part was letting it kinda fly in the last half lap. :D I had so much power left! And of course, I was able to go nonstop for the 30min -- no stretching or bathroom breaks. haha. I love that I've got this marathon in mind down the road -- it really is the kicker when it comes to being mentally weak. Are you whining???? How are you gonna do that Marathon if you can't handle this!!! And then my inner whiner sucks it up and gets going. :)
Then it was straight into MTC. I have the rest of this week, then next week, and then the last TWO DAYS and I'm DONE with this challenge. Feels good to be really doing this.
But this week's MTC seems to be... less intense? I'm burning a lot less calories than I anticipated this week and finishing the MTC circuits sooner. So far I'm only about 800 cal behind what I've been doing in the previous two weeks, and those weeks I burned over 1000cal more than what my tracker was set to, so so far no worries. But I think I'm still going to do a bit more tomorrow than just yoga -- I can definitely handle it because my body is MUCH less sore and in need of the super stretching/light workout tomorrow than it has been in the last two weeks as well. And we'll see where I am -- I can always add some more cardio on Saturday after Pilates if need be. Aside from tomorrows workout I still have TWO runs, TWO MTC Days, and Pilates, so I should be good to go.
In other news, I've dropped another 2lbs of the water weight so far, so I'm back within maintenance range, just wanna get the rest of it gone. :D Although this next week is TOM and around the end of this week/beginning of next is usually up for me so I might not really see it until end of next week or the week after. No biggie.
I'm here for maintenace -- this is a long term vision and dropping water weight is not something I'm going to devote that much worry to. SO THERE. TAKE THAT, SCALE! hahaha.
Counting down the days till the Convention -- I'm getting psyched to try to go look around San Diego on my own/with SparkFriends as well. :) My best friend that I'm staying with couldn't get off of work, so I will be looking for ways to entertain myself while she's at work -- other than the convention and the 8K that I registered for of course. WOOT! :D
Monday, April 06, 2009
The fact that now unflattering candids are about me making a weird face, or claw like hands. A bunch of pictures just got posted with me in them on facebook from the party on Friday night, and I will show you the one that I find the least flattering... and it's not bad at all!!! :D I love the fact that I can randomly be photographed without knowing it and even LIKE most of the pictures... that is amazing. But FIRST: A look at what an unflattering candid USED to be like....
SEE THE LEFT HAND IMAGE
Yeah, I'm making some kind of weird clawlike hand and I'm awkwardly mid DDR on a fake cardboard DDR pad, and have crazy devil red eyes... but not too shabby??? hahaha.
So I'm not, OH MY GOSH LOOK AT MY ROLLS anymore. You know? I was always before, can you see all my bodily flaws? It's not that I don't take bad pictures anymore, but the things that make them bad aren't things I'm picking apart about my body. You know what I mean?
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