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  1. Did spin class again today..Definitely got my heart rate up, though I think it was only about 40min. After that, the core machines..and soon I shall do my 30min of slowwwwwwwwww walking..
  2. Used the bike trainer for 45min. p90x ab with 10lb weight + 50 crisscross crunches.. walked (yes, walked) on the treadmill for 30min/1mph holding onto only the handlebars - minor weight held on the bars, but they were mostly used for balance..woooohooo...How long it will last, i don't know, but for now...yay to be able to walk again.. After, i had half a vega choc/coconut bar and part of a Zing chocolate/coconut.. and, now that this 'contest' is almost over, i'm thinking for the next one, i should have the goal of more exciting updates
  3. Yesterday's block made it such that I was able to walk without crutches (and a whole lot of pain - but I *could* walk which was huge) on the treadmill - 1mph for an hour = i walked a mile for the first time since..well..I'd have to venture to say at least half a year. So, yay for that. I did another 1/2mile today with minimal crutch support.. As for actual exercise, I took it pretty easy today - just pilates legs, 20 reg pushups, 20 chataranga pushups. I also discovered (via a sampler person) that Vega (which, most of the flavors I used to think were pretty...hard to drink) tastes pretty good if you just use water instead of the usual trying to hide the flavor that is required with many other powders..So, I got some berry which was on sale..Wish it were cheaper, but...I like what's in it and am pretty happy to discover that it doesn't taste horrible as i first thought.. Yep.
  4. Essentially another rest day today. I was going to swim, but plans and reality didn't meet up. 'walked' 30min on the treadmill followed by p90x abs (1/2 with 10lb weight, 1/2 i forgot the weight) and 50 crisscross crunches. i'm scheduled for another block tomorrow, so no exercise and no pool for a few days after. But based on how it went last week, I'm thinking I'll be able to do something on Saturday..
  5. i also wonder - the bicep machine thing is awkard for me, so i think that plays a part in it..but i don't get how i could do heavier weights on triceps when my biceps have *always* been stronger... perhaps the tricep 'push down' machine (has gravity assistance) as opposed to the usual free weight lift up plays a part too..
  6. I'm shifting a lot of my pool work to treadmill work as it allows me to 'walk' every day as I'm now ordered to So, today - 30min crutching on the treadmill.. i stopped by the gym on the way home and actually wrote down the weights..I kept my reps short to only be there for about an hour - and tried to add in my own PHAT version - throwing in a few reps of higher weight at the end..Some I could have gone higher, some were plenty high enough It was interesting though - in my little PHAT version, I tried numbers higher than I normally even test and with some, i discovered that I could be doing such numbers for the normal reps (e.g. the seated leg press - i could have been doing at least 100 for the regular reps) chest press -> 8*50lb 8*50lb 8*60lb bicep -> 8*40 8*45 8*45 hip adductor -> 8*160 8*160 8*160 3*175 hip abductor -> 8*175 8*175 8*165 these numbers...baffle me...for the last few months, all i've done is one-legged biking and leg lifts...granted, i had a (oooo) 3lb cast on my foot, but...i keep thinking these machines must be broken, but then i see other people using them with *much* lower weights..beats me..but, can't say i mind the concept that my legs can do such.. back extension -> 8*100 8*100 8*100 torso twist -> 8*70 (ea side) 8*80 (ea) 8*80(ea) 3*100 leg lifts (L) -> 8 8 8 knee lifts -> 8 tricep pushdown -> 8*60 8*60 8*50 3*70 lateral -> 8*40 8*35 8*30 3*40 --i'm really weak on these seated row -> 8*55 8*55 8*55 3*70 pulldown overhand-> 3*70 3*70 3*70 3*85 3*100 pulldown underhand -> 8*80 8*80 8*80 3*100 seated leg press -> 8*90 8*90 8*90 5*110 leg curl -> 8*40 8*45 8*50 3*65 leg extension -> 8*70 8*70 8*70 3*85 ab crunch -> 8*95 8*100 8*100 3*110
  7. awww furry friends make everything better. i hope things turn around for you.
  8. Went to spin class (around 45-50min of riding) followed by the ab machines.. 40 min (1mi) of crutch walking on the treadmill.. p90x abs (+10lb weight) + 50crisscross crunches
  9. Nothing too exciting today... Did 45minutes on the bike trainer. 20 reg pushups. 20 chataranga. I'm not allowed in the pool for 48hours after the nerve block so i experimented with 'walking' with crutches on the treadmill for an hour instead. I 'walked' 1.5miles..Or rather, my arms and one leg walked 1.5 miles...I long for the day when my other leg will be able to participate properly again.. In some ways I liked it better than walking in the pool as at least the boredom of it is partially offset by the tv.
  10. No exercise today or yesterday. I made it through the nerve block without a headache or back pain, so I'm thinking I'll probably do pilates or something tomorrow.
  11. >I think I've grown to use the word "fluffy" in a positive way recently. Good! I've heard people use it as a reference similar to chunky (in a self-deprecating way). If yours is a positive one, then I retract my objection!
  12. >Then, of course, here’s the photo from about a week ago where, yes, I look fluffy I think there's fluff on your glasses or something ...You look great!
  13. your snack attack description cracked me up a little (and by a little, I mean...)
  14. I'm scheduled for a nerve block tomorrow which...I'm a bit apprehensive about But, as I don't know what to expect/how long I'll be out of commission for (I'm thinking two days?), I went to the gym for a last hoorah. However, I also only had one hour there, so I cut my sets a bit short. I did however keep mental track of some of the weights...and unfortunately, my blood sugar dropped midway through which definitely tanked my strength (I forgot to bring anything and it didn't occur to me to even see if they sold anything I could eat there!) So - On most all, I did 8-12 reps on the first set and 8 reps on the next two. The ones I remember - tricep - 50x12 50x8 50x8 hip adductor - 135x12 135x8 120x8 hip abductor - 185x8 165x8 165x8 upright bench press - 45x8 40x8 40x8 incline bench press - 60x8 50x8 50x8 Anyway, those are the only ones I remember with any certainty. I don't want to write the 'i think it was' ones as if I'm wrong, i'd hate to later think i'm doing worse or awesomely better when...i'm not Other than that...no pool...still need to do pt..
  15. >Total intake today was just over 1000 calories and just over 100g protein. I don't increase calories on gym days, and yet still I'm not dropping weight. Maybe you're not eating enough so your body has knocked your metabolism way down to hang on to what it's got?
  16. 45min on my bike trainer today..There was a spin class but I chose my trainer instead as I need to balance out the time 'racing' with the time focused on rotating my ankle properly and making sure I'm using my weaker leg.. Exciting stuff..
  17. Thanks Karen! There's no way I'd be going either if I had to get there an hour early just to get a bike! That makes me glad to be at the gym I am. (Very low-key and low-use). ----- Today -> Went to the 'low-use' gym forgetting that they have a swim class at 6.15...I of course remembered this while changing into my suit at 5.55..So, I walked 18lengths and that was that.. Went home, did pilates legs...p90x abs with 10lb weight (the extra weight definitely adds to difficulty!!)...50 crisscross crunches...20 reg. push ups & 20 chataranga.
  18. >I realize everything I listed above may seem really lame to most people here ooooo can I join the really lame club with you? I haven't been writing down my weights, but I'm pretty sure I'm around the same numbers (e.g. I'm 95% sure I've been bench pressing 40lbs and i'm 110% sure my triceps aren't doing 40lbs!)
  19. Hahh. Yeah, when you look at it that way, I suppose it is! At least I had a kickboard though! Otherwise, me trying to swim on my stomach without one =...dog paddle Back stroke, side stroke, dandy...but things that involve mastering how to breathe with the water...not so much! ----- I tried a spin class (50min?) today. I've never done one before and it was actually pretty fun. I was somewhat limited as I couldn't do the highest level on the bike as my ankle screamed and I couldn't 'stand bike'. But I got my heart rate way up, actually sweated a decent amount, and felt the burn here and there. I do believe I shall be going again. No pool..still need to do the other PT stuff...yep...
  20. Argh. i just typed out a post and Firefox crashed. an abbreviated version: walked 36lengths in the pool swam 25min 1hr pilates p90x abs with weights 50 crisscross crunches have to go do PT now and a non-abbreviated side-note..I wrote before that I often do 'just enough' but don't push it...but i think in reality, it's more that i don't sprint/short burst train, i tend to do more endurance tasks...i will add miles and miles or time and more time on to what i do, while focusing on heart rate/recovery rate improvement, but don't often focusing on increasing short immediates..I think it would be good for me to start trying to do just that..
  21. Hi, as you probably already found, there is now a decent selection of vegan protein powders that have a great protein/calorie ration. but, since you're wondering about non-powder sources, soy (edamame/tempeh), gluten, and nutritional yeast are all in a good protein/calorie ratio. (do watch how much nutritional yeast you have though (i think you're not supposed to do more than 2T/day of the large flakes) because of uric acid). Hope this helps..
  22. >I felt a bit better mentally/emotionally afterwards, but looking foward to the start of another new day tomorrow. Yayy..hopefully today is even better for you! >Thanks again, everyone. I'm so appreciative of the support and kind words.. what goes around..
  23. Well done!! There are so many changes that can be seen in the photos - muscle definition in your core, legs, arms, back...(read: whole body)...as well as general size changes (e.g. in 'back-merged' pic one, your legs are much further apart than pic two and yet they both have the same space between the inner thighs..) Quite inspiring!
  24. I spent about an hour? on the weight machine today...I did 3 sets of 12 on the full rotation - most all ended up around the point of failure at the last rep..and i had to lower the weight on set 2/3 for a few of them in order to complete the round. In other words, I pushed it. So, if I feel it tomorrow/Sunday, I won't be surprised. Yet again, I didn't keep track of the weights used - I need to start doing that... After the rounds, I walked 22lengths in the pool, kickboard swam for about 14 lengths..and was kicked out for water volleyball (I need to review the pool schedule!). Though a few of my kicking lengths were slower, i kicked it up a notch for some of the rounds -as if there was someone in the lane next to me that I was racing.. Went home, ate part of a Vega choc/coconut protein bar, some tofu & tempeh, and did the rest of my PT. yeehah.
  25. Hi Karen, I don't know if it helps at all, but I used to detest exercise. For whatever reason, I finally decided to start doing it and make myself do it no matter what, X days a week. (I think it was three days at the time). i had an elliptical and would watch the X-Files while using it..and on the days that I felt like the last thing in the world I wanted to do was exercise, i did it anyway - but I didn't put on a heart monitor or aim for any extra feats..the feat for me those days was just sticking with it...just getting on the thing and doing the 30minutes...even if i did them slowly/with little oomph - just that i was keeping up with it..that i was doing it at all. On other days when I felt better, I might try to increase my speed/time/whatever..but on the days I felt like you describe..just doing it - that was the hurdle.. Kind of like what you did on the 9th..just doing something even if it's not everything. And somehow, as you've read, I went from that to...a bit more neurotic about exercise to the point that now, not only do I do so regularly, the times that I have to push myself to exercise are few...For me, it was kind of like once I sludged through and broke past the old habits, the new ones took hold; to the point that now, it would be easier for me to visit the gym twice a day, every day than to spend the week relatively inactive. Either way, don't beat yourself up! Whatever you do for the next day or two won't negate the work you've done the other ten..like you wrote on the 9th - you knew that another day you might need the rest even more..so, maybe this is one of those rest days..and tomorrow or the next day, you come back just as strong, if not stronger!
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