9 Weeks Postpartum
I love to lift weights. I love the feeling of super heavy dumbbells in my hands. The muscle failure, the feeling of invincibility…I adore it all.
Something about pushing my way into the weight room, and showing the guys how its done, it SUPER addictive to me.
Let’s face it, the weights area can be super intimidating, there are men of all sizes pumping ridiculous 100lb+ weights (on each arm), they are grunting, sometimes screaming, giving each other high fives, exuding large amounts of testosterone and just being overall annoying.
I remember when I first started working out, all I did was cardio. I LIVED on the elliptical machine. I would see that weight room and say … no way Jose am I going in there! It was so scary looking! I was so scared that I would go in there and make a total fool of myself.
Eventually a friend convinced me to start taking total body classes at the gym. This was a super easy way to get into resistance training and usually there was no testosterone around and the ladies all lifted manageable 5lb, 10lb, & 15lb weights.
From Like to Love:
During the weight loss journey of my first born, I had plateaued for about two months, nothing I was doing was working. I saw a sign for a small group personal training session for Kettlebells and I signed up.
It was me and two other guys, I should have known I was in trouble.
I was sooo scared to train. Although I signed up on my own, willingly, my trainer had decided that he was going to push me and push me even more. Our conversations would go something like this:
Trainer: “Okay, Pick up the 30lb kettle bell”
Trainer:” “Pick it up”
Me: “I’m A GIRRRRRRRL!!!”
Trainer: “Pick it up”
Me: “I didn’t sleep last night”
Trainer: “Pick it up”
Me: “it’s that time of month…”(wink)
Trainer: “PICK UP THE BELL!”
It was ugly.
I must say, after 8 weeks of training, grunting and complaining, I came out stronger than EVER. All of a sudden the 15 pound body bars I was using in total body class was like lifting feather weights. I didn’t truly realize how much stronger I had gotten until I found myself bench pressing 45 pounds pretty easily.
Since I currently attend the gym at a really busy time, I literally have to wait around for weight machines, but when I get back to work I hope to get more strength training in on a more regular consistent basis. At the very least I always make sure I can grab some dumbbells and at least do some rows, squats w/ weights and bicep work.
Another thing I love about weights is the fact that you don’t bulk up, you just lean out. And trust me MUSCLE is sexy!
This Past Week:
I didn’t eat particularly well this past week, it was a bit of a carb-o-loution. That combined with a gradual increase of the weights=no weight loss. I will be better next week!
Weight Loss this week: 0.0 pounds
Weight Left to lose: 18.7 Pounds
Total Weight Loss: 1.3 lbs
Workouts last week:
Thursday: HIIT Training on the ARC, Plyos
Friday: HIIT Training on the ARC, C25k Week 1, legs
Saturday: Spinning, chest
Monday: C25k Week 1, arms, chest
Tuesday: C25k Week 1, legs
Have you ever tried Kettlebells?