The Last Issue. The one matter I have yet to figure out about my workouts is the whole get fit v lose weight v reshape my body question. It’s a tough question considering I want to do all these things.
To me, these terms mean:
- Get Fit — increase my endurance, lower my resting heart rate, be stronger, etc.
- Lose Fat — lower my percent bodyfat
- Reshape My Body — gain muscle mass, improve muscle tone, look better in the mirror
To get fit, I need to exercise (at least a little) and run. This goal seems to work all right with either of the other two.
Losing fat and reshaping my body, on the other hand, seem to be at odds with each other.
In my experience, every time I start working out more intensely my weight goes up. Not just “stops going down” but actively starts climbing. (Yeah, I know this can be caused by gaining muscle, but I gain more weight than I could possibly be putting on in muscle.)
Plus, gaining muscle is still a sub-goal right now. My primary aim is still the same as it has been since January 1: get rid of the fat around my belly (and neck and face).
I’ve made progress on this through the year, but I am not yet where I want to be. Over the past few weeks and months, I’ve regained some fat I had previously shed and, with holiday celebrations coming up, I fear this trend may continue.
I am confident that I’ll end the year weighing less, with less fat and more muscle, than I started it on January 1 . . . but I’m not sure I’ll be happy with the difference from that first measurement to the last on December 31.
So What Do I Do About It?
Exercise. The plan for today:
|1||Myotatic Crunches||25||This is more than Tim suggests (1×10), but I figure I have to do something extra since I’ve completed the 200 sit-ups challenge.|
|2||Cat Vomit Exercises||2||Ditto #1.|
|4||Push-ups||4||25||I think I’ll repeat my inclined variations from Monday. Maybe next week I’ll do declined.|
I’m not sure if I’ll superset these exercises. Either way (one-’til-done or one-after-another), I’ll minimize my rest between sets.
Hopefully, this should only take about 20 minutes and give me a pretty good full body workout.
UPDATE. Long story short, I was only able to do my ab exercises and my push-ups tonight. I’ll do the others tomorrow.
Plan for Week 43.
Red = a negative deviation | Green = a positive deviation | Blue = a note