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Spiders & Spider Webs

Today for my 43 I did a modified version of last week’s failed attempt at wall climbs.  I did push-ups with my feet on the wall and my body making a 90 degree angle (sort-of!).  This move is one that I got from Amanda @ RunToTheFinish.  She has this really cool Wallbanger Workout and this is one of the moves she did in it.

Here is a failed attempt at making a demo!  This was after I had already complete my 43 and my arms were toast!!

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Next attempt – a tiny bit better and as good as it’s gonna get!

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I think that 8 was the most reps I did at a time.  I had to keep resetting my feet on the wall – I’m still counting it because I did all 43 reps, just with a few short reset breaks!!!

Today was another  episode of Garage Boot Camp – it is usually so much hotter and stickier when we work out in the garage than when we are outside (no breeze!!!).  Oh well, a little bucket of sweat isn’t a bad thing!!!  This morning actually wasn’t as sticky as last week – a little on the cool side –  pretty nice workout conditions.

I tried a new workout today – it is loosely based on a workout  from  Taylor @ Lifting Revolution – the Puma Pounce workout.  I made some changes to turn it into a 45 minute boot camp that I felt like my group of boot campers could handle!!!  

We did a 25 Rep/Minute Workout.  Fun times – the faster you complete the reps, the more rest you get (whatever is left in the minute) before starting the next move!!  I had a series of 8 moves (8 total minutes) and we went did 3 rounds.

Do you love or hate spiders?  

Screen shot 2013-09-02 at 8.57.50 PMI think that spiders are fascinating creatures!!!  And webs are amazing works of art.

Last night we actually had a spider outside our kitchen slider that was in the process of spinning her web.  I wanted to video the process without the glare from the glass so I tried to go outside without disrupting her.  Didn’t work very well!

The spider felt the movement of the door on her web and stopped working.  I took a short video but she didn’t move at all during that time (mostly my video is just of Hunter on the inside telling me to leave her alone!) and as soon as I opened the door again to go in, she climbed all the way to the top of her web.

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Watching the spider react to an interruption in her work made me think about how I deal with little interruptions.  Sometimes I react just like the spider – I leave my work and run into a corner and refuse to continue until all of the distractions are gone.  

I need to learn to deal with the distraction in a timely way and then carry on with my work no matter how many minor interruptions I encounter along the way.  

Are you like a spider or can you work through any type of interruption?

Happy Tuesday!!  (even though it feels like Monday to me!)


Spider Walking

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(Sorry, hope spiders don’t gross you out!!! I find them fascinating!!!)

Today’s 43 was one of those that worked pretty much every inch of my body!!!  Spider walking!!!  Fun stuff for sure!!!

Start in plank or push-up position.  Walk your opposite knee and hand forward while dropping your body lower – repeat with other side – continue!

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Jordan has pretty good form – don’t you think??

I counted 3 forward walks on each side (I think that is what Jordan did in the demo, too) as 1 rep then I stood, turned and went the other direction for the next one until I reached the magic #  of 43!!!  I felt this in my arms, shoulders, core, hip flexors and quads!!!!  How’s that for a 5-1 combo move?!

Today I was back to Les Mills Combat with a new work-out:  Combat 60 Live – Ultimate Warrior!  This has to be my favorite one yet!!!  First off, besides the Combat crew, there were about 400 people doing the work-out with them!  Second, this work-out was HARD and very intense!!!  The 60 minutes went by very quickly because, like all of their work-outs, it is broken into segments and you can see the segment (and total) time at the bottom of the screen.

What I really liked was the fact that there were some new moves and combos in this one!!  Plus, the cool-down was different from the others but very effective!!!

Love trying new work-outs!!!

new running skirt!!
new running skirt!!

It’s hard to see but this skirt would have been great for yesterday. Running love!! Maybe next year I will do a Valentine’s day run!!

Hooray for a LONG weekend!!!  The boys have 5 days out of school (they were out yesterday, too) because of parent/teacher conferences and an inservice on Monday.  Chris is off today (SDO – scheduled day off.  They work 9 hour days and then have an SDO every other week – pretty cool.) and Monday for President’s Day!Screen shot 2013-02-15 at 9.45.52 AMWooHoo!!  Love it when every one is off!!!

And, finally – 15th day of February and I’m still doing the number of wall-sits to sync up with the day – today I’ve completed 15 1-minute wall-sits.  Not gonna lie – it is getting hard!!! I have to spread them out a little more. (I make tally marks as I do them so I don’t lose count and cheat or do any extra!!!)  Hunter & Chris are participating, too!!!  Hunter does burpees every day and Chris is doing push-ups daily!!!  (Jordan opted out – party pooper!!)

Happy Fun Friday!!!