[todo – insert previous week links here]
- Starting weight: 170 pounds
- Current weight: 170 pounds (no change)
- Goal: 159 pounds
On one hand, maintaining through a camping trip and baseball game is sort of an accomplishment. In the other hand: an enormous hot dog while palming the corner of a family size bag of sea salt potato chips.
What went well: Got the workouts in
It seems like RPT 3X a week is sustainable. Though that is much better judged in hindsight. (“This P90X thing 6 days a week is sustainable for life.” – me after reading a P90X sales page.)
But yeah the workouts are short enough that there’s not really much of an excuse time-wise. It also reminds me how good it can feel to see the numbers of weights going up.
Also: I did see 166 lbs on the scale before heading off to the camping trip. Yes, just removing water weight. But yes, it’s still encouraging. (Which seems fair since water weight gain can be discouraging.)
What can be improved: social eating, restaurant choices
Maybe I can actually order a salad? It might be allowed but I’ll have to see in the next restaurant trip.
Oh, if I could take one binge back: we busted out a bag of potato chips in the middle of a walk around the lake near the campsite.
I just couldn’t stop.
Or the pig inside me couldn’t or whatever I need to visualize. I didn’t win that fight-thru.
I’ll actually have a quick turnaround rematch though: we’re going camping again this coming weekend. Maybe I can kick off July—final month before I wed my friends—with a step in the right direction.
Experiment: Protein shake + Greens powder lunches
This is one of the short term protocols that Pat Flynn recommends for fat loss. Use protein shakes to replace some meals through the week. Again, it’s not a plan to follow for life.
(I’ll apologize to P90X right here because I know they probably emphasize some form of rest weeks between running the program again. I never got that far.)
I think I can do it because my hunger in the middle of the day is rarely the issue—it’s binging at social meals.
Info Diet – fitness content: Ryen Russilo
Ryen Russilo: Life Fitness Advice with Jeremy Scott — I’ve reached the “fitness for older men” age and am glad this is a heavily targeted demographic. Really enjoyed this episode since I trust Russilo’s BS filter and it had some good tips for the long game. (“The INFINITE GAME!!!!”)
- You can hoop 5 days a week but you can’t do it and expect to lift heavy and slap muscle on — This mostly made me miss playing pickup basketball. At most, I was more a 2X a week casual. In any case, it was a reminder that fitness means tradeoffs. Yes, you should find something you enjoy. But don’t get too frustrated if it doesn’t align perfectly with some other results. I’ll try to put a day shooting around into my active recovery.
Don’t spend more on supplements than you do on health food
- — this episode did get me to start using the greens powder again. But I also know that I need to cook more meals and should probably continue searching for recipes I enjoy if this is going to be a long term thing.
Alright that’s solid for now. I’ll be back next week, after camping trip #2, where I’ve hopefully managed to avoid a crazy s’more binge.
The road continues!!!