I woke up this morning sick --a cold with a post-nasally, sticky mucus thing going on. I took a sick day from work and slept all day. I had taken Rodeo to puppy dog play camp yesterday since it was too stormy to get him exercise so it was kind of convenient that he wasn’t around the house while I was tired and sick since he would just want to play.
This afternoon I started writing up this journal. I must admit my motivation to start it stemmed from a message a forum user sent to me that I will paste here because I think it’s well written and not out of place:
Fast Cat - I don't want to impede on your exercise routine, so take my opinion as you will, but remember that more work does not necessarily equal more gains. The fact that you went out and hit the weights hard after a comment like that makes me think (and worry..) that you use exercise to fill some sort of void that truly has nothing to do with exercise at all. Please don't take offense to that comment, but I've experienced something similiar with training. I wouldn't feel "right" if I missed a session, and didn't quite "get" what was so bad about working my body so much. I find it is similiar to sleep, actually... While people can feel fine at 6-7 hours (or 6+ days of exercise,) you're gonna end up spinning your wheels eventually and going nowhere fast, you know what I mean?
Strength doesn't always come down to calories, but also to rest periods. Actually, my boyfriend just told me yesterday that after a week off from lifting (I currently train him, and have him on a 3x/wk program,) that his session last night was incredibly strong and people have made comments that he's "bigger" (in a good way! One guy asked him if he was on steroids! That's good to hear from a personal trainer's perspective! ;-)) I wouldn't consider him an athlete by any means, he's just motivated and enjoys DOING stuff instead of sitting around all day. He actually was 300+ pounds, but got down to about 180lbs in a year or so by doing TAE-BO (of all things) and eating smaller portions. Now I've got him understanding the importance of lifting heavy things and eating meat. He's never looked or felt better and I'm so so happy for him!! :-)
Anyway, my point is, don't work yourself to a pulp in hope of gaining something that can never realistically be achieved through training. I can tell you with full confidence that a program with SPECIFIC goals, measurable factors, and enough rest will get you WAY further than doing circuits and barbell lifts nearly everyday.
All the luck to you,
I really appreciated her writing that. I thought it was kind and well intentioned. At the same time it motivated me more to keep working hard; I aim to prove that Smiley hasn't become obselete in the modern age of LOLCats.
Ok I need to eat quickly and then pick up Rodeo and hit the gym for a quick lift.
edit - back from gym
rowed 2k meters at slow pace
working sets of hip extension sit ups
death by weighted push ups (25#) to 12 reps
death by weighted air squats (25#) to 14 reps (until squat rack was open)
High bar squats - 5x5 @ 204#