A new weekly (Wednesday) series from Lizard King.
music selection: “These Eyes” — The Guess Who
waistline: 41 inches
I am starting the Strong Lifts 5×5 program. I have a lot further to go that most would be weight-lifters as I’m certifiably ‘skinny-fat’. I have poor balance, worse coordination, and limited body strength. I have always been more of a geek than an athlete. But I’ve accomplished some seemingly impossible things in my day including a 3.95 undergrad GPA, grad school, and then early retirement. I think I can stick with this program and make halting but steady progress.
First step was to change gyms. I have been at Planet Fitness which is effectively a cardio only gym. There are free weights and machines but they kick you out of you lift heavy enough to make any noise. There is an actual “Lunk Alarm”. I switched to Gold’s Gym which is similarly priced. Unfortunately, it started with a 40 minute “orientation” which was a prolonged sales pitch to sell meal plans and personal training. I know it was just your job Andrew, but you came across as sort of a tool.
I did manage to steer my orientation to demonstrating the five core exercises in Strong Lifts 5×5. It is clear that I cannot start any heavier than twenty pounds. I’m planning to stick with the program for about a year before exploring other things so even I can only add 10 pounds a month, I’ll be lifting a reasonable amount by this time next year.
I will be taking a waistline measurement each Wednesday. I’m already tracking body weight but I hope to exchange some fat for muscle and see that show up in a shrinking waistline even during periods my weight is stable. I was at a 46 inch waist when I started my weight loss journey on 1MAR2015. Today’s mark is 41 inches which might be a temporary mark as I lost a lot of fluid over the weekend to a stomach bug that had me expelling noxious substances out both ends. I apparently devoured something the internal flora didn’t like very much. Wish me luck, raptors.
Devour your prey raptors!