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Another day, another workout diary. I’m pretty sure that I’m getting stronger. I actually managed some almost-real press-ups today. Those are the ones where, not only am I on my toes instead of my knees, my chest hits the ground at the same time as my thighs.
In reality, I’m still sagging in the middle so my thighs collapse onto the mat half a second before my arms give way.
Here’s today’s video. Tomorrow is my first scheduled rest day. Whether or not I’ll do a video depends on how much pain I’m in and whether I feel like complaining about it.
Food log here! Jeez, that’s worse than I thought – only 1500 calories when I’m supposed to be getting at least 2300? Better starting putting butter in my protein shakes or something.
On the brewing injuries… I spent about 8 months doing proper weight-lifting in 2009-10, hence all the links to StrongLifts.com in previous posts. (Yes, you wouldn’t know it from meeting me… this is my AFTER size, put it that way.) Thankfully, I never had a major injury but I had minor tears in a couple of muscles so I’m very aware of the difference between normal muscle burn and something more severe. Right now a part of my left quad has that sharp pain that will turn into a month-long injury if I don’t rest it. My abs have something similar – you know how annoying it is when something interrupts a sneeze? Yeah, the muscle pain from the very act of sneezing interrupts my sneeze…
So, despite my being in almost-crippling pain today, UFC personal trainer wants me to do bicycle crunches, leg lifts and v-ups…
Still working on the diet. I’ve run out of cardboard-flavoured soy protein mix so have resorted to stealing my boyfriend’s vanilla-flavoured whey protein instead. Horrible, horrible stuff. Here’s a useful link for anyone else working on strength or muscle mass: Build Muscle on a Budget.
Today I’ve managed to hit my protein target but undereat by 600 calories. I’m off to make myself a raspberry Eton Mess :) For those of you who like voyeurism through numbers, here’s the breakdown of what I ate today.
I am going to suffer a lot of pain in July.
I joined THQ and MCV’s Ultimate Fighting Championship Personal Trainer fitness challenge last week. Approximately 40 gamers have signed up, competing to win a trip to Vegas and £1000 spending money. THQ have kindly set up a Twitter list – ufcptchallenge – where we can watch the boys alternately smack-talking each other and moaning about their muscles.
I’ve also decided to dabble in video. Here’s a diary I made yesterday.
The numbers again:
Body fat: 22.9%
Muscle mass: 36.3%
You’ve obviously noticed from the video that I’m disappointed with the accuracy of the game’s motion detection (2:30 if you couldn’t be bothered to watch me wittering at my webcam). It’s incredibly easy to rack up false information, rendering the entire stats tracking system useless. Still, the game is great for training inspiration. I’m doing the 30-day strength challenge to build up muscle mass and it’s started me off with a huge workout – 19 exercises, mostly focused on lower body. The only parts of me that don’t ache are my forearms and my calves. Wouldn’t surprise me if today’s workout finishes those off.
The flip side to gaining muscle mass is to improve your diet. Mine is appalling. Here’s what I ate yesterday.
The amount of calories I need each day to just keep living is around the 1,400 mark. According to FitDay, my mostly-seated lifestyle means I should be eating around 2,300 calories to maintain my current weight. For a proper muscle-building routine, you want at least 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight which translates to at least 130 grams per day for me. Even with the biltong snack and protein shake, I only managed 111 grams yesterday.
It’s time to step up. MEEEAAAAAAT!