Monthly Archives: August 2013

Lifting Heavy… How it’s going for me!

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Woot woot! Almost through my 2nd week of Stronglifts 5×5 and I’m really loving it. I feel strong and I’m literally watching myself get stronger each day (already!). 

I was completely terrified of walking over to the weights section of the gym when I started this last week. I was intimidated, felt so out of place and couldn’t imagine how I would make it through a workout without being laughed at. I pushed through, though, and I’m so glad that I did.

Each morning after a lift sesh, I am sore in all of the right places. I deadlifted 100 lbs today…. while I realize that’s nothing for a lot of people, it’s a heck of a lot to me. To put it into perspective, I was using 9 lb weights when I was doing deadlifts 2 weeks ago. 

I’ve been doing short runs on my lifting days and then longer runs on rest days. I do enjoy running and I’m really seeing tremendous improvement in my runs- particularly with my stamina. I ran farther yesterday than I have in years!

2 weeks in and I’m already thrilled. I cannot wait to continue tracking my progress and see where I am in a few more weeks 🙂

xoxo,

M

A new venture… lifting heavy!

So I’ve been working out pretty consistently for about 6 years now and I have to say, I’ve learned more this past 7 months than I have in my life. Since February, I’ve been dedicated to the Tone It Up plan and I learned what it means to have a loyal support group. My TIU sisters have been amazing and have encouraged, motivated and cheered me on through a lot. 

I love the Tone It Up workouts! They are fun, get you moving and burn a ton of calories. I have been ready for something different, though to sprinkle in among these workouts. Something to enhance this already great program. I researched my heart out… which is how I always approach things. It’s just in my nature! I checked out T25, Insanity, P90X, and Stronglifts 5×5. I finally landed on Stronglifts as my decision.

Basically, it’s a program that builds your strength by lifting heavy. Today was Day 1 for me.. I challenged myself and I couldn’t be more proud. 

My alarm went off at 4:42 this morning… that’s typical. However, I was totally worried about how self conscious I was going to feel walking over to the barbell section. Anyone who goes to Gold’s Gym knows it… some of the strongest athletes train there! There are some seriously strong men and women, even in the mornings! But, I pushed myself to do it because I know that transforming my body is more important to me than what anyone there thinks. Beyond that, I reminded myself that they all had a 1st day of weight lifting too. So over I went! 

As I had expected, there were people squatting more than my body weight and here I was picking up the 45 lb bar…. The whole workout was decently challenging, but I am admittedly a bit nervous about adding weight. Will I be able to do it? Surely I will… I put my fears aside this morning, I can certainly do it again when it’s time to increase the weight.

I can’t wait to watch my strength grow. It will be fun to look back on my first day and remember how much courage it took to start out on this venture!