The first week of this new 12 week program is done and I’m feeling really good. So nice to be back to a heavier routine, even though I’m still lifting lighter than I was before my shoulder gave out. But I’m working on it and this next week the weights will go up on most of the exercises.
For this past week I did increase my calories a little bit since I knew I would be lifting more. Considering that I dropped almost three pounds this week, it’s probably okay to stay in that area. Eating to lose weight may seem like a crazy idea, but as long as it’s clean food (lean protein, complex carbs and good fats) eaten at proper intervals combined with weight training, it works for me. Maybe not for any of you out there, but it really does for me.
Looking back over the various routines and programs that I’ve done in the past year, I realize that I’ve never really finished any of them. I’ve stayed on the path of health and fitness, so it hasn’t been a case of giving up; however, as far as making it to the end of the actual programs, something always seems to happen that derails me or causes me to stop.
I got through my 6 Months2 program, but that was a mixture of a lot of different routines and exercises. So I guess I did finish that one. However, I tried the Shortcut to Shred and had to stop because of my shoulder. And really, that’s where things pretty much fell completely apart. Every program I’ve put together and started since then has hit a major obstacle and forced me to stop.
This time, though, I’ve found a way to work around the injury while it heals and I’m positive that things should stay on track this time. At least, that’s the hope.
I mention this because I’ve run into a slight problem this week: exertion headaches. It’s happened a couple of other times in the past, but only when I’m doing full back squats. All my other leg exercises are fine, but I wasn’t able to finish my squat sets this past week because of a migraine that developed suddenly. And I mean like instantly.
I was able to rack the barbell, but I found it difficult to even move after that. I had to lie down in the dark for about thirty minutes before I felt okay enough to move around. By the next day I felt okay and I was able to do most of my leg routine – minus the squats, of course. I did leg extensions and hamstring curls in place of the squats and felt fine. I was also able to do lunges and deadlifts without any problems. Not sure why it happens during squats, but it’s incredibly painful.
Apparently this isn’t uncommon and the recommendation is to stop the strenuous exercise for two to three weeks. In that case, I’ll find a way around not doing squats for the time being.
It just seems like there’s always an obstacle in front of me, trying to keep me from getting reaching my goal of being healthy and fit. But I’m going to take those obstacles and make a ladder out of them to climb my way to being the best I can be.