Sunday, January 25, 2009
I bought the book "New Rules of Lifting for Women" in the summer and I started the program on 08-08-08, the opening day of the Olympics. For a while, I did really well. Prior to doing the program, I'd been a rather casual lifter, doing only a bit of arms and abs work after my treadmill runs. And I'd never done any leg work, thinking that my running was strengthening my legs.
Sso, I tried to do the program 2 times per week at first. (The authors say that less than 2x per week is not enough, and more than 3x per week is too much) When I attempted to do 3x per week, I found that I just couldn't do it - it's a very dynamic and demanding program. So I dropped back to 2x per week. At one point, can't remember exactly when, but in the fall, I was feeling really strong and toned. Then I can't remember why, but here or there I would miss a workout, or I'd skip just the last couple of exercises in a workout due to a time crunch. I made running my number one priority and said to myself that the lifting was number two or lower. So when I got injured in December (weird wrist injury), I took a bunch of time, 2 weeks or more, off of lifting. And since getting back into it in the past few weeks, I've only managed to do one workout per week. Well, the authors of the book say that that's just not enough. And I agree...my body feels less strong, and definitely more soft with the lack of commitment to twice weekl workouts.
Sooooo. As of this week, I am making myself a PROMISE:
I will workout on NRL4W every THREE days: I will do a workout followed by two days of resting from now on!
I am going to go out and buy the extra equipment that I need to do these workouts at home, so that I can still do the program when I don't have the time to do it in the gym (I find that skating, skiing and having a kid can really get in the way of being able to spend all the time I need in a gym!).
The equipment that I need at home that I am currently missing is: 4 dumbells: 2X 20# and 2X25#, and a few risers for my step. I'm not sure if I'll buy the dumbells with plates, so that I can just adjust the plates (this would be cheaper), or if I'll buy the ready to go dumbells. Either way this is gonna cost at least a hundred bucks, but I'm willing to pay.
I know that in the last month or two, I have totally and fully fallen in love with running. There is almost nothing that will make me miss a run these days. But, it has taken about 8-9 months of running 4-6 times per week to start to feel so strongly about it. If I just give the lifting a similar commitment, I'm sure I will fall head over heels for it too.
What are you committing to?