Post-Workout Highs

Went to my spin class yesterday morning and worked out with my trainer today.  So far, it’s been a great week workout wise!  Things have settled down a little at school, meaning that right now I’m not studying for any big exams.  December exams are just around the corner, though.  Our exam schedule came out today, and we’ve got 10 exams in 9 school days.  Yikes!  That’s how we roll in dental school. LOL.

So, back to my workouts.  Spin was tough, but really good.  To paraphrase my trainer (who is one of the instructors for the class), what you get out of spin depends on what you put into it.  You are in control of how hard you push yourself.  It’s a 6 am class, which I’m not a huge fan of, especially now that it doesn’t get light out until 7:30 am.  But, once I’m done the class and had my heart rate revved for almost an hour, I usually feel pretty darn good about hauling my butt out of bed at 5:30 am.  I wore my heart rate monitor, and, man, was my heart a-pumping!  If you’re out of bed early on a cold, dark morning, you might as well make it worthwhile, right?

This afternoon, I met up with my trainer and she kicked my butt, but I was super late for my session with her!  Today’s weather was not the greatest: we had the first snow fall of the season.  It was super windy and temperatures were hovering around freezing, so of course the roads were icy.  I was almost half an hour late  due to an accident that slowed traffic to a crawl along my route.  Ah, winter in Canada.

Despite my delay, my trainer put me through a full body workout.  My quads, glutes, and deltoids are already a little sore, so I’ll definitely be achy tomorrow.  I left the gym with a smile on my face, though!  Nothing like a good, sweaty workout to make you feel energized and accomplished.

As you may have gathered from my recent (and infrequent) posts, my schedule has been a little full and I haven’t been getting in as many workouts as I would like.  Part of it was a pure-and-simple lack of time, but some of it was also just the lack of energy I had available to convince myself to fit those workouts in some days!  I’ve been working out only a couple days a week and have slacked off with the strength training.  Today, I could definitely tell that I’m not able to push myself as hard and I don’t recover as quickly.  In a nutshell, my fitness is decreasing as a result of the decrease in my workout volume.  Since I worked so hard to get where I am, I really don’t want to backslide anymore.  I WANT to workout more.  That’s a good thing, right?  Should make it easier to lace up my shoes and pick up those dumbbells!

I guess it was to be expected – the substantial decrease in my workouts – since third year dental school is pretty crazy, and I’m balancing family/kids on top of that.  I just thought I’d be able to squeeze it in – if it’s a priority, you can always find time, right?  Sadly, school has gotten the better of me so far.

Today’s workout with my trainer reminded me just how much I like working out.  Okay, so maybe not every second of a tough workout is fun, but I sure love how I feel after a workout.  I feel like today was a little extra motivation to get back to at least 3 workouts a week, so that my fitness gains don’t dissolve and so I can enjoy that post-workout high a little more often!

As an aside, my 4 1/2 year old daughter has been waking up almost every night the past few weeks.  Not sure if she’s dreaming or what, but she’s been waking up either crying or angry and it’s hard to get her back to sleep.  Anyone have any suggestions on how to deal with this?

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9 thoughts on “Post-Workout Highs

  1. Karen R says:

    Glad you are back to the workouts that give you such joy!

    I think the waking up is a stage for the kids. But, very important – don’t let her sleep with you and don’t sleep in her bed when she wakes, or you will never get out of that stage!

    How to deal with it mostly depends on why she is waking. In general, however, it helps to talk to her about it right before bed (tuck-in time). Tell her (in her words) how important it is that she stay sleeping for the whole night and not get out of bed, etc.

    When she wakes, just some calm comforting words or goodnight prayer but leave her room while she is awake. Otherwise, she will get accustomed to being “put to sleep” at her midnight wakes.

    That’s my 2 cents! Good luck!

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  2. couchpotatoathlete says:

    Sorry to hear about your daughter — only because I struggle with getting sound sleep and I know how cranky it makes me 😦

    I know I “lose” my fitness level when I don’t work out as often. But sometimes other things are more important — like family or school or work. Just do the best you can — thats what I tell myself!

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  3. Heather says:

    I LOVE the feeling after a great workout too!! I hope you can get this figured out w/ your daughter. I’m sure it’s hard on you and her not getting enough sleep. Glad you have a small break from exams for now.

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  4. Wendy says:

    It is truly wonderful that you’re enjoying your workouts and are so psyched about them! THAT’S when you know you’re doing workouts that you love. Awesome!
    Sorry your little one is waking up every night. My girl just turned 4 and wakes up every so often in the middle of the night too – usually because she can’t find whatever toy she fell asleep with! I’m not sure what advice to give ya about it…other than maybe call her pediatrician and see if they have any hints that might help. It does kinda sound like she’s having bad dreams and they’re waking her up. Poor little peanut. Hope it gets better soon!!

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  5. Kat says:

    Oh, goodness. Obviously I don’t have any pups of my own at this point. But I know if my brother and I had nightmares or whatever when we were little, my Mom would let us sleep on our parents bedroom floor if we were inconsolable. We went to sleep, were not in the bed and everyone won. How that would work today, I’m not sure.

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  6. Angela (the diet book junkie) says:

    ah Canadian winters, i remember them well. except when i was a kid, winter came a LOT sooner than it does now. we’ be under 3 feet of snow in our halloween costumes.:p

    sorry, i wish i had some suggestions for your daughter, poor thing. 😦
    i’m sure she’ll fall back to her regular sleeping patterns real soon!

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