Day 7: Strength Test

What awesome timing! As I was typing that, I was thinking “insert evil music here” when the television on in the background keyed in appropriately evil music! Sorry, That was too perfect not to share. Okay, where was I? Oh, Yes, That was it!

I went to my appointment with the trainer /sadist today knowing he said I would be doing a strength test today. I’m in the right mindset. I am ready to go in and see what powers my body has been hiding from me. I got there early so I could get my warm-up un the treadmill in, three quarters of a mile later, we are off and going. The Sadist has me go for max out on the leg press; 590 pounds! (I know, I almost died!), the bench press; 75 pounds (we tried 85, but the result was a very bad word), one minute sit-ups (I eeked out 21), one minute push-ups (even worse than the sit-ups, I barely managed 17, and they were ugly), and a one mile run (after a warm up and maxing out on leg press, i panted through a 16.30 minute mile). My results? Well I surprised myself on both ends of the scale.

These are my goals for the next month, by August 25 I hope to:

Run a 12 minute mile

Have lost inches from my initial measurements

Be at, or even below 210 pounds

Be able to do 50 sit-ups in one minute

Be able to do 25 push-ups in one minute

Have inspired at least THREE people to start a journey toward a healthier life. It is this one that is most important. Whether you are motivated to lose weight or gain weight to be a healthier you, I hope that you find someone with whom you can make yourself accountable. 

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Day 6: No Excuses


Okay, so today may not have gone exactly as I had planned it to go. I knew that body was needing a day off, for recuperation after the workouts I had been giving it this week. That was deliberate. The restless night sleep going into today? Not so deliberate. This one think led to a sort of crash of my system, something I realize that I need to address better in the future.

I made certain to drink my two cups of coffee this morning, knowing the extra boost would be welcome. I had a breakfast of 1 cup fresh strawberry halves, and a toasted English muffin topped with light margarine. This was a great, healthy breakfast to start my day, after all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I grabbed my water bottle and a baggie with a handful of raw, unsalted almonds to snack on while at work. Walking, pacing, dancing, and fidgeting at work let to that energy crash by noon, and I still had two hours to go. Did I stare longingly at the candies and chips that were displayed oh-so-nicely in front of me? Yes, I did. But ask me whether I made use of those empty, horrid little calories and the answer is a huge “NO!”

Short story long, by the time I was able to eat anything, it was nearly 5 hours later still, and my long empty stomach had bypassed the usual “whale sounds” in favor of demonic screaming. I took some shrimp out of the freezer, have it thawing as I write, but tided myself over with a lovely salad until my dinner is cooked. (I am trying to go light and easy tonight in advance of my meeting with Trainer J for a strength test in the morning) Dinner tonight will be whole wheat spaghetti, drizzled with olive oil, parmesan cheese, red chili flakes, and those shrimp pan seared  for extra protein.


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