My Fitness Regime Debacle
What I think happened with this Family Weight Loss Challenge, is that I focused on the scale, I obsessed on it, despite knowing that I always jump up a few pounds when I start working out. I gain some muscle and lose some fat and get a net gain but look and feel much better. I know that I can drop weight fastest by upping my caffeine intake and basically starving. I also know how much this adversely affects my sleep, my mood, my physical activities, etc.
So after a few weeks of eating really well, and exercising a lot and seeing a dip of one or two pounds on the scale, I freaked. I started getting on the scale several times a day, resorting to old tricks like aforementioned caffeine and lots of cold water to fool my appetite and vitamins to replace the nutrients being sapped by the caffeine and reduction of real food.
And I dropped weight.
But I paid the price. My mood swung all over the place. My muscles would cramp. I cut down exercising because of decreased energy. Yes, I was amped up with caffeine, but it meant my sleep patterns got all screwed up so I couldn't get to sleep but I was always tired.
The New Fitness Regime
This time around, I will have the main goal of having fun and getting in the best shape of my life, December 31, 2011. These are two very subjective goals making them unrealistic and perhaps too fuzzy to attain. So I will have lots of tangible milepost goals along the way. Ridiculous ones, granted but let's see how it goes.
I would love to be able to do 100 consecutive push ups and 20 consecutive pull-ups. And I mean real and full versions not the cheats that I see others and honestly myself do in Crossfit and kickbox type classes. I've struggled with both these body weight exercises in the past. I've done various workouts and even purchased Apps on my Iphone in attempts to conquer those impressive feats. I've also screwed up my shoulders and come up with tons of excuses along the way. That said those are the end goals that maybe I'll attain by the middle of next year, let's start off with 40 consecutive push-ups and 10 consecutive pull-ups by end of month.
Now will I come up with a reasonable and logical, progressive work-out plan to get there. Hell no. This time around I'm doing it my way. I will do what I have fun doing, but keep in my mind that goal and throw in exercises and games and challenges that will target the same muscles used in doing push-ups and pull-ups. And I'll test myself every week or so, when I feel like it, not on some predetermined date.
Is this the best way to go about it? No. Would it work for everyone? Absolutely not. Will it work for me? Maybe. It will be interesting if my FUNctional Fitness philosophy works or is more Snake Oil to feed our fitness fad diet.