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Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

In elections past I have always felt like the choice to make was between the lesser of two evils. When Obama hit the scene I really "felt" him. Of course that made me very suspect and I felt some trepidation about how "real" he is. I mean, come on, he's a politician!

Over the course of the campaign I've become more interested and have followed more closely than ever before. I'm certainly no political whiz, but I know what is importantto me and my family. I know what I expect of the future for my Daughter. And even in our own home, in our own ways, we're learning that if you've always do what you've done, you'll always get what you got.

So, it's in learning that lesson in real life that I am drawing the courage to put hope in a political team that might just get America back to where it belongs. I believe in the Obama/Biden ticket. I believe in idea of meritocracy; in the idea that if people work hard they should achieve. I'…

Lunchtime Shenanigans :)

Today was the first day in a while that I ran out to the gym during lunch. It is a little challenge time-wise in order to change, workout, get a shower and get back to work, but I can do it in about in hour and 15 minutes.

So, just a cardio day today. :)

Intervals for 30 minutes
Run 5.5 for 3 minutes / walk 4.0 for 2 minutes, repeat.

The scale is beginning to move again... I am always skeptical though... I'll know for sure in a week or so. :)

Today's Workout; I'm Stunned!

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Today's workout... I had no idea I could!

Barbell Squats - ATG
15 x 45 lbs.
12 x 95 lbs.
10 x 105 lbs.
8 x 135 lbs. <--- I thought this was my PB, but was informed otherwise. LOL 4 x 165 lbs. <----this was my former personal best 2 x 185 lbs. 1 x 200 lbs. <---- New PB* 8 x 95 lbs. 12 x 45 lbs. *225 lbs. is the record squat for women at my gym.

Finished with...

Traveling Double-lunges
3 sets of 15

"It's fun to be strong" - Cheryl Haworth, 2008 USA Woman's Weightlifting Team

Leptin Article - Lyle McDonald

Lyle McDonald is a blogging athlete, writer and coach that I have been following lately. He has a great ability to explain the body's physiology with regard to training and fitness.

His recent article on Leptin Levels may have provided me with some information that will give me some hope in figuring out my weight loss challenges. Coco, be sure to read this too -- it's long but worth it!

Here's more about Lyle from his blog

The following articles are written by Lyle McDonald.

The hormones of bodyweight regulation: Leptin Part 1
The hormones of bodyweight regulation: Leptin Part 2
The hormones of bodyweight regulation: Leptin Part 3
The hormones of bodyweight regulation: Leptin Part 4

Part 5 to come... What to do about it! I can't wait!!

Sunday Workout

So in another forum I participate in I was challenged to do 100 reps of Leg Press in one set (100 reps straight, no break). Today I made my first attempt, even though I felt pretty used from taking spin and lift back-to-back.Here's my entry point for the challenge:Leg Press, 1 set: 190 lbs. x 110 repsI probably could have started with more and still made the 100 reps; next time, for sure.As for the rest of my workout, I took a short break and then did 5 sets of 10 on the leg press, just working just the lower part my movement on the press; that's where I seem to get stuck when I go for the heavy weight. With my legs already fatigued, I thought it would be a good opportunity to take advantage of. I don't know if that's right or not, but I did it anyway.
And here's the rest...
Hack Squats (ATG)
3 sets 12 x 90 (Plate weight listed only)

Bench Press
8 x 95 lbs.; 5 x 75
12 x 75 lbs.
10 x 75 lbs.

Military Press
3 sets 12 x 40 lbs.

Tricep Rope Push-down
3 sets 12 x 60 lbs.

Lat Pull-…

Saturday Beating...

Started with an 8:15 am spin class, which in it of its self is a tough workout. Another substitute; she was okay, but not as good as the chick from last time.

I decided to stay for the 9:15 24Lift class. The instructor was foreign... a cute Russian-like accent. She was tiny, but I believe she was te most cut instructor I've ever seen at a 24. She was hilarious... it made it easier to get through the class.

I couldn't believe how much the spin class took out of me. I thought I'd e all cool with my 15 lbs. dumbbells and my 25 pounds on my barbell bar.

It's tough to be cool when there's no gas left in the tank. LOL

So 60 minutes spin, and 60 minutes of aerobic lifting... not bad.

I have to figure out what I'm doing tomorrow. I might just swim. :)

A New Approach.

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Finally got my new food plan. We have so much trouble getting my BodyBugg account setup so that my trainer could access the information. it's not normal, but in my world, I suppose it should be expected. :)

What the BodyBugg has shown, is that on the days that I'm working out I am routinely creating a deficit of over 1,000 calories daily. On the days I don't workout I'm still in the neighborhood of 700. Over the course of a week, I am averaging 57 minutes of activity a day.

My lowest days of caloric burn since wearing the Bugg (July 17th) is 2,036 calories. My high days, the days on which I workout, are between 3,220 and 3,250.

I didn't expect that I would, but I have not lost weight on the scale; my weight just fluctuates up and down the same couple pounds. This just proves to me what I have already known; it's not just a matter of eating less and moving more.

So... we're on to a new plan and it makes me nervous. We're going to try to get more calor…

Wellsphere

Some of you might have noticed the new "badge" on my blog. There is a new community out there on the "Netterhood" called Wellsphere. Its a resource for living a better life. Not just through dieting and eating right, but also activity, healing and recovery.

I received an email a month or so ago from Dr. Rutledge, who heads up this community. Of course when I read his personal message to me about how he enjoyed my blog and invited me to be a blogger-of-note, of sorts, in the Wellsphere community, I was a little... no. I was a lot skeptical. Not like I'm an authority on the subject of WLS, but if someone learns something from my experience, that's my goal.

Hubs and took a look-see through the community and it looks like a helpful resource. Right now they have me as a featured blogger in the Healing and Recovery Community, but once they launch the Obesity community, that will be my home.

When Dr. R. first approached me they thought they would have a weight l…

William Tell Momisms

William Tell Momisms
by Anita Renfroe
sung to the William Tell Overture
Get up now, get up now, get up out of bed,
Wash your face, brush your teeth, comb your sleepy head.
Here’s your clothes and your shoes, hear the words I said,
Get up now, get up and make your bed.

Are you hot, are you cold, are you wearing that?
Where’s your books and your lunch and your homework at?
Grab your coat and your gloves and your scarf and hat.
Don’t forget, you’ve gotta feed the cat.

Eat your breakfast, the experts tell us it’s the most important meal of all,
Take your vitamins so you will grow up one day to be big and tall.
Please remember the orthodontist will be seeing you at three today,
Don’t forget your piano lesson is this afternoon so you must play.

Don’t shovel, chew slowly, but hurry, the bus is here,
Be careful, come back here, did you wash behind your ears?
Play outside, don’t play rough, would you just play fair?
Be polite, make a friend, don’t forget to share,
Work it out, wait your turn, never take a dare,
G…

Tuesday Workout and Frustration

This post is going to be all over the place... bear with me.

20 minutes easy cardio (right before training session)

Leg Press
15 x 185 lbs.
12 x 365 lbs.
6 x 635 lbs.
4 x 815 lbs.
2 x 870 lbs. <---- New Personal best, formally 1 x 820 lbs.

Attempted 1 x 920 lbs. to break the record - FAILED :(

10 x 365
15 x 185
20 x 95

Made it 1/3 of the way up and just got stuck. My trainer thought I'd pull it out, but no matter how hard I grunted, it didn't happen. He saw it go down a hair and decided to call it off and keep me injury free.

It is amazing how so much of it is in your head. It's like if you shift focus for a nanosecond, you lose it. I think that's what happened. At some point in the lift I realized that I was pressing more with the balls of my feet than pushing through my heels -- that's about when I lost it; I wasn't focusing on pushing for that half-second.

I was a little embarrassed when he told me I had an audience of watching when I attempted the 920. I just fe…

Life Lessons for All of Us

I normally don't post this kind of stuff, but I liked this one...

A life lesson for all of us.

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers .

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous 'yes.'

The professor then produc…

The Water Boys!!!

Amazing... if you didn't catch the Men's 4 x 100 Relay, check it out here...

http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/

What a great group of guys. You can tell from the interview they're not into the mind games. They had a mission and they accomplished it.

That'll teach the Frenchies for talkin' smack before they get in the pool. Put your money where your lats are!

^5 USA!

Monday - Cardio

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According to my friends a bb.com, I didn't know it, but yesterday was National Bench Press Day. Hallmark has a card for it, so it slipped right past me. Like shwoing up in jeans to a black tie affair, I opted for cardio yesterday:
- Warmed up with 15 minutes of 3.8 mph at a 5% incline - 15 minutes of High Intensity Intervals - 10 minutes of 4 mph at 0% incline - 5 minute cool down40 minutes
Total of 521 Calories Burned.
Melting Mama posted about Cheryl Haworth, an Olympic Weightlifting hopeful. Of course I started Googling her and checkin' her out. Her accomplishment is amazing. As she said in one interview "mass moves mass" and "it's fun to be strong." I say, go girl!



CHERYL HAWORTH, WEIGHT LIFTING, 75+KG CLASS

Age: 25
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 300 lbs.
Resting Heart Rate: 75 beats per minute
Waist: 50"
Thighs: 32"
Biceps: 17"
Bench Press: 160 lbs. (Hey, I do 145 -- is there an Olympic competition in my future? LOL)
Squat: 495 lbs.
Vertical Leap: …

Saturday / Sunday Workouts

Saturday:
55 minute spin class. It kicked my a$$; nearly made me sick to my stomach and I never had that happen before. It was so hot in that room that it was hard to recover as needed. I managed to push through though. Great class!

Sunday:
For the last several I have been oing a strength buillding program. So to change things up I am going to try a "full-body" approach to my workouts for another serveral weeks and see how that works for me for a few weeks.

My legs were a little tired today -- I'm guessing from spin class yesterday.

To promote some fat burning, I just had 2 cups of coffee and a protein shake before I left -- I didn't feel to badly during the workout, so that was a plus. I did finish with some 2:1:1 Recovery post-workout.

BB Bench Press
20 x 45 lbs.
8 X 95 lbs.; 12 X 75 lbs.
15 x 75 lbs.

BB Upright Row
3 sets of 15 x 40 lbs.

Lat Pull-down
3 sets of 15 x 75 lbs.

Stading BB Military Press
15 x 30 lbs.
15 x 40 lbs.
9 x 40 lbs.; 5 x 30 lbs.

Squats - ATG (azz to gro…

Paris Comes Back at McCain.

You may have to click on the "Original Post" to see the video. It wasn't coming up on my iGoogle.

I hate to admit it, this is funny. McCain used images of Paris, and other celebrities in his campaign... in a derogatory way. He went on to compare Obama to celebrities. Blah, blah, blah.

Too funny...

See Paris Hilton Responds to McCain Ad and more funny videos on FunnyOrDie.comSee more funny videos at Funny or Die

Naked Ambition

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These pictures are amazing! The swimmer's picture is my favorite, though I do appreciate them all.

From Mail Online
Naked ambition: Britain's Olympians strip down as they prepare to make history in Beijing
By Arthur Martin

"The images will be used as part of an advertising campaign for Powerade, the official sports drink of the Beijing Games."

"'Nadav [the photographer] made us all feel really comfortable, and we had a lot of fun. The Inner Gear for an athlete - how we train, what we eat, drink and when we sleep - is as important as what we wear, and it's great that a campaign like this brings it to life.'"

"Cathryn Sleight, marketing director for Coca-Cola Great Britain which produces Powerade, added: 'Everyone is used to seeing athletes in competition or winning, but we wanted to give people the chance to see the real make-up of an athlete and their muscle and power, celebrating the body and spirit and the hard work that goes into training…

On the Olympics: Masked Cyclists!

I feel pretty certain that if I was at were at a highpoint in my athletic career and I was on an Olympic team, I would also take precautions -- especially if I was given the choice! I would ensure I did whatever it is necessary to minimize potential impact to my performance. Give the athletes a break!

August 6, 2008
NY Times
U.S. Cyclists Are Masked, and Criticism Is Not By JULIET MACUR BEIJING — After months of speculation about how Olympic athletes would react to the air quality problems here, some answers arrived at the airport Tuesday, when four track cyclists on the United States team stepped off their flight wearing masks over their mouths and noses. They were the first athletes at these Summer Games seen wearing masks publicly to combat the effects of pollution, and the sight of them drew considerable attention and criticism from United States Olympic officials. The United States Olympic Committee had issued the specially designed masks to protect athletes from the potentially har…

Another Personal Best!

It's been a crazy week with the *cough* storms *cough* we were supposed to get here in Houston. Still, I guess we were afforded the opportunity to run through our "business continuity plan".

Darren has been traveling, so ibetween the weather and being where Cassie needs to be, today was the first day I got to the gym!

It was worth it... I tied the female bench press record at 145 lbs.!

The bad news is, we thought I had the record on the leg press. Not true. There are 2 ladies ahead of me! The top one is doing just over 900 lbs.
Oh well... something to shoot for. Trainer did say that I have great muscular endurance (I think that's what he called it) and that I have the two ladies beat, hands down, in volume.

Unfortunately we spent part of today's session time trying to workout some BodyBugg issues, so we didn't have a whole lot of time left:

Lateral Cable row
20 x 70 lbs. (last 5 with a hold at the top of the move).15 x 90 lbs.12 x 90 lbs.

Alt'd with Leg Raises
3…

Silk Soy Plus - New Product

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For a long time I have stayed away from soy milks. I never cared much for that filmy residue it left in my mouth. Plus, Soy used to reek havoc on my stomach in the way of flatulence; sorry folks, just keepin' it real. :)

Anyway ever since my bypass I have become slightly lactose intolerant. I wasn't sure at first because I can still eat dairy, like cottage cheese without issue, but if I have real milk or ice cream, it's like war zone in my intestines. I know, enough already.

I purchase the Silk Soy Plus with Omega 3's and DHA. I'm all about upping my healthy cholesterol, since it was really low on my last round of blood work.

I gotta say it was really good and I didn't experience the film that first kept me from Soy milks to begin with. It has a nice taste too. :) This product has to be refrigerated -- which is fine because the colder, the better.

Between the new Silk Soy and my CorOmega supplement, I'm hoping my healthy cholesterol will make a good com…

Here it comes.... wait for it!

So we were plenty ready for the Eduord to make landfall in Galveston, which is 25 miles from my home. When Rita hit, we were mandatorily (like that word? I think its fake) evacuated. As you might imagine everyone in this part of Houston has an overwhelmingly heightened sense of fear whenever the slightest threat of anythig is ready to come our way.

Cassie's Daycare requested parents to pick their kids up early on Tuesday and announced they'd be closed on Wednesday. Even though I understood the "why" it drives me crazy. They're already closing on the 11th for a training day. Yes. A training day. With Darren traveling I wound up having to bring the Cassinator to work with me, along with a slew of toys and the DVD player to keep her busy. Despite her distractions I managed to get the essential things done to protect our company's technology. It was a good practice to run through our business continuity plan.

I haven't been the gym in 2 days. I plan to go today…

My Lil' Gymnist :)

Just 'cause I'm a proud Mom. :)

Inside the Human Body

If you know me, you know that I'm a big fan of Dr. Oz. I love the way he explains body function; his easy-to-understand explainations actually encourage me to learn more.

The folloiwng link shows 15 pictures of various human insides, including the heart, liver, kidneys, brain, lungs, aorta, etc. Pictures of the healthy version and the unhealthy version It's pretty wild.

Inside the Human Body - - 1MSN Health & Fitness - Health Topics