Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Reverse Crunch Week 3 Day 2

still getting a bit fatigued at the end, mostly in the tops of the thighs (quads) and forward (when standing) portion of the hip...

crunches: 20/25/15/15/32 on a spec of (same /25 - total of 107)


Walking - Week 3

totals for the the third week of walking: 14.1 k steps... that's the good news. the better news, well, there is none. the bad news, my feet still hurt from the cancer walk last week (and there's a heart walk this weekend - my wife works at a heart hospital, so we're going). still plan to walk at my own pace, but it does seem to sting a bit when I come in at the bottom on a regular basis. oh well, I will do what I can, and see where it goes. it is only healthy if you aren't hurting yourself (to do otherwise would seem counterproductive... ).

also note that the difference between last week and this week is that my mom was in town, so we didn't do much walking on the weekend.

total: 14.1 k steps


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Reverse Crunch Week 3 Day 1

things are getting better, but the top of the quads (the section that is both forward and body-ward) is still starting to engage and fatigue as the reps climb, and the lower back is still a little tender, but no problems ...

crunches: 14/18/14/14/25 on a spec of (same /20 - total of 85)


Saturday, April 25, 2009

it's hell getting old

been a bad week - did something to my lower back, so no crunches. my shoulder, while better, is still being pulled out of place by irritated muscles, so no pushups either. hope to get back to it sometime in the upcoming week.


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Pushup Practice

still waiting on shoulder to get better. it's a chicken-and-egg problem. shoulder is inflamed because it is in the wrong position, this pain causes muscle tightness in all surrounding muscles, which pulls the shoulder into the wrong position, which ...

it's getting better, but slowly. hope to be back to it in another week or two - lots of stretching and manipulation...


Walking - Week 2

totals for the the second week of walking: 34.9 k steps... that's the good news. the better news, almost 10k of those were at the Susan G Komen breast cancer walk on Sunday. the bad news, my feet are still sore (knees and everything else were sore for a day, but the feet are still a bit swollen and the soles are still a bit tender) - some of that may have to do with having my 7 year old 'riding' for the first half mile and last quarter mile... unfortunately, there is no 'extra credit' steps awarded for carrying her... also note that the difference between last week and this week is almost exactly the number of steps in the cancer walk...

the down side, I'm still the bottom walker of our team. on the good side, we added about 1/3 to our total. on the down side, the other team at our site almost doubled it's total, so we're still way behind.

we'll have to see how the rest of the teams did - details forthcoming... um, we got toasted. even the 4 person team beat us. but this is about health, and if the others can walk that far in health, good for them. it is doubtful that any of the 100k steppers weigh 235 pounds, so their totals would probably drop if they had to carry that much weight (that's not counting an extra 50 some pounds of little girl for about 3/4 of a mile in the cancer walk).

total: 34.9 k steps


Now and Zen

actually got a decent meditation in last week (but only one). need to figure out how to make it a higher priority - you always find time for your "MUST" items, but rarely find it for your "SHOULD" items...


Monday, April 20, 2009

Reverse Crunch Week 2 Day 3

starting to get a bit fatigued, mostly in the tops of the thighs (quads)...

crunches: 16/17/14/14/23 on a spec of (same /20 - total of 84)


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Reverse Crunch Week 2 Day 2

things are still going well - still no problems ...

crunches: 14/16/12/12/22 on a spec of (same /17 - total of 76)


Saturday, April 18, 2009

Reverse Crunch Week 2 Day 1

well, things went so well with the first set of reverse crunches, I had to decide between doing the last day of each week until I failed, then backing up a bit, or to do every one from here on out, but more frequently. I decided to do the latter, and so will be doing them daily (or nearly so) until it gets to be too hard or I complete the series

crunches: 14/14/10/10/18 on a spec of (same /15 - total of 66)


Friday, April 17, 2009

Reverse Crunch Week 1 Day 3

well, things went so well with crunches, it's time to start on reverse crunches (lift feet from floor to about 45 degree angle, then back down). since they looked so easy, I started out with the last session of Week 1 - and had no problem...

crunches: 11/15/9/9/17 on a spec of (same /13 - total of 61)


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Now and Zen

... or lack thereof. still having problems remembering to do the meditations. perhaps once a week, on a good week. not very good.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Walking - Week 1

totals for the the first week of walking: 24.4 k steps... that's the good news. the bad news, my total was the lowest on our team, and our team was the second lowest, beating only a short-handed team! some of these people had over 100k steps! they must be power walkers or joggers or something. oh well, need to run my own race and do what I can to up my numbers, within reason.

total: 24.4 k steps


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Crunch Final Test

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hope to figure out how to embed video soon (or at least link to one), as I did all 100 - actually did 109, as I lost count at one point, and did a few extra, rather than end up at 99 (which would truly be an epic fail).


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Crunch Week 6 - Day 3

last full set - went fairly well, should be able to do 100 good form crunches without too many problems. hope to do it as early as saturday...

crunches: 26/26/32/32/26/26/22/22/84 on a spec of (same /60 - total of 296)



totals for the last week of prep: 20.4k steps... put some effort and a lot of general activity, plus it was all recorded. making 10k per week should be trivial...

just had our 'start' meeting, reset the counters and the first "real" week totals start now, results next week...

total: 20.4k steps


Sunday, April 5, 2009

Now and Zen

this has been going poorly. rarely done, and often interrupted. not happy with this at all, but still not sufficiently unhappy to do something about it, which is even more "not good"...


Friday, April 3, 2009

Crunch Week 6 - Day 2

getting close to test time (could say "crunch time", but that would be pretty cheesy...).

crunches: 22/22/30/30/24/24/18/18/60 on a spec of (same /57 - total of 248)
pushups: 25/23/20/17/17/13 (plus 5/1/x) (total of 115 for 1st 6 sets, like others before) grand total of 121 - shoulder was hurting, kind of went soft on myself.


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Pushup Practice

as you may have noticed, my pushup practice has dropped off. managed to mangle my shoulder in a botched dive roll, so the pushups will be light for the next week or two. no serious damage, but have to get the shoulder back in place and loosen up the muscles.