Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I Got 99 Problems but a Bench Ain't One

Ab-tastic October challenge!
Before today’s post, I want to announce that my new challenge of the month is an ab challenge. Photo included for schedule. Any of you interested, go get to work because today was day #1! Happy Ab-tastic October! If you need instructions on how to perform any of the moves or want to print out the calendar, go here. I successfully completed my Squat Away September challenge and ended up doing 291 squats in total for yesterday. The challenge called for 175, I did another 105 as part of my regular Tuesday leg day and my dad said I should add an additional 11 squats to bring life full circle to total 291 (my starting weight for those new to the blog). It was not an easy day because I did all my squats for the challenge after work because my new pants were too tight to squat in and I couldn’t afford to have my one pair of work pants split down the back. Fit girl problems.

Someone at work was surprised when they asked if I had a trainer to help me lose this weight and I said, “No. I do my own thing.” Quite honestly, I probably would have gotten a personal trainer but I, frankly, can’t afford it. The pricing sounded so ridiculous to me when I first heard it that it’s not something I ever considered because I haven’t had an issue training myself. Sure, I’d like to be more toned by this point but I quickly realized that you have to get rid of the fat first. At this point, I’m extremely comfortable at the gym. I used to be afraid of the machines and unsure of what to do with myself. I learned very quickly that going in with a plan is key. Otherwise, you get there and dance around while you decide what to do next. I solely rely on the Internet, Pinterest and people I follow on Instagram for workouts and ideas. I know what areas I want to work on most-- bat wings are seriously the worst—and I find exercises that target those. I track my workouts in my phone with what exercise, weights used and reps counted so I can be sure to progress each week. I know I sound like a parrot but weight training is where it’s at. I used to hate weights and would be that cliché girl doing all the cardio for an hour. Last year, I started weight training with a friend and would barely do any cardio at all. Neither of these were working for me and with research and testing I decided that mixing both is best for this bod. I’m now addicted to the shaky feeling of that last rep and feel the same when I am sprinting to finish the final cardio mile.

If you want to be successful, you have to find something that you look forward to going to. At around the 5 month mark of my new life, I was so over the gym. I hated getting up and going and when I was there I was doing the bare minimum. I quickly had a reality check with myself. Working out is not an option. I told myself, “Quit whining. Get up, work out and shut up.” So I did. Some days are easier than others, obviously, but I often jump out of bed to work out and by Monday mornings I’m itching to be in the gym. Crazy, right? No, it’s just one important lesson we learned from Elle Woods. “Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy and happy people just don’t shoot their husbands. They just don’t.” Finding exercises that will make you happy coupled with the endorphins make it like happiness squared.

This week, my Supa Proud award is going to all the moms out there, especially you with little kids. I live in single-girl paradise, which means I have the ability to wake up, workout and eat according to my needs. I can’t imagine being surrounded by gummy snacks, dino nuggets and other kid approved food all the time. I also can’t imagine what it’s like to not be able to go to the gym whenever you want. Mornings are hard because your kids are sleeping and the gym doesn’t have kids club or you’re busy getting them ready for school. After work is even harder because once you pick them up from the sitter there’s homework time, dinner, bath time, story time, etc. I know I’m forgetting things to list because, again, no kids on the couch here with me. I look up to moms (and dads!) because I honestly don’t know how you fit it all in. Here’s to you out there who bust butt on the daily and are able to achieve your own nutritional and fitness goals with those little humans in your lives! I admire you and aspire to be you.


Unknown said...

Yay! Saw you pinned this & wondered if it'd be your October challenge! I did day 1, but I may have to substitute a diff move for sit-ups; they hurt my lower back (scoliosis, compressed disk) ��

Unknown said...

Yes, when I picked this challenge I seriously thought to myself, "Can I even do a sit up?" Haha. That sucks about them hurting your back! Did you find a substitute? I'm thinking you can do extra crunches and that would count!