It has been a busy few days since my last check in. I began weight training for the first time in many years. I met with one of the trainers at the fitness center at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. He helped me develop a resistance training program for this project. For those who are interested it is an upper body lower body split routine that I do 3 to 4 times a week (for the sake of simplicity I just alternate the upper and lower body routines). The program is built to focus on hypertrophy and strength ( I’ll post a copy of the routine below).
Unfortunately, I have not see a change in my weight since the last update. Moving forward I plan use the My Fitness Pal app with a greater degree of discipline. Originally, I thought it wasn’t as necessary if I just stuck to the foods prescribed by the slow carb diet . This is all well and good but it turns out it was a tougher prospect then I originally thought. Use of My Fitness Pal keeps me from falling off the wagon. Food tracking helps with accountability and the app tracks your progress well. I also have decided to go with a 30 day free trial of the premium app. This thing does it all. It also gives me access to blog posts and videos on a variety of fitness and nutritional subjects. I feel a bit silly that I haven’t been using this tool to it’s full capacity. However, I do have the next few weeks to employ it for the remainder of the class. I’m excited to see what I can do. For anyone unfamiliar with the app please see the short video below:
This app also streamlines things for me in that I have access to good information in one place. Whereas before I was searching various blogs ( Tim Ferriss and Mark’s Daily Apple come to mind) and YouTube videos to gather information now I can look for topics through My Fitness Pal and use that as a main source of information.
Moving forward my plan is:
- Focus on tracking my intake using the My Fitness Pal app ( honestly I think this will have the greatest impact on my ability to lose body fat).
- Continue with the training regimen as prescribed by the good people at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic fitness center.
- Use this blog as a means of documenting my progress ( I will post weekly updates and reflections likely on Fridays as that is a slower day for me).
This is a simple plan but not necessarily easy. I think with consistent use of My Fitness Pal and using a training program that is sustainable and fits well into my work life ( I am learning to organize my day to fit training in while I’m at work. This way I can leave my evenings and weekends open for being a dad.) I will check back in on Friday hopefully with some lower numbers. Below are some pictures of the adventures I had returning to the weight room.
I was going to shoot a few short videos but I’m not entirely sure about the rules surrounding that. I hope the pictures added something. Thank you for taking the time to read my post. I look forward to catching up with yours as well!