Friday, March 31, 2017

March's End Progress

Past two weeks has really been on and off for weight and weapons training.  I have dropped my weight down to 170, a loss of 10-13 pounds.  Twenty to twenty five to lose!  I weighed it 170 almost two weeks ago.  I have kept it there despite the indulgence of good food last weekend.

I finally have body measurements.  Kind of wish I would of thought of that one sooner.  I know the last time I measured my bust I was between 38 to 40 inches.  I may be able to hit 36" again.

Upper Bust (above boobs) 40"
Bust (under boobs)            37"
Waist (good posture)         35"
Hips                                   42"
Upper Arms                       15"
Upper Thigh                      24"
Lower Thigh                      18"
Calves                                15"

At this point I know I need to lose weight off my waist, belly and hips.  I don't have any comparison for the arms and legs.  And those I want to tone, build muscles and definition.

I want to have obvious muscle definition, but not much more than that.

Leg lifts for stomach muscles-eight, push-ups-five.  Much work needed here.  I haven't been doing them and it shows!  I have built my other reps up to 15 from ten.   I alternate between slow and fast rep sets.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Progress Report Second Week Of March

Fridays tend to be a day off from weapons and weight training.  It tends to be my cardio day.  Dancing the night away at my local pub with friends.  Friday the tenth I managed both.  I ended up with an hour to kill so I went ahead and did my weapons and weight training.  Then I went dancing and drank to much....

Saturday the eleventh I woke up with the sinus congestion of a cold.  I took a sick day and kept my shop closed.  All I did was take care of myself.

Sunday I was still awful, but I drug my ass out of bed and do the bare minimum I had to then went home and back to bed and called out sick for my HEMA class.    :(

Monday was a repeat of Sunday.  Bare minimum at work and back to bed.  By late afternoon I could breathe well enough to work out with my weights.

Tuesday I was mending.  Managed a to survive a full shift at work.  Trained with both weights and weapons.  I also broke down and had a soda pop.   I slept horribly.  I managed about five hours of sleep on top the hour and half nap I had after work.  I kept waking up every hour to hour and a half stressing about work for no reason.

Wednesday.  Work went well and I had another soda.  I got sidetracked visiting with friends and lost my time for weapons training.  I did manage weights though.  Wednesday night I fought my sub-conscious for sleep.  Ended up with about four hours.   Grrr..

Thursday.  Work could of went better, but I did manage to get done what I needed.  For the most part.  Still behind on subscribing the re-set sections.  Courtesy of an extra re-set of ALL 41 sections of wine.  Weapons and weight training accomplished.

As I stated above Fridays are my day off and I instead I get a good cardio workout dancing with friends.  I got an excellent work out too.  I made all night since I behaved myself and only had three shots all night long.  I played my guitar.  Johnathon and I did 'House Of The Rising Sun.  Best I have ever kept up with him on the guitar.  (I play and we duet the song)   They took off about midnight.   Asked to keep an eye on things.  Predicted 30 minutes, 45 tops before a certain person started shit.  Twenty minutes.  Helped to break it up.   I passed a personal test.  Yes I can and will do what is necessary without hesitation when needed.  Small confidence boost taken with the knowledge to not get over confident.

I am really starting to try to rein in my negativity.  The past eight months at work have turned me into a big whiner.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Progress Report For The First Week Of March

It feels really good to be back on a regular training schedule.  To get back to doing all those things I was doing daily for my physical and mental health.  Stretches? Check. Weights? Check.  Weapons training? Check.  Weights to build strength?  Check.

I have trained with my sword for the past six days straight.  Three of them in snowstorms.  Training dedication level? 110%!   Four of them I have also trained with my polearms staff.  Just handling exercises.   I have also been back lifting weights as of the past six days.  I have added a new set of exercises to my weight lifting.  I am practicing my blocks (and footwork) with the weights.  I can feel it in my ribcage and my thighs. What a better way to build strength for a solid block!

I have also been watching my diet again and have had only one soda pop in the past six days.  So I am drinking water, remembering my vitamins and herbal supplements.  I am doing my best to eat healthier, leaner and cleaner. I have added fruit back into my diet.  I am working hard to stay away from the sweets.  Hard for me to do....At this point the battle is in adjusting to the lack of sugar and the excess calories that go with it.  Yesterday the cravings were the worst and I felt horrid.

Apparently I have also caught another cold, a mild one, but still.  I can tell by the feel in my lungs. That umm, hot raggedy feel when it first hits your lungs.  Explains why I didn't want to do anything over the last weekend and why I felt so bad yesterday.  This is the bad thing about hot flashes.  I cannot tell if I am having hot flashes or fevers at times until more symptoms kick in.

Part of the motivation to get back to all these healthy habits is the realization that my work hours aren't going to get any better anytime soon and that, oh shit I have four months left to meet my goals of losing that last thirty pounds and getting buff at the same time.  So time to quit stalling, using work as an excuse and just do it!  Also I enjoyed a Korean TV series about a street fighter-"Tong: Memories" that for some reason inspired me.  I think it was the showing of the fact that even though he was very good he worked and trained hard to become even better.

All I can say is I did not realize how much missed my fitness routine and how much I enjoy it.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Back on the Wagon

Today I crawled back onto the proverbial wagon.  I stretched properly this morning.  I did weight training and I've watched what I have consumed.  I have this goal to be fit-strong toned, lean and "mean" by the end of June.  I have started regular training with my sword again.  I need to work in polearms training too.  By the way I love polearms too now.  I believe I have turned into a non-projectile weapons geek.

 As I am finally starting to adjust to being stuck in this graveyard lifestyle and being the boss of my department-whether I wish it or not-I have decided to find a way to do what I want and need to for me.   Now that I am a bit more settled I can start figuring out how and where I can add back in these thing I desire to do.  And that is getting fit, strong.  Becoming the person I wish to be.

I want to be that fun, amazingly cool "bad ass" person to be with.  Not looking for trouble or starting it.  But if you mess with me, or mine......