Exhausting and Interesting
Last night I found a site that let me do an informal test of my body fat percentage. It was very interesting, although extremely informal. According to the test:
I have 26.5% body fat.
I have 89.8 Pounds of fat and 249.2 Pounds of lean (muscle, bone, body water).
If those numbers are close to realistic then I am an extremely happy camper. Why? Because I was expecting to have a 40% body fat %. I may be in the 30s but that wont be determined until I visit a professional. I was also amazed at how I have 250 lbs of non fat. That means that if I stick to my initial goal of getting down to 225 lbs that I will be losing muscle. That’s a no no. That explains why I wasn’t so muscular and looked lanky and skinny in my fit days. I lost muscle. Duh!
As of today I have decided to set a goal of reaching 269 lbs and then evaluating things from that point on. If I continue on the path I am now, I should be at that by end of summer (August). I think it is totally doable.
Anyway, I just figured that those stats above were interesting. Now on to my awesome, yet exhausting, day of working out. I wake up at around 11 AM (went to bed at 2 AM this time) and head straight to The Shack to jump on the treadmill. I was only able to jog for about 13 minutes, then I had to walk the rest out. I stopped at 20 minutes. I was feeling some soreness in my inner thighs but it wasn’t anything to not work out for. After that I stretched, drank my shake and showered.
For lunch I ate half a can of tuna and a scrambled egg with a nice side dish of fruit. A few hours, and some white chicken meat, later I was ready for my second session. I really wanted to run on the treadmill again but after the workout I was so drenched in sweat and tired that I couldn’t. Today was legs and shoulders day. Ugh. I was not looking forward to squats but I feel it is an essential part of my core building. I did 3 sets of 10 reps with 135 lbs. I am keeping it light until I get into the “muscle for looks” stages. Then I did some hang cleans. Those give an awesome stretch to the hamstrings and lower back. After that I tried to do some lunges but man was it hard. I had reached my breaking point and then moved on to shoulders. I did some military presses: 3 sets of 10 repetitions with 135 lbs. Then I did some standing rows. After that I was so exhausted that I had to stop. I had my second shake of the day and ate some more fruit and chicken. It was a long workout but well worth it. Even as I type this I feel like I should have gotten on the treadmill again. My wife keeps reminding me to not over do it so that I don’t burn myself out. I know she is right but I still feel like I cheated.
It was a good workout and I feel like I am getting that “eye of the tiger” feeling back. I want to keep up the diet and two-a-days for at least 5 to 6 months. By then I should be at the point where I can eat anything in moderation and just workout once a day and run a few times a week to maintain. One thing I don’t want to do is make exercise something that I don’t look forward to doing everyday. It needs to become a part of my life. Just like, work, family, etc.
I went by Wal-Mart and picked up some Body Fortress brand amino acid as well as some more glutamine. I really hate taking supplements but I think that they can assist me. Let’s hope so. Besides the fact that they can get costly, I hate having to remember which to take and at what times.
Anyway, I am tired and its already past midnight. Tomorrow is a light cardio only day so it shouldn’t be that bad. I hope my legs aren’t as sore as the last time I squatted because it took me about 6 days to recover and be able to run on the treadmill. If anything I can still bike or walk. The thermogenesis makes it easy for me to break a sweat so I shouldn’t have a problem with that.
Another good day in the books.