Friday, March 31, 2017

32 Days - Change of Plans

I decided not to do Stronglifts today. I spent a good six hours deep cleaning my apartment. My neck is all jacked up because I slept on it wrong the other night, and I really just want to rest up to start New Rules of Lifting on Sunday. Since I spent so much time making my pretty spreadsheets, I am damn well going to use the fucking things. I feel like I've been back at this long enough that I feel committed. I'll be taking pics and doing measurements and a Fit Test on Sunday. I haven't decided exactly what is going into it, but I will be pulling from the Insanity fit tests (from the original Insanity and Asylum), as well as P90X. I've never done the Asylum fit test so this should be fun. Pull ups are on the list and I already know I won't bother with that. I will take the big fat 0. I will say, I am not looking forward to the high reps of NROL's Break In workouts. But whatever.


Breakfast - coffee w/ Splenda & creamer [9]
Lunch - Nothing
Dinner - homemade bagel bite & pepperoni - [11]

Thursday, March 30, 2017

33 Days - Stronglifts - Week 2 - Thursday

I spend way too much time thinking about working out and not enough time actually getting physical activity in.


Breakfast - coffee w/ Splenda & creamer [9]
Lunch - yogurt & hard boiled eggs [7]
Dinner - beef fajita salad w/ sour cream, salsa & cheese [12]

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

34 Days - Stronglifts - Week 2 - Wednesday

I really wanted some junk food last night - Girl Scout Cookies or ice cream. But I didn't give in to temptation. I gave in to anger instead, and just went to bed. But I knew if I ate a cookie, I would eat the box.

Workout A-3

squat - 5x5x85 lbs - Yes, same as last time. I wasn't all that comfortable with my squat the other day.
bench press - 5x5x65 lbs - I did go up on this one. 5 pounds more than I was supposed to. Oops.
barbell row - 5x5x65 lbs - This one, too.

I am leaning towards adding to the Stronglifts workouts next week, then switching to BGB in May. I don't know what accessory exercises I could add because my muscles are just toast when I finish these. I just don't care for the routine in general. I don't know. Fuck me.


Breakfast - coffee w/ Splenda & creamer [12]
Lunch - Nothing
Dinner - Italian sausage and potatoes [13]

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

35 Days - Stronglifts - Week 2 - Tuesday

I really, really do not enjoy the Stronglifts workouts. I don't know what to do. Stick it out for 5 more weeks or do something else next week? I want to go back to my BGB four day push/pull split because I absolutely adore it. Fuck, I don't know. I do know that I need to stay off the scale. I ate food yesterday and I'm up a pound. Maybe I should not get back on until my birthday. I don't know. Such a mind fuck, seeing that number go up.


Breakfast - coffee w/ Splenda and creamer [6]
Lunch - salad w/ chicken, hard boiled eggs & Italian dressing [10]
Dinner - breakfast sausage [15] - Someone ate my fucking eggs.

Monday, March 27, 2017

36 Days - Stronglifts - Week 2 - Monday

Regular coffee today, folks.It's Monday. I think I need regular coffee on Mondays and Wednesdays. I'll shoot for cold brewed on Tuesdays & Thursdays.

Workout B-2

squat - 5x5x85 lbs
overhead press - 5x5x45 lbs - Yes, I know this is what I did last week, but since I couldn't complete that last set, I'm repeating the weight.
deadlift - 5x5x95 lbs

There is no way in hell I am increasing my weights for the next round. These were difficult and I think my form was off.

Breakfast - coffee w/ Splenda & creamer [12]
Lunch - yogurt & pepper slices [3]
Dinner - omelet w/ pepperoni, cheese and salsa [14]

I'm not happy with the amount of food I ate today but whatever. I need to eat. Still working on hitting those macros.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

37 Days - Stronglifts - Week 2 - Sunday

So, going into Week 7, I've lost 11.5 pounds. Yes, I know it's because I'm hardly eating, basically living on my coffee creamer. I know that shit has to stop. I have to get over this fucking mental hurdle. This is why I hate trying to lose weight. It fucks with my head. I feel guilty eating anything, and all I want is junk, my comfort food.


Breakfast - coffee w/ Splenda & creamer [6] - I'm going to start iced coffee tomorrow. Hopefully I will like that better with the protein powder and milk.
Lunch - tuna w/ light mayo on light English muffin [8]
Dinner - I was going to eat, but I got pissed off so fuck it.
Snack - banana [0]

Saturday, March 25, 2017

38 Days - Stronglifts - Week 1 - Saturday

I am really a cranky fucking bitch today. I'm tired. I'm stressed. I want to eat total crap and my weight loss is slow. I still look like a giant blob. Why the fuck am I doing this? I'm hella resentful that I can't eat what I want.


Breakfast - coffee w/ Splenda & creamer [10] - I am actually starting to scale back on shit a bit.

Friday, March 24, 2017

39 Days - Stronglifts - Week 1 - Friday

I am not really enjoying Stronglifts. I like that it takes 20 minutes or less to work out, but I feel like 3 exercises are not enough. I have 5 more weeks of this countdown challenge, then I am going to switch programs again. I really, really want to do all the NROL programs straight through. I printed out all my spreadsheets for all of the programs. I have to create a new calendar for it. The one I created last year won't work. Because I didn't start. At least it will give me a chance to play with my spreadsheets.

Workout A-2

squat - 5x5x80 lbs
bench press - 5x5x55 lbs
barbell row - 5x5x55 lbs


Breakfast - coffee w/ Splenda & creamer [10]
Lunch - Air [0]
Dinner - tuna w/ light mayonnaise and celery on light English muffin [7]

Thursday, March 23, 2017

40 Days - Stronglifts - Week 1 - Thursday

My legs and shoulders are sore today :(


Breakfast - coffee a/ Splenda & creamer [4]
Lunch - banana, hard boiled eggs, green beans & peppers [6]
Dinner - I didn't bother. I'm bitter that I'm afraid to eat food I enjoy.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

41 Days - Stronglifts - Week 1 - Wednesday

I am really not crazy about coffee with milk and protein powder. It's not awful, and I can drink it. It's just not my coffee. I'm hoping I just need time to adjust. Today was the first day taking my two big cups to work with no creamer. It's still the same number of points (that I was counting) but the macros are better. I've been way over on carbs lately, mostly because of the creamer. I could eat so much more if I could give it up. Calorie-wise, I'm saving about 200 calories with the protein powder. Bah! It sucks.

Workout B-1

squat - 5x5x75 lbs
overhead press - 5x5x45 lbs
deadlift - 1x5x85 lbs

The overhead presses were fucking brutal. By my last set, I couldn't do a 5 in a row. I did 3, racked the bar for a minute, then did the last 2. There is no way in hell I can increase it to 50 pounds next week. No. Way.


Breakfast - coffee w/ milk & protien powder [11]
Lunch - Nothing. I was still choking down my coffee.
Dinner - pork loin & quinoa bean salad [14]

I was under on points (again) and really under calories. I hit my carb goal for the day but was way under on protein and fat. It took everything in me just to eat all my dinner. I really need to work on eating during the day. I packed a good lunch for tomorrow but a lot depends on what I decide for coffee creamer when I get up.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

42 Days - Stronglifts - Week 1 - Tuesday

No time for chit chat today!


Breakfast - coffee w/ Splenda and creamer [12]
Snack - banana & peppers [0]
Lunch - chicken breast and quinoa bean salad [10]
Dinner - yogurt [3]

I was hungry as fuck this morning and actually ate my lunch at lunch time.

Monday, March 20, 2017

43 Days - Stronglifts - Week 1 - Monday

I did some more research on Stronglifts last night. Mainly in the Starting Strength forum, with a heated battle over the two programs. I've attempted Starting Strength before. Or I was going to do it. I don't remember. I've been doing this shit for 10 years, come August. Holy shit. I can't believe I started weight lifting a decade ago. I feel like I should be more ripped by now. Anyway, both sides made good points, and I will probably stick with Stronglifts until I stall out, then switch.

I decided to go ahead and do my workout today, instead of tomorrow morning.

Workout A-1

squat - 5x5x70 lbs
bench press - 5x5x45 lbs - I did these on the floor, from my rack pull stands because I didn't feel like dicking with my squat rack.
barbell row - 5x5x45 lbs - Honestly, this was a little light, too.

That's it. It took 11 minutes because I paired the squat and the row and didn't need a lot of rest time. For Wednesday, I am definitely going to increase the weight on the rows and presses, and I will press from my weight bench. I'm a little scared to go up on the squat weight, even by 5 pounds because that shit is not easy. I guess that is the point. I'm going to have to start using a spotter, which means I'm at the mercy of other people's schedules. So annoying. Speaking of annoying, the Stronglifts app sucks balls. It will not save my workouts. So I will just use the spreadsheet.


Breakfast - coffee w/ Splenda & creamer [12]
Lunch - Nothing.
Dinner - chicken w/ quinoa bean salad [11]

Sunday, March 19, 2017

44 Days - Stronglifts - Week 1 - Sunday

I don't even know what week this is...Week 6, I think? I've lost 8.5 pounds since I started this nonsense. I'm not really unhappy, but I wouldn't be me if I didn't bitch about something. I am not crazy about Weight Watchers. It does help me make better choices, but I also find myself checking my macros to see what I really have room for. I always have room for protein and fat. I rarely have room for carbs. I'm still working on perfecting my coffee creamer substitution. I know I have to make the switch permanently. Bah.

I made the mistake of going grocery shopping without a list or a meal plan for the week. The only thing I ended up getting myself is a can of fucking green beans. The rest of the food is for the other fuckers who live here and "yuck" at anything I'm eating. I want spaghetti squash, god damn it, but no one else will touch it. It's hard to try to eat healthy, and even harder when you get zero moral support. It pisses me off and makes me resentful. I just want to live alone so I don't have to worry about what other people want to eat.

What I need to do is sit down and really plan out about two weeks worth of recipes, plan out the points/macros. Create shopping lists from that. Ugh. I hate how I have to shop for different ways of eating. Fortunately for me, I have no problem eating the same few things over and over. I can live on cottage cheese, eggs, chicken, fish, bell peppers, sweet potatoes, oatmeal with bananas, and green beans. I'm slowly getting my son away from pizza and shit like that. If we have pizza, it's homemade. He does eat a lot of crispy chicken strips and baked fries. He likes hot dogs. I bought him a fucking hot dog toaster. I am slowly making progress with him. I buy very little junk snack food. I don't know if he is losing weight. I don't want to harp on him about it. I stress that we need to make healthy food choices and be more active. The active part is the harder part. I am waiting for the damn weather to get warmer so we can go for walks. He said he would use a treadmill if I bought one, and I probably would too, but I don't really have the room for one and probably wouldn't really use it all that much, no matter how much I say I would.

Of course, I'm always thinking about workouts. I was Googling around and rediscovered Stronglifts. I have looked at it before. It's fairly simple, and I really want simple. Thinking about what I want for my body, I just want to get strong. And they have a free app that tells you what to do based on what you can already do. I tried barbell overhead presses for the first time today, just one set of five with the weight the app recommended for me. And I mother fucking did it. I've never done an OHP with a barbell in my life. Three exercises, three times a week - 5x5, except for deadlifts which are 1x5. Yes fucking please. So I think I am going to switch to that, starting this week (as you can see by my title). My birthday will be the halfway point of the program. I really want to hit my squat and deadlift goals - this program will put me right there for deadlifts at the end of the 12 weeks. Assuming I can progress each week, that is.

I had to do measurements to calculate my bodyfat percentage. I'm not buying the accuracy of the calculator I used (27% but that seems low) but I think as long as I see a downward trend using the same calculator, I think I will be ok. I lost my calipers in one of my moves. Anyway, the point I wanted to make is that my gut is an inch smaller than it was five weeks ago.


Breakfast - coffee, duh [6]
Lunch - hard boiled eggs [6]
Snack - quinoa & bean salad [8] - God damn, I have missed quinoa. I just had a little bit and it seems like there are more servings in the batch than I calculated. I did my numbers based on 4 servings and portioned out half a serving. It didn't even make a dent.
Dinner - oatmeal w/ peanut butter, Nutella and banana [12]

45 Days

I am struggling to get back into the right frame of mind after not being so diligent yesterday.

Workout C

stability ball jackknife - 3x8
glute-ham raise - 3x8
db skullcrusher - 3x8x12.5 lbs
rack pull - 3x8x85 lbs
split squat - 5x5x10 lbs
renegade row - 5x5x10 lbs


Breakfast - coffee w/ Splenda & creamer [12] - I still had creamer and I'm still perfecting my protein coffee so..
Lunch - fat free cottage cheese [2]
Dinner - pan fried tilapia w/ green beans [6]

Friday, March 17, 2017

46 Days

Ok, the secret to being "okay" with my coffee the last month has been not counting all the damn points. I also wasn't eating my weekly or activity points to help with that. But I have finally found something that works for me. I found a protein powder I like and mix it with milk (for now - I would eventually like to mix it with just water). It doesn't taste as good as my beloved creamer but I can tolerate it, and it helps me get more protein. It's almost too sweet now, with my typical Splenda amounts, so I may be able to cut back on that, too. Progress.


Breakfast - coffee [7] - Actual points, not alternative points. I also didn't drink as much as I normally do. I expect my typical coffee consumption to still come in somewhere around 10-12 points, but I don't have to worry about not eating my weekly points to compensate.
Lunch - steak, egg and cheese omelet [16]
Dinner - macaroni and coleslaw [??] - I didn't log this because I have no idea how much I ate. It wasn't a ton but enough to make me feel like a failure.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

47 Days

I decided not to work out this morning, and opted for an evening workout so I could take a nice, well-deserved Calgon bath afterward. It was a wise choice.

Workout B

db pull over - 3x8x15 lbs
front/side raise - 3x8x7.5 lbs
Romanian deadlift - 5x5x85 lbs
inverted row - 5x5
db hammer curl - 3x8x10 lbs
db row - 3x8x15 lbs


Breakfast - coffee w/ Splenda & creamer [12]
Lunch - fat free cottage cheese [4]
Dinner - hard boiled eggs w/ pepper slices & green beans [4]

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

48 Days

It is way too fucking cold to think. I'm glad I had no workout scheduled for today. I am looking forward to tomorrow, though!


Breakfast - coffee w/ Splenda & creamer [12]
Lunch - vegetable soup [0]
Dinner - pork chops w/ coleslaw & fries [20]

Not a whole lot to say today.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

49 Days

I did not work out today because I was up all god damn night and I was tired as fuck. No worries though - I was planning on switching my workout days next week anyway, to Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Since I worked out Sunday, I figured it was ok to skip today and just do Thursday and Saturday.

More small victories with the creamer. I used less today than yesterday, and I actually measured. It is definitely not what I really love, but it doesn't taste like ass.


Breakfast - coffee w/ Splenda & creamer [10]
Lunch - salad w/ hard boiled eggs & homemade Italian dressing [9]
Dinner - chicken breast w/ peas & rice [8] - The second half of yesterday's dinner.

Monday, March 13, 2017

50 Days

Small victories. I was able to cut back on some of my creamer this morning. Not enough to lower the points, though. I am going to do some experimenting this weekend.


Breakfast - coffee w/ Splenda & creamer [12]
Lunch - Nothing
Dinner - chicken breast w/ peas& rice [8] - I planned out what I wanted and ended up only eating half of it.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

51 Days

It's been four weeks and I'm down 6.5 pounds. I still look forward to my workouts. I think about ways to improve my form and this week, I am increasing my weights just a bit. Today's workout was good. The shoulder presses sucked but hopefully that will improve over the next couple weeks.

Workout A

squat - 5x5x70 lbs - up from last week
db shoulder press - 5x5x25 lbs - also up from last week
push up - 3x8 - on my knees, my depth sucks
SHELC - 3x8 - I need to increase my reps
standing calf raise - 3x8x70 lbs - also up
db fly - 3x8x15 lbs - up, as well


Breakfast - coffee w/Splenda and creamer [12]
Lunch - apple & cottage cheese [6]
Dinner - homemade pizza [18] - Yes, I hate myself.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

52 Days

I am really hating Weight Watchers. I hate obsessing about points and being afraid to eat. I think about switching to the Simply Filling Technique a lot but...I am opposed to fat-free dairies and dressings. Not that I use a tremendous amount of those (aside from the coffee creamer). I can live with fat-free cottage cheese but fat-free cheese? Oh hell no. Sour cream? Yeah, I guess I could do fat-free but I'm not buying separate sour creams when I really don't use it all that much. Milk? My son likes whole milk, as do I. I prefer skim but again, not buying a fat-free version when I use so little.

And then there is the "eat until satisfied" aspect of it. I am actually pretty good at that, though I will finish something on my plate even if I'm full, just because it tastes good. It doesn't take a lot to satisfy my hunger, as long as I eat the right foods throughout the day. It's the "oh my god, I only have 10 points left for the day but if I eat something I won't be able to eat dinner" bullshit that fucks me up.

So, maybe what I will do is eat SFT style, still track, but not worry about how many points I eat (as long as they are from the Power Foods list). For shits and giggles, I went over to IIFYM Macro Diet to see what my macros would be under that program, and let me say - I like what I see.

Protein Grams: 116
Fat Grams: 62Carbs Grams: 87 <---- strong="">That covers my coffee creamer, which comes in around 50-60 grams of sugar. But then I still need to eat enough good carbs to get all the fiber.Fiber Grams: 23-23
1370 Calories Total 


Breakfast - coffee w/ Splenda and creamer [12]
Lunch - sushi & cheese [6] - I only had one piece of a California roll.
Dinner - steak w/ salad and sweet potato [15]

Friday, March 10, 2017

53 Days

Stupid me got on the scale and I'm up again. WTF, man. I'm NOT overeating, even if my coffee points are a little underestimated. I don't eat my weekly or activity points for that reason. Mother fucker.

Today was my day off from everything. Except spending 5 hours in the car. There's actually an option to add driving as an activity on the iTrackBites app. Yeah, no...


Breakfast - coffee w/ Splenda & creamer, banana [12]
Lunch - Chik-fil-A grilled chicken nuggets & fries [8] - :( But I only ate half the fries :) Still, I felt guilty.
Dinner - Guilt [0]

Thursday, March 9, 2017

54 Days

Today's workout was a lot more challenging than it looks on paper. The last pair about killed me. The load wasn't even heavy!

Workout C

stability ball jackknife - 3x8
glute-ham raise - 3x8
db skullcrusher - 3x8x10 lbs
rack pull - 3x8x85 lbs
db split squat - 5x5x10 lbs
renegade row - 5x5x10 lbs


Breakfast - coffee w/ Splenda and creamer, banana [12]
Lunch - yogurt [5]
Dinner - salad w/ chicken and Italian dressing [6]
Snack - hard boiled eggs [4]

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

55 Days

I didn't plan my day well. Wait, that is not right. I intentionally didn't bother packing a lunch because my day was going to be so busy, I wouldn't have time to eat anyway. At least it was my early day and I got to come home and make dinner.


Breakfast - coffee w/ Splenda & reamer [12]
Lunch - nothing
Dinner - Italian sausage & potatoes [14]

Not a whole lot to say today. It was busy and I am tired.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

56 Days

I wasn't all that forward to working out today because my muscles still ache from Sunday's workout. Nevertheless, I persisted. I'm so glad I don't have anything scheduled for tomorrow. I want to die.

Workout B

db pullover - 3x8x10 lbs - Definitely increasing the weight next week.
front/side raise - 3x8x5 - Definitely not increasing the weight next week.
RDL - 5x5x85 lbs
inverted row - 5x5
db hammer curl - 3x8x10 lbs
db row - 3x8x10 lbs


Breakfast - coffee w/ Splenda & creamer [12]
Lunch - hard boiled eggs w/ sliced peppers [5]
Snack - banana & yogurt [4]
Dinner - Nothing, because I ate my other good late.

Monday, March 6, 2017

57 Days

My body hurts today. All over. I didn't cardio before work.


Breakfast - coffee w/ Splenda and creamer [12]
Lunch - salad w/ cottage cheese [7]
Snack - green beans & apple [0]
Dinner - I ate my lunch and snack way too late to want dinner.

I switched hours with a coworker so I didn't get home until almost 8:30. I just wanted to go to sleep.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

58 Days

It's going to take a lot to get me to be meeting my activity goal the Polar has for me. I think it's set to 12,000 steps or some crazy shit. I didn't even make it halfway yesterday. I am sure I won't today, either.

Weigh in day. 154.5, so down 6 in 3 weeks. Meh. I know that is a healthy rate of loss but for as little as I am eating, I expected more. Except I know that is not how it works - from my own damn experience!

Workout A

squat - 5x5x65 lbs - I used my bar, made sure I at least made it to parallel, and really focused on form.
db shoulder press - 5x5x20 lbs
push up - 3x8 - On my knees. Alwyn Cosgrove would be disappointed.
SHELC - 3x8 - Always a good time thrusting my hips in the air.
standing calf raise - 3x8x65 lbs
db fly - 3x8x10 lbs
Shaun T's 5 Minute Abs - I am so uncoordinated!

I am undecided on whether I want to wear my HRM strap when I do my strength training. I don't believe HRMs are all that accurate for weight lifting. But I don't like how much the Polar underestimates how much I did. Sigh.


Breakfast - coffee w/ Splenda & creamer [12]
Lunch - cottage cheese, salad w/ homemade dressing [8]
Dinner - tilapia w/ sweet potato [7]

I'm really trying to not obsess over minute-to-minute and day-to-day shit. I need to take it week-by-week. I am already over all the tracking.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

59 Days

So, this Polar M400 is huge and a pain in the ass to sync. But I think that's my phone being a piece of crap. I didn't have a whole lot of activity logged yesterday because I didn't get the delivery until the afternoon, but one thing I did learn is that I am a great sleeper. Probably because I take 50 mg diphenhydramine and 10 mg melatonin every night.


  • coffee w/ Splenda & creamer [12]
Lunch: Nothing. Too busy.

  • Denny's tilapia ranchers w/ broccoli & red skin potatoes [20] - I really wanted a fucking omelet with cheese and sausage. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

60 Days

Lots of overthinking today. I got on the scale (bad, I know) to see if I'm still gaining, but the numbers are finally moving in the right directions. I'm only down 5.5 pounds since I started almost 3 weeks ago. I have to stay off the damn scale. Or stick to weekly weigh ins, no sneaking peeks during the week. I discovered the iTrackBites app exports logs of everything, but you have to do it weekly. So starting next week, I will be exporting and saving shit because I'm weird like that.

My Polar M400 will be arriving today. I won't be using the heart rate monitor for my weight training. I'll use it strictly for cardio, which I hope to add next week. I am not 100% sure what I will be doing, or when. My goal is to get back to doing cardio six times a week, but for now, it will likely just be twice a week, and probably some of the shorter Turbo videos. Once DST starts, and it's still light out when I get home on my early days, my son and I will be going for walks. Maybe I will even find the mysterious fitness center my apartment complex has. I think it's by the pool. Damn, I have all this great shit right here and don't even use it. I've been here almost two years and have never been in the pool. Because I hate the sun.

And now that I will have something that is tracking my every move, I will have to find ways to get my steps in. I have a desk job, and I am usually at the office 10 hours a day. I figure I can take walks on my lunch breaks (because I certainly don't eat lunch) until it gets too hot to breathe outside. I'm not walking around the building for 20 minutes - it's a small building. I will have to stop taking the elevator. I haven't been taking the elevator because I'm lazy. I am, but I have been taking it because I have balance issues and trip going up the stairs at least once a week.

I will say though, I am feeling really fucking great. I no longer let housework slide because I just don't have the energy. A lot of my anxiety is gone. Or at least greatly reduced. I feel some of my old self coming back. My rosacea has cleared up quite a bit, either from eliminating sugar and a lot of carbs (like the Rosacea Diet) or from using tea tree oil on my face (I started doing this about the same week I started Weight Watchers). I'm still flushed, but the dry skin and bumps are mostly gone.

I just need to quit smoking. I hate myself for ever starting back up. And if I'd never quit exercising, I never would have started.

Workout D

Romanian deadlift - 5x5x80 lbs - I forgot to take the weight off from the other day's rack pulls so I have a 20 pound jump from last week. Oops.
glute ham raise on stability ball - 3x8 - Good mornings just working for me. I didn't feel anything but stretching in my hamstrings. This makes me feel like I'm working that shit.
sumo squat - 3x8x20 lbs
db skull crusher - 3x8x10 lbs

I think I have to increase all my weights next week (except the RDLs). Or move slower. I don't know. I feel like I can go up for some things, like shoulder presses and squats, but the little arm muscle stuff is tougher because even small increases in the load can be brutal. And I really like how I'm doing my squats now, with two 25-pound plates. But it doesn't work the quads as much as I could if I switched to back squats. I could use dumbbells, I guess but the plates are perfect because I know I've gotten low "enough" when they touch the floor. And of course, I will start having problems with grip if I use dumbbells, because I have weak ass hands. I know, I know - farmers walks to increase grip strength. Bah.

I have eight weeks left in this particular challenge and I'm already anxious to switch things up with the routine. As much as I love, love, love the four-day push-pull split, I think I need full body workouts, three days a week. Maybe I will make the switch for next week. That will give me an extra day to do cardio and get some use out of my heart rate monitor. In fact, I know I will make the switch next week because I already put together a three-day full body routine, with no repeated exercises for the week. I'm stoked!

Here is what the workout looks like. All weight workouts will be followed by Shaun T's 5 Minute Ab Workout.

Sunday - Workout A

db shoulder press5x5
push up3x8
standing calf raise3x8
db fly3x8

Monday - Turbo Jam 20 Minute Workout (plus walks with my kid)

Tuesday - Workout B

db pull over3x8
front/side raise3x8
Romanian deadlift5x5
inverted row5x5
db hammer curl3x8
db row3x8

Wednesday - Turbo Jam 20 Minute Workout (plus walks with my kid)

Thursday - Workout C

stability ball jackknife3x8
glute-ham raise3x8
db skullcrusher3x8
rack pull3x8
split squat5x5
renegade row (per side)5x5

Friday - Turbo Jam Cardio Party Remix or Fat Blaster + ChaLean Extreme Recharge

Saturday - REST!!!


  • coffee w/ Splenda & creamer [12]
  • cottage cheese & cooked carrots [7] - Both with hot sauce. Yum!
  • Um... 
Ha, I was wordy today because it was my day off and I didn't have to do a damn thing. Except my workout, which I got out of the way early. Oh, and I made my first attempt at deadlifting 1.5 times my body weight. Let's just say I couldn't even deadlift my bodyweight. I can deadlift just over half my bodyweight at this point :(

Thursday, March 2, 2017

61 Days

No time for shit chat today.

Workout C

inverted row - 5x5
db shoulder press - 5x5x10 lbs
db pullover 3x8x10 lbs
front/side raise - 3x8x5 lbs


  • coffee w/ Splenda & creamer [12]
  • yogurt [5]
  • eggs w/ English muffin& butter [12]
Lunch was very late and I drank lots of water today. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

62 Days

The dreaded Wednesday. I didn't pack a lunch. I did order the Polar activity monitor with the heart rate monitor chest strap. I guess I will have to start doing cardio.


  • coffee w/ Splenda & creamer [12]

  • turkey slices [5]
  • pizza [14]
Over my daily points today and I'm mad at myself for eating pizza.