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Post by Alexandra on Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:29 pm

November 25, 2013
Recumbent Bike: 30 Minutes, Random Program, 75+ rpm's (20m level 8 + 10m level 9)

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That's good to hear, Mike.  That sounds exciting getting to see your grandchild after so long.

We are going to Sonoma with family and having Thanksgiving at a restaurant, which should be fun.  Sonoma is in the "wine country" which is funny because I don't particularly enjoy drinking wine and even so-called "fine wines" taste suspiciously like grape-flavored shoe polish to me. Still, the food will be good, I'm sure.

Staying active during the holidays won't be a problem since I like being moderately active.  I won't say "stay active" to you, lol, because I know that isn't even remotely likely you'll slack off from what I've read over the last couple of years.  

The main challenge will be keeping the eating with all of the various relatives who want to have feasts and stuff on different days, not to mention a couple of birthdays during this time.  So the goal for me through January 1st is simply maintaining my weight where it is now and not having "holiday bloat" to get rid of come the New Year.  So far so good....  :cheers2:
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Post by itlives on Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:48 pm

I think you'll do fine. You've made slow and steady progress which shows your dedication.
I know you don't want to hear this but I have to watch my weight also. If I don't eat everything in sight, I automatically lose weight.
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Post by GreekPT on Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:26 pm

Alexandra, you are somewhere in San Jose too, right?  I suggest/recommend this hike for you and the Hub on Thanksgiving morning:
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It's an annual event and although you'll read all about the mtn bikers, there are tons of people who make that trek up the hill on foot, just to partake in the festivities at the top.  There can be anywhere from 1-3,000 people who do this event each year and this year should be great weather. Everyone brings some food/drink/etc to share.  There's one group of mountain bikers (Filipinos) who haul a trailer up the hill and bring a full cooked pig!  I bring/hand out blueberry Schnapps, cuz you gotta have your antioxidants, right?  It's an early morning but great way to "justify" the 2nds of stuffing and gravy later.  :)

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Post by Alexandra on Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:52 pm

November 26, 2013
Recumbent Bike: 60 Minutes, Random Program, 70+ rpm's (10m level 8 + 20m level 9 + 30m level 10)

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Hi GreekPT, yes, I do live near San Jose. The hike looks fun and like something I'd enjoy doing, but unfortunately I won't be in the area. I'll have to keep an eye out for it next year though.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving,

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Post by Alexandra on Wed Nov 27, 2013 7:51 pm

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
We did our morning two mile lake walk.

Afternoon Workout
DB Bench Press: 25 x 8, 30 x 8, 35 x 8, 40 x 8

DB Overhead press: 20 x 8, 22.5 x 8, 25 x 8, 30 x 8

DB Sumo Deadlifts: 100(10 x 10 x 10 x 10)

Tricep Pushdowns (long head: straight bar, narrow grip): 45(8 x 8 x 8), 50 x 8
Rear Delt Machine: 40(8 x 8 x 8 x 8)

Seated DB Cleans: 15(8 x 8 x 8 x 8)
DB Bicep Curls: 15(8 x 8 x 8 x 8)

Treadmill: 30 Minutes, Manual Program (8m warm-up + 22m speed 3.6)

20 minutes stretching and worked in a little of the foam roller on my lower back.
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Post by Alexandra on Sun Dec 01, 2013 9:12 pm

November 30, 2013
Walked on the local nature trails with my husband for 5.23 miles.

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Post by Dave on Sun Dec 01, 2013 10:13 pm

Ooh very nice!  I'm becoming convinced that walking is the one of the more underrated leaning exercises going. I'd ask if it was a cold walk, but I don't think Californians know what cold means! :P ;)
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Post by itlives on Sun Dec 01, 2013 10:15 pm

In the days before the combustion engine..... :face: 
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Post by ccheatum on Sun Dec 01, 2013 11:33 pm

I'm with Dave on this one… walking is awesome!
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Post by Alexandra on Mon Dec 02, 2013 7:57 pm

December 2, 2013
Treadmill: 28 Minutes, Manual Program (7m warm-up + 21m one minute speed interval 3.5/3.6/3.7)

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I agree, walking is great.  A lot more fun getting out into nature than walking on a treadmill.  We try to go on a Sunday walk every week when we can, and we walk a couple of miles before work two or three times a week as well.  I find that a half-hour, an hour tops is the most I'm willing to do most aerobic equipment out of sheer boredom that ensues no matter how much I change it up.

Now that Thanksgiving is over (I hope everyone had a nice one) I can say that I achieved my holiday goal of not gaining any weight despite going to three parties and the holiday itself.  I did gain and lose the same 0.4 pounds several times but lost it again when I weighed in this morning - hurray for the 5 mile walk! - so I'm back where I started at 179.  My Christmas holiday goal is to not gain any weight from now to December 31st, then I'll get back to losing again.

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Post by Brahma Bill on Mon Dec 02, 2013 8:13 pm

Good job! I picked up a couple of pounds this weekend. Definitely going the wrong way :shocked: 
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Post by Alexandra on Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:17 pm

December 3, 2013
We did our morning two mile lake walk.

Recumbent Bike, 30 Minutes, 70+ rpm's (10m level 10 + 10m level 11 + 10m level 12)

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Brahma Bill wrote:Good job! I picked up a couple of pounds this weekend. Definitely going the wrong way :shocked: 
Thank you. As hard as you work out, Bill, I'm sure you'll get back on the right way with the weight soon. :)
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Post by Alexandra on Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:49 pm

December 5, 2013
We did our morning two mile lake walk.

Afternoon Workout
DB Bench Press: 25 x 8, 30 x 8, 35 x 8, 40 x 8

DB Overhead press: 20 x 8, 22.5 x 8, 25 x 8, 27.5 x 8

KB Sumo Deadlifts: 97(10 x 10 x 10 x 10)

Seated DB Cleans: 15(8 x 8 x 8 x 8)
DB Bicep Curls: 15(8 x 8 x 8 x 8)

Ring Rows: 8 x 8 x 8 x 8
Tricep Pushdowns (long head: straight bar, narrow grip) 45(8 x 8 x 8 x 8)

Recumbent Bike: 35 Minutes, Random Program, 70+ rpms (30m level 10 + 5m cooldown)

* * *

I looked up a video for Ring Rows, after seeing them on ccheatum's log.  I found them to be hard and I did them rather awkwardly, but they felt good in my lat's and trap's.  So I think I'll keep doing them for awhile and see how it goes.  They don't have rings at my gym but they do have something that is close enough.
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Post by Dave on Thu Dec 05, 2013 3:22 pm

Yet another highly productive day Alexandra, very nice!

Brahma Bill wrote:I picked up a couple of pounds this weekend. Definitely going the wrong way :shocked: 
Remember Bill, pick things up, then put them down.  ;)
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Post by Brahma Bill on Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:28 pm

Dave wrote:Yet another highly productive day Alexandra, very nice!

Brahma Bill wrote:I picked up a couple of pounds this weekend. Definitely going the wrong way :shocked: 
Remember Bill, pick things up, then put them down.  ;)
That's the problem with Pie. Easy to pickup, hard to put down.
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Post by itlives on Fri Dec 06, 2013 12:09 pm

Brahma Bill wrote:.  That's the problem with Pie. Easy to pickup, hard to put down.
It usually takes about four hours..... sorry, I couldn't help myself :facepalm:
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Post by Alexandra on Sat Dec 07, 2013 6:38 pm

Friday, December 6, 2013
Afternoon Workout Complex
FOUR SETS [Shrimping, Cable Wood Chops 17.5 x 10 each side, Reverse Shrimping, No Momentum Sit Up's 10, Zig-Zagging, Full Squats 10, Leg Lifts 10]

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Saturday, December 7, 2013
We walked for six miles on trails at the park and around the lake.

Brahma Bill wrote:That's the problem with Pie. Easy to pickup, hard to put down.
Oh!  I love pie.  I had a some of a really nice mince meat one on Thanksgiving.  Had some deer meat in it and everything.

Dave wrote:Yet another highly productive day Alexandra, very nice!
Thank you.  :)  It has been a pretty good week all around.

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Post by Brahma Bill on Sat Dec 07, 2013 7:24 pm

I've never had Mincemeat pie, Coconut cream and Pumpkin were my downfall. :loopy: 
Coconut cream is my favorite, my wife makes it for me every year on my birthday.
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Post by itlives on Sat Dec 07, 2013 7:26 pm

Pumpkin's my fav!
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Post by Alexandra on Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:29 pm

December 8, 2013
Treadmill: 30 Minutes, Random Program, Level 8 (8m warm-up, 22m 3.6 mph)

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Brahma Bill wrote:I've never had Mincemeat pie, Coconut cream and Pumpkin were my downfall. :loopy: 
Coconut cream is my favorite, my wife makes it for me every year on my birthday.

Oh, coconut cream sounds really good! Mincemeat pie is nice if you like raisins. My mother and grandmother (and hence me too when I can) tended to put deer meat in it because the year that someone in my family didn't get a deer during hunting season was pretty rare. I've never had anyone else make it with meat in it before.

itlives wrote:Pumpkin's my fav!

I'd say pumpkin was my favorite as well except I haven't really ever met a type of pie that I didn't like, though I'm also very partial to non-dessert meat pies as well.
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Post by Alexandra on Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:49 pm

December 10, 2013

Afternoon Workout
DB Bench Press: 25 x 8, 30 x 8, 35 x 8, 40 x 8

DB Overhead press: 20 x 8, 25(8 x 8), 30 x 8

DB Sumo Deadlifts: 100(10 x 10 x 10 x 10)

Seated DB Cleans: 15(8 x 8 x 8 x 8)
DB Bicep Curls: 15(8 x 8 x 8 x 8)

Rear Delt Machine: 40(8 x 8 x 8 x 8)
Reverse DB Wrist Curls: 10(10 x 10 x 10 x 10)

Pullovers (plate)*: 25(8 x 8 x 8), 35 x 8

*I wanted to do ring rows again, but the area with that equipment was infested with personal trainers so I did pullover's instead.

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December 11, 2013
Elliptical Machine: 35 Minutes, Random Program, Minimum Speed: 4 mph (10m level 10 + 20m level 11 + 5m cool-down)
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Post by itlives on Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:53 pm

I think there's a spray to get those pesky trainers to disperse. If not, there should be!
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Post by GreekPT on Thu Dec 12, 2013 1:39 am

Yeahhhh, trainers...who needs em?!?!?!!?!?! ;)

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Post by itlives on Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:42 am

GreekPT wrote:Yeahhhh, trainers...who needs em?!?!?!!?!?! when you have You Tube  ;)
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Post by Alexandra on Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:41 pm

I understand that the trainers are trying to make a living and all of that ... my main problem with them at the gym I go to is they are tend to use the same areas of the gym I want to use and there often seem to be 2-3 of them training people at once in different areas.  Since they are training clients, who are presumably paying big money, they aren't willing to allow one to work in.  I don't blame them.  If I were paying someone $30-$60 per hour to tell me things that I could find for myself on the internet, then I wouldn't want someone like me working in on the stuff I'm using with my trainer either.  Still, doesn't mean I have to like it.

Wednesday, December 11th
We did our morning two mile lake walk.

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Thursday, December 12th
Afternoon Workout
DB Bench Press: 25 x 8, 30 x 8, 35 x 8, 40 x 8

DB Overhead press: 20 x 8, 25(8 x 8), 30 x 8

DB Sumo Deadlifts: 100(10 x 10 x 10 x 10)

Seated DB Cleans: 15(8 x 8 x 8 x 8)
DB Bicep Curls: 15(8 x 8 x 8 x 8)

Ring Rows: 8 x 8 x 8 x 8
Push-ups (narrow): 8 x 8 x 8 x 8

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Friday, December 13th
Elliptical Machine: 30 Minutes, Random Program, Level 10, Minimum Speed: 4 mph

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Saturday, December 14th
We walked 5.71 miles on the trails at the local nature preserve.
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Post by itlives on Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:46 pm

Alexandra wrote:  If I were paying someone $30-$60 per hour to tell me things that I could find for myself on the internet, then I wouldn't want someone like me working in on the stuff I'm using with my trainer either.  Still, doesn't mean I have to like it.
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My wife's a personal trainer. Those people (the ones she trains) are generally not self-starters. They need someone to make them do what they need to do. There are some that really don't know where to start, but they are the minority.
I believe as you do though. The internet is chock full of info for the taking.
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Post by Alexandra on Fri Dec 20, 2013 3:39 pm

itlives wrote:My wife's a personal trainer. Those people (the ones she trains) are generally not self-starters. They need someone to make them do what they need to do. There are some that really don't know where to start, but they are the minority.
I believe as you do though. The internet is chock full of info for the taking.

Yes, that certainly fits the pattern of what I've seen in gyms. Many people feel about their bodies the way I feel about my car. I want everything to work right with my car but I don't want to actually have to learn more than just emergency stuff, i.e. changing tires and the like. I want to hire someone who knows all about that. So if someone wants to get into better shape but needs motivation or wants someone else to just handle the thinking end of things so they can concentrate on other stuff, more power to them as far as I'm concerned. I just want to use the dumbbells is all. :)

I hope you and yours have a lovely Christmas.

-- Alexandra

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Tuesday, December 17th
We went on our two mile morning lake walk.

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Wednesday, December 18th
Elliptical Machine, 35 Minutes, Random Program, Min Speed 4 mph (30m level 11 + 5m cool-down, backwards)

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Thursday, December 19th
We went on our two mile morning lake walk.

Afternoon Workout
Elliptical Machine, 35 Minutes, Hill Program, Average Speed 4.2 mph (30m level 11 + 5m cool-down, backwards)
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Post by Alexandra on Sun Dec 29, 2013 12:09 pm

Friday, December 27th
My husband is on vacation from work so we went up to Big Basin state park about an hour or so from where we live and hiked among the redwoods.  We walked a little over eight miles.  The big trees were gorgeous and impressive (some of them are 1500 - 2000 years old), and got to see a number of animals, including deer, a porcupine, many different types of birds and of course the banana slugs.  

Squeezed in some workouts before this but didn't record them with everything going on with the holidays.
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Post by itlives on Sun Dec 29, 2013 12:21 pm

I so want to take a trip to see the Redwoods!
It's on the bucket list!
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Post by Alexandra on Fri Jan 03, 2014 2:47 pm

itlives wrote: I so want to take a trip to see the Redwoods!
It's on the bucket list!

I found the redwoods are the sort of thing that pictures just don't do justice to when you see them in person, even the ones that are kind of big but not huge as far as redwoods go.  They are well worth seeing and there are several good places to go in California to see them, of which Big Basin park is only one -- we chose that because it was an easy trip.

Time to close out this log and start another one for 2014.  2013 was a good year.  My main goal since 2010 has been slow, steady weight loss, keeping the weight off over time and not gaining it back, which has been my problem in the past where I've lost a lot quickly but put it back on later.

My food plan for the November - December holidays was to simply not gain weight.  I gained and lost the same pound five times during that period, and this week I'm 0.4 pounds heavier than when I started going into the holidays, which I count as a success.  Usually before i started this log a couple of years ago I'd put on usually about 10 pounds during the holidays.  

So going into 2014 the goal remains to get down to 170.  I'm not going to put a time limit on it.  I'm going to continue going slow and steady.  So far as some secondary goals go, I'm going to continue not drinking soda.  I also have not had any drinks with artificial sweeteners at all, such as Crystal Lite, in a year now.  While I haven't missed such drinks and plan on not continuing to buy them for home, I'm going to relax that ban for 2014.  I feel it is more restrictive than I want to be, though my drink of preference will continue to be bottled water.  I'll probably have some sugar free lemonade when I go to Subway or something a few times this coming year though.

I hope everyone is well and has a good 2014.

-- Alexandra
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