Cooler-n Hell

I’m feeling so good! I have a four-day weekend starting tomorrow, got some stuff done at work today, and I managed to do tonight’s Crossfit Workout of the Day (WOD)!

Okay, so I didn’t quite do the workout. My pull-ups are basically hanging on the pull-up bar and jumping up to get my head somewhere below the bar — hey, but I felt it in my back and arms! Um, and my lunging walk was not a thing of beauty, but I did it!

The weather should also stay nice this weekend. So, things are just feeling “cooler-n-hell.” In honor of this feeling here’s a video of Ray Wylie Hubbard singing “Cooler-n Hell.” And yes, it’s one of those “let’s show as many hot babes in skimpy outfits” kind of video, but the song is one of my faves.

Pain in the Butt…tomorrow

The crossfit bootcamp class tonight was an ass kicker. The lower half of my body will feel it tomorrow, and I don’t even want to think what it’s going to feel like on Friday morning when I wake up. Not that I normally jump right out of bed, but on Friday morning I expect that I will slooooowly roll out of bed and hopefully stand up.

Monday night we focused on our core. I didn’t really feel it until last night, and then it wasn’t until today that I felt that DOMS (delayed onset of muscle soreness). So tonight was three sets (30, 20, then 10 repetitions) of four lower body exercise. It’s the burpees that get me every time. I’m feeling it now. I got home and looked up my flight of stairs and winced. Shoot, even stretching was a slow and awkward activity.

Yep, I’m going to be moving slow tomorrow. Real slow.

Slumdog Millionaire review

Well this review is a bit late. I wrote it prior to the Academy Awards. My remarks about its chances at the awards still work, ’cause the movie did darn good at the awards (Best Screenplay, Director, and Picture were the main awards it won).

Here’s my review of Slumdog Millionaire.

Tonight’s Movie

Tonight’s film in the NAU Film Series is To Kill a Mockingbird. You know I’m going. I just love that movie.

Why We Get Fat and Big Fat Lies

Tom Naughton put together a documentary that I do want to see: Fat Head. He looks at our fear of fat in our diets. As one of the many people who read Gary Taubes’ Good Calories; Bad Calories, I’ve become one of those low-carb eaters. I really cut back on eating refined carbohydrates and sugar. I didn’t give them up, but did cut back dramatically. I do eat fat — give me butter, please! What a difference this has all made in my life.

My energy is high, I’ve felt stronger, and my mood is so much more balanced. Yeah, yeah, but have I lost weight? No one wants to hear how healthy and strong I feel — they want to know about losing weight. That seems to be the scorecard on eating patterns. So, yes, I have lost weight. I started last June eating this way and I’ve dropped about 55 pounds. It seems so strange to have dropped all of that. And though I think everyone’s fascination with losing weight is missing the point, I do love the ability to shop for clothes in Misses sizes. Women’s (plus) sizes never seemed as attractive to me.

My goal is to get to about 22% body fat, which means I need to lose another 30 or so pounds. I really want to get muscles too. It seems to be easier when I eat like this. My body composition just feels different. I have a more defined waist, wider shoulders, and muscles at this weight than I did when I weighed the same amount several years ago.

I just have to thank Gary Taubes for his book. I love blogs that cover paleo and low-carb eating. I’ve learned more about body chemistry and what’s going on inside of me. I’ll start pointing to some of them as they discuss topics about food and exercise. You can start exploring the links on my blogroll. Look under Food and Fitness.

Here’s a few fun video clips from Fat Head. It was reading about how blood sugar affects insulin, and the damage that can result, that got me re-thinking what I eat. Fat Head explains things with humor and intelligence.

Go butter!

Wimpy Working Out

Whew. I made it through tonight’s workout. My fear that I was going to be weak as all get up after missing any other workouts since last Monday did not come to pass. I had a bit of a bug for a chunk of last week, but it didn’t mess me up too bad for tonight’s class.

After warming up with some squats and other stretches the instructor had us doing this strange version of pushups. We had our hands on some plastic plates that we slid back and forth under our body. That was topped with these situps that had us twisting side to side holding a weight. I made it through a grand total of 150 each.

The funny thing is that the pushup variation seemed easy. Working on my core was great, but I think I didn’t try hard enough — I should have done more of the pushups without resting on my knees. I think I could have done it, but I wimped out. Next time I’ll go full throttle and not go the wimpy route.

Oscar Who?

As one of the few folks in this country without any kind of TV signal, I’m sitting here catching up on the Oscars by refreshing the IMDB site. I gather that Slumdog Millionaire is going to take it all.

Slumdog was a fun movie and deserving of attention. Does it deserve all the awards? Who knows? I haven’t seen any of the other best pictures. It’s the hazard of living in a town with only 11 screens. We never get any of the Oscar contenders unless they are also big box-office hits. So far, we had Benjamin Button and Slumdog Millionaire show up. Doubt, Frost/Nixon, Milk, and many of the other films nominated for awards never made it here.

Hey, but we do have clean air, pine trees, and great people. So who cares about movies? (Dilettanteville shyly raises her hand) — okay, okay, but can’t I have clean air and good movies too?