This week has been great, but a little weird for me. I felt like I got a fresh, fast, running start, with three wonderfully hard days in a row of working with Misty. I was feeling inspired, motivated, encouraged and ready to dig my heels in and get going on creating the new me. Then Thanksgiving threw me a little curve, requiring a change in my routine, followed by these past two days of missing Misty while she recovers from her back injury, stalling my forward momentum. I just don't feel like I get the same intensity of workout when I'm doing it on my own, versus having Misty right there with me. My husband tried to help me out by throwing out a "You got this, girl!!" every once in a while. I guess that's his best Misty impression. It's just something I'm going to have to work on - making myself lift heavier, lift harder, lift more, regardless of what's going on around me.
Yesterday I did that second leg workout, which went alright, though I'm only minimally sore in my legs today - not a good sign. Today I was on my own again, so this morning I went to the park and walked for about 5.4 miles. It actually felt really good to be out in the brisk morning air. Helped clear my head. Then this afternoon, Chris and I went to the gym where (with his help) I did my last strength training session for the week - chest/shoulders/triceps.
I was happy I made it through the whole workout, which took me just under an hour. My biceps and forearms are still dishing me a great deal of pain. So much so that I woke up several times during the night due to the discomfort and feeling a bit of anxiety over the impact this pain and limited mobility might have on my workout routine.
I am trying consciously to maintain my current level of enthusiasm for my new routine. Not that I don't want to do it, I do. I have to keep remembering my goals and reminding myself that it's going to be a step-at-a-time type of deal. Just keep lifting, just keep lifting...
Thankfully, it sounds like Misty will be back to help me next week and I will be able to fill in the gaps in my training. By the end of next week, I should have a pretty good handle on what I will be doing on daily basis for the next 7 weeks or so.