Doesn’t September always feel like a new year? After a summer of slow paced routine-less days, it always feels so good to get to September and re establish old September gym routines, good habits and self-care. This was an especially chaotic summer for me so I have eagerly embraced the ‘back to school, back to gym’ craziness post labour day. I’m still not quite settled as we are living amongst boxes and packing until we move to our new home later this month, but I feel a little more myself already.
You may remember my post about restarting the IIFYM Diet and know that I struggled with a bit of weight gain over the summer. So far the diet is very manageable despite a few days of feeling really very hungry (with plenty of calories consumed). I took that as a sign that my metabolism was revving up, but so far the weight isn’t just melting off as I’d hoped despite being very strict. Perhaps it’s just the first few weeks of IIFYM that require adjusting of water balance, so I’m not going to freak out too much just yet. I wish it was easier but it only gets harder the older you get.
My gym routine is ticking along but I’m facing what happens when you take a few months off of regular cardio. I had a really hard time with one particular workout this week and it was so frustrating. My strength has pretty much come back immediately (but with extra achiness the next day), but the lactic acid burn with cardio workouts is horrible, and it’s scaring me off slightly from the more cardio intense workouts. I’ve decided not to even look at what the workout is before I leave in the mornings because if I see running, or burpees I will talk myself out of going.
Almost halfway through the month and I’ll say that my efforts aren’t showing yet in either workouts or weight loss and I don’t fully have my groove back yet but I think I’m off to a good start and I’m putting in the work consistently. I did actually get a PR last night in Olympic Lifting and I’m really excited about that. It wasn’t quite a PR since we haven’t maxed out yet in front squats, but it was a PR so far and a great starting point for the rest of the year with goal setting in my weight lifting.