Under Control

One thing I do know for sure is that no matter how long or difficult my day may be with all the uncontrollable external elements, the decision whether to workout or not is under my control. My day can try play a part in the decision making process, but why would I let it? It’s under my control.

Oh, I did workout…feeling great and clear minded!!

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Cheat Day or Shall I Say Chocolate Day!

Well, I had a free drink on my Starbucks rewards card, so I went for it full on and got a large (venti) mocha cookie crumble with extra everything. I did have a great workout today as well, but just enjoying the frappuccino, was a big highlight for me. Now, I have my chocolate and cheat fix for the week. Feeling great!!

Do you have a cheat day? What’s your favorite cheat snack/meal?

Advance Preparations: Today for Yesterday

Yesterday I wasn’t able to post after my workout due to connectivity issues. But I must tell you that it was another great workout. The feelings of accomplishment and invincibility like I could conquer the world after completing my workout always outdoes the pre-workout feelings that sometimes come my way after a long day and such.

I continued with my regular daily workout routine for Wednesday focusing on back, legs, and, again, a little bit of abbs. Back and legs is a muscle mix that I learned is very effective from P90X by the way…so thank you Tony Horton. But I used my own exercises and routine.

I managed to get to the gym earlier than usual which meant, of course, that I finished my workout earlier than usual. It was nice to know that I had a few more hours to relax. Except, when I got home, I realized that I hadn’t cooked my chicken for my regular after workout or dinner protein yet. So it took a little bit longer to get that done. I guess my lesson from this for the future is to make sure that I prepare in advance when necessary. I’m usually pretty good with this, but this time…oh well!! Next time!!   

Average Day, Fantastic Ending!

For all the hard work completed today, accomplishments and non-accomplishments, pressure, leisure, and stress, I will be going to sleep feeling great. I just completed a fantastic workout. I stuck to my usual Tuesday workout routine focusing on shoulders and triceps with a little bit of abbs. It’s not the first time that I have left the gym feeling as if I had just finished my best ever workout, but today just had to have been my best. When it comes to shoulders, I personally prefer to superset my exercises and superset I did. As well as my usual routine, I stuck a few more movements in the mix. It was intense.

All the feelings and emotion that came with the day have simply culminated with the definite feelings of achievement and accomplishment that can only be caused by completing such a workout routine. A fantastic ending to an average day!

 

If you want to know more about the method of supersetting, here’s a little more information:

http://exercise.about.com/cs/weightlifting/a/supersets.htm

 

Gym or Gym-not

Here’s something that I have experienced many times before (often under different circumstances), but most recently, yesterday….I’m sure many people have experienced this. Maybe, I’m the only one, but either way, here goes:

Yesterday was a long difficult day for me. It was draining physically and mentally. Something (an external something that in general, I have very little control over) I had been working on for over three months began to fall apart bit by bit in the space of two hours. This something is a make it or break it part of my life and dream to continue living life how I have planned to and to continue to follow my dreams. My mood and mindset began to rapidly change as fast as the pieces I had worked so hard to build over the past three months began to fall apart. While draining me of most of my physical and mental strength to deal with it, it took the rest of my energy to simply get through it. It was a struggle. I fought hard to remain positive and try put the pieces back together. It will be alright….it had to be. I had worked too hard to let it all just slip away in such a short time. I had to remain strong, believing with all my strength that It won’t fall apart and I won’t let it. I won’t go down without a fight. The day was over and I felt alright. I made it!

However, my final decision of the day came. It was gym time and I began questioning whether I had the strength, physical and mental, to go to the gym or not. I had a pounding headache (thankfully not a migraine this time…just a headache) from the day’s fight and pressure I was under. I wanted to go to the gym….I really did, but how? Before I even begin my workout at the gym, I would have a fifteen minute walk to the gym. It is usually a good walk, but this time, it just felt so far away.

This is a literal and I mean literal and not exaggeration written summary of how I felt and how I made my decision. Have you ever felt or do you ever feel this way? I’m sure everyone has had a day or two like this when things just aren’t going right and the gym just becomes another struggle of the day……

I made my decision. Gym it was. I went to the gym, and manged to complete a great workout and felt great!