Friday, May 01, 2009

Donkey Calves


The picture from yesterday was taken with my cell phone camera after my track workout on Wednesday. I did a nice long stretch and was relaxing and snapped this shot. I actually love it!

Yesterday I went to the gym for spin class and since I had to get there early to sign up I had extra time to kill. I ended up lifting weights for the first time in a while.

Bicep curls - 3x15 w/12.5# weights
Calf raises - 3x25 w/12.5# weights

Ab crunches in the Captain's Chair - 3x20 (knees only, not ready for straight legs)

Back extensions in Roman Chair - 3x15 w/10# weight
Side (L) extensions in Roman Chair - 3x15 w/10# weight
Side (R) extensions in Roman Chair - 3x15 w/10# weight

Upright rows - 3x15 w/10# weights
Shoulder press - 3x15 w/10# weights

Did I mention that I loooove the names of the machines at the gym - hello Roman Chair and Captain's Chair!? Best ever. However I stand corrected...the BEST NAME EVER is (drumroll):

Yes, the Donkey Calf machine. Look at that illustration! (I did a stealthy cell phone pic.) I did NOT take a spin on this machine as my calves are as donkey-like as I want them to be.

So I woke up totally sore this morning and it feels great. Going to have to make sure to keep up the weight training in my future regimen.


After the lifting I did the spin class, which was of course TOUGH. My glutes were sore from the previous day's track workout but I made it through.


I really don't like to weigh myself or focus only on the scale numbers, because health is much more than those variables alone, right? However, I do have a scale in my bano that I hop on occasionally. I keep a post it pad and pen in the drawer and write down the date and numbers. The I stick them on the inside door of my cabinet. Yesterday I saw that I had a ton sitting there so decided to stick them into a spreadsheet and I'm flabbergasted at the results: 10 pounds officially lost since October.

I feel that this is a great and gradual shift for the better for me. I earned each one of those damn pounds. My body has changed a LOT since October and I know I have also added a lot of pounds of muscle. Anyway, I'm not going to dwell on this but I think its neat seeing solid numerical/graphical evidence of anything, so I thought I'd share.


Tonight I'm going to do an easy run with my friend who just started running. I'm excited! Then pedis and bikram, then wine and Real Housewives of NYC. Yes, a thrilling Friday night.

Saturday I THINK I am going to finally take out my newly fitted bike! I am nervous and excited and hope I don't fall/crash/encounter rain.

Sunday I was supposed to do the Eugene half but I'm not going to go. I just don't have it in me to do another race, esp one that requires travel/lodging/etc. I am going to run 13 miles on my own though and we'll see how that goes. Good luck to everyone that is running Eugene - I will be thinking of you all morning and tracking results!

And, before I forget...I was totally kidding about the price of the new Garmin, although in my head the actual price may as well be a couple of grand.


Sarah said...

the shoe photo is great! and so is the concept of donkey calves!

enjoy your friday night!

the gazelle said...

I hope you have a great night - sounds like fun!

you are welcome to come spectate with Alisa & I if you want, of course, but I understand not wanting to go anywhere sometimes!

Susan said...

The donkey calf picture is hilarious!! I wonder who got paid to design that...

Enjoy your Friday night! Sounds relaxing!

P.O.M. said...

OMG, is the girl in the illustration wearing one of those thong leotards??? Do you remember those? I have to be honest and admit that I had one for aerobics class in 1991. Awesomeness.

Denise said...

What the heck...that's almost pornographic!!

Good like with the ride this wknd. Try not to crash.