Saturday, February 16, 2008

Motivation for Fatcats and possibly Chumlies of Fatcats!

Sunday-15k, it was a sunny hilly run.

Monday- pft. Yes it was.

Tuesday- Gym, 40 minute run on the treadmill, followed by
Bicep curls 10k x10x 3 sets.
Bent over rows, 12.5k. x10x3 each arm
Tricep pull downs 30k 8 x 4
!000m on rowing machine, 4 mins 20 seconds ( just checking, preparing for speedy 6000m later in week)
Bike, 20 mins-we hates the recliner.
shower, walked home-bout 4k. Pooped.

wednesday- I walked about 9k. Lazy sort of day really in terms of real exercise.

Thursday- Gym, I ran split Ks on the treadmill, three fast, two slower. Best time was 5:10 mins for 1K, not exactly fleet of foot, but good for me. I'm desperately trying to incorporate some speed into my running. We'll see how it works out.
Then I did,
Fly lifts, 5kx10x4
Shoulder press 18kx8 x3, last few reps were messy, but it's a slow over head lift, there's no bounce or extra motion so it gets tough on tired arms.
Traps, 12.5k, downward sweep, 10x 3.
20k on those stupid bikes, but at least I got to watch Judge Judy while I peddled. I hate recliner bikes.
Walked home. bout 4k.

Friday- Five mile run in the Phoenix Park with some chaps. It was a beautiful day and I felt like bursting into song, so clearly I was high on something, toast maybe.

Satdee. Nowt so far, but my plan is to race 6k on the rowing machine, aiming to come in under the half hour mark, I will do this after I walk down to Rathmines and back which is about 9k, but it's a beautiful day, sunny and bright, the perfect day for a stroll.
Tomorrow I"m going to do a long run too, about 20k.
Must say, even though my sleep has been poor, I'm noticing renewed bursts of energy this week, possibly due to my diet and hoochlessness.
I definitely feel as though I am breathing much more freely since I cut out most of the dairy produce I normally eat. I still have skimmed milk in my coffee and when I make a hot chocolate, but there has been no cheese or yoghurts since December.
Now it could just be that because I'm not drinking like a sailor on shore leave everything feels better, but I do believe my no red meat/limited dairy appears to be adding to my general sense of well being.
We'll see I suppose. I don't miss red meat at all, not even bacon. The Paramour made bacon and eggs and toast this morning, and I was surprised to find the smell of it did nothing for me. I do miss cheese though, and come the end of the month I'm going straight to Marks and Spencers for a block of Double Gloucester which I'm going to wolf down with zesty Italian tomatoes. Oh yes.



Blogger Conan Drumm said...

Good woman, I'm feeling marvellous vicariously.

1:28 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've got me thinking about this rowing machine thing. Does it give you lovely lean arms and shoulders? Because I'd really like to have lovely lean arms and shoulders.

I'm finding it hard to work back up to where I was before I got sick in January, and stress-injury pain in the knee area isn't making it any easier. Still, doing 25-minute runs on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday worked out ok. Did yoga Thursday too.
Monday I walked 30 minutes on treadmill, then did pilates.
Wednesday I walked 1.5 hours through the snow, uphill both ways, I shit you not.
Friday I walked 45 minutes through the snow, uphill one way.

Really, really looking forward to spring; or at least the arrival of temps high enough to melt the snow.

2:54 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

Monday/Tuesday - bugger all but a lot of walking.

Wednesday - elliptical at home after work. Meh, better than nothing.

Thursday/Friday - nothing. Again.

Saturday - just got off 1/2 hour elliptical, tricep curls 15 reps each arm with 5 pound weights, then 15 reps each arm with 10 pound. 20 lunges with bicep curls thrown in for more bang.

It's another three day weekend, so working out tomorrow and Monday will be good. Maybe, if it's lighter earlier in the morning, I'll start managing to get up early enough for weekday, pre-work, exercise. I've been saying that for weeks, but surely sooner or later I'll pick a winner!

3:09 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

Your 9K on Wednesday sounds like plenty to me.
We went to the gym twice this week. Yesterday we left the gym at 5 and went to a pub for pints.

5:21 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I like your style Medbh. I like it a whole lot. Many is the friday I left a gym and went directly to Smurfs, those after gym pints always manage to taste so damn fine.

Grims, initially I used the rowing machine just so I could give my legs a break on days I wasn't running, but I find it really gets my the heart up and pumping. When I used it pre-marathon I found I was getting a lot more out of my long runs, so I think it makes a big difference to my stamina.
It EATS calories too, and gives a nice overall resistance work out to arms/shoulders/back and abs. I highly recommend it.
Conan, any more word on the rhubarb, could you post a picture of it? I have an empty frame here needs filling.
Andraste, are you any good at squatting? I am terrible and although I have improved a far amount, I"m still nowhere near a decent depth or fully stable-at least not with a straight back.

5:34 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

I can squat with the best of them. I do them with 5 pound weights and do bicep curls at the same time. Two birds with one stone kind of thing...

Keeping the back straight is the hardest part - and I tend to keep going until my lower back starts to hurt.

Do you know of any good ab stuff that doesn't murder the lower back? All those years doing heavy lifting in retail have destroyed my back for a lot of things. Can't do sit ups, crunches, etc. The little ab wheel thing is okay, but you can only do a few reps at a time and that's really unsatisfying.

6:00 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

There are a few non sit up things that I find good, one is so simple yet so bloody hard. Find something you can hang off, full body weight, and then simply bring knees up towards your chest. That's one, and it's hard, but the other is worse,
Hang again and bring your legs up-straight- and just keep them pointed out, your body should be in the shape of an 'L' and hold, rpeat until you can repeat no more. It's murder on your abs, murder I tell you. Memnoch SWORE by it. Doesn't effect your back a jot neither. If you don't have something to hang from you can even use the back of two sturdy chairs, but hanging is better, and safer.

6:18 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of abs, I just participated in the ab-icide of my dear husband. A friend of mine gave me her DVD of Mari Winsor's "ab sculpting" pilates workout, and today was his first time. I do it a few times a week and notice a much bigger difference in terms of strength and shapeliness (or lack thereof) than I ever have with crunches or the like.
I don't find my lower back hurting at all--come to think of it, I'm completely unaware of my lower back the whole time. I would warn that your neck muscles might be sore after the first time, but otherwise it's all about the abs.
It boils down to different sets of movements coming into and out of balancing on your butt with your upper body and legs in the air in a V-shape, and remembering to squeeze your belly in with each exhale. I think the effect of Memnoch's leg-raising crunches and this workout is the same, but you can do this one on the floor.
Like any exercise video, it's a little narfy (Tae-bo, anyone?), but I can honestly recommend it.

6:31 p.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

Tis coming on fine, but slow. Unfortunately tis dark now and on account of some banana ripening I have to take care of I won't be able to do you a pic 'til Toosdee or Wensdee.

6:51 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Sounds good and painful Grims, good and properly painful. I"m not a big fan of crunchs I have to say, never really got them.
Conan, I can wait. It will be worth it.

6:55 p.m.  
Blogger John Mc said...

Sunday - 52k bike ride
Monday - nada
Tuesday - 1500 metre swim
Wednesday - 70 minutes wattage training, (15 minute intervals at 200 watts, bloody murder).
Thursday - 1500 metre swim
Friday - 35k bike ride, all on hills, followed by a 5 pints of creamy Guiness, (very unintentional)
Today - supposed to run for 45, currently trying to motivate my sightly hungover ass.

Getting tested on Wednesday, figure out my Max Wattage, my High and Low Heart Rate, and Lactate Threshold. Then I start an indoor wattage training based on these, 90 minutes twice a week. Gulp. They also cover the bio-mechanics of riding a bike and will do a bike fit. I'm told it will radicalize my riding. It better its fucking expensive. You can check it out here

7:39 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

More unintentional pints huh? I hear it's just turned straight into beneficial sugar anyway-makes top athletes go faster. That's what I hear and that's what I choose to believe.

8:21 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

Thanks for the ab tips, Cat and Grims - will definitely try.

I've got a wedding to go to in June, and the dress I want to buy is vintage, from the 40's, so it's one of a kind and about one size too small in the bust and waist. (I'm buying it off a vintage clothing web site.) Full skirt, so the hips aren't a big deal - but this torso has to get at least two inches smaller in order to fit the dress.

I hate dressing up. Hate it. But when you MUST, you should really, really, be excited about what you're wearing otherwise you'll feel and look miserable all day. Can I get an Amen?

8:28 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Amen! And a HUZZAH! for vintage, I love vintage clothing, but I'm too bloody tall and broad shouldered for most.
You'll be stunning I'm sure.

8:37 p.m.  
Anonymous laughykate said...

Vintage clothing. Now we're talking. i just took a dress of my grandmother's to be altered. I just adore it - the gay dressmaker, when he was pinning me into it, exclaimed, 'It's SO Christian Dior 1950s.' Made my day, it did.

Oh yeah, pool, three times, thirty times a pop, yawn. I'm in groundhog day exercise.

9:22 p.m.  
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9:26 p.m.  
Blogger John Mc said...

Yup. I gotta watch it. See, I went out for a pint, and thats always 2, right? But, the I know the owner of the bar because our kids were both born the same day and we got chatting in the hospital, so he bought us a pint. Then a friend turned up just as we were about to leave and he bought a round, then some cute Guinness girls turned up with a Guinness promotion and that meant another pint. What was I supposed to do :)

The guy who is mapping out my training program recommended cutting back on alcohol for the duration - not so much because it is bad for you, or even the extra calories, but because it lowers will power to not eat crap, and makes training the next day difficult. I can vouch for the latter, I still haven't got out for that run. As to the former, I came home and ate all 'round me...

9:27 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

It's TRUE! Hangovers will destroy all willpower, and make us eat garbage. I've said that for years and people still blame the alcohol for the weight gain, when it's really the comfort food the day after that's a crime.

Tomorrow should be interesting food-wise. Just in from many, many beers with some biker neighbors...quite buzzed and it's not even 9, so the night is still young and I'm in a mood to keep going.

So I had planned to have lots of veggies tomorrow, and I'm more likely to eat lots of pasta with butter and cheese. Oh, and quiche.

1:52 a.m.  
Blogger daisy mae said...

rough week here - too busy trying to do it all. i was going strong at first, putting going to the gym first...

mon: 40 minutes on x ramp, hour of yoga
tues: 20 minutes on x ramp, lifted weights for 30 minutes, 90 minutes of yoga
wed: 40 minutes on x ramp, hour of yoga
thurs and fri? i felt like i was running in circles with school, so i never made it to the gym
sat: hour of yoga.

realized that as much as i'd rather be running, at the gym, etc, school comes first (drat!) so i'm pulling back on the working out but still be mindful of how much, and what, i eat. i love raw fruits and veggies, so it's actually the easy part of the week for me.

the goal for next week is simply to do yoga every day. ideally i'll make a class each day one is offered (for a total of 5), but i'm giving myself room "just in case". i can also do home practice as i've just taken over the room a house mate has vacated as my very own. i figure once i work the yoga into my daily schedule i can start running again, then after awhile weights, and so on and so forth.

the much easier solution would be to extend the hours in a day to 36, rather than 24.

5:42 a.m.  
Blogger PI said...

There's a lot to be said for giving up cloggy things like cheese and yoghourt and all mucous forming milk products. I cut 2 LF yogs a day to 1 - only have cheese as a rare treat, and have Skimmed milk. I hope the weather stays fine so your fresh air exercise can be pleasurable.

9:55 a.m.  
Blogger aquaasho said...


Just checking in with the weekly motivation...
Lots of running and gym-ing for me including a mountain race so was a busy week. I'm still trying hard at the swimming, if I didn't have to come up for air I'd be flying. Breathing is a curse...

2:30 p.m.  
Blogger John Mc said...

so true aquaasho, so true.

2:37 a.m.  
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You scare me. Really.

2:39 a.m.  
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Well done folks.

12:11 p.m.  
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