This week has been a very rollercoaster week. I dont even want to say its been a hectic week…because hectic weeks i can handle and still be emotionally in tact. But this week…was a rollercoaster of a week. There is always going to be the one tiny little thing that makes you just snap basically. The piece of straw that breaks the camels back. The pea under the matress…uhhh….i cant think of any more metaphors…but i think you get the idea.
Anyways…emotionally its been a wild week. But going to the gym, working out all of the frustrations physically by lifting weights and tiring myself out is what got me thru it all. Especially yesterday (Thursday).
Thursday’s workout felt liberating. I was focused, despite how the rest of the day had been going, and i kicked that workouts ass 😉 It was arm/upper body day, and boy am i sore today! I’ve definitely grown to enjoy the pain/soreness. I know it means progress, which means results!
Next week i’m also going to (hopefully) go to the new BodyPump class that is being offered at the gym i go to. Its an hour of weight training mixed with cardio, and it looks fun. I got the thumbs up from my trainer too. I think it’ll really help me get to the next level of progress, and it’ll get me in the gym for a third (or even fourth) day of the week.
Anywhos…i think that’ll be all for now. No gym for me tomorrow; going to take another rest day, but i will do my stretches and some core exercises. But i have to take both of my kitties to the vet tomorrow morning at 10. One for her annual checkup, and the other is having an issue with his leg/knee joint popping out of place. So hopefully that will all go well.
– 15 minutes start in Sauna
– 10 minutes on treadmill alternating between walking and running every other minute
– 10 minutes on the row machine
– 10 minutes on the stairmaster
– finish with another 15 minutes in the sauna
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So I am actually typing this in the sauna at the gym right now. I figure why not…the sauna makes me focused. Aside from the copious amounts of sweat going down my face and back right now. Lol
Well, had a good workout today on my own. Did a 24 minute mile…not bad!
After I cooled off a bot from the treadmill, went and did my strength training. Mainly worked my back and shoulders, but also my legs, abs and arms a bit too. And of course did all/most of my sets to work my core as well.
I’ve really started to see and feel a difference in my strength, endurance, and just my physical abilities. My pants are very loose on me now, to the point where I really need to invest in a belt. Lol
Sometime in this next week we should be taking my measurements again after a month of hard work. So I’m interested to see how much I’ve lost as far as my measurements go.
Anyways….getting really sweaty here in the sauna so I’m gonna go for now. But before I do, here is another update photo!
Definitely seeing results!!!
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I hope everyone had a good Monday. Especially those of you who had to work..luckily for me, i got the day off 🙂
Had a pretty easy morning…slept in a bit, had my breakfast and coffee as normal. Around 11am my mom and i decided to go take a drive up silverado trail here in Napa and headed all the way up to Calistoga, stopping here and there to take pictures of the beautiful autumn in wine country scenery. Went down some of the back back roads, which were fun to explore too. Here are a few photo’s i took of our little trip:
These are just the ones i took with my phone, there are more we took on the cameras that we still need to upload. But needless to say, it was a gorgeous day out.
We stopped for lunch at Buster’s Southern BBQ Joint in Calistoga….mmmmm mmmm mmmmmm!!!!!!! Love me some bbq tri tip sandwich. A bit of a splurge, but i dont get up to Calistoga very often, so it is a once in a while treat for me. BBQ is my weakness… 0_o
Anywho’s, we drove back down hwy 29 in to Napa, did some shopping then headed home. Once home, got ready for my workout with my trainer.
Ate my preworkout meal of Oatmeal mixed with a scoop of protein powder, yum. Got to the gym, did my workout, worked mostly upper body, chest, arms, and my legs a bit too…and managed to make it thru my whole hour workout session! WAHOO! Sat in the sauna for about 15-20 minutes after my workout, which felt sooo nice 🙂
Before my workout, took another update photo…i can really start to see the results kicking in…definitely lost weight, and looking a more toned then i did back in early September when i started this journey. I’ve come a long way since then. When i started, i couldn’t do full leg raises on my own…now, i can do them mostly unassisted, and only need assist when i’m on the final set and the few final reps of that set. So i have definately come far, more than i think i really realize at this time.
Well Monday has rolled around again. It was a long, but overall good weekend for me. It was) an ‘off’ weekend for me, so didn’t go to the gym (bad me, i know) but i did get three workouts in during the week and let alone mentally just needed to rest.
Although it wasnt like i didnt do anything active, we (my boyfriend and i) did get out and walked around the neighborhood, it was a gorgeous autumn weekend. Mostly though, we stayed in and played GTA 5. 🙂
This week though, i beleive i will be doing my 2 personal trainer sessions on tuesday and thursday, then saturday morning i’ll go in for my workout on my own. Call it somewhat odd, but i hope we do more strength training for my legs this week. So far i havent had a good leg day workout, and while i know i will be very sore for at least a couple days after, i dont want to skip leg day! lol
Anyways, gotta finish my breakfast now and then get ready for work. ttyl!
Had a very good workout yesterday with my trainer. And the day before i had a good workout on my own too.
I started off doing assisted pull ups…omg that was intense! But i muscled thru it (no pun intended) 😉 Did 21’s, which i actually enjoyed. (video of what 21’s are below if you don’t know…but i did them with far less weight than the guy in the video…i beleive i did 20 lbs? Not quite sure)
But overall, for the workout worked my back, abs, and arms a bit. The soreness is starting to kick in this morning too, but i’m getting to the point where i enjoy the soreness. Cant quite describe why, but i suppose it is soothing in a way? Knowing that i’ve worked those muscles and exhausted them and they are building and getting stronger. Wow, that was alot of ‘ands’.
Today is a rest day = eat good and keep active, but take it easy 😉 Tomorrow i have another workout with my trainer after work. He said we’ll be working on cardio, a little bit of weights, just to work the muscles a bit, and we’re doing boxing. I’m pretty excited about the boxing, as i’ve never done that before.
More than anything, since i’ve started working out, especially with my trainer, i’ve gotten out of my comfort zone. Which has allowed me to feel more confident that i can do things that i’ve never done before (not just in regards to working out), and that there is something in my life that i can and will accomplish on my own accord and determination.
So i weighed myself this morning….i’ve lost a total of 12 lbs since i started this journey! 😀 HAPPY DANCE HAPPY DANCE HAPPY DANCE!!!!
Ok, i think thats enough dancing gifs 😉 sorry about that! But i am incredibly happy about how my progress has gone so far. i am beginning to look a bit slimmer/toned (even though i DO still have over 100lbs to loose at this point) but the point is i can see results beginning to emerge.
Its been tough so far, physically and mentally. But i’ve been able to push thru it all and keep positive. Especially now that i can see all this hard work paying off, there is no reason for me to slow down, or quit. There is no turning back now, i never want to be anywhere near the weight and health i was at before i started this journey, or even where i am now.
And on that note. Time to eat my breakfast – Oatmeal with Cranberries and a scoop of protein powder (YUM!) and then headed off to the gym for a solo workout. My trainer couldn’t keep the appt today, but that is no reason to skip a workout. Going to go in and do some time on the treadmill & rowing machine. Maybe some strength training, but we’ll see 😉 i could use a bit of a break from it, my arms are still sore!
Short post for now. My laptop is dying and i still need to eat breakfast (triple berry whole grain oatmeal…YUM!).
I have a workout with my PT after work tonight…lets see how hard i can push myself today. I really want to get thru he entire hour today with a bit more ease than I did on Saturday (reminder to self – have protein shake before I leave work and don’t drink a ton of water during my workout).
My PT did tell me he is having me do pushups today. Girl pushups at least…but still pushups. I am wondering what else he has in store for me today too.
Anyways…gotta get ready for the day now. Ttyl!
So i had my second workout tonight after work. Boy oh boy was that the most intense workout i’ve done since sophomore year of highschool (if not even earlier than that…)
I cant even recall everything my personal trainer, Ausun, had me do. It was just one thing after another, after another….and i surprisingly, to myself, was able to keep up with it! Though i do think he was taking it a bit easy on me since this was my first official personal training session.
Anyways, worked my legs (ouch!), arms, abs, upper back, lower back….hell, pretty much everything! One machine that i used today for the first time that i found was much more fun than i thought it would be was the Rowing machine. It was such a soothing flowing, but intense full body workout that i could feel every muscle working, but it wasnt a deep burn that i’ve come to know from working out; it was quite enjoyable. All in all, Ausun had me workout on about 10-15 different machines; and had me do ‘step-ups’…5 sets of 20 reps….100 step ups total. Yikes! Those honestly gave me the biggest workout.
I dont even really want to think about how it’ll be trying to roll out of bed tomorrow…in fact, that may be exactly how i get out of bed….just roll.
But i feel good after that insane workout…and thinking about it right now…it probably wasnt as insane as i think it was, but thats how it felt to me. Hey, everyone has to start somewhere, and some (such as myself) have a bit more work to do than others. I definitely am not a fit person (for now). 😉
Anyways, bedtime is calling my name…very tired tonight. Took a hot shower to relax my muscles, and massaged my legs with arnica gel and took some magnesium to help with any leg cramps/stiffness. Either way, i know that the photo below is something i may look in to investing in….haha 😉
Goodnight readers, sleep well!