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  1. Been ill all week, so I slacked off a bit. I also started tracking at Fitocracy, since they give me points. I like getting points.
  2. Went swimming today. It all just suddenly clicked. Still some work to do, to make my stoke more efficient, and to learn tumble turns, but I feel pretty good about it. There were schoolkids in the pool today, having lessons just like I used to, from the same teacher! She didn't remember me, but I remembered her, and I hope it gave her a warm glow, that she had instilled a love of swimming in me that had lasted fourteen years. Also in the pool; one of the lifeguards. Yumyum. Anyway, because of the kids, I was doing widths of 11m, rather than lengths of 25m. So, I did; 4 x 3 widths, with 30 seconds rest each between each set. 3 x 5 widths, with as much rest as I needed to get my breath back. I considered walking the half a mile from the bus stop to the pool my warm up, and turned somersaults for my active cool down. One of those widths I did without taking a breath, which I'm quite proud of. I also noticed that it used to take me eight strokes to cover the 11m, and now it only takes me 6. Just letting my dinner go down, and then I'll do workout B of New Rules. I'm still just playing around with these, figuring out the right weights, and how to do them with my home gym stuff. A few exercises, like the prone jackknives, the weighted lunges, the swiss ball crunches, and the pullovers are stuff I've not done before. That's why I'm not going to start counting these workouts until next week. Edit: Workout B Deadlifts: 15@15, 15:15. Seems like a good weight. Dumbbell Shoulder Press: 15@7, 15@7. Tried lifting 10kg, but couldn't do the reps. Pullover: 15@2, 15@2. I found that going any higher seemed to pull on my left shoulder too much. Lunge: L15:2, R15@2, L15@2, R15@2. These really hurt! Swiss Ball Crunch: 8@BW, 8@BW. Barely felt them.
  3. I'd love to go, but I don't think I can afford it.
  4. ^ I do what she does, but I have my weights more at diagonals, so they come to my hands naturally, rather than in a straight line.
  5. Haha, I fell off the ball for every other one! And I kept curling myself up, so if I did manage three in a row, I'd find I was closer to all fours than a plank! I could feel that really working even with sloppy form, so I will stick with them. I found that leaving my step-up chest on the floor, and putting it behind the ball really help. It stopped it rolling too far back, at least.
  6. I had another go at Workout A from New Rules. 30 Star Jumps. Squats: 15@8, 15@10. I reckon I can go up a bit here. Push-ups: 15, 15. For these, I put a wooden chest on top of my table, to get a surface that's about hip height on me. My form was a little shaky here, so I'm going to stay at this level for a bit. Bent-over Rows: 15@5, 15@5. My form was much better this time, so I intend to go up a bit. Step ups: 15@8 each side, 15@13 each side. I used that wooden chest, which is just over 7 inches tall. I'm going to stay at 13kg for a bit, since I think I was using my trailing leg a bit too much. Prone Jack knifes: 15, 15. My form wasn't perfect on these, but I should be much better at them soon, if I carry on with this. Salute to the sun x 2. I've also noticed that a meal or snack high in sugar leaves me feeling extremely ill. I'm going to switch to stevia, and see how I feel.
  7. Stupid jokes are fine, but it'd be just peachy if you'd lay off the sexist ones, 'kay?
  8. Swam this afternoon, for about half an hour. Came home and played with the first workout from New Rules of Lifting for Women. Results as follows; 30 star jumps. Squats: 15@8, 15@18. I held two dumbbells up to my shoulders, each weighing 4kg. Next time, I'll hold them at my sides, hanging down. Push Ups: I used a table which is about mid-thigh height on me. I managed 10, then 5 on the second set. I don't know why these are so hard for me. I know my left arm is weaker - I could really feel it struggling. Bentover Row: 15@8, though I think my form was pretty bad. I did the next 15 with no weight at all, to see if I could get the hang of the form, but I'm still not sure. Prone Jackknife: couldn't get the balance right. At this point, I gave up for today, feeling a bit depressed. Also; Hell's Belle's (penultimate 100 pages) - 27:19:6 = 1639.6 seconds Hell's Belle's (final 100 pages) - 24:12:7 = 1452.7 seconds
  9. Seriously, heels and cute?O_O Bring iron and we'll talk.
  10. Oh hey, I totally forgot I was on my period today. Mooncup + Mirena ensuring that I lose something stupid like 5-6ml of blood every three months or so makes it a breeze. I've found that, although I'm wiped out during the few days before it starts, once it gets going, I'm full of energy.
  11. I got 'em, yeah. Amazon should have got them here by Monday. Only problem is, as you can see below, I already outpaced them with deadlifts, so I'll have to get some more. I'm thinking a set of 4 x 5kg, then a barbell. That should last me for a good few months. Tbh, I've been feeling run down for days. I had a migraine Tuesday and yesterday, and I've been getting early nights and trying to eat better. Haven't run or swum since last week. I felt better today though, so I went to lift weights at the gym. Results as follows; 1 minute on the rowing machine. Assisted Pull-Up: 5@30, 5@30, 5@30,, 5@30, 5@30. I really stuggled with the last one, but I still plan to move up to a 25kg counterweight next time. Lat Pulldown Machine was busted, so I skipped it. Dumbbell Bench Press (weight is total weight, not each hand): 5@15, 5@15, 5@15, 5@15, 5@15. Levelling up on this one too. I'm a little nervous about dropping them on myself, but I can't let that hold me back. Goblet Squat: 5@10, 5@10, 5@12.5, 5@12.5, 5@12.5. Next time, I'll start on the 12.5kg, and think about moving up to 15kg. Dumbbell Deadlift (weight is total): 5@20, 5@25, 5@25, 5@25, 5@25. Next time, I'll start on 25kg, then move up to 30kg for subsequent reps. About halfway through, I looked at the weight, and thought it looked so small, and seemed so unimpressive. Then I recalled that I only weigh 57kg, so I'm almost lifting half my bodyweight. Overhead Press: 5@10, 5@10, 5@10, 1@15 4@10, 5@10. Next time, I'll start on 15kg and do 10kg when I can't take it any longer. Finished with two salutes to the sun, and a very slow minute on the cycling thing, with arm stretches. Can just about touch my toes again. My reservation of New Rules of Lifting For Women came into the library. Just reading the first few pages, and I already love it. It really inspired me to push myself. I hope those ladies staring at me learned something. Speaking of reading; 7. House of Many Ways - 22:29:6 = 1349.6 seconds 8. Goodnight Nobody - 42:46:4 = 2566.4 seconds. This means my average speed for 100 pages of new-to-me books is 1602.55 seconds, or 26:42:6, all books is 1970.48 seconds, or 32:50:5, and my average for rereading books is 2943.4 seconds, or 49:03:4.
  12. Hi Gemma! I'm English, 23, and worked at McDonalds until last July. Currently studying economics.
  13. I'd agree that the basic premise needs rethinking. The best exercise is one that you can stick to, and I don't think your wife is getting that out of this. I've only worked out with my partner once; we ran together. He doesn't run regularly, but he easily covered the times and distances I've been working up to for weeks, and, yeah, I felt awful. Luckily, it had initially been suggested as something we try together once, so he has an idea of what I'm up to when I'm out there, not as a regular thing, so there's never been any pressure to do it again. I'd imagine your wife feels the same. Maybe your wife would enjoy swimming, or ice-skating, or some other activity which is more like a game than a chore? As for your needs, drop us a link to your workout thread, if you've set one up. I'll certainly pop along and cheer for you.
  14. Oh, I spotted a really great dessert the other day. http://paleodietlifestyle.com/chocolate-cranberry-pie/ ^ I was thinking of making it myself, just veganising the crust, and maybe using raspberries instead. I'd imagine the crust is the only thing that might give you trouble, re getting ahold of the ingredients, but I'm sure you could find a simpler one if you needed to. You could get really fancy and arrange the berries in a heart shape! Or, melt some chocolate, drizzle heart shapes onto to a sheet of waxed paper, and put them on the top once they're dry.
  15. Today's Workout 30 Star Jumps Squats: 50, 50. Hindu Push-Ups: 10, 10. 1-Armed Rows: 30r, 30l Salute to the Sun x 2 I'll do the planks later - I hurt too much now.
  16. Spent today playing with yoga. I can do a full shoulder stand, and half a hand-stand (legs are still resting on the wall). I've also found that Hindu push-ups are actually easier for me than normal push-ups or knee push-ups. I'm an inch or two away from touching my toes, but I'm a lot better than I thought at triangle and warrior poses. It seems that using the salute to the sun as cool down stretches really helps with flexibility.
  17. Shiggles, don't worry - mine has never popped out. I've even done yoga, krav maga, and run with it in.
  18. Oh yeah, I cut the stem off mine. Not because it shoved it higher, just because it poked me. You could donate them to a women's refuge or homeless shelter, if you did decide not to use them any more.
  19. Womb sisters! *fistbump* (this post made me laugh so hard when I thought of it that I just had to post it!)
  20. I'm not paleo, but I do freezer cook sometimes. I can't speak for this recipe, but, most things, it's a case of portion into containers, let cool, and then stick it in the freezer. Freezing into portions is an important step - it saves you having to freeze and unfreeze in bulk. I just tried googling "paleo freezer cooking recipes easy", and a bunch of links and threads came up, too many for me to recommend anything in particular. Definitely worth a look.
  21. Today, I did; 30 Star Jumps Squats: 50, 28, 22. Knee Push-Ups: 4, 9, 11, 10, 6. I am concerned about my form on these. I'll experiment with incline push-ups, maybe find a level I can do perfectly and work back down. Bent-Over Rows (using my hardback collected edition of Lost Girls, which weights approximately 7lbs*): 20 right, 20 left. Planks: 40secs, 40 secs, 40secs, 40secs. *I weighed myself and myself-holding-the-books on the scale, and subtracted one from the other. It goes to the nearest 1/4lb. I also timed myself reading the last hundred pages of the following books ('®' means rereading - I have a theory that this makes a difference); The Collector ® - 49:03:4 = 2943.4 seconds Harvey Angell and the Ghost Child - 29:39:4 = 1779.4 seconds Harvey Angell Beats Time - 28:08:6 = 1748.6 seconds. This means my average speed for 100 pages of new-to-me books is 1795.675 seconds, or 29:55:7, all books is 2025.22 seconds, or 33:45:22, and my average for rereading books is 2943.4 seconds, or 49:03:4. I'm not correcting for variables of style (the two Harvey Angell books are aimed at children), size of font, or size of pages, because I simply cba. Edit: A bit of experimenting with push ups reveals that I can do decent knee push-ups, taking my chest to an inch above the ground, then back up without letting myself drop, though I do tend to raise my hips at the end. So I'll go with those, but focus on making every one perfect. Edit 2: Thirteen Reasons Why - 28:41:7.
  22. I have a mooncup. Works great! TMI below; I used to think my periods were the same as everyone elses...y'know, I'd get heavier days, some pains, etc, and I assumed these were to the same degree as everyone elses. However, after using my cup for a bit, and keeping track of blood loss (this was around the time I was getting my IUD sorted, so I was trying to see what effect it had), I found out that I lost between 14-20ml per month. A post on the menstrual cups livejournal community showed that everyone was else was losing over 100ml per month. On the subject of the IUD, I found that a copper T (like a paraguard) trebled how much blood I lost - still not enough to take me up to average, but enough to dislodge itself. However, my mirena means that I have a period once every three months or so, and only lose 6ml of blood, if that. ....so yeah, me and my tiny little menstrual experience will be over here in the corner.
  23. Planks (plan); 4 x 15, 4 x 20, 4 x 30, 3 x 40, 3 x 50, 3 x 60, 3 x 70, 3 x 80, 3 x 90, 3 x 100, 3 x 120. When I'm able to hold a plank for 120 secs, I'll start doing it with weights, going up in increments of 5kg. Just filmed myself doing a plank, and discovered that I've been arching my back. I redid the 4 x 30 secs without arching - it hurt a lot more, but did work my lower back, which is one of my weak spots.
  24. Today's workout; Assisted Pull-Up: 5@35, 5@30, 5@30, 4@30, 2@30. Lat Pulldowns: 5@21, 5@21, 5@28 (can't quite take it down to my chest, but 21 is way too easy, so I figure taking 28 down to my chin and trying to get it all the way down to my chest will work better), 5@28, 5@28. Dumbbell Bench Press (weight refers to each hand, not total): 5@10, 5@15, 5@15 (I did try it with 20 here, but I almost dropped it on myself, so went back down), 2@10 (right arm could keep going, left arm really struggled), 1@20 (left arm weak!). Goblet Squats: 5@15, 5@ 15, 4@20 (my right hip clicked out of joint here. It does that. It can be quite painful if I do movements that pull on it, which, unfortunately this is. I left these out of the cycle, then came back to do the last two sets at the end). 5@15 (went down a weight, and only squatted to parallel, rather than Garland, which seemed easier on my hip), 5@15 (again, only to parallel). Dumbbell Deadlifts (weight refers to each hand, not total): 5@15, 3@10 1@ 15 1@20 (all one set - I was experimenting), 5@20, 5@20. (My hip gave me some trouble during these. I also found myself rocking forward on to my toes when I went up a weight. What I did was, rock back into a garland, come up to a parallel squat, then lift straight up from there). Overhead Press: 5@10, 5@10, 5@15, 5@15, 5@15. I finished with Planks: 25 (misread clock), 30, 30, 35. So next time, I'm up to 4 x 40. Cooldown was two salutes to the sun and a minute on the bike (rowing machine was occupied). Then I went swimming. My hip clicked back into place at some point when I was in the water. I learned to do breaststroke today. I normally work on making my front crawl more efficient, but breaststroke was fun. I'm also less tempted to overuse my legs, so it's really handy for getting me used to relying on my arms. I was in the gym between 11am-12pm, and in the pool for half an hour after that. I discovered today that 12pm-1pm on a Wednesday is the absolute worst time to be in the pool. Luckily, women's-only gym time doesn't end till 1pm, so I can just shuffle everything back an hour. Other stuff that happened today; twice, I walked up to a bus stop just as the bus was pulling up, and didn't have to wait at all. I got a £5 love-to-shop voucher for doing a chlamydia test. And, I forgot to bring spare underwear to the pool (I wore my swimsuit under my clothes while I was in the gym; it's not like I need any more support than the suit gives me) and had to go commando on the way home. It was not as chilly as you might expect. Layers are awesome. Edit 2: Just realised that my amounts above are inaccurate; I'm actually lifting more than I think. Correcting.
  25. Thanks for all your tips, but I really need to point out that I'm not as new to this as you seem to think I am.
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