I had a very busy yesterday hence the no post, but after a busy morning things are finally back on track a little. I had a very good happy weekend but not productive one. Nope, nothing majorly productive or exercise related happened. BUT I am okay with that. Sometimes things don’t go according to plan but you just have to roll with life. I might have had one of the most social weekends I’ve had in ages which was nice.
Saturday morning Amanda was teaching Iron Power at 9 AM so I decided I was going to hit that up. Chris decided he’d go with me for something different. Before class as I was lying in bed at like 8:15 Amanda texted me and was like, hey after we workout this morning do you and Chris want to go out to lunch with her and her boyfriend Rick. I was like yup. And low and behold it was a REALLY good time. I think we all had a great time actually. There we were in our workout clothes eating terribly bad for you things but it was totally awesome. We all can “afford” the indulgence because we are all relatively healthy and fit people.
So Saturday morning I did do an hour of Iron Power and then afterwards did 1 mile on the treadmill before I did a little bit of chest and triceps work with Amanda and her mom. Amanda once again pushed me to lift heavier than I ever would have. Bench Press 115 pounds. That’s heavy for me. Heavier than I feel comfortable with on my own. But it felt so good too. Then we did triceps skull crushers and again we went heavier than I’d ever go. But good times. Then we all headed out for our lunch. So nice to have a couple friend to go out with. I think we all get along pretty well.
So much so that later in the day they invited us to go to the movies with them. I was like cool, let’s do it. So we went home and did some housework/yard work and then we took the dogs to the dog park for a little afternoon walk. Then eventually we went and saw Get Hard with Will Ferrell. It was pretty funny I laughed. I mean it is what it is, not expecting an epic brilliant movie but classis Ferrell. Good times.
Sunday morning I just didn’t want to do anything. I was so unproductive. I did put on exercise clothes in the hope that somehow that would inspire me to want to do something. It didn’t help all that much. As the morning ticked away at me I decided that while it was okay to blow off serious exercise (my body still felt exhausted from this last week!) that I should really do something more active. We packed up the dogs and headed out for a hike. It wasn’t a crazy hike, but very pretty indeed. We were out and about for at least 1.5-2 hours. So while it wasn’t aerobic or majorly calorie scorching at least it was something.
I had every intention of running last night, but then Amanda texted me and was like do you want to take spin class tonight with me? And of course I can’t say no. I suspect this week will be fairly Amanda heavy before taking a break. Amanda doesn’t officially start the new job until next Monday but in the mean time she’s supposed to be trying out classes and seeing as I have a membership and no one really wants to go alone she keeps hitting me up to join her. I decided that for this week I am just going to go with it and go along for the ride. Next week, I can focus again on my own training plan when she is back to working again and not free in the evenings.
I guess enjoy the company this week while I have the opportunity. So I officially did a spin class last night. I liked it, I didn’t love it. But I liked it. It was so totally different than any of the other workouts I’ve ever done. I could see doing it once or twice a week for some variety. I honestly am not sure I worked hard enough because as it was my first class I didn’t go balls out right away because I was holding a little something back in case it got crazy harder. Self-perseverance you know. Don’t get me wrong my quads hurt. Sit down, stand up, pedal faster, higher resistance, less resistance, etc., etc. And it didn’t hurt my bum or crotch as much as I thought it would so that’s a plus. I am completely clueless when it comes to bikes and speeds and what is a good time/pace etc. I can tell you all you want about good pace’s for running but bikes are very foreign to me on all levels. This is what I know, I went at a decent pace and I sweated and in 30 minutes I had biked 11.5 miles according to the machine in front of me. Okay. I have nothing to compare that to but sure. We left 15 minutes early so that we get in some pull ups before Amanda went to another dance class.
I would and will take spin again and perhaps up my effort a little bit. But when we got off the bikes and started walking my legs did feel a bit jello like. So clearly it was working. It just worked a totally different area or gave me a totally different feeling. Then after class we did pull ups. Assisted. We are strong chicks but even we can’t crank out a ton of unassisted pull ups. We did a progression down. We each did 10 pull ups. Then 9, 8, 7, 6, etc. You get the idea. This equals 55 pull ups and you’d think okay big deal you are doing 2 or 1 pull up. Believe me, by the end it kind of is a big deal. My back was on fire. Then we did a series of bicep curls, working our way up and then down in weights. Again harder in actuality than it seems on paper. Today my back is sore. Only from pull ups. Crazy times.
Amanda went to do a dance class after that. I declined simply because it was some “special” hip hop professional they wanted to charge $15 for the class and I’m just not inclined to pay for a hip hop class. I am not a dancer and will barely go to a dance/Zumba class if it’s free. So instead my mom was there and we did some upper body stuff before I called it good. Overall decent productive night.
I once again thought I’d try to run tonight but once again this morning Amanda texted me and asked to go to a class called “hardcore” tonight at 5:30. I said sure. My previous logical applied; this is the week to indulge in Amanda time before she starts next week. So hardcore class tonight it is. Which means that it will officially be a week since I have gone to my former gym, Xtreme Edge. The last time I was there was last Tuesday night. Crazy that it’s been a whole week and I don’t really miss it nor need it. Although I am still not ready to give it up just yet. Chris still has a membership there and will until October. He paid for one year for $99 which is a great deal honestly. So he’s got a membership for a while. I will probably keep the membership for a while, we will see.
I am feeling a little more comfortable at the new gym, could be all the time with Amanda there. Or else it could simply be because it is a community center and real normal people. Thus far there hasn’t been a time where it was crazy busy or I couldn’t use machines or do what I wanted to do. So far so good. I can also say the stress level is crazy less, I don’t feel so many negative thoughts or have anxiety about the gym the way I have for the past couple months. This is probably a very good move. Plus effective next week I am getting my dream class schedule, something I haven’t had in forever. Monday and Wednesday nights will be 1 hour of Iron Power followed by 1 hour of Turbokick (kickboxing mixed with some high intensity stuff). All is so good.
I actually feel really happy and contented today. Like seriously things feel really happy and perhaps part of that is having that gym family back. That gym comfort. For better or worse, as silly as it is, the gym is a big part of my life. And perhaps I haven’t really realized just how much the lack of comfort I’ve felt there has affected me. I kind of notice it now that I feel happy and comfortable again. Crazy. And 1 week there is just the tip of the iceberg, there’s so much more to come.
Tomorrow is April 1. Wait, isn’t that April fool’s Day. Anyway, April already. Guess that means it’s a month until I get to go to Vegas again. I have to admit that I pretty much just like getting on airplanes and taking vacations, no matter what it is. So that is going to happen soon. I guess that’s really about it for me. Not too much else to talk about. Pretty much same old same old for this girl.