Somb-OW!

Last night was Sombo Night, and I’m a bit sore from it. Not painful, I hurt myself bad sore, mind you. Just wow that was hard work sore.

As far me if the new guys (it was just my second week), I got to spend the evening workin by on my pivot step (a step that lets you turn 180 degrees) and my breakfall techniques. That last pretty much involved letting myself fall a lot t and not throw my arms out to try and stop myself. By the end, my legs and butt and belly were sore. There was, I discovered, a lot of abdominal exercise in falling.

And then, because it’s my second week and I know two holds and a reversal, it was time to spar! Two minutes that lasted, and I hit the ground three times. But! I managed to roll with it and get my opponent under me. I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with him after that, though, so I just sort of used my weight to hold him in place. All things considered, not a bad performance for week two.

And, once again, my son loved it as well. Except for the break falls he had to practice by falling backwards off my back. Those hurt, he told me.

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Catching Up

Wow. I’m getting really bad at writing entries for this blog, seen I? And what’s particularly strange is that I’m not avoiding it because I don’t want to acknowledge how badly I’m doing on my goals. Because I’m not doin big badly in my goals, not at all. I’ve hit my walking goals and stayed within my calorie budget nine of the last ten days, and I’m down four pounds.

I guess I’m just being lazy. So, let’s get caught back up.

I’m definitely back in the swing of things. Like I said, I hit all of my goals for a majority of the last two weeks, so that’s good. Also, my son and I started martial arts – specifically the unfortunately-named Russian wrestling style called Sambo (taught by the delightful people at Sombo Joe). I ended up doing some forward and back rolls (my first somersault in nearly 30 years), and learned a basic throw and reversal and takedown. I also learned that, in Sambo, you start sparring in your first class.

Since that class, my son has been excited about exercising with me. He’s gone walking with me every evening since last Thursday, and he’s been debating me about what days we should do push-ups and sit-ups on (I said Tuesday’s and Saturday’s and during practice, and he said “every day”). So, yeah. It looks like a good activity to do with him.

A Little Experiment

Something different, today. I noticed yesterday that WordPress claims that I can upload videos from my phone through their app. So, here’s an experimental video blog entry with me spinning my Kung Flow contact staff.

I’ll admit I was a bit hesitant about this. After all, like most overweight people, I have body image issues. But you know what? It’s better to be honest.

Anyway, assuming this worked as planned, I may do more. Enjoy!

Edit: Yah, that didn’t seem to work. Safari will play the video, but it doesn’t seem to work in IE or Chrome. I mean, let me know if I’m wrong, but it looks like I’m going back to typing.

Rubber Bands, Man

Last week was a terrible week. Let us not speak of it. Instead, let’s talk about rubber bands. Specifically, these rubber bands

It might be hard to tell from the picture, but that is a giant rubber band. Or a “resistance band” if you want to get technical, but let’s be honest here: they look like rubber bands, stretch like rubber bands, smell like rubber bands, and could be rigged to shoot erasers like rubber bands, so there you are.

I hav this one, and the workout sheet that goes with to, courtesy of the Wellness Center here at work. They handed them out and, because I underestimated how hard they are to use, I ran through the 10-Minute Workout between calls this morning.

Let’s just say I woefully underestimated the workout they offer. Particularly if you haven’t been as consistent with your exercises as you should be. On the up side, I’ve found something to do at work along with walking. On the down side, ouch. My hips.

Too Much? Not Enough? Beats Me.

I got up this morning for day two of my new “done strain my toe” exercise routine and, to be honest, I’m not sure what to make if it. I mean, it’s good. But, well, let me try and explain.

My response to my sets is mixed. Set one is always like “is this enough work? Should I do mire?” Set two leaves me tired, though, and set three makes me feel like I should be reconsidering the life choices that brought. me to this place Especially after the lateral raises.

Interestingly, some of the exercises are easier than others. The shoulder presses and alternating bicep curls feel fairly easy. But others (lateral raises and lying flies, for instance) are murder. Which, I suppose, is to be expected.

Enough complaining. I feel pretty good after all of this. And I’m looking forward to keeping it up.

Starting Over. Again.

All right, I exaggerate. It’s not really that fire, or anything. But really, I’ve been in a bit of a tailspin ever since I took my final certification test back in November. And passing it, once I found out I passed, didn’t help a whole lot. I made a bunch of excuses, and overate a lot and gained weight, and told myself I’d start “tomorrow”. Which, as we all know, never comes.

Well, I’m declaring today to be tomorrow.

Oh, my. Look at that. How dramatic. But, well, I’m serious. Really.

See, I broke my toe last Sunday – a fact that was, I believe, the subject of my last entry. And I’ve been sore and grouchy and feeling sorry for myself since then. Oh, and still overeating. But, for various reasons, I’m starting to feel better about things (although my toe is still sore). So I’ve finally sat down and worked out a “I’m crippled up and can’t walk” exercise program, and I tried to keep it simple. After all, simple works best when you’re just starting out.

And let’s be honest here. I’m pretty much “just starting out” again.

The rules for the exercise program were simple. No stress on my toes, and it had to use things I had around the house. But fortunately – as my toe can attest – I have some little gut dumbbells around the house. So, what I came up with was this:

  • Crunches
  • Leg lifts
  • Side leg lifts
  • Dumbbell bench press
  • Alternated biceps curl
  • Shoulder press
  • Triceps kickback
  • Kneeling one arm row
  • Lateral raise
  • Lying fly
  • Upright row

I’ll be down my 3 sets of 10 reps each, four times per week (two days, then a break, then two more days). The weights in question will be the 10 pound dumbbells that fractured my toe. Eventually I’ll go to heavier weights, but 10 pounds is 10 pounds more than I’ve been doing, so it’s a good start.

This should be good, actually. It’ll get me doing something new, and it really feels like a brand new start. I’m looking forward to this!

Trying To Deal With Boredom

I woke up to 33 degree temperatures today – Fahrenheit, not Celsius. At this point, I think I have to accept that the time of going for walks outside had passed. I mean, sure. I can bundle upend I don’t mind feeling a little cold. But I see no reason to subject myself to discomfort while subjecting myself to discomfort. So, despite a lack of enthusiasm, I am turning to the complex workout room and the following machines:

A treadmill.

A skiing machine:

And a reclining bike:

Not pictured here is the plain old exercise bike that would have been behind me in that last picture.

I’ve remarked before that treadmills are boring. So, in order to mix things up, I’m gonna by to rotate through those machines. Today I did 1 kilometer on the skiing machine (about 10 minutes) and 3.34 km on the bike (15 my mutes). Sadly, my FitBit doesn’t register the steps from the bike, so it thinks I’ve traveled 0.77 miles so far today.

Annoying, that.

Anyway, my current thinking is that each day I’ll do something like 15 to 20 minutes on one machine and then 15 to 20 minutes on the next. I’ll also need to keep stepping up the resistance level on that bike, until I feel like I’m getting a workout. Also, any day that involves the bike, I’ll need to plan to do more walking so that my FitBit shows I’ve hit goal.

Fun. Right?