Bre works 12 hour shifts so on the days she works, I'm left to fend for myself as far as dinner is concerned. This is no problem. I actually love to cook and if dinner is up to me, obviously I get to eat whatever I'm in the mood for. What is the quickest meal to cook for dinner? Breakfast. Yep, while I like to cook sometimes I'm not in the mood, or don't have the time. Tonight's dinner consisted of 2 eggs and 2 small turkey sausage patties. It took all of 3 minutes to make, tasted great and most importantly was a great source of protein before my workout. Who says you have to eat breakfast during breakfast? I say eat it whenever you want because there are alot of breakfast foods that are good for you.
I worked my core before the lifting portion for about 30 minutes. I usually only go between 10-20 minutes for core but I was waiting for my buddy to get there so I kept going. I really focused on lower ab workouts today because that is my biggest area I need to make progress on with my six pack goal.
Today I moved my incline dumbbell bench press up to 75 lb dumbbells. I also bumped my flat barbell bench up to 215. I barely got the second set of 215 6 times so I was pretty sure I wouldn't be able to press all six reps the third time through. Of course, negative thinking isn't going to get you or me anywhere. When I sat back down on the bench for the third set, I cleared my head, told myself six reps is nothing and busted out all six with relative ease. *Positive Thinking* Next Monday, I"ll bump those 2 lifts up another 5 lbs. each.
Side Note: I am posting the exact weight that I'm doing for 2 reasons. First I am posting it simply to keep a solid log of where I am and to continue to motivate myself to get stronger by seeing where I am now and looking toward the future. Secondly, I want to show you that with a little hard work and dedication that you can get to wherever you want to be in the gym. It doesn't matter how much you're lifting it only matters that you ARE lifting.
Everyone has to start somewhere. The couple times in college when I couldn't keep a serious lifting schedule I was working with nothing heavier than 40 lb. dumbbells and could barely bench 185lbs one time. But that doesn't matter because I was in the gym working to get in shape because I knew I could. I think many people are self-conscious when it comes to "going to the gym." In all reality you just shouldn't think that way. At least half the members of my gym can lift far more than me and I have honestly never seen someone make fun of or ridicule someone because they couldn't lift a certain amount of weight. I think it's actually the exact opposite. People who take working out seriously like to see other people working out as well and they will help you if you ask.
So get out there, go to the gym and be yourself. The time you spend worrying what others think about you is time you wasted becoming the fit person you want to be. Leave the judging to the haters.