Happy Friday folks!
It was a heckuva week here in NYC. We had about a foot of snow hit on Tuesday night, coupled with single degree temps. This type of weather conditions make me hesitant to take the kids out to daycare and preschool so I kept them both for the day and if I haven’t said it enough, I have all the respect in the world for you stay at home moms. My tweet pretty much summed up the way I felt at the end of the day:
— nellie A. (@BklynActiveMama) January 23, 2014
The weather really didn’t allow me to workout on Wednesday. Yes, I totally could have worked out at home but I can never muster the energy to do it! I have such a hard time getting motivated to workout at home! This is why I am such a gym bunny. So with the unexpected pause in the schedule on Wednesday I had to switch my rest day from Friday to Wednesday.
Loving my new body
Although I am 4.9 pounds away from my first goal, I am loving the fact that even though the scale isn’t moving as fast as I want to the changes in my body are becoming more apparent. With that in mind I have decided to challenge myself for the next 4 weeks. In the essence of switching things up and shocking my body I am going to do something radically different.
I will be committing to a strength training challenge where I will be spending 30 minutes lifting heavy 4 days a week. This is very similar to the Jamie Eason program I did over the summer, except I won’t be dedicating 90 minutes.
In addition to wanting to shock my body, I’ve been wanting to get back to lifting and feeling crazy strong again. Cardio will be a huge part of of my workouts as usual but instead of devoting 10 or 15 minutes to lifting a little I will be lofting for more reps and progressing with heavier weights as I go on.
I started my personal challenge which I have nicknamed “BAMageddon” yesterday with a 30 minute leg workout that had every single leg muscle shaking when I was done.
So the challenge is to incorporate four 30 minute strength training sessions into my regular gym schedule. I am hoping to see some gains especially in my legs and arms. This is an experiment so I hope to lose weight in the process but I think most of all I hope to lose lots of inches! I can’t really deny the changes that happened in my body after 4 weeks of Jamie Eason! And that was when I wasn’t food tracking, so imagine what can happen now?
In order to lift heavy and stay focused I created an awesome playlist. When you lift you need music that pushes you, gets you hype, gets you through that last set. For me its hard core rap music–before you judge–I don’t listen to rap music in general, I actually am perpetually stuck in the 90s and I listen to a lot of music from that era. However–there is something about current rap that make me squat deeper, push harder and lift heavier. Whatever it takes!