Here in the Pacific Northwest the skies are slowly turning a little grayer each day and soon the rain will start to fall. Although I will miss the sunshine greatly I know that the rain is a vital element of this region and without it the great show of nature will change.
The mighty mountains, flowing rivers and deep green forest depend on this rain along with all of the wildlife they support. In most regions of the world people are not too happy with rainy days but the attitude here of most is that of security as the rain falls.
I too will have to learn to embrace this rainfall and too make it a part of my life as I am a part of this environment. I will adjust to the lack of sunshine in two ways. I will start taking vitamin D once again and this year I have decided to utilize tanning technologies. I know, I know. There is so much controversy about tanning through artificial light, but this technology has come a long way and I will make sure that I do my research before doing it. If I am to remain here in the region of the world I certainly do not want to do it in a state of depression. In the summer it is easy to just get out in the sun for 30 minutes or so, but when the winter rains can last up to 8 months out of the year a plan has to be in place to find enough vitamin D to last until the spring returns and we get a few sunny days.
Lifting heavy weights and weight loss never go hand in hand and I certainly notice this as my body weight continues to rise. As my pants continue to fit well I am not too concerned about increased body weight and know that between muscle growth and the retention of water my body is doing exactly what it should be doing.
Today is shoulders day and I know that as much as I want to go total beast mode I simply can’t. Blowing out a shoulder would be both devastating to my work out plan and also on the job. I am still taking the set to the very last rep but being so careful not to push that last rep too hard.
Blood Sugar- 117, Weight- 182.8
Shoulder Press- 280- 12, 15, 13
Front Raises- 80- 10, 12, 12
Side Raises- 80- 11, 10, 13
Shrugs- 260- 12, 12, 12
5:45 AM- Protein Shake (42g)
6:30 AM- Oatmeal
9:30 AM- Protein Bar (30g)
12:30 PM- Pork Tacos, Beef Buritto
6:30 PM- Hot Dogs, Beans