15’s no more!

Oh hai, I swears, I’m still here.

Derek and I worked our way through the Break-In phase of NROL and I learned a few things:

  • I hate doing sets of 15
  • I’ve got pretty terrible hip mobility (I think) resulting in pretty crappy ass-to-grass squats
  • if I wait to workout until Derek gets home from work (and will actually want to finish a workout) I might get in 2 lifts a week

It’s pretty hard to do anything about the first one, as, well, that’s the way these programs are written, but you can bet your booty that I was very happy to complete workout B2 of Fat Loss I last night.  Because, you see, the sets/reps/rest for FL I are set up as follows:

  • Workouts 1 and 2, 3 sets, 15 reps, 75s rest
  • Workouts 3 and 4, 3 sets, 12 reps, 60s rest
  • Workouts 5 and 6, 3 sets, 10 reps, 45s rest

So, finishing FL I B2 last night means I’m out of the 15 reps sets for at least a few more weeks.  WOO!

As for the hip mobility, well, I’ve come to the conclusion that my hips are tight/crappy after running through some easy ankle mobility drills.  My ankles are fine, so it must be my hips, right?

I took some video of my last set of squats on Tuesday and I can clearly see where my back starts to round out.  The good news is that it doesn’t happen until after I’ve broken parallel, so I can still get a good squat on.  The bad news is that I want to be squatting ass-to-grass, so I’ve got some work to do.  Going forward I’m going to have Derek be there with me when I’m squatting to help tell me when I’ve hit my depth, and just continue with some mobility stuff. (I’m using some assessment/mobility stuff from Tony Gentilcore’s article here).

As for the third thing I learned during Break-In, well, as nice as it was to workout with my husband, he’s got a physically demanding job and I don’t.  I need to get my lifts in.  If he can join me, awesome, hopefully I can get him to join me for enough balanced workouts (as in, you can’t keep skipping deadlift workouts mister) then good, but I need to lift, and ideally 3 times a week.

Enough of business though, don’t you want to hear about my vacation?!?!?

Derek and I took our very first All Inclusive vacation last month.  We were supposed to go away to Jamaica with 3 other couples back in September, but one of our friends kids got sick (screw you Leukemia) and things just fell through.

So, I stalked Trip Central’s website and read about a billion reviews on Trip Advisor and we finally settled on the Riu Mambo in Puerto Plata, Domincan Republic for 7 nights starting March 18th.

Oh em gee it was great.  Trip Central rates the resort a 4+, and while we didn’t really know any better, what with it being our first AI and all, some people we met said it was more like a 3.5 star.  Whatever, there were plenty of beach and pool chairs, and always a bar within a minutes walk.

Here are a few pictures, just to make you jealous.

Nice, eh?  I think next time we’ll try Cuba (’cause us crazy Canadians can go there) or Mexico.


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