(Insert advance apologies and warning for a long Blog #1. Feel free to scroll to the sections that most interest you!)
Since conformity is all the rage, I figured I'd join the club and also try to post about my health- and fitness-related endeavors and such. I mean, I'm just trying to be cool for once in my life. Can you blame me?
In all seriousness though, I'm going to try my best to update this here at least rudimentarily (I'm calling this a word even though my browser is zig-zagging it away) in order to stay connected with you guys out there who may have similar goals, or also have to maintain or improve their fitness despite a hectic lifestyle, etc. I also know myself well enough by now to be aware of the massive role of accountability and how detrimental it can be to remain hidden or detached from the community. Yes, many a problem is has been to "secretly" skip the gym, eat large, late-night servings of fro-yo topped with all kinds of sins, and stay up until the wee hours consuming an impromptu feast of hot pockets whilst delineating a detailed and itemized starting-Monday-this-time-I-mean-it nutrition and workout plan.
That's basically what I'm up against, here. It's me versus habit. Actually, it's the establishment of healthy and aligned habits versus the comfort and routine of the rusty and damaging ones. But what else is news, right?
Oh, well there is the fact that I really would like to compete in this figure competition coming up in late April 2012. It would be my first. And it would be a pretty crazy idea, but I'm still pretty serious about it.
BTW, I'm not going to input any body stats just yet because I forgot to use the nifty Tanita scale we have at my work this most recent Friday. And I like to track using that combined with tape measurements.
Today's Flab Blab:
Right, the other reason may be because I had about a 4-day stint of not quite following my diet. This is the main reason I thought to start a blog today: To talk about what happened when I did this...
I'm not going to go into a lot of detail about my standard WOE (ditching the term "diet" from here on out) for the sake of your time and mine, but suffice it for now to say that carbohydrates are greatly restricted and almost no sugar or wheat is ever consumed. This is because of a combination of my own research and my personal experience with sugars and carbs. (It's been generally bad news, which I never really realized until I saw what GREAT news it was when I totally omitted them!)
For the past few days, though, I voluntarily took a few days off to account for (1) my birthday and (2) Halloween. Right? And I was planning on carrying this through until the end of Monday. Nothing extreme here... no huge carb feasting, not a ton of processed foods. Just "normal" foods that "most people" eat, in moderation enough not to gain too much body fat over this period.
Anyway though... sugars and wheat and fruit were abound the past few days. Okay, some protein, yes, but it was scarce. And some fried foods as well, and controlled portions of ice cream. Controlled and tracked portions. Along with oats and other fare. What happened? Well, my body is currently hating me. Instead of my nice glow and energy I had before, I quickly developed these symptoms: Pasty, blemished, tired and blotchy skin with a thicker texture, seemingly kind of sunken eyes with this lovely purple padding underneath them, despite adequate sleep... Pillowy body in general (this one is to be expected after a "refeed") mysterious itchiness in unmentionable places... cold sores in my nose... and overall feelings of depression and lack of motivation to move from my front door to the mail box, let alone to the gym.
Maybe not everyone responds the way I do to wheat and sugar, but I felt I needed to make public my experiences with this since it is just such a stark contrast. I really can't wait to feel better. I'm not going to wait until Monday, either.
Since I've been following the same routine for about 2 months now, I've decided to switch it up. Here's what I've got slated starting this coming week:
Superset Squat/Shoulder Press 3x
Superset Stiff-legged dl/cable reverse flye 3x
Superset Hammie curls/upright row 3x
Superset Bench press/barbell curl 3x
Superset Incline db bench/cable bicep curls 3x
Superset Incline db flye/incline db bicep curl 3x
Superset deadlift/EZ-bar tri extension
Superset barbell row/triceps rope
Superset lat pull-down/dips
(I like supersets!)
Day 4: Rest/Cardio
Repeat. Cardio prescribed in a few mornings before work and/or immediately after lifting. Hopefully I can make that happen.
Alright guys, over and out! Feel free to comment and respond on whatever you had time to read... on this and future posts.