I didn't sleep well again last night. It was strange because yesterday, despite cutting off the caffeine hours earlier than usual, I felt so energetic all day. My sleep interrruptions were more from thunderstorms moving through, and a nagging tickle in my throat. At any rate, I got into my coziest sleep less than an hour before the alarm went off, so by the time it did go off, I was so startled that my heart felt like it was racing. I felt really tired, my ears felt a little stuffy, my throat a little sore. In the past, I would have given myself the day off and slept in a little. But this program is keeping me on track. Part of it is because it's planned out so well, I don't want to mess up the steps because I know I won't get the most benefit from it doing things in a different order. Part of it is my drive, I really want there to be an impressive difference when I take my picture at the end of the 12 weeks.
Today was leg day, and I was really not feeling like doing it, but I knew as soon as I got my first set of leg extensions in, that I would be warm and ready to go. I was able to increase the weight on some things, and stayed the same on others, but it felt doable. I know I'll be sore from the workout, but if my upper body is any indication, recovery seems to be happening much quicker than last week, so a temporary soreness is no big deal. I am still supplementing with branch chain amino acids, which help the muscle recover/repair, I take it before and after my workouts. I'm not taking vitamins consistently, that's why I've had the same bottle (a 90 day supply) for more than 5 months, and I still have a bunch left. I don't enjoy taking them. I do put flax on my oatmeal in the morning, and get more essential fatty acids from macadamia nut oil added to my evening meal. I am still finding all of the food tastey and am not having any problem sticking to the diet. I am happy to report that!
So tomorrow is my last day of training for week two, and then I get three days of rest before I head into week 3. Next week, there are some changes in the program, the order of workouts changes, and there is an extra workout added. I haven't weighed myself in the past few days, but I can see a difference in the mirror. Particularily my lower stomach/hips, they are getting flatter. Because they were so big, it looks really odd to me to see them flatten out, but I know they are going somewhere good. Years ago, I read that first area you lose weight is the last area that gained weight. I don't know if it's true, but I can see changes and it makes me happy. It is worth the work. My goal for the next few days, is to stretch at least once a day. It really does help, and it makes me feel good. Being stiff makes me feel old. I already have grey hair to do that for me!
Well, I feel a little brain-dead today, so I won't go on forever like normal. I hope you are all having a terrific week, plotting your goals and crushing them! Keep pushing through, Friday's on it's way!