Thursday, January 20, 2011

Alright, so things went a little sideways for me for a bit.  I got sick, didn't workout, didn't feel like eating and was pissed to see the scale bounce up and up and up.  I know it was just from the virus, but is still frustrating.  But, I eased back into this week and I'm seeing results again - yay!  Intelligent persistence pays off again (as my old weight loss coach used to say)

So, Monday I was still trying to recover from the cold, but I was sick of sitting around on my bum. figured I would hit the gym and just see how I did. Was also time for a new mix of exercises -- that always makes me feel weak.

Alternated Dumbbell Curl: 6 x 30, 5 x 30
Standing Barbell Curl: 4 x 60, 3 x 60
EZ-Curl Bar Curl: 6 x 55

Cable Kneeling Crunch: 10 x 100 x 2

Then I hopped on the treadmill and did my training run.

Took it easy because I've been sick. Only went 4.3 MPR on the running portions of my workout. Painfully slow, but I was able to easily finish each interval and didn't feel as if I had drained myself after the workout. Important to leave something in the tank to continue to fight the cold with.

went 1.9 miles in the 30 minute workout

Tuesday was back at it and feeling better -- oh so much better.
Actually had someone talk to me while I was working out - offered to spot me on the military press. That was nice, I appreciated it. There's also a gentleman who nods and says hello whenever he sees me. I appreciate that too - some days I feel like a pariah at the gym. Granted, I'm not there to socialize, hit on folks or be hit on. But sheeze say hello...I would, but people seriously avoid eye contact with me.

Barbell Military Press: 6 x 105, 6 x 115, 6 x 115
Side Lateral Raise: 6 x 25 x 2
Bent-Over Rear Deltoid Raise: 6 x 22.5 x 2
Seated Calf Raises: 6 x 145, 6 x 150, 6 x 150

100 Push-ups Workout - Week 2 Day 1: 4,6,4,4,5

Wednesday - was legs

I figured out that it's really nice to get my two least favorite workouts out of the way early in the week (bi's and shoulders)so that I'm left with legs, chest and back for the end. I'm feeling 80% recovered now so gave my legs all I got :D

Oh, and ended up workout next to this guy that I've seen in the gym a few times. If I judged by outward appearances alone, I would have guessed he was one of those, steroid using, sloppy lifters with more muscle then brain that drive me NUTS at the gym (hubby and I call them 'meat heads'). But, this guy has been working out with some 'less gifted' of his friends and the stuff he tells them (and demonstrates) is right on the money. Great form and super courteous weight lifter. Puts his weights away, cleans up his chalk, doesn't pose in front of the mirror between every set. Turns out he's a competitive power lifter -- not a 'meat head' at all! :D And impressively strong to boot! If I could ever get him to make eye contact - I would say 'hello' *sigh*

Barbell Squat: 6 x 215 x 3
Leg Press: 6 x 630
Lying Hamstring Curl: 6 x 95
Stiff Leg Deadlift: 6 x 185

Twenty Pullups - Week 1 Day 3 (yeah my days are all messed up from being sick): 1, 2, 1, 1, 1, 10 with 155 lbs of assist.

Almost talked myself out of my run. I just wasn't feeling motivated to do it. I think I get frustrated when I don't get better/make progress with every run. Why am I ok with lifting the same weight several weeks in a row, but not ok with giving my running time to come around? Maybe because it feels like I'm starting so far behind the curve. Dunno. But, I made myself get on the treddy and pound out my workout. And when I was done, I felt better for it. Still having to go frustratingly slow. Bumped the speed up to 4.5MPR for my first interval (8 minutes) and almost didn't make it to the end. Only went to 4.3 for the second 8 minute interval and still struggled to finish - bah! Bah I say! :D

total of 1.9 miles in 28 minutes this time...

I didn't want to get out of bed this morning. Talked myself into just driving to the gym and showering there, but once I got into the car and started driving I was ready to workout. Funny how 1/2 the job of working out is just overcoming inertia. As Newton says "An object that is at rest will stay at rest unless an unbalanced force acts upon it." well, my goal is to become an unbalance force! :D

Besides, today was a back workout, another of my favs.

Cable Row: 6 x 135 x 3
Barbell Row: 6 x 105 x 2
Lat Pulldown: 6 x 135 x 2
Dumbbell Shoulder Shrug: 10 x 80 x 3

I think I figured out today why I feel so isolated at the gym sometimes.  In years past I aways went to the gym with my hubby and having a workout partner was really nice...  But, then again, I really like my 'alone time' too. I've come to realize that one of the reasons I love working out so much is because it's one of the few times I can shut off my brain. I don't think about work or finances or the kids or anything. I can focus on my body and be entirely in the moment. Resistance training, it's like meditation for me.


  1. Thank you SO much for the kind comment on my blog.

    Great job with your workouts! I look forward to following your progress.

  2. Great week. I like your thought about meditaition and resistance training. I agree.

  3. I like cardio for that reason - I can shut off my brain! :)

    Happy to hear you are feeling better. How much weight are you using during those reps? I am new to your blog so maybe I am not reading it correctly. I am trying to get in to strength workouts and am curious :)

    - Kim