In these parts (i.e. Canada) last weekend was Thanksgiving, which meant turkey and family and, for me at least, a whole lotta driving back and forth between family events and our house to take care of the new cat. It was a bit much, in all honesty, but I made it through albeit a little more tired than usual. I’d like to say that the festivities didn’t impact my workouts, but that would be a lie. I found myself struggling to fit in workouts over the weekend and, in the end, accepted that neither life nor myself are perfect, and sometimes these things just happen.
Activity: at-home strength workout
Relevant Stats: 40 minutes
Observations: Since I knew I was heading out of town for the bulk of the day, I didn’t want to abandon the new cat for longer than I had to. I opted for an at-home workout including some strength and stability work and a whole lotta skipping. Thankfully, it has been so cool outside that skipping on the back deck in the sunshine was no longer an overly sweaty ordeal. I spent the rest of the day driving back and forth from our Thanksgiving weekend vacation rental so I could be on cat medication duty and also have family time. Sigh.
Activity: planned rest day
Relevant Stats: tuuuuuurkey…and a whole lotta wine
Observations: I could’ve easily worked out before heading out for more family time, but W network was playing The Holiday, and the cat was in ultra cuddle mode and so it just didn’t happen. Instead, I made pancakes, drank a litre of coffee on my own and relaxed with the cat before abandoning her for family Thanksgiving dinner.
Activity: unplanned rest day
Relevant Stats: cat monitoring + being ultra lazy
Observations: We got back from Thanksgiving festivities fairly early in the morning, and I commenced cat-care duties yet again. She was very needy after being left alone for a night. Once again, I had intentions of going to the gym or working out in some way and I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I blamed my wine consumption at Thanksgiving dinner, but really that was just an excuse.
Activity: cardio warmup + strength training
Relevant Stats: 15 minutes spin + 30 minutes strength
Observations: After two days of laziness, I was actually ready for a solid workout. I warmed up on the old spin bike before getting back into some heavier strength work since my SI had been feeling relatively normal. In fact, I felt like my old self again. Win!
Activity: personal training session
Relevant Stats: 45 minutes
Observations: My trainer worked my arms hard and I really hadn’t realized just how much strength I’d lost from taking one week off plus one more week of easier workouts. Holy hell, I had absolutely nothing to give on the rows and bicep curls. I had to downgrade weights on both and even then I could barely make it through a set. Sled pushes were also infinitely harder. It’s always humbling to realize that even short breaks make a difference in your fitness.
Activity: cardio warm up + strength training
Relevant Stats: 10 min. spin + 40 minutes strength
Observations: Although stiff from my training session, I forged ahead with another solid workout. After a quick spin warm up, I moved into strength work, focusing on legs, glutes and abs to give my tired arms a break. I was pleased with how my SI held up and almost getting myself back to my previous weight levels on a lot of exercises. Take that, SI!
Relevant Stats: 27.5 minutes (yeah, I’m counting that half minute)
Observations: I thought it had been a couple of weeks since I ran stairs, but a quick glance at my workout tracking app told me it had actually been close to a month. That made me feel slightly better for feeling like I was going to die the entire time. Why are stairs so damn hard?!?! Still, I persevered, almost made it a half hour, and somehow didn’t break my body in the process, so I’m considering it a Friday workout miracle.
Now the weekend’s here once again (gotta love short work weeks!) and we have sunshine in our forecast, cool Fall temperatures, and a whole lot of unscheduled time, all of which makes me incredibly excited. Wishing you all a restful weekend filled with all the things that you love. Happy weekend, y’all.