Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tuesday Swimming 45 minutes

Breast stroke- 10

I pooped out at the end. I did way too much stuff yesterday, which spilled over into today as well. Car repairs, housecleaning, laundry, and taking the kids to the aquatic center for 2 hours yesterday too.

Saturday, July 28, 2012


I did 50 minutes of Martial Arts yesterday.  Felt a lot better than last time.  We worked on technique a lot, ect.  Which is just as hard as I remember it!  We did kicks and such veeeeeeeeeery slowly, and then held them at their full extension for a slow count of five.  Good way to tighten up your technique and build muscle at the same time!  Ouchie!  Then afterward working on power.  Not so much speed, though.  That'll come later when things are feeling a little more oiled.  All in all though, very good workout.  (And uber cathartic!  Two birds!  One stone!  I love it!)
The Almighty Liz

Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday JM 30 Day Shred Workout 1 (25 minutes)

With 10 lb free weights. 

Also- walked with the kids for about an hour running errands while my car was in the shop.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Thursday Running 3 1/2 miles (45 minutes)

Oh what a difference 10 degrees makes! It felt so much nicer today than it did yesterday.

Also- shopping, running around, and the park with the kids for a couple of hours total.

Two Days

Hey ladies!
Yesterday I went to the pool with the family for an hour.  Did several laps, and generally didn't stop moving the whole time, except to catch my breath.
Today, I did 15 minutes on the yoga ball.  Definitely improving there.  I need to give it more time slots in my week.
The Almighty Liz

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wednesday JM 30 Day Shred Workout 2 (25 minutes)

With 10 lb free weights.

Also- up and down the stairs all day doing laundry. This heat is killing me! Today would have been a run day, but no way with 105 temps.

Renae Update

Sell I don't remember when I posted last, so I'll just give you the run down of my last week or something like that.  I have never been so ready for the stupid Triathlon to just freaking get here.  Usually I feel like "Oh crap!  It's just around the corner, and I'm not as ready as I wanted to be!"  This year it is more like "Come on already, I'm sick of this training like CRAZY!"  I set myself a hard P.R. to break last year, having knocked THREE MINUTES off of my previous P.R.  My goal is to set another P.R., but it will be tough.  I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win my division this year, but we'll see.  I'm in one of the toughest age divisions there is.  It's possible, but certainly no guarantee.  Heck, I may not even place.   I'm not sure who will win between Bruce and I.  It's going to be an all out race.  He out swims me - hands down, no comparison.  I'm better on the bike, and the run is a pretty good match - although he has beat me the last two runs we've done together, and he's getting faster all the time.  I may lose to him.  That's fine though.

OKAY, enough jabber about that.  Here's what I've been up to:

I don't remember much about last week.  lol!  I know I worked hard.  I did the Tuesday night ride (and apparently accidentally started a family feud lol!)  I ran a few times, and biked twice, and swam a few times.  We did a brick on Saturday.  I also did Jillian and my Kettlebell routine.

So far this week:

Monday:  Biked HARD and hilly for 40 minutes, followed by a quick 20 minute swim

Tuesday:  Biked with Team Godzilla.  I did two Whiteside loops, so that's somewhere around 23ish miles, with two ugly hills and a few rollers.  I averaged 18.3 mph (but there was new gravel on a couple of miles worth of roads, so I had to go slower than I normally would have.)  The heat was HORRIBLE!!!

Wednesday:  I ran 4 miles with Bruce's group.  My average speed was about 8:19 minute miles  (We then walked one mile for a cool down.)  I'm doing a Jillian workout as soon as I get off of the computer, and I plan on swimming this evening. 

The plan for the rest of the week is as follows: 

Thursday:  Run 6 miles with my group.

Friday:  Essentially the exact same as today, but swap Jillian for a Kettlebell routine.

Saturday:  15 mile bike, 3 mile run, then swim

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Up to date- Kajukenbo, biking and escrima

So it appears my last post was last year.  (This does seem to let you search by poster so it will have to be.)  Sorry for the disappearance.

In summary...
I made 2nd degree black belt in Kajukenbo on 10/13/11.
I started taking an Escrima class in May or June.
I joined myfitnesspal.com in May by osmosis from seeing Timpani on it and me beginning to look at my stomach askance.
I started riding the SWEET 21 speed bike Timpani picked up at a yard sale for a song.
I have lost 15 lbs. and counting since May!
I am pretty happy w/the progress.  I'm not particularly dieting just being mindful what I eat and upping the exercise level.
One of my milestones has been, riding the bike to Edwardsville Esic YMCA and then back from my friend's house in Edwardsville.  (I did this because my car was not to be driven and due to be repaired, I had driven T's car all week and did not wish to strand her again w/Puckettlings, I had my escrima class and a D & D game in Edwardsville.) The plan was 20 miles.  In turned into 26 because of me getting confused on bike paths.  The best part was not feeling dead at the end.  It was not like that it did not happen, but I was not a complete waste after it.
Red Green: "Remember, I'm pulling for ya. We're all in this together."

Tuesday Swimming 50 minutes

10 minutes breaststroke
10 minutes freestyle
10 minutes backstroke
5 minutes freestyle
10 minutes backstroke

5 minutes freestyle

Plus, chasing  a toddler around the library, and then around a medical building for 2 hours.


Today I went to the pool for about 45 minutes with the family.  I spent most of that time swimming around.  (John got to do the heavy lifting with watching the kids; he got to do the adult swim at 7:00)
The Almighty Liz

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Last Week in a Nugget

Hey ladies!
So, last week I was sick for a few days, so not much exercising going on.  I did weigh in though, and...*drumroll*....
I'VE LOST 35 POUNDS!!  I've lost all of my medication induced weight gain!!!!  I still have five pounds to go for my ultimate goal, but I am SO JAZZED that I lost all of that weight that was never my stinking fault.  BOOYAH!
Today, as I'm all better, I did 20 min. of dance.  :D
The Almighty Liz

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Saturday Exercise Bike + Push ups 30 minutes

I did not feel well enough for a regular strength workout so I just mixed in 50 push ups while doing the exercise bike in between sets.

Also- 30 minutes of yard work.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Friday Running 5 miles (1 hour, 10 minutes)

With 2 miles at kid "scooter pace" (there and back, with the kids playing at the park in between). It felt so good to run tonight because it was only 80 degrees! What a difference 15 degrees makes ;)

Also- ran around with the kids all day running errands, and helping my brother fix the AC in my car. The AC is fixed and works great now! Just in time for the next heat wave.

Yesterday- I did 90 minutes of heavy duty yard chores since I was way behind.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wednesday Trail Running 55 minutes + Strength 20 minutes (arms and abs)

I did the strength workout earlier in the day with 10 lb free weights and 50 push ups mixed in (in 10 push up sets). Mostly standing abs.

It was 97 degrees when I started running tonight!  I think it was slightly cooler in the woods though. I can't remember when I've been that hot and thirsty. I was armed with a shoulder pack of cold drinks too, but it was like an unquenchable thirst :P

Also- a small amount of laundry and nothing else. I think yesterday was my productive day for the week ;)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tuesday Swimming 55 minutes

10 minutes breaststroke
10 minutes freestyle
10 minutes backstroke
5 minutes freestyle
10 minutes backstroke
5 minutes freestyle

5 minutes kick board 

Plus, 30 minutes shopping with kids, 30 minutes of prenatal yoga, and 30 minutes of drywall sanding and painting.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday Running 4 miles (50 minutes)

Plus, took the kids toy shopping for a birthday party that was tiring for some reason. I got a little sick in the afternoon, but my run felt good just like Saturday!

Saturday & Monday

On Friday evening, Bruce told me that he was going to beat me at our brick we had planned for Saturday.  I should thank him for the motivation.  Saturday was a total race.  (I won fairly handily.  Thank you very much!)

16 miles on the bike
2 miles running

Today I did week 3 Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30.  It's still a killer.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Saturday Running 5 miles + push up sets (85 minutes total)

The push ups were thrown in since I only had one strength workout this week. Around the 1/2 mark I alternated 10 push up sets with a few minutes of running in between sets. 50 push ups total!!! The push ups seemed to help give me more pep. Also, I think not having morning sickness AT ALL today really helped. I hope its gone for good.

Also- took three kids to the grocery store for an hour and then another hour at the park.


I think I've found a good coping device for the PTSD--marital arts, lol!  John and I did MA for 50 minutes today, and it felt great.  I just envisioned you-know-who's face, and boy oh boy, did that give me the oomph I needed, lol!  The first part of the workout was pretty easy going cardio, but the last part had me dripping sweat, so really good workout altogether.  :D
The Almighty Liz


I biked 28.5 miles with a lot of hills today, then ran most of a mile.  Oh, I forgot to mention that yesterday's push-ups I did the real way- no girly style.  That's a first for me!  Maybe I am getting somewhere with that.  The form was not great though.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Friday Swimming (30 minutes)

10 minutes freestyle
10 minutes back stroke
5 minutes freestyle
5 minutes back stroke

Then I swam with the kids for another hour. I got nothing else done today being preggo sick :P

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Thursday Exercise Bike + strength 45 minutes

 I did a 45 minute workout alternating exercise bike with Jillian Michaels style strength moves. I also worked in 35 push ups at the end. 30 minutes total on the bike and 15 minutes total on strength.

Also, 30 minutes of watering and weeding in the garden.


So, I did my yoga ball.  12 min, and I'm improving.  I could do more reps this time around.
I haven't been very good at working out.  Having some PTSD problems here lately, and it's making life...weird.  I'm trying to get better, so hopefully I can post on here more!
The Almighty Liz

Wednesday & Thursday

Wednesday I was fairly lazy.  I did go "swimming" with Bruce.  I put the quotes in there because I am TERRIBLE at swimming!  I'm trying to learn how to actually swim correctly, but I am REALLY struggling just to learn the breathing.  At this point, it's more of a exercise in frustration than in actually calorie burning.

Thursday:  Two halves equal a whole?  I was too lazy to get up and run with the group, and then I didn't want to take off and miss my breakfast time with Bruce before work.  Then the kids got up, and I made breakfast for them too.  So... by the time I got out the door to run, it was 9:30, which for overheating Renae is not really a good thing.  I went 5 miles, but I stopped at every water fountain along the way, to refill my water bottle.  Thankfully our town has quite a few of those.  I ran about 4.25 miles, and walked about 0.75 mile.  But even the 4.25 was fragmented.  Then I came home and did a workout video.  I wanted to do something different, so I decided to go back and revisit Jillian Ripped in 30 week 1 (which I haven't done in about 6 months.)  I knew it would be easier, but I thought I could still make a decent workout of it as long as I did the advanced versions and upped the weights.  It mostly worked.  It does make me feel good though, remembering how hard I thought that video was when I was just starting out.  I've come a long way. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wednesday Trail Running 50 minutes

Plus 30 minutes of pregnancy yoga. My hips were stiff and that Yoga Mama DVD did the trick!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tuesday Swimming 55 minutes

10 minutes breaststroke
10 minutes freestyle
10 minutes backstroke
5 minutes freestyle
10 minutes backstroke
5 minutes freestyle

5 minutes kick board 

Plus walking while pushing the double stroller for about an hour earlier today.


Ran hills this morning with the group.  Somewhere around 6.25ish miles.  Felt fine, and out of sheer will power ran all the way to the top of 7th Street Hill.  (I've only made it all the way up without walking a handful of times, but once you do it, you HAVE to do it.)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Monday Running 50 minutes (4 miles)

Woot for slightly cooler weather!

Woot for Renae! Come see us more often!

Boo for continued morning sickness :P

I'm Still Here and Kicking it Hard

I'm glad to see that you both Liz and Timpani are still posting.  I'd apologize for not posting, but lets face it, I just suck.

However, I am really feeling quite mighty lately.  I've been sticking with my strength training.  I've been doing it religiously twice a week since my come back from surgery in early February.  I usually do Angie Miller's Kettlebell video (I have moved up to a 15 lb kettlebell) once a week, and I do a session of Jillian Ripped in 30 week 3 or 4, once a week.  I have not lost any weight. In fact, I have even put in a few lbs, and am now dangerously close to 160.  However, I'm trying not to think about that.  Bruce says I'm stupid to let that bother me, since I'm weight training.  Honestly, most days I feel pretty good about my weight, even at 158. 

I've been running fairly regularly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and I've been biking with Terry twice a week.    I'm even starting to throw some swim sessions in there too.

I'm gearing up to be in top shape for WR tri!  I did the 4th of July biathlon, and alas, the weather SUCKED!!!  I was 2 minutes slower than last year, but that's okay.  I still won my age group, plus I learned a couple of things.  I learned that I REALLY need to get my seat adjusted now that I have my new aero-bars (I got them put on the day before the race, and the new angle was VERY ouchie on my female parts after about 7 miles.)  It's really hard to push when you are in so much pain that you want to scream.  I also learned that on a really hot day I need to put ICE water in my water bottles when I run.  Squirting hot water on your head is not nearly as effective, as cold water.

Alright, I'm rambling.

So far this week:  1 hour of kettlebelling with Angie Miller.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Saturday Running 40 minutes (3 miles)

I had to wait until 9 at night to go running because I did not get up early enough. I kept seeing lightning and feeling cool breezes, but it just would not rain! The weather felt like it was teasing me.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday Exercise Bike + Swimming 1 hour

30 minutes on the bike earlier in the day and 30 minutes lap swimming in the pool while Big E watched the kids in the evening. I alternated between the freestyle and the back stroke.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Thursday JM 30 day shred workout 2 (25 minutes)

With 10 lb free weights.

Nothing else today, just felt too yucky :P

Past Week or So

I know I forgot to log in some workouts.  Just busy busy busy lately.  The one I can remember I did with Mary.  20 minutes of dance.  I surprised myself there!  Plus lots of pool time.  Not necessarily laps, but playing with the kids for a couple of hours counts in my honest opinion, lol!
Today I did ten minutes of abs on the yoga ball.  I'm loving the challenge there!  I really feel like I'm hitting those abs in all the right places.  :D
The Almighty Liz

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Wednesday Running 45 minutes (3 miles with hills)

85 degrees at 8am, yuck yuck yuck! Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tuesday Swimming 50 minutes

10 minutes breaststroke
10 minutes freestyle
10 minutes backstroke
5 minutes freestyle
10 minutes backstroke
5 minutes freestyle

I was too tired for the kick board :P

Also- 1 hour of chasing a toddler around a poorly air conditioned library and 1 hour weeding/gardening in 100 degree heat. This pregnant lady definitely did too much today!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Monday Running 4 miles (50 minutes)

I actually got up at 5:30am to go running this morning! I was so proud of myself. I went back to sleep 3 hours later since the 2 year old was still asleep, but it still counts!

Plus, one hour swimming with the kids. I mostly stood in the pool and watched S go down the kiddy pool slide over and over again. We had to escape from our stuffy house this afternoon!