Happy almost Friday! I am very thankful that this week has gone by much quicker than last week.  I only need to make it through one more day and then THE WEEKEND!

I have some great workouts planned and of course some quality time with the hubby.

Today’s workout went well. I was really really tired but I pushed through it.  I took my pre-workout today but I ended up having to stay at work a little later than planned. It still seemed to help kick off my workout!

Ab Rest

Odd picture I know, but I was trying to show me doing some ab work.  I finished up my workout today with abs and it was HARD!

Post workout collage

My after workout pictures.  I really should get better at these self pictures, but I try to hurry up and take them so quickly so I end up getting blurry pics.  The second is better than the first.  I still have a long way to go but as I slowly see myself lean out I can start seeing some differences – specifically in my arms.  My legs and abs still have a long way to go, but I know I will get there.

This weekend I am going to be taking 2 week progress pictures. I am guessing there won’t be too much of a difference, but I want to really track my progress along the way.

Gamma Labs

Gamma Labs sent me this awesome shirt and a few pre workout samples which I will be reviewing shortly.  I always love new shirts and workout gear! They always give me a bit of a boost at the gym!

Some of the things I have learned about weight lifting/training this week:

1. Take your time. If you rush through your workout you will not have perfect form and this can cause serious injury.

2. Plan plan plan. If you want to see results you must plan. The moment you stop planning is the moment that you will start to fail. You must plan everything from workouts to meals. I go to the gym every day knowing exactly what I am doing and get right to it.

3. Listen to your body.  I have dealt with several injuries over the past couple years and after making many mistakes I have learned the best thing you can do is listen to your body.  If you are feeling an unnatural pain (not just pain and soreness from working out) STOP or alter what you are doing, don’t just try to push through.

4. It’s different for everyone. I used to and still do have a serious problem comparing myself to others sometimes.  What works for one person may not work for you, or you may have to modify to make it fit with your life.  You are the one who knows you best and you have to do a lot of trial and error before you find what works. I am still working at this every day.

5. It’s hard. If you really want to be fit, strong, and lean it is hard work.  If it were easy every person would do it. You have to keep the end in mind and constantly remind yourself what you are trying to achieve. You will get there but it takes times.

I’d say i’ve already learned a lot in the first couple weeks of lifting and training, and I can’t wait to see what is to come!

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