Saturday, October 23, 2010

Through the Lens

Its a busy weekend for me this weekend and a lot of it has to do with my passion.
www.HillEventPhotos.com is my website for my photography business and this weekend I have my partner doing photos for a 10K in Rural Hall, and I am doing family photos this morning and tomorrow afternoon. I will be editing and uploading photos this weekend from a few shoots in the past few weekends. It is really exciting how much my business has grown in just a year and at some point it would be amazing if it went from a passionate hobby into a full fledged venture.

Also have my Class Reunion tonight so that should be fun.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Ouch Again

I didn't really feel to sore from Wednesday nights workout until I hit the gym last night. and then as I was walking up the stair towards the track, I realized that my legs were indeed sore.
This morning I'm once again sore as hell, in that good way. I've put in a killer week in the gym and am certainly feeling it this morning.

I had a networking event to attend at school for a class that I'm in so I have now attended all three events that are required and I did actually enjoy 2 of them. I can go ahead and write that short paper this weekend and am very much on the way to being done with all the assignments for class! HOORRAAYY!

Due to the networking event I was late getting to the gym so the plan was to just run a mile and do W1D2 of the new chest workout. The mile run went well. Its the first full mile I've run w/o incoorporating walk breaks since I started running again and it went pretty well. It was a god warmup. Chest workout was as follows:
Box Pushups (start with one hand on the box/step, do a pushup, switch hands) 3 sets - 16 reps
Bench Press 2 sets - 15 reps at 75#
Incline Dumbbell Press - 2 sets, 1 @ 20 reps, 1 @ 15 reps. Done with 25# weights
Pushups - as many sets as needed to get to 50 pushups.

So, ouch again! But week 1 of the chest workout is done, I plan on doing a new workout routine every 6-8 weeks so this six weeks has gotten off to a great start. Tonight will be just cardio for around an hour and then one of the two days this weekend will be an off day.

My weight loss has went well every day this week until today where I gained some. I think its from the sodium from eating lunch at a Mexican restaurant yesterday. I showed amazing restraint and only had 15 chips with salsa(and thats my favorite part) and then had a chicken salad, but I believe the sodium content was pretty high. Guess I'll know more after tomorrow.

My 10 year class reunion is Saturday so it should be interesting to see everyone again.
If you've been to one or multiple class reunions, how did it go?

Until next ride...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I found my mojo!

Don't get me wrong, this has been an amazing year. The best of my life, no doubt about it.
However I've been in a little slump since returning from our honeymoon. (I know I've promised some of you a wedding recap post, and I'm getting there, it was just so great that I feel like I would write a novel with every detail, so its coming, sometime before Christmas!)

We stayed very busy with going back to work, moving, my longest work weekend of the year, Tara going back to school(teaching), going to Virginia beach for a half marathon, a vacation weekend in Asheville, and much more. So although July, August, & September were filled with fun things I just haven't been into working out like I'm used too.

When I did get into the gym I just wasn't super motivated to workout hard, and that was pretty unusual. Since 07 I've really enjoyed working out, or biking or running, etc. Sometimes there was an event that I was working towards or just to enjoy the time in the gym. I felt like Austin Powers in The Spy who Shagged Me, I'd lost my mojo.

I'm happy to report that "I'm back baby" (read in Austin Powers Voice). Unfortunately it took some post wedding weight gain to really force my hand, I dug in my heels and started working out regularly and hard a week and a half ago.

I haven't felt this good about working out in a while, I'm just spending a lot of time in the weight room and doing calorie burning cardio. Lots of time on the elliptical machine and I will start mixing in some running again this week, and lots of time with the weights.

I have started a killer chest workout and that's 2 days a week. I plan on doing lower body 2 days a week and mixing in arms with some of the other stuff. I haven't quite figured out where to add in core workouts but I believe they will be on the chest days in between the chest workout. Speaking of that mens fitness killer workout I'm still sore from Day 1 Week 1, and I've got D2W1 coming up tomorrow. I hope I'm able to move when I wake up on Friday.

On another note I've changed my blog title, hopefully for good and I'll explain why I like it so much in another post.

Until next ride...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Ouch

Today I woke up sore as hell. But its that good kind of sore, the kind you know you got from working your ass off in the gym last night.

I did 33 minutes on the elliptical and started a new chest workout from mens fitness, followed up by a mile of walking with Tara.

In all honesty, the chest workout didn't look that tough, but it sure turned out to be. I laughed at myself before I even got through the first exercise of the 3 in the Day 1 workout. This workout is two days per week, for 6 weeks.

#1 - Pylo Pushups (the one where you go down slow and explode up and clap)- 6 sets w/ 6-8 reps. I did 6 sets of 6 reps, and apparently I don't land softly on my hands because I started bleeding from my right thumbnail after 2 sets, but it wasn't too bad so I finished it.

#2 - Dumbbell Bench Press - 5 sets w/ 10-12 reps. Using 40# dumbbells I did the 5 sets with 10 reps. The first set was really tough because my chest was tight, thankfully it loosened up a bit.

I decided to throw in dumbbell curls between the press, so I did 4 sets of 6-8 reps of curls.

#3 - Elevated Feet Push ups - 4 sets w/ 10 reps. I did 4 sets w/ 8 reps and by the 8th rep on each set I was struggling mightily. I'm actually pretty shocked I didn't fall on my face on the very last rep.

I also decided to add some triceps work between those push ups so I did triceps pull downs on a cable machine.

I was in the gym for about an hour and a half and although tired when I left, I felt good.

Tonight I have a networking event and then class afterwork so there won't be any workout, but tomorrow night I am doing cardio and legwork.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Great Workout Tonight

Today started off tough but thankfully got better, due in part to a great workout tonight.
I didn't sleep well last night, that led to being tired all day today but I still had a plan to work out before the triad tri team board meeting.

It turned out to be a really great workout.
30 minutes on the elliptical
Upper body weight workout
2 mile run

I've had 2 really good workouts this week, both Monday and today were similar except Monday I just ran 1 mile. Yesterday Tara and I walked Trixie for 1.2 miles and then I put in 10 minutes on the apartment gyms elliptical machine(which sounds like it is going to fall apart)

I had a nice lowfat bowl of soup at Panera during our TTT board meeting, the feista chicken or whatever its called was pretty tasty.

I haven't decided about tomorrows workout yet but hopefully I'll feel as good after that as I do tonight.

Hopefully I'll see some improvement on the scale tomorrow, its been slow going so far, I still hope to loose some weight before the new year.

Until Next Ride....