Thursday, August 20, 2009

Making Me Mum Proud

I have faded memories of being a child and sitting alone at the dinner table.** In a family of six, this was definitely a rare occurrence. However, when you're given one string bean and refuse to eat just that, and you're stubborn, and so is your mother, then you end up all alone at the dinner table until someone budges.

Tonight my mom would be so proud of me. No one made me eat it, but I not so silently suffered through a slimy, soggy helping of spinach with tonight's dinner- shrimp and sweet potatoes. Katie can attest to the fact that I did not enjoy this one bit, and a couple of times we both feared I might have gotten sick right at the table, but I ate every bit of spinach on my plate. Luckily the accompanying food made it a little easier to swallow, but there has to be a better way to do spinach. If not, there definitely is a better way for me to get my four handfuls of veggies in each day.

Earlier in the day I died just a little bit after another killer workout with Britt. She proudly told me that she works me harder than any of her other clients. Which makes me feel good. But should also give you an idea of how hard our workouts can get.

Today we did:
1 minute of squats (focused on keeping my body low to the ground)-

(How funny is this picture?)

1 minute of band waltz's

hamstring curls- 10 single leg on each side, 10 both legs, 15 super quick short reps, followed by 5 super slow reps

I did three sets of these and in between the first two sets, I did elliptical sprints. 1 minute sprint, 30 second rest, 45 second sprint, 30 second rest, 30 second sprint, 30 second rest. I got my HR up to 171. Which means I was breathing like a fool-

After successfully killing my legs, we moved to the arms where I did:
Chest press (with 40 f'n lbs) right into a bent row. But the killer is that I had to do 10 reps of each, then 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, all the way down to 2 reps and then back up to 10 reps of each and only then was I done with those two exercises. I had to try very hard to not have any breaks between all of these reps-

We ended with a "shoulder sequence" (I think that's what Britt called it) where I used only 3 lb weights but had to do somewhere between 100 - 120 reps of a variety of shoulder exercises. By the time I was done, it hurt just to have my arms hanging from my body.

Tomorrow I get in the car and drive north to San Francisco. Hopefully I can move by the time we arrive!

**This faded childhood memory will probably turn out to be a myth, something I made up, but for the sake of this story, it's staying in here.


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