30th April

Hey folks,

Not a very long post from me tonight, as not a lot to report really!

All is good with me though, went to the gym this morning (surprise, surprise!), for Ladies Tone class, and it rocked. Hard work though! But I loved it as always πŸ™‚ Did all sorts – squats, high knees, glute bridges, planks, bicep curls, chestΒ press, shoulder press, deadlifts and probably more that I’ve forgotten! Such a good workout though. I don’t think there was any muscle that I didn’t feel it in this morning! Which is a good thing of course!

In other news….still stressing about money, so nothing new there either! Not sure how we’ll make it from now until the 7th of May when I get my PIP. Even then that’s not going to last out the month of May. Oh well.

Ah man I ache! Hot bath tonight me thinks!

Anyway, sorry this is so short and sweet but it’s better than not checking in at all πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading folks πŸ™‚

Take care, stay strong and until next time….

x Sara Phoenix x

29th April

Hey folks,

All is well with me, aside from sore calves still. I can walk now though and got back to the gym as well today, which felt great. Set a new PB on my bench press, of 15kg! So am really proud of that. Am getting stronger and loving it!

Had a meeting at my seasonal job as well this afternoon, which was, err, interesting….haha. Okay, so it was complete yawnsville, but what meeting isn’t?! These things have to be endured from time to time, and it was useful to see everyone again, and get familiar with their faces. My first shift is on May 11th, in the afternoon. Only for 2 hours, so not too bad. The role is exams invigilator; so basically watching over the students while they take exams. It’s not very exciting, but it earns me a bit of money, and it’s not too taxing either. There’s an element of stress, but not too bad.

There’s not really a lot else to say to be honest; I’m over the moon to be able to walk properly again haha. That was really beginning to bug me, having to go everywhere on tip toes, and being confined to the house! Ah well, as I’ve said before, no pain, no gain! I can see why they say that now!!

Tomorrow is Ladies Tone class, which I’m hoping to be okay for. Will see how my calves are in the morning, and how flexible I am! I may have DOMS in my arms from my bench presses….but then again I might be okay! You just never know!

I’m really proud of myself today, I’m achieving things I never thought I could. It’s a great feeling πŸ™‚ repping out bench presses today made me feel so strong and capable; I love it.

Anyway, that’s enough waffle from me for tonight, am so tired my eyes are wanting to shut! Need to do something to keep myself going until bed time!

Thanks for reading lovely folks; take care, stay strong and until next time….

x Sara Phoenix x

28th April

Hey folks,

Today’s been another rest day due to my DOMS. I managed a short walk, and can now get my heels to the floor and walk properly, rather than on tip toes! So there’s some progress. I’m hoping to get back to the gym tomorrow, depending on how they feel in the morning anyway. I’m definitely keeping my fingers crossed though, please do too for me folks! I miss the gym!

I managed to get to Rock Choir tonight, although it was pretty painful doing the moves to the songs; but I’m glad I went. I’d have been gutted if I’d have to miss it. We carried on learning a couple of new songs, and recapped some older ones. We’re getting ready for our birthday gig at the NEC in Birmingham on the 7th June. It’s going to be amazing! πŸ˜€

I was asked today what DOMS feels like; the only way I can describe it, is like constant cramp in your muscles. Like they’re really knotted and tight. Stretching them is near on impossible without serious pain! Thankfully it doesn’t last too long, around 3-4 days roughly, but it depends on the person to be honest. Today is day 3 of my calf doms, and am anticipating a day 4, as they’re not quite recovered yet. I still seize up when I sit for too long, and I have to stretch them out again, and that hurts, a lot! I’ve done a lot more walking today than I did yesterday, so I’m hoping the worst is over!

Tomorrow is usually leg day at the gym, so I’m not quite sure what to do! I don’t want to exacerbate the pain I’m already in, but at the same time, people have said that the sooner you start working them out again, the better they will feel. So I’m seriously undecided! I certainly won’t be using the calf press though! That thing is pure evil, haha. I’ll probably take it easy, as I’ve got a Ladies Tone booked for Thursday, and I really don’t want to miss that. Already missed out on LBT yesterday, and that was frustrating enough.

Anyway, it’s nearly bed time, so I shall call it a night on this now; am shattered to be honest, despite not really doing much! I think RC finished me off this evening! My calves are also burning, so am going to massage some Deep Heat cream into them, and try get some sleep. Everything crossed I can get out of bed in the morning and walk normally!!

Thanks for reading folks, as always it means a lot to know you’re all out there! Take care, stay strong and until next time….

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x Sara Phoenix x

27th April

Hey folks,

So, I’m still in pain! Lots of it. Isn’t DOMS wonderful? haha. I know it’s for the greater good and all that, but I really wish it would stop now. I long to be able to walk properly! Been going around the house on my tip toes most of the day. Managed a short walk this morning, but I’m not sure it was such a good idea, as they’ve been more painful since! Everyone was telling me to get mobile as quickly as possible, but it hasn’t seemed to work for me! I can cope with any other ache from working out, but calf pain is brutal.

Anyway, in other news…. well, once again there isn’t really any! All I’ve done today is rest and try to stop my legs from hurting! I did make the call to the council though, and as predicted, they can’t do anything. I’ve got until the 14th May to pay the outstanding for April, plus May’s payment as well! It’s a joke. I’ve emailed the benefits people to see if they can review my claim and see if I’m entitled to anything extra. We’re really struggling at the moment.

Argh, this pain is really beginning to suck the life out of me! I can’t do anything and it’s driving me mad! Even simple things like walking to the kitchen for a drink is torturous! Ah well, no pain no gain and all that….

Mood wise I’m doing okay, just a little stressed out about the financial situation. It gets more ridiculous by the day! I hate being reliant on benefits to get by, but not being able to work leaves me with no choice. I do have my temp work coming up in May and June which will help a little, but it’s only a few hours, so won’t bring in all that much. There’s always something that needs to be paid for and very little money to actually pay for it! As they say, too much month and the end of the money!

Anyway, that’s enough moaning for one night! Sorry folks! It’s getting dark now and I can’t get up to put the light on, so can’t see what I’m typing really any more! Hubby dearest is engrossed on the Xbox so can’t do it either! Oh dear …..

Thanks for reading as always lovely people πŸ™‚ take care, stay strong and until next time….

x Sara Phoenix x

26th April

Hey folks,

Today I’m in significant amounts of pain! Good old DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness), after leg day with my PT yesterday. My calf muscles are very sore and it’s taking a lot of effort to walk haha! Part of me loves it because it means that I’ve worked out hard, but at the same time part of me wants to cry with the pain sometimes! It’s all good though πŸ™‚

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Hopefully they’ll ease off by tomorrow, as it’s back to the gym with my cousin for our usual Monday session!

I have to keep stretching them out every half hour or so, it’s beginning to help a bit with the pain! But if I sit down for too long, they get really stiff and I have trouble getting my heels to the floor to stretch them. Ah well, no pain no gain and all that!!

In other news…. well, there isn’t really much else going on right now really. It’s been a chilled out day in front of the TV today. Went for a really short walk with hubby earlier on this evening, to try and loosen me up a little haha. Kinda worked. Then I say down again…. it’s not good trying to get up, and certainly can’t do it in a hurry haha.

My mood is good though, and I’m feeling okay. Stressed as always though, got to call the council tomorrow and see what I can do about my council tax, as I’m really struggling to pay it. Need a lottery win! I hate being skint, it truly does suck.

Anyway, that’s it from me for today, will keep it short and sweet, just like me πŸ˜‰

Thank you for reading folks, and I hope you’re all well and had a good weekend! Take care, stay strong and until next time….

x Sara Phoenix x

25th April

Hey folks,

I’m feeling really proud of myself today! Had my PT session this morning, and it was awesome! As usual we started on the rower to warm up, then moved onto some leg extensions. After that we went to the faithful Smith machine; squat time! Started off with 5kg to warm up, then gradually increased the weight, all the way up to 60kg!!!! I only did 4 sets of 1 rep at that weight, but the fact is, I DID IT! I still can’t quite believe it, but I really did. My PT was well impressed and said I’m clearly getting stronger. I’m starting to feel stronger too, which is awesome. He also said that eventually, when I’ve built up my strength enough, we’ll go out to the squat rack, where it’ll all be me supporting the weight! Scary stuff, but am looking forward to it too. Although, it’s where all the guys do weights, so that’s a little bit frightening! I’ll be with my PT though, so it’ll be okay.

We finished off my session with the calf press machine and some walking lunges (by which point my legs really didn’t want to play anymore haha). I’m feeling slightly achey and broken tonight, and know I’ll probably struggle to walk tomorrow, but it’s worth it.

I’m achieving new things every time I hit the gym, and it’s feeling amazing! My PB squat prior to today, was 15kg, and I was proud of that haha! I never thought I’d get up to 60kg so soon! I love this quote:

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And it’s so true. At one point a bodyweight squat was hard enough, and I never imagined I’d ever add weights to that equation as well! But now, I’m rocking it and loving it! To be honest, I never thought I’d be doing weights full stop really; but again, I’m loving it! I love everything about the gym and getting fit and strong. I was always under the illusion, like most people, that lifting weights makes you bulky. But that’s not the case with women, we simply don’t have the hormones for it. It’s supplements etc that women take to make them bulky, so there’s no fear of that happening to me anymore. The only thing I will gain is strength and definition in my muscles. I’m already starting to see my biceps when I flex, and quads are popping nicely still too.

I don’t think I’ll be able to rock skinny jeans so much once my quads are fully developed, but that’s okay. I’m more than happy in baggy jeans or trackies haha. I’m loving the feeling of getting stronger.

In regards to my diet, have been shaking that up a little bit this week. My usual lunches were pasta or noodles with vegetables, but the past couple days I’ve changed it up to salads and chicken or turkey instead. I’m hoping that it’ll make my body wake up a little, and I may get some weight loss on the scales on Monday. I know I said I’m not focusing on the number on the scale, but I’d love to drop a few pounds to be honest. I’m not going to get obsessed with it, and if I continue to gain then I know it’s just muscle so won’t worry about it too much. I’m doing a lot of weights, so muscle gain is going to happen. And everyone knows that muscle weighs more than fat! As long as my body fat % goes down, the weight itself isn’t really an issue…. watch this space I guess haha!

Mood wise I’m doing great; I’m back on my meds, so getting back that familiar stability that I’m used to, and feeling really good. Am slightly stressing out over money though, but what’s new?! There’ll never be enough, so we just have to make the best of what we’ve got. My next job after posting this, is to sort out the finances and see what’s left over; probably not a great deal to be honest. Ah well, there’s more important things in life than money I suppose. Although it does help, haha.

Anyway, that’s it from me for today; thanks for reading as always. Take care, stay strong and until next time….

x Sara Phoenix x

24th April

Hey folks,

Today has been really good; been out and about and having a laugh πŸ™‚
This morning I went for a 3 mile walk with a friend and had a catch up, as it’s been a while since we saw each other. Then after lunch it was gym time with my cousin; after our workout we went for a coffee at Costa, and had such a laugh people watching!

I’ve not laughed that much in ages, so it was really good πŸ™‚

At the gym I mostly worked on my arms/shoulders/chest. But warmed up with the rower, 1500m in approx 7.5 minutes; followed by the bike for 6.5 miles in 35 minutes. I was taking it easy as it’s leg day with my PT tomorrow! After the bike we hit the weight room, and I used the Smith machine for some military presses. I managed 2 sets of 10 reps at 10kg, and 4 sets of 5 reps at 10kg. After that we used the Converging Shoulder Press and Chest Press machines. I did 1 set of 10 and 3 sets of 5 at 9kg on the shoulder press, and 4 sets of 10 at 11kg on the chest press. I’m pretty happy with that, and was certainly feeling it by the end!

As I said above, it’s leg day tomorrow with my PT, well knee rehab! As we’re going to work on strengthening my quads and the muscles around the knees. Stronger quads will mean that my knees are taking less stress, so should hopefully hurt less, if at all! They’re not too bad today, a little achey, but not as bad as they have been. I’m also paying for another 4 sessions with my PT too πŸ™‚ I’m really enjoying the sessions and my strength and fitness levels are improving, so it’s definitely doing something.

Anyway, that’s it from me for today, I’m off for a nice soak in the bath!

Thank you for reading folks, take care, stay strong, and until next time….

x Sara Phoenix x