Work Outs: August 15 – 21, 2021 (Sprints with a random dog, and dragon meat at the thrift store.)

Sun, August 15th

Afternoon Walk: 6.51 miles.

I did some sprinting uphill and then walked back down the hill and rejoined my husband and walked back up the same hill. I did this a few times during our little hike.

At one point someone’s off leash Jack Russell terrier-looking dog decided to ignore his owner as I was running by and started running alongside me, which everyone found funny–even the owner who kept uselessly yelling, “Get back here, Biscuit, get back here!” over and over again.*

Mon, August 16th

Morning Walk: 3.26 miles.

I have been moving things around quite a bit down in our basement gym lately, and I had to find a new place to put my sand bag and fitness rock, because I needed their old home for the lawn mower and I kept having to step over the rock to get to the plates. Since I dead lift these days in stocking feet, I would say having to step over a big, old rock is an accident waiting to happen.

So now they both live in a much more homey, compact place over by the wheelbarrow, where I’m sure they are much happier. I think of my fitness rock as a friendly rock so I don’t imagine it is waiting with lithic patience to injure my sensitive, little, pink toes. At least I hope not.**

Tues, August 17th

  • Morning Walk: 3.26 miles.
  • (Afternoon Workout) Warmed up with indian clubs, steel mace, and dynamic stretching
  • BB Bent Over Rows: 85 lbs. x 4 sets x 8 reps
  • Lat Pulldowns (hog bar): 70 lbs. x 7 reps, 60 lbs. x 3 sets x 12 reps
  • Bicep Curls (ez-curl bar): 41 lbs. x 4 sets x 8 reps
  • Sandbag (100 lbs.) and Fitness Rock: 8 sets alternating between Sand Bag Bear Hug Hold for 30 seconds and picking up the rock and throwing it up and back over my head in an explosive manner for 8 reps, so I’m doing 4 sets of each exercise.
  • Ended the workout by tearing up a huge pile of cardboard boxes that we’ve let accumulate too long. I just used my hands (no box cutter) so my hands and forearms got some nice stimulation, especially with some of the sturdier boxes.

Wed, August 18th

Morning Walk: 3.28 miles. Did some calisthenics afterward.

Thur, August 19th

  • Morning Walk: 3.28 miles.
  • Afternoon Workout: Warmed up with indian clubs, steel mace, and dynamic stretching
  • BB Military Press: 50 lbs. x 8 reps, 55 lbs. x 8 reps, 60 lbs. x 8 reps, 65 lbs. x 6 reps
  • BB Bench Press: 75 lbs. x 8 reps, 85 lbs. x 8 reps, 95 lbs. x 8 reps, 105 lbs. x 7 reps
  • (Superset) BB Standing Skull Crushers: 51 lbs. x 8 reps, 56 lbs. x 8 reps, 61 lbs. x 8 reps, 66 lbs. x 8 reps +
    • Set #1: Dead Bugs (2-ct): 20 reps
    • Set #2: Heavy Spring Bar: Pronated x 5 reps + Supinated x 5 reps
    • Set #3: Standing Side Crunches (2-ct): 15 reps
    • Set #4: Face Pulls: 20 lbs. x 12 reps
  • (Superset) 4 sets x 8 reps of both exercises, each hand
    • Captains of Crush Gripper, Sport, 80 lbs.
    • Finger Extensions with 8 lb. band

I made a trip to the thrift store as I often do today. Not so much because I needed anything but because it is fun to do a quick walk-through every once in awhile to check out the treasures of the day, and because the store is conveniently located across the parking lot from the grocer.

This tin of dragon meat caught my eye and I won’t lie and say I didn’t think about it, but in the end I decided to take a pass. My husband eats plant-based and while I’m a filthy omnivore who is happy to eat anything that swims, flies, crawls (don’t knock bugs until you’ve tried them!), walks, etc., I do draw the line at eating highly intelligent, spellcasting, magical lifeforms who are bigger than me and possibly have long memories….

I suppose I could have bought the thing–at $4.99 US the price was certainly right–and resold it on ebay for about $30, but, again, I didn’t want to be involved in the trafficking of such flesh for the reasons listed above. After all, I like to think I learned a little something (including courage, thank you, X-Files) from all of those years of Dungeons & Dragons.

  • Morning Walk: 3.26 miles.
  • (Afternoon Workout) Warmed up with dynamic stretching, indian clubs and light calisthenics
  • (Week 4 of 12) Dead Lifts: 157.5 lbs. x 5 sets x 3 reps
  • Ring Rows: 4 sets x 8 reps
  • (Superset) Lat Pulldowns (d-handles): 55 lbs. x 4 sets x 8 reps +
    • Set #1: Crunches: 30 reps
    • Set #2: Alternating One-Handed KB Swings (2-ct): 15 lbs. x 12 reps
    • Set #3: Leg Lifts: 20 reps
    • Set #4: Fitness Bag Snatches: 15 reps

I made my deadline of finishing editing The Lost Librarian’s Grave by August 31st, thankfully. (I’m typing this on Sep 2nd.) It ended up at a princely 113,800+ words for 33 stories and 4 poems, so if nothing else it is a pretty decent-sized work.

My next upcoming goals are to finalize the table of contents–I’m actually going to do two of them–and more importantly the cover.

Fri, August 20th

  • Morning Walk: 3.26 miles. Did some calisthenics afterward.
  • (Afternoon) Recumbent Bike: 30 Minutes, Manual Program, Level 5. RPM’s: 70+

Sat, August 21st

Afternoon Walk: 5.08 miles. Did about 10 minutes of miscellaneous calisthenics after the walk.

Weekly Weigh-in: I am the same weight as last week as I continue on my maintenance plan for now. My total loss thus far is 28.6 lbs.

* The picture is not of the dog in question. I was a little busy what with the being out of breath sprinting and all, so I grabbed a cute shot of a dog that looks much like the energetic Biscuit. 🙂

** I have gotten quite attached to my fitness rock since I dig it out of what used to the corner of our foundation in the back of our house almost a year ago now. If the idea of being attached to a rock seems odd, well, what can I say–I’m a child of the 70s!

10 responses to “Work Outs: August 15 – 21, 2021 (Sprints with a random dog, and dragon meat at the thrift store.)”

    • Yeah, Biscuit was a real cutie and seemed very excited to have a chance to run with me. It was funny that he ran right beside me and then walked back down the hill right at my side too, all the while completely ignoring his owner. Perhaps he wanted me to take him home? 🙂

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  1. Now I have seen everything. I would have never guessed that someone made a dragon meat product even if it was for a gag gift (I think anyway!). I guess that proves that you never know what you’ll find in a thrift store!

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    • That is so true about thrift stores; you’ll never know what you’ll find. The dragon meat folks also sell (or sold?) other fine products such as unicorn meat and so on. It is good they apparently have something for every palate … and alignment.

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  2. I have to say Ann I do follow your Fitness Rocks blog and I can reassure you that she/he, along with Sand Bag are very happy in their new position, I find that checking with mine every so often is wise as they like to be moved about depending on the seasons.
    I love it that you had a companion running with you for company, i would imagine your husband doesn’t wish to show of, a considerate fellow like myself!!!I tend to do things in slow motion now days! Ha Ha!
    Oh and watch out for the Dragon meat, has it been approved for human consumption by the Government!

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    • LOL! My fitness rock started a blog and didn’t think to friend me! Come to think of it though, rocks tend to do things in lithic speed rather than at the speed of human thought, so maybe F.R. will get around to it eventually. In the meantime, I’ll have to go find their blog and maybe Rock will reciprocate in a century or three.

      My time with the doggie companion didn’t last nearly as long as I would have liked, but it was a cute moment nonetheless. I think you are right about Mr. Wycoff. He is very considerate and doesn’t like showing off too much in matters of sprinting and such. He knows I have a pretty thick skin but he wouldn’t want to show up a cute, little dog.

      I knew they have dragons in or near Australia–certainly on some of the nearby islands–but I didn’t know it was approved for human consumption! One wonders, is turn-about fair play? Now that I think about it, dragons have been eating humans for a very long time so I imagine the dragon governments must have approved human for draconic consumption long ago. So I guess turn-around is fair play!


  3. Great continuation on your workouts Ann, as for the Dragon Meat, all I can say is they’ll sell just about anything these days ! LOL Although we are only a year away from Soylent Green, so make the most of whatever meat you can while you can ! LOL

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    • Thanks, Dave, I’ve been continuing to have a lot of fun with the workouts; it is nice having the basement gym.

      Hahaha, I like meat but I can take it or leave it. I’ll happily continue consuming it somewhat (I eat about 80% plant-based because it is easier eating the same as my husband) but if I never ate meat again that would be fine too. Who knows, perhaps someday the things l learned as a young person in 4-H and summering on my grandparents’ farm might come in handy?

      As for the various Soylents, I await their availability with eager anticipation–isn’t Tuesday Soylent Green day? 🙂

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  4. Great to hear it’s going so well – you really do mix it up on the fitness front! I love that you have a fitness rock 😂
    Oh, and I nailed that deadlift I was chasing btw – 375lb on a straight bar for one rep!! Nearly blew a gasket in the process but I’m pretty chuffed 🤘😁

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    • Thank you, Alex. Congratulations on meeting your deadlift attempt; that is always nice to do–a reward for putting in the good work. Maybe the next goal should be to get it with gaskets intact!

      Heh, yeah, I love my fitness rock. 🙂

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