Monday, July 6, 2009

Bad weekend eating made for a difficult workout

If I ever thought what I ate didn't affect my workout, I was proven wrong this morning.

I was at the gym by 5:40am. It was a struggle getting out of bed. I was groggy, tired, grumpy, and even gave a passing thought to just staying in bed. I somehow managed to get up, get dressed and out the door. I've been doing this consistently for many months so I'm pretty much on auto-pilot in the mornings.

Once at the gym, I climbed onto the StairMaster stair climbing system and thought 'I don't want to do this'. It was hard. REALLY hard. Harder than it's ever been for me. I always start at level 6 and increase a level every five minutes for thirty minutes until I'm at level 10 for the last five minutes. I thought I was going to die this morning. I had a pain in my side and my heart felt like it was going to burst right out of my chest. It was the most difficult workout I've had in months, maybe even years (I've been doing this for 17 months).

I did my upper body workout, adding in a new exercise I found on a blog, and I can't remember which blog. I read so many that I forgot to mark it, but if you read this, thank you! It's a great website for strength training. The exercise is the Dumbbell Arnold Press. It's a variation of the dumbbell military press that I've been doing in my upper body workouts.

I did seven upper body exercises, three sets each, increasing weight and decreasing reps for each exercise (most of them I start at 15 reps, then 12, then 8 on the heaviest weight). It took 45 minutes, and it was pure and absolute TORTURE!

I got through it and I'm glad I did, but it was extremely difficult. Was the fun of eating whatever I wanted over the weekend worth the pain of my workout this morning? That's an emphatic NO! It was totally not worth it at all.

I'm back full force this morning. Healthy eating, staying within my Points limit, absolutely no alcohol - ever! Water, tons and tons of water today to get these toxins out of my body. I'm feeling strong, like I can this.

Every day we get to have a do-ever. Screwed up it the last two days? Do it right today. That's where I am right now. Thank goodness I'm back.


bbubblyb said...

For me, it's the alcohol that does me in when it comes to workouts the next day. Good for you for getting up anyway and going for your workout, that's the important part, like you said, getting right back to it.

Brooke said...

I think I could copy your post and put it word for word on my blog. I had the same regrets and I'm back on board this morning too. Good luck this week!!

Fatinah said...

good attitude chicklet! rock on!!

Ella Enchanted said...

I am so glad you have a positive attitude regarding this weekend & you are moving on! Great job at the gym, I feel the same way when I'm not eating right or if I skip a couple days of working out. I know you don't skip ANY days. :) Thank you for being so honest, and you are truly an inspiration for all of your readers.

spunkysuzi said...

That was me with the arnold press! I actually liked it :) Glad you had a workout even if it did feel harder than usual.
And yeah to being back!!

Pamela said...

Good job for getting to the gym and getting back on track! I'm sending you a hug! You still amaze me!

Ida said...

Good for YOU!
Seems like I have to begin again every Monday any more! Shame on me!

Graciela said...

Boy, can I relate! Toxins in the body make it difficult to get motivated. Oh, I'll just work out tomorrow, tonight I'll have scotcheroos, thank you! (and beer and potato salad and apple pie...etc etc).

I'm hoping to get back to normal this week. Eating right and working out, I feel so much better when I do.

BTW, thank you for your comment on my whiny post the other day. You are a beauty yourself, inside & out.

antgirl said...

I've noted workouts sometimes being tougher than usual. I haven't figured out why yet ... I think it's that *don't wanna* state of mind or something ... body snatchers? :)

You'll be back on it in no time, I've no doubt.