Final learning how to rest!

November 28th, 2011

Another week has come and gone and along with it, another goal! Last week I confessed to not always taking the time I need to to rest and recover throughout the week, and set out to make sure that I was taking my days off as needed and planned.

Last summer my body had more than hinted that I needed an extended break from training, as I had been going hard for months and months on end.  It was the best thing I have ever done, and also helped me realize the importance of taking care of myself and listening to all the aches…not waiting until my body screams at me to stop.  I have a good idea of my personal limits, and how far I can push myself without feeling like I’m overtraining.  So many people think that more is better – I used to be one of them, so I know how common it is these days.  I don’t want to end up in the same place I was this past summer so my focus for last week was to take a step back and acknowledge the rest that I deserve.  I took Wednesday off weights, and had a cardio day to break up my week and followed it up with a day off and out of the gym on Saturday.  I find it best to work my days off training around my busiest days to keep myself occupied and busy.  The most difficult part for me about taking time off is understanding that I’m doing myself a favor and to NOT feel guilty about not training.  I know so much better than to train “balls to the wall” all day, everyday…but at times the “fat girl in me that used to be, still jumps into the back of my mind – not often at all anymore though.

So last weeks goal was a great success! Yahoo…now onto this week.

Friday night, I was coming home from work after the snow storm had been given’r for a few hours…I work for UV Sports now, and we had our launch party at Stereo.  While I was leaving I was actually T- boned, AGAIN!  Wasn’t as bad as last year when I wrote off my car, but I’m definitely feeling it.  My neck and back are pretty stiff and I’m yet again faced with a little bump in the road.  This won’t put me back in my training since I’m 20 weeks out but makes it even more important that I stick to my diet as well as I can.  After this week off, I swear I’m going to have a custom bubble suit made as Malo suggested…”you should live in a bubble”.  Boss has a point, I’m pretty injury prone.

With that being said, this weeks goal is to stick to my diet 100%.  I can’t train for at least 4 or 5 days and I don’t work so I’ll be doing a lot of studying to stay occupied ;) Wish me luck….but I’ve got this.

 

New week…new goal…new blog!

November 15th, 2011

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that some of my main goals were to challenge my strength, stop doubting my abilities to lift and make sure I’m timing my meals properly so I can optimize my energy and training efficiency.

Although I’m still working on timing my meals properly and staying on track with my diet, I did manage to make some noticeable increases in my strength.

Specifically, I wanted to work on my upper body strength and be able to curl 30’s for a full set – I can now cross that off my list! I’m dumbbell curling 30’s for a set of 6 to 8 reps, and barbell curling 55 lbs for 12 to 15 reps.  Dumbbell rows are now at 50 lbs and incline dumbbell press with 40’s!

I have 23 weeks and a bunch of days until Naturals here in Winnipeg.  The plan is to add some size to my legs and tushie so my diet has been very carbalicious lately.  I also have a shoot planned mid December to help bring me into the Holidays and the New Year in great shape and ready to rock the last 16ish weeks until show time!

I’ve found that no matter when the time of year, or how far out I am from a show or shoot there is always something that I’m not 100% with.  Most of the time it’s my training schedule, and not managing rest days properly.  I’m all too guilty of training most days with little time off to recover…cardio days usually take the place of rest days.  So in addition to monitoring my strength gains throughout the year I’m going to keep recording my training days and cardio sessions as I’ve always done, but be honest with taking days off to myself and keep busy so I don’t use boredom as an excuse to train.
I’m going to make a point to tackle a new fitness goal with each blog, but not move on from the last until I’ve gotten a handle on it.  No more will I take on more than I can handle and half-ass any of my goals/projects/commitments so I can accomplish more at once – in the end nothing will ever be fully satisfied or reach the full potential I can bring it to.  I’ll include school, training, dieting, housework, and absolutely everything as my life will be getting a tad bit chaotic with moving, Christmas, exams and life in general. I’m going to need one of those GIANT Mom calendars right away – you know what I’m talking about, the ones with the huge squares so you can fit absolutely everything you need to get done that day…yep, that’s totally the first thing I buy when I move and it’s going up RIGHT in the middle of my office.

So now that that’s said…this weeks goal: Keep pushing through with my strength gains and challenging myself and ADD to it keeping myself accountable for days off to rest and GROW!