Saturday, May 8, 2010

INSANITY. Day 13.

So it's been two weeks. Today, for the first time, I made the conscious decision to push it during the workout. Before this I'd been surviving. Damm hasn't been eating enough-he has had that feeling of total exhaustion. So we'll be tweeking his eating, adding in more protein and carbs. I already had started eating more because my LittleMan upped his eating and I couldn't function at the caloric level I had been at.

And today we added the last new workout for this month: Cardio Abs. I had to rip off my shirt at that point, just like the dudes in the video, because it was dripping. And I was in the safety of my living room. No crunches, yet extremely hard.

And at this point I'm not going to continue daily postings on INSANITY. I'll post our Fit Tests, Measurements, and Weight, but the rest of this month we'll be doing the same workouts. When we hit Month 2 I probably will post once a day for at least a week, just so you can share in our pain. That counts as working out, right? Reading the travails of others? :P Hehe.

And I'm beginning to look at other exercise regimens sold by BeachBody. Shaun T., of INSANITY, is the dude who does Hip Hop Abs. If Damm thinks he could stick to that, we might buy that so we can alternate with INSANITY. I'm thinking he'll like it because you don't have to lift weights, but it is dancing. They have a few others but you gotta lift weights. Nothing wrong with that but Damm prefers exercises that don't require equipment because you can do them anywhere.

I'm thinking it's time for Second Breakfast. Wulfa the Workout Maven out.


Friday, May 7, 2010

INSANITY. Day 12.

The day got away from me. Stayed up waaaaay to late last night. Had some fun with the guildies downing Onyxia, although I got meself incindered fairly early on. One of my favorite people-Shrinnpoof-was also on, and once again we were Queens of the Emotes. Brought back memories of running Kara, us busily whispering and totally not paying attention to where we were going ... The good 'ol days.

But back on topic. Stayed up too late, woke up not wanting to do anything. We're in the difficult portion of any exercise routine: the 2nd week. The first week you're all hyped up, carrying through on pure adrenaline. The second week? You're starting to question why the heck you wanted to do this in the first place and you don't yet have the results you're working so hard for. But we are soldiering through, encouraged and bolstered by the following text from my baby brother, who is also doing INSANITY:

"The second month of INSANITY is insane."

Whee. Just whee. So I'm constantly reminding myself why I'm doing this: marathon shape. Marathon shape. And it's only 40 minutes. After a marathon that's nothing. Mentally I'm incredibly prepared for INSANITY. Physically is slowly catching up:) My words of workout wisdom for the day?

"Have all of your gear ready the night before."

Seriously. More than once the fact that my shoes had been waiting for me all night long is the only reason I've gotten up.

Wulfa the Workout Maven out.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

INSANITY. Day 11.

I need to buy one of those pushup assister thingies. The ones that take the stress off the wrists. My right wrist is just not healing. And that would stink, being felled by a wrist. Anyway. Today was Cardio Recovery Day. I thought about wearing my robe and pajamas but it's not that easy. That was my mindset this morning, however. Day off mentality and all. Helped by the fact THAT I AM DONE WITH THIS SEMESTER. Chemistry final was yesterday. I probably got a C but I think there's a good chance that I got a B .... either way I believe I'm earning a B for the entire course.

And that's it. I didn't think of any workout words of wisdom this morning. Nor do I have any recipes to share. It's good to take a mental break every once in awhile, just as a day off does wonders for your muscles when you're working out hard. So tomorrow my mental muscles should be ready to go and pumping at full steam. Right? right. So until tomorrow, Wulfa the Workout Maven checking out. (like that pen name? I might keep it. Looks pretty:)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

This blog has been taken over

by wulfa and her workout posts! Dang it!

I'm enjoying the workout and already feeling some of the results which has been nice.

fSo to counter act her RL infusion; let me point you at my latest character: Stockings

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Stockings is a cheerful little goblin. He has forest green hair and emerald eyes, a charcoal grey skin tone and slightly pointed ears. His teeth are brilliantly white from daily polishing and are appropriately sharp. He stands about 3'4" tall and weighs maybe 45 pounds.

His most noticeable feature is the bulging socks that hang from his chain mail armor.... they sway as he walks and emit a hollow clacking sound. He is very protective of these socks, always checking that they are there and the same weight. Under his armor you can just make out the vestiges of a silver ephod, it has definitely seen better days. Across Stockings back is a quiver and bow and a pouch stuffed to the brim with papers and scrolls. A small wooden earring pierces his left ear.

Stockings comes from a small village in Dalrok. Nothing much to see there... the villagers have the lowest in their society farm a little bit. The upper fringes occasionally raiding a near by settlement. Never hostile enough to get any attention but irritating enough to keep the anti-goblin stigma up.

Several years ago he was a young cleric's assistant. Every day as he carefully copied his master's scrolls he would see the Chieftain's daughter walk by. Her purple grey skin glossily reflecting the suns rays through her shoulder length fuchsia hair, her sparkling yellow eyes glinting as she sashayed past him. It is no wonder that very shortly he fell deeply in love with her. Bold even then; he asked for her hand. The chieftain was furious that such a non-bulky, un-threatening goblin would dare ask for his daughter's hand and refused. So daily Stockings came with a new poem, a new flower, and the same request. Finally the chieftain had enough, he agreed conditionally. Stockings would have to prove he was tough enough for her hand. The Chieftain proposed a task, one that was both dangerous and beneficial to the tribe. Stockings would have to go out and kill undead until he had enough finger bones to prove his love. The Chieftain warned him that the tribe's shaman would verify that they were undead and that the more powerful the undead the more easily verified the bones would be. Stockings was overjoyed and quickly gathered his belongings and left.

Overheard shortly after that: "How much is enough?" "One more than he has. Besides hopefully he'll be a wight or zombie in a few years and this nonsense will stop."

Stockings didn't overhear that conversation... he was already well into the forest when he realized that he didn't know how many enough was. The only reasonable meaning must be as many as she is worth. And she was worth a LOT. Well... best to get started...

Since that day Stockings has wandered the world, learning what he can and hunting as many undead as he can. He has grown to hate their vile existence and to strive to protect those who are attacked by the horrendous creatures.


INSANITY. Day 10.

Whee. 10 days completed. For both of us that's the longest we've exercised without taking more than a day break in awhile. Today was Plyometric Cardio Circuit. It was rough. Rougher than normal, even. That's what having pizza and icecream the night before will do to one.

You see, last night we dropped off the kids at the grandma's and had the first date night we've had in a month. Or more-I'm not sure. It was glamorous-we finished watching The Princess and The Frog, ordered pizza, and had icecream. And while we were watching the movie we both were busy on our laptops, sitting on different chairs. It was awesome. That's what having small children will do to you-even mundane things are way fun if you don't have to watch kids while doing them.

And after consuming the pizza and icecream and while we were both feeling rather sated and fat, we came to a decision. No more of our usual "indulgence" foods for the duration of our INSANITY workout. We both are beginning to see results and we would like to maximize them. So, goodbye, lovely Bacon Cheeseburger. For now. I will see you again. But we gotta do this-be INSANE so we see incredible results.

I also think this is a good opportunity to change the way I think about food. I know I've mentioned before that I don't want my kids to have the same hangups that I have about food. I don't want them to go through the same struggles. I want to teach them how to eat healthfully and enjoy doing it. So ... do I really need to chow down on icecream, pizza, bacon cheeseburgers once a week? Or am I so conditioned to the habit that I have those things even when I don't really want them? I think it's important not to completely forswear your favorite foods (unless there be a medical reason) but I think we could cut the frequency we have them by a considerable amount and not suffer psychological damage.

Instead I'll be researching "healthy" desserts. Stuff with lots of fruit, minimal sugar, etc. I'd already begun to do that but I'll step up the pace. I really, really love that what I eat is affecting my workouts. I don't remember that happening before-with one exception. 3 tacos before a soccer game in the blazing heat of summer. Not a good idea. But what a great way to take what I know about nutrition, what I've read, and actually see it happening.

So, if you know of any "healthy" desserts send 'em my way.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Ishvi is a saint.

"And I laughed at the badguy and they went raaaargh and badguys laughed and the momma badguy had got a baby and the baby badguy and momma badguy and daddy badguy were sleeping and raaaaaaaaaaaaargh and they were not coming in and there was a badguy momma and the daddy and the baby were with her and the momma lifted her leg up and her toe up and that was not funny and and I got a toy and i broke it and we and we and me and my monster fall a sleep with me and I feed him."

That was 30 seconds of a 10 min phone call with his neice(orclette). She had a blast... she prattled on and on and on and on.

INSANITY. Day 9.

Ok, question for all you readers: what type of recovery food/liquids do you like to consume? INSANITY/p90X sells a recovery formula but it's way too expensive for our budget. And I kinda do want something for those mornings that I can't eat my specially-made, nutrition-packed breakfast bars (recipe to come). And Damm still won't give up his sugary, really-bad-for-you oatmeal that has no protein in it nor essential vitamins and minerals. I've heard chocolate milk does wonders ... that combined with a banana? I've never really liked to use supplements but INSANITY is kicking my butt and I want to make sure I'm doing everything I can to facilitate recovery and results.

Today was Pure Cardio again. I did better-not as many breaks-but the pushups are still hard. I just cannot go at the pace everyone-including the women-are going at. It'll come. I really hope. They have some awesome arm muscles. And I'm beginning to feels my abs participate in the workout. I'm not sure what this means-were there no muscles there before? Or the muscles were there but I wasn't doing the workouts properly? Or I've managed to increase my core strength and they're helping me push it farther? And Damm's opinion on today's workout: "I was almost able to make it through the warmup without taking a break."

Ok, recipe for super-awesome breakfast bars.

Oven @ 375
3 cups Oats (not instant)
2 cups Flour
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Salt
1/2 cup Coconut Flakes
1/4 cup chopped nuts (I use walnuts but of course one could use a different variety)
And varying amounts of the following spices: Cinnamon, cloves, Nutmeg, Allspice. I don't measure these. I put in what smells right that day.
1 scoop Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
1 cup Vanilla Yogurt
2 cups Milk
2 eggs
2 green apples, chopped. You can also use bananas and I'm sure other fruits should you wish.

Mix everything together, pour into 11x13" pan, bake anywhere from 40-60 minutes. Use your nose. I sometimes sprinkle a bit of sugar and cinnamon mix on top before baking. You can up the sugar-my mother-in-law first came up with this recipe and she avoids sugar. I usually heat my bars up, pour Organic Whole Milk on them, and savor for as long as I can.

No idea calorie/fat/etc. content. It makes 12 bars the way I cut them and I eat 2 every morning.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Outside

INSANITY. Day 8.

The 3-day hiatus from INSANITY was not my friend. Moves that were easy on Thursday I could not do today. I foresee aching muscles and hobbling. And I wasn't careful enough doing the pushups-my right wrist and elbow are a bit achy. I guess I'll be buying sports tape. And making sure I've planned for the worst-case scenario: carpal tunnel. Again. If that happens I'll substitute the workouts that don't incorporate pushups. Not ideal, but better than quitting.

And that brings me to my sermon today. Never, ever, ever, give up. When you are beginning your journey towards fitness, towards better health, or whatever, keep the big picture in mind. Do you want to be healthy for your kids as they grow up, go to college, and have grandbabies that you're gonna want to play with? Then don't be overly concerned about small failures. One missed workout is not a big deal. It's a part of life. Are you trying to lose weight? Then remember that-hopefully-your goal is to become a lifetime healthy eater. If you're trying to get in shape for beach season and are employing the lose-weight-fast gimmicks, well, research shows that most people gain back that weight + more because they did not learn for themselves how to eat right. Anyway, over a lifetime of healthy eating one week of eating out because your house just sold and you're trying to move into a new one and there is NO WAY you're cooking ANYTHING so you go out to eat and your dad manages to lose weight eating GIGANTIC portions yet you gain weight-well, it just doesn't make that big of an impact over the course of your lifetime. True story, by the way. My dad loses weight when he's stressed.

So to reiterate-keep the Big Picture in focus. Then, strategize how to accomplish that Big Picture. And keep it realistic. Too many times I've run into people-usually overweight-who have grandiose plans of getting back into shape. Or they've decided to use some crazy weight loss scheme. In most cases, they will fail. Not because they don't have discipline or because they aren't good enough, but because they didn't realistically plan. If you've never exercised before or it's been awhile, talk to your doctor. After that pick an exercise that you think you can stick with. And then, baby steps. Walk for 10 minutes. Increase that amount slowly. Change what you eat for breakfast. Skip one dessert. Slowly change how you approach food and fitness, keeping your Big Picture goal in mind. Always aim towards that. And once you reach that Big Picture goal? Create a new one. Always be going towards something. Make it new and interesting. Don't stagnate.

My disclaimer: I'm merely someone who has been interested in nutrition and exercise her entire life. I don't have a degree, I am not a professional, I am not qualified to give medical advice. I don't have the perfect diet or the perfect exercise routine. I love bacon cheeseburgers slathered with mayonnaise and fries smothered in ranch dressing far too much to be a completely "clean" eater. But I've been at almost every point in the fitness journey-slim, beach-body perfect; overweight and sedentary; overweight and active; anorexic; binge-eater; compulsive exerciser; marathon-running shape; 10-K running shape; and moderately in-shape. And the key to any success I've had is to think long-term (Big Picture), set realistic goals, and then indulge in daily discipline, using the Big Picture to keep you motivated.

And that is your Wulfa wisdom for the day.