Yesterday I completed TWO naked TGU to standing on my right side! It was a quiet victory – just me smiling and enjoying the moment. It felt good. Sweet even. It was my goal for 2013 and it has taken me nearly all year to achieve it. I’m still smiling.
I’ve also finished week 6 of the BeSlam program. Half way through the program. I’m still enjoying it. I have been substituting some basic Tracy Reifkind type swing routines for the BeSlam conditioning workouts – simply because I love to swing. Tracy has posted some quick and easy (5 minute) 10×10 workouts lately that are easy to add in.
Week 6 has been started. It will be a tough week as I’m trying to catch up on a missed session from last week. I might just have to stay one session behind – we’ll see. It’s not like it’s a race or anything – right?
Still enjoying the BeSlam program. Have tried to insert one Tracy Reifkind Top 40 workout into each week rather than one of Lauren’s conditioning sessions – simply because I really like Tracy’s swing workouts too. Yesterday I did 435 swings with my 12kg – both single and double handed combos. It’s really time for me to start doing the dh swings with the 16kg regularly. At least for part of my workouts.
Am really enjoying my yoga lately. Most weeks I do 2-3 classes with local teachers and at least 2 sessions on my own with yogaglo. Monday’s class is a restorative class. I can’t tell you how much I love this class. It’s like adult napping. The instructor sets us up in different supported poses and we just chillax and breathe. FABULOUS.
Wednesday and Thursday’s yoga classes are hatha. These two classes have the appearance of being slow moving and non-strenuous but we work deeply and hold the poses so I think the appearance of it being easy is deceptive. I’m always surprised when I wake up a little stiff following these classes.
The yogaglo classes that I typically take are either restorative or yin. Yin works to stretch the connective tissue and fascia. Both styles of classes are excellent. I’m lucky in that I have the time to do some restorative work most days. In addition to my foam rolling, I think it’s the restorative/yin work that keeps me (mostly) free of injury.
Overall – all is good!
I’m still not really feeling the blogging mojo. Maybe it will resurface? In the meantime, until I decide if I’m going to continue blogging or not, I’ll continue. :)
Started week 5 of Lauren Brook’s BeSlam program this week. There are 6 workouts per week in this 4 week section as opposed to 4 workouts per week in the first 4 weeks. Ramp up, I guess. I wonder at times if this middle-aged body can keep up. I’m stiff and sore frequently. DOMS is a near constant friend of mine. I sound like I’m whining but I’m not – I do like the program – it’s just that I don’t like feeling the soreness.
Plus, the thought keeps circling my brain “Why are you working out so hard physically and then being so slack with your food choices?” Good question, isn’t it? I have no answer today. I did read an excellent article on mindful eating this morning. HERE is the link. I also started reading a new book called Liberated Eater by Cindy Landham. It is starting out quite interesting and the web site looks like it has a lot of information to explore.
Had success yesterday with my TGU. My goal for 2013 was to do an unassisted naked TGU. Well, there are about 6 weeks left in the year and I’m not quite there yet – but I have made progress. Yesterday I did unassisted naked TGU’s on my left side – all the way to standing! YEAH! On the right, I did ASSISTED naked TGU to standing – which is progress because previously I was only doing 1/2 TGU (to kneeling). Today I’m incredibly stiff in my abs but it was worth it. We cycle through to TGU every couple weeks in the Lauren Brooks program but I think I’ll start adding them in 3 times a week for the last 6 weeks of 2013. Let’s see if I can make it to my 2013 goal of an unassisted naked TGU!
Ok – I know this is lazy – but I’m going to point to a blog post that I read today. If you haven’t seen it – it is worth reading and thought provoking. It’s about what REAL food is and perhaps isn’t.
Side conversation……In a round-about-way, it talks to me about judging others. I know….that’s a big thing with me. Which makes me wonder – is it a big deal with me because I’m the judgmental one? I’d like to believe it’s because I don’t like to be judged – but psychobabble suggests otherwise. All I know is that I try to be non-judgmental but it doesn’t always work. I’m a work in progress.
Back to the blog post though…..Fat Nutritionist – I really like her stuff. She has a ton of good information on her site.
As far as my workouts go – I’m halfway through week 4 of Lauren Brook’s BeSlam program and really enjoying it. Next week is a ramp up and I’m not sure I’m up for it as I am incredibly sore after my workouts (2 strength and 2 conditioning per week). I don’t know if I’m pushing too hard for a 54 year old or if I’m simply a whimp and out of shape. I guess time will tell.
I’ve also been listening to a book called How to have your cake and your skinny jeans too by Josie Spinardi. It’s a good listen. Full of suggestions and ideas on NOT dieting but also not falling into the free-for-all abyss. She’s a young, energetic talker.
And the photo? My new bells. The family has increased to include 2x8kg, 2x12kg, 16kg & a 20 kg. Aren’t they pretty? :) I’m practicing my snatches and did some double swings with the 8kg’s last week. Whoo wheeee…..look at me go. :)
This week I read a post where a woman indicated that she couldn’t think of anything WORSE than being overweight. I’m sure she meant it to be inspiring in some way but truly? it made me feel sorry for her. I can think of many many many things WORSE than being overweight. Don’t get me started because it won’t be pretty.
I’m rather bored with blogging lately but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been working out. Tomorrow I finish week 3 of Lauren Brook’s BeSlam program. I’m enjoying it. My new bells also arrived and today I worked with 2x8kg on my cleans and the 20kg for deadlifts.