Sunday, May 13, 2007

One Month Update

The recent switch from 2 days a week to 3 days a week combined with the switch to higher weights, lower reps is hitting me hard. I wish I could lift every third day for a while but the scheduling of that seems complicated.

I seem to be getting stronger. I might even be losing weight. Unfortunately, watching the fat go is even less exciting than watching ice sculpture melt. The glacial erosion of excess padding isn’t exactly obvious, even if my wife does think she notices a difference. I can say that my legs seem firmer and stronger but I’ve always had decent legs. It is the tire around my abs and the pillows atop my pecs that really upset me and of course that will show the least progress from simply bulking muscles. They require substantial fat loss before I expect they will show much.

Eating every 3 hours is harder than it should be. Keeping portion sizes down to reasonable after a lifetime of 3 meals a day is tough. Also, my schedule is too irregular to allow conveniently timed meals. I’m working on it and from what I’ve read, nothing else burns more fat than the cranking metabolism that eating every 3 hours provides. One strange side effect of this is higher core temperature. I’m more likely to feel hot because my body is a furnace cranking out BTUs. For some, this might be a plus but for me, it is not so great. I already feel too much heat all the time. shrug

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