31 Mar Log: Coming down with a cold, but pounded water yesterday and napped, which I think helped. Didn’t feel terrible today, trying to do the same to keep it that way - fluid and perhaps a 1-hour nap mid-day. Helps that we have a 96 (four-day weekend) so extra time to recuperate.
It will be our last long weekend in Japan. Hard to believe it’s been three years - it’s a shame we got here in the summer of 2020. Japan shut down hard during the pandemic, and we ended up trying to cram 3 years of travel into a year and a half as things opened back up. I’m excited to go back to the States, but feeling that mix of sadness with the excitement because there are a lot of things I’m going to miss about Japan as well.
Good mornings: 1x10 @ 45 lbs
DL: 6x4 @ 155 lbs. Grip strength feels like a limiting factor. I know I can use a switch grip if needed, but I’d rather just get a stronger grip. Ordered some grip strengtheners towards that end - though could be between 1-3 weeks to receive them.
OH Press: 2x4 and 4x3 @ 70 lbs. Really was grinding out the last rep each set (which is counter to the program, which recommends I pick a weight that leaves me with 1-2 reps “left in the tank” for each set . . . was just feeling a bit stubborn today)
Rear delt flyes: 1x6 @ 30 lbs (someone had the 10 lb DBs so had to use 15s), 1x8 @ 20 lbs. Might switch to using the cable machine for these - someone showed it to me and I feel like it might be a better choice to really focus on the movement. Or at least an option if my DBs of choice are taken.
DB shrug: 2x8 @ 115. Again, grip strength is what limits me here.
DB Hammer Curls: 1x8 @ 20 lbs, 1x6 @ 25 lbs (each arm)
DB OH Triceps Extension: 2x8 @ 35 lbs. Will increase weight next time.
Hanging Leg Raise: 5x10. Thanks to the advice of folks here, I got some ab straps. Very glad I did! Way different sensation than leg raises on the stationary ‘machine’, I assume because of the difficulty stabilizing. Felt challenging yet feasible.
Seated calf raises: 2x15, 1x12 @ 40 lbs. Still figuring out how to use this machine, think I had it only partially off its resting arm because it clanged down in between sets 2 and 3. :-/
Nutrition: Standard breakfast, chicken bowl for lunch. Will take some protein powder before dinner to make sure I hit protein goals; we’re going to see a magic show (supposedly it’s pretty good) and grabbing dinner beforehand tonight.
Side note: Yesterday I felt cavalier enough to try a new burger place that my husband suggested. I figured, “I’ll just stick with the burger itself, no sides, should be fine.” Got a double patty ‘for the protein.’ Added it into my tracker afterwards (estimating two four-oz, 80% lean patties) and good lord, there went my fat allocation for the day. Ended up having protein powder mixed in plain Greek yogurt and rice with some soy sauce (separate from the yogurt) for dinner because I was trying to find a way to avoid spiking my fat allocation any higher. That’ll teach me - single patties from now on, unless I want to budget everything around a single burger.