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My Own Special Form of Insanity - Day 18

Thursday, April 12, 2012

I am beat.
Like lay my head on the desk at work and hope no one hears me snore tired.
What the hell have I done??

Last night's workout was Chest & Triceps. By the time 5pm rolled around, I was already getting super sleepy. But I ate my Chicken Tomato Basil Pasta dish and felt a little bit better and finished up work and went straight to the gym. And did as promised - with some umph...which nearly killed my left quad...but...more on that later.

Heads up! Here comes the workout report (part 1)!

Chest and Tricpes
Wide Pushups - 3 sets of 10 reps*
Incline Dumbbell Press - 1 set @ 20, 2 sets @ 25
Flat Bench Dumbbell Flyes - 1 set @ 20, 2 sets @ 25
Decline Flyes - 3 sets @ 20**
Bench Dips - 10 reps, then 9, then 10***
Lying EZ-Bar Triceps Extension - 1 set @ 20, 2 sets @ 30
Dumbbell Tricep Kickbacks - 1 set @ 15, 2 sets @ 20
Tricep Extensions - 1 set @ 20, 1 @ 25, 1 @ 30****
One-Arm Rope Tricep Extensions (Pulldowns) - 1 set @ 30, 2 @ 25

Time: 57:50
Avg HR: 116
Max HR: 154
Cals Burned: 433
Fat Cals: 43%

* I'm not sure I get why we reduce the reps on this one when we aren't adding any weight. Maybe these are just a warm-up anyhow. Soon I'll be switching from modified to regular so I will need to back off reps for a bit then...but I don't get it yet. *shrug*

** HAHAHAHAHA! That's what's in my head everytime I'm trying to climb my behind up on that decline bench. And I just keep thinking when I get ready to lower my back, "OMFG. Please let me get back out of this when I'm done!" Hence me using smaller weights. Just nervousness and fear.

*** The video on BB.com shows Jamie doing these with her legs on a bench opposite. Now, me and my triceps don't much care for each other. This is hands-down the weakest part of my entire body. I'm a friggin' WIMP in the triceps, hard as I try to pretend I'm not. But I was about THIS close to actually tweaking my left quad coming up out of my second set of these. MUST be more careful! Have to remember that I may be strong, but I'm still heavy. Can't just always be throwing this weight around like it's nothing.

**** My only sign that my tris are actually improving. Next time I'll be trying the 35 or 40 because even the 30 wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. Of course, that rope thing that came next? HAHAHAHAHAHA! I barely completed #10 on each of those sets with my left arm. WEAKNESS TO BE ELIMINATED OVER TIME. MWAHAHA!

I grabbed my gear, made up my protein shake, went to the car and drove straight home. At home it was all I could do to stand long enough to make my evening omelet and then I was in bed, wide awake, unable to fall asleep. *bangs head on wall* I was exhausted, but my brain would NOT SHUT UP! (I've got a couple big work events coming up that I seem to keep "prepping" myself for at night before bed.) When I did finally fall asleep, I dreamt of my AB girls, so at least that was nice.


This morning it was all I could do to drag myself out of bed. Honestly, if Hubs hadn't been home, I would've slept right through the alarm...I know it! Thank goodness he got me up though. I could either do day 18 this AM OR do it half-a$$ed with no energy tonight after an hour-long trainer session. Yea, no...not happening.

The only real surprise this morning was ...okay, well, there were two. One - Hubs made me coffee. *lol* I haven't had time in the mornings this week so I've been hitting up McD's for my morning jolt. Two - I am quickly running out of prepped clean food. Because this weekend was such a flop with my batch cooking, I've been needing to make the next night's meal the night before after I get home from work. There was NO WAY that was happening last night, so I had enough for lunch and none for dinner but a salad. *bangs head on wall* Of course Hubs didn't cook at all last night (*snort* the thought of anyone assuming he would makes me laugh until it hurts) but went and got pizza from Little Caesar's instead. *sigh* "Screw it!" I said as I put two smallish pieces in a bag and plopped them in my lunch bag. If there was any day to "splurge" on pizza, today is the day. I've been averaging about 400 calories with each lifting routine, and the trainer is bound to get me to do at least 300 calories worth of effort, so - Hell yea! I'm having the friggin' pizza!


So today's workout was legs again. I was nervous because I'm still a little sore from Monday, but it really wasn't all that bad. In fact, I was surprised at some of my increases. I did swap out the "walking lunges/forward lunges" with something a bit more forgiving on my foot/ankle - I just put my foot on a bench behind me and it didn't cause the same amount of pressure through the back of my ankle. MUCH better! You can tell from the lift weight! ;)

Leg Extensions - 1 set @ 90, 2 sets @ 100
Wide Stance Barbell Squat - 1 set @ 65, 1 @ 85, 1 @ 95
Barbell Lunges - 1 set @ 40, 1 @ 70, 1 @ 90
Single-Leg Kettlebell Deadlift - 1 set @ 30, 2 sets @ 35
Lying Leg Curls - 1 set @ 70, 1 @ 80, 1 @ 85
Seated Calf Raises - 1 set @ 90, 1 @ 100, 1 @ 90
Standing Calf Raises - 1 set @ 85, 1 @ 95, 1 @ 100

Yes, I said 100. Because I lowered my number of reps, I was able to push a little harder. My calves are improving so super fast it's amazing to me! I remember my first standing calf raises felt like fire poured on hell in my legs, but today...well, you can see what strength I'm gaining. HAS to be muscle happening to be able to pull out those numbers, right?!

Time: 60 minutes
(remember, I let the timer run through my stretches, it was more like 50 minutes or so)
Avg HR: 113
Max HR: 159
Cals Burned: 418
Fat Cals: 43%

Seems I stay pretty well around 40% when I'm going strong but not crazy. Crazy workouts tend to lead to less % but higher cals burned. I've moved up from weeks 1 & 2 burning about 250-300 calories per session to burning around 400-450 each time. Can't imagine how high this will be in week 5 when Cardio makes a comeback. (I'm probably going to have to up my calories...AGAIN. *sigh*)

Speaking of Calories...

Yesterday -
Calories Consumed: 2207
Calories Burned: 433
Net Calories: 1774

Today (if I eat what I have planned) -
Calories Consumed: 2426
Calories Burned: 418 + ?
Net Calories: approx. 1600-1700-ish? (Assuming I burn 300-400 calories tonight.)

So, yeah. I told you today was the day to eat the pizza. *lmao*

Tomorrow I'll be eating a bit off plan as well. This week is the boys' spring break, and I haven't seen them pretty much all week. Tomorrow I have one more lift to do and I want to do it in the gym, not make it up at home. I figure I'll bring the kids with me (they have daycare for Ethan and said Logan can sit out in the main room and watch TV if he behaves) and after I'm done (and then take a quick shower) I'll take them to lunch and then out to see a movie. (We're thinking Mirror Mirror - anyone seen it yet?) As for lunch...maybe a sushi buffet...maybe something else. *shrug* Who knows.

BTW - Scale is being kind. Up a tiny bit today, but not much...and the soreness can account for much of that anyhow. Drinking lots of water and making lots of trips to the bathroom. *lol* Hoping for a happy weigh-in this weekend. I feel like I've ALMOST figured it out....we shall see, I suppose.

I'll let you all know how tonight goes! (And if I stay awake throughout the day and don't kill anyone -- tired Esther = grumpy Esther.)

Happy lifting!
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  • _SASX_
    you have been ROCKING it girlie! I am so super proud of you and all you have accomplished!

    and why haven't I seen these blogs before? Guess I haven't been paying attention to the ticker on the right of the team pages. *off to read of your journey from the beginning*
    3312 days ago
    100 lbs?! damn girl. You are AMAZING!
    * Reduced reps probably because she doesn't want you to expend all your energy on the first exercise. P.S. this is your opportunity to improve form.
    ** I've been known to roll off the bench (well, yeah, fall) from time to time...
    *** You can substitute just doing these straight leg with feet on the floor (sparkPeople has a demo). or up on a roller or a shorter step(another demo) or even bent legged if that helps you keep form with your Tricep dips. It gets better, I promise.

    Keep it up! You're doing GREAT!
    3313 days ago
  • BOB240
    insanity is good.... welcome to the madhouse.
    3313 days ago
    Way to go! You are banging out that weight. I feel weak now:)
    3314 days ago
  • SUGIRL06
    You are killing it at the gym girl!!! Way to go!
    And when I work out that close to bed, I can't sleep at all. But you gotta do what you gotta do sometimes!
    3314 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7009225
    Awesome! And I love that you are seeing results and enjoying them! Go sleepy Esther!!
    3314 days ago
    I'm amazed at your weights! Holy CRAP! I suddenly feel like a weakling. *hangs head in shame*

    Way to rock it out, girl!!!
    3314 days ago
    Sweet work!! My triceps are the weak part too although your calves sound like beasts compared to mine!

    I'm taking it easy on tonight's legs too since 8 lbs caused me to seize up on my rear lunges on Monday.

    I think this training makes you crave pizza - I'm having that today too!
    3314 days ago
    Getting it done with killer workouts. I'm loving the results you're seeing in feeling, but wishing you weren't so exhausted, but that's life right!

    Enjoy the pizza you've put in and will be putting in the effort with a double workout today.

    Nicely done on the calf raises!
    3314 days ago
    WOW! You are goingstrong, but make sure that you don't over do it girl.
    3314 days ago
    How on earth do you do 100 calf raises? You are my hero! I am doing like 35 and it hurts. I am going to blame it on the repaired acchilles, still not back to normal, but I will keep going.

    Enjoy the time with your boys tomorrow.

    3314 days ago
  • ACCT1908
    GEEEZZZ I'm sore and exhausted just reading your plan! YOU ARE ON IT!!!!

    3314 days ago
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