As of now, I am *this close* to being done with my second phase of training. Tomorrow’s workout will be my last chance at that particular workout before a week of recovery. Normally, every 5th week in a cycle is recovery but with Christmas coming during that time last phase, recovery week was replaced with 3
workouts that left me weeping in a pool of my own sweat to help us gear up for the holidays so there was no traditional recovery.
Part of me wants to just go-go-go but I definitely recognize and understand the need to slow down and giving our bodies a chance to recover. I’m still going to run a couple of days and I’ve signed up for a Joga class mid-week while I still have a daytime baby-sitter willing and able to look after my herd for an hour. I’m excited. I know I say that a lot…but seriously. Excited.
So what have I accomplished this time around? Well, for starters, I learned to listen to my body and hold back when my leg got angry with me a couple of weeks ago. That was a big accomplishment for me. I also discovered that, for the first time in my life, I can not only hold a side plank, I can hold it with arm and leg in the air. As my 4 year old would say “for real life!”. My core has never been strong enough to hold side planks, push-up holds or anything like that. I’ve also noticed a huge increase in my balance and dare I say, my coordination as well.
This month, I’ve also been adding in one at home workout during the week. Working out at the warehouse 3 days a week would be awesome but it’s not in the budget for us right now so rather than doing nothing, I’m being proactive and doing that “day 3” workout at home. I’m using the Runtastic timer app for android and my boys are providing the background “music” (aka. they’re constant fighting…grrrr) for me. Sometimes, they even join me for some “essersize”. Their glute bridges are superb, thank you for asking. The Little Lady also finds watching squats the best entertainment out there. Either that or I look ridiculous and she’s mocking me. Either way, she’s smiling.
As with last phase, by the last week, I was lifting heavier, swinging a heavier kettle bell and slowly getting more reps of a more challenging version of burpees before I have to modify. That’s not to say that these workouts get easier. They don’t. And that’s just plain awesomesauce.
Overall, I feel amazing and I love the space I’m in. Wheeee!
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