Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday Weigh-In

It's Friday and you know what that means... Wayne's World! Party time, excellent! :D I've been cleaning out and sorting memorabilia this week and the walk down memory lane had me time warping back to the early 90's. I had such bad hair in the 90's. Like a pale blond straw hat. I'll have to scan some photos in for you to have a good laugh at.

I'm just back from the gym, special workout A and the endorphins are out of the world. Just what I need today for sure. I have absolutely fallen in love with weight lifting and have New Rules to thank for that. It was the first of two special workouts, which is designed to show just how much progress has been made since starting. The idea is to do all 5 exercises from stage 1 workout A with the same weight as I did them on the very first workout, as many repetitions as I can. Here's how I did...

Body weight full squats (getting really, really low)~~30 without stopping. Rest 60 seconds.
Push-ups (45 degrees, good form)~~2o without stopping. Rest 60 seconds.
Seated row (48 pounds)~~31 without stopping. Rest 60 seconds.
Step ups (3 risers)~~35 on each leg without stopping. Rest 60 seconds.
Prone jack knife~~30 without stopping. Drop from exhaustion.

It was an all out, hot and sweaty, out of breath blitz. If I thought that weight lifting doesn't increase cardio fitness before I started this program, I surely believe it now. And I'd rather do 45 minutes of lifting than pound away aimlessly on a treadmill for the same amount of time. If you haven't tried weight lifting yet, give it a try. It's fun, challenging and totally motivating.

No loss on the scale today, but I'm not crying in my green tea about it. I feel strong, my body is changing and my clothes are still getting looser. I have Caroline's memorial service this afternoon and then I can officially relax and try my best to enjoy the weekend with my husband. I've got a lovely meal planned this evening, grilled pork loin chops with fresh pineapple salsa and broccoli rabe. Tomorrow I'm making a summery dish of fresh ravioli tossed with fresh tomatoes, basil, baby peppers and snap peas. It's been a long winter and though the sun is shining, it is still very cold. The green tops of the daffodils are emerging more and more each day and that makes me happy knowing that spring is coming.

I hope you have a beautiful day, wherever your Friday takes you.

4 comments:

  1. The scale isn't always our friend. Just keep chugging along!

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  2. Those dinners sound delightful!

    Everything I read about lifting weights makes it sound like the BEST thing you can do.

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  3. Andra- I gave you an award!!!!! :D :D :D it's on my blog.

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  4. Go New Rules!!!

    That progress you made is way more important than what the scale says. Strength kicks the scale's ass every time :D

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