Inspiration

Inspired

Throughout this process I’ve tried to connect with something or someone who inspires me to push myself.  Most of the time those people have reached out to me to send me words of encouragement.  I carry each one of you to my classes and to the kitchen trying to make good decisions.

Saturday night I was driving home from Lawrenceville, NJ visiting a friend from high school.  I had my iPod plugged in, set on shuffle and  Home by Phillip Phillips came on.  I listened to every single word that played through my speakers and quickly felt incredibly inspired.  It was as if someone knew I needed those words of encouragement at that moment because I was beginning to doubt myself and my progress.

The song reassured me that there are people cheering me on even though they may have forgotten I’m still on this journey.  It reminded me that I am not alone and that the doubt that I have are those “demons that fill me with fear”.  Even though I may mess up one day or one week I know “If I get lost, you can always be found”.  So, I say THANK YOU to Steve Jobs for creating the iPod, to Phillip Phillips and those of you who continue to be my cheerleaders.  You rock!

Home by Phillip Phillips

Hold on, to me as we go

As we roll down this unfamiliar road

And although this wave is stringing us along

Just know you’re not alone

‘Cause I’m going to make this place your home

Settle down, it’ll all be clear

Don’t pay no mind to the demons they fill you with fear

The trouble it might drag you down

If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone

‘Cause I’m going to make this place your home

Settle down, it’ll all be clear

Don’t pay no mind to the demons they fill you with fear

The trouble it might drag you down

If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone

‘Cause I’m going to make this place your home

 

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Anchorman and Pain?

Stay Classy

I have been sore for a few days after Monday’s workout.  My abs (yes, I have abs under that flab) kill when I laugh which I do often.  Yesterday at work my friend Mel was reciting lines from Anchorman, “I love lamp”.

This of course cracked me up which didn’t help….at all.  But that means I worked a part of my body that doesn’t get much attention.  Same with my arms.   Monday’s killer work out left my arms sore but it is a good pain.

Last night was a tough workout but I did get through it.  First we started our warm up by running around the shopping center…I was last one back.  SHOCKER!  Then we moved into our circuit using my favorite toy….balls!  We did 20 mountain climbers, ran 20 yards, 20 jack press with the ball, run 20 yards, 20 ball slams, run 20 yards, 20 hammer extensions with the ball, run 20 yards, 20 other things and then run 20 yards again and REPEAT!  I was the last to finish…SHOCKER again!

Something really amazing happened though.  My coach, Nikki, and my classmate, Kelli, joined me on the last round.  I love these girls!  I hope to one day return the favor.

After I finished I laid on the floor hoping no one would notice.  Haha.  I couldn’t be more wrong because our cool down was running around the shopping center again.  My version of running was more walking but I did it.  Whatever, I try my best.  When I got back everyone was clapping for me and I felt like a total dork but also so proud to be working out next to these awesome people that cheer me on.

I did stop at 7-11 prior to working out and guzzled the 5 Hour Energy pink lemonade.  About 3 hours later I was curled up in a ball on my couch fast asleep.  My whole body ached and I needed the rest.

But, in honor of Thirsty Thursday, this is my favorite quote from Anchorman:

 

Stay class San Diego!

Rock Out

Music

A big part of my life has been about music.  I could hangout and just listen to music all day and have spent many hours at concerts just soaking it all in.  My earliest memory of music I have is driving around with my stepdad listening to 101.5 in New Jersey and he would tell me the year that song came out and where he was.  Usually it was somewhere in Vietnam or the Azores while he was in the Air Force.

I remember in the early 90’s grunge was big and I couldn’t understand a word they were saying.  I used to tell my stepdad that I liked his oldies better because I could understand the lyrics.  When I was in college I interned and then became employed at WRAT in Belmar.  This was an amazing opportunity for me because at the heart of it was music.

Music also keeps me going while I’m working out.  Melissa at Ultimate Fit Zone usually likes to play popular music and Eddie will put on hard rock.  While I do like both, I prefer the hard rock because it makes me push harder.  Here are some tunes for a good mix:

Pop

  • Crank It Up – David Guetta
  • Die Young – Kesha
  • Memories – David Guetta
  • Without You – David Guetta & Usher
  • More – Usher
  • Strong – Kanye West

Hard Rock

  • Down with the Sickness – Disturbed
  • I Hate Everything About You – Three Days Grace
  • Stupify – Disturbed
  • Remedy – Seether
  • Lit Up – Buckcherry
  • Inside the Fire – Disturbed

If this doesn’t get you moving, I don’t know what will….

Perk Me Up!

5 Hour Energy

On Monday night I had my Zone 360 class at Ultimate Fit Zone.  On my way I popped into 7-11 and bought a 5 Hour Energy drink to help me push through the class.  I’ve heard of people doing a shot of espresso before working out but thought that would irritate my stomach and figured the 5 Hour Energy would perk me up even longer.

Class started out really great and I was busting through the warm up of jumping jacks, squats, mountain climbers and burpees.  Feelin’ good!

Then I took a look at the board which details out what our circuit is for the night and boy was I scared!  30 hollow rocks followed by 5 push ups, bear crawl 5 yards, 10 push ups, bear crawl 5 yards, 15 push ups, bear crawl 5 yards and then 20 push ups.  Then we followed up with 40 arm things with weights (lateral raises and something else where you raise the weights above your head) and then you started over again with 30 hollow rocks and so forth.

I can confirm with confidence that I have zero upper body strength.  My face was mostly planted on the turf during push ups and I recall considering running into traffic on Route 35.  Needless to say, I was dead last in the group.

Then “dessert” came and we had to do 1 wall ball and 1 burpee.  Then wait until it hits the minute and do 2 wall balls and 2 burpees until we got to 5 minutes and we did 5 wall balls and 10 burpees!  That part wasn’t so bad because wall balls mostly focuses on your legs unless your arms give out and then the medicine ball pummels you in the head which is awesome!

I definitely think the 5 Hour Energy helped me get my energy going strong throughout the workout and beyond.  Usually I hit a wall 2 hours after class but I was cooking, cleaning and up late.  I would do it again!  Have you tried something prior to working out to keep you moving?

 

 

Curse You Wall Balls

wall balls

Wall Balls:  What are they and what do they do?

As you may recall from Day 1 of my blog I referred to them as “shitty balls” because they almost made day 1 my last day.  Basically you have a medicine ball that is 10 – 20 pounds (depending on what you can handle), use both hands to push it up on the wall, catch and squat and repeat.  It’s pretty much a total body workout that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside until you want to puke.  (Or atleast that’s my take on it)

Here’s a demo:

Why am I talking about this?  Because a little birdie told me that’s what I’ll be doing later.  I will conquer you one day wall balls!

I’ll update you on the flip side…

Amazeballs

Today, I was triumphant! I got my butt into class, thought positive, and pushed into beast mode. I can’t quite put my finger on what exercises I’m better at over others but I was so happy that I got through class pushing at 100% and only came in 4th to last.

The workout was was set up as 15 reps per station while using the medicine ball as part of the movement. Each round you complete then you drop down to 14 reps and then all the way to 1 rep. By setting this up to allow everyone go at their own pace I also pushed myself to complete within 30 minutes

I looked pretty close to this at the end of class:
red face

I haven’t been more proud of myself until today.  Yeah Liz (and thanks Baby Jesus)!

(Also big ups to Darrah and Laura for kicking butt and taking names in class!

AMRAP Makes Me Want To Roll Over and Die

AMRAP

On Monday I got back into my weekday routine at the gym.  I was happy to see my friends and get a good workout in.  I always feel so much better after a good workout.  I feel like I’ve accomplished more than I could the day before.

Until I met AMRAP.  Oh dear God who created this obscene workout?  AMRAP stands for “As Many Reps As Possible” or what I call “AMRAPUYD” – As Many Reps As Possible Until You Die.  I felt like I was in my first class ever because I wanted to cry, run out while my legs still worked and puke.  This might have been my 2nd hardest day (behind my first class).

WOD

This was our WOD over 21 minutes:

  • 20 Kettle Bell High Ups
  • 20 meters bear crawl
  • 20 Push Ups (with lifting your hands off when you get to the floor)
  • 10 Wall Balls
  • 20 meters bear crawl
  • 20 side-to-side mountain climbers
  • 20 v sit ups

I THINK I got through 2 rounds?  I don’t know.  I just remember feeling like a big loser because I was way behind everyone else, wanting to crawl out the front door and never go back.  How do I fast forward to losing like 300 pounds without this torture?  I don’t pray but today I am!

Dear Baby Jesus:

Please let me get through today’s workout without wanting to quit.  Give me the strength to continue to push through the pain and doubt I feel all the time.  I just want to succeed to feel proud of myself and have others be proud of me too.

Love,

Fat Liz