Posts Tagged With: gym

Well that was different!

Just back from a beginners introductory kettle bell class. Damn that was knackering!!!

The lower half of my body feels like it belongs to someone else, and isn’t really talking to the rest of me. My lower back feels really “loose” – that’s the only way I can describe it – and it’s great.
There’s another 3 weeks of the beginners class to go. I feel great, but at the same time I can’t believe that people “like” a kettle bell session!

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Ouch, ouch ouch!

With the case of the missing running shoes unresolved, Yesterday was a wee core session in the gym. I went with a work colleague who is wise in the ways of the core strength, and damn if I’m not feeling it today !
My stomach muscles are…… achey. Sneezing hurts my stomach in a way that makes me want to laugh, except of course, that would hurt too.

Tonight I’ve got yoga straight after work, so I’m looking forward to that.

Next week is Wellness at Work week, so I’m using the introduction sessions as a way of going back to Body Pump. I used to go about 3 or 4 years ago, and now don’t actually do any upper body load bearing exercise, to this should be a good opportunity to get back into it.

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I am a numpty

This morning I went into my locker in the gym, and noticed my running shoes weren’t there. I’ve a habit of not picking stuff up, so realised I’d left them in the changing room on Friday after I’d been for a run.
I checked if they’d been handed in, but no joy.
In the changing room, the cleaner was washing the floor, and I asked him if he’d remembered seeing a pair of trainers lying there last week. He said he’d seen a pair of blue New Balance trainers on the Friday morning, lying next to a bench, with no clothes or bags near them, and took me to the front desk and asked the girl there to get them for me. Again she checked and said they weren’t there.
When I asked him if he’d handed them in he said no!
Next question was “How did you expect them to be handed in? Someone has stolen them!”

Yeah it’s my fault and I now need to buy new running shoes, but seriously, he saw them lying on their own and DIDN’T put them in lost property!

I didn’t go running (no shoes), so a wee impromtpu yoga session took place instead.

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Food hangover

Since the New Year, I’ve been (sort of) on the Atkins diet.  I’ve not cut out carbs, but I have limited their intake.  The result to date is, about 6 inches off my gut, that I was more than able to lose.  I’ve (almost) got a flat stomach now.  I’ve been going to the gym again and doing some core sessions – I really need to do some upper body as well, as I’ve never been great in the upper body strength stakes.
I’m also doing a yoga class – vinyasa flow – once a week, and I’m doing more yoga on my own most days (I’m doing the men’s 30 day yoga challenge on Do You Yoga)
I’m probably in better shape at 50 than I was at 25!

Now I said above that I’m “sort of” doing Atkins.  Once a month we have a games night (boardgames like Pandemic, Zombies, Robo Rally, Cards Against Humanity) and I drop the diet for that day.  So it’s pizza, beer, etc for me 🙂  The downside to this is what I can only describe as a “food hangover” the following day.  It’s almost as if my body reaslises that I’ve been eating “clean” food for ages, and suddenly isn’t all that impressed when sugary rubbish suddenly gets introduced to the mix.
I have to admit that weirdly for someone who had a sweet tooth, I don’t really miss the sweet stuff now.

Anyway, I’ve done my yoga for the day.  Did it first thing this morning, and lunchtime, I’m off to the gym to give my abs a hard time of it.

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Slacker

Been slacking lately gym-wise.  I’ve not been in the last week.  No excuse other than my torturer/gym buddy hasn’t been able to go due to meetings.
I’ve still been going to karate, skating and yoga though, so it’s not like I’ve reverted to total slothdom.

That’s now two months since I started cutting out the carbs, and restricting myself to about 30g a day – there’s been the odd blip eg when we went to Gartmore House for the night – and in that time, I’ve lost 62 off my belly, so that’s a result.
I really don’t miss sweet things, which has really surprised me.  Nan bread with my curry though, and the pita bread a kebab comes in…..those I do miss.  Ah well, it’ll all be worth it in the long run.

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Karate

Karate last night was good.  There’s a few new members, a couple of adults and a couple of kids.
The adults are no problem, except one has been asking when he’s going to get his first belt, despite only having been coming for a few weeks.  He wasn’t happy with the reply that it’s not all about being able to do “x” moves or a kata, but there’s other factors, respect, discpline AND ablity.  He’s got a habit of dropping out of kata if he gets a move wrong, and not wanting to join in again as he says he feels stupid, BUT he still wants graded!
The kids on the other hand, have been brought to karate my their mum after they got kicked out of a Tae Kwon Do class for not paying attention, talking, and carrying on.  They’re going to be hard work.  One is about 8 and the other 12.  They have absolutely no discipline, or respect for others, and don’t listen.  I’m guessing they won’t last long, as they seem to think it’s just a game.

I was supposed to be going to the gym today, but my gym buddy has a meeting and can’t make it, so I’m having a “rest day” 🙂

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This is a good thing.

Karate last night was good.  Pat has got me doing a bit more teaching, and it’s helping me to think about what I’m doing, and why, and not blindly follow without understanding or questioning.
This is a good thing.
When it came to me and Pat practicing together, I managed to land a punch, and to catch him out a couple of times, so I’m managing to deal with his attacks, and hide my own intentions.
This is a good thing.

I’m just back from a lunchtime core session.  My abs are feeling a bit sorry for themselves, and again.  This is a good thing.  So much so that it will be repeated on Friday.

All I have to do is to remember to book my place for the yoga class on Thursday, and the week will have been a good one.

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Gearing up for winter, and getting some balance

I’ve realised that all the exercise I do focusses on the legs – running, cycling, karate, and I really need to do something that involves the upper body. I’ve also accepted that with the imminent approach of worsening weather, running and cycling may not the as attractive an option as they currently are.  (Yes, there is winter clothing, but it’s not the rain and cold that puts me off, it’s the wind.  There’s not much pleasure to be had on a bike when you’re peddling to stay still).

With the above in mind, I’ve upped my gym membership from “locker and shower” to “gold”.  Gold gives me full access at all times (there’s a cheaper off-peak times option), and includes any of the classes they run at no extra cost – spin, yoga etc.
So when the weather isn’t conducive to cycling or running, there’s spin or the treadmill.  I’m also thinking about seeing if there’s a yoga class I can fit in.  They used to do an early bird class at 7.00am once a week, that I went to, but the girl that took it left when she got pregnant, and no-one else picked it up.  While I can’t say I enjoyed yoga, I DID feel the benefit, so hopefully that will be an option.

So all in all, I’m feeling pretty positive about keeping my fitness levels up over winter, and maybe even improving or where they are at the moment.

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