Archive for October 8, 2007

Well, day one is half way through and I feel excellent.  My workout went well this morning and I still feel energized and ready to conquer the world. 

I split my routine between resistance training and intervals this morning.  Starting with weights I tackled squats, clean and Press, Chin-ups, shoulder press, Bench Press, and sit-ups.  I even managed to increase my bench press to 215 lbs.  That was a big boost for me.

Then I got on the treadmill and was able to get into my intervals.  I did four cycles (7, 6.5, 7.5, and 8 mph) of 2 minutes walking and 1 minute sprinting.  By the time I go to the last two I smiled a diabolical grin to myself, thinking, “If only you knew what was coming next body.”  I pushed my heart rate from 140 to 179 and back down to 140, over and over again. 

And when all was done I was able to run up two flights of stairs with as much pep in my step as when I first entered the gym. 

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How far can two weeks of perfect meal plans and just the right amount of exercise- given that I don’t deviate in even the slightest manner into unhealthy (but all too well charted) waters?

Why don’t I (we) find out?! This is going to be the two-week transformation to end all two weeks transformations. Here are the simple to understand (but admittedly super hard to follow) rules.

1. 6 meals a day w/ lots of protein. (Easy enough)

2. I am cutting out almost ALL non-fruit/non-veggie/ non-whole wheat carbs from all my meals EXCEPT for breakfast. This means that when I stop by Chick-fil-A I will buy the grilled chicken, ditch the bun, and eat it over a salad. That is just ONE example of MANY I no doubt will be frustrated by over the next few weeks. (Very Hard)

3. Resistance training and Cardio go together! This is similar to what I’ve been doing off and on for about a month now, but I will stick to it much more consistently this time and with a higher level of intensity. (Hard)

4. Perseverance, perseverance, perseverance!

And here are three “before” pictures today. This is my starting point. Let’s see how far I can take this, together.

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