Workout Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

November 30, 2016

Where have I been?

 well ... I reach my goal of squatting a whole plate in August, my body weight was somewhere between 125-130 pounds so this was also definitely above my body weight. This was such a major goal for me that I think I mentally backed off a bit and wasn't as rigorous. I took a bit of a break since I was going on holiday the next week anyway, and the break just kept going...

The week after hitting my big goal, I went on holiday to Playacar, Mexico, with my sisters where I swam and ate extensively everyday. I was pretty pleased to find I had the energy to swim longer than either of my sisters, and even got to climb the pyramid at Coba!

The day we left for Mexico, my husband got the news that his mother's health had taken a turn for the worse and that he needed to get down to West Virginia immediately- a week after I returned she passed away. I spent next two weeks with my husband in West Virginia before returning to home and trying to regain a sense of normalcy at the gym (not to mention, everyday life).

Then I stubbed my toe really badly on a door, so badly I fracture it quite severely. I didn't know you could break a toe just by stubbing it, so for the first week I just pushed through the pain. I didn't squat but I was still doing upper body at the gym. After a week of pain, swelling and kaleidoscope of bruises, I made an appointment with the doctor and found it would take 6 to 8 weeks to heal.
The fracture is the straight, diagonal line right below the mouse.

I had to wear a boot for the next couple of weeks (which scared Reggie, our new cat). So not only was I off squatting, but I couldn't use leg drive with bench, and spent the next month-month and a half feeling weak and discouraged.

So now I feel like I'm back to the beginning. I signed up for my gym membership during their Black Friday promotion, so it's a year later almost exactly, and I'm back to squatting 110lbs for singles.


But that's life, isn't it? Now I know what I'm doing, I've done it before , and I know I can do it again. I know fitness and health aren't a destination; they're a constant journey, and there'll be times when I'm sick, or can't get to the gym, or something else happens. They say starting lifting is to always feel weak, because there's always another pound to lift, another PR to break. There'll be set backs, but I won't have failed until I give up.

Current PRs

Squat: 135 lbs x1 (now at 110lbs x 1)
Bench: 80lbs
Deadlift: 120lbs


  1. Ouch! I'm sure a toe fracture would hurt so much.

  2. Arrgh, injury is so annoying! Especially just after you've hit a milestone. My friend shattered his toe earlier this year in the most innocuous way possible: He bumped into his girlfriend in the hallway and shattered his toe on her foot. So I totally believe that stubbing your toe on a door would fracture your toe. Hope it heals quickly!


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