Over the last 2 months, I have sought it to make it a habit of making it to the gym at least 4 days a week. I have been trying to tweak my diet over the last month or so. I have felt that I have gotten lazy and it has shown, my shirts were getting tight and the waist was filling out in my pants. I never imagined getting to 250 pounds, but I did- I hate it.
In early November, I told myself this has got to end. It is not good for my body to be holding this weight. My time that I waste in from of an computer could be put to much better use in the gym or even taking a walk and musing. So I made it a point to hit the gym- and hit it hard with a purpose.
I have weight training off and on ever since I was 12. (Not to mention yard work that included moving brick, rocks and other random things from one side of the yard to another. ) I am no stranger to the weight room, nor am I afraid of lifting heavy. Actually, I enjoy lifting heavy over jogging on the treadmill or climbing stairs in one place. I enjoy weight lifting because it is me against the weights- pushing my body to the limits for that split second, the feeling of the fibers of muscle screaming out as it strains to complete the task the mind has told it to do. For me, that is much more fulfilling than running a mile under 7 minutes.
This past week has been great: My legs are approaching my high school prime- I did squats warm up of 1×10@225, working 5×5@345, burnout 1×25@135; in high school my max was 3@405. If I keep up the linear increase of 10 pounds each session, I will be at 5×5@405 by early/mid January. Fingers are crossed,.
More impressive to myself has been my bench- I have always hated working upper body, especially chest. (Maybe it was fear of failing a rep and crushing myself with the bar. This is the reason I do not use clips for bench.) This week on flat bench, I hit 1×10@135, working 5×5@235, burnout 1×20@135. My high school maxes in my prime was 3@275, my hope it is to hit 5×5@275 by early/mid January. Lofty, but I think I can do it.
Over the last month or so, I have lost about 6 pounds, about a 1.5 pounds a week. I know that I said that I am trying to lose weight, but forth most I am trying to increase my strength, then cardio and then finally lose weight. I believe that if I keep my caloric intake in check and keep my lifestyle more active than not weight lost will be an byproduct. I love to strength train, my body response will to that. It is the cardio that I have to really push myself to do, I get bored easily on a machine and outdoor weather has turned less than pleasant. This is going to be a slow process, but well worth it. It will take a lot of willpower to do my cardio…
I am going to start a secondary blog so this one does not get bogged down with this stuff. It will be a weekly log of exercises, weights and reps. Weight training blog: zachlifts.wordpress.com