Sunday, June 23, 2013
I've been a bit MIA lately: summer is here, and I have lots of excellent distractions. I've been playing Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past. I only have a few dungeons to go! My new game I got for my birthday, Spirit Tracks, kept freezing, so we exchanged it, and it took Game Stop awhile to get it in because they're idiots who don't know how to fill orders. Well, that's why they work at Game Stop, and not as an ER doctor, or a rocket scientist or something. No offense to people who work there that aren't actually idiots.
I've been busy at the gym. I'm now on Stage 4 of NROL4W. I can now bust out 3 sets of 8 real push-ups. Considering I started push-ups at about 45 degrees, I'm very happy with my progress.
I reinstated my BodyMedia Fit account today. I don't want to wear the stupid thing long-term (it's big, ugly, and attention grabbing), but I want to get a handle on my actual Total Calorie Expenditure, so I can figure out how much I should eat in order to both gain muscle and burn fat. Hoping that's possible... It currently says my TDEE is about 2700 calories, so my goal is 2200/day consumed (putting me at a 1lb loss of fat/week). I don't want to cut the calories too much, because I want to keep gaining muscle - and the best you can hope for is to maintain muscle if you eat at too much of a deficit. I know that I'm gaining muscle, because I'm getting stronger. Every time I work out, I'm improving on something. I'm increasing weights, doing something better, etc...
Considering my calorie intake has been around 2000/day on average, and I am the same size as I have been almost since I've started weight training, I am again reminded that I will probably never achieve my goal, and I wonder about the futility of doing this. There was a reason I took it off and gave up on counting calories in the first place. But here I am again, trying to get a handle on things. I'm sick of this sh*t though.
My running is going OK. I'm not really putting everything into my running - I'm putting everything into my weight lifting. It's hard to effectively train to run, in which the goal is to increase efficiency, while also effectively strength train, in which the goal is to decrease efficiency. I want to make my body as inefficient as I can to increase my metabolism, thereby burning more fat.
Airin has been busy doing yard work, and I have been helping him a bit. We have planted some new hydrangeas, a flowering dogwood shrub thing, some other stuff... he has cut down a lot of little trees that were competing for sun. We pulled SO MANY WEEDS. Our poison ivy plant growing on our dead tree is doing lovely. I want to take some money I got for my birthday and chop down the dead trees in our yard. We have had two dead ash trees that died from the emerald ash borer before we moved here, but now we also have a dead maple tree that is on our property line that we share with a neighbor. We'll have lots of kindling, so hopefully we'll be able to get our chimney swept this fall so we can have some fires this winter. We also have our fire pit, and we have a chiminea on our patio (on a fire mat, away from the house!).
And I guess that's about it.