Monday, June 08, 2009

Sometimes less is more


Over the past week I've put in the most consistent effort with training that I've managed for a few weeks. Boy, I'm glad I figured out the reason why I was feeling so crappy and performing well below par, and am on the way to sorting it out. It was far from a perfect effort, but I'm happy with what I achieved.

My aims for the week were to get enough sleep, be consistent with my nutrition, and to do some kind of activity each day, with the focus on weight training. This is what I managed to fit in:

Monday - Back and triceps, short walk at lunchtime
Tuesday - Legs, a decent walk; about 45 minutes
Wednesday - Chest and biceps, about 20 minutes of walking
Thursday - Cardio - aerobic session on the spin bike and again, a quick walk in my lunch break
Friday - I was a little pressed for time, so did what I called a "lip-service" back workout, plus around 15 minutes of high-intensity cardio at the gym.
Saturday - Rest
Sunday - 45 minute spin workout: Hill climbs, speed intervals, the works. It definitely wasn't my best effort, but it was the best effort I could manage on the day, so I'm content with that.

Given that I'd been really off my game, plus the fact that I had an extremely busy week, with Bike Boy once again away for a couple of days, I set the bar a little lower than usual. I really needed to give both the old brain and the body a bit of a break, without being too soft. The result? I feel successful because I met my goals, and I know I still gave my body a few decent workouts. I didn't fall in a heap through exhaustion or stress or a sense of failure, and consequently nutrition was right on track.

Mentally, I'm in a good place, and I know that over the next few weeks my strength and fitness will pick up - as long as I stay on top of the sleep side of things - and I'll be firing on all cylinders again in no time.

By the end of this week, I expect there to be an even bigger improvement. I know that I'll be back to feeling bulletproof in very short order.

2 comments:

Michelle said...

Yeah Baby!! Great going reaching your goals for the week.

kathrynoh said...

So wise. I've been trying to get out of the mindset that it is no point doing anything if I can't do it full on.

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