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25 May 2007 @ 09:28 pm
OW MY BALLS  
I did a total of 84 push-ups tonight. On my toes. Not all at the same time, but that's a lot and I'm happy.

Maybe 2-3 weeks ago, I hit a deadlift one-rep max of 210 pounds. (I weigh 156.) Tomorrow's workout is deadlift single reps. Let's see if I can beat that.

Can we tell I'm happy with CrossFit?

You all are probably getting tired of my living room rambles, but I still haven't picked out an area rug. That perty calla lily rug is 8'x11', which is unfortunately HUEG LIKE XBOX in the space that the rug is for. Sigh. I mean, it fits, but a foot of it would stick out beyond a couch (unless I want to pull said couch way far away from the TV). Since the other couch would only have its front legs on the rug (otherwise it would be too close to the TV), this would look unbalanced. It does come in 8' round, but then about half of it would be under the coffee table. I suppose I could put a sofa table or bookshelf on the errant stripe of rug behind the couch, but that would go right up to the edge of the dining area, and I'm afraid it would seem to encroach.

During the process of marking rug corners with tape and shoving the furniture around, I discovered that I liked expanding the couch and table area to some extent. I pulled the couches out from the walls, which left room for end tables and filled the living room space better. With this arrangement, an 8'x10' rug is just about right.

I started looking at rugs by style and dimension, and I liked this Arts & Crafts/art deco-ish rug right away. The pattern won't compete with the curtains, and the colors coordinate with what is already in the room. Opinions would be welcome.
 
 
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Current Music: 311 - Come Original
 
 
 
necessary evilmeanjunglist on May 26th, 2007 03:59 am (UTC)
On an exercise note: I've been seriously working out myself for the past month and a half (30-45 minutes of Cardio on my elliptical 5-6 days a week with Pilates and stability ball exercises 4-5 times a week for 45-60 minutes). I'm such a newbie and was wondering if you could give me any tips for getting my upper body strengthened? I cannot even do a real push up and can barely do 15 push ups on my knees. Since you kick ass at this I was wondering if you could please help? :-)
The Heavy Metal Matador: South Park - Happyrydain on May 26th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
Good job at keeping up with an exercise routine! Check out Krista's weight training site, which got me into lifting way back when. Her articles include routines for different levels of experience and advice on training for pushups. I second her recommendation of starting with counter pushups and decreasing the height as you are able. Going from pushups on knees to pushups on toes is a major step in difficulty without anything in between. With counter pushups, you can work on progressively lower heights until you get to the floor.
That Chickmadamewoselle on May 26th, 2007 01:09 pm (UTC)
Oooh! I love that rug. It's very Arts & Crafts...my fave architectural period.
The Heavy Metal Matador: Whizzerrydain on May 28th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
I'm also a fan of Arts & Crafts. It's simple, yet interesting, and it has the timeless classic factor that I love. Do you think the rug would work for our space?
That Chickmadamewoselle on May 29th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
from what I can tell - mos' def! It'll be very classy and not get outdated. Awesome!
zerielzeriel on May 26th, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC)
it's now officially time for me to get off my ass and start working out again, as I can't let you be able to do more pushups than me.
The Heavy Metal Matador: E-Peenerrydain on May 28th, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
To be fair, that was the total I racked up during a workout where I did as many sets as possible in 20 minutes: 6 beginner pull-ups (basically, inverted rows from a bar in the squat rack), 6 push-ups, 9 squats (no added weight - trust me, they're way harder than they look when done quickly and in mass quantity). I did 14 sets, thus 84 push-ups. I have no idea what my 1-set max is.