Well, after a not-so-successful week 6, this week was much better! A new set of workouts and determination to get back on track seriously paid off. Here's the schedule:
After all of my lack of motivation last week, I had a hard week ahead of me. Not only did I have a new set of workouts, but I was about to take on 7 days of exercise with no rest day. Bleck. On Monday, I finished my last workout from week 6, which put me on track to start week 7 on Tuesday. I'm happy to report that I was able to complete all of my workouts this week, except for dropping the last cardio to rest on Sunday. 8 days in a row was not happening, especially with how much my knees were hurting. I've had tendinitis issues in my knees since high school from all of the dancing I was doing. I started doing ballet one day a week at 3 years old and from there the number of classes I was taking kept increasing. As a teen, I found myself in class 2-2.5 hrs each night Monday-Thursday and then at the studio on Fridays something like 4-10 PM teaching and taking classes. I also taught class on Saturday mornings for a couple years and near performance time we were there all day Saturday for rehearsals. I loved it, but my knees definitely didn't. Any time I get to working out really hard it starts to flare up, and it got really bad last week. I'm all for pushing myself, but not for hurting myself.
As far as the workouts this week, they were harder (obviously) and strangely exciting. It's fun to see the progress I'm making each time I graduate to the next set of workouts. I'm not someone who loves the actual event of exercise, but I can definitely appreciate the results. All of my muscles are visibly leaner and more toned and my body just feels tighter. You know that feeling you get when you're exercising consistently? I love it!
As I'm looking towards next week, I'm hoping the day off will help and I'm going to try to get in the habit of icing my knees at night and doing more foam rolling to loosen up my quads a bit. Keep your fingers crossed that all of that will help.
Do you have any injuries that get in the way of your exercise routine? How do you deal with it? Share in the comments below!