Slept on the futon last night (it is much firmer) , and my back feels a bit better this morning. I think I may stay in there for a bit just to see if that helps.
Morning workout felt okay. Definately challenging weight levels. May be topping out for a bit in some areas. One of those is tricep extensions, I’m at 90lbs on the barbell, so I think I may switch up and use the rope push downs to keep a better form while doing it. It’s a good problem to have. I may be out growing the 5×5 simplicity, so I may start adding in a few other exercises. Ultimately WHAT I will have to to see mass gains I think will be to move to a 5 day workout plan, instead of the 3 done by 5×5. that’s going to be harder to maintain if I go back into the office, so I may wait a bit to switch until I know how that’s goin to work.
It’s rained pretty significantly for the better part of the last week. Weather is cooled and I’m closing the pool this week. Stuff is winding down.It’s wierd for the last 15 years, I’ve found myself mourning and in a horrible. mood as fall… well falls. Most everything ends around this time in my life, deaths, relationships, jobs… maybe it’s a self fulfilling prophecy or maybe just coincidence. Who knows.
This year so far, I don’t feel the same dread coming on. Dispite ongoing personal issues, and all the shit that is 2020. It’s oddly optimistic.
Anyway, teusday has become the “Hot Eliptical” day. I fire up the space heater, and “run” for 45 minutes. I sweat profusely, and watch TV shows that distract me. So far, It’s a good day. I didn’t feel over whelmingly exhausted. My pace was a bit slower, but it felt good. Probably time to push the level up a bit next week.
Ugh. I ate to much over the weekend. So while the official record shows a small gain, I suspect it’s extra food weight. By the middle of the week it should be gone.
That said, I had to force myself to get down to the gym this morning. I am finally at a point of challenging weights, but my back feels weak. So I am going slower than normal. On top of that, I have reached the 4 warmup sets before my first two workouts, makes today (Workout A) a long workout. About a full hour and 15 minutes.
As I was typing this, I realized I never hit stop on my Garmin. So it shows an extra 40 minutes of workout…
So not exactly a day of rest. Which I may pay for tomorrow morning. Decided to hike Kennesaw Mtn. My goal with that trail/place is generally the same. Make it to the top with zero / minimal stopping. I think it took me about the full hour to do the 1.5 miles from the truck to the top. So REALLY slow, but no stops. It wasn’t a particularly good time, I was really dragging along. But I am glad I did it. Stopped with Caryn and Kelly for Mexican after.. had some pretty bland fajitas from Chuy’s. Tonight should be a light dinner with friends over for games…
I woke up with my back hurting through the night. I should go get someone to take a look at it, in some sort of medical capacity. It’s not the pain so much as it “crinkle” like squeezing an empty water bottle. So it feels… unsteady.
But, Saturday is an “active rest” day. So I did 45 on the eliptical. I put on the space heater, so the gym room gets to probably near 95 degrees… I am consistently shocked how much I sweat on the eliptical. When I’m done my shorts feel “full of water”.. like noticeably heavy… and the machine looks like it was starting to rain.
It happens occasionally. I was beat when I woke up I slept later and didn’t have the motivation to rush through a workout. My back hurt, and my exhaustion just grew through the day. Making me cranky, and essentially just forcing a rest day.
Those happen right? I tried to moderate food intake to offset it. Though, I did have ham egg and cheese burrito, and a plate of Chinese noodles for dinner. So you could say comfort food was eaten… but I did not order jet’s pizza and eat myself into a coma. Let’s all celebrate small victories.
I slept like garbage last night. About 2am I woke up with “restless legs” but all over my body. I couldn’t sleep, but was generally exhausted. I remain exhausted today.
That said after a delay due to work, Adam and I got out for the newer route, and finished it handily. 3miles in just under an hour. However it started raining about a third of the way and just got worse. I was drenched to the bone by the time I got home.
Felt pretty weak this morning. Not entirely sure why. To many chicken wings for dinner, (I.e. Salt) or lack of sleep (maybe 4-5 hours total)? Dunno.
I did get through the workout, but I did split arms. Curls dropped 5lbs and moved to new curl bar. Tri-Extensions move up 5lbs and remained on the full barbell. I am think I may need to pickup another 300lbs for of plates, so I can move to/add a rope press down for Triceps.
It’s not, of course. It is Only Tuesday. I had to make a dump run at 6am, and decided to hit the market on the way home. By the time I got home, all hell broke loose at work, so I spent my entire work day putting out a myriad of fires in the house I was standing in. (figuratively speaking) I was able to get them under control around 430, so I hit the eliptical, and finished the season 3 finale of Last Kingdom. Not sure why it took me so long to get into it, it’s a pretty good show.
Anyway 45min, 2.5 Miles, Interval setting. I sweat a ton, but felt pretty good start to finish.
I have to be honest. I expected to have lost more in the last 6 weeks. I guess 1.6lbs/week is a healthy pace. Especially with added weight training. If I am being truly fair, I have not been exactly strict with my diet. Better than normal, but far from… agressive. It does make me wonder where my current eating will level out at.