Katrina made this super good chili (with jalapenos, banana peppers, tabasco sauce, three beans, turkey burger meat, etc), and chocolate raspberry chip and toasted almond cookies. I brought this and some beers over to the neighbor’s house, and five of us guys watched the game. Oh man. A decent sporting event is like religion. You break bread, you commune, you share in glory that you have nothing to do with.
I’m down another pound. That’s six in four weeks. I’m happy with that news. For the most part, I think the changes that mattered were: no more monster, smoothies for breakfast, close attention to hunger-versus-stress/boredom eating, and lots of liquid.
In fitness news, today’s the day I start my new rotation. The one that includes no running. I didn’t miss it very much, because my workout kicked my sphincter so bad that I was thankful to enjoy a fairly low-cardio 25 minutes on the basketball court. (Where I broke yet another pedometer- I think this makes 5). Oh, by the way, I got 21,000 steps on my pedometer yesterday. That’s approximately 10 miles of walking.
If you haven’t picked up a pedometer (non-runners more than you mileage stars), I strongly recommend it. There’s a lot of great motivation in one of those cheap little boxes.
Lifting was intense. I moved up to being able to shove two 80 pound dumbells into the air for presses. But man. When I tried doing incline presses, 50 pounds in each hand felt pretty heavy. Go figure. It shows me that I have to train those muscles more in two-plane activities. Other highlights included me lowering my lat pulldown weight by 40 pounds and actually working on doing the exercise with perfect form. I can see how much further I have to go now. It’s scary/embarrassing to go back as much as 40 pounds, but I see it as an opportunity to build myself back up correctly. (Here’s an insanely long article on what I did to improve my form.)
We got two feet of snow this weekend, so I got a great chance to exercise my lower back with around 6 cars to help shovel out.
How was YOUR weekend?