Going Down & Going Up: Blood Pressure & Energy Levels

I am feeling so great at the moment that I have to tell you all about it! I hope that this encourages and inspires my fellow comrades in arms that are also in the war with the wobbly stuff.

I had my blood pressure tested today and I was glad to hear the nurse say , “130/80” so that is cool. Some of you will remember when I had my blood pressure checked a few weeks ago and it was at a vain popping 145/93!

[ I e-mailed someone this week, and this next part was inspired by that e-mail; you know who you are 😉 ]

After having lost 7.4kg (15.3lbs) and I am feeling that my energy levels have been boosted and my endurance while workout out has increased.

This extra energy boost has its advantages;

First of all my son Daniel is now over 10 months old, has 7 teeth and has become feral, which means that a quick burst of energy is needed in getting away from chomping (razor sharp) baby teeth. He just wants to test drive (through something) his munchers into anything within reach (namely my right armpit which he chewed into last night ::ouch!::).

Second of all I am a grade 4 English teacher, my students are about 9-10 years old and that means that they have enough energy to go to the moon and back, and I have to keep up. I am an active teacher and I rarely sit down when teaching. I have noticed that I am not feeling as tired as I normally would after a few hours teaching. Especially on Thursdays when I have a grilling 8 hour teaching schedule. Also a few comments from these little half-pints has been encouraging; “Mr. Andrew, you’re getting smaller”, “Mr. Andrew, you don’t look so tired this Thursday”. Now working with kids this young (that are Indonesian) for about 4 years I know that they mean what they say and they say what they mean and what am I saying… huh? Oh yeah, so that encourages me 🙂

And the third energy boost that I have noticed is with my wife and I. When Daniel is asleep and the mood is right…………..BEEEEEEEEEEP………….. [Transmission Lost]

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Sunday, Feb 3rd – Slow Sunday

I am really looking forward to my workout tomorrow that today feels so slow!

Breakfast – oatmeal, whey, peanut butter & hot low-fat milk

Snack 1 – low-fat chocolate milk

Lunch – Two slices of whole meal bread, tuna, mayo & a thin-cut slice of cheese

Snack 2 – whey shake

Dinner – half a grilled chicken and a green leafy vegetable mix

Snack 3 – low-fat blueberry yogurt

3rd WEIGH-IN – Going Down Sir?

I am really happy about my 3rd weigh-in, lost another 2kgs (5lbs) and I lost 2 inches off my waste and another 2 inches from my hips. I am a happy chap today!

No pain of discipline then no gain!

Weight = 132kg (290lbs)

Waste = 54 & Hip = 50

54 / 50 = 1.08

Workout Review: 1st Time Doing Workout Two

That was tough to say the least. But my muscles were burning and sweat was lashing off me from everywhere (ugly thought, huh?). I’ll go through each exercise and give you the details;

Raised-Feet Crunch (Upper Abs) 12x = A little more tension on the abdominal area and that lovely burn came back.
Raised Knee-in (Lower Abs) 6x = My right hip was playing up during this exercise. There was a nipping feeling in my hip joint. Maybe just have to get my hips use to getting into this position.
Corkscrew (Obliques) 8x = One word for this DISASTER! I could hold my legs up, but pushing my big bulky frame up and then twisting it. I couldn’t keep any form for this exercise. I’ll keep trying it until the end of the week and then review myself again.
Swim (Lower Back) 10x = This went well, I felt more across my belt line than usual.
Squats with Dumbbells (Glutes) 12x = Yeah the going up part is a lot harder now than before. But all is good and glutes are burning.
Pile Squat with Dumbbells (Hamstrings) 12x = Just like the squats with dumbbells this is more effective and I can feel the extra tension.
Fly (Chest) 12x = Going good with the fly, this time I am doing my fly slower and I am feeling it burn!
Bench Press (Chest) 12x = Again just like the fly I am slowing down on this one and letting my chest muscles burn and it feels good.
Bent-Arm Dumbbell Row (Back) 12x = I really enjoyed this and I can really feel it in my shoulder blades. Awesome!
Side Raises (Shoulders) 12x = I need to work on this one. I am having difficulty pushing the weights up to shoulder hight, but I am going to keep pushing until I can.
Hammer Bicep Curl (Biceps) 12x = Excellent, not only am I feeling this in my biceps but I am now feeling it in my forearms.
Tricep Press Up (Triceps) 12x = Another tough one, but I managed to push this one through with good form and I can feel my muscles noticing the extra work on this one.

NOTES:

I managed to do this circuit twice this morning. I had to really push myself with this, not only because it was a new workout but also because I didn’t get a good sleep (my son is teething 🙂 so fun all round!).

I haven’t added any weights to my dumbbells; one dumbbell has two 2.5kg (5.5lbs) plates and then the bar is 1.5kg (3.3lbs).

So 1 dumbbell is a total = 6.5kg (14.3lbs).

I am lifting a total of 13kg (28.6lbs)

Home Abs Workout

Here is a cool abs workout that I found on the you know what tube that I’d like to share with you all. He’s a big bulky guy ::git!::

Workout Upgrade – Start Burnin’

So next week I am going to be stepping up my strength training workout. My muscles have already gotten use to my current workout so it’s time to start them burnin’ again!

Check out my workout upgrade;

Mon, Wed & Fri – Strength Training

  • Raised-Feet Crunch (Upper Abs) 12x
  • Raised Knee-in (Lower Abs) 6x
  • Corkscrew (Obliques) 8x
  • Swim (Lower Back) 10x
  • Squats with Dumbbells (Glutes) 12x
  • Pile Squat with Dumbbells (Hamstrings) 12x
  • Fly (Chest) 12x
  • Bench Press (Chest) 12x
  • Bent-Arm Dumbbell Row (Back) 12x
  • Side Raises (Shoulders) 12x
  • Hammer Bicep Curl (Biceps) 12x
  • Tricep Press Up (Triceps) 12x

Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday – Cardio Interval Training

  • 20 minutes on an exercise bike; starting with a 2 minute average pace and then a 2 minute fast pace (this is one set); doing 5 sets.

NOTES:My blood pressure a lot better now, so that’s another reason to step things up (especially with my cardio). My goal with this new workout is to do three circuits each session. I am also wanting to push and get on top of my cardio workout as I only followed the cardio workout once since I have started this year. Sunday is my day off.

If anyone has any tips/suggestions for my workout please give me a comment, thanks!

Workout Update – Bulking Up

Strength training workout is going well, I can’t say the same about my cardio workout.  I am going to be intensifying my strength training program over the weekend so I can start Monday from a higher altitude.

I have been doing the same strength training workout for the passed what, coming up 3 and a half weeks (this Friday).  I feel this week that my muscles are already too use to the program.  Time to step it up a little.

No for the dreaded cardio ::shreak!:: I don’t have a worth while excuse for not doing this other than the exercise bike seat feels like a razor blade and currently I don’t have the cash to buy a mountain bike ::sniff, sniff:: 

I am going to build myself up to get on the razor blade starting on Tuesday and pushing through three sessions next week; doing my cardio workouts on alternate days (then at the end of the week lets see if I have any buttocks left to continue).

I am feeling a lot of changes in my body.  The fat around my stomach has really become softer (my wife can confirm this) and of course I am feeling new muscles that I never knew I had.  Also feeling much more energetic and loving life.

I am really optimistic about my progress and I know that I can continue to discipline myself and win my 100kg prize!