Sometimes letting your mind go is worse than letting your body go

It has been a while since I posted however this was something I realized was going to happen and was prepared for. It is something I am also prepared to counteract. However, not posting to this blog every day has taken a toll on my momentum mentally speaking. A large part of my commitment to fitness is also a commitment to public (albeit not popular) accountability via this site and while I knew I would have a hard time trying to recover from  my back injury and going to baby classes and taking trips out of town I didn’t realize that not posting to my blog would have such a profound effect on my attitude. I find myself listless mentally, a state I was hoping to avoid since mental apathy is the worst thing you can do to your workouts.

Of course, like anything in life you should plan for an overextension of time, with projects at work we like to plan an extra 50% of time in order to achieve realistic timelines and I had done that with my back. However, it is now time to take back control and unfortunately as I stepped on the gas yesterday I found I was in neutral. So it’s time to wake up my mind and get back in the game. My back is still terribly sore however now I am thinking more from inactivity than from the injury. This week and the next couple are tailor made for catching up with my workouts. Today I have coaching so it is a wash but hopefully I will be able to engage my brain and get my attitude straight for tomorrow. This weekend is the final gymnastics competition of the year and as such is the final push and since it is at our club, the Thursday class will likely be compromised anyway leaving today as the last real training before the end. Given that I coach older kids too, for some of them it will be their last competition of their gymnastics career so this week is particularly significant for many reasons.

We are 3 weeks away from our due date, which means that basically the baby could be born any day now. I am hoping not during vault on Sunday, if we can make it to Monday with the baby still inside, we will be fine!

So in order to get my head back in the game and hopefully encouraging my body to follow here is the schedule that I will be following for the next 14 workouts, regardless of timing.

P90X Insanity HybridDay 1Chest & Back, Ab Ripper XDay 2Plyometric Cardio CircuitDay 3Shoulders & Arms, Ab Ripper XDay 4Cardio Power and ResistanceDay 5Legs & Back, Ab Ripper XDay 6Pure CardioDay 7Rest or X Stretch or Yoga XDay 1Chest & Back, Ab Ripper XDay 2Plyometric Cardio CircuitDay 3Shoulders & Arms, Ab Ripper XDay 4Cardio Power and ResistanceDay 5Legs & Back, Ab Ripper XDay 6Pure CardioDay 7Rest or X Stretch or Yoga X

This is, in fact, the start of my insanity Hybrid that I originally had planned to do after my P90X Round 1. However, I got sidetracked and looking at my “reality hybrid” tracker I realize that I was so far off this it is ridiculous… So I am going to patch up my Round 2 and get back to work regardless of the fact that I have had almost 50 days off. The reason being that I don’t want to call it Round 3, it will give a false sense of achievement that I don’t deserve and haven’t earned.

I don’t have a problem calling this Day 43 and putting 47 days in to make up a full Round 2. I just hope that I can get started in good faith this week and not be too sore for when the baby gets here since I secretly have a plan to blast my body to pieces with my new home made gym equipment and to build a lower deck outside my basement gym so I can spill out into the summer heat while doing my workouts.

More on the home made equipment as soon as it is done. I am working on a dip station and something to store my dumbbells on not to mention the replacement for the chin up bar in the garage. As a hint I have found that the metal bar I was using (which was hollow, bought from Home Depot) has been usurped by a plumbing fitting used for pool and spa plumbing. A very solid 4ft bar, much thicker than the other one which I am confident will support my weight with no problem at all.

I feel better already…