Checking in at three months

It has been about three months since I started this blog and a little over three months since I started experimenting with weight training routines. Time to do some evaluating…

In terms of my blog, I am happy with the results so far. I could really stand to post more regularly but I knew from the start that this would be a challenge for me. I actually have a whole list of topics I want to write about scribbled in the back of a notebook that I haven’t even gotten around to yet. I guess my excuse is that I don’t have a lot of time. It’s an honest excuse and a dishonest one at the same time. I do find that between my job, my workouts, my extracurricular activities (which I will hopefully write about soon), and trying to be a responsible adult with paid bills and a clean house I spend very little time sitting on my butt watching Netflix. This is a good thing, I’m certain of it. But it means that when I do sit down to watch past seasons of Law and Order my brain pulls the plug entirely and I either zone out or fall asleep within minutes. Would it be constructive and beneficial for me to simultaneously blog and watch Law and Order reruns? Yes. But this is not the way my brain thinks after I get home from work in the evening. No, by that time my brain activity is about at the level of a plate of mashed potatoes. I hope to improve on this mashed potato state of being in the near future, but I make no promises.

As for weight training and exercise, this is one area I have NOT been a slacker. For the past three months I have been conscientiously exercising 5 days a week (with the exception of a vacation week and a sick week where it was scaled back to 4). I’ve stuck to the routines I’ve picked out pretty strictly. It feels good to have stuck with it through a lot of exercises I had never tried before, and honestly entire muscle groups that I had likely never worked before. I didn’t bust out measuring tape at the beginning of this experiment and I haven’t been weighing myself every other day because I really wasn’t doing this in an attempt to lose weight so I am not measuring my accomplishments in such concrete terms. Still, I feel a noticeable difference in my body from all the hard work in the gym and from making some minor healthy alterations to the way I eat (I’ll try to write on this soon too – you see how behind I am). My “whale status” moments are very rare now. Even when I eat a real epic meal and am full as can be, I still have an overall slim feeling. I’ve built up more muscle in a lot of places. Though I don’t think it’s entirely noticeable to the outside world, I can see the subtle definition in my arms, abs, shoulders, and back when I look in the mirror. I’ve also been able to increase weight increments for each exercise little by little and it has been fun seeing myself improve. Maybe too much fun. I got way too excited today when I bench pressed 60 lbs for 3 sets of 15. In my defense I started out with itty bitty weakling arms doing 45 lbs for 3 sets of 10. It’s great to feel strong inside and out but not to have it show to the level that I feel like I look man-ish. I’m most proud of the fact that I have become more well versed in the world of weight training. I’ve gained invaluable knowledge about so many different exercises, training methods, and muscle groups in the past three months and it will be useful knowledge to have on hand to help mix up my exercise life in order to stay fit and mentally engaged.

All in all, there’s been a lot of positive change in three months to get excited about. Thanks to everyone who’s been reading and following it. Stay tuned!

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