Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement. - Brian Tracy

Spartan Shape-Up, Day 70:

May I just start by saying, "Day 70.". Wow. That's a pretty long time. Technically, I've passed the "habit-forming" stage of doing something... and I'm still going. 70 days of 6x/week, focused exertion. I'm proud of that. In case you haven't noticed, or are wondering why I often will mention how proud I am of myself for doing this thing or that thing... well, it's because I need the reminders. If every day I remind myself of even ONE thing that I'm proud of myself for doing, it really helps fuel the fire. I strive to do at least one thing every day that I can say I'm proud of (hopefully more than that, but you get the idea.).

So, Today, I'm proud that I have done this for 70 days, and I'm still going strong. And getting strong. YEAH, Gun Show. lol. I really probably should start taking some progress pictures for posterity... but that is still a really terrifying idea for me. As much as I have embraced this transformation, and am learning to love who I am, there are still many many parts of me that I have not embraced yet. Photo documenting them is... ick. If I could just take pictures of the parts/things I like... Well, I suppose I could? hmm. I don't know. I think I'm going to have to ruminate on this a bit, Blogland. Anyone else have thoughts on taking pictures along the journey? If so, how did you get over a major case of photo/mirror "ick" when you took them? Maybe I don't need progress pics. I have "befores"... and I'll be sure to take a muddy "after". (Spartan Race is only 317 days away!!!)

Anyway, on to today's WOD:

  • Thrusters (21#DBs) x 6 sets/6 reps
  • T-handle swings (22#) 20 sec on/10 off
A quick-ish workout tonight (which was just as well, the hours in the day are evaporating!! Yikes!)... but at least I did it. I can't say it was my best work, but it was work, regardless. Couldn't quite get up the speed with this today, that I'd been aiming for. Last time I got around 18-19 swings in 20 secs (good), today I was slower, around 16-17. Still got myself warmed up and breathing, though. I think today, in light of my recent kettlebell refresher class, I was focusing more on my form during this - chest up, swinging higher (more between the legs, not closer to the floor), etc. I'll be interested to see if/how much I'm sore tomorrow, having made sure to do these correctly. 
And, as usual, Thrusters kicked my ass. Eff you squat-based exercises. I love you and hate you, all at once. haha. 

As a side note, I think it's just about time to up my weights again. HMM. I have to check my weights, but I think that would put me around 24# per DB. BEASTLY, I tell you. LOL. I may be slower than death when I run, but I'll be damn if I'm not a work horse when it comes to moving heavy loads. It's in the genes! (My Great, great (great?) G-Pa was Louis Cyr, a legendary Strongman. How cool is that?)

With that, I think it's bed time. Happy I squeeze in the fast workout today, even though I have 401 things to do. BUT... Priorities are priorities! 

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