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Hi all,

   I hope you're well and those of us who are in snowy areas are staying safe and warm. I'm fully counting snow shoveling this weekend as cardio! We've got another storm brewing outside at the moment so I'll likely cardio from home tonight. I lifted on Thursday and again on Monday. I'd intended to lift on Saturday but I was snowed in and I didn't think my Jetta was up for the unplowed roads covered by over 6 inches of snow. 

    I'm struggling with food, I basically ordered a big pizza before the snow hit and then hibernated on the couch and ate pizza every meal for 3 days straight. I'm also forgetting to track, and some days I'm aware that I'm eating utter crap and I'm not willing to face up to the reality of what the tracker will tell me. It is easier when I'm at work because I'm focused on other things and working with whatever I've prepared without too many opportunities to deviate. This week meal prep included chicken, brown rice, and roast veggies with hummus and feta and oh my gosh, it is amazing! I'm very happy with the marinade I've put together for the chicken. 

    I'm also really struggling with my lifts. I was super harsh on myself last night. I took the opportunity to read back through some of my original challenges on here and saw how proud I was to be hitting those same numbers once upon a time and that helped me remember that these are still ok numbers. Sure, I'm not at my powerlifting best, but I'm doing well and I need to be gentle with my comeback or I won't come back at all. Sitting in the gym parking lot crying because I'm weak isn't going to do anything good for me, but is also occasionally going to happen, and that's ok too. 

 

Thursday's lift

Squat barx2x5

80x1x5100x1x5

120x1x5

140x3x5

Shoulder Press: Barx1x5

Barx2x10

Stein workout, each arm, 10x3x10

skull crushers, 20x3x10

back extensions 20x3x10

 

For my squats, I decided to add in banded squats as part of my warmup, in an attempt to train keeping my knees out. Knee cave is an issue on the last rep or two of my work weight sets.

Squat, band above kneesx1x10

band below kneesx1x10

barx2x5

65x1x5

85x1x5

105x1x5

125x1x3

145x3x5

back off sets 95x2x8

deadlifts 135x3x5

lat pull downs 60x1x12

70x3x8

 

 

Current Stats:

Lifts: 8/8

Cardio/Yoga: 6/4

Meal tracking: 8/19

Productivity: 12/19

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Soooooooo between snow storms and my dad ending up in the hospital, I got exactly nothing done this last week. I spent most of it out of town, at the hospital with my dad. I did clean yesterday after I got home, so per our previous discussion I will count that as cardio. Dad is discharged now but we're waiting to see if surgery is necessary or if he will heal without it. Here is to hoping that this week is a better week. It is going to be about -55 with the wind chill on Wednesday, and really cold the rest of the week as well, so perhaps going to the gym at 7:30 pm isn't going to happen. I feel like a total failure at this point, but I have to accept that sometimes life happens. 

 

Current Stats:

Lifts: 8/8

Cardio/Yoga: 7/4

Meal tracking: 8/19

Productivity: 12/19

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You are not a failure! No one can control things that happen but you make the best you can with what you've been given. Look at all you did accomplish!!

RES...and I want to live days worth dying for

Current: RES: SET but not always ready

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Growth happens when you care more about the well being of your future self than the comfort of your present self!

"Pass on what you have learned. Strength, mastery. But weakness, folly, failure also. Yes, failure most of all. The greatest teacher, failure is." -Yoda

 

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Thank you RES!

 

 

   I joined the gym at work today. It doubles my monthly gym fees, but my powerlifting gym has no cardio or class options. I haven't been going to the gym this week because of the cold and not wanting to take my car out of the garage but I take the bus to work. I got in a lunch time cardio session at the work gym today. Yesterday I got in a cardio session playing with my friend's young daughter. 4 year olds have so much energy! I've not tracked my food, that is what it is. I've been attempting to be productive though, despite my overwhelming desire to hibernate. I can't believe this challenge is just about over. Here is to the next one!

 

Current Stats:

Lifts: 8/8

Cardio/Yoga: 9/4

Meal tracking: 8/19

Productivity: 15/19

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 I (personally) think meal tracking is pretty low on the priority list. Most do it to get an idea of how much their eating, and go from there. You're doing AMAZING with everything, if you've got a good base for your diet then don't worry about tracking!

RES...and I want to live days worth dying for

Current: RES: SET but not always ready

Spoiler

Growth happens when you care more about the well being of your future self than the comfort of your present self!

"Pass on what you have learned. Strength, mastery. But weakness, folly, failure also. Yes, failure most of all. The greatest teacher, failure is." -Yoda

 

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I feel like a total failure at this point, but I have to accept that sometimes life happens.

 

I honestly discovered the same thing this week - when the temperature falls below 10 degrees outside, I want nothing more than to curl up in a ball on the couch under a blanket and eat chocolate.  I think that's why so many people fail in their New Year's resolutions to get fit - it's so hard to build a gym habit when it's so hard to get to the gym!  I'm honestly impressed you got as much done as you did exercise-wise this week.  Best of luck in your next challenge!

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