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Weekend Update and Week 2 of Impact

We had a busy Halloween weekend!¬† We’ve been working on some remodeling of our house (after the Ice Storm of 2008 pretty much destroyed part of it), and we are FINALLY near the finish line!! ūüôā¬† On Saturday, we did some painting and shopped for new floors.¬† We’re thinking of going with Laminate flooring for durability’s sake.¬† I think I would LOVE hardwood, but the hardwood in the rest of our house took some damage from the water, and the peace of mind knowing that it will last is very appealing right now.¬† As a result of all this extra work, I did not get in my workout on Saturday.¬† It was just as well, though, since I was still feeling pretty beat up from my other workouts last week.


On Sunday, we were both pretty tired.¬† We ran errands, did some work in the yard (raked and planted bulbs!!) and went over to my parents’ house for dinner and trick-or-treating with my niece.¬† This was a great option for us – for several reasons.¬† First, we got to walk around with Talia (the elephant!) for her first REAL Halloween (even though it’s her 2nd, I doubt she remembers much of the first one!).¬† Also, we avoided spending $50+ on Halloween candy, since our neighborhood is the kind that gets TONS of trick-or-treaters.¬† It was really nice (and conducive to my goals) to wake up on November 1st without any extra candy lying around the house.

Talia the Elephant!

Speaking of goals, Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are NOT helping.¬† Seriously, these are what Reese’s will always aspire to be.¬† However, I WILL RESIST the dark chocolate, salty goodness for the rest of the year!¬† As a reward, I will buy myself a nice outfit to wear on New Year’s Eve – in what will undoubtedly be a better body sans PB cups.

Also, I’m working damn hard in the gym, and am starting to think that it would, in fact, be worth it to count calories just to get through the holidays.¬† Thoughts?

Workouts are going well now.¬† I’m getting used to the pace of the Impact workouts and have a bit more confidence when trying new exercises.¬† I’m stronger than I thought!¬† Hopefully, all this home remodeling won’t keep me from too many workouts.¬† I will be getting plenty of activity, so I’m trying not to stress too much – but I also want to stick with the program.¬† Tonight, we buy floors!

On a side note, don’t forget to vote!¬† It’s important!


Winning the Day

As I’ve mentioned, I’m currently working on Todd Durkin’s Impact Body Plan. The workouts are fun (but TOUGH – see previous posts), and I’m already feeling changes in my body.¬† However, the part of the book that is helping me the most is the chapters devoted to the psychological aspects of dieting/body composition.¬† Or, as Durkin says, “Getting your mind right.”¬† This video, aside from the silly halloween costume, has some great tips for making change –


He says to “Win the Day.”¬† This is something I need to keep in mind.¬† I need to avoid impulse and be mindful with my eating (there’s that word again!).¬† As I mentioned yesterday, I’m having trouble keeping my eating habits particularly effective.¬† I don’t want to have to count calories all the time again, but it may come to that.¬† In the meantime, however, I need to focus on whether I WANT something or if I actually NEED it (as Durkin says).¬† There’s no need to work so hard at the gym and then waste some of the benefits by eating junk.¬† I’ve definitely slipped up some today, but I’m going to switch gears and try to Win the REST of the day! ūüôā

My plan for this –

  • Cook a healthy dinner.¬† I’m thinking pistachio-crusted chicken with butternut squash.
  • Drink a LOT of water – and make sure I’m not thirsty when I think I’m hungry.
  • Only eat the food I brought with me to work – not allow myself to be tempted by the baked goods and halloween treats around at work.

Wish me luck!

Training log

I took a much-needed rest day yesterday, but got up early today to get in my 3rd lift from the new program.¬† I’m definitely feeling more comfortable with the routine and have been improving each workout – both with increasing the weights used and decreasing the rest times.¬† At the end of each workout, though, my muscles are burning!¬† For my “Grand Finale Conditioning” I did kettlebell snatches for my first set (intending to repeat for the other sets), but was so smoked that I switched to single-arm swings.


We’ve been having some really warm, muggy weather here in New England.¬† Today, the high temperature was 73¬įF!¬† Plus, the gym isn’t using the air conditioning anymore, so the humidity was even higher inside and I was REALLY sweaty.¬† When I left, it looked like I had been working out in the peak summer weather!


These workouts are challenging, but fun.¬† I don’t stop moving for more than a minute at a time, which is a dramatic change from 5/3/1.¬† Plus, even though my muscles are tired, my energy level is MUCH higher than normal.¬† I’m also quickly improving my cardio fitness, which is a plus.¬† I was worried that these workouts would seem less fun (and like more WORK – haha, I don’t want that!), and in a way, that is true.¬† My motivation remains high, though, and I feel really committed to finishing every rep of every set.


I am struggling a bit with my eating now.¬† I don’t feel any more hungry in between meals, but when I start eating, I just want to FEED.¬† Not sure what’s up with that, but I have to be careful!¬† My mindful approach to eating is still working, but I am worried that I will start to gradually slip.


Tomorrow, I’m planning a nice, slow run – should be gorgeous with the leaves changing!

New Program (and a busy weekend)

I keep thinking that it must be almost Friday…but it’s not. ¬†I have a full week of business before another crazy weekend. ¬†This past weekend FLEW by so quickly. ¬†On Saturday, I had to find a costume for a Halloween party with some of Jeb’s coworkers. ¬†This was (perhaps unnecessarily) stressful for me, since I do not enjoy dressing up in a costume. ¬†I think it feels too “out there” and vulnerable. ¬†Also, Jeb got some fake blood for his costume that was a little TOO realistic. ¬†I wasn’t expecting him to be wearing any makeup yet and when I turned around and saw “blood” leaking out of his ear and mouth, I was nauseated – and freaked out! ¬†(At this point, I want to note that normally, blood does not nauseate me, but I cannot stomach ANYTHING – pain, blood, etc. if Jeb is the one dealing with it) When he saw the look on my face, Jeb washed off the most offensive of the makeup and we went to the party without further incident. ¬†On Sunday, we got up early to help some friends move. ¬†They had a fair amount of stuff and moved in to a 3rd floor apartment! ¬†All of my workouts paid off, though, since I was easily able to keep up with everyone else and get the job done.


I started the new program – The Impact Body Plan – on Saturday too. ¬†Today, I completed the second strength workout. ¬†It is TOUGH. ¬†I think part of the problem is that I hadn’t done anything with this much volume in awhile. ¬†Also, rest times are short, so the cardio aspect is much more difficult than what I had been doing. ¬†Each workout concludes with “Grand Finale Conditioning” which can be done with any kind of cardio – treadmill, elliptical, rower, etc. ¬†On Saturday, I used the rower, and today I pushed the sled.

I’ve decided to change up my training logs. ¬†These workouts are specific and all listed in the book, so instead of blogging the specifics of each workout, I will simply comment on them. ¬†Today was particularly challenging after the busy weekend, but I was happy to push through all of that and have a good workout. ¬†I can’t believe how much of a difference rest times make in the amount of work that can be done. ¬†Normally, I can easily do 10 pushups if I’m rested. ¬†This program requires 20 pushups after 20 weighted lunges. ¬†I had to use a rack to do incline pushups just to get in all the reps. ¬†Hopefully my body will adjust quickly and I will be back on the floor in no time. ¬†The dramatic change in programming is definitely testing my ego, since I have had to drop weight in nearly every exercise.

Changing up my program

I’ve been doing some thinking about my current program.¬† While I LOVE 5/3/1 and am so excited with all my strength gains, it’s becoming clear to me that it isn’t a good long-term program for my body.¬† It is designed to be long term, but I’m finding that I need to mix things up a bit more.


I had a fantastic week of workouts.¬† I hit PRs with style all week, and then had some killer accessory workouts.¬† It was fun.¬† My body, however, is screaming at me.¬† I was planning to go to my favorite kettlebell class this morning, but when I woke up achy and tired today, I decided to take a rest.¬† Even my grip muscles are smoked – they tingle a bit when I make a fist.¬† Even after skipping today’s workout, I still feel really run down.


I have been (slowly) reading Todd Durkin’s book, The Impact Body Plan. It take s a holistic approach to fitness and has a circuit-based structure.¬† I think it will be a drastic change from what I’m doing, but it also will give my body an opportunity to REALLY change.¬† Plus, it’s a 10-week program, and there are 10 weeks left in 2010.¬† The timing couldn’t be better.


I’m a little sad to say goodbye to 5/3/1, even though it’s undoubtedly only temporary.¬† I still am toying with competing in powerlifting, and feel strongly that my efforts in 5/3/1 will only make Impact more effective.


Looking forward to the change…