Working Out Week Two: Tossing in Some Cardio

I’m just coming up on my two week marker on this whole “jumping back on the gym train” thing. And I’m still killing it.

I’m averaging about five to six workouts a week, which is pretty amazing – especially considering that a month ago I was happy with one halfway hard workout a week. I’m by no means at my fighting weight yet – I haven’t even gotten my regular pants to fit regular yet, but I do feel better. I can tell that my anemia is pretty much gone, because I have a lot more energy than I had before. My head feels clearer and I don’t feel like I’m missing a big piece of being healthy.

So, what’s new this week? I’ve added in a bit more cardio – bumping the time commitment up to a little less than half of my weekly workout time. I’ve been kicking my gym time off with ten to fifteen minutes on the stair master, which is basically a nice way of saying I smell disgusting by the time I hit the weights. Hey, we’re being honest, right?

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I’m still busting my butt with squats. Squats with weights, squats on the bosu, lunges, side squats, dead lift squats…basically if it includes the word “squat,” I’m on it.

Actually, if it includes the bosu, I’ll probably try it. One day this week I successfully did three sets of bicep curls (20 reps each) while doing a wall sit on my tippy toes. Then I decided it was a super good idea to try wall sits while standing on the bosu. This was not a good idea. I thought my legs were going to collapse. Certainly a good goal to work up to, but not something I’m going to be doing in the next few weeks…

And then you have the whole “ab work” thing. This is where I fail. Certainly, I do abdominal exercises every time I work out. But wherever I can gain an inch of progress with my glutes, I gain a centimeter of progress in my abs. I think it’s the same for all of us in the 30-and-above bracket (or maybe just the those-of-us-who-are-women bracket?) – but abs are the hardest part of my workout, mostly because they take the longest to see progress. And when progress is your motivator, well…that’s not a good thing in terms of ambition.

But with that being said, I’ll keep trying. Because it’s only been two weeks and I already feel like a more accomplished person. I guess my abs will just have to catch up in their own time.

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