I’ve found that it’s been hard to track resistance training with a heart rate monitor. I forget to put it on and I just rush to the gym. It’s because I don’t sweat as much and my heart stays comfortable the whole time I’m weight lifting. So I downloaded a weight lift tracker and it does an “analysis” of everything I did over a period of time. Since I’ve only had this tracker for a week, here’s a week’s progress below.
It might look like I don’t work out my arms or butt that much. But some of these exercises work out multiple body parts. This week, I did want to focus on leg work. And it’s crazy to see that I lifted 39,076 pounds in a week.
In the afternoon while slaving away at my computer, I crave a snack but it’s hard to find something high protein, healthy, not too sweet, and guaranteed unprocessed. So why not make your own? This smelled really good as I mixed it together.
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup wheat germ
- 1/4 cup milled flax seeds
- 3 huge scoops vanilla protein powder
- 1 tbspn blueberry extract
- 1 cup pre-prepared granola mix (from my local grocery store)
- 2 small handfuls of your favorite raw nuts or what you have on hand
- 2 small handfuls of dried fruit (I had cranberries and raisins)
- 2 tbspn cinnamon
- 1/2 cup Semi-Sweet chocolate chips (optional)
- 1 cup peanut or your choice nut butter
- 1/2 cup Manuka honey
- 1/2 cup agave nectar
- 1-2 cups soy or your favorite nut drink
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Butter or spray a flat cookie sheet.
2. Mix all dry ingredients together except for the chocolate chips.
3. Mix all the wet ingredients together until mostly combined.
4. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together. At this point, it should smell good. Mine did.
5. Add any wet ingredient you prefer if the mixture is too dry or more rolled oats or wheat germ if too wet. I ended up adding an extra tablespoon of peanut butter to soak up the dusty wheat germ/flax seed that weren’t absorbed.
6. Plop the mixture onto the pan and flatten with a spoon until desired thickness/thinness. My mixture only took up half my pan.
7. If you choose to use chocolate chips, press the chocolate chips into the top of the mixture.
8. Bake until edges are golden brown or dark brown (or in my case, like they are half a minute from burning). Mine took approximately 18 minutes. Place on cooling rack and let cool.
Originally, when I began my fitness journey, something in me thought/felt that simply doing cardio wasn’t going to help me reach my goals. That thought was that muscle is metabolically active. If you have more muscle, you are more metabolically active. Which means you can increase your metabolism by putting on muscle. Putting on more muscle means resistance training. And resistance training is easier for me to do than cardio, because wheezing.
I wanted to switch to a program that was more pure resistance training, with a little mobility mixed in. However there are not many YouTube videos to follow of someone weight lifting and you doing what they do. During this search (within the past month or so) I started listening to the Mind Pump Podcast. I liked what I heard about these guys’ approach to exercise, so I got a couple of their programs and am incorporating them. Their resistance training program have phases to help grow strength, stability, and muscle. So I’ll try this out for now and see what kind of changes happen.
I finished this book a couple of months ago but forgot I had written down some stuff from it!
“If you marvel at your good fortune, you should marvel in secret: never let people see you.” – p. 186
“Our possessions outlasts us,… we have to live up to them, as they will be our witnesses when we are gone.” p. 54
“You need to write everything down, he tells his people. Distrust yourself. Human memory is fallible.” p. 63
Do you know why they say, ‘There’s no smoke without fire?’ It’s not just to give encouragement to people who like fires. It’s a statement about the danger of chimneys, but also about the courts of kings – or any space where trapped air circulates, choking on itself. A spark catches a particle of falling soot: with a crackle, the matter ignites: with a roast, the flames fly skyward, and within minutes, the palace is ablaze.” p. 141
“But the law is not an instrument to find out truth. It is there to create a fiction that will help us move past atrocious acts and face our future. It seems there is no mercy in this world, but a kind of haphazard justice: men pray for crimes, but not necessarily their own.” – p. 729
Here’s a collection of pictures of Boston while we were exploring it.
Not including the climbing days and any walking/hiking. Also, I went to the Boston area to tour the climbing gyms in that area and those weren’t included either, but I’ll include a picture that captures what physical activity I did.