Workouts getting tough, but going well. After the “heavy phase” (5 reps, heavy weights), comes the “15-phase”. The weights are lighter and I do 15 reps, 3-5 sets. I read up on this a little and I think this kind of work will stimulate more growth hormone so I will be able to add more muscle. That’s a good thing. But these long sets are brutal. And I think there are two more weeks of this. I also got my new Nike sensor so I’m highly motivated to run/walk as many miles as I can manage each morning. I accumulated 30+ miles this week. It’s fun. But I’m not sure I should be running/walking every day. It’s a little tough on the bod.
Monday is my 49th birthday. It’s hard to deny that I’m “middle-aged”. Physically, I feel wonderful. Yes, I need glasses now. And there are hot flashes and mood swings, but not if I eat clean and exercise every day. The hair is gray and the boobs are saggy. And if my daily routines are disrupted, I forget things, become disorganized, and get frustrated. And I believe my age has given me permission to be cranky at times and more outspoken than ever – which is a little scary considering I’m outspoken by nature. Setting a goal for when I’m 50 has made me look forward to this birthday and excited for the next one.
By Thursday of this last week, I was pretty beaten up. I injured and re-injured a small muscle along the right side of my spine. (SLMB = Stupid Little Back Muscle) The pain from that, plus the normal pain from workouts, was a little intense. Sarah, the athletic trainer at school, let me wear a muscle stimulator unit all day on Friday. What a wonderful little device! It took care of the back pain almost immediately. A good night’s sleep on Friday night, and I felt great. I’m still a little protective of my back, but I was able to get through a leg workout this morning. No dead lifts, though. That’s how I pulled the stupid little back muscle in the first place.
Other than the SLBM, I’m happy with the program Adam has worked up for me. I’m learning a lot and like the results. I’m always impatient and push myself. Pain fades. I still look forward to the next workout. I love starting and ending my day with exercise.
Next blog… the characters at the gym.