This past week had its fair share of challenges. Once again, time management continues to be an issue and I didn’t get in the number of workouts I expected. My eating was better than the week before, but I experienced some weight gain for the first time since June.
I got through my 10×100 football field workout with surprising ease last Tuesday. I couldn’t tell if it was because I wasn’t moving fast enough or if my general fitness level was higher. Combine that with the ease I got through 25 minutes of cardio on the treadmill on Monday and I’d have to say it’s my general fitness.
My ab strength was the second biggest highlight of the week. I really pushed it a couple days and experienced zero cramping. Some of that is because of the Endurance Fuel I’ve been taking. But given where I was a few months ago, this is also a tremendous sign that I’m getting back on track!
Third in my list of accomplishments was my progress on squats. I was able to get through 215 eight times last Monday, which means I’ll be moving to 225 in my next lower body workout. Pause. That’s significant because it’ll be slightly more than my body weight and the first time I’ll be putting up this much in three or so years. Not gonna lie, I’m a little nervous. I strained my back in early 2008 squatting. Had me in spasms for days.
New exercise incorporated this past week: Military Press. I needed some variation for my shoulders. Got up to 75 pounds on fourth set and then the bar just didn’t wanna go back in the sky.lol.
On my Wednesday weigh-in, I jumped up to 220.3 pounds. That was an increase over the previous week, where I weighed 215.9. I could speculate on the gain, but I’m not gonna trip about it. It could be muscle, water weight or bread stick. Who knows? We’ll see what this week’s weigh-in brings.
Goals for this Week
The biggest thing I need to do this week is make sure my schedule and time management are on point. I’ve been coming up with my workouts the day of, but I’ll need to actually start laying them out two weeks in advance. I’m happy with my food intake, including the bread. I don’t want to go down to 210 yet since I’m already ahead of plan. So if I hover around 215 for a few, that’s cool with me. If your goal is to lose weight, I’d definitely suggest limiting or removing bread all together. That did wonders for me losing 22 pounds in six weeks.
Would like to hit the track three times and the gym three times. Friday is already out because of an event, so I’ll need to be creative in how I get this done. The next month is very important. More structure, more workouts. It’ll be the toughest part of my general conditioning phase. I’ll talk more to you about phases in a future post.