Progress Week 1

I meant to post this yesterday but got busy with other things.  I’ll make another post about this week outside of the gym, but this one is dedicated to my fight against gravity this week.  I’ll put the exercises below, but it’s fairly lengthy so if you don’t want to look at them I’ll say what I have to say first.

It felt really good to get back into the gym.  I wasn’t lifting the weights that I really wanted to this week, but my form was probably better than ever.  I was able to get really low on my squats and all of my bench was nice and controlled.  The only thing I’m concerned about is my deadlift.  I feel like my back may be arching a little, but I can’t really see it, so I’ll have to get a spotter next week and make sure that I’m not on track to hurt myself.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a good measure on my weight this week, but I suppose there’s plenty of time for that.

Also, I realized early on this week that I had majorly messed up my diet.  I was measuring dried food (rice/couscous) as the same as cooked food, when in reality it was about 3 to four times that amount.  In other words, I ate way too many carbs at the start of the week.  Luckily I caught it early and I can readjust my cooking accordingly.

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Triumphs and Failures

So I’ve decided that instead of spamming an update on the gym for every day, I’m going to consolidate the week’s lifts into a single post at the end of the week.  Regardless, today did have some noteworthy moments, both good and bad.

For starters, I spent an hour this morning wandering around trying to find the gym I was planning to go to.  I was all but ready to go home when I finally found it.  It was a nice little gym but I think that tomorrow I am going to try a different one that is closer to home.  I’ll see which one I like better and try to stick with it, but we’re early on in the process, so now is a good time to try new things.

Speaking of new things, the diet went well today, but I am going to have to make some changes.  Not that anything was particularly bad, but there is no way that I can see myself sustaining this diet at this rate.  For one, I think that I’m going to cut down on some of the fat.  I know that this is supposed to be a bulking diet, but I feel like my body can’t take that much fat intake.  I think I’m going to cut the number of avocados down from two a day to one a day and see how that goes.  I’m also going to change the cauliflower over to broccoli.  Not that I have anything against cauliflower, I just like broccoli better, though I may bring it back for some variety at some point.

Additionally, I’ve determined that my scale is in fact broken.  After weigh in this morning, I had lost nearly 3 pounds from yesterday, so either I am dying or the scale is off.  I’ll try the scale at the gym tomorrow and see if I can get a more accurate measurement.

That’s is for now, but I’m sure that by the end of the week I’ll have some more tweaks and changes that I need to make to the plan.  At the end of the day, if my body isn’t happy with something there’s no way that I can continue it, and right now my body isn’t 100% on the new plan, I’ve just got to work with in until we find something that is beneficial and sustainable.

Getting (Un)Settled

Pictured below, is what my apartment looked like when I first moved in.  Understandably, it’s gotten a lot more chaotic, due in no small part to the events of today.

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Today was a big day.  I got the gas turned over, the hot water heater fixed, and the internet was activated (mostly).  I was also able to procure a desk and chair for $20 total.  The desk is really small and flimsy but it keeps me from having to type on the floor for now.  Pictured below is my current setup.

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I still have a lot of progress to go on the apartment, but hopefully the movers will be coming soon so that they can drop off the rest of my furniture and I can actually start planning how my apartment is going to go together.  For now, I’m going to keep making due with what little I’ve got.

I was also able to finally go grocery shopping today.  I’m planning on starting my diet on Monday along with a decent workout routine but we still have a few intermediate steps before now and then.  I also need to make another trip or two around town because I wasn’t able to find all the groceries that I wanted, but overall most things we very simple to find which is great news!

Tomorrow morning I’m going to attempt to drag myself on a run and go check out the local college, so hopefully more pictures will be coming soon.