From spring back to winter, it seems like! We were almost 80 degrees yesterday with some pretty fierce winds. Today is rainy and colder with 1 to 2 inches of snow expected tonight. Really Mother Nature?
I had a warmer breakfast today. The banana bread pudding with chocolate PB2 on top. First time trying that and it is pretty good.
I worked for a while and then hit the gym. Normally on Tuesdays I like to work until it about runs out and then go to the gym in the afternoon so that I make sure I get enough work in. However, it has been so busy that I knew there was no way it would run out, so I went in the morning (which is my preferred time to exercise).
|Reverse Cable Wood Chop (low to high)||3 sets of 8 each side at 30#|
|Jackknife on stability ball||3 sets of 8|
|Step Ups||3 sets of 8 each leg with 30# KBs|
|T Push-ups||3 sets of 4 each side|
|Pliet Squats||3 sets of 8 with 30# DB|
|Alternating lateral raise||3 sets of 8 each arm with 10# DBs|
|Reverse Row||3 sets of 8|
|Supine Hip Extension to Leg Curl (SHELC)||3 sets of 8|
I wasn’t sure if I ever explained the reverse row, but here is my setup for it. You can use a smith machine or any barbell cage to set it up.
That’s the stability ball I use for the SHELC as well. All ready to go for that superset. Here is what the exercise looks like as I do it.
Very challenging. You can progress from putting the legs out straight to having them on a stability ball or bench.
I have found using the kettle bells for the step ups is much easier than dumbbells as far as grip strength goes. I think maybe the grip is wider? I am using two 30# kettle bells for this exercise. That is 60# total and each time I step up with that, I think about how I used to carry even more than that weight on my whole body going up and down stairs.
It’s funny, I am making great strength gains, but really struggling with body image these last couple months. In navel gazing, I think that it probably stems from a higher level of anxiety between the house closing and job stress (and a bit from the weather). This has left me feeling fairly unsettled and restless, which in turn makes it easier for my brain to beat on my self esteem a bit. You know how they say if you can’t change your situation, you need to change your attitude, so that is what I need to do. Only I am having a hard time figuring out how to do that.
Maybe looking at my roses will help.
Still looking good since Friday – they do make me happy!