strength training

Saturday’s workout didn’t happen:

Paul came back from walking Max saying, “I think Max broke his leg!”. 

Apparently, they were running up a hill and Max yelped and fell over his front right paw.  It clearly wasn’t broken, but we headed to the emergency vet just to be safe.

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What felt like hours and a completely healthy dog later, we were free to go.  And the whole day just kind of crapped out from there. By crapped out, I mean watched football…

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And then we were headed out to celebrate Halloween…

Not the greatest job I have ever done with prioritizing, but what can ya do?

On to good news: I am back to intermitten fasting for at least 5 days a week, and am psyched for a hardcore strength training session tonight! 

I hope everyone is safe wherever you are!

My body hurts in the best/worst way

It feels so great to be back in the gym.  I got my ass handed to me during a strength training session today.  I felt like my hamstrings and abs were going to explode out of my body. 

It kind of sucked because, after a month off, I was not at the level I am used to.  I was spent, tank completely empty, where as I feel like before I could have rocked it harder.  But I will get it back.

It was just great to be sweating so hard working, what felt like, every muscle in my body!

Tomorrow is a run day 🙂

But I promise I won't chew anything

I’m going to need Paul to carry me like this tomorrow…

Such a great workout today!

Just do it.

I love strength training!  As much as I enjoy running, and could run for days, there is something so great about strength training and pushing your body to the limit in that way.  I find that it is much easier to quantify my progress with strength training than with running.

I did some great back squats, lots of kettlebell work (turkish get-ups, overhead swings, etc.), single leg dead-lifts, stability ball knee tucks, pikes and body saws, just to name a few of the moves.  And I FINALLY conquered the tallest plyo-box we have at the gym!

All in all, a great workout, AND  I am down a pound a half.  I will take it!

Not having the best of weeks…

I don’t know how else to put it other than I am struggling.  My weight doesn’t seem to want to budge (in fact, it has crept up a few pounds), and it is just deflating.

I pulled up my official race photos from my last half-marathon and was almost instantly brought to tears.  I hated what I saw.  It was one of those moments when I felt embarrassed to be me, to be walking around looking like this every day.  

I get mad at that, and then I get even more mad because I just don’t get it.  I understand that everyone is different, everyone is built different, and we all gain and lose weight differently, but I try SO HARD.  I lead an active, healthy lifestyle, and it seems that even maintaining my current slightly over-weight figure is hard.  Losing seems IMPOSSIBLE!

On Saturday alone, I took a group coaching class at the gym (a.k.a. a total ass kicker), rode my bike and then swam laps.  This was after more bike riding and a killer strength training session on Friday.

I run a very fine line between keeping a healthy mind-set about it and sliding into a very negative and unhealthy mind-set.  At the end of the day, I will always do right by my body and not jeopardize or compromise my health, but it is a struggle to keep my head up about it.

On today’s agenda, I have a bike ride, a run, and a strength training session at the gym.  The workouts will help make me feel better.  And next week, I will be at my cottage all week where I can run, bike ride, and swim to my hearts content.   It is such a relaxing place where I can refocus and get some positive energy flowing again.

One thing that I struggle with in regards to this whole thing is that I am in the bestconditionof my life but not in the bestshapeof my life.

So, today I will try and focus on the fact that I am healthy, I am strong, and hopefully soon the rest will fall into place.