Sunday, January 19, 2014

Getting Fit Journal - Lifting Weights Day 2

January 19, 2014

Lifting Day 2

So, I’m not really sure what to call this… a Weight loss Journey?… a Getting Fit Series??  I don’t know??  I figure it out sometime i guess.  Something clever will come to mind eventually.  

1/18/14 was a rest day for me.  I did a bit of cardio at home (and got some house work done), and looked up some tasty healthy recipes on pintrest.  Kenny and I have been talking about doing some weekly meal prep for crock pot cooking through the week.  That way we don’t have to worry about what we’re going to have for dinner every evening.  That’s a huge issue in this house.  We never know what to have, and we get stuck in a pattern of eating the same things over and over again.  Anyways… on to what we did today.

We focused on back and chest today…

~Chest Press - 3 sets of 15.  1 set I did 35 lbs, 2 sets at 40lbs
The chest press was surprisingly easy today.  I felt really focused  and determined.  The last 4 of my last set were a struggle, but Kenny helped me push through.  I love him for it :-)
~~~ In between my sets I decided to add some squats.  So I grabbed two 10lbs dumbbells and did a total of 2 sets of 15 squats (took a break in between one set)

~Incline Chest Press - 3 sets of 15 at 20lbs
Even though this exercise didn’t look that much different than the chest press, it sure did feel different!  This one was a struggle for me on my last set.  I tried a higher weight at first but I didn’t want to push myself to hard and injure myself.
~~~In between these sets I decided to do lunges with the dumbbells.  I alternated legs and did 2 sets of 16. (again took a break between one set)

~Dumbbell Row (but on a machine) - 3 sets of 15 at 20 lbs
We ventured over to the unknown area today.  This machine was in the free weight section of the gym.  I found that I actually like these machines better than some of the others in the other section… (are you following me… lol) any who… I really liked this exercise.  I probably should have upped the poundage, but again… i’m starting small.

Wide Grip Pull Downs - 3 sets of 15 at 45 lbs
~For some reason this always kills my hands.  I think it’s because I sit at a computer all day and type.  (kinda like I’m doing now… ugh)  I feel like maybe buying some gloves might help with this issue??  I’m not sure??  I’ll try anything though. :-)

Lower Back - 3 sets of 15 at 60 lbs
~This by far is one of my favorite exercises!  Since we’ve been going to the gym, I’ve tried to hop on this machine as much as possible.  My back have been bothering me ever since I stopped dancing.  It’s gotten weak and can’t take what it used to.  I’m determined to get my lower back especially strong again.  (Plus this machine works your abs as well… bonus!!)

Dead Lifts - 3 sets of 15 just using the dumbbar w/o weights
~These are killer… but I have a weird love for them.  I secretly get excited about doing them.

Abdominal Crunch - blah….
This was a bust for me today, I only did 1 set of 40, then started my second set but ended up with a charley horse in my rib cage.  GRRRRRR…. this happens to me all the time.  Ever since I had my daughter, and in the same spot every time this happens!  I’m not sure what to do about it.  I probably should tell my doctor about it, since it’s starting to happen more often.  Its very irritating when it stops me from doing something. If you’ve ever had a charley horse you know what I mean.  It can literally take your breath away.

So… other than the last little bit, I felt gray about todays work out.  I love the fact that kenny is doing this with me.  It’s nice that we have each other to help push the other.

Until next time :-)

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