Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My Gym Routine Lately + A Workout

It's been a little while since I've talked about what my workouts look like, so- here ya go! I've been lifting 5-6 days a week, as heavy as I can with no cardio. This is usually something I start doing once winter rolls around BUT I decided to get a jumpstart this time. Back in June (I think it was June…) when I was having a really hard time sleeping, I lost a lot of muscle. So much in fact that one of the trainers I work with asked me if I was leaning out for something. My response: No, but my arms look skinny, huh? His response: Ya. 

This killed me. 

With all of the hard work I've put in over the years, the last thing I want to be called is 'skinny'. With the lack of sleep I just wasn't able to make it to the gym, and when I did it was more than likely going to be one of the worst workouts I've ever had. I didn't have an appetite and truthfully most of the time I wasn't working was spent in bed trying to get 10 minutes of sleep here or there. It was awful. So one day I promised myself as soon as I had my energy back I was going to be on a muscle building spree and here we are! To be honest, I usually do the whole eat more-no cardio thing in the winter because I tend to put on a little weight and lets face it, yoga pants and leggings are the perfect way to hide those extra lbs. But much to my surprise, as I started eating more and lifting heavier I really started to feel better about my body. 

I'm not summer lean but I'm also seeing lines and muscles where I never have. I eat carbs with every single meal throughout the day and I don't feel the least bit guilty about it (yes, I would give myself anxiety about it, second guess myself, etc.). And really, I'm just happy with where I am right now. I enjoy eating for muscle gain and I enjoy lifting for muscle gain so why not do what I love? I'm sure eventually I'll be open to throwing some cardio in and being strict on on counting macros but that time is not now and I'm okay with that! 



This was today's Bi/Tri workout, feel free to give it a shot! 


2 comments:

  1. You sound more and more balanced as time goes by. It's nice to know and accept that we will cycle, because the patterns in our lives (like the circadian patterns of sleep, etc) will also fluctuate. It makes sense. It keeps us from having unreasonable expectations of ourselves that have the potential of working against us.
    Thanks for a great post!

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  2. I am so happy to hear this! I started doing the carbs all the time and eating more/heavier lifting a while back and would never trade it with any other method. For me, adding the cardio in keeps me lean but I can still pack on the lbs. of muscle! It is very tricky and slower as a process, but possible; but I do track intake to make sure I stay where I should be. Now it's easy to just prep at the beginning of the week and not track bc I know what I'm eating. Anyways, you sound much better and I am so happy for ya like I said! :) It is so nice to find something you love and be able to do it all the time! Honestly I am glad I have waited to compete because like you, I also love to eat and lift for gains! Great job girl! Thanks for the workout!

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