365 Days of Self Discovery: Feelings & Emotions

2.11.19

Day 43

Do the changing seasons affect your emotions? Why do you think this is?

  • Yes, the changing seasons do affect my mood. I noticed in the summer time, I tend to be more active, motivated, positive and seemingly more happy; whereas in the fall/winter seasons, I tend to be lazy, more exhausted/tired, less motivated, grumpy & irritable. I believe the lack of sunshine might be one reason, another being the holidays during the colder months can be dreadful if something traumatic transpired during this time & usually I am always single for the holiday months, and so I feel more or less lonely compared to many of my peers whom are married, or dating someone during these times & can spend time with someone outside of their family or close friends. I am not a fan of colder weather, so for me, it sucks. 
Anyone else experience changes in emotions due to changing seasons? how so
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Pre-workout can’t touch this

When your tired, you’re tired

Today I was exhausted, beyond exhausted, I mean I should be, I work third shift and then come straight to the gym and during the day get maybe 4-5 hours of sleep and sometimes I work both jobs, personal training during the day and at night the second job. It can be a lot on my shoulders and very exhausting and yet I still manage to make it to the gym each morning — but even after making it, sometimes it isn’t enough to get my energy levels higher, I just try, try, try until I realize I need to go home and get some sleep. Trying is better than nothing, but trying barely meets expectations if at all. Yet, I made today a short workout — very short workout in hopes it would make working out today easier but not so much because I still barely finished and the only way I finished was crossing off one workout and doing one less set of two workouts. Blah, what gives? I need to prioritize my sleep schedule and do a better job with taking care of my body overall. 

If this has ever been your struggle, then you know exactly how I feel. 

Warm up:

  • resistance band abduction: 4 x 25, red band
  • resistance band clamshell: 4 x 25, red band
  • foam roller — quads and hammies

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 3 x 260 lbs, 2 x 270 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 200 lbs, 2 x 210 lbs
  • Power cleans: 6 x 5 
  • barbell box squats: 6 x 3-5, 205 lbs

Leg day Sets

Warm up:

  • Hip flexor stretch: 4 x 60 seconds
  • Leg swings: 4 x 25 each leg
  • Hip (posterior) hip mobilization: 4 x 25

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 4 x 5, 215 lbs (75%) & 4 x 5, 220 lbs 
  • Barbell back squat: 4 x 5, 170 lbs (75%) & 2 x 5, 175 lbs 
  • Front squat (drop set):
  • 1 x 4-6, 135 lbs
  • 1 x 8-10, 120 lbs
  • 1 x 10-12, 115 lbs
  • 1 x 12-15, 110 lbs
  • 1 x 15-20, 100 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Bulgarian squat: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs
  • Single leg kettlebell deadlift: 5 x 8-10, 8 kg
  • EZ bar squat jumps: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs

Superset:

  • DB stiff legged deadlifts: 5 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • Hip abduction machine: 5 x 8-10, 80 lbs

Superset:

  • seated leg extension (dropset)
  1. 1 x 4-6, 100 lbs
  2. 1 x 8-10, 90 lbs
  3. 1 x 10-12, 80 lbs
  4. 1 x 12-15, 70 lbs
  5. 1 x 15-20, 60 lbs
  • Seated leg curl (dropset): 
  1. 1 x 4-6, 80 lbs
  2. 1 x 8-10, 70 lbs
  3. 1 x 10-12, 60 lbs
  4. 1 x 12-15, 50 lbs
  5. 1 x 15-20, 40 lbs
P.S I came to the gym for a second time today to do biceps and triceps with a friend from the gym. Didn’t write it down, just followed their lead. 

Chest set workout

Warm up:

  • EZ bar bentover row: 5 x 25, 20 lbs
  • DB chest press: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • Resistance band front raises: 4 x 25, red band

Workout:

  • Barbell floor press: 4 x 6-8, 90 lbs & 4 x 6-8, 95 lbs
  • Barbell floor press: 4 x 6-8, 100 lbs & 4 x 6-8, 105 lbs

Tri-set

  • DB chest press: 5 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • DB incline press: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs
  • DB one arm lateral raise: 5 x 8-10, 15 lbs each arm

Tri-sets:

  • DB one arm seated shoulder press: 5 x 8-10, 25 lbs
  • Standing cable reverse fly: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs
  • Chin ups (w/assistance) 5 x 8-10

Superset:

  • Reverse grip lat pull down: 5 x 8-10, 70 lbs
  • Standing bentover w/one arm using lower cable: 5 x 8-10, 20 lbs each arm

Cardio Seshh:

  • Stair climber: 20 minutes, level 5

Squats weren’t having it today

We all have suffered those moments where one day we are killing it & the weights feel light, and the next day, it feels like even the lightest of weights feel heavy. That was my today — everything felt heavier & I couldn’t necessarily pinpoint why, but I think a lot of it has to do with the fact, I head to the gym after working 8 hours on third shift (lack of sleep) and the other being I am dehydrated quite often (not getting enough liquids) in my system before performing my workouts. The tiny bit could have been the fact my body was still somewhat sore or stiff — even after warming up. Whatever the reason code, it was quite annoying to say the least. 


I did conventional deadlifts — for a firstie since taking that personal time off from the gym & it felt good to lift what I lifted for light speed work, but I still felt slower and weaker in this lift, especially during the 70 percent of my 1RM range — I noticed it more. I did what I could manage today and ended the workout with some surprise cardio session & re-weighed and measured myself (read down below for details).


Warm up:

  • EZ bar stiff legged deadlift: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • Lying hip rotation stretch: 4 x 25 each side
  • Glute bridge: 4 x 25

Workout Sess:

  • Conventional deadlift: 3 x 6, 200 lbs (65%)
  • Conventional deadlift: 3 x 4, 3, 2 @ 215 lbs 
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 6, 145 lbs 
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 4, 160 lbs
  • box squats: 3 x 10, 160 lbs

Superset:

  • Barbell OHS: 3 x 10, 45 lbs
  • Box steps ups: 3 x 10

Superset:

  • Kettlebell single leg deadlifts: 3 x 10, 10kg each leg
  • Clam shell w/ resistance band: 3 x 10 each leg, red band

Cardio Sess:

  • Stair climber: 20 minutes total. 15 min at level 4, 3 min @ level 5, 1 minute @ level 6 and 1 minute @ level 7. Burned 194 calories.

Simple workload, I have been doing sets of 3 instead of 4-5 because I want to gradually increase my strength back up to normal levels, & I don’t want to put too much on myself when I am getting off work in the morning — because I am exhausted and my body feels on overload not having rested beforehand, so I am keeping it at 3 for a while and will crank things up again in another month or so, pending results. 


New updates on weight & measurements: 

Current weight: 154.8 lbs

Body fat%: 22.8

BMI: 23.4 

Since August 8th– I have lost a total of 5.2 lbs 😀 now I have another 5 lbs to go before I hit my goal of 150 lbs but I still want to work in losing bf percent below 20. 




Chest day gains

Warm up:

  • DB bench press: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • Band reverse fly: 4 x 25, green band
  • band pull apart:  4 x 25, green band

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 9 x 3-6, 70 lbs (60% 1RM)

        — Barbell bench press (wide): 5 x 3-6, 70 lbs

        — barbell bench press (narrow): 5 x 3-6, 70 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Incline Db bench press: 6 x 12-15, 60 lbs
  • EZ bar military press: 6 x 12-15, 30 lbs
  • DB shrugs: 6 x 12-15, 100 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Seated Arnold DB press: 6 x 12-15, 40lbs, 30 lbs
  • EZ bar reverse grip bentover row: 6 x 12-15, 70 lbs
  • assisted dips: 6 x 12-15, 130 lbs

Wednesday May 9th — bench press (heavy load)

Warm up:

  • EZ bar bentover rows: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • One handed overhead triceps extension: 4 x 25, 5 lbs 
  • chin ups (assisted): 4 x 25, 150 lbs 

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 2-4 (80%-90%), 5 x 95 lbs, 5 x 100 lbs, 5 x 110 lbs

        — Barbell bench press: 3 x 1-2 (95%+), 3 x 115 lbs, 3 x 120 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Reverse grip triceps pushdown: 6 x 12-15, 60 lbs
  • V-bar pulldown: 6 x 12-15, 60 lbs
  • DB lateral raises: 6 x 12-15, 20 lbs

Tri-set:

  • DB chest press: 6 x 12-15, 2 x 60 lbs, 4 x 50 lbs 
  • Bench dips: 6 x 12-15 
  • Plate front raises: 6 x 12-15, 10 lbs