Hello and Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend. Continuing my “Dear Coach” series to keep you informed of the progress as I work with an online personal trainer. Be sure to check out:
Week Five – August 8th
Since I have been having trouble sleeping, my plan was to switch this week up and workout on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon and Saturday midday. That’s not exactly how the week went. Monday and Tuesday my nutrition was on point and I had a great workout Tuesday afternoon. By Wednesday I was still struggling with sleep and was HUNGRY. I ate most everything in sight (and didn’t track). Still little sleep by Thursday morning plus having over eaten (somewhat) on Wednesday, so I fasted most of the day and skipped my workout. Friday morning was my first night with a sleeping pill. It helped marginally. Better day with nutrition. Saturday I did lots of housework AND my workout (tried to fit two into one). Probably not the best idea because by the end of the day my feet were killing me.
Week Six – August 15th
Started a new training plan this week and returned to MWF morning workouts. Also implemented true Feast/Fast Days. Loving my new workouts and am working on increasing the weights I use. Mike (my trainer) added more leg press into my plan (which I LOVE). Below is from Friday – leg press, some slam balls and then a power sandwich and iced chai from Panera for Feast Day.
I am ready to continue MWF morning workouts this next week and will probably do Friday Feast Day and Saturday Fast Day again. It just works for my schedule. If you are thinking about fasting, please read this post I wrote earlier this year.
A Must Watch Video
This is a video that Mike published last year called “Why Fitness Actually Matters.” While aimed at people over 58, it is truly a must watch for everyone. This is why I workout. This is why I want to be stronger. This is why it is never too late to start thinking about your health.
Why Fitness Actually Matters (especially as you age) by @MikeVacanti #FitFluential #bloghealthy Click To Tweet
Misc Thoughts, Highlights and Concerns
Even with sleeping pills, my sleep has not improved much. I have gone from 3-4 hours a night to 5-6 hours a night with lots of awake and restless periods. This weekend I have been taking two sleeping pills at night (per doctor’s orders). I plan to call the doctor and make another appointment and have her run some blood/hormone work. Something is definitely up. I have had sleeping issues in the past, but never this bad.
I have been doing a lot of self-care these past two weeks and really listening to my body. I have had a couple of afternoons at the pool, a pedicure, some tanning, etc. I have also stepped back from both blogs a bit just to give myself more time and space.
Interesting that some days there are tons of females in the weight rooms and other times I am the only one.
Cardio. I get asked a lot why I am not doing cardio. And honestly, people tell me I am wrong not to do cardio. First up, none of these people are me or my coach (who are the only two people I am listening to at the moment). You need to plan your workouts and your activities based around your goals. With that being said, I do miss cardio some and will be slowing reintroducing it. Here’s the plan:
- From now until the week of October 10th, I will be doing 10-20 minutes on the elliptical at the end of my workouts.
- Starting October 10th, I will be following my Walk your Way to a 5K program, which is a 6-week program to go from the coach (or little exercise) to walking a 5K. This puts me ready in time for the Thanksgiving Day 5K.
Both Mike and I think this is a great plan for me. My hope is to have zero pain come the Thanksgiving Day 5K (I have plantar fasciitis in both feet).Dear Coach: Vol 4 - My progress & thoughts as I work with an online personal trainer. Click To Tweet
That’s about all for now! Would love for you to watch and share Mike’s video!
What’s your weekly workout schedule?