Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Back Into the Swing of Things

The show is over ... the fun of eating off my diet last week is over ... the Jan Tana is flaking off my skin (unevenly, I might add - I look like I'm molting) ... it's time to get back into the swing of things.

After a weekend of gorging ourselves (something we're really good at, incidentally), I hopped back on the Diet Train yesterday, and am already starting to drop some of the crazy amounts of water weight my body retained from the weekend food debauchery. I seem to have some issues restraining myself when I'm allowed some treats. Jerry and I talked about it at length, and are still trying to come up with a plan to help me control myself around treat foods. I'm totally fine when I'm following my diet, but the second I break it for a scheduled treat, I completely fall of the wagon and can't seem to crawl back on again until the next day. Completely mental, not physical issue, as my body doesn't NEED the foods I shove into it. But that's a whole other issue for a different day.

So anyway, I'm back on my diet and am feeling better. I still have some carbs in my system from Sunday, so I'm prepared to feel like crap tomorrow when they're all gone and my body is searching for them. I stayed away from the scale yesterday because I didn't want to cry. I may venture on it today, but then again, I might not.

Yesterday I also went back to lifting heavy. I haven't trained heavy for quite a few weeks, so it was kinda fun to be moving some serious weight again! I have a couple weeks to train heavy before we lighten things up again to get ready for Team Universe in July. As of this past Saturday, I'm 7 weeks out. Woohoo!! But I digress.

I felt weak doing squats yesterday. I was frustrated, because it feels like I've lost some muscle in my quads. We moved to leg press next ... and I killed it on leg press! Got a personal best! SIX plates on either side, which translates to roughly 600 lbs. Go Team Kari! :) So now I need to put the disclaimer in there that the seat was raised to the highest incline, which forced me to press using mostly hamstrings and glutes. Jerry the Exaggerator says that it doesn't matter what the seat incline is - I was still doing a full range of motion. But I disagree, because to me, a full range of motion is having the seat lying as flat as possible and bringing knees to the chest. Yes, I brought my knees to my chest with the inclined seat, but it's a much shorter range of motion. Regardless, I pressed a lot of weight, and was excited about it!

My legs felt ok this morning, but are starting to stiffen up as the day goes on. Pretty sure I won't be able to walk tomorrow.

I'd forgotten how good it felt to be strong. I've been so focused on being lean lately (which translates into weaker for me), so it was really nice to feel strong again. I'm still stressing about the fact that my abs are hibernating, but I just have to remind myself to be patient; they will appear soon enough.

That's it for now ... I'm back and track and ready to build some muscle!


  1. 600 pounds!!! I am in awe!!! You are one impressive lady.

  2. You're a toughie!!! I'm glad you're back on track, a few weeks and you'll be winning another trophy! :)

  3. I am the same way with a scheduled cheat/treat. Once I take a bite, it's all downhill and out the door from there. Why must we be all or nothing!? Welcome back to prep my dear! :)

  4. I'm in the same boat as you and Becca - I'm an all or nothing kinda gal :) Enjoy the heavy lifting!