Monday, October 12, 2015

My Exercise Routine

Wasn’t sure if you all would be interested in this, but I thought since I have mentioned that I exercise, that maybe you’d like to know exactly what it is I do when I’m at the fitness center. I usually work the weights on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and walk 3-4 miles (depending on knee) on Tuesday and Thursday (preferably outside, but on the treadmill when the weather isn’t nice).

Before working the weights, I usually warm-up with a 20-min walk on the treadmill. Of course, if I’m reading a really good book, the walk will be longer and if my knee is bugging me, the walk will be shorter. I do try to get around a mile walked, though.

As with all my weight routines, I started out with a weight I could do 4 sets of 8 repetitions without killing myself. As the repetitions become easy, I increase them by 1 or 2. When I reach 15 repetitions, I increase the weight and start over with 4 sets of 8 (unless that’s too easy). I’ve been doing it this way for awhile, but then something happens (like winter or an illness or an injury) and I stop going. When I eventually return to the fitness center (and I do—I refuse to pay for it and not use it, plus I’ll gain weight!), I then have to start all over again. I’ll probably have to start all over again after this fall/winter, but that’s another story I’m saving for Friday.

Here are the exercises I currently work (I started going back to the fitness center regularly in April (after stopping in Dec) and I’ve been good in continuing!):

Chest Press & Chest Fly (2 separate exercises, but I’ve been advancing at the same time): Now: 20-lb dumbbells, 4 sets of 6 reps. April: 10-lb, 4 sets of 8.

Bicep Curl: Now: 15-lb dumbbells, 4 sets of 8. April: 10-lb, 2 sets of 10.

Reverse Flyes: Now: 12-lb dumbbells, 4 sets of 8. April: 10-lb, 2 sets of 10. This works my shoulders.

Lying Tricep Extension: Now: 10-lb dumbbells, 4 sets of 8. I started this exercise in August (10-lb, 4 sets of 4). It’s harder than it looks, that’s for sure!

Sit-up Crunches (no weight involved): Now: 1 set of 100 reps. April: 4 sets of 40. In July I attempted leg lifts to work the stomach muscles (since I’d gotten up to 4 sets of 100) and ended up pulling one! I didn’t start up again with this exercise until last month. I’m taking it easier now.

Seated Abdominal Crunch (machine): Now: 45-lb, 4 sets of 15. July: 40-lb, 4 sets of 12 (this is the exercise I started after my stomach muscle healed).

Leg Press (machine): Now: 80-lb, 4 sets of 15. April: 35-lb, 4 sets of 10.

Butt Blaster (actually, a standing hip extension machine): Now: 50-lb, 4 sets of 11. May: 30-lb, 4 sets of 15. This is a killer exercises and my least favorite! I used to do the kneeling hip extension, but my knees couldn’t take it anymore.

Seated Leg Curl (machine): Now: 100-lb, 4 sets of 12. April: 50-lb, 4 sets of 10.

Seated Leg Extension (machine): Now: 90-lb, 4 sets of 9. May: 70-lb, 4 sets of 12.

Seated Hip Abductor (machine): Now: 100-lb, 4 sets of 8. April: 70-lb, 4 sets of 10. This works the outside hip muscles.

Seated Hip Adductor (machine): Now: 110-lb, 4 sets of 14. April: 70-lb, 4 sets of 10. This works the inner thighs.

I’m thinking I should probably do some kind of high-intensity exercise, but not sure if I should bother right now. My knee might not be able to take it anyway. I used to attend a step class way back in 2008 (man what a workout that was, too), but the class is only offered in the early evening and I go to the fitness center in the morning now (between 6:30-7:00am). I like exercising in the morning a whole bunch better than the afternoon/evening. I’m more motivated then.

So… Did you find this interesting? Do you exercise? What kind of routines do you do? Or is this a crappy thing to talk about on a Monday? J

Have a great day!


Friday, October 9, 2015

I Watched Hockey Last Night and Fell Asleep

True story. I might have stayed awake if the Penguins scored or something. Boo!

Last night was busy. Met with some friends for dinner. Always love getting together with them. We all used to work in the same department (cost accounting). I swear, we were the best team ever. Then the company decided to break us up (actually, they broke up cost accounting, which turned out to be a huge mistake). It all went downhill from there. But we still get together occasionally even though only one of us still works there.

So, that’s why I didn’t post anything for this morning’s post. You just ignore the fact I had all day yesterday to write something, okay? J

Tonight is football night (for high school, that is). It rained last Friday (cold and windy, too…brrr). Tonight looks to be a little better. Warmer, for sure. But rain is forecasted. I hope it doesn’t rain. Grrr… Our football team is doing really well this year, though. Undefeated so far. Barring a catastrophe, we should be playing in the playoffs. I hope we make it all the way to state again this year. That was fun!

So… Do you ever get together with former co-workers? This is the only bunch I’ve ever done that with. That’s how much I love them!

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Wednesday Reads and Exercising Pains

You know, when you’re trying to get into shape, it doesn’t help when your body decides to fight back. At least that’s what seems to be happening to me. On Monday I worked out at the gym for nearly two hours. TWO. HOURS. That included a 30 minute warm-up walk. My knee was fine on Monday night. I got up Tuesday to walk. Stupid knee starts acting up before I even reach the end of my street. Instead of walking 4 miles at a 17 min/mile (a brisk pace for me and a goal I’m trying to obtain), I walked 3 miles at a 20 min/mile. And my knee hurt for the rest of the afternoon. How can I expect to get in shape if my knee protests?

Now, this has been happening to me on and off for the past couple of months, so I got my knee checked out. It’s possible I’m getting arthritis. Doesn’t seem fair. I know, I know, nothing in life is fair. Tell me about it! ***grumble, grumble, grumble***

Here’s what I read this week:

Oct 6: “Hard To Come By” by Laura Kaye, #3 in the Hard Ink series, a romantic suspense at 366 pages. Blurb from book: Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team—sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected to want the beautiful woman he found there. When a sexy stranger asks questions about her brother, Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the sibling she once idolized and fear of the war-changed man he’s become. Derek’s easy smile and quiet strength tempt Emilie to open up, igniting their desire and leading Derek to crave a woman he shouldn’t trust. As the team’s investigation reveals how powerful their enemies are, Derek and Emilie must prove where their loyalties lie before hearts are broken and lives are lost. Because love is too hard to come by to let it slip away… Great story. Even though there are only the two points of view (Derek’s and Emilie’s—duh), it’s still a suspenseful read with lots of action. Along with lots of sexy stuff. Love the sexy stuff.

So…Have you ever had a body part sabotage your plans? Because I swear, it does seem like sabotage to me.

Happy Reading!


Monday, October 5, 2015

Blogging Temperatures

Hot—lots to blog about. Cold—not so much. Last month it was hot. Right now it’s cold (meaning boring). So what do I blog about?

Hmmm… Did you watch 60 minutes last night? What did you think about the self-driving car? Do you think it’s the car of the future? I remember way back in the 60s, when I was in elementary school, my teacher said we (meaning our class) would experience self-driving cars. Seems she wasn’t too far off, huh?

Would you ever “drive” one of those cars? I’m not so sure I would feel comfortable in one. Probably because of this dream I had, but still… That’s a lot of trust to put into a computer.

Have a great Monday. Hopefully I’ll finish the book I’m reading so I have something to blog on Wednesday! J


Friday, October 2, 2015

Striking Out on the New Season and Some Hockey Fun

I’ve finally watched some new series this year. I’m beginning to wonder why I bother. These are the shows:

The Muppets – I think I laughed at one thing during the first episode (I’ll tell you what, later). It’s supposed to be a comedy, right? I miss the old Muppets.

The Grinder – I fell asleep through part of the first episode. Not a good sign, huh? But I like Rob Lowe, so I’ll give it another try. But if I fall asleep through the next episode… CUT!

Quantico – Really confusing beginning, but I’m willing to give it another episode or two.

Scream Queens – Couldn’t even get through the first episode. It wasn’t scary. It wasn’t funny. It was just bad.

Blindspot – The first episode wasn’t awful, but it just didn’t interest me. Then again, my husband is the one who wanted to record it in the first place, not me. I’ll probably end up watching it because he is.

Rosewood – Haven’t even watched the first episode yet. Wondering if I should, now. Hmmm…

It’s probably just as well I’m striking out. It’s not like I need to add to the long list of shows I currently watch. What do I watch? Well, here’s the list (in no particular order):

Madame Secretary; Sleepy Hollow; Masters of Sex; Rizzoli & Isles; The Big Bang Theory*; 2 Broke Girls*; Hawaii Five-O; Elementary; Mom*; NCIS: New Orleans; NCIS; Bones; Amazing Race; Survivor*; Castle; The Vampire Diaries; Arrow; Flash; Gotham**; Masters of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Agent Carter (if it comes back) and New Girl***

*Not a fan of the show, but Hubby watches it and I’m usually in the room with him (I’ve told him he can watch without me, though).

**Lost Season 1 of Gotham on the DVR (when that thing fried), but liked what we saw of the first couple of episodes, so we’re waiting to see it on DVD (we’re like 90th on the library wait list) and will record & save Season 2 until we can watch it.

***I’m not so sure I want to watch this show anymore.

Hmmm… Did I say I WASN’T a TV junkie? Looks like I am, doesn’t it? Most of the time the shows pile up and we watch them during the winter or spring breaks. Or my husband just likes watching particular series all at once (like Masters of Sex—we have yet to watch the first episode). When he teaches a couple of nights a week, or there’s a hockey/football/baseball game on, we get behind in a lot of our series watching.

Now for that joke from The Muppets: A female Muppet said to a male Muppet, “Did you know the band’s original name was Imagine Dragons?” He said, “That is their name.” She said, “I know. They kept it.”

For some reason it made me laugh. Too bad the rest of the show didn’t.

Last night I watched “Slap Shot” for the first time. Heck, I’d never even heard of the movie until Tuesday (and if you’ve never heard of it, it’s a crude hockey movie starring Paul Newman made back in 1977). The Penguins were playing Tampa Bay (on TV!) in Johnstown, PA, the winning city of the Kraft Hockeyville contest. Well, Johnstown’s War Memorial Arena is where “Slap Shot” was filmed, so of course they were showing lots of clips from the movie. I told my daughter I wanted to see the movie. I shouldn’t have been surprised that she owns a copy. Fun movie! Don’t know if I would have appreciated it as much before I became a hockey fan, though, so maybe it’s good I didn’t watch it until now.

Still, I’m shocked I didn’t know about this Paul Newman movie. Shocked, I tell you! J

So… Do you watch any of the same shows I do? Which ones? Have you ever watched “Slap Shot”?

Have a great weekend! I think I’ll be watching some football. Go Bucks! J