Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Earn That X

Back in January, I decided for every day I work out I am going to denote the day with an X in my planner. Yes, I still keep a planner. I tally up all of my marks and compare month to month my weight loss to workout ratio. As of October 27th, I have 142 “X” marks.
October 27th is the 300th day of the year, which means I’ve worked out a total of 47% of days. That’s pathetic. Battling the plague last week thus missing a gym day and doing light workouts when I was there have me feeling pretty gross this week. I’ve been really discouraged by the slowdown of my weight loss lately so I said to myself, “If you’re not happy with the results, it’s time to step up your game.” November is quickly approaching and it’s time to kick my ass into high gear. I’ve noticed that my workouts are becoming easier and I’m not changing them quick enough. My body is bored and not being challenged. I can’t remember the last time I was sore. Monday, October 27th, marked day 1 of my new training regime. I’m upping my gym days from 4 to 5 and am committing to running on Sundays. I’ve also broken out my weight training into smaller muscle groups that will rotate week to week, which allows for more time to focus on specific areas. Yesterday, was quads and glutes day versus just “leg day.” My morning consisted of squats, leg press, leg extension, squats, lunges, donkey kicks and hip thrusters. If I see positive results, I’ll post my calendar for those of you interested.

I sold a bunch of clothes at a garage sale this past weekend in order to get rid of fat Sarah’s stuff. With my earned money, I treated myself to some new gym clothes. After having two different pairs of spandex capris fall down during spin class, I decided it was time for some new ones in a size that fit. I downloaded some new music and created new gym playlists to power me through. I have 5 weeks until goal and 11 pounds to go. It’s time to take it to the next level and do everything possible to meet my upcoming goals. I’ve worked too damn hard to back off now.

I want these to be the days that define my journey. These are the days when old Sarah would give up because it feels like a goal isn’t in reach. Muhammad Ali said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” I will, sir. I am going to push myself, test my limits and earn my “X.” I don’t want to look back and wish I had tried harder.

I really slacked on the Ab-Tastic October challenge with all the travel and sickness plaguing my life. I’m not going to quit on it though! I’m slowly working through the days and will finish it by November 5th. Whoops! For November, I know I contemplated doing a lunge challenge but I’m having some issues with my left knee and lunging aggravates it. I’m going to do another squat challenge and, since it already has a cute and fitting name, a plank challenge. Say hello to Planksgiving and Turkey Squat November! I have no idea what a turkey squat is, I made it up and it sounded cute.

Happy (almost) Halloween!  I'll be on my couch eating peanut butter, drinking water, watching Hocus Pocus and dreaming about candy bars.

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