My daughter graduated college on a Friday in May and then my son graduated high school on the following Monday. Since then it’s been a bit of a whirlwind summer.
I’ve been in Branson, Missouri for a week, Bermuda for a week, Ohio for a week, and most recently Virginia for a week. Some of those trips I was able to exercise, but not near as much as I am used to. And it wasn’t as easy to prepare the “best” food.
So needless to say right before my trip to VA, I asked my trainer Ryan if we could do a plan “similar” to what we did during the 12-week challenge, but perhaps not AS intensive. He was thinking along the same line as I was, but he had to ask – “When will you be home for a stretch of time?”
So we came up with August 7 as a start date. He has a 20-week plan mapped out for me and now all I need to do is follow it. (I check in with him, of course, but I believe this plan will work great.)
|This is MY Journey|
One of the “benefits” of having a restful summer is that a lot of my more “nagging” injuries are healing and I don’t wake up saying, “Oh, my ankle,” or “Oh, my knee,” or “Oh, my elbows,” or Oh, my wrist.” So that is a good thing. I’ve also found my voice to tell whomever I am training with if something is hurting me (in the not good way.)
Most of you know he had me remove the scale from my house over a year ago. I used to stick to the plan really well, but I would also weigh myself EVERY day. If my weight was not going down, I’d wander off the plan to try and self-correct. (Like I knew anything about anything?????) So he had us get rid of the scale and only weigh with him once a week.
Well now he is living across the U.S. So I am weighing and measuring with Misty at Gold’s Gym who I adore. We did starting measurements and weight on Monday. On Wednesday, I went to CMU and did the Bod Pod. They weigh you there and my weight was already down 5 pounds from Monday (Now there’s a reason for this.) But my mind was like, RIGHT ON! And so on Thursday, I didn’t push as hard because I was like, “Well my weight is already down, I can let up a little.”
I shot Ryan a text and asked, “Hey are we doing weight AND measurements every Monday (with Misty.) He immediately replied — “No, only once every 4 weeks.” WTF? Seriously. And then I thought, “Hmm, That’s pretty smart actually because look what I did on Thursday.” I guess old habits die hard.
|Swimming 2 to 3 x’s a week|
Anyways I am still swimming 2 to 3 times a week. I lift weights 2 times a week (Rheumatologist requests only 2x a week). I have a Ryan (heII) workout twice a week – cardio/weight based. And depending upon where I am on the numbers, I may add one more workout in there. Good times!
|Day 1 of 140|
|Stats and the “why” of why I call them the workouts from hell!|
|This workout was a little bit more fun than the Monday Ryan one!|
|Cleaning out my desk and came across this photo on the left.
It reminds me that this is definitely ALL worth it.