Do dooo do dooo! This is what I felt like yesterday! I didn't have the greatest day of eating, but I worked out with Trainer B. last night and we did a heavy lifting workout for the first time in awhile. I'm still trying to adjust to the fact that my base metabolism at 160 lbs is not the same as my base metabolism at 200 lbs - I have to eat less now to see the same kind of changes I saw last year! Argh! But one way to help that is to build more muscle so I can get all the extra calorie burn that I can.
Now, my upper body numbers are pretty sad compared to last year, but I've managed to keep up my leg strength (thanks, summer cycling!) - and on my last set (12 reps) of the leg press I lifted six plates... I think around 320 pounds total. Boooooooyah.
Trainer B. and I don't do the leg press all that often because it's easy to be unbalanced (my right leg is more sore than my left today) and it's not the best indicator of strength anyway . BUT HEY! I find it invigorating to be able to lift that much.
Then we did some bench press and I hardcore struggled through 55-65 lbs. Sigh. I guess that's just how it goes.
At any rate, it was a great workout, and I'm reminded how much I prefer lifting over hard cardio. I see the benefits of both, and I certainly get something out of being completely out of breath with sweat pouring down my face, but for me, there's nothing like that sense of complete muscle fatigue where you think you can't possibly do another set but then you get a drink and walk around a bit and come back to pound out another one. Heck, I even like hitting the wall where I can't possibly push the bar up any farther (for example, like during the bench press last night), but I grit my teeth and push it up another few inches, until my handy trainer-spotter helps me out with a tiny bit of assistance and I finish it out. I guess I just feel so much more capable when I'm lifting. Maybe when I'm doing cardio I still fall prey to the old childhood insecurities? Slow, non-athlete, etc.? This is a subject I'm gonna have to think about more.
Onward and upward. Or downward, depending on how you look at it.