Week of 12-09 through 12-15 in the year of our Lord 2011
This is the first weigh-in of the rest of my life. Here are the results for week 32:
Today: 256.4 lbs.
Last Week: 256.4 lbs.
Week Difference: 0.0 lbs.
Total Loss: 78.2 lbs.
Body Fat: 20.8 % (-0.1)
Lean Mass: 42.0% (+0.3)
Blood Pressure: N/A
BMI: 32.0 (-0.0 )
Well, what can I say? I really wanted to hit the 80 lbs lost mark today, but in all honesty I knew last night that I wasn’t going to hit it. To be quite honest, I thought I would have a gain this week based on the initial weigh-in intelligence that was collected through covert missions in the dark depths of insomnia last eve.
Frustrating to say the least. The Beast should be able to push right through without ever seeing a gain or a break even. I am a weight loss blogger, right? You didn’t come here to read about me NOT losing weight. Aww sh*t. That is how I feel.
Ok. Now that I have gotten that off my chest I can move on and tell you about some other thoughts.
I do not want to live just to see the number on the scale drop. I DO WANT it to drop, but there is more to this journey to a healthy lifestyle than just losing weight. Is that a cop out for not losing weight this week? Call it what you will, but I think you know what I mean. I can feel myself, on a daily basis, getting more fit and more healthy regardless of what the scale says this week. I DO WANT to lose around 35 or 40 more pounds. Maybe more. BUT I am also starting to understand that my body might not agree with me. We shall see what happens.
In the meantime I have decided to change up my weight routine a good bit. For the past several months I have been doing virtually the same thing each time I go to the gym. I would warm up on the manual treadmill. Then I would do some assisted pull-ups and squats on a squat machine thingy and throw in some crunch machine crunches. I would do a circuit of that and then maybe run some intervals for 5 or 10 minutes. Then I would do some chest presses on a machine and maybe some machine overhead presses and bicep curls. Then some more running. I would also throw some leg presses and curls in depending on what day it was.
I started realizing that it was all too easy now.
I am not necessarily a fan of the Crossfit lifestyle. You may even remember that I referred to them as a “cult” at one point in a #fitblogchat (but not the crazy-kill-yourself-because-a-comet-told-you-to type. More like the fun-and-intriguing-and-draws-you-in-but-you-are-still-a-little-too-afraid-to-commit-so-you-sit-on-the-sidelines-for-a-while type…) So with that being said, I am a fan of the commitment to overall body strength training in their workouts and how they are not so worried with isolation weight training. Because of my interest in that aspect, I have been reading up on the NerdFtiness.com website a lot lately. Nerd Fitness has some great tips on weight training and leveling up your life. My reading has encouraged me to start moving away from weight machines and move more towards free weights and body weight exercises. It has also convinced me to simplify my weight training workouts. I want to be concentrating on squats, pull ups, push ups, deadlifts, body rows, overhead presses, lunges, chin ups, and dips. These are multi-plane compound exercises. I started this week and I am more sore than I was the first time I ever worked out. I figure that means I am doing something right. Yay for feeling like you are doing something right!
I am NOT, however, going to give up on running. I actually like running. I will be doing more interval training when I am at the gym and using the treadmill at home, but I will still be running outside for as long and far as I can. The crossfitters typically are not big on long distance running cardio (generalization I am sure…please correct me if I am wrong…).
Ok. So what do you think? Is this a beast way to go about things?
Holla at me you crossfitting muscle monsters.
In other news, I would love for you guys to send me some of your best Beast Face pictures. They can be just your beast face up close, or they can be while lifting weights, or running, or eating or whatever. Just send them in along with a name, twitter@, url, whatever. I am going to start a page of Team Beast Face pictures.
Do you have the beast within? Then send your outward expression of that inner beast over to hhanna [at] gmail.com.
As soon as I get a handful I will post them on a dedicated page.
Until next week’s weigh-in,
Remember that all is permissible but not all is profitable…
Beast face out.