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.