music selection: “Gimme Shelter” — The Rolling Stones
waist-line: 37 inches – not bad post turkey week.
My main metrics of body weight and waist line are sort of stalled. But I feel like I’m making progress because I’m increasing either weight or at least reps on my lifts. I especially like the change to kettlebell squats. These have me mildly tender in lots of places that the regular bar squats were not activating.
Workout schedule has become more consistent except for missing the Friday after thanksgiving. No, I didn’t go into a consumerist binge for Black Friday. Family tradition is to go with the brother’s family to cut down their Christmas tree. We had a second errand immediately after as their stove died in the middle of TG dinner preparation. We managed to save the day (somewhat) after shuttle food back and forth to my place to use my stove. “Lunch” was served at a timely 3 PM! I then had a bank errand associated with a tax refund. I paid the water tax to the water company which apparently is not the same entity as the taxing authority even though the “pay to the order of” is the same. Holiday drama!
Much like accumulating for early retirement, consistency is the name of the game right now. I have added an extra set at about 2/3rd my working weight on my non-squat lifts. I go for 20 reps. It seems to be helping build some extra endurance in the muscle that is keeping me from failing that 5th rep from being sort of gassed. Just a little tweak to try to get me closer to goal.
Devour your prey raptors!