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    • Buff Buddies (Week 3 and Week 4)

      3 years ago


      Uuuuhhh, so, I've tried my hardest and I'm still trying, but my life has been in bit of a busy/rough spot the last two weeks. Two weeks ago, I was away visiting family for Thanksigiving and then last week I was busy helping someone with a school project. Of course, these are just excuses, I still had time to exercise, but I kinda didn't.

      That being said, even after all of the Thanksgiving gorging, I'm still down a pound from where I started, so I've made SOME progress, at least!

      Sticking to a workout schedule is turning out to be tougher than I thought, but I'm going to try to get in what I can here and there. Posture-fixing exercises will go a long way towards feeling comfortable again.

    • Buff Buddies (Week 2)

      3 years ago


      Short entry this week, because I'm busy with other things.

      Things didn't really go as planned. I grossly overestimated how well I'd be able to handle the workout. Not to worry, I'm going to be tweaking things this week and next, trying to get into something that pushes me, but also doesn't go too far beyond what I'm capable of.

      I'm thinking something along the lines of doing the long route around (2 mi.) twice a week, and doing the medium route (the ParaFitness route) twice a week. Running will probably be downgraded more to jogging and walking, because even that wears me out right now.

      I'm battling not only against my physical being, but my mental one as well. I may have mentioned this before, but I'm currently unemployed and it's taken a huge hit on my motivation. I also suffer from depressive episodes every so often and it makes me very... well, apathetic. It's very hard to get up and moving when I start feeling like there's no point.

      Regardless, I'm going to do my best to keep up. Once Thanksgiving has come and gone, I should be getting a bit more stable, life-wise, until Christmas. Expect a new gameplan come next Monday's entry, with (hopefully) more productivity to follow.

      No pic this week, sorry! My weight hasn't yet changed.

    • Buff Buddies (Week 1)

      3 years ago


      So, that didn't go as planned. But, hey, that's how things can be sometimes.

      I really didn't get much in, in terms of working out. Partially due to my own laziness, but I also got sick and achey for a few days this past week as well. As much as it sucks, I'd rather be sick now than next week or over the Christmas holiday.

      I HAVE managed my diet in the last week though. I've been eating more regularly to fit in with the hours I'm awake, I've pretty much cut out all non-meal snacking, and I'm making sure each meal is more substantial and filling to avoid getting cravings. Granted, I'm still not eating super healthily (and next Thursday will be a food overload), but if I can keep up a regular workout routine, it should still produce some results.

      I had edited my previous journal to mention this, but I also got an accurate height and weight reading. I'm 5'7" and 181lbs. Now, the average high for someone of that height is 159lbs. So there's definitely room to actually lose some weight on top of toning what I got. I'm not going to stress over it, though. The weight isn't the important thing, my shape is. Those tight jeans I mentioned are the initial benchmark, but if I can go above and beyond, you bet your ass I will!

      I also have a basic exercise routine ready to go.

      1. Every morning will begin with a typical "gym class" warm up (stetches, sit ups, push ups, squats, lunges) following breakfast. This will persist every day.
      2. At least three times a week, I will be running my local park, Nomahegan.
        That trail is a little over 2 miles long (plus a few blocks to and from the park from my house), but I will be taking a slightly shorter variation of it, as that trail avoids hitting several of the Fitness Trail stations through the park's main route. They're old, some of them are falling apart, but I will be stopping at any that are still in good condition. Here's an example of one of them:


      Depending on how my body is faring after this workout, I'll add in more on the days I don't run this route. Right now, I'm expecting my body to shatter after doing this once!

      I begin the new routine tomorrow! Until next week, here's some photos I've taken for the Twitter links to these posts. These aren't and won't be indicative of my actual routine since I'm setting these photo ops up in advance. I still intend to show off my progress as the weeks go by, though, don't worry! Future weeks' journals will have listed any workouts I do as well as note any weight loss.

      Week 0:


      Week 1:

    • Buff Buddies (Week 0)

      3 years ago


      Let's Play do this thing.

      I've been fairly scrawny for most of my life. However, as of the last 5 years (ever since I graduated college, really), my metabolism has slowed down, my level of physical activity has dipped, and my diet... well it hasn't changed much, but living in an Italian family... yeah. My body's actually comprised of well around 50% pasta. You should see me when I take a hot shower, I swell to about three times my normal size.

      So, I've become a bit... misshapen the last few years. I'm not particularly overweight (I'm 5'9" and 180lbs, only a little more than 11lbs above the average high for someone of my height) but I have got an uneven weight distribution. It wasn't a big deal for the most part (I'm pretty comfortable with my own body and apparently some ladies like bigger guys? I don't know.) until just this past week. I've noticed that my default posture, especially when sitting at my desk, is becoming painful to maintain after a while and it is likely due to how out of shape I am. A simple mile-long walk caused me to become very sore the following day.

      Blah blah blah, I dunno. I can't actually prove that any particular problem I'm having is directly related to my weight/physique, but to hell with it! I also can't fit into a new pair of jeans I had gotten only 4 months ago, so let's fix that. Honestly, it feels almost like fate that this new show launched this week and I well intend to take it as a motivator.

      Workout Routine

      This week and next will mostly be used as a stress test. I'll be trying out different exercises in different amounts each day, seeing how it plays out and adjusting in a week or two. I plan to do an equal mix of hard exericse, running, and yoga.

      Once I find something I'm comfortable with, I'll solidify the workout schedule and gradually intensify it as the weeks go on. I'll also do a bit more research into workout routines that will work for me. You can tell I really just want to get this introductory journal out of the way right now, but hey, I've got a goal and that's the most important thing right now. Details can be hammered out at my leisure.

      Dietary Changes

      1. Less/no junk food. This is really the only major change I can make right now. Given my current living situation, I have to eat what the family gets or I don't eat. But I have been eating some snacks and candy lately that I can cut out of my diet.

      This is gonna be a bit rough, especially with the holidays around the corner. There's going to be a lot of food involved (again, Italian heritage, lots of meat and pasta) and passing it up is just too much for me. But I'll manage for now.

      I'm not out to sculpt myself into the √úbermensch. I just want to tone down a bit so I don't look bad in slimmer clothes and not feel sore when I'm sitting at my computer.

      As per the Buff Buddies guidelines, I will be sharing the links to these journals on my Twitter account (@ZaiRedwinters), with photographs when possible! I think you'll recognize me quite quickly when you see them ;>

      Also, hello, this is my first journal at Rooster Teeth! This interface is better than tumblr's, who'da thunk it?

    • 2019 years ago

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