Well, the gym has been going pretty well. Up until the last couple weeks anyway. We’ve been meeting as a group with a personal trainer the last several Fridays and we’ve gotten a bunch of different exercises. I love working with the trainer because I can go and lift some weights and do some cardio but I really like having some direction. I feel like a trainer is going to give me a workout that maximizes the benefits of the time I was there, which I always worry about. Since time is not something I have a lot of, I want to make sure that when I’m there, I’m getting as much out of it as I possibly can. This gym is also very particular about who they hire. Any trainer has to have particular certifications in order to be hired. This just makes me feel like I really get everything out of it that I can.
So as for the last couple of weeks it’s been pretty crazy. We live in Ohio and had that huge storm come through the weekend before 4th of July. Needless to say, we were among the million or so homes that lost electricity. The gym also lost power so we couldn’t make our usual Friday appointment that week. They were without it for about a day and got it back, but we were down at my grandma’s helping clean up the farm from the storm damage. (Which if you think about it, was working out. I mean 90-100° heat, no air conditioning, and cleaning up tree limbs.) Then we had another round of storms move through Sunday night so they lost power again. Then of course, you have 4th of July and all the fireworks and all that. So it ended up that we had over a week where we couldn’t get into the gym. I tried to do some easy stuff at home, even just to get a little cardio in, but it isn’t the same.
So this past Friday, we were able to have our normal appointment again. We did a workout that concentrated on the upper arms. I knew I’d be a little sore so I stretched a couple of times once I got home and ate a couple bananas. I was fine on Saturday (just that good slight post-work out sore) and I stretched some more. Well I woke up on Sunday and I couldn’t straighten my arm to save my life. I could barely get it past 90°. Needless to say, it has not been fun the last couple days. I have a little more mobility this afternoon but I have had a heat wrap on it all night and into the morning so that loosened up the muscle quite a bit.
I haven’t seen much of a difference in the scale yet, but that is also heavily due to the fact that I haven’t completely adjusted my nutrition level yet. I’ve been doing better but the storms and holiday haven’t helped much either. I’ve really been trying to work on my portion size and having leftovers if we do go out so that has been a slight improvement I suppose. I’m gonna try and hit the cardio harder this week since I can’t do any weight lifting with my arms for the next couple days at least so hopefully that will really start to help me see a difference. I have had a little bit more energy with the exception of the 100°+ that I have been in the heat most of the day, but hopefully I was sweating some pounds off. 🙂