Workout Wednesday

This week is out of sync. Since we are planning on taking the grand littles back to school shopping, in Pennsylvania, Saturday I have altered my workout schedule for this week. “The Man” will likely want to leave earlier than we need to, so I won’t have my regular session with Jeff and will likely miss the #saturday7amsocialclub! Altering my schedule with Jeff means I will have six straight workout days, before a rest day! Boy, I hope I can survive it!

The last time I altered my schedule was three weeks ago. Not intentionally, but at the last-minute I had to miss my Wednesday workout. So come Saturday, which is arm day, I was not prepared for Jeff to decide we were going to work arms AND legs to make-up for missing a day…Since we usually only work arms on Saturday I don’t wear my lifting shoes, so we almost didn’t lift, but I suggested lifting barefooted and Jeff agreed. I must be a glutton for punishment!! Remind me why I do this?

Do you remember a few weeks ago, when I told I hit a new deadlift PR of 175 pounds? I told you then it was “almost” the amount I weighed when I started my weight loss journey more than three years ago. The significance didn’t hit me until afterward. I knew I had to keep working.

Well once we got into the lifting phase of this altered work out, Jeff, said we wouldn’t go for weight but volume….unless I wanted to, but we had already done a lot of work with squats and bench pressing. Now what do you think I did? He’s going to give me a choice between repping weights or hitting a new PR….This girl was going for it! Because that carrot was still dangling in front of my nose. My exact words to him were: let’s go for it! What’s the worst that can happen? I won’t get it? Wouldn’t be the first time. When I first went for 175 (earlier in the year) I wasn’t ready and I didn’t even know exactly what was on the bar. I took a potty break (it happens at my age, lol) and when I came back Jeff had added weight. I knew he had, but wasn’t sure exactly how much. I had tried to calculate it in my head, but hadn’t and I really think I just went for it too fast and wasn’t prepared for it.

We racked up 185 and I stared it down and literally walked back and forth, stalking it; for what seemed like forever. I was mentally getting myself ready. Then I went for it!

And I got it! A new PR!!! I knew once I pulled off the floor it was coming up! I have officially lifted more weight than my heaviest weight!!!! I was laughing and crying at the same time! Jeff and my son both said it looked easy. I’m not sure I would go that far, lol, but that two hundred may not seem so far-fetched after all.

If this wasn’t enough when I went in the following Wednesday Jeff had some crazy ideas. Since the weather was nice, after some warm ups with squats on that Smith Machine I showed you then a few traditional squats, we took our work out outside this is what he concocted:

After about ten of these Jeff had the brilliant idea that he would sit on the tire and have me lift it. I budged it some, but wasn’t able to fully get it up. Something to aim for the next time! Maybe.

This is why Jeff has said the weight I have gained back is muscle. He says I  can’t lift that amount of weight without getting stronger and I can’t get stronger without adding muscle….yada yada. Yes, I know but I still do not have to like it! This is the hardest part to wrap my head around. If you have any tips or hints on how to do that, please share!

Apparently I have gained or built my arm muscles. When “The Man” I went shopping this past weekend, I was trying on long-sleeved blouses. They fit my body and not my arms….first world/weightlifter problems? This did not so anything to help my thoughts about adding weight though.

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Setting and Reaching New Goals

Last Wednesday, during my session with Jeff (my trainer), I set a new (temporary) deadlift PR! 175 pounds for 1 rep! You may remember I tried lifting this weight earlier this year, but was not able to budge it! Jeff said he thought I could have pulled it for two or gone up to 180! I wasn’t so sure….maybe.

The significance of that weight didn’t hit me until the next day when he sent me the video.

As many of you know on March 8, 2014 I returned to Weight Watchers. When I walked into that meeting I was at my heaviest weight ever 179.4 pounds.

To get back to my goal weight, I needed to lose almost 52 pounds. I reached my goal weight in January 2015, but continued to lose more; reaching a total weight loss of 70 pounds!!!

That deadlift on Wednesday night was almost what I weighed that day. It was 1.5 times what I currently weight and is 2.5 times the amount of weight I lost!!! 180, I’m coming for you!!! If I had realized Wednesday night, where I was at, I would have tried for it! Jeff, seems to think we will reach 200 before the end of the year! With marathon training, I don’t know, but you can bet I will reach for that brass ring! Marathon training is now starting to ramp up and get in full swing! More to come on that as the weeks fly by.

​Before starting to lift I had to warm up with a series of box squats.

The most weight we used for that was 105 pounds, which increased from 55 pounds (the weight of just the bar). The bar I used for the box squats is a “SS Yoke Bar” aka “Safety Squat Bar”. The reason for using this vs a regular bar is there is less stress on your forearms while gripping the bar, as you are gripping in the front of you vs holding the bar to the side as you would do with a straight bar. This also causes less fatigue for when you will be deadlifting, among other reasons which you can read about here. I have certainly noticed a difference since using the SS Bar on days that I am going to lift.

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“The Man” is home this week. He is on “vacation” or maybe I should say “staycation”. I don’t know what, if anything, I will get accomplished. If today is any indication, it won’t be much, lol!

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Janet


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Change of Mindset

a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do

Thursday “The Man” and I had our annual physical exams. The doctor that we have seen for the past few years has left the practice so we saw someone new. Since my weight has been up a little this month, it was of course up there too. This new person I saw, actually a nurse practitioner, told me I didn’t need to lose anymore weight (which overall I agree with) or lose the couple of pounds to get back to where I was. Is it time to change my way of thinking? Have I been too fixated on a number?

Saturday morning I headed off to the meeting of the #saturday7amsocialclub AKA Weight Watchers. Since this was the first meeting of May I had to weigh in to establish my free lifetime status for the month.  As expected I was up a couple of pounds from my April weigh in. However, when I looked back, I was actually a bit less than I was in May of 2016 when I was carb loading for running the five half marathons in five weeks. So at the end of the day, I guess, I am ok. Last year I had planned that I would be up for the weigh in but I still had a hard time with it mentally. I don’t think you can work hard to lose weight and not be upset with an up number, even if you know why. If there is a solution for that; please let me in on it!

After the meeting I headed off to my session with, my trainer, Jeff. We talked about my “gain”. Jeff is still pretty sure this gain is from adding muscle weight and not a “real” weight gain. He said “there is no way to lift like I have been, fuel properly, and not gain weight”. These are things that I know in my mind. But I’m still not completely convinced that this is where this gain is from; even though I know I have stayed with in my WW points; I also know that I have not always eaten the best food choices the past month.

So I will continue to track my food intake on the WW app, as usual, but I am also going to use the “old fashioned” way and put pen to paper. That way I can just glance back through and see what I did. I will also be tracking my exercise and weight lifting 🏋 more than I have been.

In 2016 WW came out with the “beyond the scale” campaign. The idea behind it is to focus on the whole you not just the number on the scale. That is easier said than done especially when you are trying to lose weight. I will try. Since my goal isn’t to lose, I must now shift my thinking. I just know that I have to keep working the plan and working my training.

I will get my head wrapped around it and make this work.

After my “mental health” session and some warm up, it was time to get to work. Last week I told you I was going to start working with Jeff twice a week instead of once. This was the first week for that. I will now be working with him in Wednesday and Saturday😳! Whose idea was this? What was I thinking? Lol! Wednesday was arm day so Saturday was leg day….squats, squats, and more squats, lol! We kept the weight low and just did a lot of reps! The video below is the last set at the highest  weight we used; 85lbs. I had already done 5 sets of 5 at this weight. This one was to go as many as I could. Jeff stopped me at 12; I was going for 15!

​I need to work on getting down a hair lower on these squats. It’s amazing, and mind boggling just how much stuff you need to do/remember to get everything right. Much of it of course is to help prevent injury. No one has ever accused me of being overly coordinated so remembering to put it all together and execute it is a challenge in itself. Picking up heavy stuff is the easy part, hahaha.

I teased Jeff that I was still able to walk around town in heels after leg day. He said he didn’t do his job then….I got up Sunday morning and thought I was going to die, ok not quite, but I could sure feel it! (DOMs) delayed onset muscle soreness is a real thing!!!! I was still able to wear heels though…a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!

How are things going for you? Have you experienced weight gains from building muscle after losing weight? How have you reconciled it in your head? Did you find it easy or hard? Do you have any thoughts, tips, or ideas? I’d love to hear from you.

I will, of course, keep you updated.

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Weekend Warrior

Or just plain crazy

Saturday’s workout with my trainer, Jeff, was nothing short of amazing? Crazy? Awesome? It was good. We worked on some serious lifting. I am surprised I could move the next day, lol.

We worked on squats, dead lifting, and bench pressing. All in one day; which is unusual. Like I told you last week, that bench press is going to need A LOT of work, but I’m sure it will get better. I did set new PR’s for squats and the dead lift. Just to see what I could do Jeff jumped my squat weight from 105-135 pounds! I told you I think he’s trying to do me in, lol. Jeff didn’t get a picture of that; he wanted to make sure to spot me incase I couldn’t do it.

We then moved on to the bench press. Now I told you I was weak in that, but, I can press just the bar pretty good…all 45 pounds of it, lol! We tried adding 20 pounds to it and it wasn’t very pretty….so we took it down to 55 and I managed to get it fairly decent. I most certainly have a lot of work to do.

After that we moved on over to the dead lift. I’m not sure, but I might enjoy that; just a little bit….We went through a few lifts of “lite” weight. Then moved on up. After a few lifts I had to visit the facilities (nothing new there) and when I came back Jeff had racked on some new weights. I wasn’t exactly sure of what the amount was, but I knew it was more than I had ever done. I approached and tried, but just couldn’t pull it. It was 175 pounds. We took off 10 and I went to lift it for one pull! Jeff, did manage to get a video. I think it is much better than last weeks over all.


I’m still not sure why last weeks was so “sloppy” on such lite weight. I still think it was in part to being “finished” then going back to doing a quick round for videoing. I guess it still remains to be seen. If you missed last weeks post and video you can see it here. Let me know what you think.​

If this craziness with Jeff isn’t enough; I have decided to go from training once a week with him to twice a week….so I will now work Jeff on Saturday and Wednesday Nights; is this smart or just plain crazy? I guess we will see. I must be a glutton for punishment!

Sunday morning, I got up and ran. It was the first time in a couple of weeks. It was the first time in a very long time, I felt good about it. I didn’t run fast (ok, really, do I ever) but it wasn’t my slowest either. I didn’t run far, but farther than the last time.

When I got up Sunday morning I was going determined I was going to get out and run. I did. I must admit, I have had a hard time getting motivated to start training for the marathon. Why I just don’t know, but I have not been able to get my head around it. Maybe because it is so far out, which is true, but I need to build up my base. I cannot do that sitting on my rear end. Maybe this is going to be my last running hurrah? I don’t know. I am still in a bit of a funk and I need something to pull me out.

As I got ready to go on Sunday, something felt different. I fueled, I got dressed and as I was getting things together; I felt almost giddy with excitement. Have I turned the corner? I don’t know, but I started thinking about when I was going to run again, getting out my training book to start logging workouts (then decided I needed a new book for a new year; Hello Amazon!). I ordered it and it should be here today!! Yay! It is the little things…

It was very overcast, but it was humid. I sweated. In a tank top. I never sweat. It was kind of nice. Maybe. Just. Maybe. “I’m gonna make it after all”….

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Saturday Strength Training Workout 

I was just a bit preoccupied

This was not my typical Saturday. I did attend the meeting of the #saturday7amsocialclub, then headed off to my Saturday morning “torture-uh-training” session with Jeff, as usual. I was anticipating this was going to be a rough workout. I watched what Jeff was doing off and all week on social media and had visions of what was to come….fortunately it was a bit rainy, so somethings didn’t go quite as what he may have had planned. And mind you, I am not complaining! Lol.

It was dead lift week, but we didn’t go too heavy this week. Jeff, wanted to keep it light and work on speed, so we kept the weight at “only” 115 lbs.  Now tell me;  who needs to pick up heavy things fast? Isn’t that like an oxymoron or something?

After we were finished, Jeff, remembered he hadn’t taken pictures and decided, I should do one more set so he could make the video below. He said this was a good training/learning video because it shows me rounding my shoulders instead of keeping my back flat and shoulders locked. I’m curious if that is because we had already done a lot of work and I was getting fatigued and would it have looked different early on? Definitely something to focus on and look at. This week I’m not so sure.

I was just a bit preoccupied, over tired, and had considered canceling (I’ve only done that once or twice when I was too sick to go). If you read yesterday’s post you know why. If not you can read it here: www.grandma2glamma.com/things-don’t-always-go-as-planned

Let me know if you can see and play the video. This is something new I’m trying, and I am not sure it is going to play.

We briefly talked about the possibility of training for and competing in a power-lifting meet. I have half seriously been considering it, but I also know the possibility is off the table since I was selected for the marathon and have to train for that. I think I have decided to go for it once the marathon is over, so, I wanted to start getting an idea of what to work for. I even went so far as to look up the state records for my age and weight class; there aren’t any….I messaged Jeff what I found and he said there must be something and he was going to check. Now really; how many 50+ ladies does he think are rushing to pick up “super heavy stuff”? Only us crazies 😜 with 20 something trainers, who pick up heavy stuff! I checked three different power-lifting federations (?) records and found nothing for MD. I don’t know if Jeff, checked or not, but he hasn’t got back to me with any other information! I should be good to go, right? Lol! It doesn’t hurt to have a plan. It’s even better if you execute said plan.

Seriously though, I can only train for one of these at a time. I will continue lifting and strength training, because it will help with running however, the amount of cardio involved with running affects me being able to train harder for lifting. It does give me time to work on my form and getting stronger. So that is the plan, or at least it’s my plan. Who knows what Jeff will think… My bench press is definitely my weakest link and will need the most work. For some reason in my mind that is the scariest. I think I have a fear of dropping the bar on me….Maybe I better get to work on those push ups….😳I definitely have some shoulder instability, so I should probably work on that. I’m also not the most coordinated person ever. Jeff, has said that has improved though…maybe a tad….somedays.

We shall see.

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Janet

 

 

 

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