Well this week has been a crap one at Laura Lifts HQ; in case anyone failed to notice, we had a general election here in the UK and the fucking Tories got in. I know I don’t normally talk about regular government-type politics on here, but I’m devastated and I’m not ashamed to admit I had a little cry. Repeatedly. On the train to work. What a disaster (the Tories, not me crying).
One of the main outcomes of this will be that the government will begin dismantling the NHS and welfare systems, which is terrifying. And kind of on-theme for me, as over the last 10 days I’ve had trial sessions with two new therapists in an attempt to get my mental health back on track. I’m supremely lucky that I can do this privately, but if I was reliant on the NHS’s mental health services I’d be up shit creek (figuratively, but it might as well be literally). But of course, my being able to afford it out of my own money doesn’t help the millions of people who can’t. Not that the Tories or right-wingers care – as long as they’re alright, stuff the rest eh?
God the next 5 years are going to be terrible.
Luckily I got all my training done this week before I began the last 72 hours of horrified fury. I only went to any gym twice this week, which is highly irregular but I guess to be expected given how close I am to competing, plus the usual round of work stresses meant I couldn’t go to Pilates on Thursday.
On both Tuesday & Thursday I had squats & bench. I hit a difficult-feeling but deep enough 100kg squat on Tuesday, then benched 50kg for a few singles. On Thursday I benched 50kg for 3 doubles – touch & go for the first rep, paused for the second – then squatted 70kg for 3 sets of 4.
Today I went to weigh myself at home only to discover that my scales are out of battery & I don’t have the right batteries to replace them. Part of me wants to not bother weighing myself at home, but the other part of me thinks that’s ridiculous – I am going to want to know how much I weigh during the week so that I’m not in a mad panic on Saturday morning. I was 100g under on Thursday evening but I went to a wedding yesterday and ate 6 types of cake, so all bets are off.
This week I will be setting bench & squat openers on Monday, but probably not working out otherwise; definitely no spin or conditioning but maybe some Pilates if I can get away from work. I’m thinking of opening my squat with 90 (as usual) or 92.5kg; bench with 50kg (as usual). Deadlift I have no idea. Actually I know what I want all my second lifts to be (100/52.5/120) but not my openers. I guess I’ll have to see how I feel on the day.