Today is my day of rest. I rowed. I pushed myself harder than ever. I didn’t do any extra exercises but I did row for longer. I rowed for ten minutes on the medium resistance and then five minutes on the higher resistance. I took a break and repeated it. I felt great after it. I’ll do the same tomorrow plus a full workout. I can’t wait. I felt so bloody good after my rowing session. I can’t wait to do more and push harder. There is no point in doing the same amount of everything as last week because I won’t progress that way. I’m hoping by the end of week 3 that I’ll be rowing on the higher resistance for longer or at the very least finding it easier.
My plan going forward is I would like, once I get a place of my own, is to have a mini gym in my home. I want some weights, nothing outrageous, just enough to keep me toned. I really want to do chin ups so have been looking into getting a bar but that’s another thing I’ll wait to get. Oh and the other thing I’ve always wanted is a nice big punch bag. All these things cost money so I’ll have to save and buy as and when I can afford them. I’ll also be trying to get as much of it in a sale as possible, I like a good bargain.
Another part of my workout I really enjoy is having a shower after it. There is something extremely refreshing about it that just makes me feel so much better about the workout. I’m looking forward to pushing myself further this week. The other thing that helps spur me on is as I push myself and increase my workouts it doesn’t hurt. It feels natural. I’m able to do more. I know the workouts are working. I can’t wait to see the physical results. It’s all going so much better than I expected it too.
I’ve been negligent of updating my blog but I’ve not been negligent of keeping up with my rowing. I have a cold and have found myself extremely tired after work, working out and having a meal. I’ve fallen asleep most nights. I’ve been feeling rundown. I’m better today and hope I’ll be over this tomorrow.
Through this week I have pushed myself harder than last week. I’ve been rowing for longer, building up to fifteen minutes today. I’ve also been rowing for longer on the higher tension. I had been doing two sets of each additional exercise up until today where I did three sets of between 7-15 reps. Today should have been a simple rowing day but I decided that today, since I had the house to myself was going to be a full workout with me going back on the machine for some rowing throughout the day. My cold isn’t great but it’s not terrible either so I’d only be using it as an excuse to slack on a workout.
Some days through the week I’ll admit I did find it a bit of a struggle and had to take several breaks during the rowing. Only starting again when I felt able too. I’m no quitter but I do not wish to cause myself harm or make my illness worse. Because of the aches and pains that go along with having a cold it made doing some of the workout unpleasant but I pushed through that pain, mostly because it wasn’t that bad and again I’d only be using it as an excuse if I stopped. My asthma played up a bit but I expected that with working out while having a cold.
I plan to push myself even harder during the coming week. I’ve started running while walking my dogs. I’m not confident to go out on my own running but think I could build up to that with the help of running with my dogs as a starting point. I’m not seeing or really feeling a distinct physical change but mentally and emotionally it’s had an extremely positive effect. There is part of me that does think there is a difference in my upper abdomen but I’m not sure if it’s only because I want to see it. I have felt physically sick a couple of times during workouts. I’m not sure if that’s because I’m ill or if it’s because of the workouts. I’m making sure I drink plenty of water, not just while working out but as a general rule now. I’m not an expert when it comes to keep fit or anything healthy in general. It’s all trial and error and figuring out what works best for me.
The one thing that I’ve been surprised at is how much better I feel within myself after a workout. I find myself thinking about it while bored at work. I find myself thinking of ways I can improve my workout. I find myself thinking about workouts while walking my dogs. I think about what I want to achieve from working out. I visualise my body and how I want it to look. I don’t want to be skinny, I’m quite happy with my weight and size. It’s more about the shape of my body now. I have a realistic goal. My ideal body shape is very realistic. It’s rather boring if I’m being honest. It’s nothing out of the ordinary. I’m not looking to have a six-pack or bulging girly muscles. I want definition and a shape that I am happy with and comfortable with. I’m on my way and loving this journey I am on.
As suspected I did row yesterday. I did a few exercises also. It was a good workout.
Now on with today. Today was a full workout day. I rowed for 8 minutes. Two of those minutes I upped the tension and I feel it in my tummy. I rowed for a little less time yesterday but I upped the tension for a couple of minutes then too. Add to that the ab workout I’ve started and for the first time I really feel my tummy groaning because of it. I’m not complaining. I am still enjoying the workout. I’ve yet to see a difference in my body but it’s only day one of week two. I’m thinking it’ll still be two or three weeks, at least, before I see/feel a difference.
I pushed myself a little harder today. I feel I have to up my game if I really want to see results. I’m still not going to push too hard because I don’t want to hurt myself and I’m not completely unfit but I’m not that healthy either so I’m trying to find the right balance. I still feel like I can push myself that little bit harder. Each week I think that’s what should be expected.
I finished with another rowing session. I upped the tension for another 2 minutes. I then completed 7 minutes on the lower tension. It’s the longest I’ve gone and I loved every second of it. One of the things I like about the rowing machine is that I can watch TV/Netflix or similar. I’m easily bored and I’m not confident enough to run and train in anyway outside or in a gym. I need something that will keep my focus. That was another reason I got the rowing machine. I know the kind of person I am but I have to say that unlike other times I’ve tried to start some sort of workout program this time I’m mentally ready for it and want to reach my goal. Still I know that without some other stimulation I’d eventually get bored and I’d give up and that’s the last thing I want to do.
Today was going to be my workout day off. I have decided though to row. Deep down I always knew that I would. Until I see and feel a difference in my body I will do a workout every day. Today will be another rowing day with a little exercise. I do not want to push too hard and hurt myself but at the same time I worry that I’m not pushing myself enough. I go until I can’t go any further but not that far that I am in pain. Although, today, after doing the ab exercises yesterday I feel my tummy a little sore and I’m ok with that. I will do the ab workout again today and every day. My tummy is my main focus, butt second and thighs are third.
Saturday was day 7. A rowing only day. I started rowing and found it comfortable. I’m not saying easy but it wasn’t difficult either. I upped the tension and managed about a minute. I had to lower the tension. I rowed for 6 minutes in total. On the lower tension I pushed harder and went faster.
I had a small break and drank water. I rowed again this time for 7 minutes. It was on the middle tension so I switched between rowing comfortably and hard and fast. I found this to be an effective rowing workout. I was sweating and red and felt bloody great.
After the second rowing session I did a few reps of some of my other exercises, just a few since it was a rowing only day. I did the ones that focus specifically on my tummy area.
I’m still surprised that after one week I feel so good about myself. There isn’t a big difference in my body shape yet but mentally I feel great. The benefits to working out go so much further than getting your body in shape, it affects your mood, your mind, I’d go as far as to say it affects everything. I am loving it.
Friday was day 6. A full workout day. I rowed for 5 minutes and 30 seconds. I really enjoyed it. I pushed myself quite hard during the workout. It’s not that I haven’t pushed myself other times but on Friday I went just that little bit further. I did at least an extra 2 or 3 reps during each session.
After the workout and a small rest time I rowed again. Once again I added extra time onto my usual 5 minutes. I managed 6 minutes. It was a little bit of a struggle in the last 20ish seconds but I kept pushing. I’m not quitting. I’m not giving up.
Today was a rowing only day. I have to say I am enjoying these workouts. I feel better in so many ways and all so soon after I have started. My mood is better. My mind is more focused. My thoughts are more positive. I know it’s not all down to the rowing and workouts but I do believe it’s played a big part.
I am eating better. I have had issues with eating disorders and I’ll admit that I was having some issues lately. I was forcing myself to have at least one decent meal a day. Sometimes it was really difficult but I ate. Now I am eating better, perhaps still not where I should be now that I’m working out, this is something I am working on while building towards a healthy eating plan.
I rowed for five minutes and had a break. I then rowed for another 5 minutes and added 30 seconds on. I want to build up to seven minutes, that’s my goal for next week so now that I’m close to the end of week one I thought that I’d start to increase a little on the last couple of days.
I’m looking forward to doing a full workout tomorrow. I bought some clothes that are more suited to working out in. I never imagined that it would make working out feel so much better. So come on tomorrow, I’m ready for ya.