I only went a mile. (I didn’t eat much today so I didn’t have the energy to push myself farther than that.) But, it was just what I needed to clear my head.
Today was a bit of a rough day, and I had a few mini meltdowns. There are few things that are efficient when it comes to calming me down: my fiance, going for a run, and spending time so with the Lord. All of which played an important part today.
2 mile run
bicep curls: 3 sets of 10 with 15 lb weights
overhead tricep extensions: 3 sets of 10 with 15lb weight
seated twists: 50 with 15 lb weight
bicep curls: 2 sets of 10 with pilates resistance band
overhead tricep extensions: 2 sets of 10 with pilates resistance band
roll-ups: 25 with pilates resistance band
10 push ups
12 tricep dips
45 second plank
I’ve missed this.
I’ve decided to forego the workout plan I’ve been doing, but I have not decided to forego working out altogether. I’ve decided to go back to isolating muscle groups, like I used to do. I know my body well. I know the pace that it grows and strengthens. I know when I can push myself and I know when I need to take it easy. A standardized workout program doesn’t. It’s a great baseline for a lot of people, but I’ve determined it’s not for me. I hadn’t been making the progress that I wanted to, and, honestly, I was getting bored.
The same thing happens when I try to follow a devotional as my baseline for spending time with the Lord. I usually don’t grow as much as I would like to, and I often times get bored. Again, I think devotionals are great tools for a lot of people. And, honestly, I have found a select few that I liked such as Jesus Calling, and I honestly did enjoy the devotions in PrayFit. For me, however, I prefer reading through the bible and looking up study tools as I go. Maybe it’s my control-freak tendencies, but I prefer to follow my own program - it’s when I feel I grow the most.
…and while I could easily figure it out, I’m not going to. I don’t think I’m going to go back to the program I was doing. I was getting bored with it, and I think that’s part of why it was so easy to stop. I didn’t feel like I was getting out of it what I needed to. Excuse? Maybe. But nonetheless, I need to get myself motivated again.
I have also have been slacking when it comes to my personal devotion time with the Lord. I need to be even more diligent with that than I am with working out. I said I’ve hated not working out, but I’ve felt even worse about this.
Priorities. Mine and been a little out if whack. Unfortunately, being in a new environment does that to me. It takes me some time to adjust. Excuse? Probably.
I decided to do my max sets of “everything” this morning to see where I am at:
Push ups: 17. Crunches: 60. Bicycle kicks: 100 (50 each side) Squats: 55 Lunges: 30 (15 each leg) Calf raises: 40 Dips: 18
I am going to try and push myself to go for a run and/or practice some yoga tonight.
Alarm set for 5:30am.. I WILL get back into a workout routine. I’ve hated the past week and a half.
I haven’t worked out in over a week (save the short run on Sunday night). It started that I was so busy and has turned into just not feeling like it. Ugh. What is wrong with me?!
I knew this day would come - I just didn’t think it would be so soon. I have to give in and use the elevators today. I have a few errands to run on my lunch break and the only way Ill have time is to use the elevators :-/
Went for a quick jog then walk tonight with the fiance. No idea how far we went, it was just nice to get out :-)
Tomorrow I’m going to start week 3 again instead of trying to pick back up on the program after 4 days off.
It’s been a bad workout week.
I have spent the last 2 days moving (from 7am until the time I crashed on the couch). Going to try and get a workout in tomorrow, but I’m honestly not making any promises. I just hope I didn’t set myself too far back…
Conquered another 18 flights of stairs this morning. I definitely did not stretch my calves well enough yesterday because they were WAY too tight today. Trying to be diligent about stretching them today so I don’t have the same problem tomorrow. I also had to pause a few times to catch my breath (and so I didn’t sweat too much on my way into work!). It’s a totally different workout than running, and I felt so out of shape! Hopefully it wont take me too long to build up my endurance for it. Everyone at work thinks I’m crazy. While I’m doing it, in part, because I’m now petrified to use the elevators, I’m also doing it because I really need to work on my calf muscles - they look disproportionate to my thighs at the moment.
I contemplated going for a run today because it’s so gorgeous outside, but I didn’t want to push it since my calves were so sore today. I’m trying to be diligent about listening to my body and not pushing myself past my threshold. I’ve been in physical therapy (and chiropractic care) too many times and for too long. I’m trying to build my strength and endurance back up more gradually than I have in the past. At the same time, I do not want to be too easy on myself either and thus hinder my growth.
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Set 1: 14 push ups, 21 sit ups, 19 squats, 18 dips, and 19 calf raises.
Set 2: 18 push ups, 27 sit ups, 24 squats, 23 dips, and 24 calf raises.
Set 3: 14 push ups, 21 sit ups, 19 squats, 18 dips, and 19 calf raises.
Set 4: 14 push ups, 21 sit ups, 19 squats, 18 dips, and 19 calf raises.
Set 5: 20 push ups, 27 squats, 30 sit ups, and 26 dips.
Again, I really struggled through the push ups and had to take a couple pauses. I can feel my strength increasing with every other exercise but that one. It’s a little frustrating.