The Crucial Point

Hi all!

There are a few things I want to talk about in this post. I’ve been really focusing on making my work outs consistent and building a habit of it.

…And I think I’ve finally got it!

It is March 17th and I have successfully worked out since January 8 except for 1 week when I got sick.

It was only a few weeks ago that I’ve really started to focus on weight lifting. I never thought I would be that person. Ever. But I gotta tell you, I am hooked. Maybe it’s the newbie gains, I don’t know, but I’ll take it! I’m all about the squats, deadlifts, and bench presses. I am killing the squats and deadlifts. The bench pressing is a little slow gaining, just because I don’t want to hurt myself and I don’t have a spotter (nor do I want one…), but I will get there. My husband is thinking about joining the gym again, so he can be my spotter!

I was always a cardio person (in retrospect, I really hate myself for wasting all this time!) but now cardio is an afterthought. I still do it everyday, but only to help with my soreness and to increase my calorie deficit. I have a pretty solid regimen going on, I think. I just have to keep going and break through that wall!

I am at the crucial point where I could quit or keep going. There a days when I want to quit just because I feel like I’m not seeing results fast enough, but then I remember that this is the most important part of the journey. I think back to how much stronger I feel, and how much stronger I could get. Also, I want to get my metabolism in a good place.

I remember when I could barely even squat with a bare 45 lb barbell and now the 105 lb squat is starting to feel too easy. It’s an amazing feeling. And I have so much farther to go! I want to get past this point to the place where I’ve never been.

My exercise regimen looks like this:

Exercise Chart

This is just an example. My exercises vary somewhat, but I do try to focus more on compound exercises. If I’m really sore, I’ll try to just do some cardio and some light weights with a part that’s not sore.

Also, Mondays through Friday, I eat healthier and have lower carb meals. I allow myself a couple of cheat meals over the weekend. I am trying to use the 80/20 rule as a guideline: eating healthy 80% of the time.

I’m still ironing things out, but I think I’ve finally found something that works for me. It’s 6 months until my best friend’s wedding and it’s crunch time!

My next post will be an update about my progress with my body. Stay tuned!

 

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Things that Go Through My Mind at the Gym

I am overdue for a post, but I am not sorry because I have been making my workouts a priority!

I’ve successfully kept up my 5 day workouts for the past couple of weeks, and I am quite devoted. I even insisted on going to the gym after work on Valentine’s Day, so I could get my workout in. I just showered at the gym and went to dinner from there.

I’m done not making my health a priority. I deserve this and I know I can do it. I’m also practicing moderation with my diet. Letting myself enjoy certain things maybe once a week, but also keeping in mind to eat healthy a majority of the time.

I’ve been able to do about 2 days of strength training with at least 3 days of cardio. I think it’s really helping. My main exercises on strength is high bar squats and deadlifts, with various arm and core exercises. I am noticing steady weight loss and I can’t wait to see where I am in a few months!

Anyways, of course there are days when I just don’t want to work out. So what I do to avoid letting myself talk myself out of going to the gym is just driving to the gym right after work. I have to say it has been working. Once I’m there I just have to do it. Half the battle is taking away the decision making. I leave the house everyday with my gym bag in tow, and eliminate that effort needed to make a decision to either go or not go.

But it’s not to say I don’t struggle through my workouts some days. I literally have to take it minute by minute.

As I was doing a workout, I became aware of the type of thoughts I was having, and I thought it would be entertaining to write a post about it. So here are some of my thoughts from my workouts. I hope you find my struggle comedic. I did.

For a treadmill workout…

  1. Bitch took my treadmill.
  2. I guess this treadmill is fine… Not as close to the sanitary wipes but whatever…
  3. Okay, I get to walk for 5 minutes before I have to start running.
  4. Let’s get some Family Guy on the tv here…
  5. God this warm up is taking forever. How am I going to get through 40 minutes of this?
  6. Crap only 1 minute until I start running!
  7. Okay, here we go… it’s not too bad… Yeah, I can do this!
  8. Oh god I’m only 25 seconds in! I’m dying!
  9. Woo, I did it. Walk it off. Oh god only 40 seconds before I go again…
  10. OMG I have to go again. 
  11. I am dying.
  12. Last minute of running! Push through it! Then it’s just cool down.
  13. AHHHH….!
  14. COOL DOWN…
  15. I could go another 5 minutes… 
  16. Yes, I did it! That wasn’t so bad. I could do another half hour…
  17. That’s right, I’m a runner y’all. Watch out! 
  18. I don’t have to do this again until tomorrow.
  19. Thank. God. 

For strength training…

  1. Let’s find an area away from the muscle heads…
  2. Ugh, it’s crowded. Don’t make eye contact. Don’t make eye contact.
  3. Pretend like you know what you’re doing. 
  4. Of course you know what you’re doing!
  5. I don’t know what I’m doing. 
  6. Yes! The high bar area just opened up!
  7. Let me put on my pink weightlifting gloves on. Yeah, I’m badass. 
  8. Oh god, I look like such a dork. 
  9. Hey my butt looks pretty good in that mirror…
  10. Okay, I’m ready to go!
  11. Where are the 15 pound barbell plates?
  12. HA 45 pound barbell plates? 
  13. Oh the huge stack of 45 pounds is blocking the small stack of 15 pounders…
  14. Boom. Squat like a beast.
  15. 45 pound bar plus 15 plus 15. Squatting 75? That’s not peanuts… 
  16. 4 more sets of these? I can do this.
  17. I can’t do this.
  18. Let’s do this.
  19. I did it! I could do another set…
  20. On to the deadlifts. PHEW.

I will keep you posted on my progress! Thanks for stopping by!

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Check-in: First Week of Workouts after Work – Done and Done!

First week of workouts after work accomplished! I went straight to the gym after work everyday this week. And I stuck to my Run to Healthy Challenge!

It was my first week of work at my new job, so I’m really proud of myself for accomplishing all that I have this week. I was pretty tired when I get home everyday, but I’m hoping that my energy levels will just improve as my body adjusts to this new schedule.

I was able to get a little strength training in, too, but not as much as I’d like. It’s okay. Baby steps. Working out every day this week is pretty awesome in itself.

I just drive straight to the gym after work, so I don’t give myself any give to possibly change my mind and back out. I don’t let myself think about it, I just do it. I’m hoping that I will do it enough so that it becomes habit and I won’t even remember driving to the gym.

I’m still participating in Fitbit challenges with some friends, so I WANTED to get to the gym each day to increase my steppage. I can get very competitive, but hey, it’s all towards being healthier. Gotta make that hustle happen… Especially since this first week at my new job has been mostly sitting and reading in my office. I try to get up and walk around, but I also want to work hard and not waste any time.

My goal for next week is to strength train at least 2 times and to keep running. One thing that has been helping me is getting my gym bag ready with my work clothes ready every night for the next day. My mornings don’t feel so daunting and stressed as I try to get out the door. It has definitely worked and I also feel calmer each night after I get everything ready to go.

After work and working out, I feel accomplished and better about myself. I know that I am being productive while also doing something that is good for my body and for my health. 👍😊