I was back in the gym today and it felt good. I’m reaching that wonderful place of complete comfort with the gym. I feel less intimidated walking into the weight room even if it’s full of people. I had a minor struggle to get going this morning but I think part of that is just because I haven’t been in almost a week. I almost convinced myself I didn’t need to go but I know that not going today would potentially translate into not going all week so I dragged my sorry self out of bed.
I wrote out some exercises to do for the week and my goal is to make it into the gym at least 4 days this week. The routine I did today only took about 30 minutes and the other one I planned will take less time. My goal is really to limit my time at the gym when the weather is nice and do more outdoor activities.
Today I did 3 sets of 10 of the following:
Lateral pulldown (up to 50lbs this week)
Seated calf raises (adding weight next week)
Kettle bell high pulls (15lbs)
Leg press (140lbs)
Standing shoulder press (8lbs)
Leg Curl (50lbs)
I’ll do that routine again on Thursday
Tomorrow and Friday-Lighter days with more cardio.
Complex shoulder raises
Cable bicep curl
Tricep rope extensions
I’m also going to add in some floor work each day.
Hip lifts, leg switches, ankle touches, crunches
As I mentioned above, whenever possible I’m taking cardio outside. Today I almost jumped on the treadmill then found myself walking out the door. I really can’t justify walking on a treadmill when the skies are free of clouds, clear blue, and the sun is shining brightly.
I left my car and took a walk around the neighborhood by the gym. It was nice because I’m not very familiar with the area, it was a beautiful day, and the area has some challenging hills. I walked up toward a hill and thought I couldn’t make it but I realize the only way I’ll improve is to keep pushing myself to do what I don’t think I can do (I made it! 😀 ).
I’m finally starting to see some weight loss so I’m going to try to do a bit more this week with strength training 4 days. I was going to do 5 but I’m taking Saturday off because I’m taking pictures at the Renaissance Fair here in town for a magazine. In the continued pursuit of an active lifestyle I actually planned it so a friend and I can walk to the fair instead of driving. It’s actually a win-win because there’s not much parking in the area and it’ll help me get in a couple miles of walking.
I’m sad because my FitBit battery died over the weekend and I forgot the charger but I know I did pretty good over the weekend. A few lazy mornings and a day at the casino but also a hike and a couple nice walks.
I’ll have some posts and pics about my weekend plus my weekly meal plan but right now it’s lunch time and then I might have to take another quick walk. It’s almost torture sitting here in my office looking out the window at the blue skies so I might have to run out to enjoy them a bit more 😎