Monday, October 28, 2013

Weight Training & Pushing Away Fear

I started and ended my Monday with a workout. I love beginning the week with a two-a-day. After a hectic weekend, it brings me back to my sane, happy peace of mind. First I completed 40 minutes on the elliptical early in the day - From my apartment's gym…

Then tonight I had my second personal training session, and this one was definitely more intense than last week's. I started with 25 minutes of light walking on the treadmill - no running till Friday! Afterwards, my trainer and I went through a full body workout. I have zero upper body strength (great job, Kate), so shoulder presses, chest presses and every press in between are insanely difficult. Luckily for my self esteem, I have decent lower body and ab strength, so the squats and planks were a little more manageable. It's very early in my sessions, but I'm definitely learning a lot and using different muscles. It never ceases to amaze me how I can run 13.1 miles, but swinging heavy ropes for two minutes is exhausting. I can't wait to watch my strength improve.

After my workout, I relaxed with dinner and caught up on The Biggest Loser. I know I'm very late to the party, but I watched this show for the first time last season and loved it! I've been a Jillian Michaels fan for years, but never saw the show. It's a tad unrealistic - if anyone worked out for 7 hours a day, they'd lose 10 pounds in one week too - but I do find the contestants inspiring and am already picking favorites to win...

"It's Biggest Loser time." 
I read a fun article today from Shape Magazine's lifestyle editor, Susan Campbell Cross, about turning your childhood dreams into reality. She wrote down all the things she had hoped to do in her life and found there were 40 items on her list and four years until her 40th birthday. She crossed off all forty things by her big birthday, and wrote a book in the process. I love the Bucket List idea, and will definitely be starting my own. It's such a great way to answer the question, "What would you do if you weren't afraid?"

So, what would you do if you weren't afraid? I would move to Paris and write a book.

Any "Biggest Loser" Fans?

What are some of your favorite strength exercises? I really love squats. You get a great workout and need minimal equipment. 

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