Rest day 31-Jul-2010

Today was a rest day as well as cheat meal day. I like the way I have my rest days setup. I start my workout week on Sunday and this allows me to take off Wednesday. Then workout Thursday and Friday with the next rest day on Saturday. Originally I had Saturday and Sunday as rest days but two days off back to back really had me itching to workout again. It was rather by accident that I found this pattern..But I’ll go with it for a while and see what happens.

Really funny thing happened when I was getting ready to leave the house. I was tightening my belt up and I just got back down to the second hole a couple of weeks ago and I noticed it was tighter than usual. So I panic’d a bit thinking that I’d gained some inches back..I looked down and I was in the third hole of my belt! I’ve had this belt since 2003ish and I’ve never used the third hole…It was tight, but not uncomfortable. I ended up going back to the 2nd hole but it’s really nice to see how progress manifests itself 🙂

Cheat meal was at Buffalo Wild Wings. I didn’t go overboard but it was sure good 🙂

Morning
Bowl of frosted mini wheats

Lunch
1 roast beef sandwich with pepperjack cheese and a glass of milk

Mid-afternoon Snack
medium size soft pretzel and medium blended lemonade from Barnes and Noble (If i snack during the day it’s usually a nutri-grain bar and some green tea..But I was feeling pretty hungry and didn’t want to overdo dinner)

Dinner
Garlic mushrooms with ranch dip….Buffalo chicken wrap with potato wedges (didn’t finish all the potato wedges) and lemonade

Snack
1 slice of cheesecake from Buffalo Wild Wings and glass of milk

Workout 30-Jul-2010 (aka “That’s a lot of potatoes!!”)

Biceps:
Dumbbell Curls
1×15 – 25lbs (Warm up)
1×10 – 30lbs
1×6 – 35lbs
1×6 – 35lbs
1×6 – 35lbs
1×4 – 35lbs

Straight Bar Curls
1×10 – 35lbs
1×10 – 40lbs
1×5 – 50lbs
1×6 – 50lbs
1×4 – 55lbs

Hammer Dumbbell Curls
1×10 – 35lbs
1×4 – 40lbs

Back:
Machine Pulldowns (wide grip)
1×15 – 90lbs (Warm up)
1×12 – 110lbs
1×8 – 130lbs
1×6 – 150lbs

Machine Pulldowns (narrow grip)
1×10 – 90lbs
1×10 – 110lbs
1×8 – 130lbs
1×4 – 150lbs

Cardio:
Time: 30min +5min cooldown
Calories burned: 479
Distance: 2.00 miles (2.33mi total including cool down)

Notes:
Worked out at the Wellness Center in Garner today. I really like the facility and they have a pool, sauna, steamroom, and really nice free weights and cardio setup. I’m very tempted to join there. It’s a lot closer to the house so I can go workout on the weekends without driving all the way to work. I have one more guest pass so I’ll workout there again Sunday and make the decision then to sign up or not.

Cardio today was limited to 30 min. I couldn’t make the machine do the program I wanted for 40 min. I’m not sure if that’s something that I can change or not..But I kept a higher than normal pace to compensate for the missing 10 min. Also took advantage of the spa and steam room after my workout…Tomorrow is a rest day for me and also cheat meal time. I’m not sure where I’ll go or what meal it will be but I’m looking forward to the day off.

Morning
Had the day off so I slept in

Midday
4 sausage patties and 3 egg omelet with OJ

Dinner
Chicken breast with sauteed green peppers, tomatoes and potatoes

Snack
12 vanilla wafers and a cup of milk

Workout 29-Jul-2010 (aka “GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAL[s]”)

Chest:
Flat bench dumbbell
1×14 – 35lbs (Warm up)
1×12 – 40lbs
1×10 – 40lbs
1×7 – 45lbs
1×6 – 45lbs
1×2 – 50lbs

Crossover cable (machine)
1×10 – 60lbs
1×8 – 80lbs
1×8 – 80lbs
1×6 – 80lbs

Decline Bench Press Dumbbell
1×8 35lbs
1×8 35lbs
1×8 35lbs

Triceps:
Machine rope pulldowns
1×12 – 80lbs (Warm up)
1×10 – 100lbs
1×6 – 100lbs
1×5 – 110lbs
1×3 – 120lbs

Machine straight bar pulldowns
1×10 – 80lbs
1×10 – 90lbs
1×6 – 100lbs

Cardio:
Time: 40min +5min cooldown
Calories burned: 727
Distance: 3.01 miles (3.34mi total including cool down)

Notes:
I’m learning that I need to create little goal throughout my workout to keep myself motivated and interested. Today I challenged myself to lift more than I did the last time I worked my chest and triceps. So I flipped back in my little log book and off I went. I didn’t plan on benching the 50lb dumbbells (which max out the weight at the gym at work) but I was able to do it twice..Well, I actually did it 4 times but 2 of those were really sloppy so I didn’t count them. I did 2 good, solid reps with 50lb dumbbells..I’m really stoked about that!

I’ve also had an ongoing challenge to break 3 miles during cardio. I don’t look at the distance until I’m completely done. I do this because I want to keep a steady pace throughout the workout and not realize I’m very close to making my goal and push at the end. I want to push the entire 40 min. I kept my pace ~158-162 strides per min and was able to maintain that pace for a full 40 min and I broke 3 miles! I came soooo close Monday with 2.99 miles. Today I finally broke it…I’m happy but also realize I have to push for 3.25 now :-). All in all this week’s workouts have been really good. I workout like that workout is going to be my last.

Morning
2 packs of oatmeal and a banana

Midday
Chicken breast with sauteed bell peppers and brown rice (leftovers)

Dinner
1 chicken breast with the last bit of peppers and a glass of milk

Snack
2tbs of cottage cheese with a peach

Rest Day 28-July-2010 (aka “Which way did you say it was to the couch?”)

Notes:
I didn’t intend on taking a rest day today..But the workout I’m on calls for a rest day on the 4th day…I also forgot my shorts this morning and I’m really sore from working my legs yesterday. I met with a nutritionist today at work and she really liked my mindset as well as the changes I’ve made. It’s nice to get reassurance that what I’m doing makes sense and should be beneficial. One thing I noticed this morning, I woke up extremely hungry. I’m thinking this is because I worked legs yesterday and on days I work large muscles I’m thinking of sticking with cottage cheese as a before bed snack. This will give me some good, easily digestible protein for my muscles to use for repair overnight.

I ended up going out to lunch today with some co-workers. I didn’t overeat and I feel like what I got was fairly healthy and it wasn’t a large portion..Since I didn’t get a workout today I adjusted dinner to something a bit smaller instead of what I had planned. Over all I’m feeling really good about the progress I’ve made. Tomorrow I’ll be back in the gym as normal.

Morning
bagel with cream cheese

Midday
Thai Villa noodles with beef and a sweet tea

Dinner
2 roast beef sandwiches with pepperjack cheese and a glass of milk

Snack
don’t know that I’ll have a snack tonight.

Workout 27-Jul-2010 (aka “It’s time to play the game!”)

Shoulders:
Front raises
1×15 – 15lbs (Warm up)
1×10 – 20lbs
1×8 – 25lbs
1×8 – 25lbs

Press
1×10 – 25lbs
1×8 – 25lbs
1×10 – 25lbs
1×7 – 25lbs

Cable lateral raises
1×10 20lbs
1×10 20lbs
1×10 20lbs
1×10 20lbs

Legs:
Squats (Dumbbell)
1×10 – 30lbs (Warm up)
1×10 – 35lbs
1×8 – 40lbs
1×5 – 40lbs
1×4 – 40lbs

Lunges
1×10 – bodyweight
1×8 – 20lbs
1×10 – 20lbs
1×8 – 25lbs

Cardio:
Time: 40min +5min cooldown
Calories burned: 695
Distance: 2.93 miles (3.28mi total including cool down)

Notes:
Cardio after lunges and squat sucks! All in all a really good workout..I pushed the cardio hard because I didn’t want to stop because I worked my legs. So the total distance was a bit lower I still feel like it was a good workout. I’m always worried working out my shoulders since my right shoulder has had issues in the past (Shoulder Impingment) so I tend to take it light and not push myself. Today I bumped the weight up and after a proper warm up it felt ok..But something I’ll have to keep my eye on. The last thing I want right now is an injury.

Morning
2 packs of oatmeal and a banana

Midday
2 salmon sandwiches (Starkist packaged salmon, honey wheat bread)

Dinner
1 chicken breast with sautéed bell peppers and brown rice with a side salad

Snack
12 vanilla wafers with glass of milk

Workout 26-Jul-2010 (aka “Ya’ll gonna make me lose my cool up in here!” )

Back:
Pull downs (wide grip)
1×15 – 80lbs (Warm up)
1×12 – 100lbs
1×6 – 110lbs
1×6 – 110lbs

Pull downs (narrow grip)
1×10 – 100lbs
1×6 – 110lbs
1×6 – 110lbs
1×6 – 90lbs

Dumbbell Row (each side counts as 1 set)
1×8 35lbs
1×8 35lbs

Biceps:
Dumbbell curls
1×14 – 25lbs (Warm up)
1×12 – 30lbs
1×10 – 35lbs
1×7 – 35lbs
1×4 – 35lbs

Hammer curls
1×8 – 30lbs
1×6 – 35lbs
1×4 – 35lbs
1×4 – 35lbs

Cardio:
Time: 40min +5min cooldown
Calories burned: 719
Distance: 2.99 miles (3.32mi total including cool down)

Notes:
Nothing really to note today…Good workout..I like keeping a log of what I’m doing..This is the second day of the journal and I find it’s make me work harder and push myself. I’m debating whether I should up my cardio. I think 40 min is pushing how long I can do it without getting frustrated. For now as long as I’m making gains I’ll stick with 40 min. I’ve also started spec’ing out a new workout. Some different exercises so I don’t get bored and plateau.

Morning
bagel with cream cheese

Midday
2 tuna sandwiches (Starkist Tuna Creations Sweet and Spicy flavor..Which tasted sort of like the chicken and rice MRE with tabasco sauce..Luckily that was my fav 🙂 )

Dinner
2 bowls of frosted mini-wheats cereal ( I was so exhausted when I got home I passed out on the couch for 2 hours..so no cooking)

Snack
12 vanilla wafers with glass of milk

Workout 25-Jul-2010 (aka “Back in the saddle”)

Weigh in
304 (down 3lbs from last weigh in..down 11lbs since 7/2/2010)

Chest:
Flat dumbbell bench press
1×14 – 30lbs (Warm up)
1×12 – 35lbs
1×10 – 40lbs
1×8 – 40lbs

Incline dumbbell bench press
1×14 – 25lbs
1×12 – 30lbs
1×10 – 30lbs
1×8 – 35lbs

Triceps:
Machine pushdowns (straight bar)
1×20 – 60lbs (Warm up)
1×12 – 80lbs
1×10 – 80lbs
1×10 – 80lbs

Machine pushdowns (Rope)
1×10 – 70lbs
1×8 – 80lbs
1×6 – 90lbs
1×4 – 100lbs

Overhead press
3×10 – 25lbs

Cardio:
Time: 40min +5min cooldown
Calories burned: 706
Distance: 2.96 miles (3.28mi total including cool down)

Notes:
Very, very surprised at the loss over the last 2 weeks. I didn’t weigh at all while I was in PHX and I didn’t eat that healthy either..But I did watch my portions and there were some days where I just didn’t have time to eat. Not the healthiest way to do it but I guess a 3lb weight loss is worth it.. Workout was awesome today. I bought a notebook to take with me so I can log what I do after I do it. It helped me keeping up with sets and weight used on this blog but I didn’t always check my blog before I started working out. With a log book there with me I can just flip over and see what I did the day before.

I put in for a gym membership through work which will all me to use NC State’s campus gym. That should kick in August 1st. I’m really considering getting a gym membership on my own closer to the house. Right now I have to drive into work to use the gym and the drive won’t change once my NC State membership kicks in. I’ve never been good with gym memberships..I generally sign up, go a few times and then never go again…I really feel like this time is different. I enjoy working out and I’m enjoying trying new foods and staying away from fast food. I’ll price the local gym out this week and see if it would be worthwhile to have it. I think I’d only use it on the weekends so it may not be worth the added cost. We shall see.

Morning
still adjusting my sleep schedule back to EDT so I slept through bfast 😀

Midday
2 sausage sandwiches..2 glasses of OJ

Dinner
1 hamburger steak with brown rice and gravy. Side salad

Snack
2 tbl spoons of cottage cheese with half of a peach, diced

Workout 19-Jul-2010

No weights today…I just don’t like lifting in the tiny hotel gym

Cardio:
Time: 40min +5min cooldown
Calories burned: 759
Distance: Hotel elliptical doesn’t keep mileage..avg 148 strides per min
Notes: Cardio wasn’t so bad as it was last time. I did feel myself sputtering out in the last 5 min or so but was able to push through it.

Workout 16-Jul-2010 (aka “Longest.Cardio.Session.Evar”)

Chest:
Flat dumbbell bench press 4×14 35lbs (hotel maxes out at 35lb dumbbells)

Cardio:
Time: 40min +5min cooldown
Calories burned: 759
Distance: Hotel elliptical doesn’t keep mileage..avg 140-150 strides per min
Notes: Work trip really has me spinning trying to eat right and workout…I haven’t had time made time to workout like I should. Since I can’t have liquids in the datacenter this has really kept my water intake low as well. Still not giving up..But it’s been more than a struggle everyday to do what I need to do.

Workout 13-Jul-2010 (aka “What have I gotten myself into”)

Back:
One arm dumbbell raises 4x35lbs

Biceps:
Dumbbell curls 1×14 25lbs, 4×10 35lbs
Hammer curls 3×15 25lbs

Cardio:
Time: 28min +5min cooldown
Calories burned: 506
Distance: No idea..the hotel elliptical doesn’t tell you distance
Notes: This is proving to be harder than I thought. I’ve not eaten healthy. Of the 3 meals I’ve had here one was at buffalo wild wings (I did have a wrap but I think the onion rings cancelled it out 🙁 ). Also had Waffle House and let’s be honest, nothing at Waffle House is healthy..I’m chalking that one up to being tired and frustrated and it was quick. Tomorrow I’ve got to slow down and get my meals in and make them count. I don’t want to go back into store mode..

The workout room at the hotel maxes out with 35lb dumbbells. Not bad I guess..I can still get a good workout..I’ll just need to increase the reps/sets with larger muscle groups. Maintaining is going to be harder than I thought. But I now know what I’m up against and I’m going to adjust to succeed…