As I mentioned last week, I’m going to give updates every Wednesday on my Lenten promise of giving up excuses. Since today is Wednesday AND it’s also Leap Day, I figured that I’d do a bit of a combo post.
I knew that no matter what, I had to make today count. It’s a bonus 24 hours, and I didn’t want to waste it just sitting around. I wish I had today off so I really could have done something fun, but since it was a workday, I think I made the best of it. So, nothing too exciting with the extra day, but I can say that I’m ending it feeling proud of myself, which is always good.
In terms of my No Excuses Lenten Goal, I did a great job all week. I worked out 6 days, and took Sunday off as a rest day to catch up on errands, do laundry, clean the house etc. Monday I was right back at the gym working out, despite the fact that I was back to work after a week off. Usually the first Monday back is so tiring, but I didn’t let that prevent me from getting in a killer workout where I burned 1394 calories at the gym! Tuesday I did a DVD workout at home, but I still burned over 700 calories. Today I was back at the gym, and I burned another 900 calories (I did less cardio today than on Monday). My muscles are sore, and I’m feeling stronger day by day. As I wrote yesterday, I was a bit discouraged to see the scale up slightly, but again, I’m not going to use that as an excuse not to workout, or to veer off plan. I know that eventually all this hard work is going to pay big dividends, even if I have to wait to see them.
Today at the gym I met up with one of the aides from school (J) who just so happens to be a certified personal trainer. He works out with the wrestling coach all the time, and they’re great friends, so it was fun to have someone to help me make sure I was doing my workouts correctly. Plus, this guy is really good looking, so that’s always a bonus. It’s too bad that he’s only 27, but as ScaleWarfare told me, “he may be too young to date, but he’s not too young to have fun with.” Although that’s all in my head at this point, but you never know… ;)
But back to the training tips I got from J. He mentioned that to see significant progress (i.e. - to see weight loss results), I really should be working out each muscle group at least a couple of times a week. I was thinking that I could do strength training Monday (arms/chest/back/shoulders), Wednesday (legs), and Friday (some combo of the two), but he said that that type of schedule would give me too many days in between Friday and Monday. He suggested breaking it up a bit more, and told me to work on a schedule that I thought I could do and then send it to him to see if it looked good. It’s so nice to have someone like that whom I can ask questions of and not have to pay $50/hr.
Although I’m really tired right now, I’m also really glad that I went to the gym and got in a great workout again today. I know that as I keep stringing days like this (where my food and exercise are on point) together, something great is bound to happen.