Being Challenged Feels Great, Actually - LiveFit Day 16
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Yesterday flew by and when 6pm rolled around I was more than ready to get my lift on! It's funny how excited I get when it's time for me to earn some sweat! It doesn't hurt that Hubs got a killer job offer yesterday - though he just told me it's not quite official yet as it's not in writing - so the good news spurred me on too.
Last night was Legs! YAY!
Leg Extensions - 1 set @ 70, 2 sets @ 80
Wide Stance Barbell Squat - 3 sets @ 55
Barbell Lunges - 1 set @ 45, 2 sets @ 55 *
Single-Leg Kettlebell Deadlift - 1 set @ 25, 2 sets @ 30
Lying Leg Curls - 3 sets @ 70
Seated Calf Raises - 3 sets @ 70
Standing Calf Raises - 2 sets @ 75, 1 set @ 80
Time: 55 minutes
Avg HR: 131
Max HR: 160
Cals Burned: 570 (WHAT!?)
Fat Cals: 32%
So I can sacrifice some fat cal % burn to burn more calories if I keep my HR up the whole time (tried to stay above 113 at all times). Not sure what's best, but I wasn't too worried about it as I knew I was working hard.
* About lunges... I shouldn't be doing them. Anyone have an alternative because they cause my PF to flare up like crazy and I'm trying to heal my stupid foot right now, not make it worse?!
Yesterday I started noticing how this increase is going to affect me. By the third or fourth exercise I could feel myself starting to "fall apart" as it were. And I honestly doubt I would've made it through without the boost I got from the supplement I just purchased.
On a recommendation from my ever awesome SUGIRL, I bought some Xtend Watermelon powder. Now, first of all, let me make a general statement about these powder supplements. Both this stuff and my Body Fortress protein powder call for 1 scoop with 8 ounces of water. B-friggin'-S, dude! I dilute the protein powder with a few extra ounces of water and it doesn't taste quite as gritty and gross. With the Xtend? If you drank it the way you're supposed to...well, you must like drinking syrup! That stuff is SO thick at that ratio! No way I can stomach it! So I just put one small scoop in my 28 oz bottle and fill 'er up. Lasts my whole workout and tastes pretty good too. More hint of watermelon flavor vs. watermelon syrup.
And what a great time for my package to get here with that very product, because I honestly felt like every sip gave me a jolt. Not sure if that was mental or physical, but I'm tending toward the latter for one simple reason - Hubs agrees.
Yesterday Hubs had an interview for a much better job. By the end of the interview, he received a handshake and a job offer and he was so excited as the new job is set to start either the end of this month or the beginning of next. Right now Hubs has been working nights stocking shelves at Kroger. As much as he is a night owl, however, the schedule has been wearing on him. Plus, 3 employees have gotten other jobs and 1 seems to have disappeared...and there are only about 6-7 on night shift crew anyhow. That means Hubs has worked just about 10 days in a row as he keeps getting called in to work on his days off. With the job offer in his head, Hubs said it was just about impossible to get any sleep yesterday. In addition to that, he said his legs have been screaming at him because he's worked so many days and has had to do double or triple the workload because of the lost crew members. As he was laying in bed talking about how sore he was, an idea popped into my head.
I told him I would be sharing some of my Xtend to see if it helped him out. Couldn't hurt, right? He asked me what it was and I just said it was "Gatorade for bodybuilders." *lol* He's not usually one to buy into my supplement nonsense (which is funny considering his entire family swears by vitamins and natural supplements vs. any drug prescribed by a doctor - but he's "BIG STRONG MAN" and doesn't hardly ever want to admit he might need "help" getting by), but he immediately relented. (Ha! I win!) He still seemed skeptical, but I instructed him to take his drink and just try it out.
I just called him this morning to check on how last night went. I asked him if the drink helped at all. His response? "Oh my God! I turned to Timmy (his boss) at one point and said, 'Man! I'm working on 4 hours of sleep and my wife gave me this drink...I don't know what's in it but I'm not quite sure it's legal! I feel great!! I'm not sore at all!" So, maybe it does work the way I feel it working for me too. Once again this morning, without that stuff I fear I may have been dead in the water. Jamie Eason is no joke, my friends!
This morning was Back & Biceps:
Hammer Lat Pulldowns - 1 set @ 70, 1 set @ 85, 1 set @ 95
Wide-Grip Lat Pulldowns - 3 sets @ 60
Seated Narrow-Grip Cable Rows - 2 sets @ 60, 1 set @ 65
T-Bar Row - 1 set @ 45, 2 sets @ 70
Hyperextensions - 3 sets
Barbell Curls - 3 sets @ 45
Incline Dumbbell Curls - 3 sets @ 20
Hammer Curls - 3 sets @ 15
Avg HR: 119
Max HR: 160
Cal Burned: 386
Fat Cals: 38%
Not too shabby. I was having problems keeping my HR up in the beginning, but after a few more exercises...no problem! *lol*
One more thing - I now prefer my morning workouts to those in the evening. It's really hard to budget calories and take into account calories burned throughout the day when you don't workout until 6:15 pm. I had figured on about 300 calories in my exercise, so I ate accordingly (it also didn't help that I missed a bit of my day by sleeping in, so I think maybe it will all even out in the end???). Then I was surprised by the calorie burn and there was no time to make it up. When it's in the morning, I can figure things out a little better, eat a little extra here and there.
Yesterday's Calories --
Calories Consumed: 2169
Calories Burned: 570
Net Calories: 1599
Okay, getting a bit better. I also figured out my calories for today and should be doing even better.
If all goes right...
Calories Consumed: 2104
Calories Burned: 386
Net Calories: 1718
So, yeah. Things are going well. Not too sore in my legs today, but that might come later. I am noticing my calves popping out a bit, which excites me to no end. First my shoulders are like rocks, then my calves are starting to catch up to what I expect of them. Hoping all these muscles start eating away some fat soon! Today the scale had me down to 301 again, so we're moving in the right direction yet again. Going to try to stay more alert on these calories throughout the week and hope that in a couple more weeks I finally get my 299. I keep feeling denied and it's really pissing me off! I figure - go ahead, get mad, and then do something about it. Use that anger to fuel the next workout, and the next, and the next. And I keep reminding myself that even if I still weigh 300 pounds but I fit into a size 12, who the hell cares about my actual weight? I mean, of course I care, but there are certainly more important things...like wearing cute pants and not worrying so much about how I look because I know I'm looking fabulous. Already my abs look smaller too...though that just may be a result of the positive feeling I'm getting from my workouts. I'll probably measure again soon (maybe today, or maybe I'll wait until next Sunday), just to see if I've actually lost my mind or if I'm onto something and actually seeing results. Either way, I feel great! And I wouldn't trade that for many things in this world!
Keep on lifting and doing what you do.
16 days in...still going strong!