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Satisfaction and planning

There’s nothing like finishing a workout and feeling proud of yourself. That happened to me today and helped pick me up after a week of taking an extra rest day (out of laziness and not wanting to go out in the rain). Today’s workout also marked the end of the first week of my new style of workout plan. Overall, I’d say it’s going great. I feel like I’m improving as well as getting the most out of my workout in the least amount of time.

The workout I did today was supposed to be the one listed on Saturday. But, like always, I made some modifications.

  • I didn’t do push-ups in between deadlifts, instead I just took shorter rests
  • I did an extra set of deadlifts because I felt that I could
  • Between every set of all the other moves I did 50 jump-ropes
  • I decided not to do cable bend or reverse cable crunch
  • I added 3 sets of bench thrusts
  • I did cycles of 50 jump-ropes/1 minutes plank with different planks
  • I also did spider push-ups
  • I did 10 minutes of HIIT on the treadmill at the end

It seems like a lot of modifications, but, for the most part, it meant that I was doing something extra. I was feeling pretty good today and it shows in my workout. Although it’s very important to have a plan so you don’t get lost and waste time in the gym, it’s also important to pay attention to your body. If you feel that a move or weight is too hard for you to maintain the proper form, then you need to make adjustments. Don’t keep going if something hurts or feels wrong just because it says so on a piece of paper. Likewise, if you don’t feel like you’re being worked hard enough, you have to make adjustments. Add more weight, do more reps, do more sets, increase range of motion, or do extra moves that target the same muscles. No matter what you do, your goal should be to leave the gym feeling like you challenged yourself and made improvements.


The balance between focus and tunnel vision

Weight: 132 lbs

Breakfast: Plain Greek yogurt with blueberries

Lunch: Mac & cheese, tomato bisque

Afternoon snack: dried kiwi, sliced ham wrapped around a cheese stick

Dinner: Spinach salad with walnuts/craisins/balsamic vinaigrette, apple, mini cucumbers

Dessert: Dave & Andy’s ice cream

Today I was supposed to run. I was also supposed to keep up with my clean eating. But, life got in the way. Instead of working out, I went to play with puppies (I mean, wouldn’t you?). I packed my healthy lunch as usual, but then my friends invited me to get lunch for a friend’s birthday. It’s not like either of these things is a major setback or even bad for me! But, I can’t help but feel a little disappointed in myself for not strictly following my plans for myself. Sure, my body needs fitness and nutrients, but social interaction and down-time is also a necessity.

It’s always been hard for me to focus on one thing without becoming so obsessed with it that I lose sight of other things. Like how trying to be conscious of what I am eating can actually ruin my mood and ability to enjoy life. A commitment to succeeding in school or a career can cause the rest of your life to suffer before you even realize it. This is something that I want to try to avoid from now on. I don’t want to ever feel bad about not being perfect. That is the opposite of what I am trying to do. My new goal is to always be positive about what I accomplish, whether that includes everything I planned for it to include or not. So, I’m going to start adding positive statements about my progress to my posts.

+I still ate 2 clean meals

++I got to play with puppies

+++I haven’t gained weight