RDWC Week #4

I’m excercise cheating for about half of this week to prepare and repair for and after my minimum skills assessment. So my schedule doesn’t exactly follow the prescribed schedule for the week. Also, I pledge to stand on one foot while waiting for every bus and elevator up until mins day. Then, after this week, I go hardcore ūüôā

Monday: Roller Derby Practice
 
Tuesday: Roller Derby Practice
 
Wednesday: Today is a fun day. We want you to close the door to your room put on your favorite dance mix. Set a timer and go at it for 30 minutes. Dance, dance, dance. We aren’t talking about slow dancing either. Go wild. Get sweaty. Get crazy. 
 
 Thurday: Resting before mins

 Friday: Resting before mins

Saturday: Roller Derby Practice MINS SKILLS ASSESSMENT

 Sunday: Resting after Mins

Workout Schedule for Week #3 of RDWC

Admittedly, having taken a few days away from my workout schedule to deal with family illnesses, I am less than motivated to start week three. I also feel this need to “Conserve” rather than build strength right now with my min skills assessment coming up in the near future. So, I’m going to push it to but not beyond my limit until after mins. That might mean giving up a workout here or there to nurse sore muscles. But after mins, I’m going hardcore.

Sunday: Taking the Day off to bring hubby to the hospital

Monday:

Set your timer for 20 minutes
10 REAL pushups
10 bicycles (count them like we do in the video!)
10 squats
10 star jumps
Repeat this cycle of 10 for 20 full minutes.

Tuesday: Roller Derby Practice

Wednesday: Roller Derby Workout Video

Thursday:

10 burpees
10 squats
9 burpees
9 squats
8 burpees
8 squats
then 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 burpees and squats Make Sense?
You start at ten of each and go down to one of each. Time yourself with no breaks. This kills but it is really great strength training and conditioning all in one package. You should be getting stronger and stronger everyday!

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Roller Derby Practice (Since Derby Practice this Saturday is a Rules/Game practice, I’ll be doing the additional workout below)

1 minute of jumping jacks
30 seconds rest
20 pushups
30 seconds rest
Repeat 5 times (10 times if you don’t have practice)

Sunday:
(Doing the alternate workout to the Video because the video is starting to bore me just a bit ūüėČ

20 squats
60 second plank
20 lunges right leg
20 lunges left leg
60 second plank
20 pushups
30 second plank
Repeat 5 times!

Celebrating 1000 views with 100 hits!

I’ve now been blogging for one month and 3 days at the present wordpress¬†address, and I’m happy to announce that sometime today this little blog reached its 1000th view. Actually as of this writing this blog has been viewed 1013 times. Kinda fun.

Okay so hits… last night (maybe premature for an actual celebration), the Darkside¬†came over so we could practice our hits. We put our skates on and hit each other in my basement…gotta say, the added stability provided by the berber¬†carpet really let us hit with all of our (stationary) hitting potential. Felt pretty awesome ūüôā And I¬†definitely needed to feel awesome yesterday after failing in the Roller Derby Workout Challenge on two counts. First, the Darkside¬†brought over some homemade lemon meringue pie. It would have been insulting to both the friend and the pie not to eat it, so I had to. And I enjoyed it. Second, I learned that I can’t do a derby practice on one day, follow it with the RDW video on the second day, and then expect to be able to do a proper workout on day three. At least I know this for next week’s planning… but it meant that I did lose one workout this week. Although maybe some of that basement hitting kinda sorta makes up for it?

Also, I’ve been making it part of my natural state of living to walk upstairs doing crossovers or practice hits. When I’m feeling lazy, I just position myself so that my hip is facing towards the stairs and do little crossovers hitting every step on the way up. When I’m feeling a little more enthusiastic, I skip a step. When I think I should be practicing weight transfer/hitting more than crossovers, I again position my hip so that its facing the staircase.. then take the leg closest to the step and put it on the second step up (always skipping a step this way), to lift myself up to where that leading foot is, I put all my weight on that foot and hoist my body up. Try it… and picture tensing your quads and butt muscles.

Okay, last point of interest for this post – some upgrades to my skates. Firstly, if you find your laces looking like this, please note that it is a safety hazard and it’s possible that you might want to change them.

Being the lazy girl I am, I actually didn’t change my laces when I first noticed that this was happening. Instead I waited until I purchased new wheels in order to coordinate my colours properly. Thing is, remember how I’ve been complaining about my skates getting looser… actually I think my new fat (and unbroken) laces are going to help A LOT.

So now wheels. I’m proud to say that despite being petrified to tinker with my own skates, I¬†single-handedly¬†removed all of my wheels, took out the bearings, put the bearings into my new wheels and put the new wheels on my skates last night! Woohoo. So I’m going to use purple fugitive mids¬†as pushers and blue fugitive mids¬†for speed. Depending on the night we usually skate on either pretty dirty wood highschool flooring, or slippery as all hell elementary school flooring. So the combo may or may not work awesome for me.. but I’m definitely all for trying as many wheels as I want/need to figure out what I like. I think as a Freshie this is definitely my perogative.

Here are my new suped-up skates. Um, they’re dirty from skating around my living room ūüôā

That’s it for now – Happy Friday.

Week 2 workout plan

I MADE IT THROUGH WEEK 1!!!!! I’ve done really well with the meal plans; my husband has taken it upon himself to cook breakfast, make luch, and do suppers using the menus provided by the Roller Derby Workout Challenge. What a derby hero; let’s all pat him on the back. Honestly, I wouldn’t have been able (or willing) to stick it through without his help. I’m a kitchen nightmare…¬† he manages to make sweet potato look appealing.

Okay enough of that. Here’ the workout plan for this week; I had no problems last week so I’m looking forward to conquering week two.

Sunday: 10 pushups, 30 second plank (no resting in between), REPEAT 10 TIMES!

Monday: Day off

Tuesday: Roller Derby Practice

Wednesday: Roller Derby Workout Video

Thursday:
10 burpees
30 second squat static hold
10 star jumps
30 second plank
Repeat 5 times
Rest for 5 minutes and grab some water
Repeat 5 more times

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Roller Derby Practice

I think I’m set.

Also had a great derby practice today. I did 23 laps in 5 minutes. I’m just TWO laps short of meeting the minimum skills requirement. My 23 felt pretty controlled and solid, which is a huge improvement over my last (hungover) 25 in 5.¬† Two weeks really doesn’t seem like enough time to gain another 2 laps so despite being really happy with my performance today, I’m really nervous for the BIG DAY. I’ve promised myself something huge when I do pass; so either new skates or a new tattoo…. I was really thinking skates for a while but now I’m teetering towards tattoo…. my skates are still pretty new so IF I can actually manage to pass in them, maybe I’ll hang on to them for a while longer. Hmm.. but then does that mean I should by myself new skates if I don’t pass? So tattoo if I pass, and new skates if I don’t? I think I’ve just had a moment.

2 bags of cookies, 1 fruit cake, and money for a pair of “good long johns”.

Yesterday was a fantastic mail day! My new wheels and Roller Derby Workout video¬†arrived! Now, it’s a matter of deciding when to put the new wheels on my skates.. afterall, I’ve done all of my training so far on one set of wheels and I have min skills coming up so…. is it a good idea to switch wheels at this point??? Would it be too much work or too difficult to adjust to the new wheels in such a short period of time? ¬†I don’t know, but if anyone does, please comment here!!

The new stuff was definitely fun, but more than that, I also had a pretty nice visit with my Grandmother yesterday. We don’t talk much, but I showed up at her house yesterday and we ended up having a pretty nice visit. This experience also taught me that if you are on a “special” diet, one of the biggest challenges you will face is encounters with a hungarian grandmother… I mean, if you have a hungarian grandmother. When I arrived at her apartment, she immediately lead me into her kitchen

Her ¬†“are you hungry? Did you have lunch?”

Me “no I’m not hungry, I just ate a big lunch”

Her “you don’t come over here on a full stomach! I will feed you!”

Me “I should have thought first! But really, I am very full up”

Her “well, have a cookie”

Me “Oh, I couldn’t”

Her ***** BIG OLD GRANDMA EYES ***** Imagine like an elderly version of puss n’ boots from Shrek.

Me “Actually I would love a cookie!”

To which she responds by not giving me one cookie, but a PLATE of cookies. She also told me I should have told her I was coming (I never do, it’s how I work..) so she could have baked for me. So we sat down, and I nibbled on a cookie (only ended up eating about half so I was told I’m “TOO SKINNY”. Then Grandma went back to the kitchen and emerged with her own lunch, a huge plate of baked cabage rolls and rice. and TWO forks. Oh my God. It smelled really good. She brough the plate right up to MY FACE and said, “try some try some”. So I took a little bite (at least it was healthy!), and she reminded me not to eat before coming next time. This diet is hard, I still have to learn how to say no. I think I’m reluctant to tell people about my “special” diet because I don’t want to come off sounding like “one of those” grass drinking, smoothie making, tofu loving…. LIARS!

Now I’m not sure if this is a “Hungarian” thing or not, but when I go to visit my Grandmother she insists on emptying the contents of her cupboard and freezer into a bag and forcing me to bring them home. The time before last, I came home with a WHOLE CHICKEN! This time I was prepared. I have to bus a whole hour and a half to get back home from her house so thankfully this time I had a backpack to stuff the pantry in rather than bringing everything home in grocery bags. I ended up leaving with a month’s supply of home baked muffins, store bought short bread cookies, homemade cookies, and a fruit cake! Because of course I can’t say no to Grandma.

As per usual, we talked a lot about politics while I was there (which is always fun with Grandma; she’s quick as a whip and has a history book for a brain), but eventually the conversation (also as per usual) shifted to the weather.

Her: “What do you have under those pants?”

Me: *laughing* ¬†“Um… legs?”

Her: *indignant* ¬†“WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT? Why you don’t have Long Johns under there?!”

Me: “I don’t know, I never wear them!”

Her: “You don’t have a good pair of Long Johns?”

Me: “No, I’d boil to death at my office if I did wear them!”

Her: “I’m going to give you forty dollars. You go buy a good pair of Long Johns”

Me: “Oh no grandma, it’s okay, really I’m fine”

Her: “No, you buy a good pair of Long Johns. You can get them everywhere”.

So I took the money and you know what? I went and bought myself a pair of Long Johns. How could I not? Remember, BIG OLD GRANDMA EYES!!!! I went and picked up the funniest old lady looking pair I could find, ones that would make her really proud, but they still only cost like $8!!! So I also bought a pair of tights for derby (of which she knows not), which I think could SERVE as long johns.¬† Anyways, I’m not a saint. And then I guess the rest of the money will be spent on food since I’m “TOO SKINNY” (I’m actually not).

So there you have it ūüôā I have derby practice tonight so wish me luck.

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!

Some girls hang their stockings….

but derby girls aren’t “some girls”.

I was hoping to post about huge leaps in my 25 in 5 progress after today’s practice. Unfortunately though, somehow we (the skaters) ended up locked out of our practice space. So we lost an entire practice. So sad. Especially since today was going to be a 4 hour (two 2 hour practices back to back) practice for me and I was *so stoked*. Oh well.

Tomorrow is the first day of the Roller Derby Workout Challenge. I’ve been watching the website and have been noticing a bunch of girls weaning themselves off of sugar, white flour, sweetened coffee etc over the last week.

NOT ME. Noooo, I have been doing quite the opposite in fact. Yesterday, I ate Chinese for lunch, McDonalds for supper, and drank WHITE wine in the evening. Oh. Ya. Tonight, a broth fondu, chocolate fondu (?), and beer. Lots of beer. Because I am going to MISS the beer and I need a good… no a GREAT sendoff.