Yesterday was a busy day. I did 100 squats. A big number for me!
I enjoy Saturdays for many reasons but one of the big reasons is being able to eat whatever I want. I didn’t really go crazy this week, however. I enjoyed a large sub from a local Italian restaurant and some chips and brownies later in the day. I only gained 3 lbs which should be easy to work off this week. Last week I did well until Wednesday when I ate a pickle. I woke up Thursday and had gained over 3lbs. Pickles are okay to have on slow carb diet and this pickle contained no sugar. The only thing I can think of is there was salt in the pickle and I retained water. I do drink a lot of water but I should have lost that water weight pretty quickly. Unfortunately I didn’t. Those last two days of my week are where I really lose and I ended up being the same weight yesterday as I was the week before. This week I have decided to stick to my normal foods and not eat anything outside of the norm.
I also got back on the treadmill yesterday. I hadn’t run in a week and after running some errands for a couple of hours I came home and went running without drinking enough water. This was a big mistake and even though I completed my run, it as a very difficult run. It was Week 3, Day 2 of couch to 5k. I ran a total of 9 minutes but the to longest runs were 3 minutes each. Couch to 5k is an interval based training program that has you run longer intervals each week. I do not like to struggle in my runs but at least I finished. Monday I will finish my week 3 runs and I’ll be sure to drink plenty of water prior to running.
My wife is talking about us running in a color run together. It is a 5k where people throw colorful powder at you and by the end of it your clothes are all colorful. I want to run a tough mudder which is more of an obstacle course type run. A friend of mine from Michigan is running in one next summer and I would like to run in it as well. If I’m not able to make it up to Michigan then I may try to enter the one in Jacksonville. If I feel ready I might even do the run in Tampa in December.
When I was a scrawny kid (I was quite skinny) I used to stick my shoulder blades out to make my friends laugh. I didn’t just stick them out, they were way out there! I could have floated on water and used them as sails. Over the past year I’ve worked on my posture and felt I had made some improvements. A couple of days ago my wife took a video of me doing push ups and showed me how my shoulders stuck out so far while I do them. I was horrified. My back was straight but I looked like a hunch back!
I have a good friend that I met on twitter. We’ve actually never met in real life but we email back and forth. His name is Aaron and he is a weight lifter who has plans to compete in weight lifting. He lifts weight that would break my arms off if I tried to lift it. I asked him for advice on my shoulder blades and he prescribed some exercises for me. One of which I needed a set of 10 lb weights. The el cheapo in me ended up at Play It Again Sports where I picked up a couple of 10 lb hand weights that look like they got someone in good shape. They show signs of use but to me that’s personality. After my run I did a bat wing exercise for my back and never knew how heavy 10 lbs could feel. Aaron got a kick out of this but assured me that working small muscles like that will make a big difference in the future.
While weight training was not part of my original plan, I have a weak back that needs some attention. The weights were only $12 and they’re easy to carry around so it wasn’t a big deal to pick them up.
Today is push ups day and I’m struggling with them. I did 200 push ups on Thursday. I don’t believe this is why I’m struggling. I believe it is from my bat wing exercise. I may have to scale back my push ups a little bit in order to get my back muscles caught up. In the long run it should help me overall.
I do feel like my minimalist workout is helping. I’m seeing muscles develop and feel stronger all the time. It is all about dedication. I started a plan and stuck to it. A little here and there, not even hard work, and here I am two months later doing things I never imagined I could do. Wish me luck on the rest of today’s push ups!