Time for the second installment of my ‘I’m going to try to hold myself accountable in for working out and eating healthier’ that I only started last month. To start with a picture, because every post should have a picture, here is a gratuitous shot of the salads I’m trying to eat this week for lunch (I still don’t have any salads from the gym, but I’ll try to remember this month.):
It’s a spring mix salad with grilled lemon-herb chicken with fresh-cut strawberries, dried cranberries and feta cheese. I’m still trying to sort out the portion sizes of stuff and Tuesday was better than Monday and hopefully Wednesday is even better portioned, but overall I’m still impressed I’ve stuck with it.
If you don’t know it already, this is a HUGE accomplishment. In general I don’t eat enough vegetables add-on that I despise romaine and iceberg lettuce and you’re starting to get an idea of how much it would take me to make and eat my own salads. I’m not sure how people eat salads everyday, but we’ll see how I do a week at a time. I’m already trying to figure out what I’m going to do next week and I’m thinking the same base with the spring mix and chicken but maybe apples and nuts of some sort.
Suffice to say that after last month’s post working out was a bit of a failure. Between family visiting and getting sick I missed almost two weeks and then with work getting super busy at the end of the month I missed a couple more days so it was a bit of a wash, but so far in June I’m going strong and feel like I’m doing better than I was so maybe I needed a bit of a break! So missing dates aside, this month was a good month. I did my incremental increases each week and have seen improvements all around.
I’ve also noticed, after the break, my knees aren’t bothering me as much as they were at one point. It wasn’t my knees as much as it was the muscles pulling on my knees causing discomfort and soreness. Once I figured that out I was able to stretch better and more often which alleviated a lot of the discomfort and I guess helped my tendons and muscles catch up as I’ve not noticed as much discomfort this month.
The two highlights of the month for me were stringing multiple double-unders together in one grueling workout. Double-unders are when you’re jumping rope and you want the rope to make two complete circles with one jump. Generally, I manage 10-20% of our attempts are (50 attempts = 5-10 successful) and I somehow managed to string 2-3 together in the middle of a particularly grueling workout after some pointers and I can’t wait to do them again. The workout consisted of 50, 40, 30, 20, 10 double-unders/sit ups w/ the DU halved for me for time; time was capped at 15 minutes and I completed 25/50, 20/40 and 15/5 which is a lot!
However, I was most impressed with the two most recent WODs Friday (6/7) and Monday (6/10). The WODs consisted of:
|Friday 6/7As Many Reps as Possible in 12 mins||Monday 6/10FOR TIME|
In the first WOD, on the left, it was the first time I’ve actually done the box jumps and didn’t scale down to step ups AND I completed 5 complete rounds which is a little under a 2.5 minutes a round which isn’t too shabby as I was exhausted at the end. And to put this in perspective, by time we got around to the WOD we’d been working on our deadlift which I bumped up to 130# and did 3-4 sets of 5 lifts. So I’m counting it as a win that day!
The second WOD, on the right, contains one of my least favorite things on the planet: RUNNING. Seriously, if I ever write an autobiography for any reason I plan on calling it “I Hate Running,” or some form of that. But I did finish the work out and wasn’t too far behind everyone else. I did have to scale the squats from 50 to 30 or I would never have finished, but everything else I kept the same and completed the workout in 22:00. It would’ve gone a lot faster if there was no running involved, but what’s that phrase about what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger? Yeah I’m going to bank on that and hope the running continues to get easier.
My biggest goals for this coming month are to stick with the salads/healthier eating at lunch time and to hopefully not miss many days. I’m still seeing improvement which is what matters and I find myself getting antsy when I’m not there and usually am. So It’s definitely becoming habit which is the biggest hurdle!