Stronger, healthier, happier
For the first time in a long time I’m sat writing this post with a big smile on my face, things are going great… Scratch that… Things are awesome!
For a very rare moment I’ve got the front room to myself, the weather here is horrible and wet so I have the log fire burning away, Duplo is snuggled at my feet and everything is lovely and toasty. Craig is out for the evening with Dad and the kids have not long been snuggled up in bed, so guess what… It’s me time!
I honestly don’t remember the last time I was able to do this so I’m making the most of it and am getting my butt well and truly back into my blog, it’s been way too long.
Now then, let’s get back to why I’m feeling so good right now, and that’s all down to training;
I’ve been following my current diet plan and started a new system of training called Fortitude Training for a couple of of months now and wow, what a difference it has made.
My strength has gone through the roof and in just the last couple of weeks I’ve noticed a huge difference in my weight and physique.
I knew I was back on the right track when my clothes started getting bigger on me, it took a few weeks before I noticed results but now I really feel like I’m on a roll, needless to say my self esteem has rocketed again!
Craig and I have been training together for virtually a year to the day and although I trust him 100% I totally believe that we have only just perfected our training relationship together.
I’ve always felt sheepish and unsure if I’m lifting properly infront of him, forever expecting a snappy comment or for him to have a moan at me, saying something along the lines of; “Seriously babe, how long have you been training for..? You should know this, you’re not stupid!”
But at long long last I can look at my training programme, head straight over to the next machine, start racking the weights ready for Craig to start his set… And all the while being safe in the knowledge that I know exactly what I’m doing! We have some pretty amazing banter at times too, particularly when certain songs come on whilst we’re training and we both have a little boogie and a giggle. Everyone else at the gym must think we’re totally nuts, but to me it’s brilliant!
Although we’ve been been lucky enough to be able to train together without stressing about time since the kids both started school this September, yesterday we had to train separately as Oscar was just getting over the last remains of a bug.
I’ll be completely honest and say that I was partly excited to train by myself as I hadn’t had the opportunity to plug in the headphones and zone out to everything other than the gym in such a long time. I was also pretty nervous too, each week I’ve been lifting heavier and heavier… But I’ve had Craig there as my back up, pushing me and being there to keep me from dropping the weights if I’m not strong enough.
As it turns out I needn’t have worried… I was freaking on fire yesterday! Man oh man what a session, it was a day of muscle rounds and I pushed the weight up on all but one exercise, I’m really not sure if I have ever sweat so much and as a note to self I really really must NOT wear cotton training tights… I looked gross…. God help me for anyone getting a right eyeful when I was doing deadlifts and sumo squats… The sweat patches that were leaking all across my butt were not cool! But as embarrassed as I am about it Craig made a pretty valid point by saying that it obviously shows how hard I was working!
Now I’m not sure if it was pure coincidence or if I brought it on myself, but after that epic workout I had the mother of all migraines. I’ve suffered with migraines for as long as I can remember and this was totally off the scale, to the point that I had to ask my mum to take the kids to the doctor for me for their injections that afternoon as all I was capable of doing was shutting myself in the darkest quietest room possible and to desperately try and sleep it off.
Thankfully after a couple of super strong painkillers and as much sleep as my brain would allow it literally just disappeared, which again is totally odd as I have always suffered with a two or three day headache afterwards.
But hey, onwards and upwards!
I’ve been meaning to create a new section in my blog to log my lifts so I can keep track of how my strength goes up or down. So with that in mind here are my lifts from yesterday’s muscle rounds, it was my first day of Tier 3 fortitude training;
And just to add on the end of this post that feeling so much happier in myself is enabling me to keep on plan and at the moment I’m happy to report that I’m not even craving anything bad.
Right now I’m all about getting slimmer, stronger and keeping that smile on my face! Plus the fact that I had a fantastic check in with the coach at the weekend keeps me fighting even harder and makes me even hungrier for progress!