Motivation Monday {and some randomness}

Reeeealllly struggled to get back on the horse last week.  Not sure why seeing as how I exercised every day while on vacation, but for some reason it was just hard to get back in to my regular gym routine.  It’s always such an accomplishment once I get to Sunday and can look back and see how well I did, especially on those days where the last thing I wanted to do was lace up my tennis shoes.  That’s the thing about exercise….you will never regret it once it’s over;)  Stats from last week…

Monday 8/8: 30 minutes on the elliptical, 15 minutes on the treadmill (6.0 mph) and 10’ish minutes of core work

Tuesday 8/9: 15 minutes on the treadmill (6.0 mph), 30 minute Step class and 10 minutes of core work

Wednesday 8/10: 20 minutes on the treadmill (5.8-6.0 mph) and a 30 minute HIIT class (high intensity interval training…a lot like Tabata)

Thursday 8/11: 15 minutes on the treadmill (6.0 mph) followed by a 45 minute “Tight N’ Tone” class (all strength training using weights)

Friday 8/12: 65 minute walk outside along the river

Saturday 8/13: Really busy running errands today and keeping tabs on a very ornery Asher Wade while Matt was out of town (and I may or may not have had a little meltdown in the driveway…this mom’ing gig is just HARD sometimes), but I managed to squeeze in a 35 minute walk around the neighborhood

Sunday 8/14: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class, and it was a good one! I have a super low resting heart rate, and it’s really hard for me to get it up into the “orange zone” regardless of how hard I push myself, so I was happy to get so many splat points in this class.

I can’t remember if I have mentioned this on here before, but a few months back I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism.  Basically this means that my thyroid doesn’t produce enough of the thyroid hormone.  At my last annual checkup I casually mentioned to my OBGYN that there seemed to be an abnormal amount of hair falling out in the shower when washing my hair.  He asked me some other questions – Are you usually tired?  Umm, yes, but I just assumed this was due to the fact that I have a 3-year old, among other things.  Do you have low energy?  Yes, but again, #momproblems.  Are you always cold?  Yes.  Are you irritable?  LOL!  Show me a crazed mom to a 3-year old that isn’t;)  Anyways, a couple of blood tests later and it turns out that my thyroid levels were in fact pretty low.  He put me on a daily medication and it definitely seems to be helping.  I’m still tired, lol, but it’s a different kind of tired, like the “I stay up too late reading books and watching HGTV” kind of tired; not the lethargic and sluggish sort of tired I was experiencing before.  My hair isn’t coming out in clumps, so that’s always a good thing.  I’m more sensitive to heat now and seem to sweat a little more (good times), which is a change considering I used to always be cold.  One other noticeable change is that my resting heart rate is SO low.  Like, unusually low.  A normal resting heart rate for an adult is anywhere between 60-100 beats per minute.  An elite athlete may be between 40-50 beats per minute.  Mine usually hangs out around 35 beats per minute, and I am definitely not an elite athlete!  This isn’t really a big deal – a low heart rate usually mean you’re in good shape and have a strong heart – but it does mean it’s hard for me to get my heart rate up, and stay up, during challenging exercise.  Even if I get my heart rate up, as soon as I slow down my activity even just a little bit, it drops drastically.  OTF is all about getting your heart rate above 84 beats per minute, a/k/a the “orange zone,” and that’s how you get your “splat points” (1 point for each minute spent in the orange zone).  Ideally you want to hit at least 12 splat points during the workout, which most people can do no problem because the workouts are super challenging.  However, it’s really hard for me to hit that goal.  I rarely do in fact.  I push myself so hard (within reason, of course…I know my body), but my heart rate still hangs out around 82-83 and occasionally gets up around 84-86 for several minutes.  I usually average around 7-9 splat points each class, when the other participants get 20+.  This isn’t really a big deal, especially since I know I’m pushing myself and I’m in good shape, but it’s still frustrating.  Anyways, yesterday at class I got 18 splat points….the most I have ever gotten.  I pushed myself really hard and tried to keep my HR right around 84-85 during the harder intervals, knowing that if I slowed down even just a little, my HR would plummet.  I also drank one of those Spark drinks from the AdvoCare line right before getting there, so maybe that helped??

I know I’ve said it before, but I seriously love Orangetheory Fitness.  Besides the fact that it’s a super challenging workout, it’s fun, the energy is always high, the atmosphere is always positive and everyone is encouraging.  It’s just a fun place to be, even though sometimes I feel like cussing at my treadmill and I have a VERY love/hate relationship with the rower.  If you want a challenge and you want it over in less than an hour, I highly recommend trying OTF.  (This is definitely not some sort of advertisement or plug…I just like sharing my opinions for anyone that may be interested.)

OK, that’s it for today.  Here’s to hoping your Monday is short and your coffee is strong.  And don’t forget to get your exercise on!!

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