This journal is transforming into a collection of random thoughts, which is more fun anyway. My workout details are on Fitocracy and my diet details are utterly boring, even to me. Calorie counting is a chore, so I just count protein, make sure I'm eating real food, save my carbs for workout days, and keep fat low enough that I go to bed a little bit hungry most nights. So far this is working. Now that it's 2012, I've got to get sliced up for PrimalCon!
Wednesday my wife was having difficulties -- high blood pressure -- and I was obliged to stay home to help. I was anxious at the thought of work piling up at my job, but soon forgot about that when I realized it was a beautiful day and could take the toddler to the beach. We had so much fun! Toddler ran some amazing sprints, cackling like a mad goblin, for almost a mile.
We reached the junior muscle-beach area just south of Santa Monica Pier and I had great fun on the tarzan rings (for lack of a better term). Let me tell you, the guys (and occasional girl) that hang out at this contraption have incredible physiques. Being able to partake of their pastime is one of my most treasured primal achievements. I had almost completed a whole circuit when the toddler's boredom became terminal. "Dada come down please," he asked politely. And how could I refuse!
So I took him over to a smaller set of rings. He loves to swing from the rings and do partial pullups. He may be just two years old, but he has lats of steel and crazy baby abs. He also seems to be even more of an adrenaline junkie than his dad. Giggled like a lunatic when I held him in the inverted position and swung him that way.
Then he crouched in the shade and started digging in the sand, which I have learned means that he is utterly exhausted. So I took him for a quick tour of the pier, and then to the car, where he ate an astonishing amount of peas. He fell asleep with his hand in the bag.
Shocked to find that I had lost all of my holiday weight, with a full 4.5 pounds dropped since Tuesday. Perhaps it was all just glycogen? This is a little faster than I would like to lose weight. 1.5 - 2 pounds per week until PrimalCon is my rough target. If I can drop another 4 pounds -- without getting yet another cold -- I'll be in breakthrough territory.
Stellar pressing workout today. Moved up on every single exercise from last week! That doesn't happen often. Tuesday's pulling workout was likewise blockbuster. Maybe I should massively overfeed on dark chocolate more often...
Another insight from Arnold Schwarzenegger came into play today. I'm reading his Encyclopedia for the third time, and on the first two passes I skipped over the posing section. No way am I advanced enough to touch that, I thought. But now I was curious and I delved into it. And I realized that posing -- that is, holding certain extremely flexed isometric positions -- is actually a brilliant complement to a lifting workout. Done between sets, it raises the intensity and pump and seems to improve circulation and neural control. Going to do this as part of my routine from now on, although I will have to be discreet lest others think me a narcissistic bastard. Or more of one, anyway =\
Arnold has really fired my imagination. Gotta see that movie Pumping Iron. I understand it also has Franco Columbu, who is possibly my favorite bodybuilder of all.