Important note: as my wife pointed out, yes I look like a dork with my shirt tucked into my shorts! I don’t work out with them tucked in though, that was just for progress pics! I swear!
End Week 11:
This week saw the end of Week 11 of a 12 week body building split I’ve been working on, and I like to see that the change has been a bit noticeable! It took some time to get into the groove with this split, but now that I’ve been at it awhile, I like it quite a bit. This program started out as a 4 day program, but as I started to up my running miles, I realized that leg day plus running was pretty much frying my legs. I talked to a couple of the trainers of the gym and they agreed that I’m probably okay without out leg lifts for a bit!
So, my current split is three days. I have a chest day, a back day and a shoulder/arms day. This fits in well with my 25 to 30 miles of running a week as my legs stay pretty fresh for those miles. (Plus, my legs carted around 350 lbs for years, so they’re pretty built!) My original plan was to do this program for 12 weeks, then go back to the Starting Strength program that I did in the beginning, but the problem is that SS has you doing squats three days a week and dead lifts every other workout. That’s simply never going to work well with all the running. So, I’m thinking I’ll stick to the current split and start to substitute in some different lifts for the ones I’ve been doing. The main concern is that they say you should change up your lifts every 12 weeks or so, so I figure that will be enough to help.
I never thought I’d get into something anywhere close to body building, but I’m enjoying it. I’ll never be a bodybuilder, as that’s not what my ultimate goals are. The biggest thing is, when last I dropped a lot of weight, down to 214 lbs some 10 years ago, I was skinny, but I was what you would call skinny fat. I’ve never had any ‘muscle’ to speak of. So, I figured this time it’d be nice to at least look fit when I dropped all the body fat and so far, that feels like it’s working. It’s working to me at any rate!
A good Week.
In the end, it’s been a good week on the weight front. I’m to a point in my journey where I’m trying not to rely so much on the number on the scale and go more by body fat and appearance, but it’s hard. I’ve been fighting a plateau for a solid month, maybe a month and a half; it has been a tough one. Today though, I awoke to find that I have finally pushed beyond that point when I weighed in at 239.8! 241 has been the sticking point for so long, it was pretty exciting to see something below 240! I say it’s been a tough one, but I’ve never been despondent over it. I know by now that consistency is the magic key to weight loss and I’ve kept right on trucking. So I know it would break, just not when.
In addition to that, with school now being out so no daughters to get up for school, I’ve been able to transition my running to the mornings before work, and this has been a HUGE boon to my mileage! The evenings were okay, but it’s hard to squeeze an hour run in there sometimes. You’re tired from running around at work all day, you’re hungry, you want to relax and doing something easy for a bit. Let’s not forget that it’s getting to summer time it’s downright hot some evenings as well. Now in the mornings, I’ve found myself eager to get up and get going. It sounds cheesy, but there’s something pretty motivating about running with the sun rise that’s hard to explain. So far this week, I’ve racked up a little over 18 miles from Tuesday to Friday. Saturday, I plan on heading out early for my long run and I’m going to try for a new personal best, so we’ll see how that goes.
So, there’s this week in a nut shell! I hope yours has been a good week as well! Feel free to add any of your own successes in the comments or even ask any questions.