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Me vs. Caffeine

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Greetings, Sparkpeeps!

So yesterday in the midst of my ramblings, I told you I had a stroke of genius and then scampered off.

What was the root cause of the sudden rise in anxiety? I had MEGA amounts of caffeine yesterday. Four cups of coffee and a diet Dr. Pepper. I normally do not have that much caffeine, but when I do, it makes me super-agitated and irritable. I was still so hopped up this morning that I didn't need coffee with breakfast. That's how much caffeine was in my system. And when my brain is redlining like that, things get a little crazy around here.

My stroke of genius was to put that energy to good use. In other words, I was going to wear myself into a state of submission. My objective: to fit in as many different kinds of cardio and strength training exercises at top speed/weight in an hour. I started off with a warm-up on my exercise bike, then put it into full gear. I was aiming for 10 minutes, but my batteries died!!! So I rushed to grab my hula hoop and did that for ten minutes. I can keep the hoop up for two minutes at a time. It's kind of a weird feeling. I tried to do some tricks like what MOSTMOM does, but that was some epic fail happening there. Still, it kept my heart rate up. Then I did some jump rope for five minutes, and then lay my hula hoop on the ground and hopped in and out of it as fast as I could. I started to feel like I was going to barf right about then, so I began a cool down. Total cardio time was 35 minutes. Then I grabbed the heaviest weights I owned (which is 8 lbs), and worked my arms with bicep curls, flys, triceps thingies, and a couple of other things, then I went to crunches, reverse crunches, some kind of back exercise which is kind of like locust position in yoga but you keep doing it, and by this time I was ready to be a civilized human being again. My cat also came and farted on me, and I was powerless to stop her. Did some stretches, and realized that I OWNED the 8 lbs. I mean, it was challenging, don't get me wrong. But I did 2 sets of 12 reps for each like it wasn't a huge deal. So... methinks my next reward shall be some heavier weights. Hmmmm.

The inspiration for all this struck me when a random thought of second grade flashed in my head. Mrs. Blankenship was a fantastic teacher, and an expert at channeling the energy of little kids, especially those who grew up in chaotic and traumatic households (like me). She had these things called "centers" and they were super cool! You went around to each table to learn a new thing, and you were only there for a little while, and then you moved on. It was genius. I don't remember a whole lot of the logistics behind it, because that was 30 (!!!) years ago, but it was awesome. So, I made myself some exercise centers. It worked.

In other news, I did measurements today in accordance with my experiment with strength training. Did I manage strength training every day? Heck no. But I did manage at least two sessions a week, which is more than the zero sessions a week I had been doing. Here are the results:

Waist: 41.25 (0.25 gain)
Hips: 53.5 (stayed the same)
Calf: 19.25 (0.25 gain)
Gut: 56 (ONE INCH LOSS!!!!)
(I didn't measure my arm or neck because I was in a hurry to go bike while the weather gods had forgotten it's June in Texas)

Clearly my fat is migrating. I'll take that one inch loss. My pants fit a little better. I also lost five pounds last month. Not sure how that adds up to a one inch loss in certain places, but, hey I'll take it. I will also continue the experiment.

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    awesome great
    1812 days ago
    Heather, awesome!

    This post was timely, you have no idea! First, great work on the exercise and thanks for sharing the ideas. I need every single challenge/distraction possible to get myself through workouts these days.

    Second, and most importantly, I've got some projects with kids coming up. The "centers" idea will rock with them. Thanks to you and God bless Mrs. Blankenship, wherever she is!

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