Saturday, June 6, 2009

Think Lean and Strong

Friday, June 5, 2009

I'm finally beginning to get settled in after having gone back to Tennessee for a visit. As I was leaving, 10 days seemed like quite a long time, but the hours and days flew by, and before I knew it, I was faced again with leaving friends and family. I was fortunate in that I got at least brief visits with almost everyone I wanted to see, but no amount of time is ever truly enough to sit in the presence of people we love and who love us in return. I snapped some beautiful pics (if I do say so myself) and can't wait to share them with you.

That being said, not a day went by that I didn't miss my internet friends, as funny as that might seem.

I did a fair job of sticking to doing a workout while I was gone and only missed a workout on a couple of days. My nutrition was far less than ideal, but then again, it wasn't as bad as it could have been. My biggest disappointment in that regard lies in my having difficulty getting back on nutritional track on my return home. Though I got home 6 days ago, I only went to the grocery today, and in the meantime just muddled through. I will pat myself on the back, though, for making it through the entire 12 hour shift two nights ago without eating a single M&M out of the 3 1/2# bag the skinny guy brought to work. And I DO love my M&M's!

As always, though, these events haven't happened in an intellectual vacuum, and as they have happened, I have pondered them and their causes and consequences. Josh Hillis recently wrote a post about how Hugh Jackman trained for his latest role as Wolverine. In short, he became Wolverine for each and every workout. Josh followed that post up with one about how not to be a fat person. In short, don't make the choices or excuses that a fat person makes. Instead, think of the choice that, say, Hugh Jackman or Jessica Biel would make, and let that be your choice.

Top-Hugh Jackman and costars in the new movie X-men Origins: Wolverine. Middle--Jessica Biel in Blade: Trinity. I think this is one of the most beautiful female physiques ever. (MHO) I threw the pic of Ryan Reynolds (also Blade: Trinity) in at the bottom mostly because I think this is probably the hottest male physique ever. No snide comments about the cuffs; it was the best pic of how ripped he was that I could find.:)

(Josh keeps a great blog with some pretty wise points, and these last two nuggets have been great ones.) I've thought quite a lot about these points the last couple of days, today in particular, and slowly they are truly sinking in. In order to be the person I want to be, with the physique that I want to have, I have to think myself that person. As long as I think of myself as someone who wants to be strong and lean, I will continue to want. But as I begin to be that strong, lean person, I suspect that the choices of a strong, lean person will become second nature.

TODAY'S WORKOUT: 16kg Essentials. Rest 5 min. 5 min of 16kg snatches=72, Rest 3 min. 5 min of 16kg snatces=60. Rest 3 min. 30 Challenge Burpees for time=6'40"

C&PP 20kgx2, C&P 16kg x 3--R then L
Perfect Pushups x 5 (sometimes had to be from the knees, but each one done perfectl)
20kg Walking Lunges (Steering wheel position)
double 16kg deadlifts
Plank x 25sec
Rest 2 min

For 5 rounds

20kg Tabata swings
Rest 2 min
20kg Tabata swings


4 4-rung black and purple band assisted pullups/perfect pushups ladders
4 2-rung assisted pistol ladders

16kg Essentials

Sprint 25sec
Rest 50sec
Jump Rope 25 sec
Rest 50 sec
Swing 20kg 25 sec
Rest 50 sec
...........for 25 min

Double 16kg C&P/Row--4 4-rung ladders
Double 16kg Squat--4 4-rung ladders

Snatch 16kg 30sec R/30sec L/20sec rest x 6 rounds