Here we are...8 weeks into my return to combined strength and cardio training and the progress is just as I have planned it. My strength is slowly returning to me and my ability to perform routine tasks also takes little if no effort at all.
It is a warm and humid day here in northeast Ohio and my sister had me help her move some things from the garage to a truck so she could take the items to a community yard sale. She was worried that the task was going to make me short of breath (as it was her) and she was telling me things related to how to do it as to not over exert myself. I believe she was telling me that so I could slow down and let her catch up. I told her my breathing was fine and took the opportunity to invite her (yet again) to the gym and proudly proclaimed that if she started now, that in 8 or 9 months, activities such as this would not make her get out of breath as she was...she just declined and changed the subject. Oh well, maybe she needs the results to be a little more noticeable before she breaks down and gives in! ;-)
As I usually write these blogs AFTER my last workout of the week, today I'm changing just a bit as I have some functions to attend this afternoon when I leave the gym and won't be around a computer most likely until tomorrow morning at the earliest.
I will not weigh today as I did weigh on Wednesday and had a 4 pound overall loss, but as I have stated in the video portion of this blog and in the "So I'm at the gym today" blog, a good portion of that loss was water weight. I'll wait until next Friday or Saturday to weigh as I don't want to get into the habit of getting on the scale much. ;-)
Nutrition wise, I am right on target on calories, carbohydrate, fat and protein! You can't buy this good feeling, but if you work hard enough on it, your hard work will result in that good feeling! The pants are a little looser and the shirts fitting a little better! I'm more agile and haven't had any pain at all.
I'm getting stronger as I've upped the weight on 3 of my strength training exercises, lateral fly, chest press and bicep curl.
I have a barbecue to attend this afternoon after I complete my cardio workout but just because it's my birthday, it is no license to stray from the focus and discipline I've set for myself and I will watch closely what I consume and document all of it in my tracker which is current up to today.
When this 26 week plan culminates in mid October, it is my wish to be at the point where I was late last summer and early fall. The thing that will carry me through to it is discipline, focus, determination and following the balanced nutrition plan and exercise schedule that I have set for myself.
No excuses...Just do it!