Tuesday, September 07, 2010
So I re-started my workouts about a week ago (see last blog) and quickly came to realize things were worse than I thought (physically speaking). After that first night of strength training, checking where I am with pushups and chinups, and some simple core work, my arms were sore and tender for 4 full days. Not good.
AND though I've been much better with my eating plan, I still caught myself cheating and even had a binge day. Again, not good.
So, since my success was very limited (at best), I pulled the plug and took a couple days off. Thursday evening I began re-reading the TNT DIET book from Men's Health. The TNT plan (for those who don't feel like digging through my old blogs and searching the Men's Health mag. web site) is a low carb, high fat eating plan that is combined with a structured strength training program. It helped me dump a bunch of weight last year along with getting me firmly interested in weight training as way to get and stay strong.
It's very interesting how much I had forgotten - not about the eating program, I've got THAT part down pretty well (aside from the cheating). What I'd forgotten was the science behind the plan and the specifics of the weight training and the dynamic warmup done before-hand. My recent attempts at weight training had me doing pushups and chinups as a warmup and then jumping right in to some of the advanced lifting from the NROL book (NROL = New Rules of Lifting - the follow-up program many use after completing the TNT lifting program).
So since I had a 4 day weekend planned, what a great opportunity to clean up my act, straighten out my diet, and start over from the beginning of the TNT strength training program. Some other interesting things I've discovered over the past 3 days are;
1. If I follow the training program TO THE LETTER, doing all the warmup and all of the lifting exercises with the prescribed rest times between sets, I can easily get a complete workout done in 1 hour.
2. Doing a complete workout (even the beginner one's from the book) leaves me exhausted (in a really good way).
3. The dynamic warmup leaves me breathing hard, sweatting and tired.
4. In my self directed attempts at strength training I've been resting WAY too long between sets - in part because I'm hangin' out on the computer while working out.
5. Hanging out on the computer while I'm working out is distracting, and time consuming and not productive and HAS to stop. I'm going to make every effort to go on the computer only AFTER my workouts are completed.
6. Doing all those pushups and chinups before strength training not only taks a lot of time, but also burns out my arms for lifting (at least at this point). For now I'm going to stick to training "by the book" only until I'm back up to speed. If I do pushups and/or chinups, they'll need to be during a different part of the day for now.
7. Sticking to the eating plan isn't too hard here at home where there aren't any vending machines or candy bowls. I'm hoping that 4 days off of carbs will take care of most of the cravings. Now I need a plan to avoid the vending area at work.
Went through some headaches yesterday (something the book said might happen as a result of carb withdrawl, though it didn't happen to me the first time last year), but I'm almost through day 3 and feel pretty good right now. Workout is over for the day, and I've still got tomorrow to continue cleaning my system out before going back to work. I think if I can make it to next weekend, I'll be in good shape (the cravings are supposed to disappear by then).
Anyway, it's been a productive weekend. Fixed my grandson's SpiderMan bike (new tires and tubes, trued up the back rim, lubed up the wheel bearings, adjusted and tightened up everything), put a real roof on my fire-wood crib (plywood, tar paper, and shingles replacing the weathered, torn, leaking tarp), burned a bunch of brush, did a couple projects for our home-owner's association, and emptied another truckload of rocks. Tomorrow is mowing and weed-whacking.
So I CAN do my workouts (by the book), eat right, AND get a bunch of stuff done around the house. I'm proving it to myself this extended weekend. Now to stay focused . . . .
Thanks for droppin' in and sharin' your time.
Hope you're having a Great Day !!