Where have I been?

Sorry for the delay in posting, and I know I said that I would not say this again.

Although I was away for a week in New Zealand, and thoroughly enjoying my time, I thought it would also be good to spend a small amount of time away from the blog and focus my thoughts on the year ahead for 2014.

My wife & myself on a mountain top

We had an absolute ball while we were staying at Wanaka about an hour north of Queenstown. I definitely want to see more of the southern island of New Zealand and hope to go back there again some time. Next time I think we will hire a motor home spend a few weeks over there travelling around rather than staying at the one resort and travelling out from there. It would mean far less time travelling to see anything.

I am planning to post more photos over the coming weeks, and I will do my best to post the stories that go with them.

New Year Resolutions

Every year I tell myself that I won’t be setting any New Year resolutions because I know that they won’t last until the end of the year.  I don’t want to be part of the 88% of people who set a resolution for themselves and then fail to see it through to the end of the year.

So while I still don’t plan to set any resolutions for myself, I still plan to continue on with the goals I have set myself.  While my goals don’t have a time limit set to them as yet, that is something that I need to do, especially when it comes to body weight.

For the last month or so, the scales certainly have not shown me shedding much of the fat that I carry around daily, even though I have seen some definite improvements in body strength over the last 3 or so months. My back squat has tripled from the starting weight of 20kg, my deadlift has doubled from 40kg, and my bench press has doubled from 20kg.

While there has been some strength improvements, there hasn’t been much improvement when it comes to shedding my fat. This is something I need to work on, lose a few of the extra kilograms so that I can look my best for when we travel to Fiji later this year.

While I have no specific resolutions for 2014, I do have goals for my life in terms of strength improvement and weight loss.

The Day after Christmas

It is the day after Christmas and I am as full as can be after two Christmas meals with both halves of my family.  Even with all the food, and attempting to stop eating when I was full, it is hard to stop yourself from continuing to eat all the amazing food prepared by the amazing people in my life who can prepare quality food.

food-coma

One thing that we did do that was beneficial to the lifestyle change of shedding my fat is sticking with my current workout program, StrongLifts, on the scheduled days.  The scheduled day is Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and of course in 2013 Christmas Day fell on a Wednesday, so with our 24/7 Anytime Fitness gym membership, and the fact that Anytime Fitness is open 365 days of the year, we decided we should do some good for our health and hit the gym, even on Christmas Day.

I am proud that we actually hit the gym even on a day off, and it felt good to hit the gym before doing anything else with my day, especially knowing that there would be great food where I was going. It was worth the effort.

So a belated Merry Christmas to you all, and I trust that you enjoyed time celebrating Christmas with family and friends.

Motivational Partner

I’m seeking a motivational partner for my StrongLifts journey. While I have attempted to stick with following the StrongLifts programs three times a week, I haven’t always been successful with anything longer than about two weeks at a time.

I definitely need a mindset change to continue sticking with the program consistently. While my wife wants to join me regularly, the fact that she is a shift worker makes it fairly difficult to go to the gym consistently with her by my side as a training partner.

Alternatively I approached some of the guys at work who have been considering joining the gym for some fitness for themselves, and he initially showed interest, he has been lacking in commitment for me to consider him a worthy motivational partner. The last two weeks he has chosen not to attend the gym with me at lunch time due to work pressures.

One reason behind going to the gym at lunch time with the guys at work is the fact that we can all progress together and push each other and motivate each other to continue progressing.  One reason behind doing it at lunch time is with the flexible work hours, we can choose to take a longer lunch break, and as a result while my work day may grow in length, it is broken up into two halves so that it feels more like two mornings rather than one long day.

Since the guys at work won’t commit to joining me three days a week at lunch, while I prefer splitting my day in two with a lunch time gym session, I prefer getting it out-of-the-way first thing in the morning, especially since the gym is far quieter in the morning than any other time of the day.

So I am looking for a gym partner, online or in person, who is following the StrongLifts program and willing to commit to the three weekly sessions for motivation and encouragement.  Are you the person who will be my motivational partner?

Foam Rolling

It has been a few weeks since I last wrote an exercise or head space kind of post here on the blog, apart from my workout logs, so I should contribute something of that nature given this is meant to be a primarily weight loss blog.

I recently invested in a foam roller to help with muscle relaxation following a workout and to ease the DOMS pain as well, especially since that was my main reason behind purchasing a foam roller. While I haven’t really been having any form of DOMS pain, I probably should be using the roller on a regular basis, I just haven’t done so at all.

The biggest problem I am having is that since foam rolling is such a new experience to me, I am always unsure whether I am doing it right or not.  The pain can be unbearable as well and that is another reason that makes me insecure about whether I am doing it right, however maybe the pain means I am actually doing it right since it is meant to assist with breaking down the fibrous tissue that builds up within muscles over time.

As I try to stick with being regular regarding following the StrongLifts workouts, I should follow each workout with some foam rolling to improve flexibility and muscle recovery.  Just another aspect of shedding my fat.