The start of Week 2

Posted 8 years, 1 month ago at 11:43 pm. 2 comments

Today was a long day at work, but I slept in an extra hour because of going to bed so late last night.  Work was a mix of fixing bugs and running scary SQL on production data.

But the best part of the day was when I weighed this morning.  This whole diet and exercise thing might just work after all, because here are my stats.

  • Height: 5’8″ (172.7 cm), as my old boss pointed out, this probably won’t change, so I’ll stop posting it.
  • Weight: 158 lb (71.7 kg), a 4 lb (1.8 kg) loss!
  • Body fat: 21.4%, a 1.1% loss!
  • BMI: 24, a 0.5 loss!

Between running SQL statements and fixing some code, I was able to eat some:

  • 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 large cup of pussed up coffee
  • 6 oz of low-carb, high-protein yogurt
  • grilled chicken & spinach salad with light dressing
  • 2 Diet Dr. Peppers (or was it 3?  I can’t quite remember)
  • 1 apple
  • taco-seasoned chicken over a small salad

For today’s workout, the workout plan was nice enough to add another pair of exercises.  I was so excited I could barely stand it, so I sat back and contemplated the joy that I would be feeling as I did the new routine.  I know you are sitting there on your couches or at your desks trying to imagine me doing these, so please do so and imagine that I’m completely ripped, even though I’m not even close.

  • Pull ups & jump squats (I wasn’t able to do the pull ups because I don’t have a pull up bar, a little short-sighted of me, I know)
  • Push ups & squat and press (with 20 lb/9 kg dumbbells)
  • Bent over row (25 lb/11.3 kg dumbbells) & hip bridges
  • Shoulder press & calf raises, both with 20 lb/9kg dumbbells
  • Bicycle kicks & planks

They sure like to save the best for last, don’t they?  Planks are right up there with bamboo under your fingernails.

2 Replies

  1. Wow, I’m impressed, Ken. Those are some very impressive changes for a first week!! Usually people actually gain a little weight the 1st week as they swap fat for muscle. Your improvements are even more impressive given that you decided to start this journey during your toughest week at work! Should just get easier from here.

    Most of the things I’ve read say you can see abs when you get below 10%. My experience is that about right.



  2. Thanks, Rob! Maybe I didn’t gain any weight because I’m not adding as much muscle mass as I probably should be. The first week was more like getting into the swing of things, so I don’t think I was doing as well as I should have.

    My entire body definitely doesn’t hurt any more, and for that I’m eternally grateful to recovery.

    Oh, and how in the hell am I going to get below 10% body fat? The lowest I’ve ever been was 13%, and I was in college and running 3-5 miles 4 times per week and weighed only 135 lb!

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