Friday, December 2, 2005

I woke up this morning and all my aches and pains from yesterday were gone. I thought for sure my knees would still be complaining because they hurt even after taking advil yesterday! But I’m pain free today – yay! I didn’t get up until 4:15 but I had extra time today because I was driving in and not taking the ferry. But I was so tired! I zombied around getting ready and then shuffled out to the car. It certainly wasn’t a good day for me to be driving because I kept trying to nod off on the drive to the gym! Once there I thought my energy level would pick up the way it always does. I loaded my stuff in my locker and went out to warm up. I had NOTHING. On the recumbent bike I couldn’t seem to get the RPM’s over 60. When that torture was over it was time to ‘lift’. Our trainer had told us to do a full body workout, but didn’t really give us any other instructions other then where our ‘folder’ was. One look at the ‘folder’ and we both said ‘no way!’ It just was too convoluted. But then we were left with no plan. By this time I was getting an attitude. I was tired to the point of exhaustion, I didn’t have a plan and I was CRANKY. This left me going – Whatever. This really frustrates my fiancĂ© 1 - because he counts on ME to keep him motivated on the gym floor (something that’s normally not a problem) and 2 – because he was starting to worry about my current state of lethargy.

We decided to do our own version of a full body workout and started with the bench press. After warming up I could instantly tell that I just didn’t have it in me. I compromised and instead of doing 80 lbs I did 70lbs. And it was HARD. Then, when I got ready to do the third set I discovered that I couldn't lift it! We knocked off 20 lbs and I STILL couldn’t do it! I got so upset I just walked away.

Bench Press (Plus Bar): (70lbs x 6) x 2

My fiancé was really starting to get concerned and started asking if maybe we should just leave. I told him no, I would at least do what I could. We parted ways and I wandered over to the seated rows.

seated rows: (65 x 12) x 2

I was starting to feel a little better though not 100% so I kept going…

Dumbbell Press: (25 (each) x 12) x 2
Lat Pull down: (90 x 12) x 2

By now I was almost starting to feel like myself. I could actually THINK about doing legs without feeling sick to my stomach so I went over to the squat rack. I warmed up on this one with the bar and then did a few sets. I started light because of how icky I had been feeling but quickly got my confidence back

Squat (plus bar): 50 x 10 / 90 x 10

then I started to REALLY rock the house.

Leg Press: 450 x 10 / 500 x 10
Straight Leg Dead lift: 90 x 10 / 90 x 10

and lastly I finished with shoulders

Dumbbell Shoulder Press: 25 x 10 / 25 x 10

I really do feel as if I got a good workout. I have no idea why it was so HARD in the beginning. I think part of it was mental. I didn’t like not knowing what I was going to do before I got there. I’m used to my workout being written down, including the weight I’m going to start at before I even start. Wandering around in ‘limbo’ was not motivating to me.

I’ll have to remember that.

I’m feeling ok now. Not exhausted like I was. I do have to wonder if “the Bitch” is on her way because of this blast of lethargy and the constant hunger I’ve been feeling. I was trying to remember when she was last here and can’t (I’m bad like that). So it could be that – or it could be I’m fighting something, or … I could just be tired! lol

Food yesterday continued to be ‘ok’. Not perfect but not as bad as it could have been. Today, I’m still really hungry but not craving ‘bad’ stuff so it should be good.

Saturday is my company party so tomorrow’s my free day. I’m planning on a run on Sunday and if the weather stays as nice as it’s supposed to be. (60 degrees and sunny) I may just try taking a little run outdoors. Maybe get my 15 year old son to tag along.

Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. Glad I wandered over to rea this.. I'm feeling a bit uninspired myself.. ok well I'll go drag my butt to the gym & do Something TOO! good for you for getting thru it.. Some times it harder having no one to be accountable to excpet myself! Nice you have your fiance to have to inspire!!! GOOD for you for getting BOTH of you Worked out this AM!! ATTA GIRL! :)

    Take care

  2. I’m the same way about needing to have my entire workout pre-planned and written down in my journal. It really helps me stay focused and updating my journal during rest periods gives me something to do. I’ve tried doing weights without my journal and it didn’t workout to well for me – I kept forgetting what set I was on and it just wasn’t my best workout. Good for you for getting it done.

    I can’t believe how much weight you can leg press. Holy crap. You are so strong and I am so envious. I used to love lower body days (up till just a few workouts ago) but since I started incorporating the leg press, I don’t look forward to working legs as much as I used to. I love doing the leg extensions for my quads, but figured I needed to step it up and do presses. My next hurdle is trying squats (think I’m going to go the smith machine route at first). Your workouts always inspire me – I’m so glad you write so much detail.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

    xo, Rachel

  3. That not having a plan throws me off too, and I refuse to workout now without a plan. Makes it easier I suppose that I work out at home. I was reading your last post too and wanted to comment on that as well. What you described was very familiar. I started dieting as a young teen before I really had a weight problem. I thought I was fat. What I did not realize was that I was way ahead of others my age (hips and boob development) so I thought I was fat because I didn't look like the other girls. By the time I hit high school, the fads and dieting had caught up to me, and I really did have a weight problem. Sophmore year, 165pounds (on a 5'2 frame). By the time I graduated, I was down to 150 and stayed there for a few years, then losing again to 134. First child...200lbs! Second child was much easier. My weight has been all over the map. Up, down, across for so many years! I didn't really have that Aha moment either, but it's just now slowly coming. I refuse, just refuse to be yo-yoing all over the place again! So, completing this program, getting to a reasonable goal and weight and then working on maintenance is my future. No Aha moment, just finally, a PLAN! Glad your workout got better. And..there is a lot going around so I just hope you aren't getting sick!