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Zombie Training Reboot-Day Seventeen

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ok, this isn't going very well. My life is still very, very busy and squeezing zombie training into it is much more difficult that it was last semester. An hour on the treadmill and some weight training yesterday was great, but it was the first time that had happened in a couple of weeks.

Sigh. Back to work. Hope to get to the gym today and start getting back into the habit.

  
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ZOMBIEAPOCALYPS 2/18/2011 11:08AM

    Ditto LMLOPEZ - I am so with you. What is with this semester? I'm blaming the weather. emoticon

Don't beat yourself up too much. Sometimes there really aren't enough hours in the day. What happened yesterday that made you go to the gym - is that something you can replicate? And stay positive! What are you doing well and what is within your control?

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STILLFLYIN 2/17/2011 9:29PM

    What LMLOPEZ said! Do the best you can do and be glad of it.


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LMLOPEZ 2/17/2011 4:30PM

    I'm with ya. Grad school sux-especially when you have to have family time, work time and squeeze in "me time".
Hang in there, do what you can when you can and don't beat yourself up over it. Be thankful you can do what you can do and scheudule it in the best way you can.
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Zombie Training Reboot- Day Two

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Pole dancing is hard, and it kind of hurts. My experience of pole dance teachers, and I've known three, is that they all have trouble with the concept that I might not be capable of some moves, even with lots of practice. My pet theory is that when you've been a beautiful women in this society all your life,* you develop an inflated sense of what is possible. Of the pole teachers I have, only one seems to have fully cognizent that I am a 200+ pound person and that is a lot to lift. I know with time I will develop arm strength, but I don't think it is rational to assume that I will develop anything like that anytime soon.

I'm working on the arm strength, which, as someone else pointed out, will come in handy for holding AK-47s when the Zombie Apocalypse comes.

No pole or yoga or anything tonight as I'm working late. I did an hour on the elliptical this morning, which was fine, though using the elliptical gives me a sense of mission creep as I'm not the ""Zombie Out-fitness-machine-r." But I'm told that using it for awhile will really help me get my strength built up for running. So that's good.




*And I'm attractive enough, just not the "Hey, look at her," type. Pole Dance teachers tend to be.

  
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DOGSTARDADDY 2/11/2011 5:44PM

    How goes the training?

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ITSNOTBECCA 2/5/2011 9:05AM

    Pole dancing and synchronized swimming are two things that you don't think about needing a lot of strength for until you try them.

Pole dancing can have a lot of other uses in the post-zombie world besides repeated lifting of guns, although that one is pretty clutch:
1. Strength to climb and escape zombies;
2. Ability to climb poles and escape zombies;
3. Ability to swing around pole and kick zombie in head; and
4. Arm strength to pick up and throw things.

I commend your forward thinking!

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DALAI_LALA 2/4/2011 9:40PM

    BTW, if you find you don't care for the elliptical much, you might try one of the Arc Trainer style of elliptical. They're a bit less "back n forth" and a bit more like a stair climber (but gentler on the knees). Also, a big plus, you don't have the machine ripping your arms out... I mean pulling your arms back and forth. I'm short, with short arms, so I really hated that part. The trainer's hand grips stay still.

At any rate, it helps build your endurance for hill climbing, racing up the stairs one step ahead of the Horde, and does wonderful things for your glutes. Ya know, so that your bum looks great to all those flesh-eaters behind you!

Lala

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STILLFLYIN 2/1/2011 5:44PM

    You didn't sit on your behind this morning. You got on the elliptical and did a whole hour. That is a win! Maybe not what you want, but way better than it could have been.
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ZOMBIEAPOCALYPS 2/1/2011 5:42PM

    Love your reasoning for building up arm strength. emoticon

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LELLENATOR 2/1/2011 4:43PM

    I clicked on this blog because of the title. I've often thought that making a Zombie Survival Training program would encourage a lot of folks like myself to beef up in a short amount of time while working all major muscle groups. Cardiovascular for endurance running; calves and quads for those all-important sprints; flexibility for jumping over flaming objects; and upper body strength for when you need to use a katana instead of a gun.

But pole-dancing's cool too. :D

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And...Back to Zombie Training Day One

Monday, January 31, 2011

First came the holidays. Then came the illness. I went to a science fiction convention in Boston and caught this illness that was like ebola or something. It was awful, y'all. At one point I was so sick I couldn't even talk.

That one is huge for me.

So yeah, i slacked on the exercising for weeks and I gained a bunch of weight back. Not a bunch, but enough that I feel like I'm starting over. So that's my excitement.

Today I did some elliptical trainer. (My yoga instructor insists it is better than the treadmill, so I've decided to do an hour of elliptical every day and switch off running on the treadmill and weight training.)

Tonight, I have pole dance. Always, I have law work.

So anyway, that's my excitement.

  
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DALAI_LALA 2/4/2011 9:35PM

    Yay, con crud! I second the Purell, comment. Or, create a costume that requires a face mask - I've seriously considered it just for elevator rides...

Lala

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MORGAN!! 2/1/2011 1:41AM

    Yep, con crud. Happens to the best of us. Next con be sure to take lots of vitamins and use lots of Purell!

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TRIGFROST 1/31/2011 7:37PM

    Hey,,,,Your back on track again... emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 1/31/2011 4:46PM

    It's just that time of year when illnesses seem to go around. The good thing is you got back on track and are now moving forward. Yay YOU!!!!

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Zombie Training - day Sixty Three

Friday, December 31, 2010

Yeah, I haven't updated in awhile, which is both bogus and sad. I've done a decent job keeping up with my running and my other stuff, though. My husband is serious about Yoga, so serious that I think he could call himself a "yoga practitioner" without sounding like an asshole. His studio has been closed for the week so he's been coming to my gym, which has resulted in a little more "couple time" than was really my goal. I think we will both be glad when his studio opens up again because we're both introverted types and have had trouble with the additional together time. That said, I've learned some yoga and he's done some cardio, so expansion of options is always good.

The weight has plateaued a bit, but I've been eating like a rabid wolverine over the holidays, so that's not a huge shock.

Anyway, things I've discovered in my sabbatical from Sparkpeople:

1. When your exercise a lot but eat whatever you want, you don't lose much weight but you feel fabulous.

2. Pole dancing is really, really fun. If you're in the DC area, go to Jordin's Paradise (http://jordinsparadise.com/) because the other pole dancing studio in town is really sketchy.* If you go to Jordin's, I'm the fat chick wearing all black.

3. I joined the friendliest gym I could find and have been there just about every day. One thing i love about gyms is that even if you're a fat, awkward chick, the gym rats still respect anybody who shows up every day.

4. Kickboxing is awesome but it is hard to find a good class in it. My gym has a bag, so I've been teaching myself from an Ipad app.

5. If your "personal trainer" that the gym assigns you for the first week who has a marketing degree wants to keep making annoying small talk about you, ask her questions about diet and exercise. Like anybody else, personal trainers love to talk about what they know about and it will minimize the "Wow, law school sounds hard. Are you worried about the bar?" conversations that nobody wants to have. And hey, I've learned some stuff about diet and exercise.

6. I was out with a fashion-focused friend and mentioned that I was having trouble finding workout clothes in my size. She said "Well, you know that shirt you're wearing is too big for you." Why, so it was. Old Navy has gotten a lot of my business in the last few days as I transition from XXL to XL. I am obsessed with Old Navy and its wonderful, wonderful vanity sizing. I'm a size 14 in their jeans. Intellectually I'm aware that this is stupid and I'm no where near a 14 by any rational sizing system, but it makes me happy.

So that's me. Between gyms being closed and holiday stuff getting in the way of me getting to one and the fact that I'm not a very good runner, I'm on like my third week of week five of C25k, but I'm cool with that. I'm not so committed to outdoor running that I have any particular desire to do it outside when it is cold and the weather will be uncomfortable here for a few months. If the Zombies come in February, I will have to run in the cold, but I see no reason to start now when treadmills have that handy "incline" button. I look forward to being able to run faster, but I'm sure that will happen with practice.

Pilates class at the gym today and, of course, running. I think there's a "Without a Trace" marathon on, though if there isn't I will keep watching "the Wire in the Blood" on netflix. Then I shall go to a New Year's Eve Party and eat like a rabid wolverine.

-The ZombieOutrunner

*Pro tip for other studio: When even your advertising photos for your studio show people waiting in line to use the poles during class, that's not a good thing. At my studio, they emphasize small classes and the instructors actually notice and tell you if your form is wrong.

  
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PROUDPENGUIN 1/2/2011 7:55PM

    old navy rocks my socks, too. glad to hear of your successes! btw, i bet the zombies would totally pass you by since you've lost all that weight!

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MORGAN!! 12/31/2010 9:43PM

    I love Old Navy for the exact same reasons! Vanity sizing is great for the ego :)

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STILLFLYIN 12/31/2010 8:44PM

    Howdy! Glad to hear you are doing well. I especially enjoy your descriptions of your gym and discovering that you are smaller than you thought.

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Zombie Training - Day Forty

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

I didn't run for four freaking days from Thursday through Sunday and I ate like a maniac, so I'm doing some damage control. I've walked/run like 12 miles in the last two days, so that's good, but I'm still feeling more out of shape than I was. I've been hanging out on week four of C25k for two and a half weeks and am going to week five tomorrow because I'm starting to think I'm only hanging out at week four for so long because I'm a big scaredy cat.

Also, I'm really bad at measuring my portions of Thai food and I've eaten a lot of Thai food recently.

And I have a blister.

Whine, whine, whine.

  
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STILLFLYIN 12/7/2010 8:08PM

    Poor baby.
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