Life would be way easier if I was blessed with fore-sight 'cos hind-sight is no consolation :)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


I'm sneeking onto the computer instead of doing housework so don't tell ANYONE or else it'll be back to the salt mine for me.

Finished day 1 workout (on day 3 but that's due to international time delay and life being busy with farm duties on day 2 when the workout came through)


I'm keeping score of the exercise repititions so I can see any improvements:

Day 1 - weight training, all exercises are performed for 5 rounds of  30 secs exercising & 30 secs rest.

After warm up:

Double arm snatch 13 12 12 12 12

Renegade rows + close grip push-up 5.5 5 4 4 5

Squat & press ups 10 12 12 13 13

Inch worm + wide push up 5 4 4 4 4

Reverse lunge + bicep curl 14 15 16 16 16

Gorilla swings 40 42 44 44 44

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Up For A Challenge !?!

I'm up for a challenge how 'bout you???

While googling ab exercises I came across this challenge and so in my infinate wisdom I signed up (free).  Why??  Well just cos my middle would like some maintenance work carried out and perhaps my derrier will benefit also.

Here's the link if yir interested

Ironically I've taken some 'before' photos but no-ones allowed to see them until there's a decent 'after' photo. 

The photos are a little CONFRONTING and I'm working up to sharing them.

My wonderful 'Gymboss Trainer' broke........after I dropped it on the ground for the third time, boo hoo boo hoo whah whah whah
DEVO I was and maybe still am a little but I use the interval timer on my Garmin watch but just between you and me the Gymboss is better.

I've started looking into heart rate training - more out of curiosity than anything.  I'm jogging on the treadmill and my foot is fairly good.  I managed 6kms yesterday and my foots okay today even in bare feet all day (that;s when it niggles the most is in bare feet or thongs, and who in Oz doesn't wear thongs ??).
Just to give my foot a rest I did some intense cardio heart-rate training on the exercise bike and boy-oh-boy I was puffed but still did some cross training exercises.

I'm still holding onto a thread of hope that I'll be able to do the 'North Face 100' in May next year but if not then I'll try for the following year.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

HUGE News !!!

BIG news.........HUGE!!!!

I bought a treadmill !!!

YIPEE !!!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Jelly Body Workout

Ever seen jelly wobble???

Yeah, well that's how I'm feeling ALL over today after making a workout that I hope to stick to for the next 7 days.

[notice the hope in that statement]


Thigh byes - thats where you do a squat with your legs shoulder width apart and feet at about a 45* angle pointing out and go down as far as comfortable and come slowly up to about half way and go back down before coming up to full standing position again.  Really important to watch that your knees don't extend past your toe line as it stresses knees WAY too much - no fun in that.  Any way that's one rep

Hamstring raises - stand on a step and hold onto a rail or balance if you're clever, stand on one foot and simply raise the other foot behind yourself slowlyish and then lower it again.  I choose to use a weighted bag for this [it's really only a plastic shopping bag with some old curtains in it and weighs @ 3kg] and it's important for this exercise that your knees stay nearly in alignment.  Your moving leg will naturally try to pull your knee backwards but that moves the hip joint, streeses the lower back and doesn't exercise the hamstrings very well.  I don't try to touch my butt with my heel I just try to get to about a 90* angle.

Tricep dips - yip those yucky things.  I just get 2 kitchen chairs and put my heels on one and my hands on the other with nothing supporting my body except sheer will power.  Lower yourself to hopefully half way and then come back up.  I haven't found a way to cheat in this exercise.

Reverse push-ups - this one's really hard to describe. Basically it's kinda like a pull up but acheivable-ish.  I have a mobile clothes hanger bar thing but I've also used the broomstick between two chairs and hubby's ute bull bar and you lay on your back on the ground and hold onto the bar.  Tuck your feet underneath yourself so that you can  raise your butt off the ground while you're still an arms lenght away from the bar and kinda crab like [remember crab soccer? Same principle] and then just pull yourself towards the bar and then down again just like a push up but flipped over.

My abilities and my goals are worlds apart so I'll start with my goals

3 sets of 12 with no jelly feeling.

My abilities: thigh-byes - 2 sets 12 and jellied
                   ham raises - 2 sets 12 and jellied
                   tri dips -       1 set 10 and jellied
                   reverse push ups - 1 set 10 and jellied

Hmm...I've some work to do. 

Maybe running in the rain would be easier. 

No, no, no mustn't think like that.

My personal mantra:


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Ditto 4 Last Week

Some days not much changes.  This week has been WET !!!  Not nearly as wet as Proserpine but wet enough for me.  The roads have fallen apart which has made driving more of a sport than usual.

Gee, I'm glad I drive a cab with horse power not giraffe power

  My mummy 5km track has been over flowing with water all week and unusable.  I can't seem to get out of bed before 6:30 am now-I think that has something to do with me finally using my brain for more than head stuffing-and by the time I've dropped the kids at school and done some body weight exercises like chair dips, push-ups and lunges it's time to park my backside in the cab and drive....again!!
And this folks is why I jog and not ride bicycles !

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Summer rains are over rated !!!

Humph !!!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Went for a jog in the's over rated.

All I know for sure is it's wet!!!!!

On the other hand I've figured out why electricity and phones were invented.  I reckon I know why the mobile phone was invented also.

Wanna know how I figured it out......well Newton's wife looked out her window and realised the washing wasn't getting dry anytime soon outside not point in having a clothers dryer without electricity to run it VIOLA electricity is invented.  Maybe Bell's wifes dryer blew up and she needed to get another one but they were flooded in......VIOLA her hubby invents the forward a few more years and Martin Coopers phone stopped working 'cos the rain got into the underground lines and the phone company counldn't fix it until the rain cleared up cos of the flooding VIOLA mobile phones.

See how simple history is.

All ya gotta know is what the catalyst was for all this.

Want me to whisper it ???  Huh ???  Do ya ???


Friday, February 11, 2011

Still Here

Still here, still going, but now I'm walking as much as jogging.

When I say walking it's not just strolling idly it's power walking up and down hills.  I have a set walk that takes me up the lookout and then up some gentler hills before I tackle the steeper side of the lookout to get back home.  It is a bit of a killer walk but it only takes one hour so long as you walk fast. 

I've jogged a bit also but now believe I may need to finally see a doctor about my foot.  It's sore after jogging but not so much after walking so I'm thinking it's an impact injury but it's accross the whole bridge of my foot on the underneath.

Funny thing happened the other day whilst out for a jog along my favourite 5km track.  On one part of the track I get off the pathway and jog alongside guardrails, well because we've had so much rain and the weeds have loved it the guardrail track is very overgrown.  Normal people would follow the path and then find a way back too the road but being me I decided against that and tackled the weeds head on.  All was going well until the last guardrail support lent out and grabbed my shorts and tried to stop me....hence I stopped but not before I got some extra cooling vents in both my shorts and leggings. Ha ha was kinda funny especially after I'd readjusted my shorts so that the front wasn't around with the back.  If only there wasn't sooooo many cars around to witness it.  I would like to blame the weeds but unfortunatly there were no weeds in this part of the track and full view for the passing cars.  Ohh how embarrassing !!!! mumble mumble mumble....

Time to dust off the sewing machine.....

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year

Ohhhh baby it's a happy one too.  It hasn't rained here as much as anywhere else in Queensland and we're not affected by floods so that just leaves fun times.  YAY !! 

Hopefully your new year has started off on the right foot and if not well.....there's still a bit more of the year left so it has hope of getting better.

Do you believe in NYR's ........... I don't really but it does seem like a great starting point if motivation is an issue. 

Out for my jog this morning I passed quite a few newbies - just like I was last year.  I can hardly believe it's been a whole year and I'm still loving it - perhaps even more now than last year.

Confidence must play a large part of that.  That is, the confidence to take a break for a few days or weeks and get up out of bed again and go for a jog  knowing it's not give up time just recoop time.

As you may or may not know I've had a niggly left foot for a few months now and I'm still baby-ing it but I'm not ready to give up and become a couch potato.  It's not that I don't have other things to do with my time, it's just ...... maybe just about priorities.   I enjoy jogging as much as I enjoy every other activity that fills my waking hours.....and I REALLY enjoy sleeping ha ha ha ........but I find I don't enjoy jogging for any sort of runners high [ I don't get that ] or weight loss [that hasn't happened] but I LOVE being out and about early in the morning while the birds ae all starting to wake up and sing to the rising sun, I LOVE watching the sun rise and all the different colours in the sky or how the light is reflected off different clouds or dappled shade under a tree.  I LOVE seeing the roads and streets that bustle with life, noise and excitment during the day all calm and sedate, I LOVE MOST feeling the possibility of a whole entire day.  The humidity is low, the world is calm and if world peace exists then I believe it exists in the early hours of dawn.

I hope your year is as wonderful as I find the early dawn to be.