Friday, March 7, 2014

Feeling Vulnerable

My muscles hurt!

I only have free weights consisting of 3 lb., 5 lb. and 8 lb. weights. Somehow, the 8 lb. weights have made me sore. for. days. That may seem impossible since 8 lbs. is not a very high weight, but when you add rep after rep after rep... it really does a number on your muscles!

Today was a total eat-a-cupcake-for-breakfast and order-chinese-take-out-for-lunch kind of day. It was wonderful at the time, but now I just feel bloated and gross. I am in for a very small dinner tonight and a big workout. I have to make up for my poor choices at work today. I guess you could say that I was feeling very vulnerable at the wrong time (i.e. cupcake day and take out for lunch day).

Since I have been sore for days from my arm strength routine, I decided to skip my strength training for last night. I did some cardio instead. I took my two beautiful pups for a walk at the park. The sun was shining and the temperature was almost above freezing. It was a nice brisk walk!

Our walks are only going to get better, the warmer the temperature gets. Today, it is nearly 45 degrees outside! I hope the temperature stays for a little while, that way my husband and I can enjoy a walk together after work!


  1. Ouch! Sorry your muscles hurt but good job on the strength training and cardio!
    I am with you on the feeling vulnerable. Fridays are rough for me, I always feel super snacky. Something about the weekend meaning break time, I don't know. Good luck with your excercise tonight!

  2. Strength training is so important for weight loss! Muscle will burn calories at rest, pumping up your losses. Try to have some protein within 30 minutes of your weight training. Your body absorbs nutrients at about 600% normal within that 30-40 minutes post workout. A powdered protein shake is a great option. I noticed a huge difference in my muscle soreness when I started using one. It's broken down so that your body can absorb the protein very quickly. As women, we can absorb about 20ish grams of protein right after a workout.
    You should also try some active recovery. Don't train the same muscles on back to back days, but on the days between, especially if you are sore, make those muscles work. Just lower the weights and take it easier than you normally would. Making those muscles work will increase blood flow and healing. The soreness you feel is the tears you made in the muscles with the strength training, healing. My sore muscles always feel better after I make them work a little!
    Stick to the weigh training!!! I could have done cardio for the rest of my life and never lost any weight...getting in some good weight training and HIIT made all the difference!