Friday, March 28, 2008

back to the paintbrush

Yesterday was busy with not much at all - no workout. I did take the boys to Lazer tag - but chatting with the parents doesn't constitute a workout!

Today - back to painting...this time the ceiling in the basement.
And then at 1:30pm Andrew, Will and I went for a SWIM. I did 52 lengths (but broken up in pieces since I was playing with the boys.
Afterwards - back to painting overhead. The shoulders should feel good tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


After yesterday's tightness and soreness, this morning I felt pretty good, and got a good Sculpt workout in before anyone else was up.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Easter Week

After all the activity of Holy Week and Easter, I celebrated my day off Monday by...
painting the basement.
7 hours, and 3 coats later I have sore muscles in my shoulders, hammies, and back to show for it. Does that count as a workout?

Tuesday at 8pm I did the Sweat/Abs and despite the tight back and hammies I had a pretty good workout with William helping/cheering me on.

Two advil are calling tonight!

Last week's summary

Monday - Sweat (PM)
Tuesday - Sculpt (PM)
Weds - Swim (afternoon)
Thursday - Nothing
Friday - Sculpt (afternoon)
Saturday - Sweat (AM)

A pretty good week considering it was Holy Week!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Friday

Yesterday I planned on getting in a swim in the afternoon, but I got to visit a parishioner in the hospital in Ypsilanti. By the time I got home from Maundy Thursday Service and Garden Watch in was too late to workout.

Today, after the Good Friday Service, I got in a workout
Sculpt, with 130 Push ups (20 decline, 20 wide, 7/7/16, and 60- yes 60! - burn-outs).

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

40 hard lengths

I got in the pool this afternoon and swam hard. A good, fatigue-producing type of swim. It felt GREAT!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

"I can make you thin"

I saw this show on Sunday PM called "I can make you thin".

It was interesting. The host, an englishman named Paul McKenna, who I gather from his website is a hypnotist, leads this series over the next couple of Sunday eveings.
Jennifer and I watched the first one Sunday.

This episode dealt with his 4 Golden Rules. Quite frankly they are all common sense.

1) When you are hungry, eat. (duh). Learn to listen to your body as it actually tells you it is hungry. Don't eat if you aren't, and don't let yourself get extremely hungry or you will overeat.

2) Eat what you want, not what you think you should. This was interesting, as he told a woman to throw away all the low-fat foods (good for him). He claims as you go on your body will help you to realize what is good for you. I think this one could be a landmine since I am convinced that for me in particular, and for many Americans in general, starches (particulary refined ones) are addictive and VERY bad for us and cause health problems and cravings. - yes this is Atkins talking - getting carbs from veggies.

3) Eat Consciously. I think this is a very good one! He says a problem is people shoveling food into their mouths (guilty) and not actually enjoying it. Not only that, it short-circuits your bodies ability to know when you are full! I know we have to tell our boys after they have wolfed down their seconds and want thirds that they should wait 20 minutes to see if they are still hungry! His suggestion? "I cannot emphasise this enough. Put the knife and fork down whilst you are chewing your food and really enjoy it - savour the taste, and enjoy the wonderful textures and sensations as you thoroughly chew each mouthful of food at least 20 times!"
I have been trying this this week and it is tough to slow down this much! He also mentioned on the show to not be distracted by radio/tv/reading, and I am guilty of having the radio on in the background at breakfast, and reading through lunch.

4) When you are full, stop eating (again - DUH). Tear up the membership card in the "clean plate club". I think #3 helps to figure out #4.

In the coming weeks shows will deal with overcoming emotional eating, supercharging your metabolism, breaking cravings, and improving ones body.
More info from Paul can be found at

On the website I could read ahead to the coming episodes, but I think I will wait and check it out each Sunday night. The TV station can be found at

Once again - during Idol

Got a great workout in tonight while watching American Idol.

Sculpt Video
Took the dumbbells up to 15lbs each, and so I took the reps down to 12 reps today. Will probably do one more like that and then take it back up to 15 reps.

Push-ups? Awesome today. 16 decline, 20 wides, 7/7/26 in Fly/Tri/Die, 45 in the burnouts at end for a total of 121!

As for Input - am pulling it back to beginning Atkins Induction starting today.

Monday, March 17, 2008

This evening's fare

a good sweat workout, without anything missing, at 8pm.

Finishing off last week

Saturday - I was a bum. Nothing.

Week in review?
Worked out Tuesday through Friday
One Swim, one Sculpt, two sweat

Friday, March 14, 2008

an early morning

Meg woke us up at 5am. I finally got her back to sleep by about 6:15am

Did a hardcore Sweat workout, with abs - 150 Reps!

Feeling great now - and exhausted!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Shortened Swim today

I got to the pool later than I had planned, and only swam 30 lengths instead of the preferred 40 (35 is 1/2 mile) because I had to get back for Evening Prayer.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Early morning start

Jennifer and I both got up early this morning, with Meg as well, and all worked out first thing.

Jennifer did her video on the TV, I put my video in my laptop.

Good Sculpt workout. 105 push-ups. What I feared was tendonitis in my left elbow seems to have disapated. Later in the week I plan on upping the dumbbell weight from 12 to 15.

Now off for my busiest weekday.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

off to a lethargic start

Yesterday was my day off and I was a slug. Tried to blame it on sore knees and ankles from chasing rockets in a farmer's field on Sunday with Sam (uneven ground with rocks and cornstalk stubs are hard on the legs) but it was an excuse to be lazy.

Lazy continued today until tonight, when I did a Sweat video workout while American Idol was on. But even that was lethargic while doing it. Shorted the Abs after 60 reps...

Tomorrow's another day.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

A complete week

Monday - Sculpt
Tuesday - Sweat
Wednesday - Shovel
Thursday - Swim (and beavers)
Friday - Sculpt
Saturday - Sweat...and a bonus shovel at 9pm

NOT a bad week last week as far as output goes!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

The "S" workouts continue

Nature provided Wednesday's workout

Shoveling! 50 minutes in the AM (worked up a good sweat)
and 10 more minutes in the evening at the Church

Thursday - Swimming (Beavers followed by 24 lengths).

Slept funny on my neck last night (might be related to shoveling now that I think about it) and it is quite sore today.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Tuesday evening

Another workout under the belt.
Did the Sweat/Abs (up to 150 reps on Abs!) while watching American Idol.

Yesterday I did the Sculpt video in the late afternoonl (day off from work and procrastinated all day until the boys went to karate)

Sore now, ready to fall into bed.....

Must get in some sort of workout tomorrow, Weds, the busiest day of the week at St. John's.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Finishing off last week

Friday -Swam 40 laps
Saturday - Houseguests...didn't get a workout in.

Week -
Monday - Sweat
Tuesday - Sculpt
Wednesday - Nada
Thursday - Sweat and Beavers
Friday - Swam
Saturday - Nada