Hola. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. I truly enjoyed my week off. It was nice not to have to travel back to Michigan, although I missed my family a ton. Luckily, my mom came out to visit for a week so I at least got my mom fix. We had a lot of fun cruising around and seeing the sights. The weather was a bit iffy so we were forced to take shelter inside TJ Maxx and JC Penney several times, but we survived. She made it home safely yesterday and now it’s back to reality.
One of the great parts about my mom’s visit is that she always likes to go to the gym. Since the gym that I use isn’t really set up for the average bear, I did my workouts at my gym and then went and picked up my mom for a trip to the gym I used to go to. It’s got an indoor track, tons of cardio machines, and your typical nautilus equipment. She loves it. Since I was there, I did about an hour of cardio each day on top of my normal workouts. It was pathetically light cardio, but cardio none the less. I was pretty happy with my level of fitness over the holiday. However, I do feel like a walking Christmas cookie these days. Picture the commercials with giant cinnamon roll for each butt cheek. Oh yeah.
And so begins my journey back to the land of black. I’ve mentioned before that I am very much a black and white person- all in or all out. Well, a few things have gone all out for me the last few months…especially the old diet. So here I go. I’m 3 weeks out from a trip to Orlando, severalish months out from a wedding, and seven months out from Nationals. I am slowly going to creep my way back to actually giving a moment of thought to the crap that I’m shoving in my mouth. I’m not saying that it still won’t go in, but at least I’ll know what it is.
The other key component is the gym. I am going to stick with these jacked up power lifting/torture/muscle-head workouts for a while. I’ve actually really “enjoyed” them. True, I’ve been a hunched over sack of sh*t throughout most of them, but I think it’s good for me. I’ve been sore and even sweaty! Old Jeff (trainer guy at the gym) has come up to me several times and said, “your face is all red…..” Yep, it’s that unusual. Pretty sad huh? So that’s about to change. I’m also flirting with the idea of doing a bit of fasting cardio just to shake things up a bit. The only problem is that this means going back to 2 gym memberships. I guess it would be worth it though. Afterall, it’s either $30 bucks on a gym membership or $30 on a few more solid color long sleeve tees from Target. I’ll keep you posted on how that one works out.
Tonight it’s another fabulous leg workout and tomorrow I will test out my shoulder with some barbell bench pressing (just the bar) to see how it feels. Keeping my fingers crossed!!!