I worked out at 8:30 this morning. And it was “fun.”

WL-A: Floor Press (5 reps @ 65, 75, & 85% of 1RM)

I completed sets at 130 & 150, but was only able to complete 4 reps @ 170#. I felt a slight twinge in my right shoulder. I must ensure that I warm up more thoroughly, even if I must do so on my own.

MC-B: Metcon (No Measure)

EMOTM for 10 minutes
Odd-numbered minutes – 3/leg (alternating leg) front rack forward lunges
Even-numbered minutes – 3/leg (alternating leg) behind the neck backward lunges
For added challenge hold bottom of squat remainder of minute

I put 15 & 10# plates on the bar in case I needed to drop the weight from 95 to 75#. I did not. Yup, I also held the bottom of a squat during “rest,” although I often waited until 30 seconds past the top of the minute to do so. Holding the squat was the most difficult part on the workout.

MC-C: Metcon (No Measure)

10 rounds (15 minutes total)
In 1 minute, complete 5 planks alternating arms/forearms (left and right = 1 rep) and plank hold remainder of minute; rest 30 seconds between rounds

My goal was to hold all 10 rounds of planks without breaking form. Oh, did I mention that I wore a 20# weight vest?

Deborah was stationed near me, and she counts out loud. I don’t mind in the least. I did, however, notice that she slowed down as the workout progressed, as I had often finished 5 forearm planks before she said, “Three.” (Hugs, Deborah! You were “spot” on with the spotting, though.)

This was tough, and I sometimes doubted that I’d be able to complete all rounds without breaking plank and assuming child’s pose or down dog.

Okay, so this happened. In order to make the time go faster I began to loudly sing aloud to the songs playing. Gwen Stefani’s “Rich Girl” got me thinking about “If I Were a Rich Man” which got me thinking about “Fiddler on the Roof” which got me thinking about Bette Midler playing the part of Tzeitel on Broadway. Yup, that’s how my mind works.

I held plank all ten rounds without breaking form. That. Was. Tough.

Today was the first day of the 56-day Paleo Challenge. So far, so good. I do crave sweets, though. I’m okay with coffee without cream, I’m okay without bread, and I love walnuts & almonds & pumpkin seeds. I crave sweets.


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