It feels really good since I have moved from 1 set of resistance exercises to 2. On the second set I can feel the blood rush to the muscle I am working and it is filled with warmth on the last rep to exhaustion. As I try to change up my routine every 3 months or so one of the advantages is that I am working muscles slightly different each time. I believe that with this new routine I will see great muscle growth over the next 3 months, and with the slight increase in cardio every other day mixed with more activity during the summer I may even be able to drop another belt size.
One of the things I have to be mindful of is that progress happens each day, but should only be measured over long periods. For me it is 4 times a year and balances with the natural rhythms of the seasons. I don’t have an exact date when I change up my routines as I simply feel those needs to change inside my body and respond to it. Like winter where bodies naturally try to store more fat to create an emergency energy supply to keep our bodies warm it is a great time to go with the flow and utilize that added energy to build muscle, but then as it moves into Spring and our bodies slowly start shedding the body fat we also assist with increased cardio. The Summer months are filled with activity and the workout becomes more of a balance between cardio and strength training and fall we continue that balance until our bodies move into winter phase.
I am no expert on this natural rhythm, but I do feel them and act appropriately to what my body seems to be crying out for. I am not a body builder, nor a trainer but I do know how to listen to my body despite the fact that I don’t understand all of the bio chemical things going on inside it. What is your body saying to you? Are you feeling hungry two hours after you ate? Maybe those waffles drenched in sugary syrup you had for breakfast didn’t provide your body with all of the nutrients it needs to work in top form. Maybe you have been eating all of the right things and the body is calling for a fasting period. If we all knew that just a small mixed salad each day added to a little bit of protein and a little bit of healthy carbs is all we need on a daily basis to get past those hunger periods and create a space where we can start listening a little deeper to those specific needs that our bodies crave. How about trying to turn off all of that outside noise and sitting in silence. You would be amazed at the messages you will receive by simply sitting in silence. Your mind will even create the vision of a healthier you and all you have to do is act on it.
Blood Sugar- 91, Weight- 172.4
Curls- 170 lbs – 13, 14
Hammer Curls- 130 lbs – 15
Tricep Pulldowns- 140 lbs – 21,
Dips- 310 lbs – 18, 18
Breakfast- Cottage Cheese
Lunch- Halibut, Asparagus
Dinner- Pork Chops, Salad