Week one is out of the way. I know I’m over most of the soreness, which is a plus. I started the program out with a bang. Here’s how I did!
I’m aiming for 2000 – 2200 Calories with a Protein/Carb/Fat percentage balance of 50/30/20. I logged everything I ate into Daily Burn and I got pretty damn close each day to achieving the balance I was looking for. The thing I went over on most consistently was fat. That came mostly from whole eggs and string cheese. I picked up some All Whites this week, so that should take of that little issue.
I did have a couple of drinks this week. The first was a Friday night impromptu date night with 2 glasses wine and a half bag of popcorn while we watched Dinner for Schmucks (pretty funny, btw!). The popcorn we had was the Orville Redenbacher’s Organic SmartPop! Popcorn, so it wasn’t horrible. But still, pretty much empty calories and salt.
The other was at Buffalo Wild Wings. Hey! It’s still playoff time! I didn’t have beer though. I just had whiskey. 3 glasses of Whiskey. And shot of something that was pretty sweet. That’s not good. But I didn’t partake in any of the wings or sliders on the table. I got back home and had my stir-fry. Go me!
Overall I felt like I ate enough to complete my workouts, ate lean enough to lose fat, and still had a bit of fun. Score!
I did every routine this week including the optional X Stretch on Sunday. I didn’t do anything extra such as running or elliptical. I think that will be more of a Phase 2 and 3 thing. Plus it’s really cold outside!
The numbers I put up were a little bit depressing in some of the routines. I knew I wasn’t going to hit the same amount of reps and weight that I did coming off my last full cycle, but damn! Oh well. I’ve got my baseline set. Now that I’ve got a goal to shoot for, I’m only going to go up!
The thing I missed the most was the endurance through the workout. The second time through the exercises really dropped off. A sign that you’re getting in shape in when those second set of numbers is nearly the same as the first set. I expect that to come back quickly.
Ab Ripper X. Oh you cruel bastard. I did them all. Well, I did all that I could each time I was supposed to. The abs are unfortunately where I tend to slack off. I see that Ab Ripper X logo come up after I have just finished and hour workout, get pissed, and turn it off. Not this time! I’m doing ALL of the ab exercises. I can’t make it through the entire workout, but I think I’ll be there by week 3.
Weight – 164 (-2.4)
Chest – 40″ (-4″)
Right Thigh – 23.75″ (-.25″)
Left Thigh – 23.5″ (-.5″)
Right Bicep – 14″ (0)
Left Bicep – 13.75″ (o)
Neck – 15.5 (-.75)
I attribute the general lowering of numbers to getting rid of the first layer of holiday blub and bloat. My arms stayed pretty much the same. I’m never sure of the neck. It’s hard for me to tell if I’m measuring in the same place every week.
I’m feeling great! I’ve got some soreness that lasts a couple of days after each workout, but I love that feeling. It’s a constant reminder to me of what I’m doing. I’ve worked out hard and when my arm hurts when I reach for fridge, I know what I need to pull out of it. I’m sleeping well, though I could use some more of it. None of my previous injuries are acting up noticeably, though I’ve admittedly taken it easy on some of the problem moves.
This week is full speed ahead. I have no blocks. Development continues on schedule for a March Brett 3.0 release date.