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Workout Report

I did a workout on Sunday morning, but didn't have time to note the results here. Suffice to say, it was comparable to today's. That does make us 4/4 on the getting to workouts, tho! :) When we get to 12/12 (i.e., a month), I'm throwin' a party.

Lower Back: 2 sets 10 reps @ 60 lbs (medium)
Arm Extensions: 2 set 10 reps @ 80 lbs (medium)
Upper Back: 2 set 10 reps @ 70 lbs (medium/tough)
Vertical Traction: 2 sets 10 reps @ 100 lbs (medium/tough)
Shoulder Press: 2 sets 10 reps @ 35 lbs (medium/tough)
Chest Press: 2 sets 10 reps @ 55 lbs (medium/tough)
Cable Cross: 2 sets 10 reps @ 60 lbs (tough)
Squat Lift: 2 sets 10 reps @ 40 lbs (medium/tough)
Arm Curls: 2 sets 10 reps @ 30 lbs (easy/tough)
Leg Press: 2 sets 10 reps @ 140 lbs (medium)
Ab Crunch: 2 sets 10 reps @ 60 lbs (easy/medium-- that was a mistake, I meant to do 75 lbs)
Weight: 330 lbs

I'm being fairly aggressive about pushing the weights back up; the one advantage to having this chunky, meat-prone body is that it builds muscle mass quickly. (That doesn't make up for all the disadvantages, but life is unfair.)

Something I haven't spoken about much here are the dietary changes, partially because I'm still working out what they are, and partially because it's a big topic. Long story short, I've cut back a lot of my processed sugar intake, particularly in the form of cookies or chocolate (*sob*), trying to keep my snacking to mostly fruit and nuts (with some cheese and crackers thrown in for variety), and doing a lot of leaving the starchy or fried items behind at dinnertime.

It hasn't really been as hard as it could be, partially because I have allowed myself controlled "free nights" (generally Saturday), and partially because a lot of the stuff I was eating were things that I didn't particularly enjoy anyway, I was just eating for convenience, and so I don't miss them. I do still have a bit more Frappuccino than is likely good for me, mainly because it's by far my favored Caffeine Delivery Device, but even that I'm having less than I used to. ("Tall" is now the default size rather than "grande." This has actually been the trend over the past year for budgetary reasons, although the health benefits are a nice bonus.)

So after a week, any results? Well, my back is less sore, and my mood is better overall, Friday's crisis-crash notwithstanding. Weight unchanged, physical appearance unchanged (as far as I can tell). I'm hungrier at mealtime, but thanks to grazing I'm not getting hunger-headaches (which have tended to sabotage earlier efforts). I admit, I'd like to see more dramatic results, but for now I'll take what I can get.

-The Gneech



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Jul. 18th, 2012 11:19 am (UTC)
Woohoo for getting to workouts!

Diet is weird- but you're on to something if you're starting to look at cutting out processed sugar. It's a horrible thought but there's a bright side- it's also kind of a magic bullet, that and carbs/grains. I had to deal with all that stuff when I worked out I was allergic to wheat and it made me depressed and spacey- it made itself a comfort food, ironically, because I sort of get a buzz off wheat stuff, but also nihilistic despair. Didn't realise it caused both (for me).

If you can summon up your inner Twilight Sparkle and have an hour and a half- this guy is unreal, astonishing. He basically proves that all sugars are pretty much the same as far as the body is concerned and they're all about as bad as people say high fructose corn syrup is- that's just cheaper and sweeter and that's the only difference.

He explains how sugar in nature is packaged with so much fiber that it's largely rendered harmless ('have you seen a piece of sugar cane? it's a STICK!') but when isolated and concentrated like it is, it becomes a poison metabolized by the liver and producing what they call the metabolic syndrome. How there's an epidemic of obese six month olds (too young for behavior/choice to have any bearing on their obesity- but fed infant formula loaded with corn syrup- 'it's a baby milkshake')


Dunno if the idea is interesting or just seems horrible but it seems like it's real enough.

The inner Twilight Sparkle is needed because he is a sort of biochemist or something, and he basically shows all his work in detail for the benefit of other biochemists who might be skeptical. But he also talks in layman's terms. :)
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