Workout Log (11)

This morning I weighed myself at 145.8!  Helloooo 145.  Well, basically 146.  But it has been a while since I even last saw that number.  Doesn’t seem like much but a few changes have made a difference.  Eating better and being more active.  And so far so good.

Today’s workout was lower body.  As mentioned in Workout Log (10), I followed the same routine but for Tuesday.  First I warmed up for 5 minutes on the recumbent bike at resistance 8.

Barbell Squat: (45#x 8 warm-up) 65#x8, 8, 8

Stiff-Legged Dead Lift: 65#x8, 8, 8

Leg Extensions: 50#x8, 8, 8    [This piece of equipment had a sticker that said “Start 4 lbs”… not sure if that means I add 4# to my weight for the total or not.  If anyone knows, please leave a comment so I know for future reference.  The seated calf raise was the same but with 60# start.]

Lying Leg Curls: 30#x8, 9, 9

Standing Calf Raises (did seated today): 20#x12, 12, 12   [+60#??]

Lying Leg Raises: 12, 12, 12

Exercise Ball Crunches: 15, 15, 15

I finished with 10 minutes on the recumbent bike alternating between resistance 8 and 3 with a 5 minute cool-down at resistance 1.


We took longer on our walk because I ran into one of my friends walking her baby and dog.  It was nice catching up.  The weather was nice for the walk.  Sunny, slight wind but warm.



Better To Be Prepared…

Today I’m sore from yesterday’s push ups and running the past two days.  It’s funny, perhaps it’s a combination of these things, but I feel that running is toning my legs much more than squatting with 95 lbs.  When I told my husband [C] this, he said, “Don’t let Rip [Mark Rippetoe] hear you say that!”  Well, in all fairness, when I run, I’m carrying much more weight than when I squat with 95 lbs fairly stationary.  Maybe once I advance in weight for squats, and once I become better accustomed to running, I will see it the other way.

Anyway, I’m debating going for a run today or just taking my dog and the dog I’m watching for the day on a long walk (about 4-5 miles).  I’m thinking the latter just to give my knees a break.  Even though I take short strides, running is after all high impact and I don’t want to overdo it too quickly.  Like I said before, I haven’t been running consistently in the past.

Here’s an interesting article that breaks down what happens to your body during a run.  Thought I’d pass it on to my readers.  If you’re struggling with your runs, keep pushing.  It’ll get better in time.  This is both a self-reminder and one to all of you!  And if you’re interested, here’s another one that goes more into dopamine.

Truth be told, I’ve been horribly slacking on studying for the ASVAB.  I know, I know!  Putting it off will get me nowhere except maybe a MOS I don’t want.  I was always the put-it-off-til-the-last-minute type of student.  Cramming just adds unnecessary stress and I won’t remember half the stuff immediately after taking the ASVAB if that’s how I go about things.