Wednesday, July 28, 2010
This is a good article written by Krista Dixon that I can really relate to.
Ever since I decided a few months ago to go on this "quest" to get a 6 pack(which I'm not really aiming for anymore), I feel like my food and workouts are starting to consume my mind! I used to not think about what I ate so much...now I am constantly thinking about what I'm going to eat for the day, what and when my next meal is going to be, how many carbs/protein/fats I'm getting, etc.
I don't know if this is normal for people who are really into fitness and weightlifting, or if it's starting to become a little obsessive. I mean, I eat like I'm going to do a fitness competition or something, and sometimes I think to myself, "why am I doing this?"
Yes, I want to be healthy-that's my first priority-but I also want to be just a little bit leaner, I want my muscles to pop out just a little bit more, I want to see striations in my shoulders, I want the vein in my bicep to show, I don't want any fat on my stomach....it's like, why can't I just be satisfied with the way I am? To most people's standards, I am lean and toned, so why do I feel like I have to have to be perfect? Why do I feel like I have to keep 'fixing' things on myself? I mean, really, who am I trying to impress???
I'm not saying that I hate the way I look or anything. I LOVE my muscles, I love that I can see my abs, I love that I am strong. But sometimes I want more-I want to look even BETTER!! Soooo...is that a bad thing? To me, it just keeps me going, it keeps me motivated to train, to keep pushing myself harder and harder. But... how do you know when it's gone too far? When it becomes all you think about, when it becomes your LIFE?
I don't want my life to be focused on what my body looks like. It really becomes addicting! I don't want to constantly think about food. I feel like I'm at the point now where I'm not obssessed with it...but if I continue on this path of wanting to be just a little leaner and a little leaner...it could possibly get to that point.
I think I need to change my mindset. Like Krista says in the article, “Focus primarily on what your body can do, and how you feel inside it.” I need to focus less on 'fixing' myself, or trying to become leaner and leaner, or getting my abs to pop, or WHATEVER. I exercise to be strong, to FEEL good, to be HEALTHY, and that should be my focus.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
I didn't really have a cheat meal this week. We brought sandwiches, yogurt and fruit in a cooler for lunch at Holiday World. BUT I did have a lot of Sun Chips(those things are addicting-you just can't stop eating them!), AND a protein bar, which I never have because they're usually full of crap and not that great for you. But it was a good replacement for a really BAD cheat meal. I also had a couple of diet pepsis because they give them out free at the park! I'm thinking this week's "semi" cheat meal will be tacos-yummy!
Well, today was supposed to be a workout day, but I'm just going to let my body rest. My back really hurts today. I'm going to have a light week this week at the gym anyway. I've been going heavy for the past few months, so I think it's time to sort of have a "deloading" week. Just gonna use lighter weights, 10-12 reps, instead of my usual 4-8 reps with the heaviest weight possible.
Friday, July 16, 2010
I have found that it's a lot easier than I thought, and I'm actually starting to like vegetables! I never though that would happen! I've been having a romaine lettuce salad every evening with my dinner, then I'll also have some steamed broccoli or cauliflower with that. I usually have a tomato or 1/2 a tomato every day and also baby carrots. I have a sweet potato probably twice a week. I'm so glad to finally be eating more veggies-I just feel so healthy eating them!
I think what really helped was cutting back on the grains, because I had to have something to replace them with, otherwise I would be so hungry all the time! So I have my Ezekiel bread usually in the morning, then either Kashi cereal, oats or a whole wheat tortilla for my post workout meal, then it's just protein and veggies the rest of the day.
I know that I need to work on getting more of a variety with vegetables, but for now, I am satisfied with just getting any!
Most people need to be eating more vegetables. I have so many clients who tell me they don't eat any fruits or veggies!! If you aren't eating produce at all, then I'm sure you are eating WAY too many processed foods and grains. If I can eat veggies, anyone can!
Monday, July 12, 2010
The play was really really good, and we had lots of fun! I love it there. The atmosphere is just really cool because the stage is in the middle, with tables all around it.
And the food was soo good! I had fried fish, mac and cheese, green beans, and then a peanut butter brownie for dessert! It was like the best thing ever.
I hope the weather is hot there-the past couple times I've been to NY it's been in the 60 and 70s in the middle of summer! I'm hoping for some pool time, so it better not be cold!
We're driving up there this time since we're taking our dog with us, so that's the only thing I'm not looking forward to. I'd much rather fly! It takes about 10 hours to get there, and I'm just hoping it won't be as bad as the trip to Myrtle Beach! That was not fun.
Friday, July 9, 2010
So today was leg day....I wasn't looking forward to it, as usual. But I had to get my mind prepared because that is everything. If your mind is ready, your body will follow.
Before I hit the gym it was, "I got this. I'm strong; I'm powerful." Same thing before my first set of split squats: "Come on, you can do this!" Before squats, "Strong legs, easy weight, I got this, this is nothin." This really helps me to get through each set. If I went in there with the attitude of, "I don't feel like doing this, this weight is so heavy, etc", I would not have a very good workout.
So I got through it, and I'm sure glad it's over with. You know you got a good leg workout when you have to pause for a second at the top of a flight of stairs just to prepare youself to walk down it! And even your arms feel weak...
Here was today's workout:
Bulgarian split squats: 20lb dbs x 10 reps, 60lb bb x 10 reps, 70lb bb x 9 reps.
Squats: 145 x 10 reps, 165 x 6 reps, 165 x 6 reps ( I did these without a spotter, too! Yay me)
Leg press: 360 x 7 reps, 360 x 7 reps, 360 x 8 reps ( I should've tried to squeeze out an 8th rep on those first two sets!)
Seated leg curl, leg extensions, calf presses to finish.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
What most people don't know is that it takes years of freakin' heavy weights to really get muscles that show. It's not something you can do in a few months. It's actually really hard to build the amount of muscle it takes to be lean and defined. Even if you do have the muscle, then it also takes cardio with max intensity as well as consistent, clean eating to get the fat off so those muscles will show! It's not an easy thing.
It's taken me years to get these little biceps to grow, years to get some shape to these little chicken legs, years to get my shoulders to pop just a little...and I'm STILL workin on it!! But I love it! I love challenging myself, I love getting stronger, I love seeing all my hard work pay off! To me, it's fun. But it's definitely NOT easy.
When I'm doing my cardio at the gym, running sprints at 12 mph on an incline, I look around the gym and see people just strolling along on the treadmill, reading a book or a magazine, not working hard at all!! I just don't see the point. Get out of your comfort zone if you want something to change. You have to push harder, you have to challenge yourself; otherwise you won't get the results you want. Half hearted efforts bring half hearted results. (Got that from Craig Ballyntyne) Now, I'm not talking about elderly people or those with health problems-they are the only ones who should just be walking on the treadmill.
It comes down to dedication. You won't always be motivated, working out is not always fun! There are days when I don't really feel like working out...but does that mean I don't do it?? Of course not. I know that it has to be done, whether I feel like it or not! It's a part of my life, a habit, something I HAVE to do, just like brushing my teeth!
I read a good blog post by Yuri Elkaim about exercise and what it's taught him about life and people. He says, "Growth isn’t just limited to our muscles. When you exercise and have the ability to challenge yourself (maybe through sport or just working out), you also begin to grow as a person." That is SO right! If you push and challenge yourself through exercise, it's going to make you a stronger person not just physically, but mentally, and that will translate to other areas of your life, not just to working out. He also mentioned a quote in his blog that I love: "How you do ANYTHING is how you do EVERYTHING!" So SO true!!
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
I usually do around 15-20 pullups in a normal back workout, but the things is, I rest 1-2 minutes between sets. So it takes me much longer than 3 minutes to get to 20 reps. I usually do sets of 4-6, then rest for a minute or 2, and do about 3 or 4 sets.
For the challenge, I did 3 pullups at a time, with about a 20 second rest in between. Then I squeezed out 2 more pullups on the last set to get to 20. I did REAL pullups-palms facing out, no swing, full range of motion. The last few sets weren't perfect form, but close enough! It was tough, but fun to try something different!