I’m going for a drink with someone from my past tonight. I’m not overly jazzed about it, it’s one of those situations where I was “friends” with him because it was more conducive to overall peace in the workplace than to not be. And in fairness, he has an amazing ability to coach and help you draw out solutions to your own issues. The trouble is that he’s not overly trustworthy and he flips and flops and power trips. He texted me the other day and asked if I wanted to meet him for a drink to catch up. And…I sort of do, if only out of curiosity to find out what’s going on in his life….and I know he wants the inside scoop on all that has gone on at my previous workplace. So ya, I agreed to go. And then I invited my hubby to meet me there when he gets off work because I won’t have time to make dinner and the pub is on his way home (it’s mere blocks from our house, too) and we like any opportunity to go there. Yesterday when I texted Old Acquaintance to confirm we were still on for today, I also mentioned that I’d invited Ray to meet me there on his way home from work. This means that the total amount of “catching up” time that we have is about an hour before Ray gets there. And Old Acquaintance was annoyed. I felt a bit bad because he’d invited me for this visit and he is coming all the way out to my neighborhood to meet up and I’ve gone and truncated the visit. But then I gave my head a shake! This whole thing makes me slightly uncomfortable anyway, I see Old Acquaintance less than once a year, we have a bit of a rocky past (in that he wanted to fire me during the 7 months that he was my boss) and to be honest? I want to have dinner with my hubby at our favorite pub! Why do I care so hard whether some nearly-random person from my past is upset with an adult decision that I’ve made? So, instead of dreading the visit and feeling bad about anything, I’m going to give all the gossip he wants (what do I care, I don’t work there anymore) and then have a delicious meal with my man.
So, moving on. Now that I’ve been back to the gym successfully for two weeks, I feel like it’s time to make things a bit more interesting. Not stupidly difficult or obsessive or the way that I’ve been in the past. No, I want some new things, things to make me excited and to get new “skills”. So, below I’ve noted the workouts that I’m going to do for the next three weeks, three days a week (since that’s my commitment for now).
- 10 minute warmup jog
- 1000m row
- BW – 3 x 20 – sprinters (that’s not what they’re called….I think they’re called mountain climbs but it uses the pre-sprint posture)
- BW – 3 x 10 plies (this is a type of squat fm ballet….basically heels together, toes pointed out, butt tucked under (instead of bum way back like a normal squat)
- BW – 3 x 15 two leg donkey kicks
- 3 x 10 machine ham curls
- 3 x 10 machine leg press
- 3 x 10 machine inner thigh press
- ABDOMINALS (I’ve been using the gym’s ab machine circuit and it just brutalizes my abs, I love it!)
- 25 minute treadmill sprint program (smthg I found online)
- 3 x 10 machine lat pulldowns)
- 3 x 10 dumbell tricep kickbacks
- 3 x 10 reverse barbell curl
- 3 x 10 machine seated rows
- 3 x 10 dumbell shoulder raise
- Mile-row-mile (this is basically run a mile as quick as possible, get off and row 2000M as quick as possible and then get back on and run another mile. It’s one of my favourite things…that I also hate!)
- 3 x 15 weight-plate squat press
- 3 x 8 weight-plate lunges (these lunges and squats last Friday nearly crippled me….in the best possible way, I could barely get out of bed on Saturday morning!)
So there it is….three weeks of workouts which pretty much brings me through my birthday and just about onto Christmas’s doorstep. It’s only 3 days per week and each workout is just a little over 85 minutes including warmup & stretching. I’m excited about it, I’m looking forward to trying some new things and working out in a slightly different way than I have before. I have treadmill sprints combined with an upper body day, some dynamic full body moves combined with a lower body day and then a good met-con combined with some full body exercises. And……because I’ve always lamented that I’ve never had abs, I’ll be doing abdominals every visit! Seems dumb in hindsight that I would complain about not having abs when I have never, not one time, ever concentrated any significant effort on them!
Maybe in the New Year, depending on making sure that I maintain the nice balance that I’m cultivating here, I might try one of the programs that’s out there online, maybe Jamie Eason’s Live Fit program (minus the crackpot, completely fat free nutrition plan).
I think it is possible, with a bit of practice to maintain calm and balance while also wanting improvement and success. I don’t think they are mutually exclusive. So I’ll work hard at the gym every time I go….and then leave it there. Won and done. And I’m going to make sure to re-evaluate regularly to make sure….because this whole “balanced life” thing is all new to me, remember?