Houston...We HAVE a Tricep

So the other day I was getting in the shower and noticed a new bump on my arm. Hmm, I think that is my tricep I thought to myself. When I got out of the shower, I said, "Hey honey, feel this...is this my tricep?" He looked at my like I was a nerd and said, "Yes." 


Woo hoo! I have a tricep! OK, so I sort of knew I had a tricep, somewhere. When doing those exercises that are supposed to target this elusive muscle I was vaguely aware of its weakness. But in years of exercising I have never really had a 'bump' of a tricep that stood out at all. In fact I really wasn't even sure where exactly this tricep of which they speak, WAS.
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NOW, I not only know where it is, I can FEEL mine. And yes, I am very excited about that fact.


This new discovery got me to thinking. Thinking about my workout schedule. Or lack of workout schedule to be precise. In the past, unless I was training for a race, I have always just willy nilly done whatever workout I was feeling at the moment. Which roughly ended up in a hodge podge of strength and cardio in a week. Which is fine if that is what works for you. But for me it ended in more days off than it should.


Having discovered my newfound friend: tricep, I have realized I am basically building myself a new body. Crazy. I wouldn't go about building anything without a good plan, right? So why the willy nilly approach with my workouts? I am a planner. Would having a plan set before me seem confining or would it help me to stick to regular, planned days of cardio and strength? Would I see better results?


I texted back and forth with my sister a little and asked her what she did to plan her workouts. She texted me pictures of a calendar she printed out and wrote her workout plan on for the month. She then circles the workouts she actually does to keep track.


I have used sparkpeople.com to track my workouts before, and sort of to plan them, but this didn't really work well for me. I love the site for tracking my food, but for some reason didn't really do well with the fitness section. Now, I love my lists, and charts, and numbers, so I thought putting pencil to paper might be right up my alley.


Immediately I stole Vonda's idea. I went to eprintable.com and printed out a basic little March calendar with an inspirational quote on it. I then sat down and thought what are my goals, what do I want this new body to be, to do? 


I am wanting to cut my 5k time, that is an important goal to me, so I wrote in my 3 days of running each week. One day of hills, one day of speed intervals, and one long run day on Sundays when hubby is home. Long run being relative, I'm training for a 5k, so only 3 or 4 miles.


I then decided I wanted one day for complete rest. I penciled that in for all the Saturdays, family time. 


Next, I knew I wanted to focus on strength training and encourage these budding new muscles, coax them out of their hiding places. I decided until my race I will strength train two days a week. I don't want to over-train and burn out. I also do not want to get bored. So I looked at the DVDs I have that focus on strength training and rotated them through the month, noting when I'd hope to up the weights on them. 


One day left, hmm. I decided to fill those in with Banish Fat Boost Metabolism on certain weeks because I love this DVD and extra cardio will help my 5k goal, and my Yoga and Pilates DVDs on the other weeks because I think they would just be a nice compliment to the rest of my workouts for flexibility, etc.


I love having a plan. It's a no brainer. I get up, look at what's on the calendar, and do it! So far so good. Bringing planning and intention to my workouts, to building this new body has shifted my mindset too. There's much more purpose in my workouts now. I don't workout just to beat as much fat off my body as possible. I have goals, I have plans. I have triceps!

I am just a blogger, not a doctor or any sort of professional. What you read here are my personal experiences and opinions. Of course, always consult your doctor before trying a diet or new workout program.