So it has been a week of ups and downs, highs and lows as they say.
I am loving getting out for my runs every day, my legs feel great, and my mind gets put at ease. However, the fragility of the head has been a constant annoyance. The scales can vary wildly from day to day, despite no real disparity in calorie intake. I have tried to be more diligent with my consumption, not forgetting to eat at times, however, when I see a number I do not like, I automatically go into a deficit again. It’s the fear of obesity creeping back, the 128kg bear of a man that I used to be, acts as a reminder by looking back at me when I glance at myself in the mirror.
My confidence is shot, and it is becoming difficult to see light at the end of the tunnel due to the injuries that have been plaguing me. We keep going anyway
What I love about PT with Davy is the ability to cater to your schedule. Monday and Tuesday are supposed to be my weekend for all the world, but generally end up being busy days for myself, so I need to adjust plans on a week-by-week basis. So it was back-to-back training days as the day previously was shoulder and arm day. So there was a bit of fatigue on Monday morning. We started with the incline warm-up and I felt quite free from any shoulder issues due to stretching them out the day before. It was a superset with back, and it was much the same as it always was, tough but fun. I have been dealing with a twinge on my back for the last few weeks, but once warmed up and get the blood flowing it was gone. Between bench presses and lat pulldowns, Davy wanted to work a bit more on an incline, stacking plates for a single-arm machine press. Looking to hit a high rep range for three sets. After that it was time for some core, balancing on a medicine ball for a plank really blew the head off me, sending my muscles all around my body trembling.
Leg day is starting to become my favourite training day of the week, as I feel my legs are becoming my most powerful tools. Between all the running and being injury free, I know that I can hit every set with all my strength. The added incentive of constantly trying to beat my previous week’s set provides a fun mental task. After all the banded warm-ups we went straight to leg pressing, starting off on low weight and gradually building up to my highest leg press in recent memory. I only beat my previous week’s score by 10kg but it seemed a lot easier than last week’s set, hitting 10 reps in total. After that elation I moved onto the hack squat, allowing myself to hit the bottom with every rep and hold it for three seconds to try and explode up for 12 reps each set. Then because of all my running, Davy advised to do the power runner, which is a strange machine, that really tests you as each leg goes separately, pushing back 40kg many, many times. Hammy curls was the finishing touch on another tough day. My 5km run the next day, proved to be a fun experience, nearly getting a KM under 4 minutes for the first time, hitting the 4-minute mark bang on the money.
This was a bit of a clusterf*ck of a day, just when you think you are over the mobility stuff, it comes back to bite you in the well ehhh shoulder. It was a hit on the ego, to be honest. Not managing to better my previous week’s score despite warming up. I just kind of wanted to get out of the gym, to be honest, it was embarrassing and my head figuratively went into the bin. It started to spiral afterward in the week, knowing I wouldn’t be back in to set the record straight for a few days. I feel a slight fluctuation in my weight, within my mind. Having bad times with the scales and my body composition as of late, and the injuries that have been playing me really shoots the confidence when I am restricted. I finished off a tough biceps workout, as suggested by Vinnie, starting on curls with no real weight for 10, and moving up before eventually curling 17.5 before my arms burned out.
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