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I managed to add an extra 300 crunches into my Cardio workout yesterday!

Abs, the beginning

"I'm doing Abs," I proclaimed to myself (and you).  So what happens today?  We concentrate on Abs.  Go figure.  I got out there early and did 100 crunches.  Then, everyone formed up and we did....100 Crunches.  Then 50 sit-ups.  Then 50 crunches on the left and 50 crunches on the right Obliques.  Next up, the flutter kick.  So it goes...

Not a New Year's Resolution

I don't believe in New Year's Resolutions.  This is just a continuation of what has been going on.

Since my last post I have been working out three days a week.  The result has been the lost of a several pounds, a bit of slimming down and toning up.  Now for the next step.

A few years ago I was able to get to see my inner 8-pack of abdominal muscles (Abs).  Then I left Afghanistan and relaxed back into normal life.  The result of this was that my 8-pack faded into the lovely solid-ish, but obscure status of a not quite party keg.  Now, I intend to get it back.  Before it took two plus months of constant Ab-work to get that 8-pack.  This time I am trying for three months to get close to where I was before.  Anyone with me?

Tomorrow will be the first day of 6 days per week of Ab work.  Abs and Obliques, along with my general work out.  I will keep you posted.  You should post yours as well.


The Routine

Every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday I am doing a series of exercises.  First I am starting with a good warm-up.  Stretching and rotations are the first step.  This is a good way to prevent injuries, by making sure that your body is ready for what's to come.

Second, a series of upper and lower body exercises.  Third the cardio comes along, followed by cool down stretches.

Randomly through the week I am putting in some swim time.

Back in the Groove

This morning I woke up at 5-something and went off to the gym.

4.53 miles on the Elliptical followed by upper-body weight lifting.

It felt good to be up and working out again.  Now to target, tone, and build/reduce.

More and more and a little more

The work out has been a bit sporadic in the gym.  At least, my visits to the gym have been a bit sporadic.  I squeeze them in when I can.

Right now though, I am looking forward to transferring to my next job.  I will have a dedicated work out schedule that won't interfere with any part of my day.  Of course, its hard to interfere with anything at 6:30 in the morning.    The sauna that is right there is an added bonus.

A good run

Nope, I have no idea what a "good" run is in my own mind.  I can tell you that I was on my feet moving for a half-hour of dripping sweat.  I followed up with alternating dips and Crunches.  To finish I did some straight arm pull down exercises.

Spring is here.

Been a slug

While burning some major brain cells at work, I have let my exercise routine regrettably slide.  BUT, the project is over.  Back to the workout.

ps: For the record, I have maintained my eating habits.  Low meat, high fruit/veggies/grain.

Still truckin'...

So I've been keeping up with the routine I began last week.

Before breakfast I am currently up to:

30 standard pushups
25 regular crunches
15 reverse crunches
walk in place while brushing teeth

Varies during lunch (squats, toe lifts, cherrypickers, butterflies, overhead claps, and a variety of stretches).

M/W/F is walk/jog or other cardio, depending on weather. I started out last week with a fast walk and timed in at 17 minutes 50 seconds. Next outing was walking fast for a count of 50 and then jogging for a count of 15, and timed in at 16 minutes 20 seconds. Next time did the same walk/jog and came in at 16 minutes.

Today I started out jogging lightly and mostly jogged. There were a couple of times where I had to slow to a fast walk and then picked back up with the jogging (note: I am not experiencing any pain or discomfort in any joints or muscles, none in my feet, and no cramps or side stiches - the main reason I have to take a break is for breathing - I developed exercise-induced asthma about 9 years ago and am slowly reclaiming my lungs). Came in at 15 minutes 50 seconds.

That means that in just over a week I have shaved two whole minutes off my time!!! It's still not an outstanding time, but I am encouraged by the improvement.

Also out of hibernation

Having someone to nag ... ahem, excuse me ... motivate you can really get  you off your arse. Did the similar reduction in portion sizes and more veggies fruit, and also:
  • Did 20 standard pushups (up from 12 yesterday)
  • Did 25 crunches
  • Walked in place while brushing teeth
  • Walked up escalator instead of standing still (as usual)
  • Walked up and back down 3 flights of stairs (twice) instead of using elevator (also as usual)
  • Did 3 sets of 20 cherry-pickers at lunch (holy schnike, ouch!)
  • Walked one mile after work (timed at 17:50 which is not so great but will improve)
So, that's not a sucky day of getting back to business.