I did something pretty bad this weekend.
No, no, it’s not about food.
It’s about money.
I’ve been coveting a set of Powerblock selectable weight dumbbells for a while, and while I was on the other side of town this weekend I took a little trip over to a fitness equipment store near the Oviedo Marketplace mall that carried said Powerblocks. I only meant to LOOK at the things and try them out, but, to make a long story short, the store owner offered me 10% off the $349 price tag and the next thing I knew I was loading up my car with a set of Powerblock Elite dumbbells.
Yes, it was something of an impulse buy.
Yes, I have a perfectly good gym membership.
Yes, I can get by without such posh dbells.
But no, I won’t take them back. They are my preciousssssssssssss.
While taking up less than one cubic foot of storage space, I now have the equivalent of 16 pairs of dumbbells (2.5, 5, 7.5, 10, 15, 17.5, 20, 25, 27.5, 30, 35, 37.5, 40, 45, 47.5, 50 lbs). Between my new Powerblocks, a stability ball, the mini cycle, and the cardio, cable, and lever machines in the fitness room at my apartment complex, I can do just about any exercise that doesn’t require a barbell, so I am going to drop my Gold’s Membership for about 10 months (which should pay for the Powerblocks) and just workout at home with a combination of free weights and the P90X program. I’m planning a move to my own condo or house at the end of December anyhow, so I’d most likely have to find a new gym at that point anyway. I figure that I can take advantage of the free fitness room through December, and then go on a full cycle of P90X at the beginning of January (or–gasp!–run OUTSIDE while it is still cool) to tide me over until I decide if another gym membership is needed at the end of March, when the New Year’s crowds have thinned.
I’ll be kind of sad to give up the atmosphere of the gym, but being budget-conscious comes first. I’ve only been using the gym for their free weight selection; I never take any of the classes as I am Ms. Anti-Social Fitness Bitch when working out. If I need motivation, I’ll just head to a mall, beach, or I-Drive and take a look at what average Americans are becoming, and contrast that with the photos in my latest issue of Oxygen.
In regards to SGX–I will take starting pictures and measurements tomorrow morning so I’ll have a baseline for comparison in 4 weeks. I’m also testing out my custom Handbase workout module that lets me track BFL, P90X, and SGX workouts and cardio all in one program. So far, so good. I’m using the default interface, which is somewhat spartan, but perhaps I’ll create some data entry forms that will make things easier as I go along. Gotta do something between lifting sets, right?
Nutrition: SGX Non-Training Day Menu
(Details omitted by request of trainer)
Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil or natural peanut butter, 1 t. GNC Creastack
Water: 16 cups minimum
12:00 PM HIIT Cardio – Run (20 minutes)
12:20 PM LISS Cardio – Walk (3.5 mph / 10% incline / 20 minutes)
The Awful Truth:
1. Had some Kashi Go Lean cereal for meal 6 instead of planned meal. Calories remained on target.
1. Dropped from 137.2 to 135.4 lbs since yesterday despite going back on creatine and munching cereal at 10 pm. Ah, the joys of SGX.
2. Not feeling too groggy yet from diet change.
1. Make some fresh salad dressing.
2. Bulk cook chicken.
3. Do the dishes.
4. Do the laundry.
5. Clean bathroom.
6. Make non-dairy, high fiber protein bars with new ATW protein powder, PB, and Fiber One.