That's more like it!! Feeling back to my old self with this morning workout.
Truth: My alarm went off this morning, and I was so confused because I didn't remember setting it. Then Paul asked me if I was getting up to workout. I wanted to say no, but of course I couldn't. He was already completely dressed and ready to go. My boyfriend. ❤
It helps when you have someone supporting you.
It wasn't always like this. In the past, it's been me motivating us, but Paul has really stepped up, and I think it's because we picked a program that appealed to HIM.
Today was Chest and Triceps! It is week 3 of the Bulk phase, and our final week before moving onto the next phase.
Knowing that this was the last time I was going to do this workout, I knew I really wanted to push myself. In a Core de Force workout Joel says something along the lines of, "It's the last round. Why would you go easy on yourself?" So I keep that in my head. This is the last time I am doing this workout. I want this to be the best I can do, and I want to prove to myself I am stronger and working as hard as I can.
So while in the past, I might have stuck with 5 and 10lb weights, I pushed myself to use 15, 20, and 25 lb weights. Holy crap. My muscles were on fire, and I felt like a beast. Official Sagi Kalev cracks me up throughout the workout and reminds me to go big or go home. Jk, he says go big but drop down if you need to. So I kept that mindset. I am going to do everything I can, and because I TRUST MYSELF to work my hardest, if I have to drop down to lower weights, I know it is because I really have to and not because I am cheating or sabotaging myself. When you trust yourself, you can do amazing things.
I think the hardest part of this workout is the freaking tricep push-ups and dips at the end. After 40 minutes of working your chest and triceps, you finish with doing a million tricep push-ups. Tricep push-ups are hard for me anytime and at the end of a workout? Even harder. Here's the great thing: I can do hard things. I really, really can. My tricep push-ups don't look like Paul's and they don't look like Sagi's. I am on my knees, and I am taking a few breathers every few push-ups, basically laying face down on the floor because I am pooped. But I'm doing them. I'm imperfectly consistent. I get them done the Jaclyn way, and in a few weeks, "the Jaclyn way" will have a completely new meaning.
No one is strong when they start. It's the baby steps we take every day that get us there. I am so freaking proud of myself for starting week 3 of a physically and MENTALLY challenging program. When our head is in the game, our body can do the impossible.