Thursday, January 5, 2006

I know we hear it 10-20 times a day, but how many times to we honestly answer the question, “How are you today?”

If I had to answer honestly here’s what I would say.

I’m tired. I’m an eight hours of sleep kind of gal and the past week I think I’ve averaged 5. Add on top of that that TTOM has arrived and I’m... well, TIRED.

Physically? Starting at the bottom. My feet have been feeling pretty good lately. Every once in a while I get a throbbing pain in my heal, but most mornings I wake up and walk half way across the room before thinking about the fact that I used to not be able to do so pain free. Now I hurt occasionally instead of with every step I take. Considering I tore my planter fascia three years ago, it’s about time! My calves are still VERY stiff and sore from Monday’s workout. It’s awesome to know that I worked those puppies GOOD. My quads and hams are doing well. They seem to have recovered nicely – I can’t wait to see what they do next Monday on leg day. Glutes – well they appreciate a good ‘sit down’ but again aren’t complaining too badly. Abs – whoa. I think it was the heavy leg day that did it because they have been sore since Monday. That’s cool – A little DOMS just motivates me. My back is a little sore from top to bottom – the good, achy, ooo I worked out kind of sore. My chest hurts to the touch and walking is a little uncomfortable due to the bounce factor – after every chest day my fiancé tells me he’s glad he’s not a woman for this very reason. My shoulders – well they are a mess. Sitting at a computer all day leaves me with tightness and tingles and pinches and numb spots. But through it all I can feel a little of the ‘good soreness’. And the ‘bad’ pain gets better as the weeks go by. My arms? Well they are a little ‘unbalanced’ at the moment. My Triceps are sore already from working out whereas my Biceps are waiting their turn tomorrow.

Mentally? I’m doing GREAT. Ten days in a row without missing a meal or a workout. Yeah! That feels good.

How are you?


So, yeah the alarm went off at 4:00AM this morning. At least I think it did. I don’t know I slept through it. My fiancé, however did not. (Have I mentioned recently how lucky I am to have him?) He bounced on top of me until he woke me up and made me get out of bed.

Once at the gym I wasn’t much better. I was DRAGIN’ I hopped on a treadmill for my run and immediately felt ‘out of it’. I tried to run my 5.0 MPR pace but my legs felt like LEAD. I ended up dropping the speed down to 4.5 and then 4.0 before I was comfortable again. I slowly bumped the speed back up to 4.5 as I warmed up. After 20 minutes I dropped it down to 3.5 for my ‘recovery walk’ and after that jumped it back to 5.0. My brain started saying, “This is hard, maybe we should slow down again.” “You’re tired, slow down.” I finally just said, “Stop Whining! You’re not so tired that you’re going to fall off and hurt yourself and until you are, I’m not slowing down!”

That did it. I kept the pace up for the rest of my run pushing it the last lap up to 5.5, then 6, then 6.5 then 7! – and finished in 20:11 MUCH better then I expected when I started.

I then staggered over to the weight area to do shoulders and tris. Shoulders is not my favorite day. But hey, they can’t ALL be my favorite can they?

Barbell shoulder press (+bar): 40 x 6 / 40 x 6
Dumbbell shoulder press: 35 x 6 / 35 x 6
Side Lat: 20 x 6 / 20 x 6

Tri cable pushdowns: 95 x 6 / 105 x 6 (I need to go heavier)
Tri kickbacks: 35 x 6 / 35 x 6
Tri Dip Machine (First time on this one – it was fun): 165 x 6 / 165 x 6 (again need to go heavier)

And, that was that! :)

Food today is on track. Should finish up right on target.


  1. Shawn, way to hang in there and get your routine done. I know at first it feels like everything is dragging, but once you get that blood pumping it feels as if everything else catches up. And then when you finish, especially when you didn't thihk you could even get halfway through it, well that's a most satisfying feeling. Again, way to get it done!

  2. 10 days! That's awesome. Keep up the good work.

  3. Those days when the brain goes on autopilot are particularly challenging, but you did it! And 10 days of clean eating is DEFINITELY something to be proud of!

  4. Oh I hate the heavy leg days. Awesome job talking yourself up! You are on a roll.

  5. Keep it up woman! You are doing a fantastic job.

    By the are you today? REALLY? :)