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Strength Training, Cardio....and Twinkies!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

So I'm very pleased to report that rest days have their payoff (see my last blog

I felt totally refreshed and raring to go for a heavy legs ST session last night. I freely admit, these are tough days where I push my max loads for squats, deadlifts, pull-ups, etc. doing anywhere from 5-10 reps depending on the specific exercise. Luckily I only do these heavy days about every 2 weeks to build in enough time to recover.

Well yesterday I rocked the house! I felt nice and rested with 2 days totally off from working out over the weekend. I set PRs on squats (4 sets of 6 with 240 lbs) and deadlifts (3 sets of 5 with 305 lbs) my absolute favorite lifts.

But man was I sore today! I slept like a rock for almost 9 straight hours and must confess, I was a little slow this morning (I run our staff meetings on Tuesday mornings.....I was uncharacteristically quiet!)

By lunchtime, I knew I needed to do something, so I ducked out for a Spin Class, quite possibly my smartest call of the day. Curvalicious instructor gal worked us hard!

When I got back to the office I was in noticeably better spirits and not nearly as stiff.

This week I'm going to focus pretty closely on diet. I've been stuck in the low 180s for a while. I have no idea what my goal weight should be, but something tells me I'm within 10 lbs of it.....I'd like to stay between 170-175. So I'm going to pay a little closer attention to calories. Since going low carb, I've not worried much about total calories, just trying to keep carbs below 50 gms/day. It's worked great, but I think I'm up for a change.

So I'm going to track and maintain within my ranges for a while and see what happens.

On a totally unrelated note, someone at work mentioned (with quite disturbing glee) their utter joy at the following news release;

"Twinkies are Back!"

So the North Koreans are bonkers with nukes, Syria is imploding, our federal budget is on par with Cyprus, yet the resurrection of Twinkies as a food source is grabbing the headlines.

Must be the same folks that came up with the 90-day "Think About It" exercise weight loss challenge

Try to have a good night Spark friends!
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    Way to keep taking care of yourself! I don't know why but I was surprised by the amount of attention that the disappearance of twinkies receiced!! emoticon

    1668 days ago
    Ha ha ha ......great blog. I live in Italy and don't miss Twinkies AT ALL! I wish they would go out of business actually.
    1668 days ago
    Ur blog is genius especially the "think about it"
    1670 days ago
    You're a MACHINE!!!
    In fact, I wish you were my gym trainer. No wait, you would surely KILL me.

    Anyway, I love reading your blogs - No matter what the topic, your humor always leaves me laughing out loud and your illustrations are PERFECTLY Hilarious!

    1671 days ago
    Really? Twinkles are back? And that makes the headlines? I never understood the attraction for them, never liked them at all. Certainly never shed a tear when the were gone and shook my head in disbelief at the people lined up at the outlets to stockpile Twinkies before they were all one. And now they are back, just what the people need.
    1671 days ago
    Haha, love the think about it campaign pic; glad you aren't just thinking about it--you are DOING it. Great work, hope you are doing well with nutrition this week.
    1672 days ago
  • BOB240
    twinkies are the unsung hero of those wanting to lose weight. Try the twinkie diet:
    1672 days ago
    LOL I love the "Think About It" before and After
    1672 days ago
    I'm glad you managed to take the rest weekend and that it really paid off for you! I've found I wind up doing my best PRs on the bike after a lighter weekend of exercise, so I really believe in rest/recovery time.

    I don't get the Twinkie obsession either. I mean, I do like them personally and will eat them on a rare occasion, but it wasn't one of those things I was shedding a tear over or anything if they were gone forever. It is a little disturbing that people get more riled up over a food that brings back memories for them (but that I'll bet they rarely eat these days) than they do over things that are a little more concerning to them right this minute. But unfortunately we have a society that would riot in the streets if junk food was banned, but could care less if we have a government that can't seem to reach a consensus on anything.
    1672 days ago
    Yay! I always enjoy reading your blogs!
    1672 days ago
  • BILL60
    Way to go!!
    1672 days ago
    Hahaha, I love all your illustrations.

    I don't get why Twinkies are so popular. There's no chocolate in there, so who cares?! :)
    1672 days ago
  • BBECKER1955
    Those are some PR's!
    1672 days ago
    Great job knowing what you can and need to get where you want! The pic about the gym and the kitchen is perfectly right... and the zombie pic... just too funny!
    Have a great day and thanks for the idea of the loop running during long days!
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    1672 days ago
  • KA_JUN
    Dude, you're a monster! Hardcore, for sure. Not going to lie, I laughed at the Full Metal Jacket spinning pic. Great job! Twinkies on the, breaking news on Ho-Hos.
    1673 days ago
    Great job on the ST and very good call to do spin class to get all that lactic acid out of the legs. Rock on!
    1673 days ago
    Woot woot! on the heavy legs day!

    Haha on the twinkies bit. Isn't it sad what captures some people's attention?

    Keep on pushin'!
    1673 days ago
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