Body: Week 7-8 (February 11-24)

It was a below average week for my workout schedule. On both weeks I managed to go the gym 3 times a week, which would be OK as the minimum. However once I only did abdominal exercises as I felt I was coming down with a cold and couldn’t do more.

There is only one elliptical machine that I can use for running as all the others hurt my knee after a few minutes. If that machine is taken, I feel I cannot really do my cardio, which is what I like to start with. I could do spinning, stationary bikes, but they are either two easy (the ones you sit in comfortable) or too difficult, like the ones they do the Tour de France style spinning classes. I tried all the other classes I could think of for cardio, but all involved jumping, which again was bad for my knee. So what’s left? Rowing. That’s what I did another time in this fortnight, when my favorite elliptical was taken. Currently I can only really row for 10-11 minutes. I hope to build up my endurance, so I could row longer. But this is already 2000 meters, according to the machine’s built in calculator.

My weight is OK as I am maintaining where I am. I would like to lose more, but at th same time I am satisfied that I am not gaining despite not really paying special attention to my diet. I guess I am starting to have the right habits in terms of portion control and hopefully content too. I am eating a big salad almost every day and plenty of fruit in various forms. I may even eat a bit too much of that, but that’s how I am trying to replace the sugars that I am eating much less. So I am content enough with my weight.

Anya started a diet/lifestyle based on this book: The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy). It also covers how and what to do in terms of movement for the healthy body. I didn’t read the whole thing, but this page contains  the summary of recommendations: Exercise Primally – Move, Lift, and Sprint! My takeaway form that page is that I should be able to do 50 pushups, 12 pullups, 50 squats and hold the plank position for 2 minutes. Currently I can do 15, 6.5, 20 and 35 seconds, respectively. Building up to those higher numbers feels like something I can accomplish. So form now on I will log the change sin the numbers, which hopefully will show upward trends.

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