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  1. Thanks for your motivation! I intend to return the favour Did interval training for the first time last night on the treadmill and it felt GREAT!! 10 mins warm up, jog @ 7 kms/h 6 x 4 mins @ 9.5-10 kms/h, 6 x 1 mins @ 7 kms/h 5 mins cooldown @ 5.5 kms/h Was struggling a bit with the last 4 min session, but must now really think of getting a water bottle and filling it up at home before I hit the gym. If you think I'm mad to even think about running without rehydrating: I never take a bottle with me while running outside - I took a gel with me once, had to stop to open and down half of it, couldn't manage the rest so stupidly enough stuck it in my pocket "for later" and ended up wearing the stuff! And did the stuff I did down make a difference to my running? Not one bit! I can't drink more than a sip of cold water at a time either, my body just doesn't like it. I can however fill up my bottle with water at room temperature at home, and add some vitamin powder to it, for flavour if anything, and see how I do with that. Another thing to try out next time - gym life has nevre been so exciting!
  2. 12/1: 10 mins treadmill @ 7 kms/h 1x10 lunges @ 5 kgs DB 1x10 @ 7.5 kgs DB - felt that a lot more! 2x10 squats @ bar + 17.5 kgs ( + 2.5 kgs from last time - getting more confident again ) 2x10 calf press @ 52 kgs 2x10 lat pull @ 25 kgs 2x10 seated row @ 20.3 kgs 2x10 sidebends @ 8 kgs - thought I'd throw these in for a change. I'm still tweaking this programme, might do something way different next week, apart from the basics. Overall happy with improvement in weights. I've been lifting very light, just to find my feet again and build up confidence, esp with doing squats. Yesterday felt right, so will try and build on that. Diet is starting to happen just a bit. I'm cutting down on junk (ssssshhtt - nobody's seen that bag of crisps I had yesterday! ) and eating more fruit. Lobsterrific, if you read this, it was you going on about clementines on your log that reminded me of the existence of the little things. And yes they are goooood in this part of the world as well!
  3. Finally went for a run today! Granted, I don't think we went further than 2 miles, slowly, but it was a 'jog' and it was outdoors! It also was off road and I took Sparky with me. Seeing as I hope to do at least one Cani Cross event with him, we might as well start running together. Problem with Sparky is, he's not very social when it comes to other dogs and unfortunately there are still too many people who can't see a problem with allowing their playful dog to run up to my dog on his lead There usually is a reason why dogs are onlead, and it would be so nice if people could just respect that! Anyway, rant over, we ran about 2 miles over snowy and sometimes slippery ground. It went lots better and faster than I'd expected and Sparks was really good at running with me. Result!
  4. Positive thinking is great! I'm very much a "my glass is half empty and someone else stole half my drink and spat into the other half" kinda gal; they definitely didn't have me in mind when they wrote "Always look on the bright side of life".... However, I'm making a very conscious effort these days to think of at least one positive thing that happened that day, and tell you what, it works for me! Maybe we should start a "positive-thing-that-happened-to-you-today" thread, see if it rubs off. If anything, if you're having a pants day reading abut other people's positive things might cheer you up! Okay, all go ahead and call me a hippy now!
  5. Oops! Obviously did not pay attention at all and did an upper body workout ratehr than the lower body workout that I was supposed to be doing 10 mins rowing machine 2x10 DB flyes @ 5 kgs DB - due to bench being heavily in use by 3 guys as it was 2x10 chins @ 45 kgs - starting to feel better 2x10 mil press @ 10 kgs - felt good today too! 2x10 decline sit-ups @ 2.5 kgs plate 2x10 rotator cuff @ 1 kgs DB 2x10 30 sec supermans, alternating with 2x1 min plank Workout felt really good today! Will have to make up for missing lower body workout tomorrow, although I figure what with all the trekking through the snow this week legs have not exactly been shortchanged
  6. Nice list of goals lobsterrific! It sounds to me like you're well on your way already, and by the time you've achieved them, you surely will be well toned, so that's goal nr 2 achieved for sure I'm hoping to look halfway decent again by summer (when it matters! ), and as a matter of fact I've promised myself a belly button piercing if I have the flab under control by that time - now that's something to work for (for me at least)! And I'm soooo with you on the positive attitude! I've had a bit of a sh1te year last year, and managed to get myself pretty depressed half of the time, but this year is gonna be all about positive attitude! Been practising and I can recommend it; it's a lot nicer! I'd love to be able to do 10 push ups, but try as I might I've never achieved more than 1 single decent one - same for unassisted chins. So your goals are really inspiring to me! I'd love to get at least one 10k in this year too - don't think I'd be looking to run any further because I just get bored. Might look at improving my time instead. All of this said while drinking coffee inside a warm house, with an unreal amount of snow outside, which makes any kind of outdoor exercise, other than walking dogs, impossible Roll on spring!!
  7. Until you're no longer in pain? I'm no expert but it would seem a bit unproductive to me to damage your muscles while they are trying to repair themselves. Bit of a burn or what have ya, yeah sure, but being in agony already on your first lift would seem a bit counter productive?
  8. Will try that next time, thanks lobsterrific! Not looking forward to another "leg workout" in the snow today - neither are my legs!
  9. Weather in this country has taken a turn for the worst It's now even too dangerous to cycle to work, if not downright impossible to even try, as bikes just get stuck in the snow. Today the legs therefore got a more than decent workout: it takes me a good hour to walk to work, through the snow, which was a workout in itself. This of course had to be repeated on the way back Got so pissed off at not being able to run outdoors that I went to the gym and dit treadmill: 1x10 mins @ 9.5 km/h 1x20 mins @ 9.5 km/h The idea was to do 3x10 mins @ 9.5 km/h, with a minute walk inbetween, but after the second 10 mins I just didn't feel like stopping, so I decided to carry on and see how much longer I could run. Anotehr 10 minutes did it just nicely Next time I'll start with the 20 mins and then see if I can still carry on, without slowing down to walking pace. I know it's miles away from running on the road, but it's all I've got at the moment (weather is said to last for another 2 weeks at least! ) and it's better than nothing at all. Did have a longing look at the weights, but by the time I got off the treadmill I was so knackered that I was quite sure that nothing decent would come of lifting, so that'll be my 'treat' for Friday: lower body workout!
  10. Pffffffff, more snow and more ice - no way can I have a decent run at the moment! Went to the gym instead for another workout, that way at least some part of me will improve at some point 15 mins treadmill @ 8.5 km/h 2x10 chins @ 45 kgs 1x10 bench @ bar + 5 kgs 1x8 bench @ bar + 5 kgs - failed last 2. Felt quite shaky and not very secure without a spotter, so decided to not take the risk and make an idiot of meself, the gym was packed! 2x10 mil press @ 10 kgs BB 2x10 rotator cuff @ 1 kg DB 1 min plank 2x30 secs superman 2x10 decline sit ups with 2.5 kgs plate - my abs will make me pay for that in the coming days I expect! Good workout, one of those where you get shaky legs and all that, although I'm not entirely sure whether that was because of working hard or not the greatest of diets I've not reached a point yet though where I really want to take care of what I'm eating and keep a food diary and all that. We'll see if and when that happens ...
  11. Last night, new year's eve, people were out and about doing last minute hurried shopping and on their way to all sorts of celebrations ... and I felt like a run! So off I pootled, was away for half an hour and must've done about 2.5 miles or summat. Still not much improvement in terms of time, but I do notice that I have to stop less and less - which is progress, so happy with that This morning I walked into an empty gym - 10 AM on 1. January, go figure. Soon enough there were 2 or 3 other people tho, but obviously it was far from crowded. Did: 10 mins rowing machine 2x10 lunges @ 5 kgs DB 2x10 Squat @ bar + 15 kgs (+ 5 kgs improvement! ) 2x10 Calf press @ 45 kgs 2x10 lat pulldown @ 25 kgs 1x5 Seated row @ 25 kgs, then I found that I really couldn't maintain good form so went down to 20 kgs , 1x5 1x10 Seated row @ 20 kgs 2x10 supermans 1 min plank 2x10 decline sit ups Feels great!
  12. Belated Happy Birthday, bestest wishes for the new year and good luck with your goals Chewy!
  13. Happy 2010 to you and your friends and loved ones, and alll the best wishes for a happy, healthy and fit new year!
  14. Last workout of the year methinks ... 10 mins treadmill @ 10min/mile 2x10 bench press @ bar + 5 kgs (about 20 kgs/44lbs) 2x10 chins @ 45 kgs/99 lbs 2x10 mil press @ 10 kgs/ 22lbs 2x10 rotator cuff @ 1 kgs/2.2lbs 1 min plank 2x10 decline sit ups
  15. LOL at Chewybaws! I'm sure that at some point next year you will see dark, non-slippery spots appear amidst the snow: that's pavement Just found that it's been 10 whole days since I've done an upper body workout - shameful! Resolution: to do another upper body workout before the end of the year!
  16. I'm planning to stick with what I'm doing - if anything to get more consistent, and maybe tweak things here and there to making getting fitter more efficient and faster. I want to do a 10K next year and be able to run it properly, rather than drag myself over the finish line, and off road would be nice. And I definitely am going to enter a Canix event with Sparky, if anything because I really feel that he'll really enjoy it - and the best part of doing things with my dogs is watching them enjoying themselves On the non-fitness front I've started discovering looking at things from a more positive perspective and trusting that things will be alright. To those of you who know me I now apologise in case it hurt when your jaw dropped to the floor ...
  17. Nah Lyric, you're not the only one - I like Black Eyed Peas too In the gym I just listen to whatever comes out of the speakers there, usually all sorts of commercial stuff. Some of it I like, but I really can't do anything with Indie stuff - what is the point of woring out to Coldplay?? - and I wished that they'd invest in some more music, I think I've heard their play list about 10 times now. But then it's a £10 a month gym with decent equipment so I shouldn't complain really. I could bring my mp3 player in, but I can't be asked with a wire hanging from my ears while I'm struggling with weights as it is ... For running electronic/dance and definitely drum n bass! Although I've now ordered some hardcore too, see what that does to my running. And Senser came on unexpectedly once and that was good to run to as well.
  18. Woohoo!! Been out for my first run in weeks - due to all sorts of aches and pains that stopped me, not to mention iced up roads, grrr - and it felt great!! Tried a different route again, which took me along 90% ice free pavements, almost no need to stop, and it felt so good that I ran further than planned. Okay, this is still a pathetic distance compared to all you marathon runners, but I was VERY made up to do 3 miles in just over half an hour! I think I did between 11-12 minute/mile, and I'm REALLY happy with that!! Can't wait now for the days to become longer and warmer again (ice-free would be a good start! ), and really go for running with Sparky
  19. 24/7 Gyms that are open on Xmas day are the best thing since sliced bread!! Wanted to finally go for a run today, as both foot and knee have finally recovered. Unfortunately the UK has been hit by lots of snow and ice, and it's impossible to walk anywhere fast, leave alone run in places, so off to the gym for the next best thing: a run on the treadmill. Also, while my foot and knee have recovered, I've now got a massive tooth/jaw infection and I've spent the last 3 days on painkillers and antibiotics, after a visit to the dentist. I'm sure I rattle when I run! Pain killers don't always sedate the infection completely tho, and definitely pounding the treadmill brought out the worst. Still managed to do 30 mins @ 8.8km/h, which is better than nowt ... It's going to take me a long time to get anywhere near my goal of 6 miles in under an hour tho, bugger Workout after treadmill: Lunges: 2x10 @ 5 kgs DB Squat: 2x10 @ bar + 10 kgs Calf press: 2x10 @ 39 kgs Lat pulldown: 2x10 @ 25 kgs Seated row: 2x10 @ 25 kgs Decline sit-ups: 2x10 Had a very tasty, not Xmassy curry for dinner and a soy choc shake for pudding
  20. on you starting to enjoy weights. Nice one! Okay, how "the" convention is I'm not sure, my own convention is sets x reps @ (or 'x') weight of type, i.e. your "Squats with dumbells: 2 x 10reps of 5kg per hand" in my "convention" would be "Squats: 2x10 @ 5kgs DB" or "2x10x5DB" if you want it even shorter. Hope that helps
  21. Totally agree! I'm finding the "holier than thou" train of thought so incredibly selfrighteous and if anything seriously damaging the possibility of engaging non-vegans into thinking about a vegan lifestyle. Why on earth would you want to give some arrogant, selfrighteous vegan's beliefs any more thoughts? I sure as hell don't listen to anyone who is that full of themselves! I've found some vegan "friends" turning their backs on me and some non-vegan friends being there for me when I really needed them, and I'll never forget that. Being vegan is an important part of me, but there is a helluvalot more to people than their personal beliefs.
  22. Better, thank you! You know how I like my weights Lots of core work in there, you must be getting pretty strong by now!
  23. Thanks for your update and keeping fingers crossed for you that everything will go well. And have a merry Christmas!
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