January 2009

I’ve been struggling with my workouts for the past couple of weeks.  I took an entire week off because I was sick and I still can’t seem to get a good workout in this week.  I set aside the time today, was all ready to go, and could only do my warmup and my deadlifts.  I felt like I was so sluggish and tired…I tried to keep going but my body/mind just screamed “STOP!”  My 18 month old is sick now so I’ve been busy with her the past two days (and nights) and my energy levels have just plummeted.  I guess this is a perfect example of life getting in the way. 
I really don’t know what’s wrong but I guess I have no choice but to take the hint and just recover a bit more before trying again….maybe on Saturday (please, please, let me have the energy to workout on Saturday!)
I’m feeling pretty sorry for myself right now.  I’ve been struggling with a weight loss plateau for a while  (thanks to the holidays and then getting sick….) and I’m so scared this is totally going to put me on a backslide.

My current mantra:  “Listen to your body and be patient, Carla.  It will pass.”


I finally woke up today WANTING (no – NEEDING!) to workout!  I took it easy since I noticed my heart rate  was still a bit high (indicating I was still recovering from my illness.)

Warmup:  10 mins on treadmill – running/walking

Partial Single-leg squat: 3 sets of 8 using Body weight

Pushup- 3 sets of 8 (45 degree pushups)

2 point row: 3 sets of 8 (40 lbs.)

Step-up: 2 sets of 8 (40 lbs.)  I just couldn’t do the last set….I was too tired/weak.

Prone Jackknife: 2 sets of 10 (again – just couldn’t finish these) 

Durations: 38 mins.

Avg. HR – 138

Max. HR: 171

Cals. burned: 448


Because I’m still a bit run-down,  I just couldn’t perform at my usual level of intensity.  Still, I’m proud that I was able to do as much as I did – considering how I’ve been feeling this past week.  I’m sure Thursday’s workout will be a bit easier…..then….it’s the special workouts and STAGE 2 of  NROLW!!!!

Sorry this is so short but I have to run and do some things while the girls are napping….

I’ve been down with some kind of weird chest cold for about a week now.  I feel great some days and decide that I’m ready to start working out again and then I feel awful the next day.  I’m really fed up with missing my workouts.  I really, really hope to get back into my routine tomorrow.  Today, however, I’m just resting and trying to eat well so I have a better chance of a good workout tomorrow.   Wish me luck!

I tackled today’s workout with the intention of working up a sweat and blasting out whatever germs might be lingering in my system. I’m pretty proud of myself for doing as much as I did considering how I felt just a few days ago. Here’s today’s stats:

NROLW, Phase 1, Workout B7 (two more workouts to go and I’m done this phase!)

I warmed up on the treadmill, jogging for 1 mile – 4mph-6.5mph

Dumbell Squat: 8X40lbs, 8X46 lbs., 8 X 46lbs. ( just realized as I’m typing that I was supposed to do deadlifts! oops!)

Shoulder Press: I just could NOT do these today – I tried and tried but could only do about 3 reps each set (at 40lbs.) I guess I’m still a bit weak from being sick.

Lat pulldown: 8 X 110lbs, 8 X 120lbs, 8 X 140 lbs. (these last ones were tough!)

Static Lunge: 3 sets of 8 @ 40 lbs. (I fixed my form on these. I realized I had been leaning too far forward. I really felt it once I fixed my form.)

Ball Crunch: 3 sets of 8 @ BW+20lbs.

Duration: 43 mins
Avg. HR: 137
Max HR: 174
Calories burned: 528

The other women in my Livestrong group are posting their “before” photos (in bikinis) so I’m feeling like I should probably get Lynndy to take some of me this weekend. (and NO I will NOT post them on this site. I’m not that brave – yet.) I think it’s a good idea to see photographic evidence of the changes that are occuring in my body – especially since the scale is not always my friend. Photos don’t lie….

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Happy Inauguration Day, everyone!


Here is a photo of me that I absolutely hate (flabby arms! Ack!) but thought I’d post it as extra incentive and as a way of measuring my progress. I plan to run the full marathon this year and plan on looking completely different (if not more tired) as I cross the finish line……

I was benched from my workouts this weekend due to a sudden, and very unexpected, “cold”. (I use quotation marks because my husband says there is no such thing as a cold and will lecture me at great length if I say I have one. haha)

“Cold” or not….I felt like crap most of the weekend. I’m feeling better today and am tempted to try a workout but will probably just catch up on some housework instead and aim for a structured workout tomorrow.

I’m really frustrated by this setback but….it’s obviously what my body wants and I have to respect that……

Fingers crossed that I’m up for a workout tomorrow!

I’d just like to give a little shout-out to all the people who are rooting for my success on this journey. I really feel that you should enlist as many people as you can to help you with your cause (whatever it may be.) For one, you are accountable because they are “watching” you. Secondly, you have somewhere to turn for encouragement when you need it. If you can create or join a group that has the same or similar goals – even better. I’ve really benefitted from my Livestrong Groups; I’m constantly amazed at how willing people are to share information with me and cheer me on when I need it.

That being said, it’s time for me to be accountable for TODAY’S workout:

(I got to use my 20 lb. dumbells today – yay!)

W/U: 8 mins on treadmill – running at 5.8 mph (I felt really strong today! Must have been the day off. I needed to rest!)

Squat: 3 X 8 @ 40 lbs ( I couldn’t hold the dumbells on my shoulders so I put some thick books on the floor instead of weight plates to do a dumbell squat.)

Push-up: 3 X 8 BW

Dumbell Row: 3 X 8 @ 40 lbs.

Step-up: 3 X 8 @ 40 lbs.

Prone Jackknife 3 X 12 BW – These were hard and I just COULDN’T make it to 15 reps!

Duration: 45 mins.
Avg. HR: 135
Max HR: 170

Calories burned: 541 (I LOVE my HRM – it’s so motivating to see how many calories I’m burning and the Polar website charts my progress so I can see my cardiovascular health improve, too! Probably one of my best purchases – ever (well, actually it was a gift from my dear Lynndy! )

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