Body for Life – Days 15 & 16

I’ve kinda fallen behind in my blogging here…but I think it would get boring if I kept writing: “I went running today and it was awesome. The End.”

But in all seriousness, Days 15 and 16 were good workout days. Day 15 (Monday, MLK Day, a day off from work) was Upper Body Weights. It took 40 minutes, and I felt challenged for the most part. Included among my exercises were Dumbbell Flyes, Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown and Straight-Arm Pulldowns, Seated Dumbbell Press, Alternate Dumbbell Curls, and Dumbbell Extensions. The Seated Dumbbell Presses were REALLY challenging once I got to the 12 rep @ 10 lbs. each arm, and the same with Dumbbell Extensions. The latter was for Triceps (my second weakest area, after Shoulders), and around rep 8 or 9 (of the last 12 rep set) I started feeling really weak and my muscles wanted to give up. What kept me going was consciously thinking, “The Warrior is in Afghanistan.” That gave me some SERIOUS motivation and I finished very strong, and I could’ve kept going!

Yesterday, Day 16, was an Aerobics day, and my running went well. (Boring! haha)

Probably beginning next week I will be working with a physical therapist/personal trainer for several weeks to strengthen my core, as prescribed by my scoliosis specialist. I went in for a check-up and x-rays yesterdays, and all the titanium hardware looks good and nothing majorly bad is going on. He did find that I have spondylolisthesis (a slipped vertebra which is degenerating the disk) and spondylolysis (also known as Pars Defect, which is basically a cracked vertebra caused by a stress fracture). It won’t prevent me from continuing in BFL, thankfully, and it will be a very good thing to learn some great core exercises, since that is the area I struggle with the most in BFL.

Today SHOULD HAVE been Day 17, Lower Body Weights….however, I have a pressing paid project (outside of normal work) that I need to have finished by Friday. Because of additional obligations tonight and tomorrow evening, I had to drop something (despite my efforts to “do it all”), and working out had to slip. I was feeling really awful about it earlier today, beating myself up inside because I was already “failing,” especially since I’ll have to take 2 days off in a row (tonight and tomorrow). So what I’ll do is a double workout on Friday: Days 17 and 18 (Lower Body and Aerobics), Day 19 on Saturday (Upper Body), Day 20 on Sunday (Aerobics) and then I’ll be back on schedule. So in reality I’ll only be missing 1 day because I do get 1 free day a week. I just tend to be a perfectionist and hate the thought of doing a half-assed job on something I’m determined to accomplish…as The Warrior says, “You either do or you don’t. There is no try.”

~Malori~

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