Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

100 Days of Fitness - Mild Setback

Posted November 30, 2010

A personal question: how much weight did you gain last week? Anyone care to discuss the ticklish topic of turkey and trimmings?

For the holidays it’s not bad for me. I was up a half pound over last week in my 100 Days of Fitness campaign. Actually I was pretty good about nutrition. Typically I return to the food line two or three times for Thanksgiving. This year I only went once for an incredibly satisfying meal. It was the dessert tray that threw me off. A little slice of pumpkin pie and a bigger slice of pecan pie. Whipped cream on top. The next morning I had a hearty workout but then fell victim to my pecan pie weakness. It really does taste good for breakfast. Okay, all of that fattening stuff is gone now. It’s time to refocus. Coach Tara Wind didn’t give me too much grief this morning when I told her of my mild setback on weight. But she is kicking the fitness program into a higher gear with an extra structured workout each week and more intensity. I guarantee she will put me through a sweat slinging workout tomorrow.

I’m a little worried about boredom today as I hit the treadmill for 50 straight minutes. I forgot to pack my iPod stuffed with stellar exercise tunes composed by Hans Zimmer. Guess I will play a few mind games. Maybe I can compose my holiday gift list while churning up the rubbery mileage. Perhaps I can engage in some visual imagery. Maybe I can decipher the crazy dream I had last night.

Here is today’s workout: run for three or five minutes and then walk for 30 seconds. Repeat until you’ve been going at it for 50 minutes. How do you prevent treadmill boredom?

Yesterday’s workout went well. You’ve seen this one before. It’s a good one.

Circuit 1:
3 minutes rowing - resistence at 10, s/m > 30
20 pushups
20 tricep dips (off ledge near window)
Repeat 3 times

Circuit 2:
Step up to balance - either on medium box or cable step machine - hold 15 lbs each hand
10 right leg, 10 left leg
One leg bicep curl to overhead press - 15 lbs
10 right leg, 10 left leg
One leg tough down - all the way to the ground holding a 15 lb wt in the hand opposite leg you are standing on
10 right leg, 10 left leg
Repeat 3 times

Circuit 3:
Front plank hold 45s
Front plank hold - leg kicks to side - 15 right, 15 left leg
Side plank hold - elbow on bosu - 30 seconds each side
High plan with feet on bosu, hands on mat - knee to chest 15 each leg
Repeat 3 times


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  • aloflin Dec 1, 2010

    I like the fitness aspect of the blog. More people should be concerned about their health! You are providing a great example to others! Please keep the updates coming.

  • jonshearin Dec 1, 2010

    I've found the best way to beat the treadmill boredom is doing my intervals each minute, walk one run one. Time just seems to slip right by, 45 minutes and 500 calories are gone in hardly no time! Keep up the good work.

  • bleslie Nov 30, 2010

    eyesblue and Painfree - I appreciate your honesty and I don't want to lose you on this blog. I will get back on track this week. My plan was to do both the fitness and the regular Carolina Conversations blogs together - two a day - but my job has been a little hectic of late. My apologies. Toss out an idea and I'll get right on it!

  • PAINFREE Nov 30, 2010

    I agree with "eyesblue". I do not enjoy reading about someone else's workouts! I do my own thing, which is walking, and I often fall off the diet wagon, but hopefully am headed in the right direction

  • eyesblue Nov 30, 2010

    Sorry Bill, but my husband & I were both elated when you started Carolina Conversations. We thought this was going to be a great way to share and blog about people, places and things in our great state of NC. In your defense, you often try by asking about people's favorite NC place or restaurant and the blog goes wild with places in Calif, NY, you name it. Now, while fitness is important, your own personal ups and down quite frankly have cost you two avid fans. If you wanted to do this is a personal blog, that would have been great. I'm sure others don't share this feeling, but since I couldn't find a way of making this a personal message to's here, and it is what it is.

    Is there any chance we can get back to real Carolina conversation?

  • bleslie Nov 30, 2010

    aloflin - you rock! These are great ideas. Thank you!

  • aloflin Nov 30, 2010

    Sounds like you did well with eating over Thanksgiving! I did the same thing you did, splurged with dessert! How can you resist!? Too bad you forgot your ipod. That does equal BORING! When I get bored running I try to visualize myself either in a swimsuit or in something form fitting I will wear to an upcoming event. And, compete with yourself. Watch the time and increase speed or incline or both on odd number times or even numbers, whichever you prefer. It will break up the monotony and keep you motivated! Good luck! Keep up all of your hard work!

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