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.


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…

 photo.JPG (Go State!)

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.