Friday, November 30, 2012

Zuzka Challenge - Day 7 - ZWOW #15

Today's workout was supposed to be 5 rounds for time:

10 squat to overhead presses
10 single leg weighted squats
10 skull crushers
10 V ups
10 180 lateral jump burpees

But I got through the first round and I just lost interest. So I did Turbo Fire HIIT 15. I got through 10 minutes of that before I started getting sick and wanted to throw up. I ate too much right before working out.  Speaking of eating too much, I ate badly today. But I'm done and that won't be the case tomorrow.

Food:
coffee w/ half & half & Splenda
truffles & bread stick
risotto & dark chocolate

I'm not digging this Zuzka stuff. The workouts are really, really good but I miss my Turbo. Tomorrow is December 1. I'll have 30 days before I start my half marathon training. I'm planning on ditching the diet soda for the month. I also want to work out daily. I'm going to stick with the lifting I did Tuesday. I really like that work out. I'll do that 2-3 times a week. The rest of the time, it will be cardio - maybe some Zuzka, maybe some Turbo, maybe some running if I don't have my son here. But I promise, I will be logging all my food at MyFitnessPal and I will be exercising.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Zuzka Challenge - Day 6 - ZWOW #37

Today's workout was 6 rounds in 12 minutes, 30 second intervals:

Santana push ups
side hops
Santana push ups
squat jumps

My calories burned was 102. This was the most pathetic, half-assed workout I've ever done. Those Santana push ups? They are like push ups to a T stand (side plank with arm extended in the air). I did them all on my knees, without the side move, and half the time I just held plank (on my knees). My side hops were more like just wiggling my ass from side to side. The squat jumps were slow but decent. But what the hell do you want from me at 5:30 in the morning after 2 hours of sleep?

Food:
coffee w/ half & half & Splenda
egg & cheese omelets - I actually snacked on several of these throughout the day.
pork w/ coleslaw
salad w/ ground chicken

Tomorrow's workout.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Zuzka Challenge - Day 5 - ZWOW #18

Today's workout was 5 rounds for time:

5 burpee step ups - each leg
15 round kick back lunges - each leg
20 inverted leg extensions
30 tricep dips

My time was 31:15 and I burned 290 calories. This workout sucked. My burpees were hands off burpees - no push up, and you lift your hands off the ground when you're down. I just could NOT do push ups today. And my tricep dips were pathetic. Blah! I'm hating this challenge. Not really. It's brutal but I feel strong.

I also feel crappy and bloated. I think it's because I'm drinking Diet Dr. Pepper again. So, December is going to be a no soda month for me. I would really like to lose 10 pounds before the end of the year, then deal with the last 10 in January/February.

Food:
coffee w/ half & half & Splenda - Twice!! I was wired!!!
pork roast & brown rice w/ gravy
banana
oatmeal w/ banana & peanut butter
red & green pepper slices

Tomorrow's workout.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Zuzka Challenge - Day 4 - ZWOW #39

Today's workout was 3 rounds for time:

50 side hops
10 spiders - each side
10 lunge hops - each side
10 lunge press - each side

My time was 14:20 and the calorie burn was 135. This workout was fairly light on the crying, heavy on the sweat.

Before I did the Zuzka workout, I lifted:

squat 3x5x105 lbs
dumbbell shoulder press 3x5x20 lbs
Romanian deadlift 3x5x85 lbs - Low weight because I desperately need to work on form
assisted chin up - 3x5

This weight workout was so, so perfect for me! Perfect reps, perfect weight, perfect exercises. I am in love.

Food:
coffee w/ half & half & Splenda
baked potato & vegetable soup
Oriental chicken salad w/ honey mustard dressing

Tomorrow's workout.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Zuzka Challenge - Day 3 - ZWOW #8

Today's workout was 6 rounds, for time:

10 forward and back squat hops - These were actually the easiest move of the circuit.
10 dragon lunge backs - These were not difficult - great glute workout!
10 toe touch jump ups - Don't let the name fool you. They are burpees in disguise.
10 side plank leg lifts - each leg - These kind of sucked. I couldn't balance on my feet so I did them with a knee down.

Total time was 22:07 and my calorie burn was 207.

Food:
coffee w/ half & half & Splenda
Carolina barbecue pork, pineapple chunks & coleslaw
homemade French bread pizza

Tomorrow's workout.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Zuzka Challenge - Day 2 - ZWOW #31

I'm using a random number generator to pick my workouts. Today was ZWOW #31, and it was a bitch.

3 rounds, for time:
10 push ups - I did these on my knees
20 burpees
30 squat jumps
40 mountain climbers
50 sit ups - I did crunches. I hate sit ups. I think they are useless for abs.

My total time was: 28:45. The burpees were a real bitch. I did them slowly. I hate burpees. I also wore my heart rate monitor, and my alleged calori burn was 275.

Food:
bacon ranch salad w/ crispy chicken & fries from McDonald's

That's it. I was preoccupied today and not all that hungry.

Tomorrow's workout.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Zuzka Challenge - Day 1 - ZWOW #1

I figured I'd start off my Zuzka Challenge with the first ZWOW. I decided to do this because on my last day, I'm going to do the ZWOW again, and try to beat my time. Actually, ZWOW #30 is the Beat Your Best, so I'm not making this shit up. She really did repeat the workout.

It's three rounds for time:

10 dive bombers
5 burpees
20 squat with leg lift - each side
5 burpees
10 side plank lifts - each side
5 burpees
10 pistol squats - each side
5 burpees

My time was 36:53. I could have finished a bit quicker if I hadn't been crying the entire 2nd & 3rd rounds. I also wish I'd worn my heart rate monitor. Caloriesperhour.com estimates that I burned 330 calories. I'll go conservative and say 250.

Why was I crying? you ask? BECAUSE I LET MYSELF GET SO OUT OF FUCKING SHAPE AND I WISH I COULD TAKE MYSELF OUT AND BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF MYSELF!!! I am so damn angry. There were times when I wanted to beat my fists against the floor and kick some walls, but I was afraid of hurting myself. I didn't live in an apartment, I would have screamed the rage away. Instead, I had to settle for sobbing into my carpet between every rep. No joke, man. I wanted to quit after the first round, which "only" took me 9 minutes. I would have hated myself even more than I already do if I had quit, so I just kept going. The pistol squats were not real pistols. I did one leg, thighs to maybe parallel while holding onto a wall squats. My burpees were slow, with the lamest push up components ever. And my dive bombers were more like downward dogs with a little hip pump. It sucked. Truly. My the time I was finished (okay, with the first round), I wanted to throw up and die. I don't know if I should have eaten before the workout (it had been a while since breakfast) but I had no appetite when I finished. I had to eat though. Two hours after I finished the workout, I was still shaking.

Oh, and I have no starting stats because I forgot to get on the scale this morning, and I lost my tape measure. So screw it. My goal is fitness. On December 30, when I do this ZWOW again, I don't want to cry. If I'm to that point, I'll know the other stuff is taking care of itself.

Food:
coffee w/ Splenda & half & half
eggs w/ chipotle sauce, toast w/ butter
tilapia & risotto

I didn't eat dinner. I had no appetite. I just wanted to go to bed.

Tomorrow's workout.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Zuzka Challenge!!

No, I have not fallen off the face of the earth, but I have fallen off the wagon. Not only have I fallen off the wagon, the son of a bitch has run me the fuck over. There are 38 days left in 2012, and I'm challenging myself (again) to do something.

I've been a fan of Zuzana Light for a while now. She's the original Bodyrock.TV chick. I'm not crazy about the new chick, Lisa, and all the equipment Bodyrock.TV uses these days. The program was supposed to be simple. After whatever happened between Zuz and the guy who filmed all the shit, she went out on her own. She's had her own thing for a while now, including a YouTube channel, two different Facebook pages, her own web site, and a Pinterest page. The Pinterest page has ALL her ZWOWs (Zuzka's Workout of the Week) and it looks like some of the older Bodyrock.TV stuff, before it got complicated.

So where am I going with this? For the remainder of this year, I want to do one of Zuzka's workouts every day. When December 31 rolls around, there will be 16 weeks before the Flying Pirate Half Marathon. I am fairly certain I am going to use this training schedule, beginning on December 31, which will be a rest day, per the schedule. So I have 37 days of ZWOWs. My plan is two right them all out on index cards and pick one at random each night to do the following day. 

I have to get this shit under control. I have a million reasons to get back into shape. I am so happy with every aspect of my life except my fitness level. I'll go back to using MyFitnessPal and I'm going to try really, really hard to post everywhere to keep myself accountable. I'll post a link to the workout, my notes (time, reps, weight, whatever) and my food & calorie stats for the day. I'm going to use two measurements for tracking my loss - weight and my beer gut. Okay, it's a cake gut but whatever. I'm going to measure the biggest part of my midsection. Because that's all I care about. I need to shrink that puppy down so I don't look four damn months pregnant. Okay, five months. Fucking hell, fat ass. 

I know I've said it before, but I'm tired of being out of shape. It's been 18 months since I was happy with myself that way. I've pulled out all my cookbooks and now that I'm not behind on my bills, I can buy good foods again and cook. I have to get the exercise back though. I've been struggling so hard with it. I remember a time when, no matter how shitty my diet was, I never fucked off my exercise. I need that back. I'm desperate.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

49 days to a new me

I did not run this morning, and honestly, I probably won't start until January. I am enjoying Turbo Jam too much. I did Cardio Party 3 today, which is my favorite Turbo workout. I wasn't sure I'd have the energy for it, but once I got rolling, it rocked! LOL See what I did there?

My son was home sick again today, so no work for me. Well, he wasn't sick, but he can't go to school if he has thrown up within 24 hours.

Food:
coffee w/ half & half
eggs w/ Sweet Heat Addiction, toast w/ butter
banana
coffee w/ half & half - Yes, again - I am going to be up all damn night!
meatballs & mashed potatoes w/ gravy
pumpkin muffin

Monday, November 12, 2012

50 days to a new me

I am back on MyFitnessPal. I hate it but whatever. I have to be more accountable. My half marathon is in 23 weeks!

The plan for today was to run, but I slept in instead. Then my son had been sick all day. So instead of running, I did Turbo Jam Cardio Party 2. Oh, how I love to Turbo!!!!

Food:
eggs & toast w/ butter
coffee w/ half & half - I ended up not drinking most of this because I made a poor flavor choice.
pork w/ baked beans
tilapia pesto w/ cream of broccoli soup

Sunday, November 11, 2012

51 days to a new me

I volunteered with the School Nutrition Association to cook for the marathon volunteers and elite runners. I have to say, the OBX Marathon is so inspiring, and as time goes on, I know more and more of the runners. I  love it. Within the next two years, I'm going to have my own finisher medal. I want to do two marathons - the Shamrock in Virginia and the OBX Marathon. Then I'm done running :p

Saturday, November 10, 2012

52 days to a new me

I ran the 5K with the GO FAR kids today. It was awesome. I wasn't timed and it was nice to run without that pressure. I wish I could do it on my own though! I'm thinking of starting Couch 2 5K on Monday, to prepare for my half-marathon training. Yes, I am doing the Flying Pirate in April. A bunch of people from school are planning on doing it as well. I'm not sure which C25K version I want to follow. I can't run a 5K all the way through anymore so I do need to start from scratch.

Friday, November 9, 2012

53 days to a new me

Food was good today. Race tomorrow. I'm so looking forward to it!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

55 days to a new me

This is getting ridiculous. Where the hell did my motivation go? I'm not pigging out, but damn, I still suck. And I'm lazy. Fortunately, I think I've come up with a plan for getting some running in. Let's see if I follow through.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

56 days to a new me

GAH!!! If I don't get some time to myself to run soon, I am going to freaking burst. I will get to run Saturday with my GO FAR kids but I have all this pent up energy and aggression and I desperately need to clear my head.

Monday, November 5, 2012

57 days to a new me

I did not work out today. I'm just exhausted. Food was decent though.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

58 days to a new me

I had a case of the lazies. I will work out tomorrow.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

59 days to a new me

My ankles hurt today so I didn't run like I'd planned. I did get a little cardio and some bodyweight work in. And food was good.

Friday, November 2, 2012

60 days to a new me

I did Turbo Jam Fat Blaster today. I wasn't going to. I had the house to myself and I just wanted to be lazy. But I have to get my ass back in gear. I'm giving myself 4 months (until March fucking 1) to get back into the shape I was when I finished Insanity in June 2011.  I want to me a fucking machine again. I want to be amazing. I want to be bad ass. I want to look good in a bathing suit.

Food was very good today, too. I'm really keeping my shit together, even if I'm too lazy to blog about it all.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

61 days to a new me

I worked out today! I worked out today!!!!! I did Turbo Fire HIIT 15. Damn, I love that workout. I won't be able to do it this weekend because I don't have the remote for my blu ray/dvd player and the panel buttons don't work. I used the xbox today but my son is taking it with him. I'm hoping to run Saturday and Sunday.

Food was pretty good today.