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
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cardio/HIIT – 3 days per week. FAILING
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.
- Post updates each week. ON 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!