I am down 16.7 pounds overall and 4.2 through the week. That is definitely not a bad way to start off the first couple of weeks of this project.
One thing I wanted to note… I know that correlation is not causation and I don’t plan on writing a peer reviewed paper on it, but I have noticed a trend when it comes to my weight. As I mentioned before, I am weighing daily knowing full well that it can fluctuate. What I am finding interesting is what seems to be the reason that it fluctuates up even after I have a good day of exercise and eating. Any guesses?
No matter what I eat (because I basically eat the same thing daily) I notice that the times when I have a daily increase in weight are after I’ve had a rough night sleeping. The closer I can get to 7 hours or more, I tend to lose weight the next day. When I am closer to 6 hours or even less due to struggling falling or staying asleep, I tend to gain. Again, it’s not a scientific study (although plenty have been done), but it is something I’ve noticed over the last 2 weeks. Like Friday and Saturday night I slept very well and lost weight both mornings after. But Sunday night I had a tough time sleeping and I actually was up a little bit. So get your Z’s!!
I also decided to do some strength training today vs. the volume training with the HIIT 100s. I think it is good to mix things up so I am going to alternate until I can no longer lift in 2 weeks. Once I get back from my surgery, I will continue alternating volume vs. strength. So today I did 3 sets + 1 dropset of all of my lifts. On top of that, I did 800 meters of rowing for the Lazy Triathlon that I signed up for which started today. I need to get the rowing/swimming part done before my surgery because I can still bike and run in a sling.
Following up with yesterday, I did not wake up hungry despite not eating half of the food that I had planned, so that is a great thing. Hopefully I can figure out a way to fit it all in because I don’t want to be TOO far under my calories, especially when I am exercising on Tuesday and Thursday and not taking an active rest day like I do on Sunday.
NOTES FOR THE DAY:
|Bench Press||3 x Max Reps + 1 Dropset||4,070 pounds (4 x 200 max)|
|Dumbell Chest Press**||3 x Max Reps + 1 Dropset||1,530 pounds (5 x 70 max)|
|Incline Dumbbell Fly**||3 x Max Reps + 1 Dropset||1,185 pounds (5 x 55 max)|
|Close Grip Pulldowns||3 x Max Reps + 1 Dropset||1,500 pounds (7 x 60 max)|
|Dumbbell Bentover Rows**||3 x Max Reps + 1 Dropset||3,740 pounds (4 x 180 max)|
|T-Bar Rows||3 x Max Reps + 1 Dropset||3,165 pounds (6 x 135 max)|
|Rowing Machine||800 m||5:28|
|Eating/Tracking||Completely accurate, stayed in my calories but a little high due to extra exercise|
|250+ Steps Per Hour||13 out of 14|
|No soda||Water, water everywhere|
**Denotes weight is shown in per-hand weight (2 dumbbells/cables used)