I started an exercise blitz on 30 April with a 12 week program involving gym work 6 days a week (see my Check My Workouts! page for more detail), and pilates twice a week (which I have been doing forever).
Last week, I finished my second 12 week program where I was gymming 5 days a week, with pilates still twice a week.
I have just started my third 12 week stint.
Psychologically, it is easier for me to think of them as 12 week blocks than ‘forever and ever’ because the latter makes me go ‘What?! No way!’
So, it’s been almost 6 months. Status update time.
- Knowing I am fitter and stronger makes me feel sexier, more powerful. I feel *raawwrrrr*
- The workout crew who have joined me have been pivotal in helping me stay motivated, and I trust (hope) it’s been mutual (thank you, gentlemen!).
- I have missed *very* few days (maybe 3 or 4 in total) which I am crazy-proud about.
- I am much stronger… *grunt*!! Jefit produces graphs that illustrate this (see leg press chart at right!).
- I can feel awesome muscles where before there were none and I love that (someone come and feel my quads… they are yummy!).
- I am insufferably smug for sticking at it for so long, and being smug is one of my most favourite things *smug look*
The ‘could be better’:
- I am still not where I want to be and I find that a bit frustrating. I arrogantly expected my body to just *snap* into the vision of what I wanted really fast. I’ve done no exercise forever (ever?!), and I didn’t need to lose weight, so the shock itself should have been enough. But I *look* much the same, even if there is muscle underneath. I thought I would be sporting a lean(er) muscle-evident(er) body by now.
- I don’t get the ‘thing’ that everyone seems to get where you actually get to the point where you *want* to go to the gym for how it makes you feel. There is obviously something wrong with my ‘whatever it is’ that makes you feel that way. I really NEVER want to go.
- I don’t think I push myself as hard as I could or should, which is no doubt impacting results.
- Random ‘not good’ pains in places I have never had them before because I am working my body in ways it hasn’t been pushed before. The biggest being ‘Harold’, an internal, non-muscular pain in my abdomen that raises its ugly head when I run. Fuck you Harold!!
So what’s next?
I know that I need to change my workout routine. I do two different exercises for each muscle group, and I have been doing the same ones this entire time. I know that’s not ideal, BUT I chose the exercises for a bunch of good reasons, and I am actually terrified of making changes in case it demotivates me.
I am doing cycles of s-l-o-w reps of 4 seconds up and 4 seconds down (Hugh Jackman did this to bulk up for Wolverine… *sigh*… oh Hugh…), and I am calling this a change up. It is *really* hard and *does* make me stronger (that is, when I go back to normal speed reps, I can lift heavier things), so it works at least in some fashion.
I am tackling the way I eat. I don’t normally eat much, or regularly, or well, which I understand slows my metabolism and doesn’t support muscle building, so I am working on having 6 small meals a day, and more protein. I have a ‘food alarm’ on my phone (OMG, sooo fucking annoying!!), and I have bought HUGE tubs of protein powder like a proper body builder *neanderthal grunting*, because if I have to actually *make* food 6 times a day, well, I won’t. I am lazy.
I would like to note that while writing this post, I was also cooking pizza. Heh.