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The Week in Review: The Student Becomes the Teacher

Monday, September 17, 2012

This past week was pretty good. I had a good birthday on Tuesday. It was a training day, so I didn't overdo the eating. I got a 90 minute deep tissue massage and then met my mom for lunch. Tuesdays are my long training day at the gym, so I got there and warmed up with some weights, did Muay Thai and had a great workout, and then had a fun Jiu Jitsu class. I couldn't think of a better way to ring in this next year of life than training at the gym with some of my favorite people.

I also got in more cardio than usual. I noticed that I have a lot more stamina over the past month since increasing the amount of cardio conditioning I do. My Jiu Jitsu coach Nate has asked me to start writing workouts for him, and I will be coming in before Jiu Jitsu to train with him once or twice a week. After doing the first one--a relatively easy one--last Wednesday, I think he might regret asking me in the first place. emoticon I am actually happy that he has asked me to help him train. First off, I am flattered that he thinks my workouts are bad ass enough to help train him for competition. Secondly, I am going to join him every Monday and Wednesday and do the workout with him. This will get in some extra cardio and power moves to increase my fat loss. Thirdly, it has gotten me thinking about exercise physiology again and writing workouts has been good review from what I learned in school.

I have been writing some circuits, sitting there snickering to myself at how difficult it will be for Nate, and then I remember that I will also be doing the workout. So, I am challenging myself with my own workouts. It is forcing me to try new exercises and really push myself. My circuits are a mix of body-weight exercises (calisthenic exercises), kettlebells, Pilates, strength/power moves (like Olympic lifts), yoga, and even some barre work. I have been having fun reviewing stuff I have learned and exploring new exercises.

My eating was pretty reasonable this past week. I had pizza and cake yesterday at my birthday lunch with my dad, but otherwise, I stayed on track. I really don't worry about 1 or 2 splurge meals a week with the level of training I've been doing.

For the first time in about 3 months, the scale budged this week, a whopping 1/2 pound. I am 1 1/2 pounds away from 60 pounds down and I am driven to see that loss. As I've said, I don't care much about the number on the scale, but sometimes being close to a landmark weight helps keep me more focused on eating right and working out the way I should. So, between Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and the evil circuits I have been writing, I think it will be buh-bye body fat.
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ALISHAB3 9/19/2012 1:29PM

    Are you going to post some of those workouts?

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PAMELA6289 9/19/2012 11:34AM

  I wish I lived closer so you could be MY personal trainer! I am jealous!

Way to go on upping your activity in a way that makes sense and inspires you. As always you are my SHERO! emoticon

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 9/18/2012 5:42PM

    It sounds like a great week for you! Belated Happy Birthday! I, too, am a Virgo!
You are incredibly close to 60 pounds off. You are a true rock star!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/18/2012 2:18PM

    It is so great that your coach has asked you for help. It shows that he has a great faith in you and your abilities. Congratulations on the weight loss.

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SPOONGIRLDEB 9/18/2012 1:29PM

    Awesome job! I am sure you will hit that 60lb mark soon.

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DOODIE59 9/18/2012 10:22AM

    The numbers on the scale are nothing compared to the real, IMPORTANT improvements you are bringing to your body -- and your mind. Keep up the amazing work!!
Deirdre

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JSALERNO 9/18/2012 5:43AM

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ELPHABABLUE 9/17/2012 11:55PM

    You are my hero! You are seriously kicking ass. I hope that I am as strong (mentally and physically) as you someday. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SMILINGTREE 9/17/2012 11:47PM

    There's a place called Pure Barre here and I would love to take a class there, but it's a bit too far to drive. It always helps to change things up a little - I'm glad to hear you are having fun with Nate.

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1HAPPYWOMAN 9/17/2012 11:13PM

    As always, you are such an inspiration! I really benefit from reading about your level-headed approach to the mental aspect of changing your body, as well as your full-steam-ahead approach to fitness. emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 9/17/2012 10:54PM

    Congratulations on becoming the teacher's teacher. You sound like you really really rock on this whole thing. Good for you. I know what you mean about being close to a landmark number on the scale working as a real motivation for me. I find as I start closing in on a new landmark, I too get MUCH more focused.

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