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?