First off, it was REALLY great to read everyone’s comments to yesterday’s post. What a wonderful collection of good news from everyone. Thanks for putting your thoughts out there. It’s nice to share our little personal pats on the back, eh?
Today, after doing another wacky session of calisthenics mixed with jumping rope, and after another 10 rapid minutes on the bike, I switched to the treadmill and tried something new. I tried fastwalking while raising the incline.
Oh, the treadmill. I’m running along watching MTV with one eyeball and COPS with the other. Do you know what isn’t at all helpful to maintaining a running mindset? Rap videos and COPS covering a bike rally. There were more fuzzed out shots of women flashing on one screen and another full of everything wiggling to rap music on the other. Oddly, it made “staying in my head” a difficult trick.
(The new Ludacris song is fun, but I just like that guy).
Do NOT miss Monday workouts. Something about starting your week by kicking your own ass is a great way to keep your motivation up on the rest of the week. Messed up all weekend? Who cares? (Well, you do.) But get back in that game on Monday, dammit.
Did you miss Monday morning and now feel guilty reading this? Don’t. Just do your workout some time today. And if you can’t do your SCHEDULED workout, at least do SOMETHING that shows you’re still fighting. Right?
Just do lunges and deep bodyweight squats for a while and you too can have a sore butt. Man, those glute muscles really have lots to do with your ambulatory functions, and yet, they’re so overlooked. Besides that one little machine folks use at the gym (and by folks, I mean mostly girls), there’s not a lot of focus on getting your butt muscles stronger.
But, if doing lots of lunges is any indication, these muscles are obviously very necessary for running and other movement activities, so it stands to reason that you’d want to really work them harder.
This is kind of a “rough post” of something I’m throwing around in my head. I was trying to think of all the various ways adults could look to kid’s play as a way to get even more physically fit. Follow with me, eh?
Imagine running, stopping, turning quickly, and chasing each other at sprint paces. This seems like an excellent plyometric extravaganza. Throw some mixed terrain into the experience (like do this on a wooded trail) and you’ve got lots of muscles engaged in the activity.
I was coming up with little ways to burn a few more calories here and there. Here’s what I have. I want you to give me a few more. And I’m talking neato tricks, not: “go cycling.” Yes, we KNOW that’ll help. Let’s get tricky.
Do you know that 10 minutes of brisk walking (I mean brisk, not so slow that butterflies can land on you) gets your metabolism churning again towards fat burning? 10 minutes. Okay, that’s a little longer than your average pee break at work, but not so long that the boss comes looking for you. (If you’re a commercial pilot, forget I mentioned this. Stay in your seat!)
I was never into pro wrestling. I appreciated that the folks doing it were athletes, even though their stories are scripted. For whatever reason, I could read superhero comics until the cows came home, but I thought wrestling was too “fake and scripted” to have it haul in my attention. But again, those folks doing it are definitely athletes. (Steroid issues aside, I guess).
So, the other day I rented one of those UFC DVDs from Blockbuster. You know about these? They are mixed martial arts fights, meaning that the fellers can punch, kick, elbow, and grapple each other until they win either by technical points, a knockout, or putting the other person in submission. I was curious to see Randy Couture fight.
Get a jumprope. If you haven’t tried jumping rope just lately, pick one up. Why, I gave it the ole college try this morning, and was pleasantly surprised.
This morning, I started enacting my heavy-weight-loss-focused efforts, which involved intense bouts of calisthenics, calorie burning efforts, and slightly more moderate weight training. Here’s what I did.
Isn’t it neat that when you finally get a really good sense of which direction to take, everything starts reinforcing it? When I was doing calisthenics this morning, especially jumping jacks, I noted a weird sensation I haven’t had since I started this whole fitness thing. I felt the fat and skin on my body kind of moving around independent of all my firm muscle tissue.
It was kind of gross, really. It just felt like there was all this excess still left on board. And yet, it’s all still there, just aching to come off through hard efforts. I’m excited in a way, because it’s one of those areas where it’s really hard to see myself as “at a good spot.” Instead, I’ve got nowhere to go but forward.
If you’re getting my posts from newest to oldest, there’s a whole lot of pictures below this post, showing the place, and a few of the folks who live there. People tend to ask me questions about our house, so I thought I’d offer up a quick visual tour of most of it. I didn’t show you the kid’s bedroom, because that seemed kind of creepy for whatever reason. Otherwise, what follows (in newest to oldest post order) are some shots of the digs. Enjoy.