Odds and Ends

I donated blood again yesterday during my lunch break after a very good morning workout–30 minutes of legs with Ashley the mini-trainer followed by 45 minutes of Cardio Coach v.6 intervals on the treadmill.

Yes, I ran again of my own volition. I may have to change my “I hate running” pronouncement to “I hate steady-state distance running and training for/participating in races” because I don’t really mind doing HIIT runs for cardio at all. It’s just the monotony of going 7 mph for more than 2 minutes at a time that makes me want to tear my hair out.

With my tough workouts for this week at an end until Saturday, I motored to the blood bank to give up my bi-monthly pint and scored $20 worth of Darden restaurant gift certificates, a coupon good for a free BBQ dinner at Sonny’s Real Pit BBQ, 1/2 off coupon for Universal Studios, BOGO coupon for Silver Springs, one stylish lilac stretch bandage with smiley faces on, two cups of cranberry juice and two packets of Grandma’s cookies (which I piously gave away to my grateful co-workers). Not a bad haul for a single blood donation, I must say!

Food was on track for a lifting day yesterday (~1950 cals) even with the office-provided Chipotle dinner of Barbacoa beef, salsa, and black bean salad that I subbed for meals 5 and 6.

This morning I slept in and am going to stay in the 1500 range since my only active rest workout was 30 minutes of Yoga for Athletes during my lunch break. I’m due for my weekly rest day anyhow, and what better time to take it than the day after being drained of 16 ounces of blood, right?

I have a ton of sewing to do on Chris’s costume tonight and tomorrow, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we are going home at the regular time tonight instead of the 10 pm shut downs of the past two nights.

BTW, check out this godawful dumbbell exercise the trainer had me do yesterday as part of a lower body circuit.

Stand with a 15 lb dumbbell in each hand. Bend forward and place dbells on floor in front of your feet around shoulder width apart without releasing the dbells. Jump legs back in one move until you are in a push-up position still holding dbells parallel to one another. Jump feet back to dbells with knees bent and feet shoulder width apart. Sit back slightly into low squat position and jump up with dumbbells as high as you can.

Repeat for 15 reps.

Mind you, this was exercise #4 in the following sequence (15 reps each with no rest between exercises):

1. Barbell squats
2. Squat reach jumps
3. Walking lunges with 25 lb dbells
4. Dbell push-up jumps
5. Stability ball 2-legged hamstring curl
6. Stability ball 1-legged hamstring curl (15 on each side)
7. Fire hydrants (left and right)
8. Fire hydrants with leg extension (left and right)
9. Kickbacks (left and right)

I did the circuit twice before tottering away to do cardio.

I’ll tell you one thing…trying to do a squat jump with 30 lbs of extra unaccustomed weight is no joke. If I am ever able to do that exercise with the 25 lb dbells Ashley handed me at the beginning before I informed her that the likelihood of my feet leaving the ground from a low squat position while holding onto 50 spare pounds of weight was between zero and negative infinity, I will be a total monster. 😆

5 thoughts on “Odds and Ends

  1. Holy cow… 😯 I had to print out that blurb about the dbell push-up jumps, just to see if I could do it. at my next workout.

  2. Those are called Burpees… and technically you’re supposed to a push-up once you’re in, well, push-up position.

    They suck… with or without the push-up (let alone the dumbbells),

  3. I decided to pass on the push-up this time around since I was barely able to catch my breath while performing the rest of the exercise, but I am determined to get them in next time. :dbell:

  4. Hi Maggie,

    Off topic question. Do you recommend Quicken or MS Money, or other.

    Thanks, phil

  5. Sorry to butt in,http://maggiewang.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_rolleyes.gif
    🙄 I know I’m not Maggie, but I just wanted to give my opinion on the last question phil posted. I personally like Excel because I can create my own equations and spread sheets which can be linked to other worksheets in any other Excel file within the same hard drive. 🙂

    But I guess you have to be Excel savvy to figure it all out. If I had to pick between Quicken and MS Money I’d go with Quicken. My experience with Money hasn’t been that pleasant.

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