Yesterday was a long day, after a long night of no sleep. I can’t believe the way that my leg workouts keep me awake at night. It’s crazy!! I guess I could see it if I was working out at 9pm, but I don’t. I lift from about 5-6:30. It seems like the 3-4 hours that I’m hanging out at home before bed would be enough for my muscles to calm down. Apparently not. I don’t really have the option of doing my leg workouts any earlier in the day so I’m just going to have to figure out a way to settle everything down. Maybe a good stretching session before bed? I foam roll after every workout, but maybe I need to do some more? I don’t want to resort to sleeping pills. I need to get good sleep though. I feel my ability to control my diet slip away the more tired I get. I start to grab everything in front of me just to get through the day. Also, being at the gym both before and after work several days a week requires a very well rested person in order to maintain that pace!!
Yesterday was the first day of my weight loss challenge. In an effort to lose as much weight as possible in the next 8 weeks, I ate pizza, 2 cokes, and a giant oatmeal cookie. Ugh. Like I said, my sleepiness eliminated all ability to control what I ate. I’m okay with it though. I hate feeling super restricted. It typically causes me to rebel and eat even more junk. So I just accepted it and moved on. I had two good workouts to balance me out a bit. Yesterday morning, I was at Anytime Fitness for my first Weight Loss Challenge (WLC) workout. It was a standard circuit type cardio workout. It was fun. I even feel a bit of soreness in my rib area from the multiple sets of planks that we did.
The trainer that is running the WLC and creating the workouts recently got wind of my powerlifting efforts. This is not an ideal situation. I participate in these workouts for something fun and different outside of my powerlifting routines. I do not intend to lift any heavy weights or seriously fatigue any muscles. I leave that for my regular workouts at IST. However, once a trainer gets wind that you might be somewhat stronger than their average client…watch out. You instantly become a personal challenge. They want to do everything in their power to make your life hell. I am going to have to put in a lot of effort to rein in this urge on his part. There will be none of that sir.
Then after a long day at work, I had my normal IST workout. Ray had told me that he planned to overtrain me this week in an effort to punish me for taking a vacation next week. I knew the workout was going to be hard, but I was a bit discouraged when I saw and order for SIXTY pull ups pop up on my phone. Ugh. I know I can do 50, but 60 just seemed like so much more! In addition, I had already done a workout that morning and I had to do 3×3 at 95 pounds for bench and 5×10 at 40 pounds for dumbbell rows before I even got to the pull ups. Needless to say, my normal 8-10 reps for the first set was more like 5. So I just kept chipping away at it 5-5-5-4-5-5-3-4-4-4-3-3-3…..and so on. It was super lame, that’s all I’m sayin. Luckily, all I had to do after that were 3 sets of skull crushers and I was done. I was a complete sack of shit after that workout though. However, I did not experience any shoulder pain from the benching which I was super excited about! I think the dork cable pulls are actually helping…and some excruciating foam rolling. Hopefully I’ll be back on track sooner than later!