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Hit the gym again tonight. Avoided any exercise that involved me pushing with my shoulder, or even most pulling. That ruled out chest presses, overhead presses, and my favorite compound row machine. I hit everything else, as well as the bicep and tricep extension machines TWICE. I hope my shoulder gets better soon.
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1: 25 years after I started singing along at home, I can still do a passable Freddie Mercury imitation.

2: Even though it's not particularly hard, the drumming for the Fleetwood Mac song, "Go Your Own Way" still gives me FITS. Argh.

3: I really have no idea how, but once I hang out somewhere 2-3 times, LOTS of people seem to know my name, even though I SWEAR I never told them what my name was.
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GOOD day at the gym today. It was crowded, but somehow I just flowed through the crowd onto all the machines I wanted. I challenged myself, and dropped 10lb on the assisted chin-ups today (down to 50lb assist), and it wasn't any harder than doing it with 60lb last week. I am officially down below 33% assist, another personal goal! I'm moving down to 40lb for the assisted dips next week, that doesn't seem like it'll be too bad, I'm better at the dips anyway.

Blasted through all my other exercises as well, after biking 2 miles on the bike machine in the cardio area as warmup. With the exception of the vertical and incline press, nothing felt too hard.

After that? SUSHI with family! Hooray!
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Just had an excellent workout at the gym (along with my daughter). New records on all the machines I use, and I made a great deal with my daughter. She was complaining about sit-ups being HARD, and "Ohhhh I can't do more than Fiiiiive!". She's done 30 before, and I knew it, so I said, "I'll make you a deal. However many you do, I'll do TWICE AS MANY." She gaped at me, and then started doing more more more situps. I thought she was going to hurt herself, and I gotta admit I was wondering what I'd gotten myself into, so we stopped her at 22 this time, and I said she could do more next time. I hopped onto the situp bench, and starting knocking out situps.

Situps with NO weight on you feel VERY easy after you've already done your AB set with a LOT of weight. 44 situps was NOT hard. I'm looking forward to seeing how far she wants to take this. It'll be AWESOME for both of us!

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Jan. 13th, 2010 06:43 pm
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Back to the Y today, for a full post-illness workout. Just about back up to my just-before Xmas weights. No dizzy spells, no feeling like vomiting. Just hard work and heavy weights.

I got a total ego boost on the circuit today. I was being followed down the circuit by two teenage boys, probably 13- or 14 years old. After I worked my way down through the leg machines to the incline press, I set it for my weight, and gutted out my set of 12. As I finished, I looked over and one of the boys was standing there looking at me. He asked, "How much weight was that?" "180lb." He said, "Holy Crap, man, you're hardcore." I explained how I'd worked up to this over the past 4 months, and that I'd started doing about 50lb. "Just keep working at it, you'll improve too."

I gotta admit, that felt kinda good. :)

Time for protein shake! Om Nom Nom!

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Jan. 12th, 2010 08:42 am
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I busted out my large dumbbell last night (redundant with myself?) and had my workout. I managed to find exercises to hit my chest, back, abdominals, biceps and triceps. I'm not AS sore as if I went to the gym, but it was interesting to find how my supporting muscles were working, since I normally don't use free-weights at the gym. It was definitely better than nothing!
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The Indigo Girls album, "Shaming of the Sun" is 13 years old this year. I swear, THAT ALBUM JUST CAME OUT, WHAT THE HELL. "Shame On You" is NOT A THIRTEEN YEAR OLD SONG! ARGH!
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If...
A: You haven't worked out in over a week, and...
B: You spent that week with a low-grade cold, and
C: Your workouts tax you majorly when you're keeping up with them, then...

DO NOT GO BACK FULL-BORE when you do make it back to the gym. I made it through about 90% of my routine, and then had to sit on the floor, worried the dizziness was going to make me vomit all over the weight machine.

I think I still have some of whatever illness/cold I had. When I go back to the gym Saturday, probably), I'm going to lower eveything by 10lb or so, and start back from there. I don't care about having to work my way back up.


PS: "New Years Resolution" time at the gym SUCKS. It was PACKED yesterday. I need to find some odd times to go without a TON of people sitting around on the machines.

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Jan. 5th, 2010 10:55 am
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I've been slacking over vacation. I need to hit it hardcore on Wednesday again. I also need to work on cardio until at least up to the point I take my snowboard trip to Montreal at the end of January. Someone, MOTIVATE ME!
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I am living in an almost perpetual state of soreness these days, because every 2-3 days, I am in the gym for an hour or more on the circuit machines.

Wiley's workout report under here. It's kinda long (that's what she said) )
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I have muscles now where I have not had them before, mostly in my arms and shoulders. Some of my clothing is starting to fit oddly, as my body is apparently changing shape. The weight-level on all the machines I'm using at the gym have gone up significantly in just the few months since I started back to working out regularly. It's been hard some weeks to make sure I stick to my mandatory "twice-a-week" schedule, but I've made time, even on the days when I haven't felt awesome. I am enjoying pushing my body to the point where it simply CAN'T lift that weight anymore. I love the feeling of being all wobbly because I've exhausted my muscles, and then the next time, really feeling that weight be EASIER to lift than the previous session.

It's fun to watch where this is going. My current plan is to continue on the use of the Circuit machines until I reach a plateau where I can't increase my lifting weights on my own, and then shell out for the 10-week power-lifting course at the gym to get past the plateau point.

Where will I stop? I don't know yet.
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Why is everything more difficult late at night? How do all the... things... know to come out of the cracks of the walls in your mind only in the deepening time of the darkness?
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I saw a single mom with her kid on the train today. They looked happy. I wonder if life is as hard for her as it was for my mother.

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