Ms. Marvel Project

Catching up

I’ve been slacking a little bit with blogging in the past week or two, and it’s time for that to stop! I’ve been working way too much, but luckily my fitness plans haven’t fallen by the wayside in all the chaos.

I’ve decided to get back into the 100 Pushup Challenge. I had to quit the first time around because I developed some pretty bad shoulder pain and it wasn’t going away. But now it’s been a considerable amount of time and my shoulder hasn’t given me any trouble for a while now so I think it’s safe to give it a go. I left off in the middle of week 3 and that’s exactly where I’m starting now. Yesterday I did the week 3 day 1 workout and it went well.

I haven’t been completely pushup-free in between then and now. I just wasn’t doing them consistently and certainly wasn’t pushing myself every time to do more and more like this plan will do. I’m really excited to see some arm muscles coming back!

In addition to that, I’ve started attempting to run again. Running has never ever ever come easily to me. In fact, it sort of just feels awful whenever I try to do it and like my body can’t handle it. I want to change that!

I’ve done 3 or so Couch to 5k workouts, 2 of which were completed successfully and the last one… well, it was kind of a disaster. Maybe my legs were too tired from the long cardio workout I had done the day before, or maybe it was just a bad day to try, but I only got through 3 one minute running segments and my shins felt like they were on fire, even when I was just walking slowly. I couldn’t continue. Definitely a disappointment.

But! I’m not letting that stop me. The failed workout occurred on Monday and now today on Friday, I’m hoping to head out in a few hours to the gym to try again. I’m ready for this!

Challenging myself like with the pushups and running is something that really motivates me to keep sticking to my workouts and goals. I like having a plan – something I can put in my calendar – and then watching myself progress. This is especially true when it comes to things that historically I’ve never been able to do. Definitely the case with pushups and running!

Happy Memorial Day to everyone in the U.S. and I hope the long weekend is put to good use!

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May 25, 2012 Posted by | Blogging, Life, Project | , , , , | 1 Comment

Heavy weights and Friday hopping

In my travels as of late, I’ve been hearing time and time again that if you want to get stronger and build muscle, you should lift heavier weights at the gym for less reps rather than an easier weight at a high rep. I usually land somewhere in the middle: I do weights that aren’t that tough for me, but that do feel pretty heavy after lots of reps have gone by.

However, yesterday I decided to take the advice I’ve been hearing over and over again and try to put it to use. In a lot of ways, this method does work well with the way I like to work out. Generally if I know I’m going to be doing a long set of something, I dread it, whereas if I’m doing a short set, I won’t have that problem at all. It’s a mental thing. Plus, if I’m working hard at the gym, I like to know I’ve worked hard by feeling it in my muscles the next day.

Here’s what I did yesterday. All weights that I used were about 10 pounds heavier than my normal workout:

3×8 vertical chest press: 50lb
3×8 chest flies: 30lb
3×8 leg extension: 40lb
3×8 hip adductors: 60lb
3×5 regular chest press 20lb

And today I’m really feeling the effects! As soon as I got back to my desk after this workout, I downed a greek yogurt because it’s always good to have something high in protein right after doing something challenging to your muscles.

I’m really hoping that if I keep this up, I’ll start to see some new muscle building.

What is your weight lifting style?

Here are some great Friday blog hops. Happy Friday!

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May 4, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

May goals

It’s the beginning of a new month and with the lack of motivation I’ve been feeling in recent times, I think it’s the perfect opportunity to set some new goals for myself that will take me further in the Ms. Marvel Project as well as in life.

1. <b>Start running</b>: Since I was a kid, I hated running. I even refused to play a friendly baseball game with some friends a few years ago because I was afraid to run, especially <i>in front of people</I>. But then a couple of years ago, something came over me and I decided to try the C25K program and I really liked doing something where I could see progress. I also quite enjoyed the idea of overcoming something that I could never do before. The only problem was that I wasn’t really doing well at it. I could only complete the distances if I ran at a snail’s pace and I didn’t end up finishing more than week 6 or 7. I want to give this another go and try to do better.

2. <b>Ramp things up on the blog</b>: My goal is to update more frequently, participate more in the blogging community and really begin making this blog into what I envisioned when it began last October.

3. <b>Work out at least 4x per week</b>: I’m usually very good at doing this, but every month to two months it seems like there’s something that comes up that completely derails me. In April, it was getting a monster cold, followed by having to work way too much. Consistency is very important if I want to reach my fitness goals.

4. <b>Become more confident at work</b>: The past few weeks have included a lot of shakeups at the office and it’s left me learning some things that are new to me and that will take some time for me to become good at. By the end of the month, I want to feel good about these new things and be able to work with them comfortably.

Are you setting any goals this month?

May 2, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment