Monday, June 18, 2012

To The Breaking Point

I'm linking up again with Sally from Exploits of a Military Mama today for Body after Baby.  Today I'm talking about pushing your limits and going all in when it comes to fitness.  There have been so many times that I went to the gym just to say that I went to the gym.  I was physically there and going through the motions, but really just phoning it in.

You've been there right?  It's 5:00 pm on a Monday evening and you've been pretty beaten down by the day, and you're on the treadmill and you're thinking, "Oh hey, I'll just walk today instead of running" or "I'll just do some quick cardio and skip the weight training for today."  Sometimes that's fine if it's all you can squeeze in, but lazing through workouts isn't getting anyone any results.

I've been way too guilty of half assed workouts but this week I really made sure to push myself and I even got Andy in on the pushing me around action.  Here's how my workouts looked this week:

Monday: Went for a run.  I ran a mile without stopping.  Walked briskly for 0.5 miles. Sprinted for 0.2 miles and then ran for 0.3 miles.  I'm not a fast runner, but I really did push myself.

Tuesday: Gym.  Warmed up on the treadmill for 5 min at 4.0.  Ran for 10 min at 5.5.  Ran for 5 min at 6.0 and cooled down for 5 min at 4.0.  Then I did chest and back:  chest flies 5 sets of 12 @ 40lbs, seated bench press 5 sets of 12 @ 50lbs, seated rows 5 sets of 12 @ 40 lbs, and lat pulldowns 5 sets of 12 @ 40 lbs.

Wednesday: Gym.  Warmed up on the treadmill for 5 min at 4.0.  Ran for 10 min at 5.5.  Ran for 5 min at 6.0 and cooled down for 5 min at 4.0. I didn't do weights today because I really just wanted to get home.

Thursday: A blessed day of rest for my sore and weary body

Friday:  I ran with Andy and we killed it.  3 miles varying running, jogging, walking, and sprinting.  I'm still very slow, maybe an 11 minute mile, but I'm ok with being slow.

Saturday: Baby run.  Walked briskly for a mile and then jogged for a mile.

Sunday: Hit the gym with Andy.  Warmed up on the elliptical for 15 minutes and then moved onto arms.  Hammer curls 5 sets of 15 @ 10lbs, seated curls 4 sets of 12 @ 10 lbs, and dips.  Then a 10 minute run at 5.5 on the treadmill.

This week my body feels amazing; sore and strong and capable.  I only lost 0.7 lbs but I really enjoyed Isabella's birthday party (I'll post about that tomorrow) and Father's Day.  I exercised hard enough most of the days to make up for the days that I just went through the motions and where I would usually show a gain, I showed a loss, even if it was small.  And a small victory is still a victory.
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1 comments:

Mrs. Trophy Wife said...

Dude...you look smoking.

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