Wednesday; it's 3PM again. Same schedule as Monday.
When I read Stallone's book "Sly Moves" I was shocked to read that for each year we're past 30 we lose 1/2 pound of muscle a year! Meaning that since I had done nothing to maintain what I started with (which wasn't much, I was never a jock) let alone gain, even though I wasn't eating that much more volumewise than I had since my 20's (though probably much better than the hamburger and mac and cheese days), I kept gaining and gaining, like the snowball rolling downhill.
When I went through therapy for my back, after I did my stretches and all, they let me hang around and started teaching me a bit about using their weight machines. I found that when I used their rowing machine, lat pulldowns and chest flyes, the nagging ache in the middle of my back I had thought was arthritis suddenly quit!
When I went back to work I starting going to the company gym. It has cardio, weight machines and free weights. I started doing cardio and some of the weight machines. It took 6 months before I dared try moving to the freeweights. When I started with them I couldn't bench 100 pounds, and only knew what I was reading about other lifts. Today I broke 150 for the first time.
Now I'm trying to work a 3 day "split": chest and back one day, legs another, and shoulders and arms the 3rd day. If I have any extra time I try to get at least a 1/2 hour of cardio.
I've still been slacking on the other 4 days; ideally I should be doing at least a 1/2 hour of cardio each day, plus my stretches and stuff from therapy. Instead, when my back aches a bit, I do the therapy stuff and if I get a chance to ride my bike, jump rope or something else I try to work that in, but it's hard to do all the things I should and have a life!
Speaking of life, it's 3:15 and time to shower, eat, pack my cooler and run out the door again! Storms tonight so I'm shutting down my "magic box" even though I have a battery backup that is supposed to shut it down if the lights blink; Lori ("Thoughts of Laurel") lost her computer to an electrical storm a few weeks ago. Usually I leave mine running SETI packets 24/7 when I'm not using it...
Hopefully I'll get some time to blog-hop tonight and catch up with all of you!
* 2:24am- I left out a line because I was writing so fast earlier! That 1/2 pound of muscle burns calories no matter what you are or aren't doing; awake, asleep, lying on the couch...at 50 that meant I had lost 10 pounds of muscle. Somewhere there's an equation that will relate that into calories, but I don't have time to dig for it right now!
Sorry about leaving out that line!