Fitness Update: Getting back into strength training

It’s been about two and a half months since my little climbing accident, and I’ve only just started getting back into strength training. I’ve been doing a lot of wide grip push-ups this past week. I tend to favor those, because they’re a lot easier than the other types of push-ups (e.g., military, diamond, etc.). I’m still a bit wary of hurting my elbow, so I want to take a bit slow, and just see how far I can push myself.

After two months of not being able to work out my upper body, I can see just how much progress I’ve lost, and to tell you the truth, it’s really discouraging. My body looks pretty much the same as it did before the accident, which is a good thing. I haven’t lost too much muscle mass from the looks of things, BUT there’s a huge difference in my upper body strength.

Just the other day, I did about a total of 30 push-ups, and I ended up so incredibly sore for the next two days. Whereas before, I could probably do 3 sets of 30 pretty easily.

I whipped out my pull-up bar today as well. I wanted to see if I could manage even just a single pull-up…I am so very disappointed to say that I couldn’t do it. I did manage to do two chin-ups though, but that was it 😦

Prior to my accident, I was able to do about five strict wide-grip pull-ups, and now, I can’t even pull myself up for just one! I guess this means I have a lot of work to do if I want to get back to where I was before I injured my arm.

I’m so tempted to put running off now that I can get back into strength training. If you’ve read one of my previous blog posts, you’d know that I only took up running because I couldn’t lift weights after my climbing accident. I know that I really should keep it up though. I’ve been making good progress with running, but if I’m being completely honest, cardio was never my favorite…and it still isn’t. I guess we’ll just have to see how it goes. I’m already thinking about all the excuses I can use to justify not going for a run today lol.

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How I work on my flexibility

The other day, I read a blog post about yoga from a blogger who just started getting into it, and it got me thinking about my own experiences with flexibility training.

As a child, I was pretty bendy. I was able to do the splits fairly easily, BUT as I grew older and lazier, I started spending more time sitting in front the TV, and less time being physically active. It got the point where I couldn’t even touch my toes.

This is where yoga comes in…

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I was first introduced to yoga back in 2013, and it was an absolutely terrible experience. Back then, I was trying to follow the P90x workouts, which didn’t really end up working well for me, given how extremely difficult the program was. The P90x yoga video was about 92 minutes long! It was honestly pure torture getting through that entire routine. At the time, I couldn’t understand why so many people were going crazy over it.

It wasn’t until last year that I decided to give yoga another try. At the time, I had just started the P90x3 program. Not to be confused with the P90x videos, the P90x3 workout program is the 3rd instalment of the franchise, which is actually a lot easier than its predecessor. All of the workouts in P90x3 are only 30 minutes long, which made it a lot more convenient, and easier to complete.

That’s really when I started to appreciate yoga more. The 30 minute yoga video from P90x3 was more suited to my level of flexibility and strength. They run through the poses fairly quickly, which means your legs won’t be buckling from the stress of holding the poses for too long.

I guess the real moral of the story here is to not give up so easily, especially with new experiences. I have since learned that there are so many different types of yoga that you really should try several of them before you give up, and say that it’s just not for you.

A few months into the P90x3 program, I was finally able to touch my toes in a forward bend. Then, a few more months after that, I was able to rest my whole palm on the ground, slowly getting more flexible as time went on.

Around that time, I also started bouldering, which actually requires quite a bit of flexibility as you climb harder problems. That was when I decided to push my flexibility even further.

I’ve always wanted to be able to do splits again, so I looked up instructional videos on youtube, and I found this really great one ↓

After about two weeks of following the video, I was able to finally stick my splits! I still like to do this particular stretching routine once or twice a week just to make sure that I don’t lose my newfound flexibility 🙂 I highly recommend it to everyone!

TV Show Picks of the Month: July 2015

My Mad Fat Diary
Drama, Romance, Comedy

My Mad Fat Diary

I don’t even know where to start with this show…It has some really funny parts, but it can also be very frustrating. It’s a story about Rae, a troubled teenaged girl, who just spent several months at a psychiatric hospital after attempting to kill herself. The show starts off with her having to rehabilitate back into society, making new friends, and reconnecting with old ones.

The show does a really good job of portraying mental illness to the point where it actually gets a bit frustrating. You’ll see Rae fall back into the same pattern time and time again, but that’s just how it is. People with mental illness don’t magically get better.

The Comeback
Comedy

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This show reminds me a little of The Office. It’s what people call cringe comedy. It’s a bit of an acquired taste, so it’s definitely not for everyone. There aren’t really any laugh out loud moments, but it’s still pretty entertaining.

United States of Tara
Drama, Comedy

United States of Tara

I’ve already written a blog post about this show, but I thought I’d include it on here as well. It’s a very interesting show about Dissociative Identity Disorder or what some of you may know as Multiple Personality Disorder.

The Returned (Les revenants)
Drama, Thriller, Fantasy

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This was probably my most favorite show from this month. I was actually a bit hesitant to watch it at first, because it looked scary, and I’m a big scaredy cat lol. But it wasn’t really terrifying like I thought it was going to be. It was just creepy in the most amazing way. I am a bit disappointed by how the first season ended. It left so many questions unanswered, but I’m hoping that the second season will shed more light into what’s really happening.

How Not to Live Your Life (honorable mention)
Comedy

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This show has its moments. It’s pretty funny, but unfortunately, it didn’t completely suck me in, which is why it’s only getting an honorable mention. The cast is pretty weird, but in a really good way. They get into all sorts of ridiculous situations, which just makes the show all the more entertaining.

Movie Picks of the Month: July 2015

Wimbledon…another chick-flick to add to the collection
Romance, Comedy
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This one is just pure light-hearted fun. If you have an addiction to rom-coms like me, you’ll probably enjoy this movie.

Vampires Suck…surprisingly funny
Comedy

Vampires Suck

I already wrote an entire blog post about this movie, but I thought I’d include it on here as well. If you read my post, you’d know that I had zero expectations going into this movie, but I ended up enjoying it quite a lot. Give this a try If you don’t mind stupid comedies 🙂

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil…another surprisingly funny comedy
Comedy

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This is another comedy that I was not expecting to like at all, but it was incredibly well done. It pokes fun at dumb teen horror movies, and it was absolutely entertaining. Again, skip this one if you don’t have patience for idiotic nonsense. Otherwise, I highly recommend!

Latter DaysLatter Days…a heartwarming unconventional love story
Romance, Drama 

This was yet another movie that I wasn’t expecting to like. On IMDb, it was classified under comedy, but it’s mostly just romance and drama. I actually didn’t like the beginning of the story too much. In fact, I was barely paying attention, because I found it a bit boring. It’s pretty obvious that it’s a low-budget movie just by looking at the way it was filmed. The story does get much better towards the tail end of the movie, so watch the whole thing before you make any judgments. I found it surprisingly touching.