Monthly Archives: March 2013
Ah, spring is finally here! To celebrate this spring day I decided that I am going to get a massage. It wasn’t until I got to the massage place and got on the table that I realized how much my muscles needed to be taken care of. I walked out of the room an hour later finally able to move and lay flat on my back! I definitely should consider getting massage and doing yoga more often. It is very liberating to finally be pain free and able to stretch and move in ways I haven’t been able to in months.
Yesterday one of my dear friends and trainers has announced that she is committing to loosing 10% body fat in 11 weeks. Well, being a good friend and wanting to loose roughly the same amount of body fat, I decided that I am going to support her on her quest to a better, harder, more chiseled body.
Today, I am publicly announcing that I have been on a quest for a hard, chiseled look since June of last year. In case you were wondering, here is a picture of me from my vacation in June of 2012. In this picture I am 170 lbs and have 30% body fat.
|170 lbs 30% BF|
Was I down on myself then? Yes. Did I treat myself right? No. Did I often fall victim to the sweet song of a frosty lager, or a slightly chilled porter? Yes. As other beer lovers and brewers will tell you, it is hard to keep a six pack in your hands as well as on your body. So, what did I do? I discovered this wonderful thing called moderation, heavy lifting, and support.
To some degree, I am still slightly embarrased about posting this next picture online for all to see. Mostly because I am not quite where I want to be, but nonetheless, I choose to celebrate my achievement today and announce that in 11 weeks I will be loosing 7-10% body fat. Here I am, today, at 163 lbs, 25.9% body fat. Let the shred begin!
|163 lbs and 25.9% body fat|
I can’t tell you how excited I am today. I finally felt good enough to go to the gym and lift some weights! Yay!
When I got to the gym I felt like a child that was released into the candy store. I wanted to do everything all at once. The voice of reason, however, reminded me that I must not give in to my fitness ADD and just stick to the program. So, I stuck to it.
Today was my upper body day. After going through my first set of exercises I felt a touch “fried”. I think I over zealously pushed myself a little harder then I should have after a long absence. Second and third set of exercises I breezed through, which tells me that I probably need to increase the weight or the number of reps, and finally when I got around to training my biceps, I was completely bored. I need to come up with a more creative ways to train my biceps or at least get them engaged when I am doing my lower body. Finally, I trained abs today as well. Again, I need a more creative way to train abs. I am very bored with my Russian Twists and V-ups and Captain’s Chair exercises…
The more I continue working out at the small, private gym that I go to, the more I realize how much I miss having someone to spot me, talk to, and workout with. I use to dislike training with other people, now I feel like I need a pack.
I think I am going to start looking for an excepting bunch of body builders to take me under their wing. I think it is time to be part of a group.
Although I am not too sure if I am having a really bad case of allergies or if I am beginning to get sick. Regardless, I pushed through my cardio today just in case it is allergies. I regret nothing! Well, maybe I regret that I only had 20 minutes… Either way, it is so unfair to feel this under the weather just days before my race. If I don’t feel absolutely horrible tomorrow, I have a date with Murph and hopefully some sore back muscles afterwards. I guess when lifting doesn’t get you sore, turn to crossfit! I have high hopes for you, Murph! Don’t let me down!