I’ve been working very consistently for the last 2 weeks now and fairly consistently for the last month or so. And it’s been great. I really enjoy it and Jason and I have been supporting each other in our efforts: asking about routines, exercises, if we moved up weight, talking about supplements and protein. Basically just keeping the dialogue open about it so we feel like jerks if one of us doesn’t work out unless it’s for a really good reason. Until yesterday Jason went to the Iowa State Gym to workout and I worked out at home. He’s lifting well over 250lb for deadlifts and such so really needs to.
His membership is up next week and so yesterday we seriously talked about going to a different gym – he gets a free membership to the Ames Racquet and Fitness Center and we could apply what he was paying toward the iowa state gym to my membership. After chatting about it – and we had before it was more like “let’s make a decision about this” kind of talk – we decided to go for it!
We are on day two of working out together. He seems to be enjoying it and has said as much and I know I’m loving it. It’s so great to have someone to push me, to change up my routine a bit, and to be able to have someone there to make sure I’m keeping my form. And the same goes for him. Sure he would get someone to spot him for bench presses, but pretty solo on everything else. Well, no more.
So far it’s been great for us. And because we are on such different levels – me squatting just the olympic bar and him doing the 250+ for squats- it’s not competitive at all. And because his focus is on weight lifting (what he really loves) and mine is on cycling (what I really love) and an eventual triathlon (what I really want) we are balancing each other out – I’m lifting more and he’s starting to ride his bike again! Perfect!
I’ve posted before about eating for when you are exercising intensely and how it’s completely new to me. And I’m learning bit by bit. I have been drinking more water each day, but not quite as much as I should and will continue to work on that. Even though I wasn’t planning on controlling portion size these past two weeks it’s come about pretty naturally. I’m just not as hungry any more and have almost completely stopped eating late at night. I’m also eating smaller meals more often. So I’ll continue to focus on drinking more water for the next two weeks until it’s a habit to just drink more. My caffeine intake has also been pretty good. I’m down to just one cup of coffee a day and I’m going to start switching over to half decaf this week.
Which leads me to that last subject for today: the $600 budget for 6 months. So far we are doing really well (I just finished updating the spread sheet so it’s current), but this week – specifically tomorrow – we are going to have quite a few big purchases. It will be interesting to see how it balances out over the course of the month. We need to get toilet paper, dishwasher detergent, rice and coffee. Basically some bigger bulk purchases. It will be a little disturbing see the total left in the account drop so suddenly.
Oh really quick, you might be interested in this if you are working towards getting fit/loosing weight/doing a triathlon:I found this article on the dynamic nature of calorie consumption and how it effect fat loss and muscle building over on BeginnerTriathlete.com. I think it brings up a lot of interesting points.
I have another more “kitchen” related post in the works that will be up sometime over the weekend. Maybe Saturday evening?
See you then!