Fall Fitness 2015 #13 – Spice, and OMG I’m sweating buckets!

Thursday was number 13 of 18 personal training appointments. Lesson learned about letting J know that the workouts are becoming comfortable, that I was getting more efficient in my ability to finish 3 sets with time leftover. Comments like that, in J-speak, means not very challenging anymore. He gave me some options to add some spice to the routines – being a perfect gentleman, he wanted me to have direct input on our next course of action – and I chose the pathway of making things harder. Yes, my friends, those are the exact words he used: we can expand and add-on and make things harder. He has been so kind and so nice. How was I to know before this point that behind that baby face lurked the diabological mind of a sadist? But then again, I did ask for it.

The list this week:

  • Elevated glute bridge with mini band followed by elevated one-leg glute bridge
  • Plank
  • Goblet squat followed by split squat
  • TRX row followed by resistance band row/single arm row
  • Kettle bell sumo deadlift
  • TRX push up followed by resistance band chest press
  • Resistance band rotation press
  • Resistance band straight arm pulldown

J essentially took the back to basics routine from a couple of weeks ago and added additional movements – “spice” he calls it – to make the routine more challenging. It. Was. BRUTAL. By the time I left the gym an hour after we started I was drenched in sweat and feeling ready for a protein shake, a shower, and a nice long nap, and not necessarily in that order. I did get the protein shake and the shower when I got home, but I had a full day of work planned and had to skip the nap. I swear my arm and ass muscles were still quivering long after I left the club. In fear, I’m sure.

On my goals update:

  1. Weight – Drop 20 lbs. ON TRACK
    Week 13 finds me down 0 pounds since my last report. I ate pretty normal and healthy this week and accept that no pounds lost is a win when compared with pounds gained. I am really enjoying my post-gym protein shakes and continue to follow my dinner meal plans.
  2. Strength training – 3 times per week on my own. ON TRACK
    Since my prior training session (10/22), I have been rock steady with my early morning gym visits. I was at the gym and practicing my routines for another 7 straight days, even waking up at 3:30 feeling frantic that my alarm has failed and I missed my gym window. And it still feels fabulous to begin my days in this manner.
  3. Stretching/Flexibility – 3 to 4 yoga practices per week. ON TRACK
    I was in the Bikram studio Tuesday and Thursday nights, so only twice this week. But with all the gym time I am logging, I feel fine about letting this slide a little.
  4. Cardio/HIIT – 3 days per weekFAILING
    Zero effort into this again. Heck, zero effort expended in cardio of any sort. Majority of my time and attention has been spent at the gym mastering the back to basics routines.
  5. Post updates each weekON TRACK
    Here we are – update from session 13 of 18. I am making progress I can actually feel and feeling good about my progress.

There were a couple of times yesterday J jokingly asked me if I were returning next week, and I replied I was coming back tomorrow. Yep, he completely and totally mopped the floor with me yesterday, but it only strengthened my determination to practice, Practice, PRACTICE until I had it mastered. So I was back in the gym this morning and again sweating buckets through two sets, making mental notes of my questions to ask and reminding myself of how far I have come in 13 weeks.

I read somewhere that it takes 30 days of doing something to make it a habit, so I am at day 14 of straight gym visits and no plans to cease going daily. While I understand and do not necessarily disagree with the rest day concept, for me, right now, I have to put forth 100% effort to make this happen. Maybe after 30 days, or Thanksgiving, or at the first of the year it will be simpler to take a day off from training. My bigger fear is that breaking away from this discipline right now will make it so much simpler to do so again tomorrow, and the day after, until I am back to my stress-puppy self about going to the gym.

For now I’ll keep plodding along, getting up early and getting to the gym every day. Probably it cannot and will not last forever, but it is nice having even a little streak going.

And with that, I am off to get back to my workday. Happy Friday everyone!

2 thoughts on “Fall Fitness 2015 #13 – Spice, and OMG I’m sweating buckets!

  1. Good for you! Just wait – 8 weeks (or less) from now – you’ll have the same conversation with J and pick “harder” again. I really admire your dedication – you are doing such a great job. I am with you on cardio – I know I need to do more but yuck. This is a crazy week for me – so my goal is not to gain any weight from stress eating (actually am down a pound) and just make sure I workout with D every day for stress relief.

    How are the clothes fitting? I actually had to get rid of some of my “smaller” clothes and found the perfect black short trench coat for an upcoming trip. The hips/butt/thighs are resisting weight loss – so I’m doing more skirts than pants right now. Those parts need to get with the program though – I need jeans!

    • It’s getting interesting right now. Today we started building on my other basic routine, but there are a couple of really technical things in it and we only got 4 of 8 updated. But that’s okay; we will finish the other 4 on Thursday.
      Clothes are weird right now. I find my smaller size skinny jeans are all just perfect when I put them on in the morning and too loose to falling down by the end of the day. Stretching them out is no longer my friend. My workout clothes are also peculiar; I just bought 4 new tops (on clearance!) and had to stick with the same sizes because they run smaller and are more fitted than my existing tops (maybe that’s why they were on clearance?). But no matter – I can see less jiggling going on in arms and legs, and while I feel like my butt is even bigger than before, it feels firmer. I can also see my ribs poking out above my stomach, whereas before it seems like it was nothing but big giant stomach. I feel like my core is still really, really weak, but it’s going to take some time and consistent practice.
      Don’t even get me started on the evil scale and it’s refusal to go in the right direction. I have resigned myself to a single skirt to measure my progress, and every couple of weeks when I try it on it’s getting closer to fitting correctly. I’m now to the point where it’s almost fully zipped, but still looks tight. I figure by the time the weather is cold enough to wear it, my waist and hips will be trim enough to fit.

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