Have Faith {12/6/12 Workout}

Do you ever go through times when you fear your motivation is gone, never to return again? That’s how I’m feeling right now. Not about exercise — I’m still going strong there  — but  more about everything else: school, cleaning, cooking, fixing myself up in the morning, etc…

Although I feel burnt-out to a crisp, I have felt this way before.  At the end of every semester, actually. So although I may not feel this way, I know the key is to have faith in myself — faith that my motivation and zest will return when the time is right. I will decompress over break, and I will be ready to start again. And hey, I have some exciting things to look forward to:

(1) I get to start fresh in a new apartment in 9 days, and it is a wonderful place

(2) This semester is over in 8 days

(3) Christmas break is 3 weeks long

(4) Not only do I get to start a new semester in 1 month, but I actually get to start the nursing program

All will be well.

In other news, today is the two-year anniversary of marrying my husband at the courthouse (we later had a big wedding in June, but we did this so that I could move out of the dorms and live together). I am very blessed to be married to my first love and best friend.

For exercise, I did an hour of chest & back weights and 50 minutes of cardio on the elliptical and stationary bike. I tell ya what, it felt GOOD to lug some iron around after doing cardio-only for the last two days! For the next few weeks until we get settled in at our new place, I will keep my workout log brief, but will hopefully get back to sharing it at length when things calm down.

Until next time, keep calm and train hard!

 

 

Searching for Serenity {12/4&5/12 workouts}

This has been a hard week… like, a pre-finals, crazy-busy with packing, sore throat, $1500+ in unexpected bills kind of hard … so here’s just a quick workout update…

Yesterday:
10 min incline walking
Leg weights for ~ 1 hour
35 minute cybex elliptical

Today:
30 minutes incline walking
30 min cybex elliptical

Even in the midst of my pity party, I can recognize that even though going to the gym (and changing out of my PJs for any reason for that matter) was dead last on my list of things that I wanted to do, exercise has been the one thing keeping me sane these past few days.

I’ve just got to practice those positive thinking skills that I preach, and I’ll be starting a fresh semester before I know it!

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Illness & The Exercise Itch {12/3/12 Workout}

Sometimes I simply cannot sit and look at one more post, pin, blog… I just get the itch to move! For the last week or so, I’ve been fighting a bug and I’m trying to find balance between exercise and rest, between not having an appetite yet still eating enough, between lethargy one minute and restlessness the next. Does this make sense? Illness messes with my head…

I had a workout planned with my cousin today, but it was interrupted by my mom’s arrival into town to help me pack (thanks Mom!). I thought I’d just workout at home when I got a free minute, but then I thought maybe not due to my fatigue. Even though I was tired, I had to help pack because my mom drove all that way; once I put on real clothes and makeup and started packing, I got a little spurt of energy.

I really haven’t had an appetite with this sore throat — so why eat much, right? Wrong! My mom took me out to dinner, and after eating I really felt my energy surge! So here I am right now having a leisurely ride on the spin bike after a kickass arm & shoulder workout. My restless got the best of me and propelled me to the gym… and also the fact that I really didn’t want to write an excuse-for-not-working-out post. Right now I feel the best I have all day! 🙂

Arm & Shoulder Workout:

20 minutes incline walking warm-up

3 x 12-15 of the following:

Dumbbell bicep curls
Dumbbell overhead tricep press

Lateral raise
Front raise

Bent over lateral raise
Military press

Narrow grip barbell curl
Overhead tricep cable press

Dumbbell hammer curl
Tricep pressdown

1 x 25:

Bent-over barbell curl burnout

25 minutes of spinning & counting! {ended up to be 40 minutes}

Caffeine, Friend or Foe? {12/2/12 Workout}

I hear people all the time say “I really should quit drinking coffee. I know it’s bad for me.”

But is it really? For me, sometimes a little lot of caffeine in the form of a skinny mocha or crystal lite energy is the only think that gets me out of bed and to class in the morning and then to the gym in the afternoon. I don’t think going to class and the gym is bad for me; in fact, I think not going would be very bad for me. In my opinion, anything that can help me get to class, get to the gym, and complete anything else on my to-do list is not only good, but awesome!

And hey, coffee even has lots of antioxidants! Just don’t pour on the sugar and cream. And yes, more than 3-4 cups is probably bad, especially if you’re prone to high blood pressure. And yes, its a diuretic, so you have to compensate with even more water. And no, I’m not a doctor — so obviously take their advice first. But for me at least, caffeine (in moderation) is my friend!

On that note, I got up this morning and downed a few crystal lite energy packets in several tall glasses of water in addition to a couple of glasses of plain water. And voila! Presto! My energy is back!

What do you think? Is caffeine your friend or foe?

My workout:

  • 35 minutes on StairMaster (~170 floors)
  • 25 minutes on Cybex elliptical
  • Hot tub relaxation with my cousin and workout partner!

 

Get some sleep! {12/1/12 Workout}

Yesterday, encouraged by the sunshine pouring through the windows, I decided to start my day with a run. I laced up and headed out. When I set out for a run from my apartment, no matter which route I choose, it’s uphill at first. My legs felt tight, the arch of my right foot hurt, and I was all-around tired. Just finish the 1.5 mile loop then see how you feel. As I ran, my aches were unrelenting, and the wind whipped against my face and ears.

The 1.5 mile loop turned out to be all I could take, and I retreated to a warm bath.I played with the idea of going to the gym for some indoor cardio, but I just felt exhausted all day. Instead, I spent the day running errands and packing. I think I’ve been so tired lately (1) due to the grey days, and (2) because I still have my sleep schedule all out of whack since staying up too late over Thanksgiving break.

So, my goal for this week is to go to bed by 10:30 every night! It’s amazing how lack of sleep can affect your energy level, emotions, and cognitive abilities. I just don’t feel like myself when I’m sleep-deprived.

Today, I am going to hit it hard at the gym! But first, caffeine…