Weight and Resistance Training - LWL # 226 Oct 24 - Oct 30

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10-24-2005, 08:00 AM
Good Morning LWL (or afternoon to 2F, Rabbit, Silverbirch, and Lieke if she's still there!)

Cold and dark here, hard to get moving these days.
I had a good weekend, but I need to kick it into higher gear. I got a bit sluggish towards the end of the week. How is everyone?

Dashing off for early clients, back later!


10-24-2005, 09:45 AM
Hey Mel and everyone! :wave:

Sorry for being MIA from LWL! There just are so many places to post on 3FC that I've been ignoring my ole gang! Although I have been lurking ... But I'm back posting now...

Mel -- I am such a slacker by Friday night that it's screwing up my whole week!! I must get my act in gear also, specially now with the Holidays coming just around the corner !! So let's step it up this week by having a "2" on each and every day of our "Boo Challenge".... And everyone else too who is participating in the HAlloween Challenge....

Rabbit -- Hang in there... I'm happy to see that XH is OUT :rollpin: !! That'll help you and the children get on with your lives...

Today's ToDo List:

Eat clean
Gym, legs and cardio, I'm staying there for 2 hours!
Start cooking for Christmas and get some of the stuff out of the way... I don't bake so I'm starting with meat balls this afternoon...

Well, I'm off to the gym! TTFN :wave:

10-24-2005, 11:22 AM
:faint: Ilene... baking for CHRISTMAS! I thought the shops were being overly early (there's isles upon isles of chocolates...) but you really take the (xmas) cake! :lol: <- see it's only hallowe'en! ;)

My to do list for today - stop eating! :lol: seriously though, mission for today is TO INTRODUCE MY MOTHER TO FREE WEIGHTS! I will have to give her my spare dumbells to get her started!

10-24-2005, 01:31 PM
2F -- :no: I did not say baking I said cooking :yes:, there is a difference :yes:. Baking is sweet stuff, candies, cakes, etc... and I do NOT do those anymore. I will be making meatballs and casseroles for the annual family "Eve of Christmas Eve" and am going to freeze them ;) ...

Today did LEGS :strong: After legs I tried to skip rope on a bosu ball and did that for 20 minutes I was able to only do 3 skips at a time by the end of the 20 minutes... Then I ran 5k for 35 min. after that spent 20 minutes on the bike... I was at the gym a total of 1hr50mins... close enough to 2 hours I say :) ... Now I'm off to eat yet AGAIN the protein shake I just had, I think, has gone straight to feed my muscles because I am starving after only 20 minutes of finishing the drink :shrug:... I think I'm going to make some tuna patties...

10-24-2005, 08:50 PM
Hey all. I am visiting your board today. After 11 weeks in I need a change. I am really gonna kick up the weight training (it used to be my fave) and not gonna go as crazy with the cardio. Just wanted to say hi, I think I will be visiting more often. I am totally stoked about getting seriously into lifting. Hope you're all having a great Monday!!!

10-24-2005, 09:44 PM
:wave: Hi Stephanie :wave:

Ilene, nyay,nyah, I managed do jump rope four in a row, hehe. I never got past that. I did have most of the gym staring at me tho!

2F-Great idea to introduce your mother to free weights! My mother is 71 and lifts 2-3 times a week :D For that matter, I suspect I'm old enough to be your mother....

I think I'm catching something. I did a very low energy chest workout, thought about a spinning class, but then did 50 minutes of less challenging cardio on the recumbent bike. My hips and back feel stiff and my stomach feels kinda queasy :p I cannot get sick! Tomorrow is leg day :lol:

I hope everyone is safe and dry from the latest hurricane- it's pouring here, but just good old normal rain.


10-24-2005, 11:55 PM
Ilene, nyay,hyah, I managed do jump rope four in a row, hehe. I never got past that. I did have most of the gym staring at me tho! :p The race is ON lady!! :s: :lol:

10-25-2005, 07:47 AM

Ilene, Mel - so you start a "skipping ropen on the bosu ball challenge ?"

2F - How is your mum doing with the free weights ?

Yesterday was a very difficult day becaus my husband was moving out in the evening. When I saw the boxes in the hallway I had to cry. My son could not eat his dinner. This evening my husband is picking up some more stuff, but at least he does not expect to be fed so we are spared a rerun of yesterdays ordeal. I have to keep telling myself that it is better that he moves out, so that we can get our lives back in some order but it still is very hard to see a relationship which I thought was a good one end like that after 24 years.

The school holiday is over as well and at last we can go back and rearrange some sort of routine.

have a nice day,

10-25-2005, 02:42 PM
Hi All:
Checking up to see how you are doing rabbit. Miss you at maintence.
Hugs and best wishes as you work through this rough time.

10-26-2005, 04:52 AM
:wave: NEWSFLASH FROM FRUS - I'm thinner than I thought! :D

I have just aquired a full length mirror! In my new size 14 (US10) jeans I've got legs :faint: and they're THIN! :hyper:

Mum rocks at squats! She has arthritis in her knees but she can squat deeper than I can! :D The only thing she had a problem with was single calf raises, so we decided to do doubles. But she reckons it's just her weight that her knee's not happy about lifting in that position. (She's about 210) So I just have to print her a workout schedule and she'll be happy!

We went to Ikea yesterday and spent 5 hours there! Plus all the heaving of boxes and new mattresses and making benches and things - I guess that counts as a workout! I missed kickboxing cos we were waiting so long to pick up my mattress and Mum & Dad's kitchen. :tantrum: But at least it meant that I could build my things! :D

It's the BIG DINNER tonight, my Mum & Dad meeting DF's Mum and Dad. I'm sure it'll be fine, but they're just different, so we shall have to see! I'm sure everyone will be polite! :D

Ilene - bosu ball skipping sounds fun :D

rabbit - glad you'll have a bit of routine back soon


10-26-2005, 05:22 AM

Well, XH is OUT!! He came back yesterday evening to pick up some more things and of course we had a fight. I still have a bad time thinking about how he cheated us with his new love, and I told him this is blocking me to behave anyway friendly towards him because she will profit in the end. I am still angry that he took her on holiday in a car and camping gear that is half my property. When he told me that I was hurting his feelings in talking that way I totally exploded.

Later on, he acted like he was doing us a favor to leave us his audio stuff. I told him to take it all out. All the black boxes, the speakers, the speaker stands, everything. He was pretty amazed at that, but I do NOT feel thankfull and I do not WANT to feel thankfull to have his audiostuff around here. I can do with my 20 year old portable system for the time being, and I'll pick up a small set when I want to.

Tonight me and the kids are invited to have dinner with him at his new place. I vow to keep my temper and control myself. As from now, all our arguments can be handled by the therapist.

Apart from that, I actually am feeling MUCH better than I did in the past 2 years. This is not a great time, but it does not make the top 3 in bad times, not by a long chalk. Probabely time to lower the St johns wort (the anti depressant that I take) dosage again. It really is like the more he gets out of here, the happier I get. It is a funny feeling as I thought that we had a great marriage untill recently. Just shows how you can be totally unaware of unhappy situations!!

Gina - glad to see you here. thanks for the hug!

2F - Ooooh, shopping at Ikea! I really love that store. Most of my stuff comes from there. I like their design, I like their pricing and I find shopping for house stuff actually fun if I go there. There is an Ikea near my regular therapist, and I sometimes went there to cheer myself up after a session.

Apart from breaking up things are Ok here. Went to work yesterday and today I spend my day off working at the floor in the attic and generally resting. This remotional stuff gets very tiiring. When the floor is finished and I'm a bit more on my legs I want to start the exercise again.

Have a great day,

10-26-2005, 05:59 AM
Oh his feelings are hurt are they... Poor baby! He maybe shouldda thought of that! Pah! I'm sure you told him all that and more ;)

Ikea was MAD yesterday, I usually do enjoy it, but when you're not just browsing, and actively buying stuff you need then it gets a bit frustrating when they don't have it, or you have to wait for 45 minutes to pick it up from the "external warehouse". :tantrum: :rofl:

I'm glad you're getting your home gym sorted out! Maybe you should buy a MASSIVE sound system for up there with HUGE speakers and sub woofers and things that will wake the neighbours! :D

10-26-2005, 11:41 AM
Hi ladies! I have a question regarding my heartrate while I am lifting. Last night I was doing my weights at home and about 10 minutes in my heart was just racing. I did not think to see exactly how fast it was beating, but it was much faster than normal. I was doing low weight (5-10 pounds) and high reps. (When i am at my gym I try to do heavy weight to failure). I also had this happen the other day at the gym though.

I just started back with the weight-lifting at the beginning of October, and have been lifting 2x/weekly. Does anyone have any ideas as to why my heartrate gets so fast? I do cardio (running or elliptical) at least 5x/weekly, so I am used to aerobic activity.

Thanks for any advice!

10-26-2005, 05:53 PM
Evenin' all!

Just a quick post to say I'm here. It's half-term here. The Man has had to go to Italy for five days so I'm i/c the Boy, full-time. I've decided that the week's theme is swimming. We had a lovely hour in the pool this morning and I can feel muscles in different places. That's cross-training for you, I suppose!

Rabbit - you are an excellent person in handling this situation. Well done and hugs to the children.

2F - inlaws meet inlaws. Ooer. Do let us know. What did you eat? My parents have not met the outlaws yet. It's been 10 years, and I think it's going to stay like that. I know, I know, I'm an iconoclast. Btw, your mum is brilliant. Good for her with the squats.

Mel, Ilene: what's a bosu ball? (I will google it if I get a chance.) And Ilene, I've been meaning to ask: how's your dad doing?

Fishwoman - welcome! I haven't got any ideas on your heart-rate but a more knowledgeable person will be along soon, I'm sure.

10-26-2005, 06:05 PM
Fishwoman- I think that knowledgeable person should be your doctor! Of course your heart rate should go up when you lift weights, but if it's going up unusually high for you, go see your doctor! An internet site is no place to misdiagnose possible cardiac problems :o


10-26-2005, 07:31 PM
Silver -- So sweet of you to ask about my father :)... We will know definitely on Monday how well he is, we go see the oncologist then to get the results of his PSA test which is the first one since the radiation. We are all anxiously awaiting the results :crossed: ... Maybe prayers would be a good idea too ... But as for how he is feeling, he looks great and feels fabulous, he seems to be back to his ole self, his colours are awesome and he keeps busy around the house constantly. DH is installing a gas fireplace, this is our Anniversary and Christmas gift to ourselves, and my Dad is already here help DH along... My Dad is an excellent carpenter and we have several things in the house made by him and he enjoys making stuff so much, he's so meticulous too that everything is perfect when Dad makes it...

Today I actually worked! I enjoyed it, it was at a high school where I was replacing for 3 years, it was nice to see everyone again... I ran 5k at 4pm and tonight is swimming... So all is good...:D...

10-27-2005, 04:53 AM
silverbirch, I had a goats cheese and caramelised red onion tart. Then Jam roly poly! :D

I forgot to give mum her workout schedule before she went home (this morning!) so I'm going to have to post it! Which means that I can get her a lovely note book to write it all in and spend time doing it properly!

I'm pooped today! Feeling a bit dizzy and wierd! Hmmmm! Gotta go to a swimming pool to test out a chair that I've designed, hope I make it ok! :lol:

10-27-2005, 08:09 AM
hi LWL,

Silverbirch, 2F - there is definitely a swimming pool theme in the UK ! Silverbirch , have fun in the pool!. 2F - What kind of chair did you design to use in a Pool??? Is this like to go swim in a wheelchair?

Ilene - Good to hear your Dad has progressed. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. Good for you also on the work. Is this job thing a one time or a more permanent replacement?

I feel very tired this morning. I lowered the meds again yesterday and I expect to feel down for some days while I adjust. If not, I wrote a command to self in my agenda to increase again.

Yesterday the kids & I went to my husbands new location to have dinner. It was a bit weird, but I managed to keep my temper and act civilised. What I noticed though is that my son is REALLY mad at his dad for choosing another woman over him & his sister & NOT giving our family a second chance. I had spent the better part of yesterday afternoon on repairing my aged portable radio-CD player. I had to take it apart, desolder a faulty switch for the CD player, desolder a good switch for a feature I never use, and solder the good switch in the location of the bad one. This for me is a difficult thing & I was very proud that I managed it. I told this to XH, and typically his reaction was that I could have gone to town to buy a new switch (at much larger investment of my time of course). And guess what, I was able to shrug it off. Only my son took the comment hard, and did so again at another occasion.

Well, I'm off for a rest. I went to work again this morning and I can really feel that although I am better than before, I am certainly not recovered yet. After working for 3 hours I am physically exhausted & need an afternoon nap. I can just squeeze it in before my son comes home from school.

Have a great day all,

10-27-2005, 09:26 AM
Rabbit -- Boy you are so nice! Firstly I would NOT have gone to the XH with the kids to see the new home, NO WAY! Bitter as I can be I would want NOTHING to do with it. I would be only civilised with the man around the kids for the sake of the kids, that's it that's ALL! :lol: but that's just me, like I said you're a much nicer person than I am...I guess it runs in the family my brother has not spoken to his XW since they split up almost 30 years ago. Even at their son's weddings they did not speak, they never made a scene, but never spoke...

The job was only for the day I'm a temp secretary with the school board...They did ask me to work today but I had to refuse because we are going to Ottawa for my semi-annual eye check up... We will make a day of it like we usually do...

10-27-2005, 06:15 PM
Trying out my new signature. Like it says, it is so true. Thanks, funniegrrl.

An almost exercise-free day today. I should try to work out something unobtrusive to do whilst I'm tied up with other people. Apart from pelvic floor exercises (always valuable), I can't think of any. Any ideas?

Terrible day in the food department. This stemmed from no mid-morning snack worth speaking of. I had expected to be given something at the place I was and got nothing. An apple later in the car just doesn't do the business. Where is the protein in that? We live and learn, I suppose (but I thought I'd learnt this lesson before).

Sleep. It's so important when emotional stuff is washing around like a force 10 gale. Even when it's just a light breeze. I must hit the sack now myself.

Have googled the bosu ball. What a laugh! I wish we had one at my gymn.

Thinking of your dad, Ilene, and of you, rabbit.

Love, Silverbirch.

PS Swimming again tomorrow, I hope, but the Boy has just told me at bedtime that he is tired of being a human and would like to be a deer. Not sure if they go swimming. They must paddle, surely.

10-28-2005, 04:55 AM
silverbirch, your Boy sounds cool! :D A deer! Would he have a red nose? I think deer at least paddle!

rabbit, it was a chair that was made to measure for a little boy. It attached to a wheelchair that can be wheeled into the pool so he can go off for a swim. It's so they can wheel him into the pool without having to hold him upright while they push his chair!

Went to the snow dome at Milton Keynes yesterday to see a test-run of a new "mono-ski" that was built here. What fun! It was a day full of jollies yesterday!

Got lots of paperwork to catch up with today and a belt to make and phone calls to make.. busy day! Trying to get everything sorted for our monthly review.

Went to double kickboxing last night. Ate cleanly too :D Was a bit tired and thought that I might only stay for 1 lesson, but I pushed through and managed them both. I was only working at about 75% though!

Just going to chill out tonight, eating planned today so should be ok! Then I have a kickboxing lesson tomorrow :hyper: and I'm spending Sunday in bed! YAHOOOOO!

10-28-2005, 06:15 AM
hi LWL,

I am tired again this morning. if this persists I'm upping the meds again tomorrow. That said, yesterday really was very tiiring. To make things worse, i was so stressed up from an overfull day that I forgot it was my turn to pick up my son from his field hockey training. Luckily he and his friend managed to phone his friends mother and she brought them home. They all said never mind but I am shocked at and blame myself. New vow: do NOT do anything extra on thursday as that is a very stressfull day with work, drawing & gymnastics club for my daughter and field hockey for my son.

Silverbirch - I am sure that deer do swim. Wasn't there a scene in bambi that the deer swam away from the forest fire? maybe too traumatic for Boy (how old is he ?)

2F - sounds like you have a great job, making things.

Ilene - I can see my husbands point of view. It is based on 2 enormous thinking errors, namely that someone else is responsible for your happiness and that you have to earn love, but if you accept these errors, than he acts in line. I think that in his view, we were responsible for his happiness and he worked very hard to earn our love. And of course we failed to make him happy. So now his new love does make him happy, and he leaves us and goes to her. It is a supremely egoistic stand, and it is based on wrong ideas, but in his mind he is doing the right thing. For me and the kids it is easier to think of it like that the dad we knew all those years has dissapeared somehow in this spring. From that time he has lied to us and cheated us, and that really makes me hopping mad still. But I'll leave that to the therapist. We are due again next monday, main theme is to work out something temporarily for the kids.

It is glorious weather out here, much too warm for the end of october.

Have a great day all,

10-28-2005, 08:52 AM
Quick post to let you all know I am doing fine. I have now had 3 tests, 1 positive for MS and the other 2 normal. This means I go on with my life, gather back my strength and stamina and see if I ever have another attack. Meanwhile, eat clean, work out (as energy will allow) and live life well. I am OK with giving up the marathon and looking forward to spending that weekend still in Las vegas but enjoying my friends and family and cheering on those buddies of mine who are running. I'll still hold off on the martini until after the race :)

DH and I are off to a wedding in Lake Placid this weekend - hope leaves are still at peak. rabbit - keep your head up; you are doing great. Talk to you all next week.

Oh, and would someone tell craicgirl to get some real food - brown rice, veggies, fruit, how about some beans and whole wheat pasta? Plenty of vegetarian protein sources (I do eat dairy and fish, too) but she needs some quality carbs and how about fat? Real food rules! I'll post more to her when I get back.


10-28-2005, 05:30 PM
2F - yes, the Boy is cool. He's 5. We did our blue whale/dolphin/carp routine in the pool, followed by a lot of kicking on sea monster step. When you're five, exercise is fun. End of story. Interesting to hear about your chair for the pool, especially as I was describing the kind of person who might use the sit-on seat in the shower today.

Rabbit - time for a confession from me. Just between ourselves. I have never seen Bambi. ....

Ellen - I'm so pleased for you!

So, the swimming worked well today. I can really feel it in the legs. Food was so-so. Sleep was passable. Tomorrow is another day. I'll take a leaf out of Ilene's book and ask myself what exercise I'm going to do tomorrow. I could do 'running after someone on a bike'. That might be better than 'tennis'.

Clean eats please, everyone. That means you too, Silverbirch!

10-30-2005, 05:16 AM
Yessir! I did have clean eats! I only ate half my restaurant chicken and bacon sandwhich! And I brought the rest home... I MIGHT eat it today although I might just not too!

Had a great day yesterday, all my favourite things! Kickboxing, shopping, subway sandwich, more shopping, nice dinner out :D

Going for clean till the end of the month! :hyper:

Is amazingly sunny today. I might get out in the world if I can be bothered! Although I might just lie on the sofa with my book for a bit, then do some stretching!

10-30-2005, 03:42 PM
Hi there LWL!

I'm am back from my conference, which was great! Food was so-so - good b'fasts (turkey, lf cheese in my room, then fruit and coffee they provided), reasonable lunches (lots of salad) but dinners, while tasty were lots more than I needed. Not that that stopped me, mind, but still. . . Today is clean so far. Making a lentil-veggie stew type thing for dinner.

Wonderful to see you all and catch up on the news. My foot is much better and I will be back at :strong: tomorrow, and hope to go for a long walk this afternoon for some cardio.