Superset Sculpting Workout

Body parts currently very angry with me: Arms. Chest. Inner thighs. Abs.

I’d call that a successful workout! Yesterday I did Superset Sculpting and while it flew by fast, it left lingering reminders in the form of soreness! I don’t mind one bit, being sore makes me feel alive, a constant reminder that I’m improving my body.

I went for a walk in the evening yesterday too, mostly because I’d done nothing on Monday due to an impending work deadline that had me grinding all day long until late in the evening with no time for exercise.

Today I’m mostly down for stretching and maybe a walk later. Nothing too vigorous after working it so hard yesterday!

I’m still Blitzing, and still staying on-program. It’s easy for me once I’m in the groove, although I’ve been having cravings in the evenings after dinner that I need to find a way to quash. I’ve accepted that I won’t really see any changes in my body with all this virtuous effort, but clothes fitting better and having less overall pain is a worthy goal, too.

I’m also considering trying out RentTheRunway. My husband’s 50th birthday is coming up and a glam party is in order, as well as a sparkly dress. Since I just culled a bunch of dresses I don’t/can’t wear anymore, I’m not seeing much appeal to buying a fancy dress I’ll only wear a few times. Has anybody used this service before, and what did you think?

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Vicious Circle!

The more strength training I do the easier and better my running gets! Love that vicious circle!

Yesterday I had a migraine most of the day. When it finally started to slacken off late in the evening I was left with excruciating shoulder and neck pain. Why? Because I exercise almost every day to ward off the pain, and when I have a migraine I can’t exercise. Hate that vicious circle!

The longer I blitz, the less I can eat even if I wanted to stray because my stomach has become more accustomed to smaller portions. Excellent vicious circle!

The longer I do strength training the more it becomes obvious that I have to pick the advanced moves in my workout DVDs. The better you get, the harder you have to work. I’m ok with this vicious circle.

What a “Lifestyle Change” Really Means

I’m not the first person to say, “It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change.” But maybe I’m the first person to really lay out what that means. When someone tells me they want to lose and keep off a significant amount of weight (to me that’s over 50 pounds), here’s what I wonder if they realize it means:

It means becoming an exercise obsessive. You’ll spend every day finding a time and place to exercise. You’ll spend time every day deciding what, where, and when. You’ll feel like crap if you don’t do it. It means that every day, every single one for the rest of your life, EVERY DAY, exercise is going to be a factor. You may not exercise every day, but you’ll think about it, you’ll decide whether a rest day is reasonable for you today or not. And if not you’ll have to do something about it. Every day. FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. There’s no end date. You’re going to become the kind of person who needs to get their workout in.

It means planning your food out, and making sure your choices are supportive of your weight goals. Every meal for the rest of your life. Every meal you’ll have to weigh the choices, and decide what you can and can’t put in your mouth, based on a myriad of factors you’ll be conscious of that may have never occurred to you before at mealtime. EVERY MEAL. When did I last eat? How much is left in my calorie budget? What’s the least horrible thing on this menu, that’ll blow the smallest hole possible in my food plan today? Can I get the dressing on the side? Do I have enough lean meat and veggies in my fridge to make a supportive meal at home? Oh god the company is bringing in pizza can I get away with a piece or do I have to settle for salad today while everyone else munches away? FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. There’s never gonna be a time again when you get to eat mindlessly and without a second thought.

It means never letting up, until you die. Every day you’ll have to make these calculations and every day you have to choose the path anew.

If you let up for a day, you’ll probably be ok. If you let up for 6 months…disaster. You may have to start all over again, and it’s harder the second time.

Why does anybody want this? Oh right, because the alternative is unbearable.

I hate it, I hate that I have to do this every single day until my last breath. As boring as it is to my friends to have to deal with my annoying food rules and preferences, it’s more annoying to me. As tedious as it is to observe my on-going love/hate affair with running and kickboxing and MetCon and super-setting and zumba and HIIT and cycling, it’s more tedious to have no choice but to keep at it, day after day, bored or not, enthusiastic or not.

Because I hate the alternative more. My alternative is 400+ pounds, limited mobility, and an early death. Screw that.

 

MetCon 5 Post-Report

Guys I am so sore.

My glutes are screaming. Sitting down has to be approached gingerly because it means sitting on my muscles that are so sore. Standing up is also going slow because my quads are surprisingly sore. I say surprisingly because I haven’t been this sore in months. The last time I was this sore was probably a year ago when I started the 30 Day Shred program (and my first steps into at-home workouts).

Additionally my core is sore – my obliques and back most notably. Sore sore sore. MetCon 5 has humbled me thoroughly.

I am definitely doing that again! And soon!

Running Gear Rundown, and MetCon 5

Yesterday I went for a run in my new 2XU compression pants. These are the only pants I ever run in. The new version has been redesigned a bit – they’ve removed the drawstring and reinforced the waistband, and maybe some other changes (?), but the comfort is vastly improved! I use compression because of my particular situation, wherein I have a large scar that runs around my body at hip level, leaving the weight of my saddlebags to pull right on that scar. The compression pants keep everything in place and keeps the scar from getting pulled too much.

I only run in Asics, and I swear by my CW-X Stabilyx running bra. According to their measuring methods I’m a DD, which is new to me. But according to Victoria’s Secret I’m also a DD. The only conclusion I’m left with is that when I turned 40 my breasts started growing a bit. Now, I’m a large-framed person (6 feet tall) so they certainly don’t read as a large rack. But it’s a bit surprising, having been someone who relied on her wit and sarcasm all her life, to suddenly have vast tracts of land. I don’t think I like it, but I’m sure I didn’t get a choice.

Oh and socks! I love my running socks. They’re Balega Enduro 2 and I get them at my local running store.

So that’s the gear I’m currently using. I still run in a baggy old t-shirt and with an old-fashioned iPod from 2006, so I’m not all fancy gear and cutting-edge technology!

This morning I picked a strength workout on the ol’ YouTube from Jessica Smith and ended up doing something called MetCon 5. I wasn’t sure what the title meant so I googled it, and well, if The Terminator says it’s good stuff, who am I to argue? I am certainly going to be sore tomorrow – I feel like a limp noodle right now. I never expect the kinds of results that Arnie’s blog is promising, I just like to be the strongest person I can be!

My Core is Sore!

My friend Allie has been raving about Pilates for months now, and I’d never tried it before. Since I’m working on trying new workouts this year, but I don’t have any Pilates gear, I found a pilates workout that doesn’t require any equipment – Yoga Pilates Fusion Flow. Granted, maybe a full hour workout might have been a wee bit too much for my first time. I tried it late yesterday afternoon, and today, right on schedule, the soreness is setting in. My abs, my obliques, and my back are all soooooore!

I’m not enough of an expert to tell you which parts were Pilates and which parts were Yoga, other than that some of the poses were obviously yoga, like crow or warrior stances. I can tell you that my core has never been so sore from a Yoga workout before!

This evening I made okra, because I loves me some okra, to go with my portion-controlled dinner entree. I have to fit into a slinky dress this weekend. Yes, I should have thought of that sooner. In fact I did – that’s why I’ve been blitzing on and off for the last several months, instead of giving up and gaining a bunch of weight. Not specifically for this party, but because I like my body in the shape it’s currently in and no bigger.

Weekend Recap and a Good Monday

1Laina

12th Night Costume

2Laina

Bein’ all sassy.

Something amazing happened this morning! I woke up without a headache for the first time in…4-5 days. I’m hoping this means I’ve broken the rebound cycle. It’s tiresome.

That means I spent the weekend having almost constant aching in my noggin. That’s tiresome too. I still managed to have a fantastic time at the fanciest dress-up event my local SCA group puts on each year – 12th Night! As you all know my side hobby is costuming, and I’m pretty pleased with how my 16th Century/ Elizabethan-era costume came together for this weekend. I made the white dress with the zig-zags on the bodice and sleeves, while the overgown was a gift from a friend, as was the red cap.

Friday night we had a theme party at the hotel bar, the theme was Prom! Prom! Prom! and I wore my original prom dress from 1992, only had to take it in a little. People are confused when I say that – hey, I was a big girl most of my life. Bigger than I am now, anyway. My friend Stacy even created a balloon arch for the party so we could re-live the glory! Which made me really happy because I don’t have any pictures left from my original prom when I was 17. And even if I did I don’t have many fond memories of my prom date from back then. Making new memories!

In an unintentional way I was good about my food choices all weekend too – I completely avoided alcohol which is probably where a lot of my excess calories come in. Not because I was being virtuous, but because it’s a big migraine trigger for me and when I’m already battling them avoiding alcohol is pretty much mandatory if I don’t want to make things worse than they already are. And Saturday my darling husband took me out to a seafood restaurant for dinner, it was easy to make healthy choices there.

Prom

This time I took the right date to Prom!

So today was already off to a good start – no headache, and coming off the high of a fun weekend with lots of friends!

After last week’s experiments with Barre and Kickboxing workouts, I couldn’t decide which I wanted to do this morning. Then I was searching on my Roku (why can’t that be easier? I mean, yeah, it’s cool that Roku lets me stream YouTube through my big flat-screen TV so I can have fun new workouts, but obviously I want it all!) and I found a Kickboxing Ballet workout with my favorite new trainer. It’s like she read my mind! These ballet workouts are harder on the arms than I expected – I had a little trouble raising my hands above my shoulder to grab the soap in the shower afterwards!

And I’m back to blitzing and tracking my food. Tonight I’m having dinner with Allie, we’ll both be eating our entrees and veggies, then maybe go for a walk or watch some David Bowie movies.