I was feeling crushed this morning. Couldn’t make it to the gym. Today was feeling grim, the weight of my past works coming back to haunt me, knowing my hour of reckoning in the gym was unavoidable. A day to face down the truth – some days you dread the gym, it’s the last place you want to be, but the only place you can turn to to feel better. The poison would be the cure today.

Some music to set the tone

I was trying to work out how I was going to slip out of work to the gym and a coworker came up to me and asked if I wanted to go out for lunch.  I didn’t hesitate, I said YES, and we went out for Hot Wings.  An unexpected cheat meal.  On hi-Carb Day?  WTF, cheating on carbs with fats makes 0 sense, but there it was.  2 lbs of dusted dry rub wings, some sour cream, a Sprite.

Felt bloated and hunger dead all afternoon (it was a lot of food, actually).  Finally forced myself to nibble on a Quest in the late afternoon.  Bit the bullet and made a beeline right after work to the gym.

Gym was CROWDED.  But I deserved to scratch and claw in the pit for space.  Penance.  Gym was hot and thick with sweat.  I chose to do a hybrid of my Chest 1 and Back 1, time to hit it.

Incline DB Press(30 sec rest b/w sets)

60s x 12
60s x 12
60s x 12
60s x 12

Incline DB Fly (30 sec rest)

45s x 10
45s x 10
45s x 10
45s x 10

Cable Crossovers (trading sets with another dude, so maybe 60-75 sec rest)

120 x 12
120 x 12
120 x 12

Decline Bench Press (30 sec rest)

145 x 15
145 x 12
145 x 8
135 x 11

notes: I was getting tired as HELL.  30 sec breaks were wearing me down.  So whatevs, move on to Back!!

Bent Over BB Row (rest equals time to change weight plus 30 sec)

135 x 15
155 x 12
185 x 10
205 x 8
225 x 5

notes: That last set was crap, the reps were garbage, so I moved on to another exercise.  Keep it moving!!

Hammergrip Pulldowns (45 sec rest)

165 x 10
180 x 10
195 x 10
210 x 9
225 x 5

notes:  I went until I couldn’t control the reps any more… then I did another set, LOL.  That handle was tearing up my calluses!

Superset DB Pullovers and Seated Cable Row (60 sec rest)

75 x 12 / 135 x 15
75 x 12 / 150 x 15
75 x 7 / 165 x 10
75 x 10 / 165 x 15

notes:  During the 3rd set, I got a sweet charleyhorse in my right hamstring on the 6th pullover rep, so I tried to finished the superset but it was distracting like crazy.  After 60 sec it went away though, and was able to get in another set.

At that point it had been over an hour, so I called it and came back home.

Maybe I am hard on myself sometimes, but when you’re hungry for something, maybe sometimes it is easy to get it confused.  I thought I could fill it with junk food.  But what I really needed was iron.