Tuesday, January 26, 2010
So... I forgot how weird it feels to get up, do a workout, come home, and go back to sleep. HAHA I feel somewhat energized, but at the same time, it feels like it all happened yesterday or some strange place between yesterday and today that's all it's own thing.
This morning I woke up and headed to a friend's gym to attend her yoga class -- this gym was the hardest thing to find!!! Turns out I was in the parking lot by 5 min before the class started, but I didn't figure out exactly where it was/the entrance until I was 15min late. :( wahhhh. I should have asked for directions instead of just googlemapping because it was in this kind of almost warehouse like complex and you had to drive behind a building it didn't look like you could drive around and the only sign was visible from the highway. It was very interesting -- this gym is called Headhunter Combatives and focuses on crossfit and MMA style fighting! :D Not the place I'd expect to take a yoga class, but rowing friend is going for it.
Luckily it was ok for me to jump in although I was late, and it was really great. I should do yoga more often. Woot.
Then I headed back across to MY gym to do my NROL4W workout.
And I entered the powerlifting room! RAWR! :D
No one was in there, so this was a great way to be able to be comfortable before next time when I'm sure there probably will be someone around. Someone came in midway through my second set and was spritzing and cleaning the other equipment, but it was ok cause I was in my own zone.
OK so squatting with the Olympic bar felt like a WHOLE DIFFERENT BEAST than squatting with dumbbells or bodyweight. The balance to control the bar and all that just makes it feel totally different -- not to mention (these being back squats) placing the bar over my shoulders and finding the right place for that.
But I did it! :D I'm excited about it. I wish I had been doing them this way from day one, but honestly, that first day I was sooooooo burned from doing simple bodyweight squats it's a good thing I worked my way into it because I don't think I could've handled the bar without laying that foundation (AGAIN) first.
As for the ret of it -- I'm now graduated to pushups from I dunno what angle... lower than wall pushups, maybe not low as 45 degrees but maybe close. Today for the first time I used a barbell that was racked on a bench press station. For future reference, it was on the top rack position. And I felt really STRONG doing them! :D I still have a bit of wrist pain from time to time after workout A - after the pushups and then doing the prone jacks balancing my weight on my hands as well, I dunno -- I have weak wrists or something. But it was veryveryvery minor today - just wanted to make note of it.
I was able to up the weight on my step ups and also my first set of prone jacks was completed without interruption. The second set I had to re-set up 3 times, first a set of 3, then 3, then 4.
So anyway - woot. Another one in the books. I forgot to start my HRM today until after the first set of squats -- so nothing on yoga and my NROL4W time is short and somewhat inaccurate for cal burn/etc., but close enough. I used SP's estimate for yoga.
Band was fun last night -- it's a symphonic/concert band type situation in case anyone was wondering. Very easy music for the most part, because it IS a community band so they have to make sure not to make it too difficult for all the members. There was actually a kid there in the percussion section last night that is in middle school I think -- no one else in the band is that young, he was so adorable!!!! freckles and everything. :)
Coworker starting Couch to 5K tomorrow, I wonder if trombone buddy has started yet... AND speaking of running, that's tomorrow's plan. RUN! :)
Monday, January 25, 2010
Yeahhhh that always makes me feel nervous. I'm not used to that, but it's ok. My general rule is not to go MORE than 2 days off in a row, so I'm ok.
I showed up ready to row yesterday but didn't even consider the river being outta control -- which it was. While the coach was going over the boat terminology and stuff for the newbies that showed up, we watched big old logs and other flotsam rushing down the river.
It would have taken a little jump to get to our floating dock... :P sooo.... no rowing! And thanks to a braindead move by me, we then had to go to Target to get my BC even though I was there earlier in the day and totally forgot to pick it up. But -- I had fun walking around in the store w/ my DH, we also went to Barnes and Noble to browse around and whatnot. Finally did some laundry when we got home.
I weighed this morning even though I feel all off kilter sleepwise, and my weight is back down where it was before the traumatizing 3year anniversary day weighin. HAHA. So if nothing else, I'm maintaining where I've been -- but I feel stronger and I realllllllly want to get one of those body fat measuring scales again.
This morning I took a look at my measurements, which was a little depressing because I haven't measured since AGES ago, before the UP, but I knew they'd be bigger cause my clothes are fitting tighter, so it's not like it was a surprise. HAh, just now I have NUMBERS to go with the FEELINGS - ya know? So anyway, I can keep looking back to those as I progress so I can have another measure to go by other than the scale since I don't have any other snazzy tools right now. :)
Today is my super long day -- I ALLLLLLLMOST thought about going to the Learn to Row camp this morning to erg but I decided sleep was more important since I was going to be out of the house from about 9:45am-9:45pm ish. And I count today as an off day, but I am going to play my trombone which IS in the cardio tracker! ;) haha but I don't count it. It doesn't do THAT much for me (I tried w/ my HRM before, remember? And that was standing...) this is seated during an ensemble rehearsal, so I'm not even playing the whole time or anything. But still it's somewhat more active than other things. ;)
But I think I will try to get to a couple of days of LTR this week -- I can do that, do my NROL4W and then come home shower and go back to bed. Or do that, go run, come home shower and sleep. Either way -- I've done it before, I can do it again, and it'll help to support the group of newbies.
Did I mention that the Rowing Club is majorly stressful right now? We have a serious funding issue that if we do not resolve it, will leave us without any coaches. On the one hand - I want to help the club succeed, and I AM the Fundraising Officer of the Board. On the other hand - regardless of what the outcome is, we're probably going to be gone before the coaches will be staying or leaving so.........? I'd be putting all my hard work into something that I would not be a part of seeing to it's fruition.
But although that second hand does prick me every now and then, considering the stress it's putting me through, I don't want to be that selfish. One of the things the club would like to do is establish a major yearly fundraiser, like a 5K or something. And I want to help to get that going -- however, I hear it is not that uncommon to not make a lot of money the first time you put one of those on, and if you're not careful you can actually LOSE money.
To get sanctioned by USATF costs money (although I REALLY think we should do this for many reasons - general liability insurance, prestige, etc.) like... $125+ depending on the number of entrants we have. Plus I do believe it would also be beneficial in establishing a long term event to have the course certified -- which would require paying a course measurer (cause no one in our club will have the equipment/know-how/desire to do it ourselves) and paying the certifier to review it, USATF estimates $30 for the certifier and I have no idea how much the measurer charges. BUT - certification of the course lasts for 10 years, and can be renewed if it is not allowed to expire, so that's a good thing.
Then there's the whole gambit of getting the food for people finishing, T-Shirts, goodie bags, etc. AKA - getting sponsers. I actually was thinking about offering hats instead of T-Shirts as well, but then we don't have a space to offer sponsors for advertisement on the back of a shirt so eh. Then the gamble of -- ok so how much do we charge for entry vs. the cost of shirts/etc. and how much money will we actually make???
Not to mention that we have a bit of a deadline to make major fundraising happen, which is looming soon, and therefore we'd need to organize this even very quickly. I feel like I have some pretty good resources for knowing WHAT to do, I just don't know how quickly it can get done. I've scoped out some dates that are not currently scheduled on our local track club website as having races that weekend, but ..... the time frame is intimidating.
The other event I want our club to get involved with is creating a cardboard boat race... but that is a whole other thing. I think that will need even more time to plan, but maybe if we can get the 5K off the ground while we're working on the second event???
In any case, let's just say that I woke up early this morning (too late to go to LTR by about 30min, but early for ME in any case) and had a hard time going back to sleep because all this stuff was whirling around in my head. Members of the board are sniping at each other via email and one of my best friends in the club is talking leaving because she just can't take it anymore (I'm hoping at LEAST she means not being a part of the board anymore and not leaving altogether but still -- that shows you just how insane it's getting).
Luckily things always look a little better in the light of day, but it's still a very stressful situation and because the issue is primarily regarding funding I definitely feel the load is on my shoulders to take some initiative and make things happen.
So the plan is to do some specific research in our area -- who specifically to talk to about the permits to get the roads for a route closed off for example -- and get together a clear proposal for the board to vote on to move forward or not. *phwew*
Sunday, January 24, 2010
So.... I went over my calorie range by like 1100 calories yesterday.
But I also burned 2052 calories yesterday -- so I did actually purposefully decide to go over. Although about 200-300 of those calories last night were junk, so I probably shouldn't have gone QUITE so over.
I'm also over my cals burned goal for the week by 1600, plus I MAY be rowing today. So I probably need to adjust my burn goals. But for today I'm just going to try to keep it a little more reasonable for my burn and my intake --
Here's the thing, today is actually a meet and greet for new Learn to Row people and the club, it starts at 3:30pm and if there are enough people, some rowing afterward. But if not, I might either go to pilates or go home. :P I'm not sure. I don't really NEED anymore calorie burn, since I'm over by 1600 and I went over cals by 1100 I'm actually still in the positive for extra calories burned this week... hahaha. But I did say I'd row today so I'm not going to leave if they need a body for the boat. And if I'm going to be dressed to workout anyway, I might as well go to pilates??? Since tomorrow IS a scheduled off day? I dunno I'm still undecided on this.
For now I need to get to church even though I'll be late, I'll be earlier than I've BEEN getting there (missing sunday school and whatnot and just showing up for when I have to conduct the music... bad Dana).
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
OK so I didn't really show any burly men up or anything -- but I didn't let them intimidate me out of trying the Olympic Bar today for my deadlifts. :D
Hahaha. And actually, I dunno what I was doing the other day when I first kinda tried to pick it up -- I must have been so nervous of not being able to do it that I put ZERO effort into it because the weight was not bad at all. A little unwieldy to turn around with (unfortunately I had to do that because I was taking it off of a station not made for deadlifts) but not bad at all.
Next step -- adding weight! Yes, so I can be cool and walk around adding weight plates to things, and oh yes, replacing them when I'm done because I'm a GOOD gym goer.
And I WILL need more weight next time -- didn't want to overwhelm myself since it was the first time going to the olympic size bar, but I definitely should add some more weight to make the exercise more effective next time. But there was definitely a very strong/fit/muscular looking older man and one of the gym's trainers next to me when I went to do the deadlifts and I was like -- ok Dana, get over yourself and do your workout. :P (Not in the powerlifting room yet but I think I'll wait on that until I do my squats.)
I also upped the weight a bit on the dumbbell shoulder presses -- I'm kinda between dumbbell sizes and unfortunately they are 5lbs between sizes and I'm using two at a time so that's really a difference of 10lbs and it's tough. (I've been using a pair of 15lbers which feels a LITTLE too easy, but the 20lbers are too hard to complete a set.) So today I did the 20lbers for 10 reps of the first set, then 2 reps of 15's, then 2nd set w/ 15's. I gotta get myself to make the jump somehow!
Also added weight for the first time on my lunges. Ugh. Still working on those.
But overall I was very please with that workout -- also got my fastest split time for 1000m so far this year with my erging. Gotta get in some nice LONGER erg sessions one of these days for the challenge -- I'm thinking Saturday I'm going to Zumba, then running, and I will definitely bring something for energy in between -- but we gotta show up 30min early to get a pass to get into the classes, so that'll be a great time to erg while I'm waiting.
So tomorrow I'm gonna go for 5 miles. I have a lovely 5 mile route that I can start from the gym and it'll be great. :) Yes I'm using my positive thinking and visualization to see myself running and feeling awesome doing that route!
Just gotta make sure I do bring some stuff to help fuel myself since that will be a long workout session, but I'm really looking forward to it.
Yesterday nutrition was... not as good as I thought it might be, but I did still track EVERYTHING and stayed within my ranges -- a little low on protein at 115g.
Today I've tracked everything I'm so far planning to eat today -- have a 200cal cushion as well -- and I'm at 138g of protein so that's looking good. Tonight is GAME NIGHT and I'm going to be bringing some veggies and a blue cheese dip (made w/ light sour cream, blue cheese, and dijon mustard), my microwave popcorn bowl, DH bought some cookies that I entered two of into the tracker, and I'll have some of my protein oatmeal to really fill me with something more substantial than little snacks. Plus I have that 200cal cushion to allow myself to eat a bit of what other people may bring, but I'm glad I know exactly what I am working with for part of it that I'll be ok with and exactly what I have left to play with as well.
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