In the morning I took my mother to her first physical therapy appointment. It was almost a waste of time; the therapist was a younger guy who didn’t seem very sure of himself. He spent too much time talking and not enough time working with my mom. I ended up giving her a therapy session when we got back to her house after the appointment.
My morning cardio session was on the Arc Trainer. I did an extended version of mountain; instead of the regular 12 increase I did 16 increases, with a couple of sprints at the end. It was a solid hours worth of cardio work. I intended to test my heart rate monitor versus the Body Bug, when I got on the machine with the watch from the body bug on the left arm, and my Polar Watch on my right arm, it’s then I realized that heart rate monitor watch couldn’t read the heart rate monitor. Either the battery needs to be replaced or having the two devices so close to each other must interfere with the signals. Alas, I am not writing about the benefits of either device because today they proved worthless.
I had lunch today at Whole Foods. There is a newer Whole Foods which was built from the ground up in Fairfax. This is the most impressive Whole Foods I’ve ever been to, it’s half grocery store, and half take out restaurant. If you can picture your typical whole foods with a salad bar, and perhaps a deli, now add a station which serves cooked seafood, one that serves cured meats, and BBQ, and an array of food stations set up like a food court.
At the seafood service station I bought a Miso-Glazed Cod dish with a double dose of salad. They served me about 6 oz of cod, it tasted great even without the Wasabi-Mayo which was served on the side. I’m finding that at meals I’m eating a mouthful of greens before I eat the main entrée. The more greens I eat, the fuller I’m become; I’m almost using spinach and lettuce like a base coat in my stomach. With my green base coat, a 6 oz fillet of fish is filling.
After assisting my mother with her afternoon session of physical therapy, I headed to the gym. My session today was with Zap, our area of focus today was the back. The workout consisted of three mini-circuits, each circuit being performed for three cycles. The first circuit involved a planked kettle bell row, mountain climbers, and planks to push-ups. The second circuit involved a burpee to a box jump, holding a plank position with a 25lb weight on my back, and doing an assisted pull-up. The third circuit involved a lat pull down, a weighted crunch, and dips using an assisted dip machine. The final exercise in today’s session involved doing a burn-out with a cable pull machine for my triceps. Zap had me starting at 50 lbs doing 15 reps, and then worked down 2.5 lbs at a time, each time I would have to another 15 reps. When we got to the top of the weight stack, my arms had gone from feeling exhausted, to numb, back to exhausted.
The close of another day, and I’m feeling tired. I am contemplating whether or not I should take all of next week off to recovery completely. I’m not sore, just fatigued. The fact that I’m stuck at 320 lbs is not giving me enough comfort to take off. Until I get below 300 I won’t feel I have any room for error. I’m going to bed early, so I don’t have anything more to write.