Back and Biceps is always a good workout. Little to no cardio work here, just plain old fashioned weightlifting and pull-ups. Seeing that I am now in the final month of workouts, I am attempting to really push over the final 30 days. So I increased the weights on all of the bicep curls while attempting to stay at the same number of reps. Now all along I have been a 15 rep person, using slightly lighter weights and doing more reps. So each time I increase the weight, I still stay with the 15 reps, which makes it very tough whenever the weight gets increased.
Another thing, I have been using what I felt was 25lb dumbells that were made up of plates and bars. Basically each dumbell had 4 – 5lb plates and 2 – 2.5lb plates as well as the bar itself and screw on caps. These things gave me fits curling and lifting, and really seemed heavy. So I went out and bought some 25lb hex dumbells. The Hex dumbells feel WAY lighter than the old school plate dumbells. Not sure why, but I can crank out the reps with the Hex ones way easier… Is it because it is all 1 piece? Anyway, I really like the single piece hex ones. I am going to have to go out and buy some 30 and 35’s next.
Weights and Measurements: Well it was a Tuesday, so after the workout it was time for weekly weights and measurements. Now last Tuesday I had gained over a pound due to my excess buffet visits and binge drinking while cavorting about Sin City. So I really buckled down on the diet the past week and was hoping for good results on the scale. Todays weight: 168.7 down 4.6lbs from the 173.3 that I tipped in at last Tuesday evening. I was hoping for something in the 170 to 171 range, so I was very happy with the number. Waist measurement was next. Last time it was 34 and an eighth inches. Today, 33 and three quarters inches. I take the new measurement and punch it into the calculator along with height and neck measurements….. 16.5% body fat.
After 66 days here is where I stand.
Starting weight: 185, Current Weight 168.7, Total Lost = 16.3lbs. Target Loss = 20lbs. I still need to lose another 3.7lbs to reach my original goal of 165.
Starting waist: 36.5 inches. Current Waist: 33.75 inches. Total Lost: 2.75 inches. Target 32 inches. I still need to shed another 1.75 inches off the waist. I have a stubborn layer of lime green and blue raspberry jello that refuses to cooperate with the program. Not sure I can shed 1.75 inches in 24 more days.
Last but not least…. Diet. Now I have been plugging in all of my information into the Daily Plate. I have dumped all the data into a spreadsheet and created some summary reports off of it. The one thing that jumped out at me is the percentages for 66 days. Average for First 30 Days: Protein 35.45% Carbs 44.55% Fat 20% now I knew I was off the first 30 days compared to the 50/30/20 recommended by Tony and the gang, but I did not get Whey Protein into the act until I was almost 15 days into the program. So I figured the second 30 days would have a better ratio. But it was actually slightly worse: Protein 34.1% Carbs 43.5% Fat 22.4% WHAT THE FUCK!!!! Now this is closer to the recommended 40/40/20 ratio but how the hell could I be lower on Protein than I was the first 30 days. After all I am now choking down that god awful Whey Protein (2.5 scoops a frickin day).
Now I am into the final 30 days of the diet and it is supposed to be Protein 20%, Carbs 60% and Fat 20%. But I am still trying to strip off these last layers of Jello. Should I stick with the Higher protein and Lower Carbs? Or follow the suggested diet? So far I have been shooting for the 40/40/20 ratio, and have actually been averaging 35/45/20 according to the Daily Plate. Needless to say, the workouts are by far the EASIEST part of this program. The diet is way HARDER and takes a much bigger toll on you mentally than the workouts. I have always just ate whatever I wanted, so this whole 90 day shitfest has not been pleasant as far as that goes.
Wow a 700 word blog entry. Time to shut up.