Sunday, June 09, 2013
My monthly weigh in was due this week. Over the last three weeks I have been on a minor bulk. I'm eating just above maintenance as my lifts are getting heavier and more demanding. I can't lift heavy without the food - I've long since learnt that.
All in all it seems that I put on just over a pound in four weeks. However my lifts do seem to have outstripped my meager weight gain - I am lifting heavier ... My shoulder and chest have filled out more.
My bulking diet is simply three bags of raw mixed nuts extra a week. It's surprising how this little extra males a difference.
The programme I am following is proving it's worth. See the image for gym attendance this year:
There have been a few tweeks - notably downward in time spent in the gym with more efficient exercises. The success is not only the improvement in physique but, more importantly - it is easy to keep going. The routine has been severely tested over the year by bad workloads and long days. But there is always time for those three hours.
My weight is no longer a game of concern. I am a pound off the target weight I made last year but I intend to put on two/three pounds over the next four weeks as my liting regime intensifies. I'll then cut into a bodyweight/cardio routine for summer... Enhanced with mountain biking, hiking and running.
The psychological war is in hand. Nearly one year into maintenance/physique improvement and things are going to plan. My dearth of blog posts here is testimony I guess to success. I still track exercise. I still watch my diet but its now gone from an obsession to get better - to a controlled, mechanical habit.
Archery still preoccupies me:
I grind away in a discipline manner. Arrow after arrow. Every shot draws my complete focus and I'm able to do about 4 hours training a week. Some weeks are bad - some are good - I try to learn from both. Recurve Archery is all about your body and peripheral senses. How you breath, how your balance unfolds during the shot cycle. All very interesting. As ever I tend to be apart from the rest of the archers. Many question my ability/need to be so considered and repetitive about every shot and how I am able to shoot so many arrows, so systematically without getting bored. In truth it seems a pastime which is completely concentrated on my bodies actions and responses. It's not really dissimilar to power lifting in that respect.
My new years resolutions seem on target. I am mindful that the last year has gone by swiftly. I am pleased that my athletic ability is improving but aware that the coming years are likely to go by quicker and quicker. I must strive to draw out every once of quality of life..........