Strength Changes

Didn’t feel like going to the gym yesterday at all.. In fact all I wanted to do was lay on the couch and eat something not healthy. But on the advice of a friend I “just did it”. I knew that going could be a toss up..If I get there and don’t push myself then I might as well have not gone to begin with. So I pushed myself. I hit a couple of personal milestones as far as weights go. On the flat bench press using dumbbells I ended up with more weight that I’ve ever done for working …

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Weekly Summary 22-Aug – 29-Aug-2010

Weigh In Current:294lbs Diff from last weigh in: +1 Overall diff from 6/28/2010:21lb loss Tried some different things this week as far as my meal plan goes. I started out Monday and Tuesday by spreading out my meals to 6 times a day. Along with that I had protein shakes before workouts and after workouts. That lasted 2 days. I’m not sure if it was the protein shakes or eating every 3 hours but I felt sick all the time. I’ve gone back to my original meal plan but instead of eating 3 times a day I expanded it to …

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So Many Thoughts

The last 2 months have flown by for me. On June 28th I decided that I’d had enough of being overweight and out of shape. So I weighed in and found that I was 315lbs. Almost 100lbs heavier than when I got out of the Army in 1999. That was a turning point for me. I got back into researching diet and fitness topics again and I made changes. I’ve stuck with those changes and I’m happy with outcome so far. As of 8/22 I am down to 293lbs. But I want more. My goal is to get to 10-12% …

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Workout 18-Aug-2010

Back: Deadlifts One arm dumbbell row 2 arm bent over dumbbell row (1 set is all three exercises with no rest between the 3 and a 1-2 min break in between giant sets) 1×10 – 35lbs 1×10 – 40lbs 1×4 – 40lbs Biceps Dumbbell Curls Seated concentration curls Hammer curls (1 set is all three exercises with no rest between the 3 and a 1-2 min break in between giant sets) 1×10 – 25lbs 1×10 – 25lbs 1×10 – 25lbs Cardio: Type: Treadmill Time: 35min (30 min + 5 min cooldown) Calories burned: 392 Distance: 2.32 miles Pace: 4.2mph Notes: …

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The Six-Pack

No, I’m not talking about my abs…Yet ;-). I’m talking about a lunch bag geared towards bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts who like to break up meals during the day. One of the things holding me back from switching to this method (aside from it being a pita) is how to carry all that food to work. I don’t want to have 6 tupperware containers that I will undoubtedly forget at work. Six Pack Fitness looks like they’ve figured out how to make this convenient. They’ve come up with a bag that can hold everything one needs to maintain a healthy …

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Workout 16-Aug-2010

Chest: Cable Crossover 1×20 – 60lbs 1×12 – 70lbs 1×10 – 70lbs 1×8 – 70lbs Flat Bench 1×15 – 40lbs 1×10 – 45lbs 1×6 – 45lbs 1×4 – 50lbs 1×4 – 50lbs 1×5 – 50lbs Incline Bench 1×12 – 35lbs 1×8 – 35lbs 1×4 – 35lbs Triceps Rope pushdown 1×12 – 100lbs 1×15 – 100lbs 1×8 – 120lbs 1×8 – 120lbs 1×6 – 120lbs 1×5 – 130lbs Straight bar pushdown 1×8 – 120lbs 1×8 – 120lbs Cardio: Type: Treadmill Time: 25min (20 min + 5 min cooldown) Calories burned: 242 Distance: 1.50 miles Pace: 4.0mph Notes: Switching workouts this week …

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Frustrations

I know that this has to be a complete lifestyle change in order to be good in the long run. But I’m frustrated. I’m frustrated that I can’t seem to “feel” my workouts afterwards anymore no matter how heavy I lift or how many reps I do. I’m also frustrated that I can’t *see* any change…I know it’s there by the way my clothes fit but looking in the mirror I still see fat. I try not to let it bother me because, honestly, it hasn’t even been 60 days yet and I’ve lost 20lbs (didn’t weigh in or workout …

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Workout 13-Aug-2010

Shoulders: Front Raises 1×10 – 30lbs 1×8 – 30lbs 1×8 – 30lbs 1×5 – 30lbs 1×6 – 25lbs Lateral Raises 1×8 – 20lbs 1×10 – 20lbs 1×10 – 20lbs 1×10 – 20lbs 1×10 – 20lbs Military Press 1×4 – 25lbs 1×10 – 20lbs 1×12 – 25lbs 1×10 – 30lbs 1×6 – 30lbs 1×6 – 30lbs 1×6 – 35lbs Shrugs 1×35 – 50lbs 1×30 – 50lbs 1×30 – 50lbs 1×25 – 50lbs 1×25 – 50lbs 1×20 – 50lbs 1×20 – 50lbs Cardio: Time: 25min (20 min + 5 min cooldown) Calories burned: 422 Distance: 1.60 miles (1.94 with cooldown) Resistance: 7 …

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Workout 12-Aug-2010 (aka “This would be a lot easier if fat was as easy to lose as it is to gain”)

Back Straight bar (machine hooked to both weight stacks) 1×20 – 220lbs (Warm Up) 1×8 – 240lbs 1×7 – 240lbs 1×5 – 210lbs 1×5 – 210lbs Close grip 1×20 – 130lbs 1×12 – 160lbs 1×10 – 180lbs 1×8 – 190lbs 1×6 – 200lbs (full stack on one side of machine) 1×8 – 200lbs 1×6 – 200lbs 1×6 – 200lbs Bentover dumbbell rows 1×10 – 35lbs 1×8 – 40lbs 1×6 – 40lbs 1×4 – 45lbs 1×4 – 45lbs 1×4 – 50lbs (Maxed out work gym dumbbells) 1×4 – 50lbs 1×6 – 50lbs Biceps: Straight bar machine curl 1×12 – 70lbs (Warm …

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