Last night I found a blog post I wrote on June 3, 2008 – almost seven years ago. What I wrote about then, definitely still applies today.
Most every night I lay in my bed before falling asleep and daydream for a little while to wind down all the stuff in my head. Usually my day dreams consist of the hot ex-basketball player from class asking me out or Jamie Fraser (from Outlander) materializing out of thin air and falling madly in love with me. Haha. Also, I usually wake up one day totally fit without any effort on my part. Well last night my fantasy had changed without any conscious effort. This time last night I was envisioning me doing fifty push-ups and chair dips and other strenuous exercises (my upper body strength is one of my weaknesses).
The point is that without any conscious effort, I was thinking of ways to improve me. Yes, it wouldn’t hurt to have some smoking man around or it would be nice to just wake up fit, but I began to put stock in myself more. Plus, this fantasy is something that I can actually work up to.
[T]his recent change in myself just goes to show how far I have come. I know I can’t just wake-up fit, I actually have to work at it, and I am! Pretty soon those fifty push-ups and fifty chair-dips won’t be just a fantasy, and I can lay in bed dreaming up new ways to push my limits!
It’s so funny, that I have once again began fantasizing about being a fitness bad ass. I no longer day-dream about sparkly ponies or some guy sweeping me off my feet. When my mind starts to wander, I find that it is thinking of new workouts or ways to change-up my cardio. Today, I found myself day-dreaming about ab work. Yes, you read that right. I was day-dreaming about ab work. Well, maybe brainstorming is a better term. I’ve been adding ab work to the end of every weightlifting session (there times a week), but I don’t really love crunches. Last night after doing a fast and furious cycle warm-up (2 hills for 3.12 miles in 10 minutes), I lifted. I can tell that I am getting a little stronger each week.
Last night I lifted three sets of 60lbs deadlifts, 75 lbs lat pull-downs, and 40lbs shoulder presses. Then I did ab-work: three sets each of planks, flutter kicks, and hip-lifts (or whatever it’s called when you are on your back with your feet straight up in the air and lift your hips/pelvis in the air using your core). I feel like I need to add in more abs though. I’d love to hear any ab-work tips from you guys! Last week, I tried to do some ab work with the stability ball. That was entertaining. I was wobbling all over the place and even sent the ball rolling away from me at one point. It might help if I didn’t try to make sound effects while rolling to and fro in the floor with the stability ball. I’m surprised my gym hasn’t asked me to quietly leave yet. Even so, I’d like to try more stability-ball work next time. I have almost two whole days to come up with an addition to my weights routine for Wednesday night. So far, squats, rows, and bench presses are on the menu after a little cardio, and I’ll definitely throw in some abs at the end. Until I get back to the gym, I’ll do a little day-dreaming/brainstorming on shaking up the routine. Can’t wait!