Workout Log (10)

Today is a day I can actually be proud of.  Why?  It was the first time in about a year since I had been to the gym.  It felt great considering I’m sick.  Well, C thinks I may have allergies.  Possible but I’m hoping it’s just a cold as I originally suspected.  But my mom told me she was around my age when she started having seasonal allergies.

I decided I would start doing Jamie Eason’s Female Fitness Bible.  So far I really enjoy it.  Monday is Upper Body.

Recumbent Bike: 5 minute warm-up, Resistance: 8

Bench Press: 30#x12, 40#x12, 12

Bent Over Barbell Row: 40#x12, 12, 12

Dumbbell Shoulder Press: 15#x12, 12, 9

Skull Crushers: 30#x10, 10, 10

Barbell Curl: 30#x12, 9, 9

Recumbent Bike: 15 minutes intervals, Resistance: 3, 8

Recumbent Bike: 5 minute cool-down, Resistance: 1

04-22After I got home and had a protein shake, I took Luna for a 3.6 mile walk.  Pretty hot out today.

Didn’t realize how many days it’s been since I last posted.  Not really workouts but here are my MapMyRun walks and run.  Same day that I ran, I also did the Rittr Labs app for sit ups.  The sets were: 28, 26, 29, 28, 28, 26 = 165.

Yesterday, I did the sit up and push up apps.

Push Up sets: 11, 11, 13, 11, 11, 9 = 66

Sit Up sets: 28, 26, 29, 28, 28, 26 = 165

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Now I’m all caught up for the past week.  No news on the ASVAB, yet.

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Workout Log (9)

I keep a “to-do” list on my phone.  For the longest time, I had “Pass APFT” on there.  Today, I am very happy to say that I crossed that off my list!  *insert crazy person happy dance here… too tired to actually do so*

PR_APFTI’ll let this picture do the talking.  If you click on it, you’ll see two previous test results with today’s at the top.  Pass!  And you know what?  That’s only 90 points away from a perfect score.  I think I’ll get there.  With a little extra work and some time.

I tried something a little different with my push ups today.  Instead of pumping out as many as I could before needing a break (front lean rest position), I did 5 at a time, taking a rest in between up until I could only do 2 and then 1 at a time.  Not sure I liked that since it takes some out of me just to be in the rest position.  I kind of like the idea of just getting as many as I can and then two at a time until I can’t do any more.

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As for my run, you can see I did it on the track again.  Since I’m having trouble knowing when exactly to stop, I’ve changed the setting on MapMyRun from minutes (it updated me every 5 minutes with my distance, pace, and time) to distance (it should now update me every mile).  It’s next to impossible to see the screen outside in the sun and before I could hit the pause button, the screen went blank and that little extra time kept running.  So from my computer I looked at exactly the 2 mile mark and it said 18:34.

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Here’s proof!

I’m glad I pushed myself to run until I was finished.  That’s right, boys and girls, this moi didn’t walk.  It was still an incredibly slow pace but now I have no excuse to walk for the next time.

Now that I got that out of the way, I can focus on studying, cleaning and getting to the clinic.  I need to get a release form so that my previous doctor’s office can fax over my medical documents since I cannot seem to find those anywhere despite my mom saying she gave them to me prior to me getting married and moving out here.  I’m going to need them so I don’t have to get every shot under the sun and the biggest reason; because I tore my ACL in 2004 and had surgery for that.  I know I had those documents when I enlisted with the Marines in 2008 but they seem to have gone missing.  I do have an appointment set up to have a physical to be cleared that way, just in case I can’t find the original documents.  But the hunt continues for those because I know it will only help to have them.

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Workout Log (8)

This morning I did the Tabata Something Else CrossFit workout.

Pull Ups: 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0 = 7

Push Ups: 10, 6, 5, 5, 5, 5, 4, 5 = 45

Sit Ups: 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 6, 6 = 54

Squats: 11, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11, 12 = 89

Total Score: 21

The lowest set per exercise is the number you base the total score on.  So for pull ups, since my lowest was 0, I received a 0.  For push ups it would be 4, sit ups is 6, and squats is 11.  My husband didn’t inform me about the scoring until just now.  Which is fine.  But I might have tried to be more consistent with number of reps per set.

The pull ups were jumping pull ups and I aimed for 1 each because each time was hurting my hands.  Round 8 I didn’t get myself up all the way.  20 seconds isn’t a long time to workout but when you get to the 10 second rest, you’re wishing that was longer!  I definitely was.

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Immediately after the tabata workout, I took Luna out for a 3 mile walk.  We were leisurely again since the walks are mostly for her.  I let her smell things often since I knew that just having sensory overload would tire her out just as much as the walk itself.  More or less.  May or may not go for a second walk later in the day.  Just depends on if she starts to get restless.  I need to study for the ASVAB, though.

 

Correction 2013/04/21: C told me that he looked up the scoring for Tabata Something Else and it is all of the repetitions from each exercise added up.  Therefore my total score is 195.  He said the original scoring explanation was for Tabata This.

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Workout Log (7)

For today’s workout I decided to go ahead and do another PT test.  C thinks I should start doing it once a week to see how I improve.  I’ll probably aim to do that since it will force me to run 2 miles more often than what I’ve been doing.  To pass the pt test, I need to get at least a 60 in each section giving me a score of 180.  But even though today’s score came out to be 189, since I failed the sit ups, I still failed the overall test.  Didn’t know that before but good to know.

mapmyrunI improved my push up score by two since the last time (28).  My sit ups decreased at 44 (I really need to just do sit ups every day).  And for my 2 mile run, I went to the track instead of running through the neighborhood.  I liked it because I was able to zone out and not worry about hills or crossing streets.  I’m glad that my run did improve (mostly because I didn’t have to deal with the incline and hills that I have to deal with on my normal route.  I lost track of how many laps I completed and went a little over 2 miles.  I completed my 2 mile at 19:28.  That’s 3 minutes off from the last test!

The rest of the day I’ll spend studying for the ASVAB.  I take it on Tuesday so I’m hoping that I’m as prepared as I can possibly be.  Wish me luck!  I’m not completely sure what MOS I want but once I know my scores, I should have a better idea as to what jobs I qualify for and taking time to learn about the ones that interest me the most.

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Workout Log (6) & Recruiting Station

This morning I used the Rittr Labs apps to workout.

Push up sets: 11, 11, 13, 11, 11, 9 = 66

Sit up sets: 28, 26, 29, 28, 28, 26 = 165

Squat sets: 24, 23, 27, 24, 23, 19 = 140

Today I made my way down to the recruiting station to continue the paperwork process.  Turned in my “homework” of pre-screening questions to SSG H and we went over it a bit.  I still need to track down my medical documents in case the Indianapolis MEPS did not send the local MEPS here my old, expired documents (which still could be helpful in terms of having records of the hospital where I had my ACL surgery done).

I had my height and weight recorded.  Apparently the standards are much more lenient pre-shipping than post-BCT.  At 150 lbs, I’m within the height weight limits for my age.  That’s fine and dandy, but I still plan on losing weight before shipping so I can guarantee I make weight and because I think I could really benefit from a little weight loss.  I also had my fingerprints taken.  That was new to me.  When I went through the process in 2008, the only time I did the fingerprints was at MEPS.  Apparently this is something new as of 3-4 years ago.

While SSG H was recording my height and weight into the computer, he was talking out loud.  “Height, five four.”  For some reason in my head, I was thinking, “That’s not right.  I’m 64 inches, not 54 inches.”  So I said something.  He just kind of looked at me for a second and then said, “Are you sure you’re going to do well on the test?”  God I hope so!  I told him I’d just let him do his job and then we both laughed.  At least he has a sense of humor.  I’m scheduled to take the ASVAB Tuesday the 19th.  I have to be at the recruiting station by 0730.  Which means I have to leave my house no later than 0630.  Should be a fun day… but at least I don’t have to go all the way to the MEPS (4-5 hrs from here) to take the ASVAB.  It’s only about 45 minutes from the recruiting station.  Guess who will be going to bed really early on the 18th…

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Log Workout (5)

Today I did the first PT test I’ve done since December of last year.  It can easily be summed up in one word:  FAILED.  But that’s okay.  I still need to run consistently and do more sit ups. But I have at least advanced with my push ups.  I’m not expecting much since I have yet to still find my workout groove and do everything consistently.

mapmyrun6My push ups went from 19 on 2012DEC30 to 26 today.  That gives me a score of 72.  I increased by two since the last test to 50 on the sit ups.  A score of 60.  And my run was once again terrible.  I came in at 22:28; one second more than last time.  That’s a score of 31.  Kind of bummed there wasn’t even any improvement there but I’m honestly not surprised.  My total score is a failing 163.

This is the first workout since Thursday February 28.  Yesterday I spent about the whole day cleaning the house.  From about 9am when C left for work til about 1730 to finally sit down and study.  And I mean cleaning the house.  Used the Bissell carpet cleaner to shampoo the carpets.  Everything was going great for the first half of the living room.  Until the vacuum decided to leak the cleaner into a puddle on the carpet while I was waiting for the first half to dry a bit before moving the furniture onto it to finish the second half.  Now there’s two puddle marks that I need to figure out how I’m going to get out.  Cleaned the baseboards in the living room and half-bath.  Cleaned that as well.  Thoroughly.  I think this counts as a workout in itself.

Walked Luna for about 2 miles on two short walks.  The first time was only to the mailbox to drop off a birthday card I should have put in the mail yesterday.  The second walk was a little over 1.5 miles in a huge square.  Figured she deserved a walk since we’re leaving her home alone while we go to a Hail & Fairwell tonight.

So since this post is already fairly random, I’ll go ahead and put this in.  I recently found a recipe for whey protein pancakes.  Sounds unusual but they turned out pretty good.  I followed the Apple Strawberry Blueberry Protein Pancakes recipe but used chocolate whey  protein powder instead, omitted the blueberries since we didn’t have any, and substituted the coconut flour for almond flour.  I think the next time I make them, I’ll use the blender to insure the apple is fully blended into the mix.

And to wrap this post up (rambled on long enough), today marks my husband and my (legal ceremony) 2 year anniversary.  And he definitely surprised me with flowers and chocolate covered strawberries.  I think a girl could get used to this.  But it gets better.  We have a trip coming up that I’ll post about once we’re back from it.

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Workout Log (2)

Rittr Labs apps again.

Push up sets: 11, 11, 13, 11, 11, 9 = 66

Sit up sets: 28, 26, 29, 28, 28, 26 = 165

I definitely struggled on the push ups by the 3rd set.  But I pushed on and completed all of them without compromising my form.  So I’m happy with that.  My chest and arms are still sore from Friday’s push up workout.  I do take a little extra time to rest between sets than what the app puts in place.  I need that extra little rest time.  I rated that workout with “It was too hard.”  So the next time I use the app, the workout will be the same.  Even though I finished, it was still a struggle.

For some reason, sit ups are mentally harder for me.  I just don’t want to do them.  My dog licked my arm while I lay on the ground dreading the last set.  I felt defeated.  But I told myself that I would just push through and then I’d be done.  I’d feel better about myself for finishing than if I just said screw it.  And I do.  Except now I’m not looking forward to running.  It’s just one of those days.

As for my run… I think I will postpone it for now.  Until later today.  I’m just too tired.  It’s my fault.  Didn’t consume enough calories this morning, probably.

Update: Just finished my run.  I was aiming for a mile but I couldn’t see the screen on my phone to see if I had made it.  Just short of a mile at .97mi.  Took the dog with me and stopped once for her to eliminate and got slowed down at the halfway point turn around due to a dog being on the other side of the street that she wanted to say hello to.  My time was 8:54.  And apparently burned 117 calories.

mapmyrunAlso, I don’t understand how MapMyRun tracks the distance.  The top of the image, it shows .97 miles but in the distance box, it shows 1 mile.  I’m still basing it off of the former.  The last time I ran a mile, I did it in 9:36.  So despite the dog slowing me down a bit (though I honestly think she made me keep a more constant pace) and struggling with my breathing/keeping that consistent, I didn’t do too bad.

Update 2: Did 3 sets of 5 rep jumping chin ups on gymnastic rings.  The first set was my personal best since I started doing them a couple weeks ago.  But on the second and third set, I wasn’t pulling myself up as high as I did in the first set.  But I’m very happy with the first set since it’s proof to myself that there is improvement.

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Workout Log (1)

Today I did the Rittr Labs app for push ups and sit ups before going for a 2 mile run using MapMyRun.

Push up sets: 10, 10, 12, 10, 10, 8 = 60

Sit up sets: 28, 26, 29, 28, 28, 26 = 165

MapMyRun’s gps wasn’t working on my phone but I thought I’d be able to at least track the time with my normal 2 mile route.  It gave me the option to manually add the other information and I thought it saved.  Apparently not.  It was around 21:something minutes.  Which is still bad but I don’t really run regularly.  So once I start doing that, I’ll be able to conquer the hills with less difficulty and run the entire thing without walking parts.  So that’s my goal within a goal.

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