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Mark Atwood
If I'm getting so much stronger, why do I need a cane?
Last night after an afternoon of errands and piano lessons, I zapped down to Burien and spent a while visiting elfs, omahas and Kouryou-chan. On the way home from that, I stopped at the gym to do my cardio. After 30m on the EC, I realized that I wasn't actually tired, and went on and did another 20 minutes. I wonder if I could work up to a full hour. I wish there was a way to pack an hour into less time. One of the things I like about the EC is that it gets more burn done in less time without any pinpoint wearyness. Anyway...

Today at the gym was "core". Core means abs, sides, and lower back. I've been trying to do the requisite situps and crunches on my own, and just haven't been able to keep up the motivation on my own, so we've added them back into the rotation with the trainer.

Abs are absolutely no fun at all. After 20 situps on the inclined board, I just couldn't start another one, so Jeff started "spotting me", pushing up on my shoulderblades until I was far enough in to finish the motion. By the end, he was having to push thru the whole range, and the last little bit of "can do" had been squeezed out of my gut.

And there was a new exercise, that involves lifting and rotating my whole upper body with just my obliques. Ow ow ow. I could do 10 reps on the first set, 11 on the second, and 12 on the third, which was nice, but now four hours later, I've gotten really stiff in my chair.

Getting out of bed tomorrow morning is going to be... unpleasant.

And for all this work and all this increased strength, my weight has stalled at 225, and my measurements have hardly budged. So much for vanity...
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jatg From: jatg Date: April 16th, 2003 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ah feel yer pain...

I've tried running harder and faster and I've always been good with eating healthy this year but I too seem to have stalled out. Drives me nuts! Tomorrow I'm getting my bike tuned up and then I'll be riding it home from Bountiful from now on. Maybe that will get things going again. Rrarr!
jatg From: jatg Date: April 16th, 2003 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ah feel yer pain...

I know Dad used to ride to Bountiful from the U with you on the back of his bike...but the thought of riding along Beck Street fills me with a bit of fear.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: April 23rd, 2003 12:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ah feel yer pain...

Beck street has a fair bit more traffic now than it did then.

One of my very very early fragmentary memories is of one of those rides.
elfs From: elfs Date: April 23rd, 2003 01:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

By the way, the local gym guy wandered through the office space this morning offering a corporate discount if we could get five people to join. Sadly, we seem to be able only to muster four. I asked the guy at the gym what the membership rates were without the discount and he told me $200 to register and $40/mo, or $31.20/mo if I pre-purchased a 15-mo membership (grand total, $483 up front just for access to the hardware for the membership period-- includes a lap pool and showers).

Any tips on negotiating with him? He seemed pretty bozonic in that salesdroid kinda way.
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