Just a random assortment of things I noticed at the gym today:
1. People cruise the half-empty parking lot looking for the closest spot. Seriously, people. It’s the gym. You’re there to move your body. Don’t you want those extra steps? I guess habits die hard…
2. An elderly man on an elliptical machine had on Beats by Dre headphones. I smiled so hard.
3. A group of 3 middle aged women were stretching out after their workouts close to where I’d set up for foam rolling. They were obviously dedicated to lifting — they all had well-worn lifting shoes and lifting gloves, and one wore a tank top that said “More sets please.” These were not small women — plenty of visible muscles like huge quads, big shoulders, big perky squat butts, but also plenty of visible fat — thick waists, thick arms. These were women who lift big and eat big to support that. These women are my heroes. I kind of considered going up to them and asking if they’d take me on as a project.
4. I was right to be afraid of the hordes of new year’s resolutioners. The gym is a madhouse.
In related news, I have decided that once I move to Clearlake I am going to start barbell lifts. I need a start date that I’m moving towards, otherwise it’s just too easy to keep on with my standard circuits, and I want to move on. Everybody starts somewhere. Stronglifts 5×5 here I come…
Miles to Mordor: 2.42
Foam rolling, stretching, circuits (bodyweight, dumbbells, cable machine)
In search of my TDEE
More positive changes I’ve noticed since starting to intentionally eat more: my feet aren’t as cold and my body temperature has increased to 98.4˚F which is amazing because it’s hovered around 97.5˚ my entire adult life. Both of these things are indicators of an elevated metabolism.
Oh and one last thing: I ate at In-n-Out for dinner (first time! I feel like I’ve passed some sort of California residency test… But I like Five Guys better). I ate a giant burger, some fries, and part of a shake. I am stoked — this is the kind of meal that PRs are made of, and I’m running in the morning. It fit just fine in my daily calorie allotment and I still got to eat satisfying breakfast and lunch (pizza!) plus snacks, and I hit my protein goal. More calories = awesome.