I am out of gas. A little bit mentally, and a little bit physically. As my study abroad time close to a close (!!!), I’m feeling less and less motivated to go the gym, partially because my StongLifts-esque dumbbell routine ran its course, partially because I sleep in almost every day and don’t wanna get out of bed. Especially when it’s ‘pissing down’ rain or BLOODY WINDY (see what I did there; I’m learning the language up here). Also, I haven’t been running because I have a mysterious toe injury that looks a lot like a broken toe… and running in the shoes I have here is probably causing part of that problem since they’re for strength training. OOPS.
Nevertheless, I started a duel with my boyfriend on Fitocracy (with a steep bet on the side) to get myself out and about. Now I need to win. So, I’ve been workin’ out again for the past couple of days.
I started a higher-volume little plan, tweaked it a bit to my liking, and oooohhh boy, does it make me sore, and I actually like it! Remember when I was dying trying to do that bodybuilding plan in the fall? This is way better. Probably because you only do two movements in one session. :) Also, I like the tempo focus on being more explosive during the working phase of each rep, which allows a little ego-monkey like myself to concentrate on something other than increasing my numbers so fast. I still feel like I’m lifting nothing when I pick up a pair of 5kg dumbbells (mostly because I can’t math and just equate that to 5lbs), and that can get discouraging after working with only barbells last year. Problems so far: almost solved.
I tried out a new route last night as was suggested by my boyfriend and got… kinda lost. Actually no, it was easy to find my way back, but I ran outside of the city for the first time. And it felt great!
The fourth was strong with me today, I ran up a bigger hill than last time and I didn’t stop the whole way up!
However, it hurt my shoulder. I’m not sure what to do here. It only hurts when I’m breathing really heavy, not necessarily because I’m running. I remember it getting better with practice last summer at running, but I also don’t want to make it worse if I just continue training hard. I’m planning to visit a PT when I go home and see what he thinks. But in the meantime, I don’t know what would be the best for it.
Aside from that, I’m thinking of running to class on Monday and Wednesday because I changed up my schedule and run those days anyways!
Today was pretty good. Goblet squat and dead lift PR. Can’t complain, except that every day feels like an arm day lately and WHY AM I A T-REX?! Also, I’ve been so dang sleepy all day long. The only I time I wasn’t yawning or rubbing my eyes today was whilst drinking a coffee and the thirty minutes directly following. Eeeeesh.
I’m feeling a bit better about the stuff I ate last night and will probably still come in under my weekly calorie goal anyways. Nothing to worry about.
I think that went well because I felt like dying halfway through. I was trying to run up a hill, so that was kind of expected. I found a great spot to run that I want to explore a bit more, and it was almost the perfect distance to fit my training in, I just ended up walking a few extra minutes home.
The weather was almost perfect, too… Much better than the cold clouds I woke up to. Remember thinking how I was going to write something about how much running sucked during my last interval today, but now I can’t stop thinking about how much more practice I want to do so I can get faster this summer.
Also, I can’t wait to get home so I can use MapMyRun again.
Oh yeah, and I am SO FREAKIN SORE from all the DB side bends I did yesterday!
This workout was fuelled by Oreos and a Daim bar. :)
It went fairly well. I’m learning to chill out a little while other people use the equipment I need. It usually makes me angry and I feel like I’m wasting my energy on pointless stuff, but today I had gotten out of class early and did my groceries beforehand so I had time to stay a little longer than planned. I realize that it’s a bit silly to worry about working myself too hard when I spent most of my life training hard and certainly didn’t let that become an issue at the time. My body can handle a little extra work.
In other news, I started tracking my macros again and somehow feel way less anxious already and just really calm about everything. When I’m not thinking of what I can and can’t have on top of guesstimating how much protein I still need to eat I don’t stress over it so much. Also, I bought a bag of Haribos this week and have been eating single servings once a day and I still had half a bag left today! Usually I crush the whole bag in about five minutes. Thumbs up for having things in moderation and therefore HARIBO FOR DAYS.
Remember that post I just wrote about feeling confused and guilty about eating certain things? That feeling was wiped out in two days. I never thought I’d be someone who could find themselves enjoying counting calories and grams of protein and actually mentally benefitting from it.
I finally got off my butt and lifted some stuff today. I originally had this grand ole idea to just combine my two workouts into one big one and do that three times this week… By the time I got halfway through what I did today, that wasn’t happening. It’s funny, my legs seem to do alright with time off but my arms suck SO BAD. I didn’t work out last week, but I did go twice the week before. I guess the inconsistency of my training lately is to blame for this. Also, my shoulder hurts again. Just, y’know, A YEAR after I injured it… I’m going to see a PT when I get home, because whoever told me it was fine and only needed a couple days rest was wrong.
Anyways, I made it through and I’m ready to run tomorrow! I hope.
So, if you’ve been following along for a while you’ll remember my gluten free challenge in March/April and all the fun I had with that.
Like, fun trying to figure out exactly what foods made me feel good and bad (hint, something was making me feel BAD). So since I’ve been back, I’ve been mostly relying on stir fry packages for my veggies and they’ve actually been quite good, except I’m starting to get those weird stomach pain feelings again. I thought it was too much broccoli, maybe it’s something else?
Also, I’ve had terrible insomnia since I flew back and it’s doing a number on my body and mind.
I really really really really didn’t want to do ANYTHING tonight. I skipped the gym after volunteering at the mall for 8 hours today and was absolutely beat.
I also had an annoying ear block today, no pain, but I could hardly hear anything. I read into it online and didn’t get much help, other than to wait it out and see what happens in a couple days. Then I googled yoga for earache, found some positions, and worked them into some sun salutations. Half an hour later and my ear was completely unblocked. DANG!
Just to make my night even better, I noticed that I can FINALLY, FINALLY DO CHATURANGA!!! To put this in perspective: I’ve been doing yoga for the past five years, and have never, ever been able to do chaturanga without changing to a position on my knees or flopping down to the floor. I’ve had winged shoulders my whole life and terrible upper body strength until this year. Today I actually held it, and held it repeatedly without killing myself!
I am so, so happy about all of this.
Today felt goood. 10kg is still feeling heavy for bench press, but I got 12 for DB rows, and am easily working my way up higher on goblet squats. I wanted to see how far down I could go without sacrificing form today during squats and got the BEST butt stretch ever when I did, haha.
I also did some fooling around after yoga and am getting better at HANDSTANDS! You have no idea how excited I am to be doing these things and not have my shoulder hurt! I think I’m ready to move on to new videos to follow as well, the ones I’m doing now have gotten a bit boring and I’ve begun adding harder modifications in between poses and stuff, so yay. New yoga!
The gym was way busier than normal, so I did my exercises that don’t require a bench. And I did yoga at the gym! I felt like my hammies needed some stretching out after split squats, so I hid out in a corner and went through my forward bends routine. Except one guy saw and commented twice on how flexible I was and then came over and asked me to teach him how to do one-legged downward dog, haha. Overall, it was good; I feel jello-y now! Though I don’t know if I’ll do yoga at the gym again… I’d rather practice uninterrupted.
Also some guy stole my spot on the mats as I was putting away the dumbbells I used. RUDE. Why not ask first?
I skipped Monday because I felt yucky, and ALMOST skipped this day. But, then I decided, I’ll have like 5 weeks until my trip and I know for at least the first week I’m not going to be doing any hardcore workout, so this week is going to be a little deload-ish thing so I can get better, spend more energy on recovering, and make some new PR’s next week without stalling! Hopefully. Please.
Also, this was the first day gluten-free. 1 down, 35 to go. I got so many groceries, and guys, I even skipped out on sausages and a tub of one of my favourite peanut butter ice cream because it contains wheat (WHY, M&S, WHY IS THAT NECESSARY). Don’t worry, I got 2l of vanilla instead! Haha!
Things I currently miss about Canada: PC ice cream.
Things I am currently looking forward to about my trip: GOING TO THE REAL PB&CO AND HAVING SPECIAL PEANUT BUTTER AGAIN.
Should I post what I’m eating on here again? What do you think?