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  1. Right now I can get about halfway up. My goal is to be able to do a full-on pull-up by the end of April. Realistic?
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    Eating bacon again has got to be one of the most enjoyable things about my quest to get fit. The saturated fat does make me nervous, so I eat it no more than once a week. Well done, nice & crispy. I tried the low-sodium version but it has 0 taste---I mean NONE---so returned to the "real" stuff.
  3. True. There's already deadlifts in this porgram, but I could just do twic as many, or add weight.
  4. We did tire flips today as part of an oh-so-fun "New Year's Resolution" workout. It actually was fun, but brutal fun. I was getting frustrated because even after months of working out, I'm still the last person to finish, by a long shot. I asked my trainer why the heck I'm still so slow and he kind of laughed and said it's because the weights I'm using are big relative to my size. Which helps I guess. Anyway...I like tire flips but I can't yet get the tire off the ground by myself. What's a good exercise to sub for these when I work out on my own?
  5. My trainer and I do his own version of this (obviously this is greatly modified for my Level 1, hobbit self): 50 tire jumps 50 pushups 50 TRX bicep curls 50 tire dips 50 up-downs 50 sit-ups (I do these on the stability ball as I can't get all the way up while on the ground yet unless someone holds my feet down) 50 lunges 50 KB swings (my favorite---it's good that he saved these for last), 20# KB I did this workout for the second time yesterday morning. My time was about 40 minutes. Did the KB swings all the way through without stopping, and I felt somewhat less ill & shaky at the end than I did the first time, which I interpret as progress.
  6. There's something comforting about seeing that even a person who is clearly in amazing shape gets a little winded after 12 Burpees.
  7. So, I've seen "DOMS" a lot around this site. As far as I can tell from Google, it's just a fancy term for muscle soreness that does not start immediately after working out. Is this correct? Also, what does it mean when you get non-delayed muscle soreness? Is this bad, good, or neutral?
  8. This probably works the other way around....the deeper your squat, the better legs you have, thus the shorter the short you are comfortable wearing in public.
  9. LIFE QUEST ACCOMPLISHED!!!! I passed both classes...B- in both. Again, this is considerably down from the 3.9 I had prior to this semester, but considering that I was more or less convinced I was going to flunk for most of the past 3 months, this is AWESOME! I just needed to really prioritize studying. This past weekend, my sister asked me to babysit...I always say Yes when she asks, because I love spending time with my nephews and niece, and because I like helping my sis and brother-in-law out. But this time I knew I had to say no to give myself time to study for my final exam, and so I did say no. Gods be praised! Now, off to the gym!
  10. Thanks, everyone, for the input. I'm pretty much at my ideal weight; I've actually lost a few more pounds than I initially intended when I started exercising and dieting this summer. I'm 4'9" and I'm at 90 lbs and somewhere around 26% body fat. I don't think I've weighed 90 pounds since I was 11 years old. At this point, I'm happy to gain a few pounds back, provided they're muscle. By the way, does red wine have a high sugar content or not? My trainer says yes, the Internet says the sugar content of dry red wine is lower than white wine, which is great, but "lower sugar content than white wine" doesn't necessarily translate into "low sugar."
  11. I haven't posted in a week! Mostly due to Internet problems: my cat chewed through the power cable to my router, thankfully without electrocuting herself. BUT, I called to get a new cable and was told that the old router was "out of date" and it was time to get a new router. I just got the new one set up tonight. They claim it's 3 times faster than my previous one. So far I haven't noticed *that* much of a difference but it's only been 10 minutes or so. So I have been meeting my goal of working out 4 days a week. I've only worked out twice this week, so I'll need to work out tomorrow and Sunday, and then I'm working out with my trainer on Monday. That's OK, though---my trainer was telling me he works out for an hour and a half, every day that he's at the gym, which is 5 days a week. He works like 12-15 hours a day--that kid barely ever sees the sunlight during the week. Sleep: Still struggling. Some nights I get in my 8.5 hours between lights out and lights on, other nights it's more like 7.5. I don't usually go below 7.5, so I guess that's OK, but still not where I want to be. Eating: Fairly solid so far, despite the onslaught of the Christmas eating season. I had a chocolate chip cookie on Sunday. Tuesday I was ver proud of myself---we had a potluck at work with an entire friggin' table of desserts and I didn't have one. Yesterday was the annual luncheon my hospital gives us, and I did let myself have a cupcake. So, that's 2 sweets in the space of 5 days. I have another potluck coming up on Sunday and I'm going to try to hold out on the sweets...although I have been thinking about just doing the 80/20 thing. Thinking of sneaking up to Eldora for some snowshoeing around Christmastime...after some severely cold weather, the temps are back to being pretty decent and I want to get outside and see the trees and the beautiful Colorado winter sky. Life quest: I am sooooo close to the end of the semester, I can taste it. I have one more final exam due online this weekend and that's IT until after MLK Day in January. On Wednesday night I had to give a group presentation....I was up there talking for something like 20 minutes---I'm not sure I've ever had to give a presentation that long before. It went OK; the professor asked us some hard questions that we couldn't answer, but that happened t o all of the groups. I definitely could have done better on that project. My next challenge is going to be to re-commit to school the way I've committed to my workouts, while not slacking off on my workouts, and still eating clean. if only studying could give an endorphin rush like deadlifts, I'd be all over it.
  12. I find them to be sweet enough without brown sugar. haven't tried cinnamon, will have to do that next time.
  13. It's time to up the sleep ante. The past couple of nights I have been *technically* meeting my sleep goal of 8 hours: lights out shortly before 10, lights on at 6, but based on how tired I am during the day, especially the afternoons, that's not really going to cut it. So I think my goal should be at least 10.5 hours between lights out and lights on. Also need to work on actually closing my eyes and going to sleep once lights are out, instead of lying in bed and thinking about random crap for at least a half hour.
  14. As women, we have these random weight fluctuations from day to day that don't really have anything to do with what we're eating (although I have heard that it's good to limit salt intake during that time of the month). So, less frequent weight checks are probably the way to go. Ah, womanhood.
  15. I never could quite get the hang of Thursdays.
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