Fitness goals: strength

Last night, I decided to watch a couple of episodes of Sabrina on Netflix and then I climbed into bed by 10:30. I skipped my afternoon nap and was sound asleep by 11:00 pm. As a night owl, this is a huge challenge for me. I’m usually crawling into bed around 1:00 in the morning and then toss and turn for a couple of hours before falling into a restless sleep.

The sounds of my neighbours upstairs woke me out of a deep dream about the devil and his demons (too much tv I guess), and I found myself wanting to get out of bed at 6:30 am.

I have missed early mornings like this. For a while in the summer I was getting up at 6:00 am on the weekends to make the most of my days off work. Then I fell into old habits and it really affected my weight loss progress too.

Found my dumbbells last night by chance. I had cleaned up a few weeks ago and couldn’t remember where I had stored them. I made a firm promise to myself to use them daily and work on building strength. For some reason, I tend to drop more fat when using the dumbbells.

You can get a pretty good workout with a set of 5 pound dumbbells. I still need to pick up a kettleball. But I figure these will work in a pinch.

I’m already noticing the difference today.

My weight all goes to my hips, waist and arms. I’m definitely pear shaped. And I hate my arms so much. The weights really help with that.

My goal for the next month is to focus solely on strength. My diet is okay – I’m just eating too much because I have more spare time on my hands. So, focus on portion control as well. I’m cooking a lot more. And eating a healthy and protein loaded breakfast – that’s important here.

I got most of my medical tests done. I’m worried about a sleep apnea test. I did one about ten years ago and it didn’t work well. The idea of using a machine to sleep at night gives me anxiety. I don’t like it. But the test is a necessary evil.

And on that note, my coffee is getting cold.

What are your fitness goals for the week?

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