Wednesday, June 29, 2011


It's been a rocky month. Work has been challenging, and finances have been challenging. Dealing with the Banksters is a drag.

The workouts I'm sure have been helpful. If anything I can get my comfort food without gaining weight. Golden Pride is on the way between two of my regular work locations and right next to the third. So I don't go there everyday but often enough. The difference, though minor, is that I don't get the burritos with the hash browns.

Lifting is going well. I really want to get to heavy and tough workouts. Things will likely be OK but it is hard not thinking that tomorrow I find out we'll be getting foreclosed on. Good heavy and tough workouts will help me with that stress.

Until then, it is the slower 20 rep per set workouts. Those will likely make me look a little leaner. I think I'm too short for it to make me look much different. By the end of August I should be using 100 lbs on my main lifts. I don't know if I can keep 20 reps for that but we'll see. I should hit 150 by the end of the year.

And blogger is failing to load the post. We'll have to see if it makes it by morning.

Keep Lifting!!!


Thursday, June 23, 2011


Finished 8th workout yesterday. Got it done in a little bit faster time. Not that I'm rushing the exercises, its was more about shorter waits between each set.

It has been fun. I haven't talked about weight but I'm at 187.5 lbs now. I'll see if I can get back to the 166 that has been my lowest in years. 187 doesn't seem very light, but I had weighed in at 205 at some point last year. If I can get to the low I will get off of my meds for awhile and see what my blood pressure and cholesterol are without them. It would be a great success to get off of them.



Monday, June 20, 2011


Finished two weeks of working out on Friday! Now on to start the third week. It feels good to workout again.

I have options for walking and swimming with friends. Seems like part of my pain is related to diet so as challenging as it is keeping on without potatoes and too much sugar will be helpful!



Monday, June 13, 2011


Still struggling with some finances and all of that. Even with that I started my second week of working out. Just adding a small amount of weight. The goodmornings make my back a little sore but hopefully that will be good after a few weeks.

I got used to getting worried when my back hurt so it will take awhile to get comfortable with the normal weight type of soreness there.



Saturday, June 11, 2011


Got through my workouts for the first week! Kept to my initial goals. I was really sore as far as my triceps and hams go. Everything else seemed fine.

I'm only doing three days a week so next Monday it will start again. I'll start to increase the weight and see how far I can go with sets of 20 reps. I thought that maybe I would be very sore for walking at pride today but not too bad. The best part was making it through the whole walk without having to break! It is always fun to stand for freedom and against homophobia, racism, sexism, and classism with La Raza Unida!

So I'll keep trying this out and build some endurance and tone. After the first few months I'll see about coming down to sets of 18, 15, 12, and finally 10s. I think I will wait until fall or winter to go heavier.


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Monday, June 06, 2011


Wow - just a big ration of people being dumb in my direction or toward my family... Hope it is just a temporary spike and not a trend.

The workout this morning went well. I can tell I'm going to be a little sore in different places. It was good to get started again.

It is interesting to blog about my individual exercise routines given how much time I work on Critical Health Literacy - which is understanding how capitalism, racism, classism, sexism, etc. impact health. Much different but there are times that without my personal exercise it is hard to deal with the broader issues.


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Sunday, June 05, 2011

Workout Ready for 2011 RESTART!

Here is the workout. Weight is 45 for the olympic bar - only the three main exercises, and 10 or 5 for the others. It is a lot lower than I used to workout with, but I'm going to give my joints time to gear up. I'll go up 2.5 or 5 pounds a week until I can no longer do sets of 20 and then gauge it from there. All are for 3 sets of 20 for now.

Monday - Deadlifts
Good mornings
Close grip bench

Wednesday - Bench
Bench Press
Incline Bench
DB Press (overhead)
Reverse Lat raises
Barbell curls

Friday - Squat
Leg extensions
Leg curls
Calf raises - start with body weight
Wrist curls
Reverse wrist curls

If I do this and continue walking and stretching I should be good to go. Someone suggested that stretching is probably more important than lifting. That may be true, but won't motivate me. I had a yoga teacher who flaked out, then ended up moving all together. So I really need to stretch every day or I hurt, so that reminder will likely not go away soon.

Let's see how this works!

KEEP LIFTING!!! (haven't seen that in awhile!)



Today is all about prep. Did some gardening and laundry, now into the garage and find my old workout log. Recreate my three day a week deadlift/bench/squat workout and write it up for tomorrow morning!

Need to keep walking and stretching. For relaxation and flexibility I'm going to keep working on getting massages regularly.

After the garage and workout write up will be music practice, then folding laundry and chillen out!


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