(I thought of Jon (my friend from Mass) last night. He is the most diehard Pats fan I know.)
Day 1 of my revamped training. I got some great information from a few magazines. The most recent Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, and Men’s Health Muscle were my starting points. And man, I am BEAT. It was excellent. And, oh yeah, I didn’t use a single weight.
Two more negatives, and then I’ll go positive again. Bad eating has brought 2 pounds back to me, as reported during my interim weigh-in. (Doesn’t count til next Monday). Not doing chinups regularly has brought me back down to 1 consecutive chinups (though more negatives).
*I must tune my eating efforts even further, being aware of extra calories that’ve popped back into my week. I was good for a while. I need a new streak.
Something about success. I end up immediately resting on my laurels. I’ve had 3 nights of monster. Of course, I brought good monster food into the house (Breyer’s Carb Control mint chocolate chip ice cream). Dumbass.
Oh well. I’m on it. I’ve adjusted and will move through.
I learned something listening to Bill Belichick discussing his preparations for the upcoming Superbowl XXXIX game. Or maybe, I remembered a lesson I’ve been taught, but forget often. Break it down.
Are you training for a marathon? You do so by putting out x-y-z mileage on a schedule and ramp yourself up every week until you can do all 26.2 miles. Are you trying to lose 100 pounds? You do so by improving nutrition and fitness at every angle. Are you looking to write a book? You do it word by word.
I have a big crush on a fitness program.
Crossfit seems to be about some serious strength and power training, by people who appear to want more functional strength than flash and chrome. Fran uses this program for her efforts, and I am constantly in awe of the efforts she puts in. I usually write in my notebook what her drills were, and see if I can reproduce even a fraction of what she gets done. So far, no.
10 Pounds gone since 12.27. Yep. I hit 10 gone over the weekend. That’s 20 more to go by the end of March. I might come close. (But if you aim high and hit in the middle, it’s nicer than aiming too low, right?)
So what did I do different over the last month?
(Thanks to Rebecca for letting me post my email to her as a blog post). We were talking about what workout solution might be good for her to try, and I gave her some things to think about. What follows is my response.
There’s this recent shift in thinking on working out, but like everything, it’s a shift backwards to an oldschool approach that, as it turns out, still works just fine. Instead of doing a bunch of little exercises for each little body part, “compound” workouts involve as many body parts getting in on the deal as possible.
Gym Update: The two gyms I like to visit in the morning are part of a 4-gym mini group. If I want to buy a membership to one of them, I get both gyms I like for that price. Now, the quandry. These gyms are definitely more expensive than the one up the street I was considering as a replacement. However, they offer TONS more. But… do I use it all? Not these days. But, it’s nice to have. Right? (See Mia? I mull things over occasionally.)
Today was heavy legs schtuff. I haven’t specifically worked legs for over a year. Not counting squats and stuff. I just haven’t really spent time one them, because hey, I’m running trails and hills, so I get lots of it, right?