Its been quite a while now since making a post, so I’d say it is about time to get the blog thing up and running again. Upon returning to school I thought I would have plenty of time throughout the week to make a post or two a week, but apparently not. Both my blogging and online article writing on Info Barrel have fallen to the wayside side since returning to Juniata. Either there’s too much work to allow for it, or my attempts at efficient time management are still sub-par.
Anyway, working out at the gym. Indeed, I have found time on a weekly basis to head over to the fitness center 3-4 times a week to work out. For the first couple weeks of going to the gym I was surprisingly self-conscious about what I was doing, thinking that people were actively observing what I was doing and judging. That went away relatively quickly though. Its one of those things you just have to just get over, otherwise you’ll psych yourself out of getting a good workout. The other thing is to realize that nobody is paying attention to you anyway.
With all the equipment and free weights just being there at my disposal, I think it would be a waste to avoid them. So lately I’ve been delving into using some of the equipment and free weights. I’ve found that there is a lot to learn from just watching people lift. Doing bodyweight training has improved my basic knowledge of what muscle groups are worked from certain movements. Based on that knowledge, I’ve been able to make connections of what sort of lifts to do with free weights in order to work specific muscles for the day. So now I have a greater arsenal of exercises to pick and choose from. I’ve also stopped following the program in my ok day by day, and instead have opted to start picking and choosing what I want to do, while making sure to not resort to only doing workouts or exercises that are too easy. Overall I’d say I enjoy working out in the gym now. It kind of grows on you a bit over time. In the coming weeks I might see about learning how to do things like various barbell squats. It would be nice to be able to do those if I want to.
I can’t even remember the last time I talked about progress I have made from working out, so now would be a good time to do that. As of now I can comfortably do:
- 15 inclined sit ups
- 20-25 pushups
- 6-7 pull ups
- 15 military presses(body weight)
- 5-7 one legged squats (with balance support)
I’ve increased my pushups by double, my pull up reps by 2 or 3, sit ups by 5, military presses by maybe 6 and only recently have I started with the one legged squats. Here’s a progress photo I took sometime last week. There’s some noticeable visual development from the last time I posted progress photos, so that’s reassuring. Do you like my attempt at a natural smile?
I’m not very trusting of a lot of the food that my college serves, so I’ve been playing it safe for the most part whenever I go eat. For breakfast I do hard boiled eggs, some sort of bagel, and typically an orange or apple with milk or water. Lunch is usually either a decked out salad(not as good it could be because there’s no avocado and even the veggies aren’t usually the freshest or as ripe as one would like…) with tuna and cottage cheese or some sort of chicken wrap. For dinner I might do whichever one I didn’t do for lunch unless there is something like baked chicken at one of the pre-cooked stations. I don’t really have a soda addiction anymore, but the hardest thingsa to avoid are the cookies. They sweet talk me into consuming them. More often and in larger quantities than I’d care to admit (The first step to overcoming addiction is to admit you have a problem………).