It’s already week 6 of my experience with the madcow, and things are feeling good. I’m surpassing my 1 rep maxes and turning them into 5 rep maxes on a weekly basis now, and that my friends is pretty incredible.
I didn’t think I needed to post progress pics this week, but I cleaned out a drawer today, and found some old fat pics. Don’t mind the blur, I took pictures of these pictures.
These are from December 2008, when I was at my heaviest – at least 211 pounds:
That girl in the first two pictures – I feel so sad for her. That man in both of the pictures, though – I am so lucky to have him, because he loved me as much then as he does now, and has been there for me no matter what shape I was in. Ok – enough sap.
What I liked about this week: This week I really started feeling stronger. I am finally moving around weights that are heavier than I could in the past, and it feels fantastic, and not overwhelmingly heavy. I kept things really simple with assistance work this week because I used one of my rest days as an opportunity to do a circuit of lunges, split squats, ab stuff, etc – it felt good to get sweaty on an off day. I also ran quite a bit this week (nowhere near the ten miles that I was “supposed” to, but we are taking strides to fix that in a creative way) – and when I ran, I alternated between all out sprints and walking. It actually really helped with my DOMS so I think I will keep a sprint day between workout 2 and 3 every week.
I ate lots of fresh produce and got my protein in every day this week. I’m upped to about 155 grams right now, and it’s making me feel really energetic.
What I disliked about this week: I made a pact with myself that whatever alcohol I consumed Labor Day weekend, I would make up for in miles run. I don’t really drink anymore, maybe a whiskey and diet soda once a week – but apparently I was in the mood to celebrate because between Sunday and Monday I drank 10 alcoholic beverages.
Let me tell you how thankful I am for my typically sober life after that. First of all, I did manage to eat ok both of those days, but I feel like I cheated myself regardless because I filled my body up with toxic poisons.
So I ran. Over 3 miles as of Wednesday. The one day it felt amazing because I felt toxins pouring out of me. The other day was meh, but I felt obligated.
Also, on Wednesday, I ate like a psychopath. We went to Pittsburgh for a baseball game and I think I ate the entire city. Tasted pretty good, too, but on Thursday I had a horrible bread hangover. Brain cloud, sore throat, even a little dizziness. It sucked!
What to expect next week: Well now that I am done with my goals of being an alcoholic/long distance runner, I can focus on the good stuff.
I’m going to start dabbling in carb back loading, which is basically what I do anyway, but I’m going to research it and actually follow a plan.
Although I’m going to keep a sprinting day in the week until the weather starts to suck, I’m going to get my cardio in the form of CrossFit WODs and other things that don’t promote catabolism (thanks Tammy for being a fun sucker. J/k running is not fun)
Aside from my nutrition mishaps in this week, I feel amazing, I feel like I’ve made progress, and I hope that high sticks with me throughout this upcoming one, because this is genuinely what it’s all about – feeling your best, and looking your best while you’re at it.
Question of the Day: Being that my birthday is coming up, I thought I’d put this out there in case there are any really rich people who read my blog and feel like doing a good deed. Just kidding… Kind of.
What do you want for your birthday this year? There are a few things. I want a new squat rack because mine is scary/janky. It does the trick, but it’s not going to when I get my squat up over 200#. Also, a new bench would be nice because I got mine off of Craigslist and it is basically a glorified case of hepatitis waiting to happen. These things do the trick, and I’ve accumulated them, 3 bars, and over 300# of weights for under 200 bucks in the past year, but I’m ready for some shiny new toys!
Also, I want (and think I’m actually getting) a crossbow. Archery has always been an interest if mine, and now that I have the outdoor room to practice it, I feel like I can actually start doing it again. I told my fiancé if he gets me one, we will get him one too so that we can have a hobby to enjoy together.
Not to get greedy, but I would also gladly accept a spa day.
Or even a day where I can just lay around the house in my pajamas and drink tea and watch trash tv. If its rainy, even better.
I will stop now.
Unless someone is feeling generous and wants to leave a truckload of money in front of my house. Or a winning lottery ticket.
How about you guys? Have you been good this week and made big gains? Do you want thousands of dollars worth of stuff for your birthday? Or are you more sentimental?
Have a fun weekend, and join me tomorrow for picture day!