Startling to see that weight pop back. I suppose it could be upper-body musculature, but more likely it’s yesterday’s udon, or the extra half-wrap I had later on. Or the second helping of pistachio nuts late last night. OK, I see a problem here. Guess it’s back to chicken and spinach pie for lunch. (The deli next to my office makes amazing chicken.)
For my first upper-body workout since November, I looked up my last one and knocked one weight level off of each exercise. I ought to have gotten at least one 10, but no. I think for next time I’ll try incrementing the follow-up exercises.( Upper-body workout numbers )
And then, idjit that I am, I forgot my graphics tablet at home. Fortunately it was all mouse work today.
I did manage to get up not too long after 7 AM, but wasted a good half-hour wallowing in self-pity, and then some more time trying to hunt up the scrap of paper I used to use to keep track of my cardio workout. I struggled a bit with the temptation to postpone the workout to the evening, which I fear would have later yielded to postponing it to tomorrow, and then.... A snatch of internal dialog: How determined are you? Not very, but I think I can fake it. And yes, I could.
Bless me, cardio-vascular system, I have sinned; it’s been four months since my last cardio workout. I actually weighed in at half a pound less this morning than on that one, so I’m practically picking up where I left off.
( Cardio workout (elliptical cross-trainer) )
I’m supposed to wait an hour after working out before eating breakfast (not to avoid cramps, just for maximum workout benefits), but I wasted too much time, and besides, I’m famished.
While hunting for something else, I found a post from last year about what I was eating last spring, right around the time I first dropped below 270 pounds. This was before Body for Life, while I was alternating Heavyhands around the neighborhood with simple dumbbell routines in my bedroom. The food looked really good. I’d forgotten how much I liked eating healthy and exercising. So I stopped off at the supermarket for veggies, and took out enough money for a month’s gym membership. Now to see if I can get up at 7 tomorrow. Short term target: 250 by the end of April. Longer terms: 220 by Worldcon, 200 by the end of the year. (If you’re the wagering type, put money on the first target, but not the other two.)
OK, another half-pound gone, one more half-pound and I’m back to 261, my lowest point. Then, on to new territory.
An odd, frustrating workout today. Lots of weird effort progressions. Only one 10, on the Lying Triceps Extensions, and my form was way off on those, with my wrists taking more of the workout than they ought.( Upper-body workout numbers )
( Cardio numbers )
Goddamn, still no 10s on the lower-body workout. It’s like my legs and abs can soak up whatever punishment I give them. I mean, it’s still effort, a level-9 effort is nothing trivial; neither is a level-8. But I raised the bar on three of my muscle groups today, and still no 10s. My calf muscles seem especially tough.
Eh, there are far worse things that can go wrong with a workout. And somewhere down the line, I ought to come out of this with really great-looking legs.( Lower-body workout numbers )
And my arms aren’t aching nearly as much as I’d expected given how much I pushed myself in yesterday’s workout. I don’t mind, but it’s a reminder of how much I haven’t yet figured out about my body.
( Cardio numbers )
Hot damn! I need to remind myself to do this more often! I just upped the poundage on a bunch of my upper-body routines, and got pretty good results. I pulled off the full six reps of Seated Dumbbell Curls with 25-lb weights, which I couldn’t budge for even one rep the last time I tried them, over the summer. Yeah!( Upper-body workout numbers )
Week whatever. Thirteen? I’m done with tracking the weeks.
Got up unusually early today, decided to wait till after 9 to avoid the (possibly imaginary; it’s not like I’ve ever gone in that early and seen them) workout-before-work crowd, which turned into getting there after 10. Good workout, though. Two 10s, and almost a third.
Gained back three pounds over the weekend. I wound up having three eat-bad-food days instead of the one I’m allowed. The good news is that bowl of leftover Halloween candy (and yes, there’s still some left, or was last I looked) in the kitchen holds no appeal for me anymore. The bad news is, um, we’re out of bananas. Also whole wheat pitas, and pesto wraps.( Upper-body workout numbers )