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Progress

Today, I worked out twice! Yes, twice! My morning workout was with my training buddy, and we briskly walked some hilly trails at the local park. I jogged a couple of stretches, but the humidity this morning was just atrocious, and I couldn’t carry on with the jogging, because my breathing was so labored.

After studying a while at school, I decided to give it a go one more time at the indoor track on campus. Well, this was a huge difference! I can almost jog the entire track without stopping! I did some seriously long intervals where it was mostly jogging, and little recovery walks. I even threw in some hard sprints for good measure since I was feeling so good.

Progress is nice…

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Today’s Workout

I must say that today the weather was absolutely PERFECT for an outdoor workout! I really enjoyed myself today. 🙂  I did not used to be much of an outdoors person, but since I have started working out I am finding that I really love it outside!  It makes working out a lot more interesting than simply staring at gym walls…if you get bored easily working out, or have a hard time getting motivated…go outside! I have been working out in a large cemetery, it’s free, beautiful, quiet, and interesting.  There are lots of hills, and it stays nicely manicured.  I call it my playground now. 🙂

 

  • Jogging:
    • 60 minutes (+150 pts)
    • 10 minutes (+25 pts)
    • intervals on wicked hills: the second set was backwards jogging
  • Running:
    • 10 minutes (+30 pts)
    • intervals on wicked hills
  • Push-Up:
    • 25 (+12 pts)
    • Incline
  • Walking:
    • 25 minutes (+27 pts)
  • Plank:
    • 25 seconds (+8 pts)
    • 15 seconds (+5 pts)

I have found that when I have a light breakfast of raw walnuts (about a fourth to half a cup), I tend to have more energy than when I eat a few eggs prior to working out.  So, I had walnuts early this morning, and had my eggs when I got home for lunch.


Latest workouts

I keep track of them on fitocracy.com (it gives you points -like a game-so, ignore that), so I’m going to copy/paste:

March 9, 2011

  • Plank:
    • 25 seconds (+3 pts)
    • 25 seconds (+3 pts)
    • 15 seconds (+2 pts)
    • 15 seconds (+2 pts)
    • 10 seconds (+2 pts)
    • 10 seconds (+2 pts)
    • 12 seconds (+2 pts)
    • 11 seconds (+2 pts)
    • Surprisenly difficult exercise-first attempt at these
  • Push-Up:
    • 4 (+5 pts)
    • Hindu push-ups (which were extremely difficult-first time attempting)

March 8, 2011

  • Jogging:
    • 8 minutes (+20 pts)
    • My calves are SO sore from my workout yesterday, and I didn’t eat anything before going this morning. So, my energy level was poo.
  • Walking:
    • 25 minutes (+27 pts)
    • Trying hard to get the soreness out!
  • Running:
    • 2 minutes (+6 pts)
    • Brief interval sprints up a steep grassy knoll. lol Nah, a steep hill. LOL I did 5.
  • Burpee:
    • 5 (+5 pts)
    • First attempt at these. I haven’t found my rhythm with them yet…they seem awkward right now.

March 7, 2011

  • Jogging:
    • 35 minutes (+87 pts)
    • hills, pavement
  • Running:
    • 5 minutes (+15 pts)
    • sprinting up a steep hill x4

March 5, 2011

Jogging:

  • 35 minutes (+87 pts)
  • jogged paved roads in a hilly cemetery.

March 3, 2011

  • Jogging:
    • 8 minutes (+20 pts)
    • intervals
  • Walking:
    • 15 minutes (+16 pts)
    • intervals & jogging
  • Rowing Machine:
    • 10 minutes (+20 pts)
  • Stationary Bike:
    • 20 minutes (+45 pts)
  • Dumbbell Bicep Curl:
    • 15 lbs x 8 (+5 pts)
    • 20 lbs x 8 (+7 pts)
    • 25 lbs x 8 (+9 pts)
  • Dumbbell Shoulder Press:
    • 15 lbs x 8 (+7 pts)
    • 20 lbs x 8 (+10 pts)
    • 25 lbs x 8 (+13 pts)
  • Barbell Deadlift:
    • 40 lbs x 6 (+14 pts)
    • 40 lbs x 6 (+14 pts)
    • 50 lbs x 6 (+18 pts)
    • 50 lbs x 6 (+18 pts)
    • 50 lbs x 6 (+18 pts)
  • Flat Bench Cable Flyes:
    • 35 lbs x 5 (+5 pts)
    • This was actually a fly machine (upright).
  • Running:
    • 5 minutes (+15 pts)
  • Dumbbell Shrug:
    • 35 lbs x 6 (+8 pts)
    • 35ea. dumbell. 70 total pounds. I did these last, and my traps and shoulders were too tired from everything else I did to do more than one set.

March 2, 2011

Walking:

  • 40 minutes (+44 pts)
  • trails

March 1, 2011

  • Walking:
    • 60 minutes (+66 pts)
    • outdoor trails
  • Dumbbell Shoulder Press:
    • 15 lbs x 8 (+7 pts)
    • 20 lbs x 8 (+10 pts)
    • 25 lbs x 8 (+13 pts)
  • Cable Lying Triceps Extension:
    • 15 lbs x 12 (+5 pts)
    • it was actually a machine
  • Dumbbell Bicep Curl:
    • 15 lbs x 8 (+5 pts)
    • 20 lbs x 8 (+7 pts)
    • 25 lbs x 8 (+9 pts)

February 28, 2011

  • Dumbbell Bicep Curl:
    • 15 lbs x 15 (+6 pts)
    • 15 lbs x 15 (+6 pts)
    • 15 lbs x 15 (+6 pts)
  • Side Lateral Raise:
    • 10 lbs x 12 (+5 pts)
    • 10 lbs x 12 (+5 pts)
    • 10 lbs x 12 (+5 pts)
  • Smith Machine Incline Bench Press:
    • 75 lbs x 6 (+21 pts)
    • 80 lbs x 5 (+21 pts)
  • Leg Extensions:
    • 100 lbs x 6 (+12 pts)
    • 85 lbs x 5 (+9 pts)
    • 75 lbs x 3 (+8 pts)
  • Flat Bench Cable Flyes:
    • 35 lbs x 15 (+5 pts)
    • 35 lbs x 15 (+5 pts)
    • 45 lbs x 8 (+5 pts)
  • Leg Press:
    • 160 lbs x 8 (+24 pts)
    • 160 lbs x 8 (+24 pts)
  • Barbell Shrug:
    • 70 lbs x 6 (+12 pts)
    • 70 lbs x 6 (+12 pts)
    • 70 lbs x 6 (+12 pts)
    • 35lb dumbell each hand
  • Lat Pulldown:
    • 75 lbs x 8 (+14 pts)
    • 75 lbs x 8 (+14 pts)
    • 85 lbs x 6 (+15 pts)

February 27, 2011

  • Walking:
    • 60 minutes (+66 pts)
    • trails
  • Jogging:
    • 20 minutes (+50 pts)
    • brisk walk/jog intervals

 


A New Day!

I was severely addicted to carbs…when I saw the picture of myself at christmas (my mom took it, and then showed me immediately)…I gasped! It is so easy to detach yourself from the way you look day to day…but a picture DOES NOT LIE! lol  So, I knew I had to do something. I gathered myself over the next few days (there was a lot of me…so it took a while, lol)…then about Dec. 28 I changed my diet cold turkey!

Then, for the next two weeks I felt horrible! I felt like I had the flu, and I was in a very bad mood. Once that passed my energy spiked, and I began to feel better than ever! It has been uphill ever since.  I slowly added exercise into the mix, and have gradually increased it.  I now wake up looking forward to my workout that day, and when I take rest days I actually enjoy them, because I know that I have earned them!

My latest comparison picture:

two months

Oh, and I’m by no means slowing down either…this is only confirmation that I should keep pressing on, and get to my ideal weight!