Living Maintenance - June Journaling of Moving Maintainers




saef
06-02-2014, 04:15 PM
Let's keep our bodies moving, whether indoors or out of doors.

Though out of doors is better, because it's June.

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Said an American 19th century poet whom no one reads anymore:

And what is so rare as a day in June?
Then, if ever, come perfect days;
Then Heaven tries the earth if it be in tune,
And over it softly her warm ear lays:
Whether we look, or whether we listen,
We hear life murmur, or see it glisten;
Every clod feels a stir of might,
An instinct within it that reaches and towers,
And, grasping blindly above it for light,
Climbs to a soul in grass and flowers.

That's why it's better to be a maintainer moving through the outside world.


saef
06-02-2014, 04:17 PM
Sunday, June 1st:

Walking around Manhattan and the two tourist-infested islands, Ellis and Liberty, the former of which was very moving.

Monday, June 2nd:

Ran 2.23 miles at a steady pace
Then alternating sprints with walking for 2.23 miles back

Shannon in ATL
06-02-2014, 04:50 PM
Too hot and humid to be outside around here right now. :)

Sunday June 1 - rest day
Monday June 2 - 3 miles on the treadmill in the AM, 2 mile walk at the mall on lunch break.


saef
06-03-2014, 11:39 AM
Tuesday, June 3rd:

NROLW, Stage 2A, oh the heartbreak, since that inner-ear virus destroyed my natural sense of balance, this stage is humiliating for me because I have to use bodyweight and keep tipping over to one side, mostly the side that's impaired, the ear in which I'm also 80% deaf
20 minutes StairMaster afterward

paperclippy
06-03-2014, 11:54 AM
I just walked 1.5 miles outside! Hooray for all the conference rooms being occupied, so I had to have my meeting with my manager while walking around a lake and observing ducklings. ;)

krampus
06-03-2014, 12:27 PM
Sunday, June 1: 4 mile run outside
Monday, June 2: 1.5 miles on treadmill, lat pulldowns, planks
Tuesday, June 3: 20 min on stair stepper, glute bridges, Smith machine OHP, seated cable rows, planks.

traveling michele
06-04-2014, 01:26 PM
June 1: 100 minutes bikram yoga

June 2: 100 minutes bikram yoga

June 3: went to the gym for the first time in 2 months-- did 200 feet on the rope, 60 minutes UJam class.... I'm also doing the 30 day ab challenge with my dd-- it was day 3 and my abs are sore!

Totals:
3 days
260 minutes

saef
06-04-2014, 06:49 PM
Wednesday, June 4th:

60 minutes elliptical, alternating forward and backward, tough but doable, mostly due to my posterior chain being a lot stronger than it was six weeks ago

ICUwishing
06-05-2014, 08:19 AM
6/4: 1 hour timed swim-for-distance, after holding down my sofa for the majority of May. 3450 yds, just a hair over 2 miles. Yeah ... I can feel it today.

traveling michele
06-05-2014, 10:18 AM
June 1: 100 minutes bikram yoga

June 2: 100 minutes bikram yoga

June 3: went to the gym for the first time in 2 months-- did 200 feet on the rope, 60 minutes UJam class.... I'm also doing the 30 day ab challenge with my dd-- it was day 3 and my abs are sore!

Totals:
3 days
260 minutes

Go, Becky, Go!:carrot:

June 4: 100 minutes bikram yoga

Totals:
4 days
360 minutes

saef
06-05-2014, 10:54 AM
Thursday, June 5th:

45 minutes StairMaster, dropped it to resistance level of 8, still aerobic intervals, sweating & sweating in the high humidity
60 minutes Pilates mat class

krampus
06-05-2014, 11:29 AM
June 5 AM: 2 miles running on treadmill

silverbirch
06-05-2014, 11:51 AM
Wednesday - my newish weights programme. Ate like a horse afterwards and some of today. This always seems to happen when I start some kind of exercise. I've been away for two weeks, more or less, so my body thinks it's new. I usually settle down in a few days but it's disconcerting when it happens.

traveling michele
06-06-2014, 11:19 AM
Go, Becky, Go!:carrot:

June 4: 100 minutes bikram yoga

Totals:
4 days
360 minutes

June 5: 100 minutes bikram yoga and day 5 of the 30 day Ab Challenge (30 sit-ups, 12 crunches, 12 leg raises, 12 second plank)

Totals:
5 days
460 minutes

saef
06-06-2014, 07:07 PM
When Becky stirs from that sofa and a more contemplative life ... watch out, world!

Friday, June 6th:

This is ridiculous how, if I oversleep on Fridays, and decide to postpone my workout till I log off my office email, I am uneasy all day, full of guilt, with self-accusations of shirking and laziness and slacking. And of course, that makes me nibble on food.

But yeah, of course, I went to the gym afterward, intimidated by NROLW Stage 2B, and managed to do it. Including the 15 minute of HIIT. Which meant two minutes walking at 3.0, then one minute of running at 6.2, then 6.3, 6.3, 6.5 and 6.6, which is really fast for me. Honestly I found it rather exhilarating, which probably means I should push harder. I thought of a racehorse taking off, and of course, of California Chrome, who's all over the local news. If the weather's good, Belmont will be jammed up tomorrow.

traveling michele
06-07-2014, 09:54 AM
June 5: 100 minutes bikram yoga and day 5 of the 30 day Ab Challenge (30 sit-ups, 12 crunches, 12 leg raises, 12 second plank)

Totals:
5 days
460 minutes

June 6: skipped yoga and then debated about what to do instead. Ended up doing Insanity DVD 45 minutes and day 6 of ab challenge.

Totals:
6 days
515 minutes

saef
06-07-2014, 02:15 PM
Saturday, June 7th:

60 minute spin class, as usual, pedaling through the weight and resistance band intervals, since I did strength training yesterday and will do it again tomorrow.

saef
06-08-2014, 11:05 AM
Sunday, June 8th:

NROLW 2B, for the second time, a little better at the front squat push-press, still not good at balancing, though better than the time before, which I guess is all that I can ask for.
Afterward, 25 minutes on the StairMaster, thanks to the airconditoning, as the humidity seems to take a lot out of me in these sessions


And a heavenly day outside, meant for running and biking, which made me regret a little my commitment to this weight program. I will go for a nice walk outside today instead.

traveling michele
06-09-2014, 10:27 AM
June 6: skipped yoga and then debated about what to do instead. Ended up doing Insanity DVD 45 minutes and day 6 of ab challenge.

Totals:
6 days
515 minutes

June 7: 100 minutes bikram yoga-- day 7 of ab challenge

June 8: 100 minutes bikram yoga-- it was 102 outside when I started and 104 when I finished-- I sweat a lake! I somehow pulled a muscle in my neck stretching before class started-- ouch! rest day on the ab challenge thank goodness

Totals: 8 workouts
715 minutes

krampus
06-09-2014, 03:47 PM
Having trouble keeping up with logging.

June 6: I can't remember exactly what was done when, but I lifted and did cardio in the morning and in the evening.

June 7: Leisurely walking outside

June 8: Rest day, and hurt my back taking out the trash -__-

June 9: 20 min on arc trainer.

abbyin
06-09-2014, 09:37 PM
35 minutes Turbo Jam today. Spent an hour walking around the city yesterday in 90 heat. It was a hot one!

saef
06-10-2014, 08:48 AM
Monday, June 9th:

45 minute spin class with a new instructor who simulates road riding and kept us on the seat a lot, which is better for my feet

I didn't want to go, feeling sleepy from the overcast weather and all-day drizzle, and even yawned once atop the bike. But midway through class, I realized I felt much better and far more energized, and I was glad I'd made the effort.

Tuesday, June 10th:

NROLW, Stage 2, workout B, for the second time. Got "what the heck is she doing?" looks from some women who were stretching in the studio while I was doing deadlifts from a deficit atop an aerobics step. This is not a gym where women do much strength training except on the machine circuit.

Afterward, for the HIIT workout, walking at 3.0 and sprinting from 6.7-6.9. The first half-minute of the sprint feels delightful, the next quarter is hard work, and the last quarter is "Can she do it?" Kind of like my plank-holding. The other thing is my constant low-grade concern about the treadmill. Sprinting on a track would be one thing but the moving belt brings a whole new level of fear into the intervals. I'm afraid I'll stop suddenly and go flying off the back. I need to practice jumping on the sides. I don't trust that I can execute that correctly and safely.

krampus
06-10-2014, 10:06 AM
June 10 AM: 3.1 miles on treadmill in 24:42, planks, leg raises.

traveling michele
06-10-2014, 10:29 AM
June 7: 100 minutes bikram yoga-- day 7 of ab challenge

June 8: 100 minutes bikram yoga-- it was 102 outside when I started and 104 when I finished-- I sweat a lake! I somehow pulled a muscle in my neck stretching before class started-- ouch! rest day on the ab challenge thank goodness

Totals: 8 workouts
715 minutes

June 9: 45 minutes Insanity DVD and day 9 of ab challenge-- getting very challenging!!:devil::dizzy:

Totals: 9 workouts
800 minutes

paperclippy
06-10-2014, 12:56 PM
Okay guys, brace yourselves . . .

I WENT TO THE GYM!!!

I felt a little embarrassed slinking into my office gym after more than a year away, since the same people who I always saw there before were there now, but I went in and I did 20 minutes on the upright stationary bike on random at level 3, and a couple minutes of yoga stretches.

I think I am going to start a food log thread like I used to do. Anyone interested in joining me?

krampus
06-11-2014, 10:41 AM
June 11: lat pulldowns, DB shoulder press and incline bench press, tricep cable pulldowns, planks. Sciatica :*(

traveling michele
06-11-2014, 12:06 PM
June 9: 45 minutes Insanity DVD and day 9 of ab challenge-- getting very challenging!!:devil::dizzy:

Totals: 9 workouts
800 minutes

June 10: 100 minutes bikram yoga

Totals:
10 workouts
900 minutes

saef
06-12-2014, 09:41 AM
Wednesday, June 11th:

45 minute spin class, painful, due to inflammation in my right-hand big toe joint. Should never, ever wear heels to work on the day of this spin class, as the instructor likes the standing jog movement a lot.


Thursday, June 12th:

60 minute elliptical, random intervals, alternating backward and forward, resistance at nine, getting better at the backward due to all the leg work I've been doing, which has focused on hamstrings and glutes
60 minute Pilates class -- we did the prone cobra that's part of this NROLW phase!

krampus
06-12-2014, 09:54 AM
June 12: 5K on treadmill in 24:12

traveling michele
06-12-2014, 10:23 AM
June 10: 100 minutes bikram yoga

Totals:
10 workouts
900 minutes

June 11: 100 minutes bikram yoga

Totals:
11 workouts
1000 minutes

paperclippy
06-12-2014, 02:49 PM
June 12: 25 min wog, about 1.75 miles total. Included 4 intervals of 1/8 mile runs, the rest walking. Little bit of core exercises.

saef
06-12-2014, 08:11 PM
Okay guys, brace yourselves . . .

I WENT TO THE GYM!!!



Nope, always knew you had it in you. See, I remember when I first joined and you were training for a triathlon, doing brick workouts. It's not that long ago. You are that same person, you just have a pair of babies now.

saef
06-13-2014, 10:02 AM
Friday the 13th:

NROLW Stage 2A workout, not much loving the front squat push press, lousy at the balance moves, ended up using the Smith machine for static lunges with the rear foot elevated and was able to add weight.

22 minutes on the StairMaster

traveling michele
06-13-2014, 10:37 AM
June 11: 100 minutes bikram yoga

Totals:
11 workouts
1000 minutes

June 13: deviated from my norm.... approx 90 minutes hiking/walking and geocaching with my dd! Fun! We found 4 out of 5 of the caches we looked for.:smug:

Totals:
12 workouts
1190 minutes

saef
06-14-2014, 01:41 PM
Saturday, June 15th:

60 minute spin class, skipping those hand weight intervals
60 minute Pilates mat class, thinking how sometimes I feel like all that going to Pilates classes does for me is make me better at Pilates, but sometimes I notice the benefits of this class while doing the NROLW program -- and vice versa, what deadlifts & other stuff have done for my back in particular.

saef
06-15-2014, 10:06 AM
Sunday, Fathers' Day, June 16th:

NROLW Stage 2A workout, with not-good form on the deficit deadlifts, as I could feel it slightly in my lower back, as I did not this past Tuesday.

On the HIIT, I used the treadmill and I did 6.8, 7.0, 6.9, 6.8, 7.0. I can feel how this is easier but oh man, to me, 7.0 feels like the edge of being out of control on a machine gone wild.

traveling michele
06-15-2014, 10:44 AM
June 13: deviated from my norm.... approx 90 minutes hiking/walking and geocaching with my dd! Fun! We found 4 out of 5 of the caches we looked for.:smug:

Totals:
12 workouts
1190 minutes

June 14: 100 minutes bikram yoga in the morning, 60 minutes walk in the afternoon

Totals:
14 workouts
1350 minutes

krampus
06-16-2014, 10:36 AM
June 13: rest day

June 14: shoveled dirt and mulch and raked to prep for BF's stepdad's memorial service

June 15: Ran 3.67 miles with BF outside, then headed to gym - 12 min on stairs stepper, Smith machine squats, DB bench press, fixed barbell shoulder press, DB split squats, lat pulldowns, planks. Walked about 4 miles with roommate in the evening around neighborhood.

June 16: 24 min on stair stepper, DB tricep presses, glute bridges, calf raises, planks.

traveling michele
06-16-2014, 10:55 AM
June 14: 100 minutes bikram yoga in the morning, 60 minutes walk in the afternoon

Totals:
14 workouts
1350 minutes

June 15: 100 minutes bikram yoga-- sore back again from yoga yesterday so I'm treating it carefully.

Totals:
15 workouts
1450 minutes

saef
06-17-2014, 08:13 AM
Monday, June 16th:

45 minute spin class, running with sweat, like someone dumped a bucket of water on me, and the teacher apologizing, since the air-conditioning was turned on late and not low enough. I was surrounded by athletic high school girls, which did not help my ego.

krampus
06-17-2014, 10:35 AM
June 17: 15 min on arc trainer, 100 KB swings with 35# KB

traveling michele
06-17-2014, 02:34 PM
June 15: 100 minutes bikram yoga-- sore back again from yoga yesterday so I'm treating it carefully.

Totals:
15 workouts
1450 minutes

June 16:
100 minutes bikram yoga

Totals:
16 workouts
1550 minutes

saef
06-18-2014, 08:55 AM
Tuesday, June 17th:

NROLW 2A workout, which I'd looked forward to but then, when I was doing it, felt it was at the edge of my endurance. The gym wasn't cool enough, the humidity was high, and I was dripping sweat.
Just 15 minutes on the StairMaster, hating every second.


Wednesday, June 18th:

45 minute spin class, with the gym finally cold enough and what a difference that made in my performance and my whole attitude.

krampus
06-18-2014, 10:26 AM
June 18: 1.2 miles in 10:00 on treadmill. DB bench press, bent over rows, lat pull downs, shoulder press, planks.

traveling michele
06-18-2014, 10:50 AM
June 16:
100 minutes bikram yoga

Totals:
16 workouts
1550 minutes

June 17:
100 minutes bikram yoga

Totals:
17 workouts
1650 minutes

krampus
06-19-2014, 10:24 AM
June 19: 18:00 on treadmill, 2.26 miles

saef
06-19-2014, 12:45 PM
Thursday, June 19th:

60 minutes elliptical, the usual time and resistance level but at lower mileage -- my body does not care for the humidity levels.
60 minutes Pilates mat class, a good one.

traveling michele
06-19-2014, 11:36 PM
June 17:
100 minutes bikram yoga

Totals:
17 workouts
1650 minutes

June 18: 100 minutes bikram yoga

June 19: 100 minutes bikram yoga

Totals:
19 workouts
1850 minutes

krampus
06-20-2014, 10:36 AM
June 20:
-10 min warmup on arc trainer
-Barbell squats, DB shoulder presses, lat pull downs, glute bridges, KB deadlifts, planks, leg raises, calf raises

traveling michele
06-20-2014, 10:55 PM
June 18: 100 minutes bikram yoga

June 19: 100 minutes bikram yoga

Totals:
19 workouts
1850 minutes

June 20: approx 60 minutes walking in airport and later with dd!

Totals:
20 workouts
1910 minutes

saef
06-21-2014, 06:38 AM
Friday, June 20th:

Finished Stage 2 of NROLW, and how out-of-place I feel doing deadlifts from a box while others in the mirrored exercise studio are lying on mats doing abs (which comes at the end of this particular workout) or lifting 5-lb dumbbells. But I would look like a wimp if I went to the power lifters, police and firefighters' gym just a couple miles away, so it's the usual fish in the pond thing.
This ended with treadmill intervals. This past winter, if you'd told me that I'd run 7.1 for one entire minute, I would not have believed you.

saef
06-21-2014, 11:48 AM
Saturday, June 21st:

The usual gym classes:
60 minute spin class, with legs unusually tired from yesterday's workout
60 minute Pilates mat class, same thing, though my form is better, as I can feel how movements in this class and weight-bearing moves relate to each other.

CalCounter1003
06-21-2014, 05:21 PM
Friday, June 20th:

Finished Stage 2 of NROLW, and how out-of-place I feel doing deadlifts from a box while others in the mirrored exercise studio are lying on mats doing abs (which comes at the end of this particular workout) or lifting 5-lb dumbbells. But I would look like a wimp if I went to the power lifters, police and firefighters' gym just a couple miles away, so it's the usual fish in the pond thing.
This ended with treadmill intervals. This past winter, if you'd told me that I'd run 7.1 for one entire minute, I would not have believed you.

Wow! 7.1 for a minute!!!
I would have had no idea what that even meant until the last two days. I'm at a hotel in St Pete with DH for a convention. So I can't do my usual Sansone walking DVDs. I went to the fitness center and have been doing the treadmill. I was so proud that I jogged for 30 minutes at 4mph. Well... I did 10 minutes, then walked 5 and repeated. For me, that was huge. I had no idea I could jog for 10 minutes because I only do it for 2 with the DVDs. But 7.1... I think I'd have a panic attack if it went that fast and go flying off the end!

I'll be leaving Thursday for a month to go visit DD in Monterey so while she is at work I'll be doing some form of different exercise. I don't think I can do the DVDs because the condo she is subleasing is on 2nd floor and owner says no shoes in the condo. DD says I'd be crazy to exercise inside anyway because it is so beautiful. So... I may take up jogging. I can't believe I am even suggesting this. I have never exercised consistently until the past 11 months with the walking DVDs. I know they are lame for those of you in shape, but for me it really helped!

Also started some lifting - but very light. Thinking of the NROWL but don't have the eqpt or belong to a gym at the moment. I'm reading Year Younger Next Year for Women and it is convincing me I need to do some weight lifting.

traveling michele
06-21-2014, 10:15 PM
CalCounter....the weather will be so beautiful there. I'm not a runner at all, but if I were you, I'd plan on a combo of walking and running there. Can't wait to hear all about your time there!

traveling michele
06-21-2014, 10:18 PM
June 20: approx 60 minutes walking in airport and later with dd!

Totals:
20 workouts
1910 minutes

June 21: went to a new to me bikram yoga studio here. Unbelievably :devil:hot! I sweat soooooooo much!
100 minutes bikram yoga

Totals:
21 workouts
2010 minutes

saef
06-22-2014, 10:27 AM
Wow! 7.1 for a minute!!!
I would have had no idea what that even meant until the last two days. I'm at a hotel in St Pete with DH for a convention. So I can't do my usual Sansone walking DVDs. I went to the fitness center and have been doing the treadmill. I was so proud that I jogged for 30 minutes at 4mph. Well... I did 10 minutes, then walked 5 and repeated. For me, that was huge. I had no idea I could jog for 10 minutes because I only do it for 2 with the DVDs. But 7.1... I think I'd have a panic attack if it went that fast and go flying off the end!
suggesting this. I have never exercised consistently until the past 11 months with the walking DVDs. I know they are lame for those of you in shape, but for me it really helped!

Oh, I am not a runner, really, though I am able to run, if I ask myself to do it. Krampus really runs; she kills it. And Jen (CherryPie) who used to post on this section is a serious runner indeed.

I still don't like or trust the treadmill, because it's so unnaturally steady & unvarying and so antithetical to actual human movement through space. So I know exactly what you mean.

But I've become conditioned to doing it. Part of this is physical, from taking spin classes for several years now in which we're always asked to do crazy sprinting intervals. So I know the feeling of kicking into second gear on command and really pushing it.

But a good part of it is mental. Curiosity about what I can do if I really **have to.** Reassurance that it's only a minute, I can probably hang on that long, right? The promise of a two-minute interval afterward walking at 3.0, in which to catch my breath and rest.

This is pretty much the concept behind the Couch-to-5K training, which breaks running into progressively longer intervals -- except I'm only doing one minute of running, what I'm escalating isn't the time, it's the effort in the running.

Why don't you try Couch to 5K? It will give you a kind of program to follow at your daughter's place. There is a lot of support here on this site for it.

saef
06-22-2014, 10:32 AM
Sunday, June 22nd:

NROLW Stage 3A, for the first time. This is the first time I've finished one of these workouts and felt that doing cardio afterward was beside the point and unnecessary. When I was done, I was really done, even though I didn't do the bodyweight matrix exercises at the end fast at all, or time myself. My legs are just finished for the day, good only for walking and any standing I've got to do.

CalCounter1003
06-22-2014, 05:16 PM
Why don't you try Couch to 5K? It will give you a kind of program to follow at your daughter's place. There is a lot of support here on this site for it.

I was thinking of doing just that! I downloaded it to my iPhone and read the way it works and I feel like I could skip to a later week to start. I think I am going to have to invest in real running shoes though because my feet were hurting at the end of my workout the last couple days. There is a running store in town that evaluates you and fits you for running shoes, and I know I could see what they say and buy them cheaper elsewhere but I couldn't do that to a small shoe store. As much as I love Zappos and Amazon I also feel I must support the small business owner.

saef
06-23-2014, 10:00 AM
Monday, June 23rd:

45 minute spin class, with slightly sore left knee from the impact of yesterday's workout. A tiny class, just three of us, as the weather has been so delightful, everyone's walking or running or cycling out of doors instead.

krampus
06-23-2014, 02:13 PM
June 21, 22: rest except walking to/from campsite and river
June 23: 5K in 25:11

krampus
06-24-2014, 09:14 AM
June 24: 1 mile in 8:19 on treadmill. DB bench press, tricep extensions, Smith machine shoulder press, glute bridges w/45# plaet, lat pulldowns w/facing grip. Exhausting since I donated blood yesterday.

traveling michele
06-24-2014, 09:42 AM
June 21: went to a new to me bikram yoga studio here. Unbelievably :devil:hot! I sweat soooooooo much!
100 minutes bikram yoga

Totals:
21 workouts
2010 minutes

June 22: went with dd to her gym and got half a workout as they were showing me the equipment while giving me a sales pitch. About 30 minutes of cardio and machines. Went home and walked for another 30 minutes in the heat and humidity.

June 23: 100 minutes bikram yoga

Totals:
23 workouts
2170 minutes

paperclippy
06-24-2014, 11:11 AM
June 23, MuTu System w1d1
- mutu core phase 1 x 2
- 30 min brisk walk pushing the stroller
- 1819 calories
- carb/fat/protein 63/20/17%
- no desserts or sugary drinks

saef
06-24-2014, 11:20 AM
Tuesday, June 24th:

NROLW 3B workout for the first time, chugging along, only to become disoriented when I realized I'd lost count of reps. It asks for 3x6 twice over. It's easy to forget this while intent on spelling out "YTWL" lying on an inclined bench. And then on the treadmill, I bonked. I didn't have it in me, not even for 12 minutes. Not the best workout today, not at all. Feeling today like maybe this program is beyond me in its intricacy.

krampus
06-25-2014, 10:07 AM
June 25: 4 mile awful laborious jog in humidity, at reduced cardio capacity due to blood donation Monday evening. 6 min stair stepper at gym and 100 kettlebell swings, planks.

saef
06-25-2014, 01:15 PM
Wednesday, June 25th:

45 minute spin class, thank goodness for air-conditioning, and feeling badly for Krampus

paperclippy
06-25-2014, 02:06 PM
Saef, you will get the hang of YTNB!

June 24, MuTu w1d2
- mutu core phase 1 x 2
- 20 min walk
- 1789 calories
- carb/fat/protein 71/14/15%
- no desserts or sugary drinks

saef
06-26-2014, 08:59 AM
Now I am remembering, since I was a new member then: Jessica, you did NROLW, didn't you? What did you think?

Thursday, June 26th:

60 minutes elliptical, random intervals, resistance at nine, sweat oozing, pooling & dripping. Amazing how humidity still comes through somehow, even in an air-conditioned room.
60 minute Pilates mat class, which NROLW is helping with, and it is helping NROLW

krampus
06-26-2014, 09:38 AM
Thanks saef! Glad you survived this morning's sweat session.

June 26: arc trainer warmup, Smith machine squats and calf raises, DB shoulder presses, KB deadlifts

paperclippy
06-26-2014, 01:23 PM
Saef, yes, I did NROLW! It was hard but I definitely saw results from doing it. I think when I was finishing it up was the only time in my life I ever saw definition in the muscles on my calves and thighs.

June 25, MuTu w1d3
- mutu core phase 1 x 2
- 20 min walk
- 1507 calories
- carb/fat/protein 69/15/16%
- no desserts or sugary drinks, protein at breakfast

saef
06-27-2014, 09:55 AM
Jessica, I understand that completely, because this program's leg work has been a revelation. I have never really trained my legs, thinking that my cardio took care of that, but from these routines, I am learning the error of my ways. I'd probably be seeing definition, too, if I were eating differently, but I am so NOT in the mood to restrict, so I remain overweight by BMI standards. One benefit: My butt is getting a slightly better shape on it from all the hamstring and posterior chain work.

Krampus, I always meant to ask you, what determines what exercises you do at the gym? Is there a method to your madness? Equipment availability, split days, impulse, a program? I think what I'm envying is that by working a program, I've essentially committed myself for six months with NROLW so of course I envy anyone who's doing anything free-form or spontaneous.


Friday, June 27th:

NROLW 3A workout, for the second time, adding some weight to Sunday's session. Let tell you, it is possible to suffer physically while being bored to death while holding three consecutive 90-second planks. Again, no desire to do cardio and particularly not the StairMaster after the body weight matrix at the end of this workout.

canadjineh
06-27-2014, 12:51 PM
Now I am remembering, since I was a new member then: Jessica, you did NROLW, didn't you? What did you think?

Thursday, June 26th:

60 minutes elliptical, random intervals, resistance at nine, sweat oozing, pooling & dripping. Amazing how humidity still comes through somehow, even in an air-conditioned room. Hahaha, bold print statement is why it's humid indoors, lol.
60 minute Pilates mat class, which NROLW is helping with, and it is helping NROLW

For me... NROLW - too many stages, A/B, weeks switch off A2 B1, whatever :tantrum: Reminds me of Rubik's cube... looked at it a couple times and just thought nah, there are better things to do... I will get my muscle building done in a simpler way, :strong:
Cheers, all! :D

saef
06-28-2014, 02:02 PM
Stiff and sore from yesterday's workout, which took a lot out of me. Going to the gym definitely limbered me up, though I do have some lingering soreness in my butt, hamstrings and the small of my back.

Saturday, June 28th

60 minute spin class
60 minute Pilates mat class

saef
06-29-2014, 10:52 AM
Sunday, June 29th:

This program has now gotten me in the habit of doing some warmup stretching. I need it. When I first try it, I cannot sit down on my heels in hero pose, as my quads are always way too tight. After some work with pigeon, I am able to do it. I can also go lower in my squat. I can't believe how inflexible and creaky my body has become.

NROLW 3B workout, finally getting the moves down, even for YTWL. In this stage, you just do each of the workouts four times, which means just when I feel competent and fairly confident in executing each exercise, I'll be onto the next stage. Also I had a better time on the treadmill intervals. I backed off a little and did 6.8, 7.0, 6.9. 6.9 and 6.8.

saef
06-30-2014, 09:19 AM
Monday, June 30th:

45 minute spin class, just two of us, led by a disappointed spin instructor, who's young and new, and not yet popular. Partly because she's into serious road riding, without the jumps and moving around on the bike that some instructors do to make class lively. But also it's because of her indie music playlist, which isn't as energetic and urban as some attendees would like it to be, or as nostalgic and upbeat and pop-centric as other attendees would like it to be.

paperclippy
06-30-2014, 10:58 AM
Oops, I slacked on copying in my data.

June 26 mutu w1d4
- mutu core phase 1 x 2
- 25 min walk
- 1645 calories
- carb/fat/protein 47/25/28%
- no desserts or sugary drinks, protein at breakfast

June 27 mutu w1d5
- mutu core phase 1 x 2
- 20 min walk
- 1738 calories
- carb/fat/protein 64/17/19%
- no desserts or sugary drinks, protein at breakfast

June 28 mutu w1d6
- mutu core phase 1 x 2
- 20 min walk
- 1567 calories approx
- carb/fat/protein 51/31/17%
- did have dessert, but no sugary drinks, protein at breakfast

June 29 mutu w1d7
- mutu core phase 1 x 2
- 20 min walk
- 1810 calories
- carb/fat/protein 63/19/18%
- no desserts or sugary drinks, missed my breakfast eggs though

paperclippy
06-30-2014, 10:59 AM
Saef, I think that is pretty much the whole point of NRLW -- not to let your body get to "used" to any particular exercise, but to keep it guessing. That's their theory of how to keep getting stronger rather than getting stuck in a rut. I will tell you that I adjusted my "goal" weight from 130 to 135 after I finished NRLW because I had gained 5lbs but actually fit into smaller clothes!

krampus
06-30-2014, 01:29 PM
Friday, Saturday: nothing really

Sunday: Fueled by massive overeating guilt/feeling fat and TOM anxiety - 6 miles running on treadmill in 10 minute bursts, DB bench press, shoulder press, bent over DB rows, chest flies, lat pulldowns, lying triceps extensions, bench dips, leg raises and planks.

Monday: KB swings, KB deadlifts, rowing machine, jump squats, KB goblet squats, planks. Knee hurts from all that running yesterday!

saef: I do "a bunch of random crap." A program and eating to propel that program would yield FAR better results, I'm sure.

What is your ideal spin music?

paperclippy
07-01-2014, 09:16 AM
June 30 mutu w2d1
- mutu core phase 1 x 2
- 20 min walk
- 1460 calories
- carb/fat/protein 58/24/18%
- no desserts or sugary drinks, protein at breakfast

CalCounter1003
07-01-2014, 03:13 PM
Since I'm out here in Monterey, and I can't do my usual DVDs, I am walking/jogging outside. This cannot be done in Florida in the summer, at least by me. I thought about doing the C25K that Saef suggested but I thought the beginning weeks would be too easy. I was wrong about that! ;) IDK, maybe it is just a different climate or because I am jogging outside, but I can only go a few minutes, compared to when I was in FL on the treadmill I could go ten minutes.

I feel like such a geek walking/jogging. Although, I honestly don't care, I just laugh about it. Here is why: I have my FitBit on (had that since December and love it). I have a Polar Heart monitor on around my chest and the wrist band to watch my heart rate. Just got it a week ago and love it! And then my DS told me about the app Endomundo so I have my iphone on to track the distance. I recently read Year Younger Next Year for Women and am trying to do at least 45 minutes in the 65+ heart range so that's why I got the HRM. I suppose the FitBit and App are really doing the same thing but oh well, I'll figure out what I like best. :running: I joined a challenge on the Endomundo website. It is just a 100 miles in July. I started with 3 the first day and am up to 3.6 today.

saef
07-01-2014, 08:27 PM
Krampus, well, life is pretty random, so an exercise practice to match seems fine to me.

And my taste in music is eclectic. One of the good things about me as I got older is that, over time, I grew out of any early tendencies toward snobbery in music. For some reason, I know a lot of men my age, good friends whom I care for, who are still chasing after obscure bands that just play for a few nights in some tiny Brooklyn or Manhattan club, and whose taste in music seems integral to their identity and their idea of themselves. I don't take it all as seriously as that. On my iPod this morning at the gym, I had a whole string of classic Al Green songs, but also Britney Spears and Paramore. Whatever gets stuck in my head, or maybe can keep me going on the treadmill for those one-minute sprints.

Sharon, some people are treadmill runners, some people are outdoor runners. Maybe it's the weather, the footing, the impact, the incline, who knows? Running is hard, that's what I think, unless you put in miles regularly every week. Do what you can for now and know you'll get better if you keep doing it. I think this about weights a lot: There's no shame in where I am now. I just need to get the workouts in and it will come easier.

paperclippy
07-02-2014, 08:53 AM
July 1 mutu w2d2
- mutu core phase 1 x 2
- 20 min walk
- 1536 calories
- carb/fat/protein 55/22/23%
- no desserts or sugary drinks, protein at breakfast