Living Maintenance - Maintainers Using Movement to Stay Sane Through the Holidays




saef
12-01-2013, 02:26 PM
http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/b/b/4/6/highres_11987942.jpeg

Remember that this way of life is only partly about looking great in holiday clothes.

It's also about keeping moving to stay healthy and strong ... to make a New Year's resolution to exercise less necessary ... to enjoy being alive and discovering what your body is capable of doing ... to relieve the stress of having to complete additional tasks related to the holidays.

That's why we're maintainers moving through December, all the way to the edge of a new year.


saef
12-01-2013, 02:27 PM
Sunday, December 1st:

30 minutes StairMaster, random surprise intervals, down to resistance of four on this particular machine
60 minutes shoulders, bicep & tricep routine

CherryPie99
12-01-2013, 07:11 PM
December 1: 10 miles running - treadmill (1:27:03) incline of 2
15 minute cool down on elliptical - 5 resistance, ramp angle 30%
30 minutes foam rolling
squat stretches


krampus
12-02-2013, 12:04 PM
Nothing yet in December. Heheh

saef
12-02-2013, 03:57 PM
Monday, Dec. 2nd:

45 minute spin class with Patti, the Upstate instructor who likes lots of regular seated peddling but at very high resistance, unlike the choreographed routines in the gym downstate

traveling michele
12-02-2013, 04:33 PM
Great photo Saef!!

Dec. 1: double Bikram classes-- one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Hard!! But prob won't do anything today....

2 100 minute Bikram yoga classes

Totals:
2 workouts
200 minutes

CherryPie99
12-02-2013, 06:20 PM
December 2: Bob Harper's Pure Burn Super Strength DVD (67 mins)
50 minutes core and ab work - including 200 push ups and 50 chin ups!!
30 minutes foam rolling
squat stretches

krampus
12-02-2013, 08:30 PM
Dec 2:
-20 min on arc trainer
-12 min on stair stepper
-planks, leg raises, situps, side planks

saef
12-03-2013, 11:33 AM
Dec 3rd

30 minutes StairMaster, aerobic intervals, resistance at seven, I don't know why I couldn't manage nine but there was no way
60 minutes shoulders, chest & tricep routine

krampus
12-03-2013, 11:45 AM
Dec 3 AM:
-20 min running on treadmill, 2.25 miles
-80 glute bridges with 45# plate
-20 body weight squats

saef
12-03-2013, 12:15 PM
Michele, sorry, my laptop froze when I was writing here, and when I revisited the site to re-do the entry, I forgot to respond to you a second time. Yeah, it's a fun photograph, though personally I don't think I'll ever get to the point where I would run outside in public in a sports bra with my abs showing, never mind the outdoor temperatures.

CherryPie99
12-03-2013, 06:37 PM
If I looked like some of those women in the pic, I'd pretty much be naked all the time!


December 3: 7 miles running(56:38)
30 minutes foam rolling
squat stretches
45 minutes weight lifting (shoulders, chest and triceps)

traveling michele
12-04-2013, 10:18 AM
Great photo Saef!!

Dec. 1: double Bikram classes-- one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Hard!! But prob won't do anything today....

2 100 minute Bikram yoga classes

Totals:
2 workouts
200 minutes

Dec. 2: rest day (no time!)

Dec. 3: 100 minutes Bikram yoga with my NOT favorite teacher.

Totals:
3 workouts
300 minutes

saef
12-04-2013, 11:27 AM
Wednesday, Dec. 4th:

45 minute spin class with weight intervals

Shannon in ATL
12-04-2013, 12:18 PM
Michele, sorry, my laptop froze when I was writing here, and when I revisited the site to re-do the entry, I forgot to respond to you a second time. Yeah, it's a fun photograph, though personally I don't think I'll ever get to the point where I would run outside in public in a sports bra with my abs showing, never mind the outdoor temperatures.

I said the same thing Saef, then I found myself three miles into a 15k and was so overheated I was nauseated and dizzy. Ended up tying my shirt around my waist, and didn't even really notice. No comments from anyone, no one pointed and laughed. I even looked at the picture at the end of the race for a second. or two. LOL

krampus
12-04-2013, 12:45 PM
Our annual "Santa Speedo Sprint" is this Saturday. Lots of very round and very lean folks and some in the middle, too.

Dec 4: 10 min stair stepper, lat pulldowns, seated cable row, DB bench press, DB shoulder press, tricep cable pulldowns, Roman chair leg raises.

CherryPie99
12-04-2013, 07:12 PM
December 4: 60 minutes weight lifting (legs and back) - includes 200 20 lb kettlebell swings!
30 minutes foam rolling
squat stretches

traveling michele
12-05-2013, 10:33 AM
Our annual "Santa Speedo Sprint" is this Saturday. Lots of very round and very lean folks and some in the middle, too.



Um.... please explain! Is everyone in a speedo and santa hat?? Are you participating?

traveling michele
12-05-2013, 10:34 AM
Dec. 2: rest day (no time!)

Dec. 3: 100 minutes Bikram yoga with my NOT favorite teacher.

Totals:
3 workouts
300 minutes

Dec. 4: 100 minutes bikram yoga

Totals:
4 workouts
400 minutes

krampus
12-05-2013, 11:42 AM
Um.... please explain! Is everyone in a speedo and santa hat?? Are you participating?

Pretty much! Here are photos from last year. (http://alloveralbany.com/archive/2012/12/09/santa-speedo-sprint-2012-photos)

I will not participate and have not participated, but it's a nice idea.

saef
12-05-2013, 03:44 PM
So basically, Krampus, you live in a land where people actually enact the ritual depicted in the initial inspirational photo in this thread.

Says me, grumpy at not getting in my cardio early this morning, before work, because I felt I was behind with my to-do tasks and needed to get online at 7 AM to cross out a few.

Arctic Mama
12-05-2013, 06:26 PM
I'm so boring with this, I just pick a different TTap DVD to do, four or five mornings a week, right now. Hardly worth noting on the thread. Way to go for the nice strength training, though. You all are inspiring me, even though I likely won't make it to a physical gym for another two or three decades, or whenever my last kid leaves the house :D

Tuesday and Wednesday I did my Basic Plus Tempo workout, and today I needed something lighter, so I did the MORE Chair workout. Good stuff, but I feel like I've been beaten with several large sticks. That's what I get for slacking off for three months on daily workouts :o

CherryPie99
12-05-2013, 06:36 PM
December 5: 7.09 miles running (54:53)
30 minutes foam rolling
squat stretches
40 minutes core and ab work - inc. 500 crunches

Arctic Mama
12-05-2013, 06:41 PM
Pretty much! Here are photos from last year. (http://alloveralbany.com/archive/2012/12/09/santa-speedo-sprint-2012-photos)

I will not participate and have not participated, but it's a nice idea.

A good day not to take my kids out downtown :lol: Alaskans have a version of this, but it's generally costumes and not speedos, for safety reasons. That said, we also have the Polar Bear Plunge, which is a mid-winter jump into the frozen lake/harbor of choice, depending on the city - for charity of course :). I figure if you have to remove an ice chunk to access the water and then keep agitating it to keep a clear spot, it probably not particularly suitable for humans, but what do I know :p

saef
12-06-2013, 05:45 AM
Thursday, Dec. 5th:

60 minute Pilates mat class, which I needed, after being away from class for over a week due to being out of town for the holidays
60 minutes elliptical, resistance at nine, random intervals, alternating forward & backward, tough but boring, with me wishing to abandon the machine but keeping going. I'd wanted to run but it was raining and I had too much work at 6 AM to get away from laptop.

traveling michele
12-06-2013, 10:29 AM
A good day not to take my kids out downtown :lol: Alaskans have a version of this, but it's generally costumes and not speedos, for safety reasons. That said, we also have the Polar Bear Plunge, which is a mid-winter jump into the frozen lake/harbor of choice, depending on the city - for charity of course :). I figure if you have to remove an ice chunk to access the water and then keep agitating it to keep a clear spot, it probably not particularly suitable for humans, but what do I know :p

Brrr... I can't imagine. I am frozen with my 21 degrees yesterday and 25 today!

traveling michele
12-06-2013, 10:30 AM
Dec. 4: 100 minutes bikram yoga

Totals:
4 workouts
400 minutes

Dec. 5: 100 minutes bikram yoga-- room wasn't hot or humid enough at all-- not sure why this happens with one particular teacher :mad:

Totals:
5 workouts
500 minutes

saef
12-06-2013, 11:42 AM
Friday, Dec. 6th:

30 minutes Stairmaster, resistance at aerobic intervals back up to nine, hoo-boy
60 minutes back & biceps routine

CherryPie99
12-06-2013, 07:32 PM
December 6: 7 miles running (57:56) - fell SQUARELY on my left knee about 4 miles in after hitting a patch of mud. Bad scape, but it appears my ego took the worst of it
60 minute yoga DVD
30 minutes foam rolling
squat stretches

CherryPie99
12-07-2013, 05:46 PM
December 7: 45 minutes weight lifting (Lats and delts)
30 minutes foam rolling

saef
12-07-2013, 07:01 PM
Saturday, Dec. 7th:

60 minute spin class with a weight interval in the middle, a tough one, as the instructor was subbing and showing off a little to a new audience
60 minute Pilates mat class, painful, as we did a lot of leg work and spin beforehand left my quads rather weak

traveling michele
12-07-2013, 09:56 PM
Dec. 5: 100 minutes bikram yoga-- room wasn't hot or humid enough at all-- not sure why this happens with one particular teacher :mad:

Totals:
5 workouts
500 minutes

Dec 6: 100 minutes bikram yoga

Dec. 7: wore my heart rate monitor today and burned serious calories! 65 minute spin class in which I burned 658 calories followed by 100 plus minutes of bikram yoga in which I burned another 869 calories! I'm sick of the scale being up day after day so it darn well better be down tomorrow!

Totals:
8 workouts
765 minutes

saef
12-08-2013, 01:08 PM
Sunday, December 8th:

15 minute StairMaster warmup, felt incredibly strong-legged today
60 minute shoulders, biceps & triceps routine
45 minute spin class, and then my leg strength was tested and found a little wanting

CherryPie99
12-08-2013, 06:09 PM
December 8: 15.30 miles running (2:02:49)
30 minutes foam rolling
squat stretches

I had such an awesome pace going to start - I could almost TASTE finishing under a 8 MM. But I slowed up as I got colder - so I ended with an average 8:03 MM.

traveling michele
12-09-2013, 10:22 AM
Dec 6: 100 minutes bikram yoga

Dec. 7: wore my heart rate monitor today and burned serious calories! 65 minute spin class in which I burned 658 calories followed by 100 plus minutes of bikram yoga in which I burned another 869 calories! I'm sick of the scale being up day after day so it darn well better be down tomorrow!

Totals:
8 workouts
765 minutes

Dec. 8: scale was down 1.5 pounds which motivated me to do a double workout again. I did a bikram class at 11 am and was planning on going back at 4 pm. It sure was hard to go back. I almost didn't leave the house and then I almost left after driving there! I knew it was the same teacher for both classes and he isn't my favorite so I think that was part of it but I knew I'd be mad at myself after planning to go if I didn't. I am down another 1.5 pounds today-- if only I could keep that pace up! Scale will likely be up tomorrow though as I'm planning on body pump tonight.

2 bikram classes, each 100 minutes plus

Totals:
10 workouts
965 minutes

Arctic Mama
12-09-2013, 12:34 PM
12/9/13 TTap tempo arms, which I reviewed on my blog today. Wow and ow!

silverbirch
12-09-2013, 12:48 PM
Did a new weights programme today and I feel appalling. This is par for the course when I do something new, despite quite good form. Headache, neckache, can't think straight. Avoiding this kind of thing is one very good reason to keep on with different types of exercise, despite things getting in the way. But sometimes I just run out of road ...

krampus
12-09-2013, 01:30 PM
12/6: 3.1 miles on treadmill, planks, lat pulldowns, barbell shoulder press, barbell curls, barbell face pulls, KB deadlifts, tricep cable pulldowns.

12/7: very sore after day before - 12 min stairs, 10 min arc trainer.

12/8: stood outside shivering all day but no exercise.

12/9: 1 mile treadmill warmup, DB bench press, lat pulldowns, plate glute bridges.

silverbirch
12-09-2013, 02:43 PM
12/8: stood outside shivering all day

This is a functional fitness thing, surely. :)

CherryPie99
12-09-2013, 07:17 PM
This is a functional fitness thing, surely. :)

:lol:

December 9: P90X Kempo DVD
50 minutes Elliptical - resistance of 5, ramp angle 30%
30 minutes foam rolling
squat stretches

saef
12-09-2013, 08:23 PM
Monday, December 9th:

60 minutes elliptical, alternating forward & backward, random intervals, resistance at nine, and I was done, done, done

Arctic Mama
12-09-2013, 08:32 PM
Way to go, everyone! You guys are rockstars with these huge workouts and consistency.

saef
12-10-2013, 09:02 AM
Tuesday, Dec. 10th:

30 minutes StairMaster
60 minutes shoulders, triceps and chest

silverbirch
12-10-2013, 09:08 AM
Abs. I had a go at navasana (the boat pose) and it's hard.

krampus
12-10-2013, 09:42 AM
Dec 10: Crunched for time. 2 miles on treadmill (16:00)

Arctic Mama
12-10-2013, 01:16 PM
Did the Tempo 1 DVD today, and was surprisingly not sore to the degree I was expecting, given the intensity of my workout yesterday. Woohoo!

CherryPie99
12-10-2013, 06:20 PM
December 10: 7 miles running (54:19) - flying today - must have been the cold
30 minutes foam rolling
squat stretches
45 minutes weight lifting (chest, shoulders, triceps)

traveling michele
12-11-2013, 10:22 AM
Dec. 8: scale was down 1.5 pounds which motivated me to do a double workout again. I did a bikram class at 11 am and was planning on going back at 4 pm. It sure was hard to go back. I almost didn't leave the house and then I almost left after driving there! I knew it was the same teacher for both classes and he isn't my favorite so I think that was part of it but I knew I'd be mad at myself after planning to go if I didn't. I am down another 1.5 pounds today-- if only I could keep that pace up! Scale will likely be up tomorrow though as I'm planning on body pump tonight.

2 bikram classes, each 100 minutes plus

Totals:
10 workouts
965 minutes

Dec. 9: planned on body pump and bikram but collapsed on the couch instead:mad::o

Dec. 10: 100 minutes Bikram Yoga

Totals:
11 workouts
1065 minutes

krampus
12-11-2013, 10:43 AM
Dec 11: DB lunges, DB renegade rows, KB deadlifts, barbell shoulder press (the bar), lat pulldowns, calf raises, planks, tricep extensions

Arctic Mama
12-11-2013, 05:03 PM
Tappcore today. Nice and light.

CherryPie99
12-11-2013, 07:32 PM
November 11: P90X (2) Yoga DVD (66 minutes)
30 minutes Foam Rolling
squat stretches
60 minutes weight lifting (back and legs)


Michele - You do so much Yoga, and I know Bikram is a little different, but do you ever get "shaky" AFTER the workout? I do fine during yoga, but about 5 minutes after I'm done I seem to shake uncontrollably for about 15 minutes afterwards. Is that weird?

traveling michele
12-11-2013, 11:20 PM
Michele - You do so much Yoga, and I know Bikram is a little different, but do you ever get "shaky" AFTER the workout? I do fine during yoga, but about 5 minutes after I'm done I seem to shake uncontrollably for about 15 minutes afterwards. Is that weird?

Hmmm... No, though I sometimes get shaky during but only if I'm really pushing myself and then it lasts briefly. That happens sometimes when I lift weight but not after the workout.

traveling michele
12-12-2013, 10:45 AM
Dec. 9: planned on body pump and bikram but collapsed on the couch instead:mad::o

Dec. 10: 100 minutes Bikram Yoga

Totals:
11 workouts
1065 minutes

Dec. 11: 100 minutes Bikram Yoga

Totals:
12 workouts
1165 minutes

saef
12-12-2013, 11:48 AM
Thursday, November 12th:

Treadmill run just under 4 miles, starting at 4.5 mph, then down to 4.3, with walking intervals. Just when I think I've figured this running thing out, I find I'm off balance. One of the gym instructors watched me and told me what I already knew, that I drag my right foot. I wonder if it has to do with my ruined inner-ear balance mechanism and my deafness in my left ear? I drag my right foot so much that it sprags on the treadmill belt and makes it squeak from the contact of rubber on rubber. So much that I've pretty much destroyed the outer sole on my right running shoe. The gym instructor said I gallop like a horse and lead with my right foot.

Probably I am overthinking it. I find running as wearying as an elaborately choreographed routine. My cardio fitness is great, it's all the mechanics of the stride. Honestly I am thinking about finding a running coach but first I want to see what I can try on my own.

60 minute Pilates mat class in the evening with the instructor who talks too much and leaves us lying there on our backs on the mat, not moving, just listening to her monologues.

CherryPie99
12-12-2013, 12:08 PM
Hmmm... No, though I sometimes get shaky during but only if I'm really pushing myself and then it lasts briefly. That happens sometimes when I lift weight but not after the workout.

Just confirms what I know - I'm not normal :D

CherryPie99
12-12-2013, 06:28 PM
December 12: 6 miles running on treadmill (51:44)
30 minutes foam rolling

krampus
12-13-2013, 10:27 AM
December 12: 100 burpees, stretching at home

December 13 AM: 2.2 miles running on treadmill, DB bench press, BB shoulder press, lat pulldowns, leg raises

silverbirch
12-13-2013, 10:34 AM
Abs.

Krampus, what are you doing in your new avatar?

traveling michele
12-13-2013, 10:41 AM
Dec. 11: 100 minutes Bikram Yoga

Totals:
12 workouts
1165 minutes

Dec. 12: 100 minutes Bikram Yoga with my FAVE instructor. I told her after that she made my week. Totally put me in a better frame of mind. She only teaches about once a week and they don't post the instructors before class so I never know when she'll be there. It's always a happy surprise!

Totals:
13 workouts
1265 minutes

Arctic Mama
12-13-2013, 12:26 PM
Saef - weird about the stride imbalance. I wonder if just being aware of it, on your own, may correct the issue a fair bit?

Krampus - I was wondering about your avatar as well!

I blogged about my day, but I did the "Hit the Floor Softer" TTap DVD, which is insane and the "softer" part is laughable. I still can barely hold myself upright on the couch, as my entire core is completely fatigued. Even those transverse abs, which I have trouble with after so many pregnancies. My praise to TTap for being such an excellent workout, but it's not without it's brutal moments. Ow!

Arctic Mama
12-13-2013, 12:27 PM
Dec. 12: 100 minutes Bikram Yoga with my FAVE instructor. I told her after that she made my week. Totally put me in a better frame of mind. She only teaches about once a week and they don't post the instructors before class so I never know when she'll be there. It's always a happy surprise!

Totals:
13 workouts
1265 minutes

That's a bummer that you never know when she'll be there, but how nice that she makes your day and you enjoy her that much :carrot:

zihlman
12-13-2013, 05:47 PM
December 13: 5 miles running - treadmill incline of 1
30 minutes weight-training!

CherryPie99
12-13-2013, 06:22 PM
December 13: 60 minutes running stairs
30 minutes foam rolling
squat stretches
60 Minute Yogilates DVD

saef
12-14-2013, 04:40 PM
Friday the 13th, December:

30 minutes StairMaster, aerobic intervals, resistance at nine, and I was having one of my good days, completely inexplicable
60 minutes back & biceps routine


Saturday, December 14th:

60 minute spin class with weight & resistance band intervals, lots of cancellations due to the impending snowstorm and the snow falling as class began
60 minute Pilates mat class

Strange thing happened in class today. A woman new to the gym, with the kind of slender willowy body that I envy, took her place on a mat to my left. She was shy or aloof & had little to say. As class went on, I discovered to my surprise that I was stronger and fitter than she was, though undoubtedly I am more than 20 pounds heavier than she is. That turned my head upside down as I pondered a question: If I couldn't have both, would I want to be fitter, even if it meant staying the same weight, or even gaining weight? Or would I want to look thinner and be weaker?

CherryPie99
12-14-2013, 06:51 PM
December 14: 60 minutes weight lifting (late and delts)
30 minutes foam rolling

delmarva
12-14-2013, 07:00 PM
saef - she could be working her way back from rotator cuff tears, like me. Also, I was always hypermobile (really bendy joints) growing up. I can never lift as much weight as my ligaments are too elastic to provide the level of support needed for power presses. (Even with PT and lots of stabilization exercises) There's so many issues that go into how much weight you can lift; if you've had previous ligament tears or multiple rounds of tendonitis, you're really cautious and will always go for more reps rather than absolute weight, even though you work towards the point of fatigue. At least, I do!

35 minutes run/walk treadmill
15 minutes rowing machine
20 minutes hip work with elastic bands and pulley machine (clamshells, lifts, pulls, flexor, adduction, abduction)
25 minutes knee work, VMO strengthening (primarily wall squats, single leg squats, step exercises, side and reverse lunges)
5 minute quick work-thru of my main rot cuff exercies (internal and external rotation work)

CherryPie99
12-14-2013, 09:42 PM
Strange thing happened in class today. A woman new to the gym, with the kind of slender willowy body that I envy, took her place on a mat to my left. She was shy or aloof & had little to say. As class went on, I discovered to my surprise that I was stronger and fitter than she was, though undoubtedly I am more than 20 pounds heavier than she is. That turned my head upside down as I pondered a question: If I couldn't have both, would I want to be fitter, even if it meant staying the same weight, or even gaining weight? Or would I want to look thinner and be weaker?

Really, saef? If you could make that choice would you truly consider sacrificing your strength and fitness for a weak but "model-type" body? I ask with no judgment!!

saef
12-15-2013, 12:18 PM
Sunday, Dec. 15th:

45 minute spin class, with the tough instructor
60 minutes shoulders, bicep & tricep routine


Jen, that's what I'm wondering. Is this really about health and strength for me, or is it aesthetics? I think seeing this woman forced me to think about that. I believe it's both but over time, it's become more about strength than aesthetics. Maybe more like 70% about strength and 30% about aesthetics. I'd be lying if I said I did not care how I look and that it doesn't bother me that I'm a stocky pear shaped female. "Us sway-backed girls" is how the Pilates instructor described me and herself the other night, and that's been bothering me. I still look envious at the thinner women in class even if they are weaker. Maybe it's different for me, at least a little, since I exercise in a gym with lots of people around me.

CherryPie99
12-15-2013, 07:13 PM
Jen, that's what I'm wondering. Is this really about health and strength for me, or is it aesthetics? I think seeing this woman forced me to think about that. I believe it's both but over time, it's become more about strength than aesthetics. Maybe more like 70% about strength and 30% about aesthetics. I'd be lying if I said I did not care how I look and that it doesn't bother me that I'm a stocky pear shaped female. "Us sway-backed girls" is how the Pilates instructor described me and herself the other night, and that's been bothering me. I still look envious at the thinner women in class even if they are weaker. Maybe it's different for me, at least a little, since I exercise in a gym with lots of people around me.

Sway back? What does that even mean? I think that was rude of her to say.

Yeah, I think I would go crazy playing the comparison game if I worked out at a gym!!!


December 15: 10 miles running on treadmill - incline 2% (1:25:46)
15 minutes cool down on Elliptical - resistance of 5 ramp angel 30
30 minutes foam rolling

saef
12-16-2013, 10:27 AM
Monday, Dec. 16th:

60 minutes on the treadmill, incline at 1.5, about 45 minutes running at 4.3, then walking for five minutes, then running for five minutes at 4.6, then walking for the rest. I wore new Asics and my gait was a little smoother.

traveling michele
12-16-2013, 10:29 AM
Dec. 12: 100 minutes Bikram Yoga with my FAVE instructor. I told her after that she made my week. Totally put me in a better frame of mind. She only teaches about once a week and they don't post the instructors before class so I never know when she'll be there. It's always a happy surprise!

Totals:
13 workouts
1265 minutes

Dec. 13: 105 minutes Bikram yoga

Dec. 14: 105 minutes Bikram yoga

Dec. 15: 100 minutes Bikram yoga

Totals:
16 workouts
1575 minutes

krampus
12-16-2013, 10:45 AM
Hi maintainers - in my avatar I am eating a Turkey Legge at the Renaissance Fair :)

Dec 14: rest day

Dec 15: shoveled snow for about 45 minutes, threw out back :(

traveling michele
12-17-2013, 10:31 AM
Dec. 13: 105 minutes Bikram yoga

Dec. 14: 105 minutes Bikram yoga

Dec. 15: 100 minutes Bikram yoga

Totals:
16 workouts
1575 minutes

Dec. 16: 60 minutes Body Pump class. I haven't been in months (2?) due to my back. I could barely lift! And I'm super sore today. I have to get back to lifting regularly.

Totals:
17 workouts
1635 minutes

saef
12-17-2013, 04:23 PM
Tuesday, Dec. 17th:

30 minutes StairMaster, and this was doable
60 minutes shoulders, chest & triceps routine

krampus
12-17-2013, 04:41 PM
Dec 16: 20 min on arc trainer, 1 mile treadmill run, DB bench press, lat pulldowns, leg raises

Dec 17: 2.5 mile treadmill run, DB shoulder press, DB tricep extensions

CherryPie99
12-17-2013, 07:20 PM
December 17: 7 miles running on treadmill - 2% incline (59:20)
P90X Core Synergistics DVD (60 mins)
30 minutes foam rolling
squat stretches

traveling michele
12-18-2013, 10:14 AM
Dec. 16: 60 minutes Body Pump class. I haven't been in months (2?) due to my back. I could barely lift! And I'm super sore today. I have to get back to lifting regularly.

Totals:
17 workouts
1635 minutes

Dec. 17: 105 minutes Bikram yoga with my fave instructor. It was a small class (holidays I guess) and she pointed out that it was the 444th class of the year for one of the regulars! Dang! And I think I go a lot. I think it was my 271st class of the year. My goal was 200-- I'm debating what my goal will be next year. Certainly not 444!

Totals:
18 workouts
1740 minutes

CherryPie99
12-18-2013, 07:19 PM
December 18: Zumba Cardio Party DVD (45 minutes)
50 minutes weight lifting (back and legs)
30 minutes foam rolling
15 minutes stretching

saef
12-19-2013, 05:50 AM
Wednesday, Dec. 18th:

45 minute spin class ... which I felt lucky to make after a long day at the office with three one-on-ones, and me hosting a staff meeting, then taking the dept out for their wine-soaked Christmas luncheon (mine was salad with grilled salmon on top and a Pellegrino with a lime slice), a traffic jam on the way home as everyone drives into Manhattan to shop & etc. Thank goodness for my laid-out gym clothes which I got into as soon as I walked in the door. When I'm dressed to go, I will go.

silverbirch
12-19-2013, 07:34 AM
salad with grilled salmon on top and a Pellegrino with a lime slice

:hug: sister

This is virtually what I had for lunch. It's such a good choice amongst a lot of rubbish. I think next time I'll ask wherever I have it not to bother with the 'house dressing' and just have balsamic vinegar or nothing. I almost always dislike the house dressing.

traveling michele
12-19-2013, 10:26 AM
Wednesday, Dec. 18th:

45 minute spin class ... which I felt lucky to make after a long day at the office with three one-on-ones, and me hosting a staff meeting, then taking the dept out for their wine-soaked Christmas luncheon (mine was salad with grilled salmon on top and a Pellegrino with a lime slice), a traffic jam on the way home as everyone drives into Manhattan to shop & etc. Thank goodness for my laid-out gym clothes which I got into as soon as I walked in the door. When I'm dressed to go, I will go.

I'm the same way about the gym. I can't sit down after work or I don't go. I stand up and put on my clothes and go. Period. My lunch today sounds like yours too! I have a salmon salad from Trader Joe's (it's a couple days past its date so I hope it is okay still though).

traveling michele
12-19-2013, 10:30 AM
Dec. 17: 105 minutes Bikram yoga with my fave instructor. It was a small class (holidays I guess) and she pointed out that it was the 444th class of the year for one of the regulars! Dang! And I think I go a lot. I think it was my 271st class of the year. My goal was 200-- I'm debating what my goal will be next year. Certainly not 444!

Totals:
18 workouts
1740 minutes

Dec. 18: 100 minutes Bikram Yoga

Totals:
19 workouts
1840 minutes

saef
12-19-2013, 10:59 AM
Thursday, Dec. 19th:

45 minutes running on treadmill, at 4.5 mph, then walking for five minutes, then running at 4.3 mph for the last 10 minutes.

The gym's director watched me run and said my gait is improving. I'm not galloping as much. I'm still landing more heavily on my left foot and dragging the right foot a bit. I pick up my feet a little better. It's good to hear that I'm doing better than last week. That's all I want: Better than the previous week.

But then as I stood at the front desk talking to the director, I went into a scary place. She talked about all the pressure she's under in running the gym, the owner blaming her personally for a drop in membership (which is probably due to their price increase and other gyms opening nearby), and then told me she planned on losing 12 pounds and working on sculpting her legs. She asked me what my goals were. I had to admit I'd gained a little and could stand to lose eight pounds. But even as I said that, feeling uneasy, it was clear to me that her dissatisfaction with her body was also very much about her dissatisfaction with her life.

Then I was thinking about Charlotte Hilton Anderson, talking about her exercise addiction:

And while I did – and do – genuinely love working out, my exercise addiction had zilch to do with love. It was 100% fear-based. I was afraid I’d get fat. I was afraid of being weak. I was afraid of being at home alone all day with my four very young children. I was afraid I’d never be good at anything again, ever (black-and-white thinking for the win!). But most of all I was afraid of being left alone with my own thoughts. What I really loved about my chronic overexercising was that all the pain and sweat made it so I didn’t have to think about what was really bothering me.
I wasn’t working out so much because I loved it. I was working out so much because I was too afraid of what would happen if I didn’t.

I do NOT want to add another hour to my routine each day, just when it is dropping closer to the normal 30 minutes per day with some 90 minute days interspersed. I really don't.

But the invitation to join the gym director in working toward further bodily perfection is so seductive. I'm ambivalent so I'm laying it out here.

krampus
12-19-2013, 11:57 AM
Thursday, Dec 19 AM:

20 minutes running on treadmill (2.54 miles), too fast for my protesting back which is still tender from shoveling. And 5 minutes of stairmaster because I ran out of time.

Hoping to make it to the gym this afternoon for round two. I have a teeth cleaning tomorrow morning.

saef: You have given this a lot of thought. There will always be someone somewhere trying to fix or ignore non-bodily issues by changing their body.

traveling michele
12-19-2013, 01:09 PM
Saef-- those thoughts don't sound healthy to me. You're working hard to find balance in your life. Don't give that up.

CherryPie99
12-19-2013, 02:37 PM
saef - "bodily perfection". Love that you used that term. There is no part of me that does any workout ever without feeling terribly inadequate and - if there is a mirror - focusing on my horrific imperfections.

I did a P90X DVD on Tuesday and realized that I was comparing my abs to one of the people in the video - she is a professional athlete who works as an ACROBAT and has for years. Really? I am supposed to be equal to her?

And then I wondered for WHO and WHY I'm trying to achieve these unrealistic expectations.

I think I'm babbling here, and maybe it's not making any sense. But I guess I'm saying for people like you and me - we could work out 5 hours a day and never achieve that "perfection" that we are seeking. And we sacrifice SO MUCH in search of it that I'm afraid that sometimes I - speaking for myself - don't see the forest for the trees if that makes any sense.

I applaud your desire to be more moderate in your expectations and demandingness of yourself - I'm trying to do the same...

Jen

silverbirch
12-19-2013, 03:46 PM
Don't be seduced, saef.

"O, that way madness lies; let me shun that;
No more of that."

You didn't talk explicitly about your fear and dissatisfaction with your own life but you did obliquely by referring to other people.

I'd say that exploring these areas would be much, much more satisfying for you. It would open doors and display vistas you didn't know existed.

CherryPie99
12-19-2013, 07:43 PM
December 19: DVD - Bob Harper's Pure Burn Super Strength (66 mins)
7 miles running on treadmill (1:04:13)
30 minutes foam rolling
squat stretches


So I've been running on the treadmill and find it torturous. It's been killing my desire to run at all. But with iced over sidewalks I'm not going to risk falling. Hence I tried an experiment - run WAY slower on the treadmill than my normal run pace. I found it to be MUCH more tolerable! 7 miles didn't feel too bad at all!

traveling michele
12-20-2013, 10:41 AM
Dec. 18: 100 minutes Bikram Yoga

Totals:
19 workouts
1840 minutes

Dec. 19: very proud that I went to the later bikram class rather than skipping it after my holiday party. I wanted to go home and go to bed. It was a great class but then I was starving and wide awake after. I ate lightly and woke up starving again!

105 minutes Bikram Yoga

Totals:
20 workouts
1945 minutes

saef
12-20-2013, 11:38 AM
You didn't talk explicitly about your fear and dissatisfaction with your own life but you did obliquely by referring to other people.

I'd say that exploring these areas would be much, much more satisfying for you. It would open doors and display vistas you didn't know existed.

Exactly, Birchie. When I want to change my body, usually it's a sign that I want to change my life.

Friday, December 20th:

30 minutes StairMaster, tough in the last 10 minutes, definitely because of running the day before
60 minutes back & biceps routine


The gym has gotten busy, maybe due to the snow and ice, maybe due to penitence over consumption at holiday parties.

CherryPie99
12-20-2013, 08:39 PM
December 20: P90X 2 Yoga (66 mins)

saef
12-21-2013, 04:31 PM
Saturday, Dec. 21st:

60 minute spin class with weight and resistance band intervals
60 minute Pilates mat class

A beautiful spring day today, with everything thawing and no gloves necessary.

traveling michele
12-21-2013, 06:20 PM
Dec. 19: very proud that I went to the later bikram class rather than skipping it after my holiday party. I wanted to go home and go to bed. It was a great class but then I was starving and wide awake after. I ate lightly and woke up starving again!

105 minutes Bikram Yoga

Totals:
20 workouts
1945 minutes

Dec. 20: 100 minutes bikram yoga

Dec. 21: 65 minutes spin class, 105 minutes bikram yoga

Totals:
22 workouts
2215 minutes

CherryPie99
12-21-2013, 07:32 PM
December 21: 60 minutes weight lifting (lat, delta, biceps)
60 minutes elliptical 30% ramp angle, resistance of 5
30 minutes foam rolling

saef
12-22-2013, 11:22 AM
Sunday, Dec. 22:

15 minutes StairMaster, a sweaty warmup because of the unseasonable warmth outside and humidity
60 minutes shoulders, triceps & biceps routine
45 minute spin class, with the instructor working us because of all the indulgences she believes we're having. I've had no indulgences whatsoever, though, not a crumb of food other than my usual fare. I know I'll gain a pound or two anyway from eating more. There's rib roast and leg of lamb in the fridge to cook this week which is much richer fare than I usually eat.

saef
12-23-2013, 10:28 AM
Monday, Dec. 23:

45 minutes running on treadmill at 4.4 mph, walking for five minutes, then running for the last 10 minutes at 4.6

I thought I'd run outside, because it's so unseasonably warm, but it was rainy, so I got on the treadmill. I tried to keep my upper body and arms loose, but I am still working on maintaining a consistent stride. Sometimes I feel that I almost have it. I wish I didn't think so much about it. During & afterward, I am feeling it in the upper hamstring insertion.

Then Smith machine squats, just 40 lbs, dropping below parallel; adductor machine; and finally trying out the leg press, a little too easy at 120 lbs. I need an instructor to show me this latter machine before I increase the weigh to what it ought to be.

krampus
12-23-2013, 10:47 AM
Dec 21: 3 miles on treadmill, DB bench press, DB shoulder press, lat pulldown, DB tricep extensions, DB lat flies, bench dips, leg raises.

traveling michele
12-23-2013, 01:50 PM
Dec. 20: 100 minutes bikram yoga

Dec. 21: 65 minutes spin class, 105 minutes bikram yoga

Totals:
22 workouts
2215 minutes

Dec 22: back to back bikram yoga classes! 2 workouts each 100 plus minutes. Whew!

Totals:
24 workouts
2415 minutes

CherryPie99
12-23-2013, 07:28 PM
December 23: 7.25 mikes running treadmill - incline 2% (1:03:41)
30 minutes foam rolling

saef
12-24-2013, 08:47 AM
Tuesday, Dec. 24th:

30 minutes StairMaster, the usual
60 minutes shoulders, chest & triceps routine

Busy gym this a.m., perhaps because their evening hours are curtailed. Lots of people stopping by and dropping off gift envelopes for their personal trainers.

traveling michele
12-24-2013, 04:52 PM
Dec 22: back to back bikram yoga classes! 2 workouts each 100 plus minutes. Whew!

Totals:
24 workouts
2415 minutes

Dec. 23: 100 minutes bikram yoga.... There were only two classes today instead of the usual five. Therefore the class was quite crowded. Visiting teacher... Class was hard and good. There's no class tomorrow and I'm trying not to panic.

Totals:
25 workouts
2515 minutes

saef
12-25-2013, 03:02 PM
Wednesday, Christmas Day

60 minutes elliptical, cranked the resistance to 10, random intervals, alternating backward & forward


I wanted to go for a run in the park, since it was clear and sunny, but then discovered it was just 17 degrees and decided I'd head to the gym. There were Jewish members getting in a good workout before the matinee and Chinese food festivities. The girl at the desk is Russian Orthodox and their Christmas hasn't happened yet. (I know this because a good portion of my family belongs to this religion.)

saef
12-26-2013, 09:25 AM
Thursday, Boxing Day

Still working on my gait and posture and arm swing. I think I need a really long repetitious rhythmic techno song to run to, and that would help.

45 minutes running on treadmill at 4.4 mph, walking for five minutes, then running for the last 10 minutes at 4.7

saef
12-27-2013, 09:04 AM
Friday, December 27th

30 minutes of the usual on the StairMaster
60 minutes back & biceps

And an impromptu negative pullup lesson from a trainer at the gym, who sought to console me when I reported that I hadn't been able to complete an unassisted pullup on the Gravitron machine.

traveling michele
12-28-2013, 02:37 PM
Dec. 24: 100 minutes bikram yoga.... There were only two classes today instead of the usual five. Therefore the class was quite crowded. Visiting teacher... Class was hard and good. There's no class tomorrow and I'm trying not to panic.

Totals:
25 workouts
2515 minutes


Dec. 25: none

Dec. 26: 100 minutes bikram yoga

Dec. 27: 105 minutes bikram yoga

Dec. 28: 70 minutes spin class

Totals:

28 minutes
2790 minutes

saef
12-28-2013, 06:25 PM
Saturday, Dec. 28th:

My usual Saturday morning at the gym

60 minute spin class with weight and resistance band intervals
60 minute Pilates mat class

CherryPie99
12-28-2013, 07:20 PM
Gotta catch up!

December 24: 7 miles treadmill - incline 2% (1:01:24)
30 minutes foam rolling

December 25: 60 minutes weight lifting

December 26: P90X Plyometrics
4 miles walking on treadmill (incline 2%) 35:21
1.5 miles walking on treadmill (incline 8%) 22:23

December 27: 1 hour yoga DVD

December 28: 60 minutes weight lifting (lats, delts, biceps)
1:06:04 Elliptical - ramp angel 30%, resistance of 5
30 minutes foam rolling

CherryPie99
12-29-2013, 05:51 PM
December 29: 13.12 miles running (1:46:51)

30 minutes foam rolling

saef
12-29-2013, 07:43 PM
Sunday, December 29th:

15 minutes StairMaster, the usual
60 minutes shoulders, biceps & triceps, at a higher weight and with fewer reps.
45 minute spin class, a killer, and crowded. The January crush has begun.

saef
12-30-2013, 08:55 AM
Monday, Dec. 30th:

45 minutes on the treadmill, incline at 2.0, speed of 4.6
Then five minutes walking
Then alternating one minute at 4.8 and one minute walking.

Running is hard. Not the breathing part. I can breathe perfectly fine due to years of other kinds of cardio daily. It's the gait, the pounding, the rhythm. And the mental thing of not stopping.

traveling michele
12-30-2013, 03:37 PM
Dec. 25: none

Dec. 26: 100 minutes bikram yoga

Dec. 27: 105 minutes bikram yoga

Dec. 28: 70 minutes spin class

Totals:

28 workouts
2790 minutes

Dec. 29: 105 minutes bikram yoga

Dec. 30: 100 minutes bikram yoga....not feeling great but one of the best classes of the year. My fave instructor who's super motivating and encouraging. She gave me a goal for 2014 which is good because I was thinking about goal setting during class.:carrot:

Totals:

30 workouts
2995 minutes

CherryPie99
12-30-2013, 07:11 PM
December 30: 50 minutes ab and core work

saef
12-31-2013, 09:23 AM
Tuesday, December 31st:

30 minutes StairMaster, the usual
60 minutes chest, shoulders & triceps, increasing my weights on almost all exercises and finding this was not a problem on many, which means this has been overdue

This will be the last peaceful morning in the gym for some time.

traveling michele
12-31-2013, 03:06 PM
Dec. 29: 105 minutes bikram yoga

Dec. 30: 100 minutes bikram yoga....not feeling great but one of the best classes of the year. My fave instructor who's super motivating and encouraging. She gave me a goal for 2014 which is good because I was thinking about goal setting during class.:carrot:

Totals:

30 workouts
2995 minutes

Dec. 31: 105 minutes bikram yoga.....last workout of the year!:carrot:

Totals:
31 workouts
3100 minutes

CherryPie99
12-31-2013, 07:51 PM
December 31: 7 miles running on treadmill - incline 2% (1:01:52)
45 minutes weight lifting (shoulders, triceps, chest)
30 minutes foam rolling

2013 stats: 1,502 miles running, 234 miles walking and 108 hiking for a total of 1,844 miles traveled.