Monthly Archives: October 2010

I used the Smith Machine today

But don’t worry, it was for inverted rows, not squats like the “trainer” had his client doing.

Oh, and btw, inverted rows are kinda tough!

found on Google Images

Watching a video now, I’m pretty certain I was doin’ it wrong, but hey, a girl has to learn somehow.

Other highlights of Workout B of the Define Yourself Phase of the FBB include the giant kick my ego took on single leg squats.

found on Google Images

FBB suggest you start with a bench behind you and to squat on one leg until your butt just grazes the bench and then straighten back up.  Yeah.  I could not get up from the bench.  I ended up stacking some plates (2 25`s and a 10) on the bench to get a height that I could make, but barely.  I did notice, however, that I have a larger ROM with my left leg than my right.  Either way, I’ve got a loooong way to go to Pistol Squats.

Last thing of note is the fact that I nearly suffocated myself with by breasts.

found on Google Images

That there is a Supinated Hip Extension with Leg Curl, or SHELC.  You see that top position?  The one that has your feet on the stability ball and your shoulders, hips and knees in line?  Yeah, imagine 34 FF boobs trying to fall down to your face.  Seriously, they were lodged into my neck.  And I was wearing my “supportive” sports bra today!!  It may be time to invest in a TaTa Tamer, or perhaps the Moving Comfort Fiona, just so I don’t freaking kill myself.



Does this make me hardcore?

Man, I’ve been a giant slacker this past week.  I kept making excuses to not go to the gym and get in my workouts.  I think I was bored with what I was doing.  I made the executive decision to say f-you to the last two workouts of the Base Phase of FBB and move on to the next stage, Defining Yourself.

The book doesn’t specifically come out and say “do 6 A workouts and 6 B workouts”.  It says to try to do 3 workouts a week and to stay in each stage for 4 weeks.  Well, that works out to 6 of each if you do 3 a week.  Well, I don’t always get in 3 workouts a week (though I’m going to make that more of a priority from now on) so what am I supposed to do?  12 workouts?  or 4 weeks?

Well, I got in 5 of each workout in about 4 weeks, so, let’s say that’s ok.

On my way home from work yesterday I was feeling kind of off.  I sort of chalked it up to motion sickness from reading on my phone in the car, but it might have been something I ate too.  I had a quick cat nap when I got home and them put on my workout gear and headed to the gym.  Now, any other day that I was feeling nauseous like that on a planned workout day, I probably would have taken the day off, but because of the excuses I mentioned earlier I wasn’t about to let myself talk myself out of it yesterday.  I figured it was my first time through the A workout of the new phase, so I could take it easy and focus on learning the new movements.

Yeah, I forgot about the taking it easy part.

The thing that really killed me, I think, was the assisted chin-ups.  I’m nowhere near strong enough to bust out a single unassisted chin-up, let along 6-8 of them, and since my gym is the suck they don’t have resistance bands, so I did my chin-ups on the assisted chin-up machine thingy.

Even assisting myself with about half my body weight (I figured that would be a good place to start) they were haaaaard.  But that’s sort of the point, isn’t it?  Even after my first (of 2) sets I was feeling extra yucky.  After the second set I’m sure that I was pale as a ghost.  And I still had one super set of 2 exercises to finish!

I sat on a bench for a little bit trying to use my brain to convince my body that I was ok and could keep going.  I wanted to, at the very least, get one set of the last 2 exercises in.  And I did.  And then I was done.

I went down to get my purse and bag from my locker and nearly lost it when I had to cut through the aerobics studio.  Holy hot and humid batman.

I started the drive home with my windows all the way down and got about 2/3 of the way (it’s 3.3 km from the gym to my house) before my mouth started to fill with saliva and I knew I had to pull over.

I ended up leaving my afternoon snack in a parking lot just off the street.  Oops. And ew.

I got home and just curled up in a ball on the couch until my H got home.  At which point he offered to make me Kraft Dinner for dinner (that was all I could think about eating at the time) so I played Lego Star Wars.

Next time, I think I’ll stay home.



If I had to pick one exercise that I would never have to do again, it would be the Bulgarian Split Squat


Image from The Fat Solutions


Seriously.  I hate these things.

They didn’t make me hate life completely when they showed up in NROL4W, but now in FBB, they incite loathing in me.

I literally have to sit there and psych myself up to do them.

I have a few theories as to why I suddenly hate them:

  1. I was doing them wrong before.
  2. My newly developed hip muscles are tight because all I do all day is sit.
  3. I actually don’t have a 3.

I think that in actuality it’s a combination of 1. and 2.  I sit for my commute, I sit all day at work, then I sit for the commute home.  Tightness much?  That, and I think that during NROL4W I was “cheating” by shifting weight to my back foot.

I think I’m going to take the rest of this phase of FBB to work on correcting my form.  Tonight for Workout B4 I checked my ego at the door and did these with body weight only.  And it was still challenging.

As for the hip tightness, I need to start foam rolling more regularly, and working in some specific hip stretches.  Tony Gentilcore has been posting some good hip stretches lately, and there was an article on Stumptuous not long about yoga poses that help open up the psoas, so I’ll try to work on adding those in.  I figure I should probably aim to at least be stretching daily.

If anyone has any other recommendations for good hip stretches, or ways to improve my stupid BSS’s, I’m all ears!  Er, hips?

Kale Chips

Um, wow. Where have you been all my life?

I was trying to decide what to have for dinner while wandering around the grocery store on my way home from the gym and I was eying up the kale.

I knew I’d seen Kale Chips out and about in the past, and I saw them on something I’ve read in the past few days, so I figured, “Hey, why not, might as well give them a try!”

I used this recipe from All Recipes, but only had to cook them for about 5-6 minutes instead of the suggested 10.

A few of them are a bit underdone, but I think that’s because I had quite a range of sizes. I’ve got a whoooooole bunch of kale left to run through the oven, but you’d better believe I’m bringing these bad boys to a party tomorrow.

Yup. I’ve turned into that girl. I’m bring KALE to a toga party.

Don’t worry, I’m bringing these too.