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Re: Jeff's training blog: 3 months, 30 pounds lost!

#91 Postby veginator » Sun Feb 22, 2009 10:39 pm

Thursday: warmed up with a brisk 10 minutes on the elliptical machine (which I needed, since I'd ridden my bike 15 minutes in 20 degree weather to get there!), then played half a dozen mostly pretty intense games of racquetball.

Friday and Saturday: no workout

Sunday: ran about 5 miles, including finishing by running up the big hill near my house. Got my HR up to 174 by the time I reached the top. Average HR was 138.

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#92 Postby Vegan Joe » Sun Feb 22, 2009 11:02 pm

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#93 Postby veginator » Mon Feb 23, 2009 10:10 pm

Played 5 or 6 games of racquetball tonight. Some of them were pretty long, so I was playing for more than an hour and a half.

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#94 Postby veginator » Sun Mar 01, 2009 9:59 pm

Wow, four days with no exercise whatsoever. Bleh! This has been my busiest week of the semester. I really shouldn't have taken the time to exercise this weekend, either, but I was about to go stir crazy by Saturday morning, so:

Saturday: about a 5-mile run, just over 10 minutes per mile, with an average heart rate of about 138 if I'm remembering correctly. I finished with a crazy sprint up a big hill (motivated by a Testament album pounding in my ears), getting my heart rate up to 179. I think that's the highest I've ever gotten my HR in the year and a half I've had my monitor that wasn't an obviously false reading.

Sunday: Did about 10 miles in 1:45, with an average HR of 139.

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#95 Postby veginator » Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:26 pm

Played 5 games of racquetball this evening. Jogged over to the gym and back, a little over 5 miles altogether.

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#96 Postby veginator » Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:15 pm

Tuesday: played basketball for an hour with my son.
Wednesday: I work about 12 hours on Wednesdays this semester, so exercise is not on the agenda on Wednesdays for a while.
Thursday: did a 26-mile bike ride, then played four games of racquetball. Today was the longest workout of the winter, about 3 hours' worth total. Alas, I still haven't gotten my weight under 170 yet.

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#97 Postby Lean and Green » Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:33 pm

this number went up three pounds didn't it!!!! congrats brother. You are continuing to make an even more major transformation.

I wish I could play racquetball with you. I'm good at it and like to play like 8 singles games back to back. It is so much fun. Too bad we don't live near each other.


Keep up the good work brother. You'll be under 170 in no time! ;)
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#98 Postby veginator » Fri Mar 06, 2009 10:57 am

Lean and Green wrote:this number went up three pounds didn't it!!!! congrats brother. You are continuing to make an even more major transformation.

I wish I could play racquetball with you. I'm good at it and like to play like 8 singles games back to back. It is so much fun. Too bad we don't live near each other.


Keep up the good work brother. You'll be under 170 in no time! ;)


Well, although I lost the 30 pounds in 3 months (and about 40 pounds in 6 months), I also put back on more than 15 pounds in about 2 months this winter (153 or so to 170).

Yeah, definitely if you're ever near Bloomington or I'm ever in Portland we'll have to get up a game (or eight!).

I can't think of another activity that's both so much fun and, if it's a competitive game between good players, as much of a workout. Sometimes I wear my heart rate monitor when I play, and find that I average about 140 and sometimes top 160. Not as intense as running a 5k race, but right up there with a long, brisk jog.

I think my body is weird about holding onto fat during the winter more so than most people's. Since I started exercising regularly again in mid-January, I haven't been exercising that much less than I did last summer, am eating a very low-fat diet (and not too bad on the sugar), and here I am stuck at 15 pounds more than I weighed in November. Frustrating! Oh well, now that my ribs are healed up I can start lifting again and hopefully add some muscle to go along with the fat. :) And spring is on the way!

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#99 Postby veginator » Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:34 am

Friday: worked out (upper body) for about half an hour or so, then practiced racquetball for around 45 minutes. Played basketball with my son for around 45 more.

Saturday: Played basketball with my son for about an hour.

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#100 Postby LocalBrada » Sun Mar 08, 2009 3:09 pm

veginator wrote:Played basketball with my son for around 45 more.

Saturday: Played basketball with my son for about an hour.

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#101 Postby veginator » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:07 pm

Sunday: Ran 7 1/2 miles, according to walkjogrun.net (based on Google Maps), at around a 10 min/mile pace with a 5-minute water break. Average HR: 142.

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#102 Postby veginator » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:06 pm

Monday: 6 games of racquetball. I wanted to also lift some, but the place was ridiculously crowded, so I just did some curls and a back machine and left.

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Re: Jeff's training blog: 3 months, 30 pounds lost!

#103 Postby veginator » Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:29 am

Tuesday: played basketball and soccer with my son, for about an hour
Wednesday: no exercise
Thursday: did upper body in the gym for about half an hour, then played five games of racquetball

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#104 Postby veginator » Wed Mar 18, 2009 4:21 pm

Not sure I'm remembering correctly, but I think my workouts the last few days have been something like:
Friday: a little over an hour of basketball with my son.
Saturday: same.
Sunday: same.
Monday: no exercise
Tuesday: went indoor climbing with my son. He did a lot more climbing than I did, so I didn't get a great deal of exercise.
Today: Played an hour and a half of basketball with my son.

I've been lifting some (all upper body) lately, just trying to gradually ease back into doing that. Except for biceps curls where I'm doing about 10 reps and two or three sets at 50 lb., I'm anywhere from 10-20 pounds below the weights I was lifting last summer when I had been lifting at least once or twice a week for 6 months and more than that for two.

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#105 Postby veginator » Sat Mar 21, 2009 9:21 am

Thursday: played 2 hours of basketball with my son.
Friday: no exercise

Due to a combination of muscle tightness in my shoulders and back and sheer laziness, I haven't lifted any the last few days. I'm planning on doing that some today.


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