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Grace. 5'8". Suffering from late-onset adulthood. Aspiring She-Hulk.

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Progress update

I tried out the first 30 Day Shred video today, just to see how it was. It kicked my ass, essentially. I definitely cannot keep up with even the modified moves. But I think I did a good job of sticking with it and taking active rests when I really needed to, and I think I’ll keep with it for at least the next week. I was really pleased with how incredibly sweaty I got — it’s hard for me to push myself that hard on my own, because I only have myself to compare to. So we’ll see if my endurance picks up.

I’ve just about got my daily intake down to a science! I use caloriecount.about.com (the same username over there, if you’re there as well and want to get a free supporter :D) to track all of my intake and exercise. You get a letter grade each day for your nutrition quality, and I get a B or higher every day! I’m inordinately proud. It’s true.

I ran across an article about visualizing and how it can work for fitness and weight loss. I feel like most of the visualization that happens in the “Weight Loss Community” is of the appearance-related sort, or the number-related sort. Finally getting down to 115 pounds. Getting the attention of such-and-such person. Showing all the mean people in your life how hot you are. Looking good on the beach.

I can’t say I really care about any of that, personally, so I had a bit of an existential crisis (although really, when am I not) about why I want to lose weight anyway. For about five seconds I was absolutely certain that I had no clue at all why on earth I might want to lose weight, and it was all just some societal pressure that had finally forced its way into my subconscious.

But actually I want to run. I’ve tried Couch To 5k more times than I’d like to admit, but it simply puts too much strain on my shins and knees and ankles. I want to be able to run without hurting, and without feeling like my lungs are about to come up my esophagus and strangle me for my unusual cruelty to all lung-kind.

I want to play soccer with my friends for more than five minutes. I want to be able to run around in shorts, while playing soccer barefoot in the park for hours, and not feel like I have to stop and without feeling self conscious because my legs are just strong. Without feeling like people are pitying me for having to stop and gasp every few minutes.

So when I’m working out and it’s hard, I think about how awesome my quads and hamstrings are gonna’ be and how long I’ll be able to play soccer someday. When I reeeeaaaally want a second burrito, I think about how I want to run without my ankles giving out.

I do care some about how I look, but I don’t have anyone I’m trying to prove wrong. I have a fiance: no unrequited loves to impress. I live in the Pacific Northwest and only the truly brave (and frostbitten) wear bikinis to the beaches around here. Mostly I just want to be able to run. To find inexpensive jeans in my size. To be able to buy a bra for ten bucks at Target. To feel like I don’t have to hold my head a certain way in order to look passable in photographs. To be able to kick ass and take names and be just as much the superhero as I wish I could be.

The end. That is your affirmation for the day. Go out and be amazing.

— 2 years ago with 3 notes
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How much water is too much water?

No seriously. Because I drink eight 8oz cups of water during my workday and then I get home and drink 16oz of water with dinner and then I go to the gym and drink at LEAST another 16oz and then when I’m at home chillin’ I just drink a bunch of water. So I don’t even know, man.

I just went to the gym and murdered my muscles. I’m up to 6 sets of 8 reps on the lat pulldown machine at 60lbs. I managed one set of 7 situps and then two sets of 5. (MY UPPER BODY IS HEAVY, OKAY.) I biked for ten minutes to warm up and ten to cool down.

Today I didn’t eat that much, either, despite having pizza for lunch — so I think I might get me some dang froyo.

Tomorrow will be a rest day. A 20 minute walk during my lunch, a walk around the neighborhood after dinner with my fiance. Nice and easy. Nothing that will make my muscles hate me.

If I manage to exercise 30 minutes or more every weekday this week I’m allowing myself a doughnut at my favorite bakery in town.

— 2 years ago with 3 notes
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Progress Post — work outs
  • 20 minute walk at the 1.3 mile loop near work on my lunch
  • Ten minutes warm up on the stationary bike at an average of 125 watts
  • 4 sets of 8 lat pulldowns, 60lbs (10lb increase from my last gym excursion!)
  • 2 sets of five sit ups on the bench, with 1 set of 6 crunches in the middle
  • calf stretches
  • 2 sets of 8 bicep curls at 10lbs (this was mostly waiting out the full treadmills)
  • 10 minutes walking on the treadmill, 3.5mph

I weighed 231 this morning again. I’m almost wondering if I plateau on odd numbers — I was 233 for about two weeks straight. I’m watching my intake closely, making sure I keep within 1200 and 1500 calories daily, with enough protein and complex carbs to keep me going, and I’m motivated to work out in some way almost every day. I think I can beat this plateau en potentia.

Tomorrow I’ll be doing my 20 minute walk at lunch and then following it up after work with a walk around the block with the baby. Something of a rest day, I suppose. Then Wednesday — back to the gym! 

— 2 years ago with 1 note
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Progress Post — work outs

I hit the gym today like I meant to do yesterday. (The story of why I didn’t is long and arduous. Let’s just say it involves a missed right turn, a small explosion, a tow truck, five hours in a waiting room, $650 down the tubes, and new brake pads/rotors/front tires on my 21 year old car.) IT WENT WELL.

  • Ten minutes on the stationary bike to warm up — 2 miles at an average 125 watts
  • 6 sets on the lat pulldown machine — 50 pounds, 10 reps per set
  • 2 sets of situps using the bench — 5 reps per set
  • Calf stretches
  • Ten minutes on the stationary bike to cool down — 2 miles at an average 125 watts

That’s 3 more sets of lat pulldowns and added situps. Next time at the gym I’ll be upping the weight to 60lbs on the lat machine and see how many sets I can do. My short term goal is 4 sets of 10 at 80lbs, but I absolutely expect it to take a while. I don’t want to hurt myself, lord knows. The situps were rough. I’ll be trying to keep that up, and help myself out with more crunches at home.

With today’s gym trip, I’ve worked out every day this week except yesterday. Here’s to the first week of July going just as well as the last week of June.

— 2 years ago
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I took a rest day yesterday due to fatigue, but today I’m feeling better and ready to get going again on my February goal to make daily exercise a habit. My planned work out is as follows:

  • 50+ jumping jacks for a warm up
  • 8+ push ups
  • 3 sets of 10 modified push ups
  • 3 sets of 15 crunches
  • 2 sets of 10 body weight squats
  • 40 russian twists
  • 10 lunges per leg
  • 30 second plank (my current record is 20 seconds, but I will achieve 30 seconds soon!!)

That plus my 1.5 mile walk should get me back where I’d like to be.

— 2 years ago with 1 note
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muffintop-less:

Just as it took you TIME to put on the weight…. it’s going to take TIME to take it off! It also takes TIME to build muscle! It doesn’t happen overnight! Be patient with yourself and your progress. The key is positive thinking and consistency. You may slip up now and then (you’re human!), but so long as the majority of your time is spent making healthy decisions, you will eventually achieve your goals! =)

muffintop-less:

Just as it took you TIME to put on the weight…. it’s going to take TIME to take it off! It also takes TIME to build muscle! It doesn’t happen overnight! Be patient with yourself and your progress. The key is positive thinking and consistency. You may slip up now and then (you’re human!), but so long as the majority of your time is spent making healthy decisions, you will eventually achieve your goals! =)

— 2 years ago with 171 notes
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