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  • #139174
    Mindas Arran
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    With all this talk of training journals, I started reading over my old journal at thejedi.org from 2006. Wow…. things have really progressed since then, but it was awesome to see the things I was doing, things I was going through, ways that I’ve improved, and ways that I’ve lost focus.

    It worked well in the past, and I’m very happy to get it going again.

    #149286
    Mindas Arran
    Participant

    Vitals
    Date: 26AUG08
    Sleep, how much? 8 hours
    Evening Vits? ZMA
    Morning Vits? Forgot! GRAR!
    Mojo: 4

    Food Intake
    1st Meal Eat: Chicken Burrito (73/34)
    1st Meal Drink: Purple Amp! Bad!
    Out the Door: Protein Drink (28/41)
    First Break: Protein Bar (20/15)
    2nd Meal Eat: Tuna Sandwich (36/36)
    2nd Meal Drink: SF Citrus-X! Good! (Sorta…)
    2nd Break: Fruit snacks! Bad!
    After Workout: Pretzles (25/3)
    After Workout: Protein Drink (28/53)
    Before Bed: Protein Drink (28/53)
    Totals: (210/235)

    Training
    Activity: Treadmill Run Program “Alpine Pass”
    Duration: 25
    Intensity: Heavy (6.7mph/15*incline/Heartrate 165)

    Misc. Activities
    Activity: Rode bike to work and back
    Duration: 15 mins and 15 mins
    Intensity: Light

    Additional Notes:
    Welcome back to the training journal, Mindas! Today’s run was awesome. The last 2 minutes I turned the speed up to 8.0mph and ran until there was nothing left. This is the first time I’ve really counted up my carb/protein ratio and I have to say that I am surprised, since I thought that I wasn’t getting enough of either one. It turns out that I am right about where I want to be. I need to get back on track with eliminating excess sugar from the diet. The purple amp was a bad thing first thing in the morning. The fruit snacks were a crappy choice when I had more protein drink that I could have had instead. I’m really trying to focus on getting the diet right so that I can start taking my training to the next level. Part of being a Dragon is never being content. Training is no exception. I’m realizing that I should probably do these first thing in the morning instead of after the workout since I might eat more before the day is done… I suppose I could always go back and modify if I need to. Anyways, I’m feeling pretty good really. I’ve got some really awesome new martial arts material and some new energy techniques that I’ve been working on so I’ve got plenty to work on. Oh, and holy bleep… salty pretzels after a workout with some chocolate protein drink?? Like a little piece of heaven!! :P

    #149294
    Mindas Arran
    Participant

    Vitals
    Sleep, how much? 5 hours. BAD!
    Evening Vits? ZMA (almost out! Need to get more!)
    Morning Vits? Multivit and EFA/CLA
    Mojo: 1

    Food Intake
    1st Meal Eat: shredded mini wheats (70/8)
    1st Meal Drink: milk (24/16)
    Out the Door: Protein Drink (28/41)
    First Break: Protein Bar (20/14)
    2nd Meal Eat: Tuna Sandwich (36/36)
    2nd Meal Drink: SF Power! Good! (Sorta…)
    2nd Break: Protein Drink (single) w/water (8/16)
    After Workout: Protein Drink (28/53)
    Before Bed: Beef Quesadilla (15/30)
    Totals: (229/244)

    Training Lower Body Exercises
    Activity: Eliptical Rider Warm-up
    Duration: 5 minutes

    Activity: Leg Press
    Duration: 12@200lbs, 10@250lbs, 8@300lbs, 6@405lbs.

    Activity: Leg Extension
    Duration: 12@110lbs, 10@150lbs, 8@250lbs, 6@265lbs.

    Activity: Leg Curl
    Duration: 12@100lbs, 10@120lbs, 8@140lbs, 6@160lbs.

    Activity: Calf Raises
    Duration: 24@200lbs, 15@250lbs, 10@365lbs.

    Misc. Activities
    Activity: Rode bike to work and back
    Duration: 15 mins and 15 mins
    Intensity: Light

    Additional Notes:
    Had a headache and felt very unfocused. Still went to the gym, so I am happy for that small victory. Wanted to work the squat rack, but settled for the machines. I’ve been working out with a friend from work named Jason, and while it’s awesome to have someone to work with, I really miss my old schedule which was mostly bodyweight exercises like pull ups and push ups. I also miss being in my own room doing my own thing at my own pace with my own music. The gym we go to plays stuff that sounds like it came from a Richard Simmons soundtrack. I should have a kicking shield tomorrow so I can work on some techniques after the cardio, which is good because I’m feeling a bit rusty. I feel like I am loosing focus working so much on strength training. More strength is worth nothing if my technique doesn’t evolve at the same pace.

    #149305
    Mindas Arran
    Participant

    Vitals
    Sleep, how much? 8 hours
    Evening Vits? ZMA
    Morning Vits? Multivit and EFA/CLA
    Mojo: 1

    Food Intake
    First in the Morning: Protein Drink (28/41)
    1st Meal Eat: chicken taco (42/35)
    First Break: Protein Bar (20/14)
    2nd Meal Eat: Turkey Subway w/extra pack of turkey meat (46/28)
    2nd Meal Drink: SF Citrus X! Good! (Sorta…)
    2nd Break: Protein Bar (20/15)
    Before Bed: Beef Quesadilla (30/60) (again! and two this time)
    Totals: (186/193)

    Training Lower Body Exercises
    Activity: Treadmill run, alpine pass program @6.8mph/5*max. incline
    Duration: 25 minutes

    Misc. Activities
    Activity: Rode bike to work and back
    Duration: 15 mins and 15 mins
    Intensity: Light

    Additional Notes:
    Sorry for the late entry! I was tired as heck yesterday. Anyways, the run was good. I didn’t even want to go at first, but I ended up going anyways and I’m glad I did, because I pushed myself really well on the run. Having the incline set lower means no big hills to walk up which means you’re running flat out for the most part. Well, I feel like it anyways, because I’m not a particularly fast runner. haha I brought my MP3 player this time and I think the music helped. Got a chance to run through some of the form yestrerday. I still feel like I’m falling behind…

    #149316
    Mindas Arran
    Participant

    Vitals
    Sleep, how much? 8 hours
    Evening Vits? ZMA
    Morning Vits? Multivit and EFA/CLA
    Mojo: 1

    Food Intake
    First in the Morning: Protein Drink (28/41)
    1st Meal Eat: Kitsu-burger! (42/40)
    First Break: Protein Bar (20/15)
    2nd Meal Eat: Chicken, rice, and veggies (40/28)
    2nd Meal Drink: SF Power!
    2nd Break: P-Drink w/milk (26/28)
    After Workout: P-Drink (28/53)
    Before Bed: Pizza Rolls (30/20) (bad!)
    Totals: (214/225)

    Training Upper Body Exercises
    Activity: Dumbell Press w/flat bench
    Duration: 12@35, 10@50, 8@55, 5@65/1@60

    Activity: Bicep Curls
    Duration: 12@25, 10@30, 5@35/3@30, 5@35/1@30

    Activity: Dips
    Duration: 8,6

    Misc. Activities
    Activity: Rode bike to work and back
    Duration: 15 mins and 15 mins
    Intensity: Light

    Additional Notes:
    Thus starts a three day weekend. We didn’t want to kill ourselves in the workout because we were supposed to go golfing afterwards. Still, it was a decent workout. Sorry so short, but I’m off to a friends house for food and gaming! :D

    #149322
    Mindas Arran
    Participant

    Last night was an awesome chicken dinner with my friends whilst playing a Werewolf RPG. I walked down to 7-11 and shared a slurpie and tried some new chewy fireballs. P-Drinks here and there. Pull-ups here and there.

    Tonight, I am ordering a pizza!  GWA HA HA HA ;D

    Train hard, but remember to rest as well!

    #149328
    Jax
    Keymaster

    Sounds like a blast!  :-)  Hopefully in a few days I’ll have fancy stats to put in my journal to.  You’re an inspiration to those of us still sitting on our butts.  lol

    #149344
    Mindas Arran
    Participant

    Vitals
    Date: 01SEP08
    Sleep, how much? 6 hours
    Evening Vits? Zinc, Magnesium, MSM
    Morning Vits? Multivit, DHEA, EFF/CLA
    Mojo: 1

    Food Intake
    Morning P-Drink (28/41)
    1st Meal Eat: Chicken Nuggets and Fries (52/22)
    2nd Meal Eat: Tuna Sandwiches (54/40)
    2nd Meal Drink: SF Citrus-X!
    2nd Break: P-Drink (24/32)
    After Workout: P-Drink (24/36)
    Before Bed: Protein Drink (24/36)
    Totals: (206/207)

    Training
    Activity: Eliptical Rider Level 11
    Duration: 16min + 4min HIIT + 5min cooldown
    Intensity: X-treme (Max Recorded Heartrate 188)

    Activity: Incline Dumbell Press
    Duration: 12@25, 10@30, 8@35, 6@40

    Activity: Bent Over Rows
    Duration: 12@20, 10@25, 8@30, 6@35

    Activity: Pull Ups
    Duration: 5 wide, 3 parallel, 3 chin-ups (no rest in between)

    Misc. Activities
    Activity: Rode bike to work and back
    Duration: 15 mins and 15 mins
    Intensity: Light

    Additional Notes:
    The weekend was a wonderful bit of rest and relaxation. Monday was Labor Day so we didn’t go to the gym (though we probably should have). With the new month, I am trying to up my game a bit and changing the schedule around some.

    Old Schedule:
    Mon, Wed, Fri – Strength Training, alternating between upper and lower body workouts.
    Tue, Thur – Cardio

    New Schedule:
    Mon – Cardio w/HIIT + Upper Body 1
    Tues – Cardio w/HIIT + Lower Body
    Wed – REST
    Thur – Cardio w/HIIT + Upper Body 2
    Fri – Cardio w/HIIT + Lower Body
    Sat/Sun – REST

    In this schedule, I get an extra leg day and cardio day while adding in more mid-week rest to promote growth. I need to check to see if you can run HIIT’s twice in a row like that though. They are grueling. When I finished today, I sweat so much that it looked like it rained on my cardio machine. Had some nice relaxing inspirational music playing while I was running (All Shall Perish. haha) and that helped some. The gym seems to be less crowded in the mornings these days, so I feel more able to work on things MY way (which is mostly dumbells, as opposed to bars and machines) and I can already feel things getting better. The mental change in my work-out buddy is amazing. When he first started going down there, we would put up some weights and he would give a half-ass attempt and then say “Oh, I can’t do it”. You could tell that his mind had given up before his body even had a chance. Today though, we were doing incline dumbell presses and he grabbed the 30’s for his last set.
    “I don’t know if I can do it, but I will give it a try”, he says.
    “Well, keep the 25’s nearby in case you can’t make it”, I replied.
    He sort of looked at the weights and then kinda razzed at them. “F#$% that. I’m going to get these 30’s up!”
    It’s always a good feeling to see your student get to a new rung in the ladder.  :) The workout was rough, but felt really, really satisfying.

    #149421
    Mindas Arran
    Participant

    Well, I’ve been MIA for a bit. We had a bit of an issue with a virus knocking out two computers so it took me a little while to get back online and updating things…. rather than try and backtrack all my workouts, I will just say that they’ve been going well and I haven’t missed a day…. until this morning. My workout buddy had a dentist appointment, so instead of going to the gym I stayed at home and off a lark decided to take the Army APFT! So, I did push-ups first and did 53 in 2:00. Then I did 48 sit-ups in 2:00. My 2 mile run time was 15:49. All in all, I scored 210 points, which made me happy. While I don’t think it’s a comprehensive test, at least it gives me something to sort of work on.

    Martial arts wise things have been so-so. I’m finding myself in a rut. I think it’s because I have no sparring partners. Really, I don’t even have anyone around to talk shop with. That makes drills and such boring. On a brighter note, I’m learning some really neat takedowns from Yin Family Baguazhang.

    That’s about it for the fun updates… I will see what I can do about starting to fill in the forms starting with tommorows workout!

    #149431
    Mindas Arran
    Participant

    Have to make the update quick because I am going into work early…

    Yesterday I felt like crap, had a headache, ect. Still went in and worked out. 25 minutes on the eliptical with 8 intervals. I read in a book that 190 is as fast as my heart can go, so of course, I was trying to get higher then that. I ended up at 189. haha The strength training went pretty well. We did close grip flat bench and the worked bicep curls with the dumbells. I knew I wasn’t going to be doing much else so I did strip sets with the bicep curls from 40lbs all the way down to 10lbs in 5lb increments.

    Got new books on Baguazhang and they are turning out to be a lot more interesting than I thought they were going to be. Not exactly my main style, but wow… a lot to think about.

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