Hello My Dear Darling Friends!
Today I noticed that my mind was wandering away from the task at hand… A lot. I have been feeling a little tired and I know that it is because my body is adjusting to new changes. I did the same workout routine for 4 weeks using methods of progressive overload and this week was the week that I switched things up!
It is an exciting time as my body becomes familiar with new exercises and different levels of intensity. For the first 4 weeks I was utilizing the 5×5 method for my upper body workouts. Now I have increased my amount of repetitions. I enjoyed 5 x 5 and in the future I might go back, but I think I need to strengthen my wrists and joints before I think about lifting much heavier. I noticed that my right wrist was very tender throughout and it has just recovered.
My heart is all in, but I can tell that my energy levels are affecting my motivation. Thankfully I know the cause. This week I decided to give up coffee for two weeks. I am drinking green tea instead and it is definitely a different more calm kind of energy boost.
Workout of the Day: Chest & Biceps + Treadmill hiit
- Standard Push-ups 3 x 15
- Reptile Push-ups 3 x 10 per side
- Dumbbell Bench Press 3 x 20
- Dumbbell Flys 3 x 20
- Hammer Curls 3 x 20
- Standing Dumbbell Curls 3 x 20
- Single arm Bicep Curls 3 x 12
- 21’s Bicep Curls 7 half up, 7 half to top, 7 full
*Between each set I did 30 seconds of active rest in the form of 25 push-ups*
I enjoyed the variety and amount of movement in this workout. Those reptile push-ups really kicked my butt and I am looking forward to getting better at them! After lifting I went on the treadmill I did 5 sprint intervals 1 minute sprint + 1 minute easy. After that I did steady state cardio on varying inclines for 30 minutes.
Word of the Day:
- Of or relating to the alphabet.
- Alphabetically arranged.
That is one of those words that I take a double-take, listen to the pronunciation and have to ask “this is a word?” I like it and I am glad I have learned a new word!
I am toying with the thought of moving again in the near future. I would like to go somewhere that gets a lot of sunshine, but does not turn into a burning inferno throughout the summertime.
While I like the sound of that, the thought of having to switch gyms again is intimidating. I like this little townhome gym that is very low-profile and rarely ever crowded. There is a small handful of regulars and I am proud to be one of them. I think I would miss that, but I am also open to going with the flow!
On another note, what do you think of air-popped popcorn as a snack? I know some very fit people who eat it on a regular basis and I even got myself one of those popcorn air-poppers. Please comment below with your thoughts and also your favorite snack ideas!