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Strong End Goals Week 2 Fitness

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Cinco De Mayo Triathlon Party/Kentucky Derby

Get back to the gym and in the pool
Get those sexy guns and shoulders back. Even in my mid 50's I CAN!
Put the bike rack on the car
Training has begun for Tour De Cure (Year Two Red Rider [riding with diabetes)
Gardening - last year in the Two Acre Woods - ENJOY! Wonderful exercise for the soul too!
Work my plan consistently - journal how I feel, take measurements
Warm up - stretch
Strength training (Can you say bat wings? Summer is upon us and I can't wear long sleeves. Where did my guns go?)
Try new workout videos regularly - short and sweet is better than not at all! (Podcasts, Youtube - use them)
Jillian’s Body Revolution


The above is what I wrote/posted pre BLC 19 for my Strong End Goals and here we are in week 2....

Where's Kal now and what is she up to? Nothing like where's Waldo....

I am notably too Type A/OCD. Is there a week to work on THAT? Little blips in my radar really throw me and that is an aspect of my personality that I REALLY need to work on adapting (note I didn't say change cuz let's face it; I think at this point in my life I'm most likely not going to change a great deal). Know what else I learned recently when reading about personality test results? Did you know that to some being Type A is a NEGATIVE? All this time I thought being Type A was a positive aspect of my personality. I actually find that humorous that someone (that would be me) would spends my whole life apologizing for pretty much living has always thought that being Type A was a good thing and find out at 55 years old that evidently it is not. Big aha moment. I guess that's why I never minded when I had the nickname Miss Anal Retentia and others were embarrassed when I found out?

Anyway....back to FITNESS goals.

The Azure Co-Captain suggested we take the Spark Fitness test this week and I did.
It is comprised of how many crunches you can do in a minute, how many push-ups you can do in a minute, your heart rate following step-ups on a 12" step for 3 minutes and 1 minute resting period and a 1 mile walk....I am in the excellent to above average range as I recall on all but I was disappointed in my walk time. I used to be the second fastest walker in the InMotionFit San Diego walking group and prided myself on that and now I'm just a walker. :::sigh::: Room to improve!!!!! There is a new app - MapMyDogwalk that I downloaded for Maggie and I. BTW, Maggie is less fit than I am and she isn't even 2 yet!

I worked my program last week (other than journalling and measuring). The bike rack is NOT on my car as I need assistance. Maybe today but I'm not holding my breath.

I am not back in the pool and don't see that happening just yet. Not excuses, just not ready yet. Too much going on at home with the house/move etc.

I logged a lot of miles on my bike.

About those baby guns....my arms are GROSS and summer is HERE. Feeling those 50 pushups I did in the aforementioned fitness test.

I started a wonderful new program with Yuri Elkaim this week The Amazing Abs Solution. It is a great core workout and I am enjoying it so far.

One of the Azuritas mentioned someone on her Spark page that led me web wandering and I ended up buying a book yesterday The Swing! Lose The Fat and Get Fit....KETTLEBELLS! Am I the last to learn about kettlebells? So once I got over the sticker shock (they are spendy) I read the book last night and I am ready to rock my new kettlebells. I've heard about them and been interested but after reading about them in Tim Ferriss' The 4 Hour Body I am on board for a couple workouts a week to help me with these sad, old lady arms.

There you have it....the Amazing Abs Solution is 3-4x a week, 2x a week for the kettlebell workouts to start, I spin/ride 4-5x a week and I add in some zumba and lots of stretching and that, dear spark friends is where I am fitness wise right now. There is also a lot of unintentional soul workouts in digging in the dirt here in the two acre woods, playing with Maggie, walking Maggie, working her in her training and such.

Bring it!!!!
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  • 4CYNDI
    Loved all of the things you are doing to keep fit & active! Keep it moving my friend. You are making your goals happen.
    3216 days ago
    work it, Kal, work it!!! Great plan!
    3216 days ago
    Hey Kal - loved reading all this.

    I bought Bob Harper kettlebells awhile back. I realized after I had them a week or so that I could do everything with just regular dumbbells & took them back to Target. They were spendy for me & with only one good arm to use, I am ok with my decision still.

    What is Yuri Elkaim program??

    Have a Great Monday!

    3217 days ago
    Hi sweet Kal! I'm sure you will continue to log the miles on the bike as the Tour de Cure approaches for you. HAVE FUN with it! Love that you did the fit-test... it's such a great reality check. You sure have a LOT of intense workouts on the schedule! Take it from someone who has gotten a harsh reminder - DON'T OVERDO IT!

    Hang in there and keep on with the soul-workouts in your beloved 2-acre woods... HUGS to you AND Maggie!
    3217 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5526384
    I have yet to get the kettlebells. I'll be watching you to see what you think. I ordered Body Revolution with Jillain and it should be here next week. I'm excited to try it. I need something "new".

    You're goals for the month sound challenging, but very doable. Good luck and keep us posted! emoticon
    3217 days ago
  • PJOY17
    Hi Kal!
    I have been wanting Kettlebells, asked them of friends for Christmas they thought I was silly, what does a 55 year old woman need those things for. What weights did you get, what were the cost , where did you get yours? I will have to look for the book you got! Loved your blog. I am looking for workouts that are easier on the joints that I can pump up the intensity to move off the pounds, you may have bat wings for upper arms I have ' elephant ears ' ;). Oh well I don't dwell on that lost a lot of weight over the age of 50 . Big hugs.
    3217 days ago
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