Ah, Push It. Push It Good.

20 Oct

I’ve been pushing myself to the max this week. To the max I say! I have my bridesmaids dress alterations on Saturday (getting it taken in – yippee!) in preparation for my best friends wedding next week so I want to look mighty fine.  Not better than the bride, of course, but it’s a strapless number in a pale fabric so I have to make sure I do the dress justice!

The dress and shoes. That's one of the other bridesmaids. 😉

On Monday I went for my first run since injuring ‘the toe’ and it felt okay. I had to stop a few times to stretch but apart from that I managed 25 minutes.  Could have gone longer but I was on the treadmill and I just find it so incredibly boring. I much prefer to run outside! I then headed over to the leg press and did 3 sets of 12 with 45kg. After that I thought I’d give the old squat rack a whirl and I did 3 sets of 12 with 30kg (this includes the weight of the bar). My legs were like jelly afterwards!

On Tuesday I had my group personal training session with the gals from work. This entailed lots of running, pushups, step ups, burpees, shoulder presses, squats with weights and dips. Over and over again… And then repeated for good measure.

Yesterday marked the return of my nemesis – the 20kg sandbag. Started off with some deadlifts and then moved into lunges holding the sandbag against my chest. Then it got crazy – running with the sandbag, dips with the sandbag on my lap, more running, then high step-ups with it on my shoulder, back to running, back to lunges, hey how about deadlifts again, maybe some more dips? And on and on it went until I was on my knees, pelvis tucked under, trying to hold the sandbag above my head for a minute (yeah right!). I think I managed a few lots of 15 – 20 seconds. That shit is HEAVY. The session was hard. Very hard. I was a crumbled mess on the ground once done but I felt strong and proud of myself.


It's baaaaaaaack!

Today I’ll go for a run at lunch and I’ll play indoor soccer tonight and tomorrow will be a rest day. Saturday will be another group training session and on Sunday I mayyyy take myself for a run.  Depends on how hard Nat punishes us on Saturday!

I’ve been sticking to the protein shakes (made with skim – so much tastier) after each session and I’m really noticing a difference in recovery. After a session like yesterday’s I would usually not be able to walk without resembling a cowboy but today I feel good. I have an all over ‘worked’ feeling but nothing too extreme. I think I’m on to a winner here!

I asked this question in one of my recent blog posts but unfortunately didn’t get much of a response! I would love some suggestions for future blog posts – what do you want to read about? What would you like me to try? What would you like me to investigate for you? This is your chance for feedback so make it worthwhile! 🙂

12 Responses to “Ah, Push It. Push It Good.”

  1. Katey @ Bonne Sante October 21, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    Dayam girl, you go hard! I totally feel you about the dread-mill; you can always keep going, but it’s just such a snooze fest! Seems like you’re cramming plenty of work-out action into every day regardless!
    I would love to hear more about the delicious food you are cooking up, and how you achieve such amazing, unwavering motivation! Tell us your secrets!!!x

    • Amanda October 21, 2010 at 10:16 am #

      I opted for the tready on Monday because I didn’t want to be stuck in the CBD should my toe decide to not work anymore! Total snooze fest.

      I have been lazy with recipes lately! I think it’s because I keep forgetting to take a photo or I remember half way through my demolished meal. 😉 I promise to post more!

      And I’ll post more motivation posts too! 😀

  2. Tina October 21, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    Beautiful dress 🙂 Sounds like you’ve had a good week, and by good I mean painful. I hate burpees so much!

    I really quite enjoy whatever you post about, but at the moment I am loving reading about the protein shakes/bars because I’m looking into those myself and also about what you eat because sometimes I struggle with lunch recipes!

    • Amanda October 21, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

      Thanks Tina! 🙂

      I’ll definitely put some more lunch stuff up too. I’ve made a lovely grilled chicken salad today so I’ll post that up soon.

  3. bec October 21, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    Wow!! That dress is beautiful….and you are TINY!!!

    What protein powder are you taking after exercise?

    • Amanda October 21, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

      That’s not me silly! That’s Pam! Haha I wrote that under the photo! 😉

      I’m taking Vital Strength Define for Women http://www.vitalstrength.com/html/define.html. It’s working out really well!

      • Amanda October 21, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

        I’ve changed the caption to make it even clearer! 😉

  4. Chanel October 21, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    Intense workouts – but I shouldn’t be surprised, with you being a machine and all! 😉

    You’re going to look beautiful in the dress 🙂

    I like food porn – so more photos of food please! I like new product trials as well.

    • Amanda October 21, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

      That’s right! It’s all or nothing with me! You should know that by now. 😉

      Naw! Thanks! But you HAVE to say that! 😀

      Right! Great! What the readers ask for they shall receive!

  5. leashieloo October 22, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    I’m always on over by food porn, I love to see what everyone is eating and whipping up in their kitchens. Secondly, that is a gorgeous bridesmaid dress! A rarity, you are a lucky girl!

    • Amanda October 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

      Thank you! We love them too. 🙂


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