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!