My weekend wasn’t very exciting. It was quite rainy Saturday so all I did was go out to the grocery store, make cookies and read some of my new book.
I figure I have time right now so I am using it to invest in me and taking the first step towards the NASM personal training and just learning some anatomy first. It should also help my yoga and I have my yoga anatomy book too. I read Heather (lifeinleggings) post and she said it was a great book. Plus who doesn’t love coloring while studying?!
After mostly sitting Saturday, I could not sleep in the evening. I was too antsy and had too many thoughts roaming in my head. I don’t think I got to sleep until after midnight and I still woke up at 6am.
Sunday morning I headed to an 8:30 yoga class. It was so nice to be in a class and get some good stretches after my workout Friday. Friday was squat day and chair pose is really tough after squat day. I needed to get off some energy and rain was forecasted for the afternoon so I decided to head out for a walk shortly after 11. I basically walked and typed this post up on my phone. Walks lately bring up so many ideas and thoughts and I can’t remember them after until I am trying to fall asleep. Writing and walking was perfect for clearing my head and I got back just in time for thunder, rain and hail to start. Yes hail in May!! This weather lately has been crazy. Looking forward to hitting 80 degrees this week.
Since my weekend wasn’t too exciting, I thought I would talk about my new gym and workout plans.
I joined a gym, a “real gym” just weights and a bathroom. No showers, no classes, no pool. Of course I love all those luxury things but what I have realized is I struggle without weightlifting in my life. I love yoga to compliment my weight lifting and remind me to breathe and relax. I love a challenging yoga workshop getting deep into my mind and thoughts and releasing.
But weight lifting makes me feel confident and strong in different ways and my body responses well to it. Actually because I didn’t weight lift for the last 5 months (with traveling) my shoulder is bothering me more than ever. I should write a post about it but I have shoulder bursitis in my right shoulder. It currently bothers me on drives longer than an hour (yes it was painful to drive to Iowa and back and then Ohio, Buffalo and Binghamton). Too many push ups bother it so I decided I should take a break from push ups and focus on just plank for now. I do a few chaturangas here and there but I modify when needed. I can’t run. I mean I couldn’t really before but last year just being consistent with weight lifting helped me to run about a mile pain free. Jumping tends to aggravate my shoulder which is why I don’t do much HIIT training. I loved my traveling but I have yet to figure out how to do my shoulder exercises on the road very well. I can’t exactly travel with dumbbells. Maybe I will have to figure out band exercises as that is more portable.
Anyway I am so happy to be back to weight lifting and incorporating deadlifts again starting with kettle bell deadlift which I think is a great first step back to them. This is an exercise I have specifically avoided for a few years because I always question my form. I signed up for 2 personal training sessions at the gym to learn a basic 6 week program I will follow to get back to weightlifting. After 6 weeks, I will probably go back to the personal trainer and see if she can write me a powerlifting program. I have been following FitGirlMoves and have been really inspired to powerlift, especially since squats, bench and deadlifts is where I started with weightlifting with Brian in 2010. Unfortunately once I moved to Philly, I couldn’t really find a gym that worked well for powerlifting and I had limited time. I am hoping I will have a shorter commute once I find a job. I will also be back to a driving commute since there are no trains in Binghamton and hopefully that will make it easier to go to the gym after work.
So weightlifting and yoga will be my current focus in terms of workouts. I am also looking around for yoga subbing or teaching and plan to focus on that this week by checking out other studios.
Whenever I have a bunch of free time I tend to go to the gym more frequently and I am happy to have a partially structured gym plan at the moment. It is only 2 days a week but I plan to go there at least 4 days and do accessory work such as my shoulder exercises and maybe some abs and light cardio. Ideally I want to go 6 days a week but I don’t want to overdo it as I get back into things. On other days I plan to take long walks and maybe get some of my own yoga in outside again as the weather warms up.
Linking up with Katie for MIMM.
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