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:
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