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Weigh-In: Family Madness Edition

Sunday, February 06, 2011

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Weigh-In Day

Weight Last Week: 333.0
Weight Goal for This Week: 331.0
Actual Weight This Week: 330.6
Weight Loss/Gain This Week: -2.4 pounds!

First of all - YAY! Second of all, I was not exactly perfect this week, so that just goes to prove that streaking is really important in case things happen that stunt your progress for the week. Finally, I'm a little confused...

Let's review the week, shall we? Here were my fitness plans:

Sunday - 1 hour private boxing lesson. I will sweat today. I will make sure of that. CT King has full permission to kick my arse into gear!
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It was an awesome experience! I felt like I learned so much, and yet, there is still so much to learn. It was fun and painful at times, and I sweated like a hog on a spit! *lol* We're set for another hour-long appointment at the end of this month. *big grin*

Monday - Shoulders & Forearms
5 minute cardio warm-up
Military Presses - 4 sets - reps: 20/12/10/8
One Arm Cross Cable Laterals - 4 sets - reps: 20/12/10/8
Seated Reverse Barbell Wrist Curls - 3 sets - reps: 16/14/14
Cardio follow-up of at least 30 minutes

Actual:
5 minute warm-up on elliptical
Military Presses - 4 sets - reps: 12/10/10/8 with bar only (45 pounds)
One Arm Cross Cable Laterals - 4 sets - reps: 16/12/12/10 - wt: 20/25/30/35
Seated Reverse Barbell Wrist Curls - 3 sets - reps: 6/10/12 - with 8 lb dumbbell instead
Follow up of 20 minutes of Racquetball

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Yep, I'm giving myself a sticker for it. I did the best I could on sets and reps. I adjusted to a dumbbell when I couldn't complete the wrist curls with a 45-lb barbell, instead of just giving up. And that 20 minutes of racquetball took me to the point of exhaustion. I had just enough energy left to come home and make dinner.

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I also signed Hubs up for the gym. I sent a call out to him on my way home, telling him I really needed a spotter for my new workouts. My options were to either have him come down and help or ask someone at the gym. It was great working out with him, although he wasn't too sure about what he wanted to do (I hope someday he starts making a plan like I do! *lol*).

Tuesday - Legs & Calves
5 minute cardio warm-up (or Zumba)
Front Squats - 4 sets - reps: 16/14/12/12
Straight Leg Deadlift - 4 sets - reps: 16/14/12/12
Reverse Calf Raises - 4 sets - reps: 20/16/16/16
(I may also add my leg press machine in, because I really enjoy it!)
Cardio follow-up of at least 15 minutes
(I may do Zumba first, followed by this ST routine, but I need to follow up with a little cardio after, even if it's just 10 or 15 minutes)

Actual:
45 minutes of Zumba
Front Squats - 4 sets - reps: 16/14/12/12 - with 45-lb barbell, no added weight
Straight Leg Deadlift - 4 sets - reps: 5/10/10/10 - with 45-lb barbell only
Reverse Calf Raises - 4 sets - reps: 20/16/16/16 - 0 lbs of added weight
Leg Press Machine - 2 sets - reps: 15/15 - weight 270
STRETCHING! (I had forgotten a lot of that on Monday. OOPS!)

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Yep, I'm getting one of those. Hubs came Tuesday night too, and when he met me after Zumba he was super sweaty. Apparently he found the cardio setting on the treadmill, which automatically adjusts the incline and speed for you to give you a good 15-minute workout. It was so cute to see him out of breath and HAPPY about it! ;) I think he may have caught the bug. Unfortunately, he caught another bug, so it became difficult for him to push through the illness in his first week. :/

Wednesday - Chest
5 minute cardio warm-up
Barbell Incline Bench Press - 4 sets - reps: 16/12/10/8
Flat Bench Dumbbell Fly - 3 sets - reps: 12/10/8
Cardio follow up of at least 45 minutes, hoping for 60 minutes. I think I'll hit a cardio gym circuit with the elliptical, treadmill, rowing and boxing (using the techniques I use today).

Actual:
5 minute warm-up on Elliptical
Barbell Incline Bench Presses - 4 sets - reps: 16/12/10/8 @ 45-lbs
Flat Bench Dumbbell Fly - 3 sets - reps: 12/10/8
20 minutes on the Treadmill for 1.14 miles total (about 18 min/mile)
10 minutes on the punching bags practicing my boxing

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Yep, I get it even though I did only 30 minutes instead of 45. I had to work up to 30 after weight-lifting this week, and it was a major accomplishment and I felt super tired. Hubs wasn't able to join me this night, so I did these all by myself and met every rep goal. I was already feeling much stronger, even though I'd been sore since Sunday and it wasn't letting up at all! *lol*

Thursday - REST
I think I'm just going to let myself have this rest day, no questions asked. I work both jobs anyhow that day, so it will be a full 15-hour day for me.

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I took rest to a whole new level. I got sick. I had to call off both jobs and spend most of the day in bed. There was a point where I was feeling a tiny bit better throughout the day and I felt like I should be doing something - so I started cooking like a fiend and cleaning until I cut myself and Hubs insisted that I just CHILL OUT! *lol* I told him that it didn't feel right, not doing anything. I feel like I needed to fill the space - and there was so much here that still needed to be done anyhow. I got a bunch of laundry done and cooked and cleaned some in the kitchen before giving into his wishes and going back to bed to rest.

Friday - Back & Calves
5 minute cardio warm-up
Hyperextensions* - 4 reps - sets: 20/12/10/8
Wide Grip Chins to Front* - 3 sets - reps: 12/10/8
Calf Raises on Leg Press Machine - 4 sets - reps: 20/16/16/16
Cardio follow-up of at least 45 minutes.

Actual:
Let me start off by saying, everything was screwed up. Hubs was supposed to come with me, but I forgot my Dr.'s appointment and had to reschedule and by the time I was done, it was too late and he felt he needed to get to work, so I had to gym-it by myself. Plus, he had my iPhone and I had no access to my workouts, so I had to go from memory.

I did my 6 minute warm-up on the treadmill, starting out at 3.2 or so, then increasing .2 every minute or so until I spent the last minute RUNNING at around a 4.2-4.5 pace (I don't really remember...I didn't want to make TOO much of a deal out of it - the DOING it felt amazing!)

For the hyperextensions, I had to substitute the back extension machine (because my stomach gets in the way of the hyperextension bench) - 4 sets - reps: 20/16/14/12 @ 170/180/190/200 pounds.

For the Wide Grip Chins to Front, I tried leg lifts on the Captain's Chair...it was sad. 2 sets - reps 5/1. Yep, that's it. That was to the point of failure. I guess it means I only have improvement to do from here!

Calf Raises on Leg Press Machine - 4 sets - reps: 20/16/14/12 @ 270/290/320/340
Leg Presses too at the same weight and reps/sets.
Crunches on Ab Recline Bench - 4 sets - reps: 20/16/14/12 with 8, then 10 lb medicine ball, leaning back further with each set to get more of a burn.
3 minutes (or less *lol*) on the Stair Step machine (Yep, I *do* hate you!) followed by rowing for 7 minutes (oh, how I miss being able to do 12-15 minutes on this thing!) and then HIIT for 18 minutes on the elliptical. I set it on interval training, and for every 3 minutes, I did 1 minute at full possible speed (about 180-210). I was BEAT by 18 minutes.
I then stretched for about 10 minutes with my yoga moves.

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I totally earned that sticker!

Saturday - Triceps & Biceps
5 minute cardio warm-up
Tricep Cable Pushdowns - sets 4 - reps: 16/12/10/8
Lying Cross Face Triceps Extensions - 4 sets - reps: 16/12/10/8
Standing Dumbbell Curls - 4 sets - reps: 16/12/10/8
Lying Dumbbell Curls - 4 sets - reps: 16/12/10/8
Cardio follow-up of at least 30 minutes
(I'll probably put in some planks and push-ups in here too)

Actual:
This is where it all fell apart. We found out at Logan's basketball game that Ethan's been stealing money out of Hubs' wallet, which caused Ethan to have a full-on tantrum in the gym, hiding from me, and then running away and hiding. It was horrible. By the time we left the game, I wanted to still go to the gym...I started driving there, but then I realized that this problem needed to be dealt with immediately, and I drove back home. We had a long talk in the car, he apologized to everyone for his recent acting-out, and Hubs and I missed our sacred gym-time together. It was a difficult day.

No goal met sticker. I'm really sad about it, because I almost hit every single day this week. But this is an improvement, so I'm just going to have to take it and build upon that.

It's hard when family gets in the way.
As far as eating...I did fine Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday I didn't eat much saving up for our Anniversary dinner, and then went over my calories anyhow, but had an amazing meal with the Hubs following a stupid and silly fight the day before. Thursday was a little off because I was sick. Friday was crap as I started eating junk food, and Saturday...well, let's just not talk about yesterday, alright? It was a HARD day.

Still, I ended up 6 for 7 for fitness, and 4 for 7 eating wise (I still did alright on Thursday, it's just my eating was off). I need to work on improvements for this next week.

As for the freetrainers.com program. I've been sore ALL week, but I seriously like this plan. It makes me feel powerful. Hubs asked me what masochist came up with this schedule at one point. *lol* But then later he commented on the arm muscles he was already seeing, and I noticed that my abs are starting to pull out some definition again...it's starting to flatten a bit and I know there are muscles under there just waiting to come out!

As far as my other goals, I've been too stressed about working out finances to purchase much of anything beyond Hubs' anniversary gift, the internet issues have kept me from writing any articles or starting my blog, I did get a menu plan together for next week which has a bunch of new recipes, and I've upped my water intake to a more acceptable level again. I'm getting there...it's taking time, though.

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Goals for next week.

Sunday - Rest day.
We need to do the grocery shopping today and I need to get a few meals together prep-wise and maybe cook a couple if there's time.

Monday - Shoulders & Forearms
5 minute cardio warm-up
Military Presses - 4 sets - reps: 20/12/10/8
Standing Lateral Raises - 4 sets - reps: 20/14/12/10
Behind the Back Barbell Wrist Curls - 3 sets - reps: 16/14/14
I'm going to sub out my follow-up cardio for a 40 minute walk on my lunch break, because I have a practice for my Vagina Monologues performance at 7:30pm at the library. I have to hurry through the weight-lifting exercises just to be sure I get them all done before I have to leave.

Tuesday - Legs & Calves
45 minute Zumba
Leg Presses - 4 sets - reps: 16/14/12/12
Single Machine Leg Curls - 4 sets - reps: 16/14/12/12
Incline Seated Calf Raises - 4 sets - reps: 20/16/16/16
10 minute cardio follow-up
I'd love to get the reps in first, but I doubt that will happen. I have to work with the time I'm given and do the best I can. By the time I get there, Zumba's about to start...and I don't want to miss Zumba.

Wednesday - Chest
5 minute cardio warm-up
Dumbbell Incline Presses - 4 sets - reps: 16/12/10/8
Barbell Flat Bench Presses - 3 sets - reps: 12/10/8
Follow up with 30-45 minutes of cardio (including boxing)

Thursday - Rest Day

Friday - Back & Calves
5 minute cardio warm-up
Seated Cable Rows - 4 sets - reps: 20/12/10/8
Close Grip Chins* - 3 sets - 12/10/8
Machine Standing Calf Raises - 4 sets - reps: 20/16/16/16
Follow up of 30-45 minutes of Cardio OR 20 minutes of HIIT
* I probably can't do these, so I'll probably work in the Captain's Chair again...we'll see.

Saturday - Triceps & Biceps
5 minute cardio warm-up
Lying Triceps Extensions - 4 sets - reps: 16/12/10/8
One Arm Triceps Extensions - 4 sets - reps: 16/12/10/8
Standing Dumbbell Curls - 4 sets - reps: 16/12/10/8
Dumbbell Preacher Curls - 4 sets - reps: 16/12/10/8
45 minutes of Cardio

emoticon Stretch after each set, after ST, after Cardio. STRETCH!
emoticon Eat within calorie range of 1710-2060.
emoticon Drink 10-12 cups of water per day.
emoticon Save money! No useless spending.
emoticon Figure out internet issues and start blogging and writing.
emoticon Work on Monologues and start memorizing.
emoticon Cut out the sweets and junk food Friday nights!
emoticon Protein shakes between weight-lifting and cardio.*

*I'm trying this out. Yes, I bought some...it is said on freetrainers.com that if you're going to do your cardio after your weight-lifting, it might be helpful to get a little protein power in between through these shakes if you're lifting more than 125 pounds, which I am on leg days.

This is week 2 of this freetrainers.com 8-week program. So far so good. I'm sore all the time, but at least I know I'm DOING something again.

Weight Goal for next week: *gulp* 228.6
Oh, I do hope I get this. I haven't seen the other side of 330 for more than a day, and I'm so anxious to get there. My whole family keeps reminding me that 298 isn't so far off...and I can't wait to see Deuceland...so here I go, trying to make progress and make this happen for me. I'm also seriously hoping that my next weigh-in with my insurance program will have me back to more FFM (fat-free mass) than fat-mass. Hopefully I'm building STRONG muscles that will really help me along the way to reach my goals and see myself at thinner than I have been since high school!

One final note about this week. I had a little victory at Lane Bryant (Hubs and I went to the mall after dinner on our anniversary...I desperately need new work pants!). I grabbed a pair of 24 and a pair of 26 pants, and figured I'd try the 24s first. They were too big! I had to have Hubs run off and get me 22s, which fit beautifully! So YAY for seeing sizes I haven't seen since high school (even if the number on the scale is lagging so far behind!)! Also tried on a super cute shirt, but I didn't have the money to get it. *pouts* It was a 22/24 too. I did take a picture though! ;)


I'd need one of those smoothing shirts underneath, but it's SOO cute! I'm so sad I didn't get it...maybe I can get Hubs to buy it for me! *lol* Or maybe I'll just see if it goes on sale/clearance at the end of the month...
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  • ABETTERCHERYL
    Wow, look at everything that you are getting done! That is just inspiring to me dearie! Keep up the fantastic work... and I agree... you NEED that outfit because it is cute!
    3633 days ago
  • ATREAT4ME
    Congratulations on such a successful week! I know there were rough parts, and I'm sorry you had go to through them, but I am very proud of how you kept sight of your ultimate goal all week. And, how awesome it is for you to know when gym must come first and when it is time to turn the car around and put family first. Yes, that juggling act is really tough. So double kuddos to you for gettin' it done! You look beautiful in the picture. I remain impressed with your plans and hope that my training session will yield a similar plan. I know you'll do great this week. Keep up the good work!
    3633 days ago
  • SPUNKYDUCKY
    Looks pretty fantastic on you! Congrats on your success this week despite some stressors. I agree 298 is not that far away, but 328 is pretty awesome too!
    3634 days ago
  • PNW_GIRL
    you have amazing goals! I'm glad you liked your PT boxing session. thats still something I need to try, too!

    sounds like your ST program is working reallllly well for you!!!
    ::runs off to check freetrainers.com::

    HUGS
    3634 days ago
  • DASH2011
    ooh ooh oooh!!!! i love that shirt! i love you loss of 2.4# this week!!! SEXYYYYY!!!!!!!
    3634 days ago
  • HEIDIC75
    that shirt looks great on you.. but saving the money was a good idea because in another couple of weeks the shirt is going to be to big for you any ...might as well wait because you will find something you like more ...you are an inspiration for me. your work out session are great emoticon
    3634 days ago
  • GO_GAL_GROW
    emoticon You've had a great week with both a scale 2.4 lbs drop & non-scale victory with the size 22's. Dropping sizes is a sign that you are losing the fat, so be proud of you. Your body is changing right before your eyes!Woo Hoo!
    3634 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/6/2011 5:25:52 PM
  • TEAWONDERFUL
    You sound like you are doing great. Keep it up. Those goals sound great I'm working on a lot of similar ones. Have a great week!
    3634 days ago
  • PIANOMOMOFTHREE
    You are making changes that will stick! Don't let life get in your way and don't beat yourself up over it when it does! You are an inspiration!! emoticon
    3634 days ago
  • KITHKINCAID
    That outfit is ADORABLE on you. OK - I don't have THAT particular shirt, but I have some others that are like it that are in my giveaway bags right now, so I'm totally sending some more stuff your way. You have to have work outfits!

    Congrats on the 22 pants!
    3634 days ago
  • RUSSELLORAMA
    Your training is totally inspiring me today! I really miss hitting that ST hard. Well that's changing this week!
    3634 days ago
  • MAGSA10
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    3634 days ago
  • ALYSSABORAN
    Keep it up! emoticon
    3634 days ago
  • MICHELLESMILES_
    You look fantastic! Congrats on your weight loss!
    3634 days ago
  • _COSMOPAULATAN_
    What's up pretty girl? I love that pic of you! I'm going to manifest super cheap airfare so you can come and play with Becky and I at the Mall of America! I love how focused you are, and I'm REALLY looking forward to that new magic number next week!!!
    3634 days ago
  • ASHBUG1
    doing good girl
    keep it up always good to be able to get a smaller size
    3634 days ago
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