Running and more shopping

So exciting, huh? I have started running again, Sunday night. 20 minutes. Happy that even with two weeks break due to illness, I ran most of it. I need to use the car to get an idea of distance. I may not be on a true Sarah Connor level of paranoia, but Fitbits are disturbing to me and pedometers never seem to track well.

Today I ran 5 minutes, while last night I took dogs for a long walk.

Also, more workout tops these from The Sarah Connor Charm School store. I got one of each. I will likely have to get a total of 6 shirts for each season for my workout shirts, I will be taking a weekly rest day after all. 

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Sarah Connor Inspired Fitness Resources

While I work towards being cleared to lift again, I thought I’d post some on the workouts I’m not doing yet. Possibly some useful links for me to refer back to. There is a ton of pins on Pinterist and tons of one time discussions of Sarah Connor as a fitness role model, so I am mostly sticking with things I really think are helpful. I already have two blogs similar to what I’m doing here on my blog role to the right. One thing I noticed about them and about some of the blogs where Sarah Connor is mentioned once is that they seem to have fizzled. Of course, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t sticking to it, just that they aren’t blogging. I hope if I give up one or the other it’s the blogging.

When T2 came out, back when magazines were still mostly paper, there was a piece in one, I don’t remember which one, that had a workout based on Linda Hamilton’s What I do remember was that the article with it was pretty much “yeah, we love Sarah Connor’s arms and really want them but not really, because that’s too much muscle.”  Now I do get, maybe not then but now, that a regular person isn’t going to be able to train 3 hours a day, as this article says Hollywood’s eating and exercise plans are special effects, not diets. But I still don’t want to workout for less muscle but for as much strength as possible. Still it was a starting point then  and it looks like that is what is posted, although it doesn’t mention the magazine on Marital Arts Planet forum. At least it is basically what I remember. It’s what I started with back then, it’s what I’ll start with now. However, due to some other reading, my current recovery,and, I suppose, my age, I am going to start with only one set of the first part in the very beginning and then go from there.

There is also this site called The Sarah Connor Charm School that has a “curriculum” that I think I’m going to at least partially go by. It lists fitness and marital arts but also survival training. And I am already covered in the liberal arts part with my college degree. I may if I get really brave make contact with this. I want to see if I can stick to it awhile for myself, though.

One of the women who does this is a personal trainer and has done blog posts there on general fitness ideas. She even introduces this as This Fitness Program will make you look just like Sarah Connor a Stronger You. Which is exactly what I need to remember! Again, this isn’t about special effects for a movie but getting stronger for life. This goes on for four blog posts covering strength, cardio, and flexibility and isn’t a program as much as basic concepts.

Here are a few tips someone gives on working towards those chin-ups, Channel Your Inner Sarah Connor. I will probably do a post on various advice given on this once I have enough strength to really worry about it.

I also did find this which oddly leaves out any back work at all but I suppose you’re supposed to add it to your chin-ups? I might add in this sort of thing too as I go, though. One thing the Charm School trainer talks about is variety, after all.

Why am I doing this?

Because more than two decades ago I saw this and wanted to be Sarah Connor. Or at least look like her and be able to do this.

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I never got there. Oh, I did a chin-up or two, but I think I was too invested in looking like Sarah Connor that that wasn’t enough and I kept losing interest when I failed to suddenly be Linda Hamilton but was still just me. But able to do a couple chin-ups. I forgot that the excitement was in the doing and not how I looked.

I’ve had an on again-off again thing with fitness since then. But as I am now officially middle age and was feeling sort of more old than middle age the past couple of years, I got re-inspired again recently to take it more seriously.  Especially as the internet started to buzz about the Wonder Woman movie this year. So I again got more serious about fitness a few months ago and did almost start a blog then. If I had it might have been titled “Project Wonder Woman” or the slightly more humble “My Amazon Training Program. Honest, I thought about both titles.

However, no sooner did I start to get into it than I had an accident which injured one of my arms and my back. I am recovering, but it certainly took the feelings of being a nearly immortal superpowered Amazon right out of the picture. It makes more sense to return to a role model who was not a mystical warrior from the start but just an ordinary woman who built herself into one. Especially as Sarah Connor came back to my thoughts when Terminator 2 returned to a few theaters in 3D this August.  I admit that I had some second thoughts due to James Cameron’s attack on Wonder Woman, which I thought as ill thought out. I don’t really like a man telling me I am not supposed to love both movies. But as I do it’s Sarah I love, and Linda Hamilton, not Cameron. And now it seems that Linda Hamilton is returning as Sarah Connor. And is in training again herself.

After my injury, kept my cardio and lower body work going for awhile but as it became clear my upper body was out of commission for longer than I had hoped and I realized how extremely weak my upper body was becoming, far more so than I have ever been in even my least active periods, I just gave up. I have started physical therapy and with that I did start walking again but that has been all I have been doing. So as I start this fitness blog based on an icon of upper body strength my only upper body exercise will me physical therapy until I am cleared to start lifting. I am told I should be, but will need to take it slow when I do. This time I am also going to work to set aside my desire to look like Sarah Connor, especially a young Sarah Connor, and more on being able to not just do those chin-ups but also a lot of other things that Sarah Connor obviously could do.

Which is another reason why Sarah Connor is the role model I need right now, because she was a survivalist. And a fighter. She was prepared! Her strength wasn’t just for show. The current political atmosphere is, frankly, terrifying. Racism, sexism, homophobia, out right Nazism is open and out of control with the White House occupied by someone who is the biggest bigot there is. This was part of why Wonder Woman also has such power for me and many women today as well. But Sarah prepared for the apocalypse and suddenly that seems like a good idea to me too.

As soon as I am able to I will be taking self-defense classes including a women’s firearms class. I am also looking into preparing in other ways, as things get worse. I wish I had done all this years ago.

So I hope to use this as a log of my journey.  A method of accountability.