Thoughts: Okay, so by now you all probably know that I can do push-ups. Lots and lots of them, in fact. Four years of military conditioning tends to do that to a gal with my type of build.
Push-ups are trifles. Forget push-ups.
I want to be able to do a pull-up.
Ever since I was a chubby 3rd grader I’ve been completely humiliated by the pull-up bar. I was never even able to hang with my chin above the stupid bar for more than a split second.
Along with the 16 minute 2-mile run, the pull-up has been my fitness goal nemesis. Short, muscular legs and a comparatively weak upper body do not make for a good distance runner OR a kickass pull-up princess.
So on top of my “get bigger arms” macro-goal for this challenge, I am going to set a “one good unassisted pull-up” micro-goal for March 1. I’ll be adding some extra pull-up specific exercises that, like my extra push-ups, are in addition to my Max-OT splits.
I figure if I can do just ONE pull-up while at my bulking weight of 134-136 lbs, I should be able to do a couple more once I cut down to maintenance weight at around 125 lbs. Running got easier when I became less tubby; pull-ups will hopefully do the same.
Nutrition (2000-2200 calorie maintenance/bulking menu)
1: 1 packet Nature’s Best PerfectRX chocolate shake (Coconut banana crunch bar)
2: 4 oz. grilled chicken breast, 3 c. raw spinach, 2 T. Just 2 Good Honey Dijon dressing, 3/4 c. baked sweet potato slices
3: Coconut banana crunch bar
4: Catered dinner at work: 4 oz. Mediterranean chicken breast, 1 c. assorted fruit, 2/3 c. mushroom penne pasta, 1/2 c. quiche (Counts as double portion)
5: 4 oz grilled chicken with low-carb BBQ sauce and 1/2 c. garlic herb couscous
6: Nutty vanilla pudding (eDiets EFL)
Multivitamin with iron
Calcium 500 + D
1 T. flax seed oil
1 t. GNC Creastack (5 g creatine, 2 g l-glutamine, and phosphates)
Calories eaten / deficit for yesterday = 2193 (target +433)
Water: 16 cups
Ratios: 43% carb / 40% protein / 17% fat
9:00 am Max-OT back/biceps and 100 push-ups at Gold’s
3:00 pm 1 mile walk (4 mph / 15 mins)
The Awful Truth:
1. I’m out of groceries. I am now limited to healthy foods I can make with oatmeal, protein powder, and canned tuna.
2. There’s a huge pile of dark and white laundry on my bed slowly acquiring permanent wrinkles as it cools.
1. Had a great workout this morning. I don’t think the blood donation yesterday is affecting me too much.
2. Didn’t re-open my vein by accident while lifting.
Short-term Goals: (Same as yesterdayâ€™s goalsâ€¦)
1. Restock cottage cheese and fruit supply.
2. Fold laundry.
3. Make vet appointments for Slinky and Neville.