Work Outs: February 6 – 12, 2022 (My friend’s parrot and new video on our Youtube channel)

It has been a while since I’ve posted here. I have been pretty busy doing other things, though I realized that I need to get back on here and start posting my workouts and such again. It really does help me stay focused. I’m good with the workouts but where I really need focus is the diet, which tends to slide if I don’t have some goal I’m working toward, etc.

I found this picture of a friend’s parrot, who often sits on her perch near my left shoulder when we are playing board games. (I think the bird is a “her” though I’m not sure and I realize that I’ve forgotten her name too.)

She is a fun bird in that she doesn’t try to bite me or go to the bathroom on my shoulder (I’ve had birds try that one before) and I enjoy feeding birdie raw carrots and the like in-between turns.

Sun, February 6th

Morning/Afternoon Walk: 10.46 miles.

Mon, February 7th

  • (Afternoon Workout) Warmed up with indian clubs and dynamic stretching
  • (Super Set) Lat Pulldowns (hog bar): 60 lbs. x 4 sets x 12 reps +
    • Set #1: Crunches: 30 reps
    • Set #2: Standing Side Crunches (2-ct): 15 reps
    • Set #3: Dead Bugs (2-ct): 15 reps
    • Set #4: Leg Lifts: 15 reps
  • (Super Set) Standing Cable Rows (hog bar): 60 lbs. x 4 sets x 12 reps
    • Set #1: Alternating One-Handed KB Swings (2-ct): 15 lbs. x 15 reps
    • Set #2: Fitness Bag Cleans: 12 reps
    • Set #3: DB Cross Body Hammer Curls (2-ct): 12 lbs. x 12 reps
    • Set #4: Face Pulls: 15 lbs. x 12 reps
  • Deadlifts (hex bar): 135 lbs. x 5 sets x 12 reps
  • Bicep Curls (ez-curl bar): 31 lbs. x 4 sets x 12 reps
  • Evening Walk: 3.28 miles.

Tues, February 8th

  • Afternoon Recumbent Bike Ride: 30 Minutes, Manual Program, Level 5. RPMโ€™s: 70+
  • Evening Walk: 3.26 miles.

One of the things that has been keeping me busy is starting a Youtube channel called Unnatural Selection. My husband does the narration and about 75% of the script work, and I produce the videos. So far it has been mostly ghost stories with a sprinkling of frightening encounters, such as workplace intruders and Craigslist sales gone wrong. We’ll be doing some other stuff eventually, but that is the direction we’ve gone so far. If you like that sort of thing and have a few minutes, check it out.

Wed, February 9th

  • Afternoon Workout: Full Squats: 4 sets x 15 reps
  • (Super Set) Seated Leg Extensions: 25 lbs. x 4 sets x 12 reps +
    • Set #1: Standing Calf Raises: 15 reps
    • Set #2: Dead Bugs (2-ct): 15 reps
    • Set #3: Partial Cossack Squats (2-ct): 15 reps
    • Set #4: Standing Side Crunches (ea. side): 15 reps
  • (Super Set) Seated Leg Curls: 45 lbs. x 2 sets x 12 reps, 50 lbs. x 2 sets x 12 reps +
    • Set #1: Front Kick Stretch (ea. leg): 15 reps
    • Set #2: Side Kick Stretch (ea. leg): 15 reps
    • Set #3: Snap Kick Exercise (ea. leg): 15 reps
    • Set #4: Walking Lunges: 15 reps
  • Evening Walk: 3.28 miles.

Thur, February 10th

Evening Walk: 3.28 miles.

Fri, February 11th

Evening Walk: 3.28 miles.

Sat, February 12th

  • Afternoon Workout: Warmed up with indian clubs and dynamic stretching
  • BB Military Press: 44, 46, 48, 50, 52 lbs. x 5 sets x 12 reps
  • (Superset) DB Incline Bench Press: 15 lbs. x 12 reps, 20 lbs. x 4 sets x 12 reps +
  • (Superset) Tricep Pushdowns (v-bar): 35 lbs. x 4 sets x 12 reps +
    • Set #1: Face Pulls: 15 lbs. x 12 reps
    • Set #2: DB Bicep Curls: 15 lbs. x 12 reps
    • Set #3: Cross-Body Hammer Curls: 15 lbs. x 12 reps
      • Alternated pronation and supination at the end of each rep.
    • Set #4: Supine Leg Windmills (each way): 60 revolutions
  • (Superset) Reverse Grip Tricep Pushdowns (d-handles): 12.5 lbs. x 4 sets x 12 reps +
    • Set #1: Leg Lifts: 20 reps
    • Set #2: Swing & Catch (10 lb. mace, each hand): 12 reps
    • Set #3: Spring Bar: (light) x 4 reps + (heavy) x 4 reps
    • Set #4: Hindu Squats: 20 reps

13 thoughts on “Work Outs: February 6 – 12, 2022 (My friend’s parrot and new video on our Youtube channel)

  1. I’m glad to see you’re doing well and keeping up with your work outs. I’ve been keeping up with my exercise regimen too and I started food journaling/calorie counting too. It seems to be working as I’ve lost a little bit of pandemic weight (finally!) ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Many thanks. I’m glad to know that your workouts continue to go well; if I remember correctly you were working on your deadlift among other things? Did you ever get a chance to try out a hex bar? Unless I’m remembering wrong, you mentioned you were going to give that a try?

      Congratulations on getting rid of some of your pandemic weight. As for me, I’ve gained back much of the weight I lost because as usual I kept working out but became unfocussed again with my food. I’ve gotten focused again and I think this time it will stick since I’ve decided to get back into indy pro wrestling and that used to keep my focused back when I did it before many years ago.

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      • I haven’t done any lifting though I did say I would so shame on me! I’ve been doing cardio exercise routines (usually 30-40 minutes) without any resistance. I’m thinking that some resistance might be a good way to start pushing me further as I can tell that I’ve gotten stronger and could probably start trying to exercise even harder if that makes any sense.

        Staying motivated to eat well has been tricky for me and that is why I wasn’t losing much weight. I’d do well for a couple of weeks and then undo the progress. I hope that we’re both able to stay focused and motivated!

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        • Yes, that makes sense. Good for you though to get in your cardio. You are moving in some fashion, which I think counts most of all.

          I hope we are both able to stay focused on our eating too–best of luck to you with that. The pattern you describe is pretty much what happens with me as well. Doing well so far going into my second week of being more intentional and tracking my workouts and using a food diary.

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  2. I like the parrot! ๐Ÿ™‚ Reminds me of when I took my dad to a retail outlet a few years ago and there were birds of prey there. I was not going to pass up the chance to pay ยฃ5 and have someone take a photo of me with an eagle owl perched on my hand, so I put on the thick leather glove and the eagle owl was promptly placed on there and the photo taken. The guy with the birds told me that this eagle owl was a female and was about three years old (I think about that, it was a while ago) and was quite chilled about being there. I must admit, once she was on my gloved fist and close-up those claws and the beak looked awfully big! Anyway, just after he’d told me she was quite chilled about being there, she decided she could get a much better view of everything if she spread her wings and jumped onto my shoulder! Surprisingly, I realised that the best thing to do was just let her and she was fine there – once the guy realised I wasn’t going to panic he just let her sit there for a minute and then lifted her back down onto the glove for another couple of minutes. I thought it was a brilliant experience and the best value for money I have ever had in my life!

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    • I’m glad, it is a cute and very friendly parrot. I think she’s pretty lucky too or rather my opponents do because while I think many of my board game wins come from my obviously superior intellect and strategic/tactical acumen, there is talk among my peers of “lucky parrots” and such.

      That is a great story about the Eagle Owl, John. Do you still have the photo? I agree, it was a brilliant experience and well worth a few pounds … I’d be pretty chuffed to get a chance to pose with such a magnificent creature and come out with both my eyes and most of my fingers! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Good to see you posting again Ann, and if it helps keep you focused on your goals, it’s got to be worthwhile. Hope the Youtube channel is going well, and continues to do so.

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    • Thanks, Dave. Yes, it certainly does. The Youtube channel is growing slowly, but it seems to be doing ok. Don and I are having fun plugging away with it, so we’re going to keep doing it. We agreed to put out at least 20 videos and then assess the channel. So far we are up to 6 so we have a ways to go yet.

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  4. Working out… I really need to get back in it. Posting does help with keeping you busy and getting them in. Good on you for making it happen!

    Definitely need to check out your videos. A good ghost story is hard to beat.

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    • Thank you very much. Yes, posting does help. For me, the workouts aren’t a problem but posting them helps with keeping me more on track with my food intake, which is something I can very easily let get out of hand when I lose focus.

      I hope you are able to get back into your workouts as well.

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