You’ll probably notice that this blog has a new look. I never really settled in to the last theme so I picked something that felt easier to read and navigate. I promise to try to leave it alone now. 🙂
QUESTION: Initially, I decided I would weigh myself only every 3 months because I have bad history with the scale. But the only way to ensure my program is having the desired effect is to measure change in all areas for the sake of comparison (measurements, progress pics, weight; ideally, also body fat percentage but I don’t have calipers and can’t afford a body scan right now). So the question is, should I weigh myself once a month when I take measurements and progress pics? Or should I weigh myself every 3 months as originally planned? (I really, really, really want to weigh myself right flippin’ now but it’s important for me to stick to a schedule so I don’t regress to bad scale habits and let myself get derailed.) I’d appreciate any input.
And now, today’s victories!
I take walks on non-C25k days just to get myself moving a little and it’s great for cardiovascular fitness; not to mention, I’ll never reach Mordor if I don’t get some miles in! Anyway, VICTORY 1: When I went out for my walk this morning, I wanted to run. I didn’t, because C25k requires a rest day between runs, and I am trying very hard to stick to the plan laid-out. But I was walking along listening to a workout playlist and my legs were whispering, you can move faster. I have never, in my entire life, wanted to run. It made me feel strong and tough and it made me walk faster. Run Keeper calculated my average speed at 15:50 per mile, which over 3 miles is pretty respectable for walking. High five, self!
VICTORY 2: Tracking my workouts at the gym has paid off. I am getting stronger and I can quantify it. Today I deadlifted 5 more pounds than Monday — 85 lbs for 4×5 reps. In the world of deadlifting, this is pretty light, but for a beginner who’s been focusing primarily on maintaining good form (head up! shoulders back! lock it out! So glad my BF is there to check my form) it’s a LOT. Certainly more than I’ve ever lifted before, including outside the gym. Double high five, self!
I’ve learned enough about strength training over the last couple weeks that I know I need to revise my routine. Next week I’m switching to a 3-day-a-week, ABA/BAB schedule, and I’m going to focus on barbells rather than dumbbells. I’m also going to alternate C25k and gym days. But I’m going to finish out the week as planned.
Miles to Mordor: 4.2 (walked 3.1 + gym warmup 1.1)
Strength training: Lower body
Deadlift 1x5x50, 1x5x70, 1x5x80, 4x5x85.
Body weight squat 1×5, 1×14, 1×13, 1×9
Planks: 1×45 sec, 1×30 sec, 1×45 sec
Breakfast: 2 eggs, 1 slice whole wheat toast, 1/2 avocado, Greek yogurt, harissa
Lunch: chicken, Brussels sprouts, brown rice, sriracha; leftover clean cole slaw
Snack: 1 low fat string cheese, grapes
Snack: 2 low fat string cheese
Dinner: cod sauteed in butter and olive oil, roasted brussels sprouts, leftover clean cole slaw, cheddar cheese, 2 spoonfuls nuts