Friday, October 31, 2014
I see it's been awhile - over a month since my last blog.
New Trainer (#15)
Injury is healing nicely
Son came to town
Daughter is kickin' butt
Food Plan is on track
New Trainer - #15 - female, (only my 2nd female trainer) and very green. She is very nervous, which, at this stage in the game I find annoying at times. I REALIZE I am getting interns who are learning to be trainers. But I am past the beginner stage with trainers - so I sometimes find it annoying to have to re-adjust to each new beginner. At the same time, I am THANKFUL because I am getting quality training for free. Hard to beat free. I need to stop complaining and just be grateful.
My shoulder/arm injury is healing nicely - its rarely sore anymore, and I am gaining back full range of motion. I would love to start lifting heavy again on a regular basis, but that's just not feasible right now. So I am focusing on lifting heavy consistently, rather than trying to get big gains quickly... which leads me to my next topic...
While I'm not lifting for big gains at this time, I did get a bit antsy last night and decided to see where I was with my trap bar dead lift. I haven't used the trap bar for almost 6 months - and I maxed out at 300# when I did it last. Fast forward to now - and last night I was able to lift a 305# one max rep. Dang that felt good! It was rewarding to know that even though I haven't been working on big gains, I am still making progress with what I AM doing - to the point where I could pick up where I left off, and still make a small gain to boot! YEAH!
My son came to town - he's in college, and graduates this May (2015). Boy that went FAST. I remember posting on here that he was graduating from high school and how proud I was. I am even prouder now! He's being contacted by companies in his field of study, and it looks like his job prospects are good for when he graduates. So PROUD!
My daughter is swimming again this season, and continues to amaze me with her strength and endurance. I would be happy to swim a LAP without feeling like I was going to die - and yet she swims with ease. She recently completed her first 200 fly, and is planning to try the 500 free at her next meet. So not only is she swimming for speed, but endurance as well. Again, so PROUD!
My food plan is working well - and I'm managing to stay on track with it 90% of the time. I set a goal of being under 200# by Christmas - it's doable if I stay compliant - so I plan to step up my commitment and shoot for 100% compliant for the balance of this year. Tough road with Thanksgiving in there - but again, doable. Please feel free to hold me accountable - I love the support I get from my spark peeps.
That's it - in a nutshell - that's where I am! I hope everyone is doing well- and remember this - *PLAN TO WORK, AND WORK YOUR PLAN*
PS - Happy Halloween to all of you!
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
I needed this today - maybe you do too.
(just cut and paste the link into your browser- sorry I don't know how to make it "live")
Stay strong -
Saturday, August 09, 2014
Just a reminder that I AM making progress...
April 28th 248.6
August 8th 227.1
Screw the scale - it can move as slow as it needs to - I'm building muscle and taking back my healthy, one step at a time.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
First - I'm not looking for anyone to recommend a new "treatment" - this is just an update
I started PT for my shoulder/arm/wrist . I've been to a Neurosurgeon, an orthopedic specialist, and now I'm in Physical Therapy. I have some spine/shoulder alignment issues, and PT is helping. A LOT! I'm back to lifting with minimal restrictions (no overhead press stuff) and I'm not allowed to do anything that hurts. Simple enough - time to get busy!
My Nutrition/Personal Trainer continues to be a great source of help with getting things moving in the right direction. Now all I need to do is get myself out of the way. Literally. I tend to over-think, and justify, etc... I need to remember "KISS" (Keep It Simple, Stupid...) and just work the program. It works. And it's something I'm willing to do on a regular basis... so, stop FUSSING and get busy (personal pep talk over...)
Lastly, I'm just anxious to get things MOVING... I'm impatient for results, because of the stall. Now that I'm moving forward, I feel like I want to do anything and everything to make it go FASTER (instant gratification please... )
Thanks for all of you that have checked in on me. Sorry to be a bit MIA, but I had lots of things to do with the injury. I hope to be a bit more sparkly from this point forward.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
I LOVE to do strength training - heavy lifting, squats, deadlifts.
My injury has sidelined most of this... Now I am able to do only the following:
body weight squats
single leg hip thrusts
body weight walking lunges
hip thrust holds (I can hold a weight plate on my lap with my good arm for this)
body weight side lunges
nothing upper body.. this is INCREDIBLY frustrating...
And, of course, as much cardio as I can stand (did I mention that I really don't like cardio much???)
My doctor's appt is on July 8th - and while I will be glad to (FINALLY) get some news, I don't anticipate them clearing me to start up on my upper body weight program right away (although I guess miracles CAN happen).
Funny thing, and I plan to talk to the doctor about this, none of the upper body exercises make the injury hurt and/or make it better either... so I am going to see what I will be allowed to do (if anything)... I figure it can't hurt to ask.
All of this, has, in turn, stagnated my weight loss...
I have a super nutrition program - and we are tweaking it to fit the lack of training.
But I AM FRUSTRATED BEYOND BELIEF.... I finally had it movin'... and now I'm stalled, again.
But you know me... never gonna quit, never gonna die... so here I am...
question - what do YOU like to do for HIGH intensity cardio??? I'm open to ideas...
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