I returned to the gym on October 18th (the day after my b-day), so I’m now in my 3rd week back.
I’m proud to report that so far, I have met my goal of going 3x/ week for weight room sessions (as I said, currently doing 1. shoulders/triceps 2. legs 3. back/biceps).
IT FEELS SO GOOD TO BE BACK!!!
I feel like I’m back. I hadn’t realized how much of maybe my identity was wrapped up in going to the gym. I feel like ME again.
Even though I like working out alone, there is definitely something to be said for the “community” aspect of a gym. Just saying hi to the person at the back desk when you check in, or waving at the owner walk by, or chit-chatting with a guy I used to see there all the time. It’s nice!!
And I swear I feel stronger and a more “toned” already. Muscle memory is real!
The above pic is a snapshot of my OLD training journal, from I think 2015?? It was one of the first “monthly” training plans I did. I decided to go back to this and start working my way back through. (I ultimately have several years worth of these training programs….so might as well use them.)
I absolutely must have some sort of plan in mind when I go to the gym. I would never, ever just go in and dink around doing random exercises. NOPE! 😉
Unlike in this pic, I’m really trying to work on some progressive overload (doing more over time). You can see that apparently I used 10# dumbbells every week for the DB rear flys, for example, back then. Not ideal.
This time around, I’m making sure to push myself to increase somehow each week!! (either reps or weight). Now, on the DB flys, I think I did week 1= 10# 10 reps. Week 2= 10# 12 reps. Then this week, Week 3, I increased the weight to 15# 10 r.
More over time = improvement = STRONGER. 🙂
(*I am not really built to be a powerhouse, but that’s the nice thing about tracking my own results…an improvement for me is still a win.)
Still also doing Morning Meltdown in between on my non-gym days. I haven’t hit every single day on those (got a little off over the Halloween weekend), but most days I have been!
Thought of the Day:
Everything in life is easier when you don’t concern yourself with what everyone else is doing.
I am grateful for my little office space heater (used to be my Grandma’s! And she died YEARS ago now. This thing is eternal!)