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posted by [personal profile] nyecamden at 09:47pm on 22/01/2010 under , , ,
I injured my back in late 2009 (Nov or Dec). It was a stupid injury; I was deadlifting quite a small weight (20kg) and was thinking of something else. Because I was thinking of something else, I didn't engage my abdominal muscles as I lifted, and something in my lower back went ****.

I rested for a few weeks to the extent that I either had help with shopping or I just bought a few items at a time. I couldn't walk for longer than half an hour without pain. Now my back is a lot better, and I've been going to the gym for a week or two.

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posted by [personal profile] nyecamden at 07:53pm on 02/10/2009 under , , , ,
I went to the gym today to do some leg work with a bit of upper body stuff. I did some barbell squats, and I was unsure of my form. I asked the gym worker to check it, and he said 'that's perfect, as good as it gets'. Woo!

I've been exercising every day sine Monday. Monday was the second session of my weight-lifting class, which meant that I only did a little light exercise on Tuesday. I was hurting much less than the week before though. Wednesday I did 50 minutes of serious cardio. Got lovely and sweaty. Did some ab-work afterwards. Thursday I walked from Chingford to Walthamstow.

All good stuff :-)
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posted by [personal profile] nyecamden at 11:11am on 07/08/2009 under , ,
Wednesday I had a quick cardio session at the gym in Camden Town. 40 minutes of exercise biking. Dripping with sweat was I :-D

Thursday I went to the gym at Oasis and did a back/chest workout. I managed to up the weights for flyes to 12kg dumbbells. Low reps facilitated this. Did a bit of dead-lifting of a barbell of 35kg. I'm going to have to speak to a gym worker about DLing more than 40kg; I don't think that would fit on the free barbell, and I want to avoid using the Smith Machine. Maybe switch to dummbells? There are some crazily heavy dumbbells at Oasis.

Today I plan to jog 3.2 miles again, this time on my own. I'll walk to Mile End after volunteering near Old Street, then jog to Angel again. Maybe I'll improve my 44 minutes time! (That's if I remember to look at my stopwatch when I am out of breath with adrenaline pumping.)
Mood:: 'pleased' pleased
Music:: Judge Judy on the TV
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posted by [personal profile] nyecamden at 11:01pm on 30/07/2009 under , , , ,
Went to the gym today after work, partly because I was about to have a vegan ice-cream date! (In the end, I ate most of the ice cream.)

Reclining exercise bike: 5 mins warm-up, 35 mins intervals.

Abdominal work: skissor kicks (big and small), leg raises (big and small); opposite elbow to knee thing, crunches focusing on one side then the other, crossing my leg at the knee and using that as a focus point (there's got to be a quicker way of describing that, right?)

Exercise bike: 10 minutes.

Walked home from Camden Town to King's Cross via Somerstown (I usually go down St Pancras Way/between St Pancras and the British Library).
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Mm, I'm sleepy.

I jogged half a mile to the gym. What I did at the gym )

Today I walked King's Cross to Camden Town, Camden Town to Kentish Town. Jogged back to Camden, and then walked back home to King's Cross again via Camden Town Sainsbury's. Not much walking, but no twinges, so yay!

I wrote a piece about motivation/fitness/starting CT5K for a friend, and gave her a print-out of that along with a print-out of the CT5K program. She has no computer at home. She texted me to thank me, and to say that she'd just been for a jog/walk thanks to my motivation :D
Mood:: 'accomplished' accomplished
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posted by [personal profile] nyecamden at 03:25pm on 23/07/2009 under , , , ,
Partly because of bad time management and partly because of avoiding RSI-inducing exercise on days where I'm going to be doing manual work, I've been a bit of a cardio bunny the last couple of days.

Wednesday I went to the gym before slimming group, and did 40 minutes on the exercise bike. Did 20 mins of interval training, couldn't do more than that. I want to be better at interval training, I don't pace myself very well. Could do with a couple of sessions with a trainer who knows what s/he is doing.

Today I have done a couple of little jogs, plan to have another jog after work. Jogged half-way to Fitzrovia and all the way back (with a break of 30 mins in between cos of medical appointment).

weight-loss stuff )
Mood:: 'optimistic' optimistic
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Jogged part of the way back from slimming group in Kentish Town on Wednesday. I plotted my route on gmap-pedometer.com and it was 9/10ths of a mile. I'm pleased with that. Will do another couple sessions where I run a mile, then improve from there.

60 minutes of cardio at the gym. Shock horror: upright exercise bikes are more difficult than reclining ones! Who would've thought it! I've become used to the reclining bike because the upright one makes me more likely to hold onto the handles, and that was bad for my RSI. Now my RSI is largely gone (depending on management), I tried out the upright bike again. I only managed 20 minutes on it, and had to transfer to the reclining bike for the rest of my workout. Probably need to work on my abs and posture a bit. (I am not beating myself up over this.)

I'm looking forward to my next session at the gym. Mixture of lifting and cardio methinks :-)
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posted by [personal profile] nyecamden at 06:13pm on 03/07/2009 under , , , ,
Thursday was incredibly hot. I was busy and did a little bit of walking; no exercise other than that though.

Today I did a workout at the gym and did some jogging.

gym )

Walked: home to Fitzrovia (1 mile), Fitzrovia to Covent Garden/Holborn (1 mile), Covent Garden/Holborn to home. Jogged from Old Street to home via the canal, doing probably about 1/2 mile of walking.

Go me! It was good to get back to the gym, and good to get jogging again. I need to do more regular jogging as I've lost some of my confidence with it.

In aromatic news: I absolutely stink right now! It is a good post-exercise stink. I'll hit the shower after I hit 'post'.
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posted by [personal profile] nyecamden at 06:04pm on 20/06/2009 under , , , ,
Had a good exercise day today! Read more... )

Defo deserved a protein shake after all that!

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