Another week has passed by!
This week I have been quite busy. We came back home from vacation, I had my appointment with my professor for my doctoral thesis and I have been writing like crazy.
Actually, I am still on vacation, as my internship starts in 1-2 weeks and the project in October. My co-students are all enjoying their time lying in the sun or partying! I am not complaining, though, I don’t like going to disco’s and although I’d do anything to be at the beach again, I am looking forward to what’s waiting for me in the future.
Being scared of the future
In the past days, many people have warned me that my research might not go as planned. The project relies heavily on the compliance of the patients, so if after a month some patients decide they don’t want participate in the project anymore, it might affect the results … .
I try not to think too much of that possibility. If we always focus on the “What if?”‘s , how can we proceed in life? Everything new and unknown is scary and especially in scientific research, you have to be lucky sometimes. I could easily cancel the project because I am scared of what might happen. But will that make me happy? I am very goal-oriented and giving up is something I have never done before.
I guess my whole Scoliosis – Experience has contributed to that. I had to push myself and work towards that goal of being pain-free and happy. Everyone else had doubts, just like now with my research.
If I keep on ruminating what might happen, I can’t change anything. I don’t want to walk through life scared. Whatever will happen in the future, I will face it.
If the project does not go as planned, at least I made a new experience. I can always write my doctoral thesis after medical school.
The most important factor for me is knowing what I want. I know I want to combine Fitness and Nutritional – Coaching with Medicine. I would like to help people with diseases and encourage them to live a fit, healthy life, as much as is possible.
That is my ultimate goal. I don’t know when and exactly how I will get there but I know I will. That’s all that matters to me and keeps me motivated.
Useful Links of the Week
I decided to share some Links to Sites I find inspirational every Sunday.
- Bret Contreras’ Tips for Hip Thrusts: I enjoyed this post by Bret, as he explains how to set up the Hip Thrust to get the most out of this exercise. The Hip Thrust is probably my favorite Glute Isolation Exercise of all but it engages the Core and Hamstrings as well.
- Jessie Hilgenberg’s Leg Workout: I follow Jessie Hilgenberg on all Social Media accounts. I have also read all her articles on bodybuilding.com and fitnessrxforwomen. She is a huge inspiration and her workouts are very effective.
- Bret Contreras’ Tips on building size in the Glutes: Again a very useful article by Bret. He writes about how to address the Upper and Lower parts of the Glutes.
- Reasons your are craving Sugar: I will address the science of cravings more in next week’s posts. This article outlines the top reasons why you crave sugar (especially on a diet)
Other than that, I have been clean eating 90-100% of the time. I guess I had so many treats on vacation that I don’t crave chocolate anymore… let’s see how long this will last. As i explained in my last post, I do not have cheat meals, instead I like to enjoy little treats nearly every day.
The workouts this week have been very tough! I only had light weights on vacation, so on Monday I had to lift heavy, of course. My legs were sore for 3 days. Next workout was on Thursday (for the Lower Body that is) and that left me very sore again. In fact, my left hip (the one that was injured) was especially sore. I still have slight muscle imbalances in my hips. The left side gets activated to a higher extend than the right.
To decrease this imbalance, I work the right side more than the left, in fact, I do double the number of sets. This has helped me to build more size on the right and I can slowly feel both sides being activated during bilateral exercises.
Still, today I did higher repetitions and mostly single leg exercises, as my left side was particularly sore.
Saturday was my complete Rest Day. I did some long stretching to release the tight muscles.
Favorite Exercise of this week
My favorite exercise is definitely the Bulgarian Split Squat. I can feel it working my Glutes, Hamstrings and Core and as it is a single-legged exercise, I can address muscle imbalances more effectively.
Favorite Meal of the Week
Definitely my dessert I had nearly every day this week: Banana + Rice cakes (gluten free, 100% Rice), Peanut butter (organic). I also have Coconut Milk every evening. I do not take many supplements, so I try to get additional calcium with the coconut milk. Also, I really enjoy it, of course.
That was my week!
What about you? I hope you had some nice workouts and nourished your body with real food! What is your favorite exercise and food of this week?
Wish you all a relaxing Sunday!