Back on the wagon.
music selection: “Gimme Sympathy” — Metric
waist-line: 37.5 inches
I’ve missed a few workouts recently due to needing to work on some minor plumbing issues. My father “helped”, meaning a small job turned into three larger jobs. I was able to get by spending under 200 dollars but I worked for less than minimum wage in the process.
I’m back in the saddle with lackluster workouts. I’ve started carrying a full sized bath towel to the gym because the ‘sissy pads’ for the squat are never easy to find. Strong Lifts 5×5 recommends lifting without the pads but I’m not in this game to come off as a “tough guy”. I’m just trying to improve my body fat composition to something where I no longer carry a spare tire.
I continue to remind myself with every small success and especially with each setback that getting in shape is a lot like the process of achieving financial independence. You build up lots of small wins. You stick with it over a longish period of time when other people are giving up. And you don’t stress over slow progress. It is a marathon and not a sprint.
I want to increase my base strength a little further, especially on overhead press and bench press and then transition to the P.H.U.L. workout. I think it would do me some good to mix in some muscle building sets to supplement pure strength building. How do you make a muscle “strong” if it scarcely even exists? It seems to me a mix of the two is really needed.
Mostly off topic but I’m going to the LSU/Rice game at Tiger stadium this Saturday. Dad is a huge fan and he has never seen his team play at home. The family and I finally found a game where you could get decently priced tickets. It is going to be cold (or at least cold to a Houstonian) so I just back from Academy to buy a decent coat. I haven’t owned a coat in over a decade as layering up with light sweaters is usually enough for Houston winters. What I couldn’t find was thermal underwear. The only ones they had were some weird poly/spandex blend and not the old school waffle pattern fabric. Wal-mart apparently doesn’t carry thermals at all. I could probably order online but can’t realistically get shipping in time for the game. If I’m late with Monday’s post, it is because my fingers are still frozen!
Devour your prey raptors!