Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Handstands & a Sick Day

I wanted to start the week off strong, so I decided to hit the gym at 6 am Monday morning!  I keep thinking getting up at 5:30 has to get easier sometime, but it really never does.  I can only make it work if I have everything packed ahead of time, so I always do that the night before now.  Otherwise, it's too easy to talk myself out of it while I'm laying in bed, especially if I check the website on my phone and hate the workout!  But once I get to the gym and warm up, I'm good to go.

Monday's workout:
Skill: Deadlifts, 3x5 (50% of max)
WOD: 8 minute AMRAP (as many rounds as possible)
- 5 deadlifts (I did 95 lbs)
- 5 HSPU (handstand push ups)
- 5 box jumps (20" for women)

I finished 6 rounds + 5 deadlifts. The workouts I did last week were pretty brutal, specifically Thursday's 21 minutes of death by double unders, so 8 minutes really flew by. I was really excited about my HSPUs! I started the workout feeling kind of iffy about them. I'm pretty good at handstands (some of the guys at the gym actually call me a show off) but I hadn't done any HSPUs in a while. I struggled on my first few, so I added a second ab mat under my head to give me a boost. Throughout the workout I really gained my confidence and the last 5 were actually my best ones!

It's the best feeling having my workout done before I even start my day!  Unfortunately the rest of my day didn't go as great.  I hadn't really drank much coffee the week before, but I decided it was Monday and I wanted a cup.  Well I'm pretty sure it was the cause of the terrible heartburn I had for the rest of the morning.  Then my throat started to hurt and before long my entire body started to ache.  I just kept thinking, I cannot be getting sick right now!  Next Friday I am taking an 8 hour exam to further my career and the wedding is 1.5 months away.  I really didn't eat the healthiest all weekend and my neighbors were sick, so I guess it wasn't that big of a surprise.  I went out to dinner with family to celebrate my mom's bday and by the end of the meal, I wanted to lay down in the booth.  I came home and went to bed at 8:30!

So today is a lot of this.

I'm definitely going to spend the day resting and recovering.  I'm also hoping to get some studying in and maybe even a load of laundry.  And if it actually reaches 62 degrees like it's supposed to, maybe I'll even sneak in some time in the sun.  The vitamin D will make me feel better, right?

How's your week starting off?  Hopefully better than mine <3


  1. First off, your pup is too adorable! My dog sleeps in that same EXACT position and hogs the entire bed somehow. I have no clue how they do it.
    I've been waking up at 5:15-5:30 to get to the gym for about a year now and it hasn't gotten any easier for me yet :(. Hopefully it goes better for you, but I don't think I will ever get used to waking up before the sun comes up!

  2. Nice job with the handstands. I am terrible at inversions. I'm convinced it's because I'm too bottom heavy. Also I know what you mean about working out in the morning. I used to do that but unfortunately don't have any time before work now. I have to leave my apartment at 5:45am in order to make it to my office by 7am...sigh

  3. Getting in an early workout is hard, but SO worth it-- I push myself so much harder when I first get up, rather than in the afternoon or evening.

    I hope you feel better soon!!


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