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Strength Monday 03/26/12 (w/ Bonus Befuddlement)
In my quest for lean superhero-ness, I’m following the Wendler 5/3/1 strength training program. Twice a week, Dave and I are hitting the craptastic gym in our Converse to lift heavy and crank through a mini-metcon.
What is happening?!
I feel like I’m supposed to have answers for you guys about nutrition and training, but right now, I have only questions and frustration to share. My experience over the last few months (and really, the last two years) is a reminder that we are all an experiment of one (n=1!). The paleo lifestyle and training recommendations are merely a framework to get started. If you’re one of those people that can follow the blueprint and see success, YAY! If you’re a special, special snowflake like me, read on…
I’ve been struggling… with my attitude, with my eating patterns, with my training routine.
It’s not surprising, really. When I started The Healing Experiment, I knew it was going to be a little bit like walking up to the 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle you spent weeks putting together at your grandma’s house, then kicking it up in the air just to watch how all pieces would fly and land. Right now, I’m in part of the arc where all the pieces are still in the air — and it feels just as one would expect: uncomfortable, unfamiliar, and unsteady.
My energy is all over the place. My torso, face, and upper arms are chubbier than they’ve been in a few years. And at this point, I’ve reached the limits of my knowledge, so I’m turning to another professional: Dr. Lane Sebring. He was a presenter at PaleoFX, and I’m hoping his clinical experience and paleo philosophy can help unravel why I’m not improving, despite my (mostly) excellent habits.
But confession time: my attitude has been so craptastic that my habits have been slipping, too. Most of the time, I don’t drink alcohol, and sugar isn’t much of a temptation, but since around November, I’ve been enjoying a glass or two of Prosecco just about every other week, and dark chocolate has become an “every few days” treat. Neither of those behaviors is terribly unhealthy, but they’re not the way to get lean, either. Honestly, I’m not sure what to do with my training at this point, either. As you know from these posts, I’ve been lifting heavy faithfully for almost three months with very little visible results. I’m getting stronger, but haven’t seen an associated fat loss.
This makes me grumpy.
Yes, I would continue to lift weights anyway because I like to do it, and I know it’s beneficial for longevity and good health. But you guys, Vanity and I would really like to see some sexy results. So the experiment continues. I’ll let you know what happens with Dr. Sebring; my appointment is next Monday. Between now and then, I’m going to eat clean, sleep eight hours every night, lift heavy things, meditate, practice yoga, and run from zombies. What else can I do?
2 X [10 squats, 10 pushups, 10 rotations]
slow good mornings
70% of max = 3 reps @ 115#
80% of max = 3 reps @ 135#
90% of max = max reps @150#. I did 7.
70% of max = 3 reps @ 60#
80% of max = 3 reps @ 65#
90% of max = max reps @ 70#. I did 3. [These were tough. I wanted to get to 5 reps, but barely made the 3rd. My right shoulder is definitely healed but now it’s weak. Grrrrrr.]
1-arm snatch, 5R/5L, 20# dumbbell
My time: about 10:00
Did you workout today? How is YOUR attitude?