Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve been able to post an update! Last week I had three exams and two take home exams to complete, so I’m still recovering to say the least.

Last week I was bad, oh so bad. I totally cracked, not just once but a few days in a row. There were days I wasn’t able to get to the gym twice-a-day, one day I skipped completely because of an exam. That’s not even the worst part; I bought TWO gigantic bags of Halloween candy from Sam’s Club this past weekend thinking, “I can totally hold out until my next cheat meal!” Not no, but HELL NO. I got those suckers home and immediately proceeded to consume probably 6-10 of those little boogers. Almond Joy, Hershey’s bars, Snickers, Milky Way, Reese’s, Three Musketeers… I died a little inside that day. To make matters worse, today I was at 117.6 lbs, up 0.6 lbs from the last time I weighed myself. No bueno, Caitlyn. No bueno.

So, now I have to kick my ass a hundred times over every single day and keep my filthy appetite in check because Sunday morning I’m visiting my trainer for a body fat check. Yup. He’s totally going to know I have been bad about staying on track. I have an even worse feeling that he’ll push my show date back to the spring, which means Thanksgiving and Christmas will be absolute torture. God help me. Someone is going to have to lock me in a room and feed me through a slot in the door.

On another more positive note: Friday night I had some catching up to do on my workouts after work so I hustled my butt into the gym and got a little bit of legs in. I started with box squats at 135 for my warm up, doing as many reps as I could. From there, I added 50, did a set, and then jumped to 225. After my first set at 225, a guy walked up to me, and I’m thinking he’s gonna ask me how many sets I have left so he can have the rack, but when I took my headphones out he said, “I just wanted to say you’re awesome”, shook my hand, and walked away. It was a huge mood booster and incredibly encouraging for me to hear that from a total stranger. I’ve always wanted to know if people are impressed by how much I lift for my size, and now I do! This may not be a universal train of thought for people who see me lift, but it’s nice to think about occasionally. I powered through the rest of my work out with regular back squats with 135, calf raises on leg press with 500 (yes, 500 lbs), and leg press with 360. Unfortunately, after 2 sets of leg press I began to feel a sharp and progressive pain in the lateral aspect of my left knee. The longer I sat still, the worse it got. I came to the conclusion that I should stop before I damage something and walked it out on the treadmill. It hasn’t hurt since, but I think I stressed out the ligaments in my knee with how heavy I was lifting. I’m going to invest in some compression knee sleeves pretty soon, just waiting to save a little bit of money first.

I’m still feeling the occasional twinge in my left shoulder/tricep (I think my left side is just deteriorating at this point). I’ve been going easy on it, lighter on chest and tricep work outs, but it may not be enough.

Here are my goals this week:

  1. DON’T TOUCH THE SWEETS!
  2. Wean off of coffee and chai tea lattes
  3. Make it to all of my work outs
  4. Get more than 5 hours of sleep per night

Think I can do it?

Let me know how your work outs are going and let me know if you have any questions!

Happy lifting!

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