Disclosure: Under Armour is a client of my company, FitFluential. All views expressed are my own.
Happy Monday people! This is me leaving the gym today, barely able to hold up my phone for a car selfie (no I wasn't driving!) -- because I OWNED MY WORKOUT, holy OMG. I am going to be welcoming DOMS tomorrow in a big way, in fact, by the time I got to my third set of the legs part- my quads were like TOAST seriously I went to do a walking lunge and my legs felt as if they might explode. I thought it was best to not make a mess in the gym, so I stopped and went back to spend some quality time with the foam roller. I may or may not have been groaning like a fool.
All this said, I am very excited. I am excited that I could leave my house and hit the GYM. I am excited because even though I now have to go get my ankles x-rayed.....
...because the whole issue- whatever it is, is NOT going away and my BFF Dr. Vic told me GET YO A** TO THE SPECIALIST. Ok, so he said it more politely than that, but essentially I went to the gym yesterday afternoon and got on the BIKE YES THE BIKE, I have never done the bike- but I knew with my ankle being sore that I should not run- so I made a new friend.
I enjoyed it, although I did feel like I had to keep lifting up and sitting back down on the seat to not lean forward to much. I'll have to ask my friend @rangerdutch for some advice on the bike since he's a pro. (note, I will also be taking spin classes this year FINALLY after saying for years I wanted to.....no time like 2014 to dive in!). Then-- yesterday I hiked over to the stairmill and was doing that for maybe 5 minutes when the right ankle started to tell me this was a BAD IDEA. I sadly hopped off and pouted in the sauna. Then today, I assessed my pain level- NONE whatsoever, and went to the gym. I did weight training and the treadmill time was walking at an incline. I killed it and it felt awesome. But yea, I gotta get this thing checked out. Annoying. I'd also like to add two things I am obsessed with. You see in the photo above my Under Armour Spine shoes. OBSESSED-- what I like about these in addition to the badass LOOK is the stability- that's my personal favorite or preference, I like shoes that especially for weight training, hold me locked in and stable, I guess like a wider base. I bought a new pair in outrageous pink for a self-gift from Santa:
And I tried out...for the first time ever.....TIGHTS. I actually bought the Under Armour Cold Gear tights to RUN OUTSIDE like a badass but since Chicago has been actic lately, I haven't had that chance not to mention the fact that right now running is on hold ONCE AGAIN because of my ankle/Achilles/heel whatever the heck it issues. But today I wore these to the gym and felt LIKE A BOSS.
I am not lying. I came home and ordered four more pair. I mean, $50 each -- for something too you can wear INSIDE and outside in RIDICULOUSLY COLD temps-- and they are comfortable..and the fit is fabulous. I've worn Otomix bottoms for YEARS AND YEARS-- partially because I've always been so insecure that anything with a tight band would give me a muffin top. So what was my smart solution? Wear something that makes me avoid addressing that! DUMBA**. These are MY feelings people- not telling you what to do but I'm recognizing in myself DUMB HABITS that kept me from progressing. I told you about in my ANOTHER DAY post, I have quite a selection of hot bottoms (LOL that sounds funny) in my closet with TAGS ON that I don't wear because you keep walking by thinking "oh next month I'll wear those-- my body is not right for capris or tights" or WHATEVER. I'm DONE DOING THAT. I want to wear what I want and helloooooooooooooooo that's my goal anyway-- reaching my ideal fat loss goal means no clothes go in the "another day" hanger area or pile.
YOU DON'T LIKE SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR LIFE? CHANGE IT.
I didn't like that. I also figured out today- I got to the gym TOO Late in the morning. By the time I got home and get my shower etc. I'm working LATER....I'm sure a lot of this is about the fact that it's dark at 5pm currently but -- I want to be ideally leaving my office for ME TIME by 7pm....not needing to do 3 more hours of work. So I pondered......I have gotten used to going to bed late and getting up at 7, 7:30am.....and yet, I want to be done at the gym by 9am.....so even though in my perfect world, I could finish work by 7pm, go to bed at 11pm or midnight - that won't allow me to get the sleep I need and workout and work, so I am changing. I will change when I go to bed I will change when I hit the gym blah blah blah.
I don't like this Ankle/Achilles/Heel issue. It's annoyed the life out of me that this injury has sidetracked me the end of 2013. I'm over that. Taking action, moving on. I have way to much to be thankful for than to focus on the negatives. I'm learning from all this.
Speaking of learning, one of my moves today was a compound row, love this informal demo from Ashley Horner (I bought some of her training programs in December, kind of obsessed with her, can you blame me, she's badass. I need her to be my bestie.) on how to use correct form. Today as I did this really slow, boy could I feel it.
Every day, in every way, we should LEARN.
Lastly I am back using MyFitnessPal app to track food and workouts-- what is your favorite app?
I love how you can get a pie chart view as you go to see your percentages/macros and adjust accordingly, they also have a new feature so you can scan the bar code on food....so much easier than manually entering things like NEW SALSAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Um. I am in love with this salsa (for my eggs or egg whites) -- you can get at Walmart. ;-) CLICK HERE if you want to buy in a pack of 6, how convenient. I'm always thinking of you. ;-)