Weeks 10, 11 & 12: An Introvert at the Gym

It’s been a couple of weeks and I’m just brain dead. As you can probably gather, I’m just literally counting down the minutes to my trip. I am still trying to generally eat pretty healthy, but I know that once I’m back from my trip, I’ll need to do a full-on diet and challenge reset.

It’ll be another thing for me to learn how to deal with. I’m very dependent on routine and consistency. Once my routine is disrupted, it’s really hard for me to get back to it. This has happened to me time and time again where I have a really good thing set up and I’m working out regularly and eating well, but then something happens, and it all stops. I get discouraged and it takes me forever to pick back up the momentum I lost.

I am so determined to not let that happen this time. Even if I gain back some pounds or lose some strength while away, I will get back into it and not sulk about my lost progress on my wonderfully indulgent vacation.

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been focusing more on strength training for my workouts. I’m trying to do it 2-3 times a week with cardio mixed in. Instead of doing my time on the treadmill, I’m doing sprints and just trying to really get my heart rate up every few minutes. It just seems to be a more efficient way to exercise. And it takes up a lot less time.

Cardio has always been my go to type of exercise, and I think a big part of it is that it’s very introvert-friendly. I can put on my headphones and just go. I don’t have to talk to anybody and I can be as antisocial as I want. Aside from the exercise being a great stress release, it’s also my recharging time. I can listen to my music, watch tv, and completely zone out.

Since picking it up with strength training, I’ve noticed how awkward it is to strength train in a busy gym. It’s an introvert’s worst nightmare. I mean, think about it. You go into the weight room, which is a huge open area (there’s nowhere to hide! GASP), ready to work out, only to find it’s packed and all your intended workout equipment is in use… You start walking around as if you know what your doing, but secretly you’re just walking around in circles trying to figure out what to do. Or at least that’s what I do.

On some nights, it’s harder than others to get my workout in without being in someone else’s space, or someone else being in mine. I’ve actually ditched my strength training in the past and just opted for some cardio. I’m trying not to do that so much now…

I was at the gym in the weight area the other night using the smaller 35-50 lb barbells to work on my form for doing some compound exercises (i.e. military press, front squat, deadlifts). The rack that holds these barbells is, of course, in the worst, most inconvenient spot. Everybody was crowded around it, trying to get their turn.

Anyways, I  was able to wedge myself in there to grab a barbell. I started on the lighter side to make sure I could actually do it and just to practice my form. When I realized it was too light, I went to look for a heavier one, but of course all the heavier ones were being used. This guy saw me looking and said he’d share with me. It was really nice of him to offer, but I said it was okay. He was really insistent though, so I accepted, even though the introvert in me was like Nooo.. so awkward. Especially when he was watching me while waiting for me to finish my set. For any socially normal person, this is no big deal, but I just felt rushed and anxious to get my set done. Anyways, I finished my 3 sets, muttered my thanks to him, and got out of there. I am so awkward!!! It’s okay. You can laugh at me.

So that’s just a snapshot of me and my weirdness. But the more I strength train, the easier it gets. I know most of it is in my head and I’m making it a bigger deal than it is. It will get better over time… hopefully.

I probably won’t write again until after I get back from my trip, but I hope to bring back stories and awesome pictures. And I’ll continue with my challenge when I get back!

I hope to be super recharged after my trip and get back to writing regularly. Until then!

 

 

 

 

  1. Ha! I can totally relate! I had an awkward moment around the weights last week. I was using the mirror to check my form while I did weighted squats. Then a guy started using the same mirror to do bicep curls. This prompted me to move away from the mirror because I did not want to make eye contact. Lol! I get super self-conscious when I’m doing lower body strength training.

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