This past week I had a minor set back in my free Inquiry because I had a concussion. I had hit my head on the metal squat rack bar and unfortunately just hit it in the right spot and way too hard : ( I have spent that last few days laying in my bed starting at the ceiling… how exciting!!! Thankfully, I am feeling a bit better and am hoping to get back into the gym again and get back to my normal day to day life!
Category: Free Inquiry
This week because the weather has improved greatly, I have been able to spend way more time outside! One of my friends and I have made it our mission to try and discover or visit a new beach every week and add it to a running list we created 🙂 It has been super fun and a wonderful way of getting out and exploring Victoria and getting some Fresh air. I love having an escape and being able to leave and go somewhere for a bit to get a break from all the chaos and business on campus!
I have also been able to spend more time outside going for walks, playing frisbee golf, and playing spike ball! I am super excited about the change in the weather because I have been dying to just get outside and play!
I forgot how much fun something as simple as throwing a frisbee can be, it is such a good mental break in-between classes and such its super fun 🙂
I am excited for the week ahead and am hoping Mother Nature decides to keep up this amazing weather!
I have attached some of the beautiful photos I took the other week at Holydene Beach in Victoria
This reading week I was able to get out and do some more de-stressing activities which were much overdue!
I have recently began frisbee golfing and I am really enjoying it! I went and played in Langford one time before but this time Anna (also in this class) and I went to the Interburan Camosun Campus and played there! Since it snowed last week it was quite muddy but it was super duper fun still! I really am enjoying it because it is a fun way to get outside and its something a little more entertaining than a walk or a hike. I am not much of a walk person because I find myself bored, I have wayyyy too much energy and need some form of game or something to play to keep me entertained! I am really excited that I got into this because at home my Uncle plays in Rossland all the time! I am looking forward to going and playing with him in the summer. But first… I need a lot more practice 🙂
Photo by Braxton Apana on Unsplash
Photo by Josh Calabrese on Unsplash
For this weeks post I wanted to talk about the inspiration behind the gym and how I became to be so motivated to keep lifting every day for 3 years.
When I began lifting 3 years ago I started because I had quit swimming and dancing just was not something I was interested in anymore. I am a super energetic person who needs to constantly be moving, playing, even running around so sitting on the couch was driving me nuts! At the time my brother who I looked up to so much was weight lifting and suggested I try going to the gym to stay fit and active. So I did!
I was the type of kid that loved something and wanted it to be my new hobby but it would only stick for a few months or so before I quit, was bored of that and wanted to find something new.
I decided I was going to make the gym “my thing”. My brother often hounded me saying he was going to give it a few months and then I would quit and stop going ….. 3 years later I have gone almost everyday and it has turned into my whole world.
When you become friends with me you quickly realize that going to the gym is my only personality trait and the only thing I talk about 24/7. It makes me so beyond happy and it has become honestly addicting to go into the gym and smash a PR that you have been working so hard to get to.
I went from being a really lanky tall swimming built, to being able to say proudly that I can throw around some weight in the gym. It is amazing to me how much your body can change in 3 years and it brings me so much confidence and joy looking back at old photos of me where I was so tiny! I love the gym because it is a way for me to destress on my own and focus on myself for a little while. It allows me to put aside all the craziness of school and allows me to blow off some stream and do something for myself for a few hours out of the day. I Look forward to it because it allows me to better myself everyday and have a focus and something to work towards constantly. I am a super competitive person so having a chance to compete against myself everyday is right up my alley!
I also have had the chance to make so many amazing friends because of the gym. I have tons of guy friends that I go with and that help keep me motivated and moving forward. We feed off of each-other’s energy and it is honestly contagious. We all push each other to work harder, to hit PR’s and to walk out of the gym everyday knowing that we put 100% effort in.
The photos included show the difference between when I first started weight training 3 years ago versus today 🙂
I am absolutely beaming today as I hit a huge personal record for myself. Today I was able to pull 225 lbs for 3 reps on deadlifts. I am beyond excited and proud of myself because that is something I never in a million years thought I would be able to accomplish. I tried to pull 225 last week and I failed 3 attempts. Many would think that gets you down, but it did the exact opposite for me. I walked in today absolutely fired up and hungry for that 225. I am also beyond proud of myself because in first year I struggled to get 115 lbs off the ground. Something like this is so humbling to me because my body (especially this year) has helped me reach goals I never imagined I would have been able to hit. This little win has made me absolutely eager to set a new one and defeat that in another 3 weeks. My goal by the end of the semester is to be able to hit 3 plates (315 lbs) for 1 rep. Fingers crossed that all this hard work and trining is going to pay off and I’ll be able to accomplish it!! 🙂
Since I usually go to the gym every week, I decided I want to also implement a new activity into my weekly schedule which I have never tried before. This Wednesday I went disk golfing for the first time and I absolutely loved it! it is super fun to play and its such a nice way to get outdoors. I found it was a great way of splitting my week up and having a relaxing time to just go and play and have fun without worrying about homework. Anna and I went and she showed me the course in Langford and we had great time and many laughs as I figured out how the game is played. I am definitely no star player right now, but with practice here’s hoping I will get better!
As far as the gym goes this week, I am super excited to finally be feeling. back up to the weight and strength I was before Christmas. I have been trying to work on more hypertrophy this week as I try and fuel up and save some energy for when I try for some personal records in the coming weeks. I am focusing and prioritizing sleep and eating healthy, and holy man does that ever make a difference!
This week I have been feeling the assignment stress as there are a lot of things going on at the moment. I have slowly been trying to collect and organize all my assignments and due dates so that I have everything in order when the dates start creeping up on me. Of course to conquer this stress I hit the gym everyday this week! This week was a really good one for me, I had lots of energy and my lifts were consistent. I have started a powerlifting program that focuses on progressive overload so I have been going with that for a while now and I have seen some major progress already! I am super proud of myself because I am beginning to be able to rep weight I never thought I could. I am definitely most excited about my bench progress this week. I was able to bench my usual heavy day weight by myself without a spotter!! May not seem like a very big deal but as you can tell I was pretty darn excited about it at the time 🙂
For my free inquiry, I have chosen to focus on the ways in which I de stress from busy days at school.
2 major ways in which I de stress from school days are going to the gym and mountain biking. I have been going to the gym for 3 years and am extremely dedicated to body building and powerlifting. This started out as a hobby when I stopped competitively swimming and has now turned into one of my biggest passions and tools I use to stay focused and less stressed during these crazy times. The gym has been a huge outlet for me especially this year during a pandemic, I find myself much more stressed with online learning and all that is going on. Mountain biking is another outlet I use often that allows me to blow off some steam in an active and healthy way.
During this inquiry I am looking forward to documenting my progress and working on staying focused and less stressed throughout the semester 🙂