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I have decided to leave Air Alert/Vertical Leap program til the basketball off-season. I can't fit it in with everything that I want to do. I'm playing basketball 3 times a week and I'm enjoying shooting around casually too much. I don't want to grind through my workouts, so I'm going to scrap it. To be honest, my time/effort will be better spent working on my shot/dribbling, so I will do that.

My goals/affirmations are going average - probably about a B-. Here's why (omitting Vertical Leap):
  • One Hundred Pushups Program - this is going well actually, it's bloody hard work though. I've just finished Week 2 of it (this is about 81 push ups in a work out) and I can do about 30 on my toes non-stop. It might actually be more when I'm rested/not sore - but I was pretty much busted towards the end of the week. Onto week 3!!!
  • 3 hours of cardio a week, minimum - this was easily smashed this week. As I always say, it's easy when you find something you love. I smashed out about 5 hours this week, but about 2 hours of that was just casual hoop shooting, so it wasn't too intense.
  • Do weights 4 times a week, x2 upper body and x2 lower body work outs - Oh boy, this was a bit of a struggle to fit in. I always drag the chain on lower body workouts because I just have so much more fun lifting weights and I have the bright lure of GUNZ to keep me going. I know, I know, I need to do leg work to help with guns. But that's not the point!!! I am loving dead lifts and calf raises at the moment. I am still hating lunges. I really want to master my form on the squat, I keep trying to think about it a lot - but I think I'm doing it wrong. There is a gym trainer (not a personal one) who power lifts (I see him on the weekend with his chains, blocks and foam). I am going to hit him up for some advice next week.

    I just find it so hard to fit in my lower leg work outs. I had to end of backing up on Wednesday night (ie. basketball Wednesday evening and then went to the gym to do weights) and on Sunday, I shot around at a local court with a team mate, went to the gym to do my lower leg work out and then a game at 10pm. Yes, I rested in between. I hate doing leg weights on game day, but I had to fit it in before end of the week!! I was just so tired on Saturday that I took it easy and didn't do any weights.
  • Commit to eating 5 small meals a day - I started the week off well but spiralled into a mess by the end of the week. It was my mate's birthday on Friday, and we went out and had drinks (with a fried chicken chaser), had a pub lunch on Saturday and then out to dinner for the same mate for his birthday on Sunday. I haven't been home enough to think of the food I need to prep. I'm getting there. Oh, but did I really need to have like 10+ drinks on Friday night?!?! My food effort this week was probably about a 5 out of 10.
  • Commit to taking my supplements religiously - I went average with this one...I took my protein shake and glutamine/creatine pretty much exactly when I should have. As for my fish oil supplements, that was a total fail (um, 3 capsules this week). And I took zero multi-vitamins. Oh, and as for the gluggy calcium caseinate powder - I can't find the stuff anywhere in the house?? Where could it be? It has NO OTHER use than to be in the kitchen!!
  • Sleep more - TOTAL AND UTTER FAIL. I THINK there was maybe one night when I got to bed just before midnight. WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF? I am seriously thinking of seeing a hypnotherapist about this - has anyone tried one?!


So overall, I am doing all the activity right, but not getting the food/recovery right. I need to get my diet/supplements right - otherwise there's no point working so hard about it all. I have had a total fail today on the diet front too, because I gave blood today and I was just like a deflated balloon after that. I was just so flat and was craving sugar hard. I had a chocolate milkshake, choc chip cookies, mars bar and doritos after my donation and then went on to have a caramel toffee chaser at the office. For those that no me, I NEVER EVER eat candy at work. So at least there's a pretty logical reason for it - I gave away 600mL of blood and my body wanted a bit of sugar.

BUT THERE ARE NO MORE EXCUSES TOMORROW FOR EATING LIKE THAT. Well, unless I decide to give away another 600 mL of blood :)

I read this girl's blog (Fit Lizzio) and she wrote a great post about stuff that she loves about her lifestyle. It really inspired me - so here is the list of things that I LOVE about my lifestyle/choices that I make:

  • I love it when I set up a solid screen on the boys at basketball, and I can take most of the impact without moving. My head swells with pride when the boys on my team ask how much I squat cause I'm so solid on my screens. Oh, and I don't squat a lot at all :(.
  • I love it when we've just played a fast paced game of ball, bull doze the other team, secure the win and I'm breathing so hard at the end I think I'm going to pass out.
  • I love doing weights at the gym, pushing myself on how heavy I can lift and getting my form right. I take secret pleasure in watching girls doing weights all wrong.
  • I love doing more pushups every session, more than the one before. I love being one of the few girls at the gym who bothers doing them on my toes.
  • I love when I do get my food right (both in amount and timing) and I am never hungry, eat the right proportions of macronutrients and train with heaps of energy.
  • I love it when I see a vague hint of a future vision of PSFG. Come on guns, I am ready for you!!!!
  • I love having a nutritious, tasty meal after a killer session.
  • I love knowing that I am better this week, than I was last week.
  • I love hearing about other people who are taking charge of their fitness and are just going for it


How are all you guys going? Tell me about it!!

on 2009-09-14 10:08 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] barksy.livejournal.com
bahaha yay for last point!

PSFG!!!!

I must say at my gym there are only one or two girls that ever do push ups on their toes - and it's always mighty impressive. Although it's rude to stare, I do enjoy watching :P

Ha! I also find a guilty pleasure in watching some of the women do weights incorrectly. Although I'm not the gunned up machine or the sight of the ultimate fighter, I at least know my technique is better is theirs! Oh, and watching beefy guys yank down on machines stacked full of weight just so they can let it drop with a horrendous thud??? Jerks. I hate those guys. Are we supposed to be looking at you???? Go away and stop distracting me from weilding this 10kg at the back of your meaty head.

on 2009-09-16 01:36 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] nadz0r.livejournal.com
omg, i hate beefcake at the gym!!!! that's why i like my gym, there's not too much puffed up roosters!!

when i was in bali, i saw a girl doing weights on her TIP TOES. ummmmmmm, fail.

GO PSFG!! I had a bit of a gym fail on tues - i don't think i ate enough during the day and i just faded hardcore at the gym. i will go back and smash it later this week and show that the SFG are still coming along!

on 2009-09-14 11:02 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] smelsworst.livejournal.com
i hit a wall a while back, but decided soon after that i was waiting until the move was done. the uni gym that is round the corner from our flat is super cheap, and lilli and i will head there together probably 4 or so nights a week.

will be shifting my focus onto eating big and lifting big. already enrolled in some kick boxing classes, and i really look forward to being able to spend some regular time on a bag.

nice work on your progress nadz!

on 2009-09-16 01:39 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] nadz0r.livejournal.com
ooooh, that'd be cool if you went 4 nites a week. odds on, you just go mwah mwah mwah and stay in and snuggle. hahaha, first few months and i juanzo were going out, we just exercised by wheeling in big wheels of brie to the bedroom. didn't work out so well :S :)

i love lifting big (well, big by my terms - and that's the best terms to lift big to). small low weight, high rep sets b-o-r-e me. i absolutely love it though. biggest reason is that i wanna be able to set massive screens and you gotta be strong to do that on the boys.

GO US :)

on 2009-09-17 01:10 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] smelsworst.livejournal.com
haha.. yeah.. i dare say the 4 nights a week will soon turn into 2. or 1. haha.. but the intention is there!

on 2009-09-15 12:21 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] penelly.livejournal.com
Go PSFG! :)

I've fallen off the wagon exercise-wise recently. Haven't done anything for 2-3 weeks. First week because of a combination of busy+lazy, and then I've had a cold so not felt well enough to go to the gym.

I'm looking forward to getting back to pump class (I was starting to increase the weights again, after being away overseas for a bit) and want to get back to running. I won't have cold weather as an excuse anymore. I'll have to keep telling myself that it's not so bad once I get started. I think I need to write a list like yours of the things I love about exercise. :)

on 2009-09-15 01:16 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] cheekyvixen.livejournal.com
i'm running the half marathon this sunday! we're tapering at the moment so i feel a bit blah and like i need to go for a rally long run... but i will be this sunday!

I'm starting to get nervous but hopefully it will all be okay.

Depending on how the run goes, i may or may not think about doing the full one next year... AHHH COMMITTMENT!

Next month i'm committing to three times a week bootcamp which will also get me to work nice and early (shower here!) and I'll be riding my bike to work the other two days a week. I think that will get me on my way to hotness and keep me in shape for summer!

on 2009-09-15 03:10 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] cheekyvixen.livejournal.com
PS. i love it when i'm doing a class at the gym and I'm clearly one of the fittest there. i am pretty motivated by being the best.

on 2009-09-16 01:43 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] nadz0r.livejournal.com
hahaha ME TOO. I love to smash it on the push up track and I am the only one on my toes. when i can do it ALL on my toes, then I will be really proud :D

on 2009-09-16 11:18 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] cheekyvixen.livejournal.com
Ohhh i'm so bad at pushups, i can do a couple on mmy toes but not heaps :-( Maybe i should 100 push up plan. where is it online? I think the last link you sent was borked...

on 2009-09-17 02:03 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] nadz0r.livejournal.com
the best thing you can do is start doing elevated push ups (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQJN5HDPut8&feature=player_embedded). do you have access to a smith machine at the gym? lock in the bar at a level where you can do 20 push ups. and then do x2 sets. then as you get stronger, drop the bar lower. soon, the bar will almost be on the floor and then you can do normal push ups! :)

on 2009-09-16 01:41 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] nadz0r.livejournal.com
have your slack friends come to the donation party??

FULL MARATHON is so hardcore!! do you find you get many injuries doing such long distances?

you are already pretty hot :D

xxxxx

on 2009-09-16 11:20 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] cheekyvixen.livejournal.com
Actually i have only ever had one running injury and that was at the beginning of the year, and I solved it by buying new shoes after going and seeing the shoe whisperer (he was amazing).

I think i'm pretty lucky that way so i figure i should capitalise on it now before i become old and arthritic...

on 2009-09-16 09:54 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] suzysiu.livejournal.com
So sleep. Yeah, your body will really benefit from getting adequate rest & recovery. I don't understand why you would see a hyponotherapist for your sleep, as to me it sounds like your problem is that you're busy, you get home late, and you stay up late. Why don't you tape the TV programs you like? I gotta say, TV would have to be the first thing to cut out of your evening.

on 2009-09-17 02:01 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] nadz0r.livejournal.com
i was exhausted and crazy. you have it dead on. i come home late and get resentful that i get no me time. i just need to sacrifice it for sleep.

which is why i'm up at 12am again!!! FAIL FAIL FAIL :(

I have my sister on my case which is helping though.

on 2009-09-18 11:10 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] suzysiu.livejournal.com
Can't the exercise and food preparation be me time? If not, I think you have to save me time for the weekend.

on 2009-09-18 11:25 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] nadz0r.livejournal.com
it could be 'me' time, but it's just so tedious shredding vegetables and then cleaning up. i think i just need to turn the computer off at 10pm every night and start from there.

8 hours has to happen!!!!!

on 2009-09-18 08:12 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] protag.livejournal.com
Food for thought:

Part 1: http://www.fitnessspotlight.com/2008/11/05/eating-more-meals-does-not-speed-up-your-metabolism/

Part 2: http://www.fitnessspotlight.com/2008/11/19/eating-more-meals-does-not-speed-up-your-metabolism-part-ii/

on 2009-09-18 11:42 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] nadz0r.livejournal.com
I eat small meals regularly cause my energy is more stable, I'm less hungry and it just works for me. End of the day speeding up metabolism theories are nice but I try to eat around 2000 calories in a 50/30/20 carb protein fat split. I am failing cause I keep drinking and running out of time to prep meals. What made you think I was doing it for metabolism purposes? Just curious :)

on 2009-09-18 11:54 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] protag.livejournal.com
I didn't, really. I just saw the number of meals you ate, thought of the article, and thought I'd share. If what you're already doing works for you, that's awesome. =)

Keep training hard!

on 2009-09-18 11:27 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] nadz0r.livejournal.com
it was a good article...people get so obsessed with 'speeding up their metabolism' and junk like this (see also, all the detox and acai berry etc. supplement diets) instead of just eating the right amount and training.

it works when i get my sht organised. it's so hard with work in the way.

am so flat this week tho, i think i will take it easy this weekend and hit it next week again.

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