I am using exercise to build my strength along with building what I have lost. I have never had any upper body strength. I am pushing to do 100 push ups and 25 pull ups by next year.
Those seem like great (and very realistic) goals to have. There's this guy who has a book called 7 Weeks to 100 Push Ups. It looks like he has all the info on his website too: http://hundredpushups.com/book.html I'm pretty sure he has a book about pull ups as well.
Last week didn't go so great, but somehow I gained 0.5kg, (about 1lb) so I was really happy with that!
Things are massively stressful right now. I have 2 assignments due in the next couple of days, one I haven't even started yet, and most of my day today has been taken up with dealing with some family crisis stuff. I'm still trying to continue with eating good and exercising tho. It's really really boring but I think having some kind of routine is helpful to me.
Recently I read about this Italian time keeping method thing... not sure what you'd call it. You spend 25 minutes working then take a 5 minute break. Then repeat that 4 times and after that you get to take a longer break. It's helped me be more productive. I now try to work out in 25 minute time slots too. I've worked out a route to run that takes me 25 minutes. I started logging my calories this week too, which I think is really helpful. So things are going not too badly.
I gained 0.2kg last week, which was pretty disappointing, but still, things are heading in the right direction. Since the start of the year Iíve gained about 3kg. Which is about 6 pounds. I know thatís not tons, but I feel like I can actually see some difference now. I donít know if thatís true or if itís completely psychological. I think Iím starting to like the way I look. Or at least I can see that how I want to look is maybe not that far away.
Itís probably about a year now since I posted about problems I had with food and that Iíd had to go into hospital because my potassium levels were so low, which can cause problems with your heart. Iíve been quite paranoid about my heart. Iíd been having heart palpitations a lot last year. But this year I havenít had any. I had my bloods done a few weeks ago and my potassium and everything else is all completely normal.
Iíd read something about eating disorders that triggered me recently, and it seemed like it would be so easy to go back. Itís like I get the urge to sabotage things when they are going well. Itís kind of strange when you have two conflicting voices in your head. One that wants to sabotage you and is so nice to you if you follow its instructions and the other one thatís trying to do things right and be normal. For some reason that one always seems weaker. But when I think about what I really want, stuff like being fit and healthy, maybe being able to come off medication completely and control things just by living right, those things arenít at all compatible with the voice of sabotage. So that guy has to go. If I can like myself more then I think itíll get easier. When I eat right and find myself making progress working out then that helps make me like myself more.
I just worry a bit about my activity level. Iím pretty much doing the same stuff I used to do (back in the bad old days). Iím not sure where the line is between training like an athlete and being a person with an eating disorder. I suppose as long as Iím not losing weight then whatever Iím doing is ok.
Iím running 5 times a week, 3x25 minute runs, 1 long run and 1 interval session (really should switch more of the 25 minute runs to intervals).
Lifting weights twice a week (and doing body weight exercises), usually 3 set of everything.
Boxing workouts 4 times a week, no sparring though since Iím not part of a gym.
I think that sounds reasonable?
This is my number one running song. The tempo is not quite fast enough but I like the lyrics, Ďjust escapeí is kind of perfect for running. The version I have sounds awesome on repeat.
txb - you are making gains with what seems to be a very cardio heavy plan. That's definitely a win. If you want more gains eat more peanut butter, whole milk, fats & protein. I make minimal gains too, but my weekely routine is focused around 3 lifts (deadlift, bench and squat) with right now zero cardio cause I just loose weight if I run (and can't really handle the expense of additional calories).
You're doing great. One can always do better, but really 2 things overrule almost any other factor:
i) which direction you are going; and ii) how long you've been going there.
Edited by Cthulhu (03/15/1512:09 AM)
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