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The Iron Never Lies!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Well, well well.....'tis been a while since I've blogged!

Man have we had some major life changes....much too many to put into one blog....so here's a quick reader's digest of the last month;

We packed up our Florida household goods at the end of June and moved into a 2-bedroom place until I finished up work. We hit the road north on July 10, taking our time driving up I-95 to Virginia. On the way we stopped in North Carolina to spend a weekend with our older son (#1 son). He and I lifted in the gym where I promptly kicked his ass on deadlifts! (335 lbs....he got the bar 2 inches off the floor and dropped it....I got in 3 reps!)

We arrived in Virginia and took possession of our new home....SWMBO loved it....it's 4500 ft2 on 3 floors and she has a jacuzzi tub with double sinks in a bathroom she can call her own! The packers arrived with our stuff on 18 July and they spent the next 3 days unloading, uncrating, and unboxing all our stuff....during the 3 hottest days of summer! I checked in to my new job in DC, then told them I needed a few weeks to settle in to the house and take some time off before starting up full time.

SWMBO, #2 son, and I got things as settled as we could at the new house....found all the stuff strewn across all the various rooms of the house (dining room dishes in the basement, bath towels in the living room, etc), then drove up to Boston to spend some time with my mom (she lives in Andover, a small 'burb on the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border.)

Man it's beautiful up here! I grew up in Boston and love it every single time I make it back. The summer weather is incredible! SWMBO and I spent a day in Lexington and Concord and just about swooned at how pleasant it was.....70s, breezy, and dry!

We're here until Aug 7, then back to VA to finish up the house and I start work officially on 12 Aug.

On the fitness front...well my victory against #1 son has been short lived because....I must confess....

....I went 10 days without working out!!!
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New town, new job, no gym, lots to do.....blah, blah, blah, blah, BLAH!!!

So we get up to Boston to spend 2 weeks at my mom's.....my Mediterranean immigrant mom, who loves nothing better than to cook for and feed people.....and I could see a looming disaster.

But thanks to the wonders of Google, Google maps, and a credit card, I found a very cool little gym JUST AROUND THE CORNER FROM HER HOUSE, and paid them $30 for a 2 week membership....unlimited visits, and unlimited classes!

So last Thursday I went in and faced the music. I did a light legs & back session that day and a light chest & shoulders on Friday. Hit a spin class on Saturday morning, then rested Sunday.

I was a little sore...and humbled. Nothing was easy....and I had to de-load about 10-20 lbs on most exercises. Then I planned out my new routine and am giving it a go this week. Stasi trainer guy and I developed a 5-day/week lifting regimen...something I can do in about 30 minutes then do some cardio as well. I think, with my new job, I'll be able to get in about an hour-long workout each day.

The new schedule will be;

Monday - Back (deadlifts, seated rows, pull-ups, chin-ups)
Tuesday - Chest (Bench press, incline press, flyes)
Wed - Shoulders (Overhead press, lateral raises, shrugs, rear delt rows)
Thurs - Legs (Squats, leg extensions, hamstring curls, thigh adductor & abductors)
Friday - Arms (Dips, triceps ext, triceps pushdown, bicep curls, hammer curls, reverse curls)

Each of these ST session should take 30 minutes. After each ST session, 20-30 minutes of cardio intervals and voila...an hour!

Yesterday, I did deadlifts after a 2 week hiatus from kicking #1 son's ass....but I had to back the weight off to 315 lbs....and could only knock out 3 reps.

As Henry Rollins says, "The Iron Never Lies"
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(Henry Rollins, for those of you old enough to remember, was the singer for the ultra-hardcore punk band, Black Flag, back in the 80s....he's mellowed out some now)

Yes, sometimes it feels like there is no justice.....how can 2 short weeks cause such a setback....hell if I know. To kickstart my system, I did a spin class after lifting yesterday.....I was beat, but it was well worth it.

Today, we drove up to Boston's north shore (Gloucester, Salem, Rockport) for another gorgeous day watching the Atlantic, then I did the chest routine....and walked into a "Bodypump" class.

Bodypump was pretty hardcore.....it's basically an aerobics class with barbells. I kept the weight low just in case (40 lbs) and was glad I did. We worked out the entire body in 45 minutes, moving the weights in all sorts of directions doing pretty much every lift I have planned for the whole week!

But it's helping me survive vacation here at my mom's.....physically and mentally. SWMBO gets up every morning at 5:00 AM and goes for a nice long walk.....and we keep each other from snacking on the myriad of crap my mom keeps pushing on us ("have another biscotti....they're so delicious!")

We go back to VA on Aug 7.....my goal is to get in 1000+ fitness minutes for our time here and 500 fitness minutes for those first 6 days of Aug!

It's good to be back Spark friends....have a great night!
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DDOORN 8/1/2013 12:43PM

    Good deal on that gym! Looking forward to heading out Boston way mid-Sept. for a self-supported cycling tour out to Provincetown and back. Hello Cape Cod! :-)

Don

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HEALTHIERKEN 8/1/2013 12:07PM

    ". . . ....I went 10 days without working out!!! "
Man-oh-man-oh-man, did I need to read this today! Gave me a whole new jolt of determination. I, too, have been off the Spark wagon for too long--longer than 10 days, I confess. But hey, if GETSTRONGRRR can slip for a bit, it's ok for a mere mortal such as I to do the same : )
My organized New Start Date will be August 4. I'll explain the significance in a blog later today.
Long and short of it: thanks, GETSTRONGRRR, for giving me that extra shot of determination by being vulnerable like me : )
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LJCANNON 8/1/2013 10:42AM

    emoticon Resisting your Mom's Treats is NOT An Option so it is GREAT that you found a near by Gym and you have a Live-In Accountability Partner!! I love hearing about your Workouts - Even though I am EXHAUSTED afterwards, LOL!! I am NOT Surprised that you OutLifted your Son!!
emoticon The new place sounds Great, here's hoping The Cat adjusts Quickly!

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 8/1/2013 8:11AM

    Is it wrong that I love it when you kick one of your boys - or for that matter any boys - @$$?? Cuz I like it! A lot. Glad you're back!!

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FANGFACEKITTY 8/1/2013 2:09AM

    Well, you know what they say...use it or lose it. Apparently it applies to more than just vacation time. Although I have never understood how people can choose not to take all their available vacation time each year. The French have a much more civilized attitude about vacations than Americans...they take them and there is rarely any working during them - no calls, no e-mails. Anyway, I digress.

Kudos for out lifting #1 son! It's a good thing to show the young whippersnappers we can still take them down if needed. In my case it is literally, when we were still in training together last year I got to spar with my kids. They don't like to admit it but I still beat them...so just like Bill Cosby said...I brought you into this world, I can take you out. emoticon

Glad the move went well. How are SWMBO and #2 son (and the cat) adjusting to the new digs and everything?

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ADVENTURESEEKER 8/1/2013 1:12AM

    Good to hear you are surviving! And I know you wouldn't be out of the gym for long emoticon

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WOUBBIE 7/31/2013 4:07PM

    Missed you! I break a sweat just READING your blogs!

Working out and missing workouts reminds me of something Vladimir Horowitz said about practicing piano: "If I don't practice for a day, I know it. If I don't practice for two days, my wife knows it. If I don't practice for three days, the world knows it."

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CHEEKYGEEK 7/31/2013 3:47PM

    VA is gorgeous! And has real seasons! So jealous. LOL Glad the move went well, and offering my admiration for finding a gym while on vacation. Way to go!

Best wishes on the new job and house!

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LISAINMS 7/31/2013 3:21PM

    Ten WHOLE days?!? LOL. Enjoy your visit. Sounds like you have everything under control.
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HANSBRINK 7/31/2013 2:23PM

  Congrats on the move and getting settled (somewhat) in the new house.

Keep us posted on your workouts. I'm interested in knowing when you feel you're back to your pre-move workouts. GIANTMICROBE mentions coming back refreshed after a long break and being better/stronger. That has never happened to me and it takes me about 2 to 3 weeks to get back into the swing of things. Sometimes I feel like I'm just a wuss.

thanks!

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RACEWELLWON 7/31/2013 10:02AM

    Congrats on your Move , Good luck in your New Home and position . Love the Boston Area used to live in Marblehead , I miss it - looks like you'll have great stories and new adventures to Blog about cannot wait to hear . LiL Racer emoticon

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GIANTMICROBE 7/31/2013 7:49AM

    Muscles are kinda like brains. You can lose things quickly, but RElearning is always much faster than learning. You will get back on track in no time- and who knows- maybe be even better. I was away from CrossFit for a week and when I came back, upped weights, added inches to my box jumps, could run faster, and even went up a band in pullups. All I'm saying is sometimes a long rest can be good, even if at first it doesn't feel that way.

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PMRUNNER 7/31/2013 5:56AM

    While you have been moving north, we were moving south (MA to NY). Transition was rough on my fitness, eating, and waistline, but now that we are resettled, we are re-establishing a proper routine. Hope you find a good gym in VA!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 7/31/2013 5:02AM

    Enjoy the time with your mom and the gym your are visiting! Your new routine will be here before you know it:)
Safe travels to you and your family!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 7/30/2013 11:05PM

    You've had a whirl wind of a summer!

yeah, it sucks when you take a break - you lose so much so quickly - BUT - you can get it back just as quickly because it's just muscles relearning, not the original LEARNING...

Congrats on kickin' your son's @ss... bet that felt good (insert evil laughter here)

Well done- and welcome back!

~Irish

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REBECCATKD 7/30/2013 10:30PM

    Welcome back! You're so resourceful, making sure to find a gym for your vacation. Ten days without a workout must be a record for you, but don't forget all the stairs you climbed while moving into the new house.

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JSTETSER 7/30/2013 9:02PM

    Busy, busy...

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 7/30/2013 8:57PM

    I was wondering when you and your family would be arriving in VA.
I am amazed at how fast you are returning to your hard-core workouts, after your busy move.
Enjoy your vacation and visit with your mother. How does son #2 feel about starting in a new school?
I have a son and d-i-l working in DC, but living in MD. Unfortunately, I have to travel across country to visit them. My last trip was in May.
Good luck to you and your family. May you get settled soon. Wishing you the best in your new job.

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