Learning Project Update… Every Little Bit Counts

In the interest of full disclosure, the past week has been a challenge. I am happy to report that I am down two 214lbs this week. This is in line with what my goals are on my fitness pal. Getting to the gym has been a struggle the last week ( it is a busy time of year and I was feeling very much like I was spending more time marking papers then  I was pursuing fitness goals. I am also teaching a clinical rotation which can add to the challenge).

To combat this I came across a method of training called greasing the groove . This is a method of training popularized by  Pavel Tsatsouline. I first became aware of Tsatsouline when listening to The Time Ferris Show ( link to the particular podcast can be found here.) The following video gives an overview of the training technique:

I tried incorporating this this technique into my daily routine. It was quite simple really. I did 6 push ups ( please don’t laugh) every hour on the hour while at work (except while teaching or at clinical. Trust me you don’t want to push ups on hospital floors) Math is not a strong point of mine but that worked out to roughly 48 push ups a day times 5 work days that works out to be a around 240 push ups a week. I have to say I didn’t mind it. I wasn’t sweaty and gross ( like I was interval training ) and what’s better I didn’t need need to set aside time for training. In the end, I got some training in and I am continuing to trend in the right direction. My work load remains the same until the end of the term, so I am excited to continue to experiment with this method.

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I know you can’t tell but that right there is a large shirt. Not extra large. Thanks to my co worker Dan for helping with the photo. I’m still selfie impaired.

Although the progress hasn’t been fast it has been pretty steady. I would like to thank everyone for the support and encouragement. I’m learning a lot. Unfortunately I’m still a far cry from realizing my dream of becoming Mr. February in the next Men of Nursing Calendar (don’t worry that was a joke). See you all tonight!

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7 thoughts on “Learning Project Update… Every Little Bit Counts

  1. Awesome! You look happy! As Joe says, slow and steady wins the race. I know how hard it is to give up on fitness goals when you are busy, I have done it a time or two. So good on you for sticking to it. Every little bit counts!

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  2. This is an awesome way to get some exercises in in such a busy time! Well done. I’ve heard of the technique before but never the term “greasing the groove.” It’s neat concept and I might just have to implement it too on my busy days when I can’t get to the gym. Excellent work Joe! Keep it up!

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  3. Looks awesome! I appreciate the ideas shared in the video and despite the fact that the video is very gendered and focused on “manliness” I do believe in the philosophy 🙂 Thanks for sharing your journey and good work for finding small ways to integrate it into your routine whilst in the middle of the busiest time of the semester!

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  4. I think there really is something to finding the time within your day, at least at first, to stretch and exercise. Hopefully it will make working out more fun and less like a chore!

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