M is for Mutiny

I couldn’t think of an appropriate title for today’s post.

I started the Roller Derby Workout Challenge yesterday and already I’m feeling pretty grouchy…

After a huge breakfast fail (white flour and sweetened coffee), I managed some good choices for lunch and supper. I was kind of unprepared to follow the meal plan perfectly, but I was able to come pretty close. This morning I did manage to follow their breakfast plan, but I couldn’t eat everything on the list… it’s just too much food for me first thing in the morning. Not to mention, I’m suddenly having to cook for myself in the morning…. ugh.

As far as the exercise plan goes: my workout DVD didn’t arrive on time so I did the alternate workout yesterday evening.  I read the plan through first to get an idea of how it was going to go down: 20 squats, 60 second plank, 20 left leg lunges, 20 right leg lunges, 60 second plank, 20 pushups, 30 second plank. OMG that looks exhausting right? Next read: REPEAT 5 TIMES!! Holy French. Well I know my 5 times tables pretty well and yeah that’s like 100 squats 750 seconds of plank 100 lunges on each leg and 100 pushups. Um, I couldn’t make it through the first repeat but I did try my hardest. I managed about 70 squats too, so I’m hurting today.

My strategy for the routine was basically to do as much as I could during each  repeat but try really hard to do 5 repeats. I think I’m going to switch it up for next time and try to make it all the way through 1 repeat and increase the repeats from there. Now so you don’t think I’m in total lack of shape I think it’s fair to remind you that 1) because of the elbow injuries I’ve incurred my physiotherapist recommended NOT doing pushups for now… so I only did a few of them and then did about 3 repeats of 10 wall pushups for each arm instead. 2) The 60 plank is an exercise that I’ve been working *towards* in physio and is often something I use as a substitute for pushups. Right now I can do about a three repeats of a 30 second plank  but after that it’s 10 seconds before I fall flat on my wobbly bits.

Anyways, even though the exercise plan is a little advanced for me so far, at least I’m sure that I’m still pushing my body…. stairs hurt today!

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Skate party!

Last night I was feeling a bit bummed about my stupid elbow. Here’s why:

What my elbow should look like

What my elbow actually looked like

So, I decided to make myself feel better I should throw myself a little skate party in my carpeted basement.

Skates on carpet. Cause I can roll like that.

So on went the skates, out came the beer (I wasn’t entirely alone… hubbywas playing video games within arms reach), and away I went. Really, I was mostly trying to get the hang of walking on my toestops because I’m told eventually this will be the way to take off quickly… so I did that quite a bit. I also practiced doing the walking-crossovers in skates…. with the stability provided  by the carpet this was a really easy exercise…. I’m hoping to encourage some form of muscle memory for when I do this on the concrete. Also, much to hubby (Jon, btw)’s displeasure I practiced my t-stops… repeatedly… like a lot… we have a really firm berber carpet in the basement so it actually is possible to do.. again I’m just trying to encourage my muscles to learn the form. And the berber is none the worse for wear. I went to the doctor this afternoon and he thinks that I’ve just strained the tendons in my arm… I had an x-ray, and no news is good news! So if the doctor is right, and I suspect he is since I’m starting to feel better already, then I should be back to normal in 4-10 days 😀

Here’s another shot just for fun… the skates are sure-grip rebel, the wheels are flat-outs, and the bearings are bones reds.

Flat outs and Bones Reds