Greetings. I seem to have made a come back from the dark side. My workouts were so bad last week, I couldn’t even write them up. Awful. This week, however, I’ve recovered from whatever was ailing me and had a good start to another week in the gym. I think there were several issues with my workouts last week. One was a slight cold that I was battling for most of the week, and the other was weight loss. It still have a ways to go with this whole diet business, but last week was one of my first big drops in weight (2-4 pounds). So I was dealing with a decreased body weight, several weeks of low carbs and reduced calories. It added up. It’s hard for me to keep all of these factors in mind when my lifts don’t go well, especially the weight loss. When you’ve lost a small amount of weight…like 5 pounds… you don’t necessarily notice it right away. My clothes still fit the same, which I am very grateful for because I do not want to have to buy new clothes. However, now that I’m getting closer to the 8-10 pound weight loss mark, I am starting to notice subtle changes in other areas.
For example, my thighs seem to be declaring independence from one another. I’ve always been in the lusting thigh club…they just couldn’t get enough of each other. Not something to be proud of, but women in general fall into 2 categories: either their thighs don’t touch, have never touched, and never will….OR….they do touch, have always touched, and likely always will. I’d say it’s genetics, but I have no evidence to substantiate that claim. So there you have it, I’m a thigh toucher…or rubber…or whatever you want to call it. However, in the last few days….I have noticed a micrometer or two of distance between those babies. This is a major accomplishment for me. It’s a long deserved separation. My left thigh has decided that it is seriously sick of being smothered and sweated on every day of its life. So they’re taking a break right now, and I am totally okay with that.
Unfortunately, none of this really boosts my lifting ability. Although it may boost my sex appeal when I don my singlet in May??? Okay…so maybe not. The singlet is a lost cause. Anyway, I did a heavy leg day on Monday and finally managed to do the 3×5 sets at 180 pounds that I was supposed to do last week. Then there were some brutally heavy RDL’s at 225 pounds. I think I butchered those pretty bad. I was supposed to do 135 pound front squats next, but I am just way too big of a sissy to try those. I did 125 pounds instead. And finally, a few sets of good mornings. Tuesday was bench day. After failing at 125 pounds last week, I dropped it down to 3×5 at 120 and got all the reps just fine. Then I did some shoulder presses, and for the first time I actually did 55 pounds for 3×10. That was a huge break through for me. I can normally get 55 for one set and maybe two, but never three. Yay! Finally, there were the ever present dumb bell rows and tricep pushdowns. Hopefully this is an indication that my body is adjusting to operating at a lower weight and everything will be smooth sailing from here on out!!