This past year, I took part in far more “angry gym sessions” than I care to count. I had been so angry about the loss of many family members (both 2 and 4-legged) and friends, my cancer diagnosis and my inability to find a job that I was happy with and felt truly needed in. Mixed with the anger, I held in confusion and sadness. It seemed the only thing that I could control was my gym sessions and the progress that I made. It definitely worked and it gave me an outlet to release some of the tension.
This morning, I was motivated by something new – relief. Relief led me to a “2-a-Day” and it felt oh so gooooood 🙂
Workout 1: 5:30 am
|Arc Trainer||15 minutes|
|Stairmill||15 minutes – alt. 2 mins. single step/2 mins. double step|
|Chest & Tri’s|
|DB Chest Press||20# DBs – 3 x 12 superset with|
|DB OH extension||20# DB – 3 x 10|
|30 seconds plyo between sets|
|Seated Flye||45# – 1 x 15; 55# – 1 x 12; 60# – 1 x 10 superset with|
|Bent-over Tri Extension||10# – 3 x 10/arm|
|30 seconds plyo between sets|
|Seated Incline Press||40# – 3 x 10|
|Tricep Cable Pressdown||35# – Elbows out 3 x 8 + Elbows in 3 x 5|
|Standing Rear Leg Raise||2 x 15/leg|
|Supine Exercise Ball Jacknife||2 x 15|
|Lying Rear Leg Raise||2 x 15/leg|
|Crunch||2 x 15|
|Weighted Standing Oblique||20# Med Ball 2 x 10/side|
Workout 2: 3:30 pm
|Reverse Grip Bent-Over DB Row||50# 2 x 15|
|70# 2 x 10|
|Seated Row (holy poo this machine was hard!)||42.5# 3 x 10|
|Seated Reverse Flye (drop sets)||45# 1 x 15|
|60# 2 x 5; 45# 2 x 5|
What kind of relief would lead to these 2 sensational workouts, you might ask? Ch-ch-ch-changes! I said a hearty “farewell” to my job! No more late night hours. No more boredom at the front desk. No more annoying member questions. No more hypocrites (in that venue, anyway). Good riddance! Happy Heidi!
There’s one slight downside – I haven’t actually gotten that laboratory job that I interviewed for, but I’m waiting for news and still cautiously optimistic. On the other hand, I am devoting more of my hours to my Event Staff job, have gotten a call from a new pet-sitting client and am otherwise back to the career hunt! Odds are, if I don’t get this job, I will quickly grow bored but, right now, nothing can surpass this feeling of elation! Not even gym-related injuries (Warning: pictures of feet ahead!)
See that icky red welt on the ankle? Arc trainers bite – Hard! I had finished my 15-minutes this morning and had stepped down to grab the equipment cleaner. Well, the pedals return to a neutral position by themselves. This is a fact that wasn’t unfamiliar to me, I just wasn’t paying any attention and WHACK! Took it right in the ankle. I am prepared for a nasty bruise to accompany the welt since, 12 hours later, it’s still bright red. Owwie!
Injuries aside, I feel amazing and relieved (did I say that already?). Work-related anxiety is gone! Celebrations continue tonight with tacos and, hopefully, tomorrow I will celebrate by picking berries with Mom!
What emotions do you use the most during your workouts?