My workout last night was horrendous. It never fails, whenever I see the workout in writing and say to myself- “that’s it?”. It a guaranteed gut buster. I should know by now. There were several points throughout the workout that I just wanted to throw in the towel, but I didn’t. I made it home after my usual hour and a half. I was telling my fiance that I seriously almost died during the workout, but then I thought of him….and suddenly life seemed worth living again. His repsonse, “that’s total BS. The only thing that got you through was the idea of writing a blog post about how terrible the workout was!” That’s love folks. When your partner knows you so well…..you couldn’t BS him if you tried. Oh….and I try, believe me.
So, the horrendousness. It all started with 5×12 squats at 145 pounds. Sounds easy, right? Ugh. The first set wasn’t too bad, but I was definitely out of breath by the end of it. The second set found me having a serious bonding moment with the chili that I had for lunch. Which continued through the third and fourth sets. The fifth set……felt like it took forever. My neck started to quiver from staring up at the ceiling for so long trying to catch my breath. Holy moly. I never thought I’d make it.
Then it was on to RDLs, 3×12 at 155 pounds. Normally I don’t struggle as much with RDLs, but I haven’t been doing too many of them lately. These babies were tough. I felt like I was recruiting more muscles than I actually had. By the end, my lats were even tired. I could tell right away that my hamstrings were going to be whimpering today…and they are. I did 3×12 shrugs next. I started at 135 and that seemed to easy so I tried 155 for the second set. OMG. My face was vibrating like I was in a wind tunnel at that weight. So it was back down to 145 for the last set.
Me doing shrugs…..
The last element of the workout was the most dreaded part. After dragging myself through all of those sets, my stomach being upset, and my body feeling entirely fatigued…the LAST thing I wanted to do was hop on the treadmill for some incline walking. 10 minutes at 8% at 3.2 mph. That was not fun. I had to engage in some serious positive self talk in order to push myself through that one.
This morning I was back at the gym (Anytime) at 6 am for my first day of the 8 week weight loss challenge. I weighed in at 142 which means I need to lose exactly 10 pounds. I’m really hoping it’s possible. I did a fun cardio workout with the Anytime peeps. Lots of jumping jack, planks, wall sits, some burpees, mountain climbers, etc. I’m hoping to do these workouts on Saturday mornings from now on so that I’m only mixing my standard 1 hour of treadmill walking in with my strength workouts during the week. Don’t want to be shooting myself in the foot over here. I tend to get overtrained pretty quickly so we’ll see how long this lasts ; )
Back at the gym tonight for some upper body goodness!!!