Making progress?

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.

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Bro, do you even lift?

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2 thoughts on “Bro, do you even lift?

  • November 30, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    At that point you might need a nutrition change. It scares me whenever I go south of the border how much sugar you got in your healthy foods, like yogurt. The anti-fat mob successfully traded fat for sugar and other stuff in everything. That yogurt got no fat, but it’s replaced by corn starch and sugar and that’s labelled healthy for some reason.

    Sugar is the big culprit for type 2 diabetes and weight gain. Having insulin in your bloodstream incites your muscles to use sugar as fuel instead of metabolizing fat. Drop the sugar and your body needs to start using fat reserves. It’s how the Atkins, ketogenic and paleo diets operate.

    I’m not saying to go overboard, but to check the ingredient list of everything you buy. You might be surprised at the amount of refined sugar you eat without knowing.

    • November 30, 2018 at 4:52 pm

      The big thing for me was cutting out liquid calories. Used to drink a lot of regular soda. Finally found a calorie free version that I can tolerate. Now drink that or water only. They like to serve “iced tea” here in the south that has enough sugar to give a horse diabetes. Learned to avoid that too. I try to avoid “white killers”: rice, white potatoes, refined sugar, and white bread. All are high glycemic and quick to turn to sugar in the blood stream. But really one of the things that I notice effects my weight and waist line most is not eating after 6PM. Whenever I cave, I immediately pick up a pound or two and it shows up on the measuring tape.

      I probably violated the no sugar thing by buying some bread and butter pickles for sandwiches. If they are sweet, they probably have high fructose corn syrup.


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