TT W18D1: Push Up Pseudoscience

Weight is slightly up by a pound from my low of 139.8 due to my two weekend cheat meals and lower water consumption, but I never take any weigh ins before Wednesday seriously anyway.

I am at the Express Lube getting a slightly overdue oil change for the Camry, so I doubt that there will be time for a lunch walk. I did get in my planned hour of Forza this morning though. It’s love bug and skeeter season again here, which makes night time running kind of unpleasant and occasionally unexpectedly nutritious (*when a mating love bug pair zooms into your mouth as you are gasping for air on a run), so I’ll just make up my outdoor activity time later this week.

Food will come in around 1650 today. I have meals 2-5 with me at work and meal 6 already planned out at home.

Knocked out only 68 push ups before I had to pause for rest this morning in a practice run for Kyra’s Head to Head challenge on PDB. I will shoot for 75 tomorrow.

And yes, in case you were wondering, those were full push ups, not kneelies. One of the major advantages of carrying most of your body weight in your bottom half is the ease with which push ups can be performed, especially if you also happen to regularly train your originally scrawny back and flat chest with heavy weights. I once got into push up position with my hands resting on my scale to see how much weight I was actually pushing and got a reading of only 45-50 lbs or so, just 1/3 of my total bodyweight. I bet that most men are pushing a bit more than that due to their weight distribution, and probably quite a few women who are a bit more well-endowed in the chest and belly area than I am, too. When it comes to push up prowess for a guy, the ones that I saw maxing out at 90 reps or more in two minutes during their Army PT tests were always the short, quick, lean guys who looked like bantam weight boxers. The bigger, taller, and more top-heavy you are, the harder you will find this exercise.

– Forza (60 minutes)

1) Homemade oatmeal raisin cookie (from WW cookbook), 3 egg whites, 20 g raisins, 20 g oats
2) Pineapple soy protein smoothie
3) 3 oz. chicken breast, 1 c. veggies, 1 pear, 1 t. Szechuan hot sauce
4) 1/2 c. 4% cottage cheese, 1 small diced apple (microwaved to soften)
5) 3 oz. chicken breast, 1 c. mixed veggies, 2 tangerines, 1 t. Szechuan hot sauce
6) 1 c. light soy milk, 2 cups whole wheat/oat bran cereal

Supps: 1 multivitamin, 1 calcium 600+D, 6 fish oil caps, 1 serving l-glutamine