Monthly Archives: February 2013

February fitness update: 2/1-2/14

I keep track of all my workouts in fitocracy.  If you would like to join fitocracy and view my workouts there, here’s the link to my page.  If not, I’ve included them here.  My workouts for the first half of February:

2/1/2013 – Weightlifting
BB-DL: 125 lbs 3sX5r
BB-OHP: 55 lbs 3sX5r
BB-PR: 55 lbs 3sX5r
BB-S: 125 lbs 3sX5r
DB-C: 20 lbs 3sX7r
DB-SB: 20 lbs 3sX15r
RT: 20 lbs 3sX5r

2/2/2013 – Running
8 mi: 1:21:44

2/3/2013 – Out of town

2/4/2013 – Rest: not feeling well

2/5/2013: Running and Weightlifting
6 mi: 1:02:56

BB-DL: 95 lbs 3sX5r
BB-S: 45 lbs 1sX5r, 95 lbs 3sX5r
DB-BC: 20 lbs 3sX5r
DB-SB: 20 lbs 3sX15r
Lunge: 4sX15r

2/6/2013: Running and Weightlifting
6 mi: 1:03:23

BB-BP: 45 lbs 1sX5r, 80 lbs 1sX4r, 75 lbs 2sX5r, 75 lbs 1sX3r
BB-DL: 95 lbs 1sX5r, 130 lbs 3sX4r
BB-S: 45 lbs 1sX5r, 120 lbs 3sX5r
DB-C: 20 lbs 3sX7r
DB-SB: 20 lbs 3sX15r
Lunge: 3sX15r
RT: 20 lbs 3sX15r

2/7/2013: Calisthenics
Crunches on Exercise Ball: 4sX20r
Lunge: 4sX20r
Mountain Climbers: 1sX25r
Plank: 4sX60 seconds
Push-up: 4sX20r
Squats: 4sX25r

2/8/2013: Weightlifting (Split into two sessions)
BB-DL: 115 lbs 1sX5r, 130 lbs 2sX5r, 130 lbs 1sX2r, 130 lbs 1sX3r
BB-OHP: 55 lbs 3sX5r
BB-PR: 45 lbs 1sX5r, 55 lbs 1sX10r, 55 lbs 2sX5r
BB-S: AM: 45 lbs 1sX5r, 125 lbs 1sX3r, 115 lbs 1sX5r; PM: 45 lbs 1sX5r, 115 lbs 2sX5r
DB-C: 20 lbs 3sX7r
DB-SB: 20 lbs 3sX15r
Lunge: 3sX20r
RT: 20 lbs 3sX5r

2/9/2013: Running
10 mi: 1:39:04

2/10/2013: Rest

2/11/2013: Weightlifting
BB-BP: 45 lbs 1sX5r, 80 lbs 2sX5r, 80 lbs 1sX4r
BB-DL: 115 lbs 1sX5r, 130 lbs 1sX5r, 130 lbs 1sX2r, 130 lbs 1sX3r (Grip issues)
BB-PR: 45 lbs 1sX5r, 55 lbs 3sX5r
BB-S: 45 lbs 1sX5r, 125 lbs 1sX5r, 125 lbs 1sX2r, 115 lbs 1sX5r
DB-C: 20 lbs 3sX7r
DB-SB: 20 lbs 3sX15r
Lunge: 1sX20r
RT: 20 lbs 3sX15r

2/12/2013: Running (Treadmill)
AM: 6 mi: 57:40 @ .5% incline
PM: 3 mi: 28:54 @ .5% incline

2/13/2013: Rest, flooded weightlifting area

2/14/2013: Running and Weightlifting
6 mi: 1:04:13

BB-DL: 115 lbs 1sX5r, 130 lbs 1sX5r, 130 lbs 2sX3r (failing grip)
BB-OHP: 60 lbs 1sX5r, 55 lbs 3sX3r
BB-PR: 45 lbs 1sX5r, 60 lbs 3sX5r
BB-S: 45 lbs 1sX5r; 125 lbs 3sX5r
DB-BC: 20 lbs 3sX7r
DB-SB: 20 lbs 3sX15r
RT: 20 lbs 3sX15r

Total achievements for the first half of February:

BB-BP: 75 lbs -> 80 lbs
BB-DL: 125 lbs -> 130 lbs
BB-OHP: 55 lbs -> 60 lbs
BB-S: 115 lbs -> 125 lbs

Running: 45 miles

Progress towards 2013 fitness goals:

BB-BP: 65.6% of BW
BB-DL: 106.6% of BW
BB-S: 102.5% of BW (Goal Achieved!)

Running: 11.3% of 1000 mi goal

Fun facts:

I can now bench press a female red kangaroo
I can squat and deadlift a Great Dane
I can overhead press a large male bulldog

Puppy!

Puppy!

Abbreviations:

BB = Barbell
BP = Bench Press
C = Curl
DB = Dumbbell
DL = Deadlift
OHP = Overhead Press
PR = Pendlay Row
RT = Russian Twist
S = Squat
SB = Side Bend

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Fall garden and the impending spring garden insanity

As kind of a last-minute thing, I decided to put in a vegetable garden this past fall.  The garden was 12ftX12ft and had several different types of vegetables seeds that I bought from Lowes. Only a few things from the fall garden came up well.  It could be because I didn’t water, weed, or really take care of the plot very well in general.  The things that did well: radishes and swiss chard.  Things that came up and didn’t really grow to full potential: cabbage, green onions, and lettuce.  Things that didn’t really come up at all: broccoli, spinach, and carrots.  Unfortunately, we didn’t end up doing anything with the radishes.  If I plant them again next fall, I’ll have some recipes planned out.  The swiss chard I’ve used in a couple different recipes which turned my dinners reddish, still pretty good though.  The bit of cabbage that came up (and then stopped growing) was used in a casserole, which also turned reddish-purple.  The green onions and lettuce came up but never got more than about 6 inches tall.  The lettuce is gone and the green onions were pulled the other day to till up the garden area.  Oh, and the ONE broccoli plant that came up was delicious.

Carrots from the fall garden

Carrots from the fall garden

So, what does spring hold for the vegetable garden?  My friends may never see me again.  This garden is going to be 65ftX20ft and will have several different crops and a couple different planting dates for some of the crops.

My grand plans

My grand plans

I may have gotten a little carried away…

But this spring, we bought some automatic watering timers and I have started the cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, tomatoes, and bell peppers in a greenhouse.  I’ve also added what little compost was ready to the tilled area.

However, the weather is not quite cooperating, so it is lucky that I started the plants almost a week later than I had wanted.  Some big, burly friends of mine tilled the garden area and a little over a week later I spread the compost over the tilled soil.  Three days later, the skies opened and it rained about 7 inches in four days.  I am coaxing my little crops to grow big and strong in the greenhouse while I am waiting for the ground to dry out a little.  The lettuce and brassica crops are growing a little leggy, but I am hoping that they  will do ok once I plant the outside.  We are going through a bit of a cold snap, which should pass soon.  I should be able to place the plants outside to weather harden them in the next week or so.  Here’s hoping that at least some of it will produce.

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January Summary: Habitual Cleaning

January was supposed to get me into the habit of regular cleaning of the house.  There were no weekly goals for this one.  The chores I wanted to do every week were:

General pick up and putting stuff where it belongs
Sweeping/mopping the floors
Clean off counters and mirrors
Laundry (including changing bed sheets weekly)

So what was my “score” for the week?  I achieved about a 75% success rate. My main obstacle is that the house is rather large, so it is a time investment to sweep and mop all the floors (all are either tile or wood).  It takes about 2-3 hours to do just the floors (especially with moving furniture), then another hour or more to do the rest of the chores.  Easily my day was half over by the time I was done cleaning, so the last weekend just fell to the “I don’t wanna” excuse.  This also creates an issue when I am gone for the weekend, I don’t have time after work to run/lift, cook dinner, shower, and do the floors.

On the plus side, I got my vegetable started!  Look the tomatoes and bell peppers are coming up!

Tomatoes!

Tomatoes!

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January fitness update: 1/16-1/31

I keep track of all my workouts in fitocracy.  If you would like to join fitocracy and view my workouts there, here’s the link to my page.  If not, I’ve included them here.  My workouts for the second half of January:

1/16/2013: Running and Weightlifting
4.1 miles: 42:51

BB-BP: 70 lbs 3sX5r
BB-DL: 95 lbs 3sX5r (I thought I was using a 50 lb bar, but I don’t think I was)
BB-S:  95 lbs 3sX5r (I thought I was using a 50 lb bar, but I don’t think I was)
DB-C: 20 lbs 3sX5r
DB-SB: 20 lbs 3sX15r
RT: 20 lbs 3sX15r

1/17/2013: Rest!

1/18/2013: Weightlifting
BB-DL: 100 lbs 3sX5r
BB-OHP: 55 lbs 1sX5r, 2sX4r (failed on the last rep for the last two sets)
BB-S: 100 lbs 3sX5r
DB-C: 20 lbs 3sX5r
DB-SB: 20 lbs 3sX15r
RT: 20 lbs 3sX15r

1/19/2013: Running
6 miles: 57:50

1/20/2013: Weightlifting
BB-BP: 75 lbs 1sX5r, 1sX3r, 70 lbs 2sX5r
BB-DL: 105 lbs 3sX5r
BB-S: 105 lbs 3sX5r
DB-1 Arm Row: 20 lbs 3sX10r
DB-SB: 20 lbs 3sX15r
RT: 20 lbs 3sX15r

1/21/2013: Running
5 miles: 53:55

1/22/2013: Running
4 miles: 40:24

1/23/2013: Running and Weightlifting
5 miles: 52:29

BB-DL: 110 lbs 3sX5r
BB-OHP: 55 lbs 3sX5r
BB-S: 110 lbs 3sX5r
DB-C: 20 lbs 3sX6r
DB-SB: 20 lbs 3sX15r
RT: 20 lbs 3sX15r

1/24/2013 – Rest!

1/25/2013: Weightlifting
BB-BP: 45 lbs 1sX5r, 75 lbs 3sX5r
BB-DL: 115 lbs 3sX5r
BB-S:  45 lbs 1sX5r, 115 lbs 3sX5r
DB-C: 20 lbs 3sX6r
DB-SB: 20 lbs 3sX15r
RT: 20 lbs 3sX15r

1/26/2013: Running
7 miles: 1:09:09

1/27/2013: Weightlifting (feeling a bit weak today…)
BB-DL: 115 lbs 3sX5r
BB-OHP: 55 lbs 2sX5r, 55 lbs 1sX2r, 50 lbs 1sX5r
BB-Pendlay Row (BB-PR): 45 3sX5r
BB-S: 115 lbs 1sX5r, 115 lbs 1sX4r, 110 lbs 1sX5r
DB-C: 20 lbs 3sX6r
DB-SB: 20 lbs 3sX15r
RT: 20 lbs 3sX15r

1/28/2013: Running
5.1 miles: 54:42

1/29/2013: Running
4 miles: 40:31

1/30/2013: Running and Weightlifting
5.1 miles: 54:52

BB-BP: 45 lbs 1sX5r, 75 lbs 3sX5r
BB-DL: 95 lbs 1sX5r, 120 lbs 3sX5r
BB-PR: 55 lbs 3sX5r
BB-S:  45 lbs 1sX5r, 115 lbs 1sX5r, 115 lbs 1sX3r, 100 lbs 2sX5r
DB-C: 20 lbs 3sX7r
DB-SB: 20 lbs 3sX15r
RT: 20 lbs 3sX15r

1/31/2013: Rest (sometimes these are the hardest days, they make me feel lazy)

Total achievements for the second half of January:

BB-BP: 70 lbs -> 75 lbs
BB-DL: 95 lbs -> 12o lbs
BB-OHP: 55 lbs -> 55 lbs (No Change)
BB-S: 95 lbs -> 115 lbs

Running: 45.3 miles

Progress towards 2013 fitness goals:

BB-BP: 61.5% of BW
BB-DL: 98.4% of BW
BB-S: 94.3% of BW

Running: 6.83% of 1000 mi goal (Still a little behind schedule, but I am catching up!)

Fun facts:

I can now bench press a large adult male key deer
I can squat and deadlift a medium-sized male sun bear
I can overhead press a female basset hound

I can bench press this!

I can bench press this!

Abbreviations:

BB = Barbell
BP = Bench Press
C = Curl
DB = Dumbbell
DL = Deadlift
OHP = Overhead Press
PR = Pendlay Row
RT = Russian Twist
S = Squat
SB = Side Bend

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