Hotbox or Gym

Tuesday was pretty rough. I have class from 7:30 to 2:45 in the afternoon and it’s a really long day. Usually I come back after that and take a nap for about an hour or two, but I didn’t do that this time! Partially because I didn’t have time… but nonetheless I’m still proud that I made it. I really don’t have too much work due this week, but it’s one of those weeks where there’s just a lot to do. This is mainly because of HvZ, which will hopefully free up my schedule next week. I came home from classes today, worked on physics, ate dinner and then went to Humans Vs. Zombies at 8p.m. It was pretty fun, but fairly uneventful since there were a ton of humans and not very many zombies. I literally had to chase one of them down just to tag them because he was afraid of me. Loser. I ended up running for about 4 miles that night during the 2 hour mission, which was a pretty good amount of exercise, and I was also still sore form Monday. After we got back (Safely. Still Human.), a group of us tag teamed the physics assignment and finished off our workload for the night.

At that point, I was faced with the choice to go to hotbox with everyone, or go to the gym and do my Tuesday workout. I was absolutely exhausted and wasn’t really attracted to either idea. Instead, I decided that the running that I had done that night was equivalent to the running exercise I WAS going to do on Wednesday, so I could just switch the workout days, and be done for the day! Which sounded awesome. So I was just lame and went to bed. I slept like a damn rock.

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Not a bad start. Shitty shakes.

So the first day started out pretty shitty. I had eaten something bad and ended up puking until about 1 a.m. Monday morning. Luckily Lucas came over and took care of me while working on his CS. The good part about that is once I finally got to sleep I got some awesome sleep, which unfortunately meant that I woke up a little later than I had wanted. This was bad because it was the busiest day I had had in a long while. Huge problem set and modeling milestone due for engineering that day, along with two chem assignments where I had no idea what was going on. On top of all that, I had to go to the gym and then do Humans Vs. Zombies that night. I ate a pretty hearty lunch, but I was pretty weary about eating still. Not that it stopped me from eating at all. After lunch I went back, slept some more and then finally got to do some work, but not very much still.

I ended up not doing much work so that I could meet Tucker at the gym, where he proceeded to not show up… I went ahead with the workout anyways like a good boy. I also made myself a protein shake full of hemp protein powder, vegetable supplement, and cacao powder. It tasted and smelled like straight dirt in water. It was absolutely awful. I couldn’t even finish it, and not because I felt sick. However, I did have a good amount of it during my workout which consisted of…

4 Rounds (decrease each set by 5 each time)

20 pushups

20 pull ups

20 wall balls

20 kettleball swings

20 weighted crunches

20 reverse crunches

20 russian twists

This was supposed to aim more for form and strength rather than speed and endurance, so the entire thing took about 50 minutes to complete. I was running a lot slower than I had thought I would, but I feel pretty good today. I’m excited to plan my exercises for tonight’s workout because I get to work with weights, which I haven’t done in a while.

The meals aspect hasn’t been too bad for me, except I want to eat more. Especially after working out. I know how much my body needs, and I’m definitely giving it enough substance, but I’m more conditioned to eating more than I should because of the dining courts. It’s going to take a lot of restraint to get myself back into good eating habits.

I ended up getting all of my homework done by 11:20 p.m. which was perfect for me to go to HvZ. I was a little worried because I was tired and the mission started at midnight, but they pretty much said all we had to do was get home safely. Which we did without any problem. Got to bed around 12:45 and got 6 hours of sleep, which is less than ideal but manageable. I also weighed in at 163 lb at the end of the day. Not a bad start.

 

For Realsies

So this blog originally was just for a blow-off independent study where I didn’t really care about what I was doing at all (Senior year). It was pretty much just me going to the gym and making up bullshit about it. It was a pretty cool easy A.

Recently, and also all year long, I’ve been trying to get my shit together school wise and with everything else. It’s been a struggle. Last semester towards the end of the year I was starting to act more and more like my own person finally, and this semester has been a lot of growing back into that and fixing everything that happened as a result of me not being myself. One of the biggest examples is that I went to the gym with people almost every day and lifted weights, which is healthy to a point, but not for my lifestyle. I found this out when I started getting big into rock climbing and bouldering. I had a lot of muscle, probably more than I had ever had, but I couldn’t lift myself up through a route and it was embarrassing. So this semester I tried to loose some of that muscle mass so that I only had “necessary muscle” left. For this purpose, I consider necessary muscle as the muscle I need to do all of the things I love doing. This include climbing buildings, rock climbing, lifting people up (great for chicks;) ), hiking, biking, and jumping. I did loose a lot of the unnecessary muscle mass, but I still weigh the same, if not more. I’m usually not one to obsess about weight at all, but it’s a good way to keep track of what kind of shape you’re in. If you weigh the same amount that you did when you could bench almost 150 lb but you can only bench 120 lb now, then you either moved all of the muscle to different places (possible) or you gained some fat/unnecessary weight (probable).

Part of this is also because I used to be super cut and fit, and now that’s gone. I’m not about to let that go away without a fight.

I’ve also gotten really lazy about academics. I’m not sure what it is, but I feel like I don’t use my time well, because I’m always behind and always working. The fuck. So part of this plan is to get a consistent schedule I can count on, when there seems to be nothing consistent about my life in general. We’ll see how that goes.

So, here’s the game plan: Eat healthy, lift (using necessary muscle), get back in shape in 30 days, and get all A’s. There’s obviously a lot more to that plan, but that’s the general idea. I decided to write about the process so I can send it to my friends and close family. This will give me some motivation to really follow through with it if I know there’s a possibility of people checking up on me. I was inspired by this guy here. His was much more intense than mine would be because I don’t want all of that muscle seeing as I would never use it all. I’m also not trying to loose a lot of weight like he was because I don’t actually have that much to loose.

I’m hoping to get one of my friends to do this with me because it’s so much easier if you have someone else to bitch to about it and be there with you. Not a lot of people want to go on a body re-do mission though.

Currently I weigh in at 165 lb and my goal at the end of the 30 days is to weigh 160 lb, but I’m totally okay with weighing more if it’s because of becoming really strong in the areas I want to be.

I’m going to try and go to the gym in the middle of the day or in the mornings, so that way I’ll have full access to the equipment and be able to have a clear head while lifting. According to actual science (and not bro science, which is a lot of information about muscle health on the internet) you’reThe schedule so far is as follows:

Monday: Strength Calisthenics (Push-ups, squats, pull-ups, dips, high box jumps, etc)

Tuesday: Upper body (This will be a mixture of upper body exercises just to help increase strength in certain muscle groups. Mainly forearms and back for climbing.)

Wednesday: Run. That’ll suck. (Do some long distance running (3-4 miles and some sprints for about a mile on and off)

Thursday: Lower body (squats, calf raises, and other leg exercises)

Friday: Speed Calisthenics (Some sprints, plyometrics, low box jumps, and small amount of pull-ups/pushups and all that jazz but at a fast pace)

Saturday: Climb (Either buildings or rocks)

Sunday: Rest

My goal during all of this is to finish homework, study, exercise each day, and still get 7.5 hours of sleep somehow. Gonna need some luck there. But, I’m going to treat myself to an episode of Friends every day to keep myself relaxed and give me something to look forward to.

Diet: Pretty much going to eat as much lean meat, vegetables, fruits, yogurt, and oatmeal that the dining courts have to offer. In addition to this I got myself a little package of things to get me through the diet portion in a healthy way. Everything is organic and made without GMOs. Theres cacao powder to make everything taste a little better and because its super good for you. There’s green superfood powder because the dining courts are often lacking in the vegetable area. Finally there’s some hemp protein powder, with a low protein number since I’m just trying to maintain muscle and not really bulk up.

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The best part of the diet is on the 15th of April I get a cheat day where I can eat anything I want. I’m going to be planning those meals for 14 days.

I honestly think the diet is going to be the hardest part, because I’m not starting from nothing in the workout area, but there already isn’t a large variety of good food and this will definitely cut down on that.

Environment is Crucial

One of the main things I found while trying to do the Paleo diet, was that having the right surroundings are vital. If you don’t bring your lunch every day, and the only other places to eat are only serving various types of pasta for that day, you’re going to end up pretty hungry. Which is what was happening to me all to often. With managing girls tennis, riding my bike, going to the gym, and all of the other activities I do on a daily basis, I wasn’t getting nearly enough substance to sustain all of it. Also., it became really difficult when my parents stopped being a fan of this diet (which was a few days after I started) Which made it even more difficult. This diet really does not work unless you have a sustainable environment to have it in.

On the other part of the physical side, since tennis has started up again I’ve stopped doing my wednesday routine of push ups, pull ups, squats, and lunges since I have another form of cardio. Now I just have my regular workout that I do on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and have cardio every day during tennis (which I prefer). I accomplished one of my gym goals the other day, a planking pull up, and I am almost able to bench my own weight! I’ve found that going to the gym and pushing myself there has really helped build up a good sense of will power, that I’m proud to have. Now I feel like I can push through anything I need to do.

As things are starting to come to a close for this year, I have a much better idea of what all i need to do before the end of the year, which is also helping me to be less stressed. The more things I can check off of my to do list, the better I feel and the closer i come to graduating.

Update blog posting, check.

Getting in the groove

I can finally feel myself getting stronger and faster, without working so hard that I can’t move for the next few days. I’ve been doing a better job of getting things done when they ned to be done, but sometimes it’s hard when the work isn’t worthwhile at all. So, I’ve started rewarding myself with time studying things that I’m more interested in, after I finish the work i have to do. However, I have still been watching more tv than I would like to admit. It always seems like some well deserved down time, but reading a book can be a better use of down time. Now that i’ve got the workout aspect done (which I will upload in the near future), I need to focus more on the other aspects wellness and the other parts of physical, including diet and stretching.

I haven’t really had a strict enough diet these last few months. It’s hard when you have to coordinate with the rest of your family, and lunch at school isn’t really conducive to healthy eating. Plus, my parents aren’t really helpful when it comes to sticking to my diet. Whenever there is a dessert option, they say oh come on once in a while is okay. Every. Time. Then, if I still refuse, they’ll give me a hard time about it. So I think after spring break I’m going to switch strictly to the Paleo diet, just to see how it is, and if it’ll make me feel any better. While on this diet, I’ll take down data on my weight, blood pressure, activity, and see how it effects me. I’ll also look up some more information on what all it is supposed to do for the body.

Still Not Doing it For Me

So for the last few weeks I have been doing the calisthenics workout that I found, and it has gotten too easy. I can now do that entire workout in under twenty minutes, and I don’t feel tired at all afterwards. I have also lost 6 lb while doing this workout, which I didn’t know was possible, and it’s kind of worrisome. I’ve been eating more than enough, which means I wasn’t gaining any muscle, I was only improving my muscular endurance, which isn’t a bad thing! But it’s not enough on its own. So, I will do that exercise on Wednesday only, and develop a workout plan (that I will post later) for Mondays and Fridays that involve weights. That way I still have muscular endurance and speed, but at the same time, building muscle.
At the same time, I’m having trouble staying motivated. I don’t really have a goal that I am working towards at the moment, so I have no reason to keep eating right or only drinking water, or keep going to the gym. As of right now, it’s just something that I feel I have to do, but that’s not strong enough motivation to keep me going for the rest of the semester.
One thing that was good motivation came yesterday while playing on the playground. I was able to do the Spider-Man move (hanging upside down with your hands holding onto a rope and your feet at your hands) without swinging my body at all, and with little effort. I was also almost able to do a body up on a pull up bar, which is one thing I’ve been trying to do for a while. Still, I need more motivation.

I’m Exhausted, Which is Good

After trying a couple of exercises for the last year, I’ve only found a few that truly make me exhausted. Most of those involved lifting a variety of weights in a certain amount of time (Crossfit), and I would be able to see improvement over the next few weeks in muscle size, and how much I was able to lift, but I felt sluggish and unable to do certain tasks. For example, before starting my cross fit exercising, I could do 20 pull-ups in a row after an entire workout. After doing cross fit for a few weeks, I was out of breath and energy after 5. Although I was stronger, I didn’t have practical muscles. So after viewing a calisthenics video, I decided that was a good route to try. Calisthenics is the use of you’re own body weight, and most muscles in your body, to control movements above the ground. There is a video below of what the mastery of calisthenics looks like. I found a few exercises, and adapted one of them so that I could do it at ball gym (also shown below). The first day I did it, I was able to complete it in 30 minutes, which was really surprising to me because of the amount of work it requires. However, I neglected to stretch altogether or do any sort of running before or after. So I was out of commission for the rest of the week. This Monday, I made sure to do things differently. I ran a half of a mile, stretched, completed the workout, and then stretched again. I cut my time down by 5 minutes (meaning I did it in 25 minutes) and I didn’t fell too bad the next day. Today, I went to the gym and did the same thing, only this time, I cut my time down another 2 minutes (meaning I did it in 23 minutes). I think the amount of time it takes is extremely important, because it pushes me to go faster, which means I’m increasing my speed as well, so I won’t feel the same sluggish feeling. However, after my workout today I went up and ran another lap, then did a group of ad exercises. I’m pretty sure I sweat about 2 lbs worth of sweat. But, I am exhausted, and faster, and stronger. Which is really all I wanted.

 

Workout (Estimated time 40 min):

Set 1: 10 push-ups, 20 squats, 5 pull-ups, 20 lunges

Set 2: 10 push-ups, 20 squats, 5 pull-ups, 20 lunges

Set 3: 10 push-ups, 20 squats, 5 pull-ups, 20 lunges

Set 4: 10 push-ups, 20 squats, 5 pull-ups, 15 lunges

Set 5: 10 push-ups, 20 squats, 5 pull-ups, 15 lunges

Set 6: 8 push-ups, 15 squats, 4 pull-ups, 10 lunges

Set 7: 8 push-ups, 15 squats, 4 pull-ups, 10 lunges

Set 8: 8 push-ups, 15 squats, 4 pull-ups, 10 lunges

Set 9: 6 push-ups, 10 squats, 3 pull-ups, 10 lunges

Set 10: 6 push-ups, 10 squats, 3 pull-ups, 10 lunges

Total: 86 Push-ups, 165 Squats, 43 Pull-ups, 140 Lunges