Iskaral Pust

Exercise and Fitness: sticking to resolutions

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I've run a bad 10k race on Sunday. I mean the race itself was great, the atmosphere of 11 thousand runners celebrating the anniversary of Warsaw Uprising 1944 and all that was spectacular. Just my run was bad. I started too strong, even though I knew it could happen. Plan was to start with the pace 4:45 and after 4 or 5 km ease to 4:50-4:55. It was a plan for a personal best. But something told me to try to attack 48 minutes, so I started with 4:35 pace instead and it was clearly a mistake. Too fast, too soon. After 3 km my pace slowed to 5:00, and then even to 5:20. All in all I didn't manage to break my PB, and I finished with the time 2.5 minutes worse than my PB (51:18). I treat it as a lesson.

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I've been off the working out train since my wedding and have gained ~15lbs because of it.  I've also been making some pretty bad decisions regarding my overall health and eating habits.  So this weekend is my last softball tournament, this week was the last week for one of my leagues, and next week marks the last week of my other two.  So next week I'm going to ease into working out again, going Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday; then the following week kick it up to where I was last year.  Just need to get back into a regimen.

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On 31.1.2017 at 2:19 AM, Starkess said:

Made it to my first barre class.

What is barre?

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1 hour ago, aceluby said:

I've been off the working out train since my wedding and have gained ~15lbs because of it.  I've also been making some pretty bad decisions regarding my overall health and eating habits.  So this weekend is my last softball tournament, this week was the last week for one of my leagues, and next week marks the last week of my other two.  So next week I'm going to ease into working out again, going Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday; then the following week kick it up to where I was last year.  Just need to get back into a regimen.

Congrats on getting married ace.  We all get those life disruptions to exercise regimes, and they generally ruin your healthy eating too.  Just pick it back up again.  You may need to keep something more intense alongside softball during the summer.

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6 minutes ago, Iskaral Pust said:

Congrats on getting married ace.  We all get those life disruptions to exercise regimes, and they generally ruin your healthy eating too.  Just pick it back up again.  You may need to keep something more intense alongside softball during the summer.

Thanks!  Yeah, next year should be easier.  Planning on only playing twice a week next year, which should give me two afternoons free.  That and not having a full month dedicated to a wedding should make it doable.

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2 hours ago, norwaywolf123 said:

What is barre?

It's a workout derived from a mix of ballet and yoga. I enjoyed it a lot, but unfortunately it hurt my feet because it is usually done barefoot.

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3 hours ago, Starkess said:

It's a workout derived from a mix of ballet and yoga. I enjoyed it a lot, but unfortunately it hurt my feet because it is usually done barefoot.

I will look into it!

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I got into taekwondo when I was a kid and have been doing it on and off. Sometimes I just don't really want to get into it for the day so I just don't it. Other days I'm fully committed. I want to get into more martial arts though or maybe kickboxing.

I have a friend who got me into cross country in middle school. I was on the cross country team in high school even though I wanted to quit because I just hated high school. (I went to a Catholic high school, and, even though I got voted as the most crushed on during senior year, it was the worst. The girls there were snobs. Never send your kids to a Catholic high school unless you have the money to do so).

I've been lacking in fulfilling commitments to myself in this area though. I've gained weight - not that much -, but, since I'm a smoker, I've found on numerous occasions that I cannot breath if I go past a certain point.

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I'm back from my two week vacation. The trip took us through four cities - Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki and St. Petersburg. As you can imagine, such a schedule left no time for exercise, though we did manage to include a kayaking tour and a bike ride tour in Helsinki. Plus side is that we walked a lot (averaged some 20,000 steps per day) and spent a lot of time in general on our feet (museums of St. Petersburg are heavenly, though some are not that well suited for non-Russian speakers). The end result is that I'm at the same weight now as I was before the trip, which is quite a success given we've tried out a few restaurants and, I must admit, a fair bit of junk food.

One more thing, in Helsinki we went to a sauna on the seaside and did the whole "sweat a lot then jump in the sea" thing which was quite fun. I'm thinking of making a sauna a regular thing - like once a week or once a fortnight.

Either way, back to training starting tomorrow. I would've done it today but with our plane landing after midnight, me having to get some bank stuff done before work and the heatwave that's currently ongoing in Belgrade, I decided to skip today and go for tomorrow morning session before work and the 35-40ºC heat.

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Sounds like a good vacation.  I need to visit the Baltic at some point. 

On Saturday, after two weeks of no exercise, little sleep and losing 5lb (without trying to, other than cutting back the recent junk binge) I get back to the gym for benchpress, cable rows, etc.  It went pretty well but the heaviest bench press felt a bit shaky so I dropped a rep on the two heaviest sets rather than get fatally trapped under the bar and added some heavy sets of seated chess press machine instead. 

On Sunday, work spoiled my window for exercise so on Monday evening I did squats, deadlifts, etc.  That was my first time in 2-3 months but it went pretty well. 

Tuesday night, before two days of work travel, I went back for shoulder press, wide pull downs (pull-ups unavailable), etc.  I was sluggish and low tempo but so lifted well.

Lots of muscle soreness in my pecs and quads this week, and I'm exhausted after sleeping badly after a late night workout and early rise for a flight.  But glad I got back to the gym. 

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On 8/4/2017 at 1:38 PM, Starkess said:

It's a workout derived from a mix of ballet and yoga. I enjoyed it a lot, but unfortunately it hurt my feet because it is usually done barefoot.

I LOVE barre.  It's weird that it hurt your feet though, it's supposed to be low impact.

Today starts my first day back in the gym in weeks, and a start to going regularly again until next summer.  I want to lose 10 lbs before Sept 28th, when we have a funeral followed by a wedding, then lose a much tougher 10 lbs by the end of the year.  This week will be 3-4 yoga classes, with next week mixing in 2 barre classes and at least one YOD class.

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New shift pattern is causing havoc with my training, i work 2 x 0700-1500, 2 x 1400-2300, 2 x 2200-0700 and then have 4 days off.  i can train after the early shift, and before the late shift, but i'm a zombie when i do nights, and feel like crap for a couple of days after them.  i suppose i just need to force myself to get up and go out but my energy levels are terrible at the minute, and at 41 its not like i'm going to get used to it again. 

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I went to a gymnastics class for the first time in about 4 years yesterday and now everything hurts and I'm dying.

I was however pleasantly surprised how much I was still able to do. I've kept in shape over the years butdone no real training, so it was pleasant to learn I could still do much of what I could do before. It just hurts more the next day :P 

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Lost A LOT of strength over the last couple of months.  Doesn't help that I have some extra pounds to deal with on every move, but damn did I feel weak.  I think that's where my focus is going to be over the next month.  Not weight loss specifically, but increasing strength while shedding the fat.  Today is day 2, then my next to last softball game of the season.

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Today was one of the very few workouts I couldn't have completed within time cap. It was wall balls, kettlebell swings, burpees, atomic sit-ups and overhead lunges, 60 each (per leg on lunges) in 27 minutes or under. Due to the heat, my couple of weeks off training and my current general fitness levels I didn't even come close to making it within time cap - managed to make it to lunges, even if only one per leg. :lol: 

Felt completely drained for a few minutes after those 27 minutes were up, though I did get back to relatively normal state quite soon.

I just wish this blasted heatwave would end already. Having spent 2 weeks in around 20ºC weather, moving to 35+ºC within a matter of hours was not and is still not a pleasant experience, I must say. :lol: 

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On 8/9/2017 at 9:57 AM, aceluby said:

I LOVE barre.  It's weird that it hurt your feet though, it's supposed to be low impact.

Yep, but I've been struggling with a nebulous foot injury since last year. It gets aggravated by being barefoot, so nowadays pretty much the only time I'm not wearing supportive slippers or shoes is in the shower. I thought I'd be okay with just the hour long class, but sadly, nope.

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11 hours ago, Starkess said:

Yep, but I've been struggling with a nebulous foot injury since last year. It gets aggravated by being barefoot, so nowadays pretty much the only time I'm not wearing supportive slippers or shoes is in the shower. I thought I'd be okay with just the hour long class, but sadly, nope.

Maybe try one of these?

http://www.zappos.com/p/new-balance-wf118-black/product/8654661/color/3?ef_id=WYtvlwAAApSxvaQ2%3A20170811140921%3As

I took a class yesterday and felt absolutely destroyed.  Played softball after and didn't get home til 11 and fell asleep about midnight.  Slept terribly and 6am rolled around far too quickly.  I'm supposed to take a 'master class' tonight, but I'm totally drained; so we'll see. 

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Saturday was bench press, cable rows, etc.  Great workout.  I kept a high tempo from set to set, and had enough time to do some extra sets and inject some variety.  Sunday was squats, dead lifts, etc.  Another good workout, although later in the evening than I would have liked.

I hope I can exercise again Tuesday evening before two long days of travel on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Took the master class on Friday and I was so lightheaded that I stayed in child's pose for what seemed like the majority of the class.  It was so hot and humid that it was stifling.  I did not enjoy it.  Took a break on Saturday to do some demolition on the house, finished it yesterday and went to a class in the afternoon.  Felt much better for that class.  Tonight is our championship game for softball, then back to barre tomorrow.  Already feeling much better.

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Did my first competition several weeks ago and came out pleasantly surprised.  my partner had foot surgery in January and I've had various ligament/tendon strains this year.  Our goal was to not finish last and we ended up finishing 4th out of 25 teams, 2 points out of a podium spot.  Unfortunately we also found out that we finished literally two reps out of that podium spot - so if in 2 of the three wods we did we completed one more rep in each we would have been in 3rd place.

really lit the competitive fire again.  Not sure if I will do another one this year, but I have signed up for Wodapalooza in the old guys division so maybe I can get a trip to Miami in January out of it!

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