Saturday, February 28, 2009

I'm back

I can't seem to keep the mometum up here, I read at other sites but sometimes I don't have anything to say. I think it is because I talk at work all day and I am talked/typed out.
The exercise is going very well, I can tell that I am making major changes in my fitness. I can run through R.O.C.K. in the USA with out my mouth open sucking air and barely finnishing it. TaDah. I have bested myself by seconds the last two treadmill sessions and I guess I will have to be satistfied with seconds and hope for minutes as time goes by.
The weight lifting part comes alot more easily to me. I have squatted 105 and pressed 95 so I think that is just a matter of doing the work. WORK that is all it is. Can you do the hard work, is the answer to getting fit. Sounds easy and it IS NOT.

Now....mental things......I find this the hardest part. I can get myself worked up over the least things. For instance, my neighbors who NEVER bring they're trash cans back from the road. If I have another of my customers ask me why don't I bring my cans back to my house I will scream. I have spoken to them but to no avail. The owner blows her leaves into my yard and burns limbs on the cormer of my property . This is gettin so old and disrespectful.

The house is for sale and by golly if one of my family doesn't buy the house then I will have to have an iron-clad agreement about the new owners using my driveway. The property is land locked and I have to give ingress and egress ( sp?). Now that is getting to me .
Next I am turning off my house phone and just using my cell pretty soon. I have put my cell number on my answering machine and repeated the number slowly three times and I still have customers leaving messages on the house phone. DUH!!! I am having to keep it on for a few more months while they finally get the message. I want to scream PAY ATTENTION!!!
I can't list all my grievances it would overtake this blog...might be more interesting though.
Exercise is an perfect escape. I sweat and channel all my frustration into working out.
I think that if people would just be aware of what is actually their property and what is their right and not let their mess/disfunction spill over into somone else's life then we would all get along better. I don't want to work and pay for someone else's laziness or bad choices.
I believe in helping a neighbor or friend but it would be nice to think that they appreciate your help. I know I know we should be willing to help with no hope for acknowlegement but this world is full of takers nowadays and the givers are getting worn thin.
I would never think to blow my leaves into my neigbors yard or even walk onto their property without just reason.
AHHHH let me get to the gymn and shut up

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Today I needed to get my legs done because I will be out of town Saturday. I am going to meet friends in New Orleans for an overnight visit and junking at the flea markets. I can't wait to see them.
The thought of missing a workout worries me and today I still didn't really feel like myself. I discovered why yesterday. It is the green squiggles off the live oaks. Spring is so close and the trees are about to set their leaves. It's allergy time in other words. That explains the maliase I have been feeling.
I thought I was losing my desire to get this done and that is not it at all. Thank goodness!
Today I got in my 2 miles on the treadmill and then the almighty step ups, which by the way are getting a teeny bit easier. Leg press, calves, hamstrings and then leg extensions. Always abs every workout. So now I can enjoy my visit with friends and be back right on schedule on Monday.
So I'm on my way to N.O. tommorrow and the junk stores await!!!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I did it anyway

Today I felt kinda tired and not so great. I kept my housedress on the whole day. I was suppose to go to the gym today and shoulders bi's and tri's. I just could not make myself. I took an afternoon nap and just felt poorly.
The more I thought about not going to the gym the worse it made me feel. The guilt was overwhelming. Tonight the Biggest Loser was gonna be on and I knew I would feel horrible watching it and knowing I missed my workout.
SO...I got myself up ,put on old clothes ,drug my bike and trainer into the living room and did my workout at home during Biggest Loser. Thirty minutes on my bike pretty fast and then all of my shoulder bi's and tri's excerises. I have dumbells here at home. I used 12's for all my sets. I finnished up with alot of lower ab excercises.
I did it and the feeling of not missing is awesome.
It is better at the gym because of the air , the room and the whole idea of it being set up for excercise but my living room was OK in a pinch.
So memo to self.....the guilt of not doing is huge and the excitment of accomplishment feels so good.
I did it .

Monday, February 9, 2009

It's a new week

I thought that I would post everyday but my life is not that full so every once in a while is about all I'm good for. Sad as it sounds.
This past Saturday I had an awesome leg workout. I knew it was awesome because I had legs like Jello. If you can still walk normally then you didn't work hard enough. I have accepted the challenge to myself to do step-ups every leg day. When they get easy then I will add a riser.
I told Aaron today that I am not able to run but for 3 minutes. I can't seem to break past the three minute mark. I am walking at 4.0 to 4.3 , I can only run at 5.6 for 3 minutes. Aaron gave me a plan to start adding running time. I'm gonna get those instructions one more time( I forgot exactly how long to do what) and then I will give it a try.
Today was chest and back and my ability to add more weight and keep my form is going pretty good.
I thought I might add here that this whole process is not being driven by my want to be in a beauty pagent or wear a size 4. I simply want to cut my grass in 1 session instead of 2.

LOL Aaron here is MY list....

I want to cut my grass in 1 day instead of 2
I want to bring in my groceries in 2 trips instead of 5
I want to walk down the steps without thinking I'm gonna fall
And if I do trip, I want to be able to get up and dust myself off instead of calling an ambulance.
I want to walk my long driveway to the mailbox and not be winded.
I want to pull weeds and rake and plant and still be able to walk into the house and not collaspe on the couch.
But mostly I want to just dream to feel like I did before the wreck when I was strong and fit and took my good health for granted.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

She's gone

I don't want to be negative about anyone but I just have to say that Jonelle is gone from the Biggest Loser and I am glad.
She was not trying!!!!! You have to try. You have to give it all you have. The muscle lives in the last two reps you think you just cannot do. I have 15 reps to on all my excercises and I am gonna do them even if it kills me and sometimes it does.
Bye bye Jonelle you didn't try hard enough.
Give it all you got and you will rewarded..that's what I tell myself every time I go to the gym. I have allllmost got myself convenced, all most.


Don't let me make appointments for you. I thought yesterday was Tuesday.
I got off schedule this morning and I thought about not going to the gym till tommorrow . Nah I made myself go. I walked outside for my 2 miles. It was glorious. The sun was shining and it was in the 60's. There is a track at the health club.
When I went inside to workout on the weights I found that I was the only one there whu who!!!! It was peaceful and I got a good workout even after I drug my feet about going. I worked my triceps hard but it felt good.
Tonight the cold is coming back but I have done all my body parts already so I just need to add some more cardio.
Little tiny steps that will add up in the long run. My strength is returning after 6 years of being absent. I can hardly believe it. Even at this age (56) I am gonna be stronger than I was at 45.
I believe/know it is in the recovery. You have to recover to gain. I am proof of muscle memory and the benefits of recovery time.I have been going to the gym since Nov. 20 and I am able to lift 4 sets of 15 with 15 lb. dumbells. Muscle memory.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Tuesday? It must be chest and back.
I had a good walk on the treadmill . The chest press bench was busy so I decided to use dumbells on the flat bench for my chest press. I managed the last 2 sets of 15 reps with 25 pound dumbells. I wasn't easy but I got it done. Always moving forward and never backward. So now the last 2 sets will always be with 25's. Using dumbells makes you use assistor muscles to help stabilize the weight and it is a better work out in some peoples opinion. You lose that on machines. The machine stabilizes the weight.
I'm 2 months into this and I have 10 months to go before I can really tell a difference. I need to get a photo of my flabby self on here so I will have a reference when the year is up. Do I have the nerve to do that???awhh you don't know me anyway so who cares. Afterall it is what I really look like, it's not like I am walking around in a flab suit I AM the flab suit. As my Sister would say that is why there are goats AND sheep.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

I read Aaron's blog entries and I know I have to keep my momentum up.

Brandon is taking him to the next level, once he breaks through this we won't remember him as the big guy much longer.

I find that the emotional things are the hardest not the excercise. You have to focus and your social circle has to adjust to the difference in you because of this. It is best to surround your self with supportive people, that is where my family comes in. With out them I am not so good. I guess I would say that in just my everyday life....with out my family I am not so good.

It's funny but my family "gets" me. I don't have to apologize amd explain myself to them. They know my heart.

We are a family of teasers, we love the off handed comment. If we can tease you we like you.

Saturday was legs for me again and I added the famous step-ups. Aaron is right they are the nastiest things to do. I don't ever see anyone else doing those when I am at the gym. I guess I have decending sets to do shortly.