Right! So! I have, for sure, been kind of M.I.A. on here. Less so on YT, as evidenced by the video I just put up today (above), and a couple of others, in the past few weeks. I started yet another one of my backslides into a chaotic life of no routine/structure, mainly due to changes with my work situation. I have a new job, even though it’s really my old job. It’s a long story.
Thus, workouts have been in the 1-2x/week range, whilst I try to get a handle on a new work schedule/commute. And, I’ve been indulging in all sorts of bread, sugar and alcohol, because of…reasons. Basically, I took August off from living right. Frustrations with my failure to lose weight were at an all-time high, and I had had it.
Fuck carb cycling. Fuck macros. Fuck everything and GIVE ME THAT CROSTINI. That was/is my general attitude.
And I actually haven’t put on a ton of weight. I might be up maybe 5 pounds, but it’s really not bad at all. Not to toot my own horn, but I still look mad decent. I just don’t look nearly as cut in my upper body as I tend to do in my “after” pictures, from my various challenges.
But, when I caught a cold last week (which is lingering, much to my chagrin), I knew that it was time to get back in the groove and/or zone, commit to eating cleanly MOST OF THE TIME and working out a minimum of 4 days per week. I had sort of been planning to do a September challenge, here on the blog, anyway. Getting sick just confirmed that it needed to happen.
I started on Tuesday, which was September 6th, and this’ll run until the end of the month, on September 30th. Following that, I’ll be starting a challenge on my YT channel, which will be the Fuck Yeah Fall Fitness Challenge.
Here’s what I’m doing for this one, the September challenge (haven’t bothered to come up with a snazzy name, this time around):
- 4 workouts per week, minimum
- NO sugar, dairy, grains or soy Sunday through Thursday
- NO alcohol Monday through Thursday
- full glass of water with every meal
It’s pretty simple, which is by design. With this setup, I can still relax at home and have mimosas on Sunday with the boyfriend, or go out for tacos on Friday night. But, there’s no allowance for fuckery, throughout the week, which’ll keep me in line.
I need to have a doable set of goals, since I’m just getting back into the swing of things. Then, in the FYFF Challenge next month, the car will be all tuned up and ready. (Editor’s note: That is a metaphor. The “car” = “my body.”)
I can tell you one thing. My body is already sore as shit from getting back into the gym, this week. One or two workouts a week is definitely not a way to maintain any modicum of fitness.
I’m also embarking on a long term protective style challenge, which I began this week– the beginnings of which I talk a bit about in the video I posted above. I’ll talk about that more, soon. Just not right now. I have to go blow my fucking nose.