Work Outs: November 22 – 28, 2020 (Thanksgiving Pie, and Emperor Cats)

Sun, November 22nd

Pretty much the same kind of day as last Sunday: Parcheesi, hung out with my husband and cats and watched movies. Speaking of cats, I took this picture of one of my cats on Thanksgiving Day when I happened to notice that the light and shadow were just so where he was sitting. I think for a cell phone photograph it came out pretty good.

His legal name is Wyatt and he joined us in 2015 as an adolescent. I thought perhaps he had been named after Wyatt Earp, but alas the woman we adopted him from told me that in fact he was named after the street she trapped him on when he was feral. We thought about continuing our string of naming pets, plants, file servers and so on after Roman emperors in the order they reigned (of course), but I decided Wyatt didn’t seem like either a Servius or a Galba, so Wyatt he stayed.

Mon, November 23rd

Morning Walk: 3.27 miles. Calories: 2000, Protein: 100 g.

Tues, November 24th

Captains of Crush Gripper (T):

  • (Set 1): Right = 6mm x 9 reps, Left = 14mm x 8 reps
  • (Set 2): Right = 6mm x 5 reps, Left = 14mm x 9 reps
  • (Set 3): Right = 6mm x 6 reps, Left = 12mm x 5 reps
  • (Set 4): Right = 6mm x 5 reps, Left = 12mm x 4 reps
  • (Set 5): Right = 4mm x 3 reps, Left = 10mm x 2 reps

Fitness Bag Deck of Cards Workout

SuitNumber CardFace Card
HeartsWalking Lunges + Front Kick Stretch10 Full Squats
ClubsStair Incline Push-ups10 Cossack Squats
DiamondsBent Over FB Rows10 FB Shovels
SpadesFB Snatches10 FB Rom. Dead Lifts
Aces (any suit)/Jokers20 Full Squats

I changed the workout a little from last week. I don’t think that being sore for an entire week from the lunges is such a good idea, so I decreased the lunge volume a bit and added in some mobility work. Found some interesting information about Cossack Squats here, though my goal is to perform the exercise more like in this video.

Calories: 2010, Protein: 101 g.

My last Roman emperor cat was Nero and thinking about him brings up a lot of nice memories. (He passed away in 2014.) As you can see below, he was pretty hard on scratching posts, liked small boxes and was fond of 6th edition Warhammer 40K. I found him a worthy Emperor Cat indeed!

Wed, November 25th

Morning Jog-Walk: 3.28 miles. Calories: 2566, Protein: 97

Thur, November 26th

We had a nice Thanksgiving Day. My husband wanted to bake a vegetable and tofu pie for the holiday, which I thought was nice, and turned out to be tasty too.

Fri, November 27th

  • Arnold Press: 25 lbs. x 4 sets x 12 reps
  • Incline Push-ups (4th riser on cellar stairs): 4 sets x 10 reps
  • Light Spring Bar: 50 reps
  • Twenty-One’s: 12 lbs. x 3 sets
    • I learned to do this exercise back in the ’80’s in a specific order: Front Raises, Lateral Raises, then Rear Delts. I see no reason, though, why it has to be done in this order. So for fun I did the exercises in a different order for each set.
  • Super Set
    • DB Flies: 8 lbs. x 4 sets x 12 reps
    • Tricep Pushdowns (tricep handle): 40 lbs. x 4 sets x 12 reps
  • Exercise Complex: One-Handed Reverse Grip Tricep Pushdowns (d-handle, ea. arm) 10 lbs. x 12 reps, Small Arm Circles 50 revolutions each way, Dead Bugs (2-ct) 20 reps, Standing Side Crunches (ea. side) 12 reps
  • Captains of Crush Gripper Sport (S): 6 sets x 5 reps

Sat, November 28th

  • Morning Walk: 3.09 miles.
  • Afternoon Workout
    • Standing Cable Rows (straight bar): 65 lbs. x 4 sets x 12 reps
    • Pull Downs (d-handles): 50 lbs. x 2 sets x 12 reps, 2 sets x 13 reps
    • Fitness Bag Bicep Curls: 4 sets x 12 reps
    • Exercise Complex: Fitness Bag Cleans x 12 reps, DB Shrugs 25 lbs. x 12 reps, Wrist Roller (cable) 15 lbs. x 1 winding, Bell Tower Crunches (ea. side) 17.5 lbs. x 12 reps, One Handed Alternating American Kettlebell Swings (2-ct) 15 lbs. x 12 reps, DB Hammer Curls 12 lbs. x 12 reps, Face Pulls 17.5 lbs. x 12 reps, Calf Raises x 30 reps, Twist Yo’ Wrist (cable) 10 lbs. x 2 windings, Wrist Supination and Pronation (ea. arm) with light wood axe x 12 reps, Dead Bugs (2-ct) x 30 reps, Spread and Raise Hands (light orange band) x 25 reps, External Shoulder Rotation (black band, ea. arm) x 12 reps, DB Punch Up’s w/ 2 second hold 12 lbs. x 12 reps

(I was up 3.6 pounds for the week, so my total loss is 14 lbs. so far.)

23 thoughts on “Work Outs: November 22 – 28, 2020 (Thanksgiving Pie, and Emperor Cats)

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  2. Lovely cats. I have two rescue cats (one of whom is called Marvin from whom I get my painting name) and they haven’t managed to do to our scratching post anything quite like Nero managed to do!

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    • Nice! I didn’t know that your painting handle came from one of your cats. As for scratching posts, Nero had really strong paws, besides having semi-functional thumbs and lots of extra toes. He even had little claws between his toes, which made clipping his claws a challenge at times since he like somewhere around 40 or 50 claws. I think that was about the fourth or fifth time I repaired that scratching post and put new rope on it. Finally I gave up and just bought him a new post each time. We went through a lot of them. I’ve never seen a cat go through posts like he could; it was like having a bobcat about the house sometimes, though he wasn’t really huge or anything as Maine Coons go.


    • It was a pretty nice bit of pie, and of course it got extra Tasty Points because I wasn’t the one who had to put the effort into making it — everything tastes better when someone else does the work! πŸ™‚

      As for Wyatt, it seems a good name for him. I do like the Wild West fiction better than “he crawled into a trap on Wyatt Drive.” Apparently he crawled into the same trap as a Siamese mix, who was named “Tai Chi.” At first I thought they were litter mates or something and wasn’t going to adopt Wyatt because we only had room for one cat at the time and I didn’t want to split them up, until I found out that they weren’t and in fact didn’t particularly like each other that much. That and I think poor Tai Chi would have drove my husband mad because he was an extremely vocal cat so it is just as well. Was glad to hear that Tai Chi found a home though.

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      • I’ll second the sentiment on not having to work for your meal πŸ™‚

        A vocal cat does sound like a challenge to me too. I’m glad it worked out for both cats in this case as well. Obviously, there are plenty of sad instances where it does not for cats and dogs both. If nothing else, Wyatt sounds like someone not to be messed with which I think is appropriate for most cats πŸ™‚

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    • It is funny that you have a cat named Luna (nice name) because my next door neighbor’s cat is also named Luna. πŸ™‚

      I asked about the pie recipe when we were out walking in the dark this morning and he said it was something he “just threw together,” as he so often does. He did think maybe he’d make it again for Christmas but try to figure out some sort of recipe and “make some improvements.” If he does I’ll definitely post the results.

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    • Thank you and Wyatt says thank you as well. I think he’s pretty handsome too, even if he is a bit on the weedy side or maybe, come to think of it, because he is a bit on the weedy side.

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    • I think you are right about Wyatt’s name. I’ll probably will stick to the Wild West story. Thank you as regards the workouts and my husband’s pie. It is a lot of fun, though I do miss the commercial gym. Doubt I’ll ever have a need to have a gym membership again though.

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    • Thank you, John. Thanksgiving was very nice. We usually keep the holiday pretty low key so we didn’t really have to do too much differently this year than previous years. Alas, no banana slugs this week, though I’m hoping to work in a spider next week that thought that it was a good idea to make a lair among the bands and tubes I have hanging on a post. I discovered the spider when I went to do some shoulder rotational work, shooed it away and then discovered the spider again crawling on my arm in the middle of a set, lol.

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  3. Thank you, Dave. I’ve been enjoying the home gym quite a bit and hope to keep making improvements to it. The pie was good as were the other things. It was a nice feast day and an enjoyable week.

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