Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Feeling Strong

I had another great weights workout this morning. I started with my 2.5 km warm up on the cross-trainer. I'm so happy that my leg is feeling much better -- hopefully the doc will give me the ok to do squats, lunges, etc. from Friday onwards.

I stuck to an upper body workout -- felt strong as I did my 40 kg dead lifts -- felt even stronger as I did 3 sets of 12 incline chest presses with 12.5 kg dumbbells in each hand ... though I am very glad I had trainer MG standing over me because the last 2-3 reps of each set were killer ... particularly the last set when on the 10th rep I almost lost my strength and visualized the weight falling flat on my face -- the horror! He didn't let me give up though -- I had to finish the final reps, and I did, but OMG, it was tough.

The weights felt heavier today than the last time I pushed 12.5/arm ... he said it could be a number of factors, particularly the fact that 1) I only slept 4 hours last night and 2) I didn't eat enough breakfast. I'm usually really good about eating breakfast, but (and I know this is horrific) I was running late this morning so I skipped my cereal and had a tablespoon of peanut butter instead. I'm mortified that I did that, but I was desperate -- note to self, keep bananas on hand for a quick breakfast on the run.


I followed my weights workout with a bunch of abs -- 300 crunches, 30 prone jackknives, 60 contract release crunches w/weight, 100 oblique crunches/side, and 100 superman back stretches. I know I'll feel the effects tomorrow!

Food sucked today in the sense that I hardly had time to eat:
1 tablespoon peanut butter as I ran out the door (90 calories)
1 protein shake (140 calories)
1/2 cup mixed dried fruit, nuts, and oats (120 calories)
rice crackers (90 calories)

Total 440 calories

It has just been an insanely busy day.

Am going out for dinner - I'll make sure I eat (not overeat) properly then, particularly making sure to get my greens and protein.

Overall, busy but fulfilling day.


  1. Hi Plum Petals, Well, there are so many reasons why you might have a day where weightlifting is harder than the previous day. It could be the factors you mention, or hormones, or that you have a tiny illness you don't even know about.

    I usually get my super best weightlifting when I'm angry about something, or super happy, or if I ate a lot of food the night before.

    So you just have to do the best your body will put out on each day, and not be concerned. :D

    :-) Marion

  2. It's amazing how many little things affect our bodies ... I'm learning each day!


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