Yesterday was a very busy day, it made me feel exhausted, but I still managed to get in my half hour cardio session before work, and a kick-a** bi/tri workout last night. By the time I left the gym last night, my arms were so pumped my mind's eye was telling me I must look like Arnold, but the mirror told me the truth. There is definitely some muscle tone poking its head out from under all the fat, but there is still a lot of work to do. I did get to learn a few new moves/pieces of equipment and that is always fun for me, it keeps it interesting.
This morning I was so very sleepy when my alarm went off, but I got up and did my half hour of cardio anyway. I walked outside, the sky just barely shifting to blue from the night's blackness, stars still twinkling brightly. The crisp air did a nice job of waking me, and by the time I got back home I was actually feeling awake, warm and content. My exhaustion this week stems from work-related chaos/stress due to a wildly popular employee sale, but it will be ending after this week, and things will return to a nice, normal pace again. It is making me crazy that it's so busy, and I work alone, somedays I work straight through my lunch and don't get to eat. So my 3-hour span between meals has been compromised during the day, which in turn compromises my energy level. But I am doing what I can. I have conquered stressful times before, and I will again, this time it will not involve shoving food mindlessly into my mouth because to try to drown the stress.
Since I began the Live Fit Trainer, my take on the weekend has changed. Instead of looking forward to it because it is an opportunity to binge on junk, now I look forward to the weekend for because of the opportunity to sleep in, rest my sore muscles, and enjoy a slower-paced day or two with my family. Don't get me wrong, I still love to have a cheat meal on the weekend, and I do so look forward to it, but food isn't the focal point of my weekend anymore. That is a huge mental victory! I wish I could pin point how that change came about, but really I think it is simply from putting in so much work all week that my body is more focused on rest than food. It is a very positive shift that I am not taking for granted!
Tonight I will work my chest. If this week's workouts are any indication, I will be sore a little longer that in the past. With the workouts changing bi-weekly and the weight increasing slowly, I am feeling the difference. I am still a bit sore from Saturday's back workout, that's longer than it usually takes me to recover, but I was doing new movements and heavier weights. It will lead to great growth.
I like the way lifting weights makes me feel, tough and smart. I am no longer uncomfortable to be in the gym, weaving my way in and out of men heaving weights around, I'm not afraid to make noise if I am digging down to the deepest depths to get that last rep out, and I'm not afraid of looking at the equipment to see what it is and what it does. I really don't care about what anyone thinks of me and my workout, I leave everything I have in that gym, and that is me conquering my mountain for the day. To do any less would be...redundant. And disappointing.
Well here I am, actually getting a lunch break today, slightly quieter at work. I am going to go enjoy the peace while it lasts.
Hope your week is going smoothly!