Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The Spartan 300 Challenge was posted at my gym about two months ago. Two months ago, I got the brilliant (???) idea that I would train for it. This is what I had to do, in this order:
- 25 pull-ups, 45% assistance
- 50 dead lifts, 95 pounds
- 50 box jumps
- 50 man push-ups
- 50 floor sweepers (hold a 65 pound bar over head, drop legs to floor and pull legs up to bar, alternating left and right. Hard to explain, but crazy ab work)
- 50 dumbbell clean and press, 20 pounds
- 25 MORE pull-ups, 45% assistance
And if that wasn't bad enough, to get the sweatshirt and the glory ("glory" is the gym's word, not mine), it had to be done in 15 minutes. Yes, 15 minutes.
So today was the last day to do it. Last night I texted my trainer to set up a time for tonight - my time was at 4:45. She couldn't be there, but I had another trainer time me.
I hardly slept at all last night. My stomach was all in knots, and I was SOOOO anxious about today. What if I didn't make it? I tried to tell myself that it would be ok, just doing it would be enough, but really, I knew it wasn't. I knew that if I didn't do it, I would be curled up in a ball, crying on the gym floor. In front of everyone.
All day I thought I was going to throw up. SOOOO nervous. After school, I changed into my gear and headed out to the gym. Got there a little early so I could warm up with a little walk on the TM. The manager asked me if I was ready, I told him I was nervous, and he said "either you'll die or you won't" (he's a funny guy). And he was right. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger.
So I walked for about 5 minutes, trying to calm down and get my breath. Did a little light stretching and headed into the weight room. Everything was set up for me in a little area - they didn't stop the times between exercises. Once the timer went off, that was it. No stopping.
One of the other trainers was in there doing her workout - she is really great. She trained me for my very first 5K, and she is SO totally motivating and wonderful. She was giving me some tips:
- Listen to Lindsey (the trainer timing me). She will tell you when to take a break, and how much time you have. When she says "break is done," your break is done. Finish.
- Don't think about it. Go on autopilot.
- Take a break when you think your next rep will be fatigued. You need your energy to finish out the sets.
Phew! Ready to go. First stop, pull-ups. My adrenaline was seriously flowing. Those were the easiest 25 pull-ups ever. So they were done. Next stop, dead lifts. The last time I did these, my grip seriously suffered. This was the part I was most nervous about. By rep 30, my grip was not good and I could only do about 7 at a time. I was a total baby - whining that I couldn't do it. But Lindsey was awesome - totally motivating, telling me not to quit!
After that, 50 box jumps. HOLY MOLY doing those after dead lifts was SOOOO hard. The box jumps definitely ate up most of my time. It took everything I had to do them! My legs felt like lead. But I did it. There was a bit of whining but I did it.
After that, the push-ups seemed easy! I busted out 50 like nobody's business. Thank goodness I worked a lot on those - I think they saved my time.
Floor sweepers - it was hard to go quick on these. I had been working on ab stuff, but this was hard. Especially after everything else. But minimal whining, and I was done.
Clean and press - these saved me, too. I felt good about them. 25 on each arm. Phew!
After those, I ran to the pull-up machine with 2:04 to spare. Two minutes to bust out 25 pull-ups. DAMN. At this point, I thought "I have come waaaayyyy too far to give up now. I HAVE to bust these out. No excuses." So I thought of my friend who gave me a card this morning to encourage me (and I *did* kick some Spartan a$$!), Beth Phoenix and her totally hot body, my trainer - she had texted me right before I went into the gym wishing me luck, and I thought of the stupid sweatshirt. All this nonsense for a sweatshirt. Ha!
So I finished my 25th pull-up, Lindsey stopped the timer, and for a split second, I thought "OMG it probably says 15:02 or something ridiculous." But it was 14:15. AAAAHHHHHHHH I was hooting and hollering all over the gym. The guys on the free weight side were all clapping for me as I hooted like a crazy woman.
OMG and you know the best part??? My name went right up on the board with my time. WOOOOOOOOOOOT! The list isn't very long... I didn't have my phone with me, or I would have taken a picture. I will take one tomorrow to post. I also get my sweatshirt tomorrow morning. You better believe I'm wearing that thing everywhere. Out to dinner, to church, Christmas shopping...
I can't even believe it. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd do something like this. Me??? Less than two years ago I was barely running half a mile. I was working out *maybe* twice a week at the gym. Eating right meant eating a medium value meal instead of the large.
Now, I did this totally insane challenge at my gym. Three of the names on the results chart are trainers, and there are a bunch of men up there. So I am one of just a few females who did this challenge. AAAAAAAAHHHHHHH
Next up, my trainer and I are going to do a sprint triathlon in the Spring. I can do anything!!!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
SNOW in the forecast!!! For December 9th, I saw snow showers. Hooray!
Tonight is the 300 challenge at my gym. I am super nervous!
- lots of water
- stick to the eating plan
- bake lemon cookies tonight (it's an easy recipe)
- do my best and give 100% during my challenge. It's only 15 minutes, and then I'm done!
Back to work...
Monday, November 29, 2010
Despite sitting on my bum in front of the computer all day, I am pretty happy about today.
- Drank a ton of water
- Got some Christmas shopping done, and only bought a few things for myself in the process (free shipping??? Hello!). I actually bought three pairs of leopard shoes from Target - I wasn't sure what heel I wanted, so I bought the kitten heel, the flat, and the wedge to see which one I like the best.
- Only ate one cookie!!!
- Stuck to the eating plan! The one I entered in yesterday!
- Got outside for a little bit - I emerged from my cave to go get the mail.
I texted my trainer, and tomorrow I will be doing the 300 challenge. Eeeep! I am very nervous - I was sick for almost two weeks and lost some of my training time. But I can only do what I can do. I won't regret doing it, but I would definitely regret not at least trying it.
So I am getting a little tired of sitting here. Time to clean up the kitchen and get my stuff ready for school tomorrow. I have not thought about work ONE BIT over my break, and it's been wonderful for me. Honey and I spent some quality time together, I did a lot of cooking and baking, and I feel like myself again. I got some really great workouts in, and I got back in control of my eating. It's like this long weekend was a total de-stresser for me.
No more long trips to Philly to take tests... my car is scheduled for an oil change - at a great place that is convenient! My usual mechanic is really really wonderful, but he's about 40 minutes away. I think I'll stick to him for big repair jobs. The guy doing my oil change is really great, too... he looked at my car last week when it was on the fritz - I didn't make an appointment, I didn't know him, I just drove up. Awesome. I thought I'd give him some more business.
Just heard Elvis' "Silent Night." Is there anything more beautiful?
Sunday, November 28, 2010
I decided to figure out how many cookie calories I've eaten this weekend. The good news is that I *over*estimated the number of calories in the molasses cookies. Each one has about 173 calories in it. And I was assuming they had over 300 a piece. So that's a good thing.
The bad thing is that I still ate too many. But now that I know how many calories are in each one, I am less likely to go crazy like that again.
I baked more cookies today. I know, I know, not the smartest idea, but I never baked them before and I wanted to make sure they'd come out OK for Christmas. They are called Rugelach, and I got the recipe from The Enchanted Broccoli Forest. OMG SOOOOO good. The doughy part is flour, butter and cottage cheese. The filling is semi-sweet chocolate, walnuts, cinnamon and sugar. The crust is so flaky and the filling is ooooh so good. The good news, though, is that I figured out how many calories are in each one BEFORE I went crazy with eating them. And the result - 228. EEEEK!
There was a good chance of being disappointed in this, but actually, I was quite pleased. I can work the calories into my day. I love a good holiday cookie, and now I have to figure out where to cut back to enjoy my homemade cookies.
As I look forward to December, I *know* that I will have to get back into tracking my food. Holiday calories tend to sneak up on me - all the treats from my kiddos and parents at school, all the nibbling at holiday parties, the wine...
I was going to return a coat tonight, but I kind of just want to stay home and get ready for the week. So that's what I think I'll do. I'm kind of tired of driving.
Rest of the night:
- water water water!!!
- plan out meals and workouts for the week
- Enjoy a glass of wine with honey when he gets home from work
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Yesterday I made molasses cookies. They are unbelievably good. And yesterday I ate four. Four big molasses cookies. So my goal for today was to stick to two. Not only did I *not* meet that goal, I gave it the finger. I ate six. Yes, six. And I could have eaten more, easily.
I usually try to find the positive in everything... I guess it's that the cookies were homemade...? That they didn't have weird ingredients in them? That I didn't eat eight? At any rate, I really need to not eat so many tomorrow. I bought a new cookie jar for the holiday (it's a cute penguin), and I think putting the cookies in there isn't doing me any favors. I can't see how many I'm eating, and Brad can't come home and say "why are so many cookies missing?" because he can't see how many are in there either. So the cute penguin may not have been a good idea. Hm... perhaps I should fill it with reminders to drink more water instead.
So I'll move on. Just poured myself a big glass of water, and my braces are in. Having my braces in is the best way for me NOT to eat. I should get back into the habit of putting them in right after I eat...
In a little bit I'm going out to do some Christmas shopping. This year I'd like to have it done early so I can spend more time baking some gifts and enjoying time at home.
I will have a glass of wine a little later tonight, as I sit in my jammies and watch some TV, but NO MORE COOKIES. I think a little note on the cookie jar will help.
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