All right so this is gonna be a really impromptu video. I didn’t plan on shooting a video today. It’s lunchtime I actually planned on going for a walk, but it’s a little cold and rainy. So, instead I decided to lift, today’s gonna be a back biceps legs workout. I don’t know, I just, I miss shooting video. I’ve wanted to make some videos, and, and today I was just like, oh well, why not shoot a video. So here it is.
I haven’t shot anything for awhile. I’ll show you a couple updates in my weightlifting equipment. First change is this. I got rid of my smith machine and bought this leverage squat machine:
The smith machine is one of the first pieces of weightlifting equipment that like I’ve ever gotten rid of. But it was rusting, and, and I really did have to get rid of it. But it was hard to let it go. And I bought this, I really like the leverage squat. I know it’s not as good as doing a barbell squat, like if I had a rack. But I just, I just really want to do the things that I enjoy doing… it’s really, here, right?
I just, I prefer this over barbell squats, so that’s what I’m gonna do. I added this old TV, just hung it up on the wall. And I have a Roku stick plugged into the back so that way I can create like a youtube playlist and then I can run music videos… which is fed into my stereo. So I’m going to be putting music over top of this video so I don’t get a copyright strike.
I also picked up these, which is a pair of 60 pound dumbbells:
Those are my biggest dumbbells at this point. I can bench them… I’ll probably keep going up but I’m just gradually increasing as I can lift more and more. Anyway that’s about it, start the work out.
All right so overall I’d say that work out wasn’t too bad. I haven’t lifted in, I’d say two or three weeks. I’ve been kind of doing my own like rehab on my shoulder. I’d say three weeks ago it was pretty bad, and I actually think it was chest exercises in particular that was aggravating it. I mean I could probably do a whole separate video on that. But anyway I finished up this workout with a drop set of dumbbell curls, and then at the very end I did a set of face pulls. It’s something I saw on Jeff Cavalier’s channel Athlean-x. He said he recommends finishing every workout with a set of face pulls. And then, like these overhead shoulder lifts. I believe that’s to help, you know, both correct posture and, you know, keep your shoulders… like aligned right. By working, you know, those over the last several weeks it’s really helped. So I’d say my shoulder is probably 75% better than it was before.
I will mention also my knees. I, I think I finally found the problem with my knees. And I actually think it was due to dehydration. I did a video I think in December, November or December. I, I have Baker cysts and I’ve had problems with my knees, and I finally realized that by drinking more water and making sure I’m hydrated the Baker cysts are pretty much gone. And my knees feel a lot better . I used to drink a lot of water when I was losing weight and, you know just kind of got away from it. And yeah I’ve been lifting, I’ve been walking, I’ve been trying to get back into running. You know, and I’m just, I think I’ve been dehydrated. So by making sure I drink a lot of water things are better. So that’s why I got back into into squatting.
Uh, I would like to get into running as the weather gets warmer. Anyway that’s pretty much gonna do it for this video. I plan to do more videos coming up. I’d like to get back out, start riding, get back into mountain biking. The weather’s finally starting to get warm, so that’s good. Anyway hope you’re doing well and I will, see you soon.
Today is December 31st, 2018. Today I am also uploading the last video that I recorded in my no limits eating vlog series. That video, it’s pretty quick and it ends kind of abruptly, it ends the that, that experiment kind of abruptly so I wanted to record this video to kind of explain what happened after that.
The reason that I even did that series in the first place started with the beginning of the year. Beginning of the year I started intermittent fasting, and I was doing that to try to help with the loose skin. A lot of people had suggested that intermittent fasting or longer periods of fasting might, might help. I put myself on a pretty strict intermittent fasting schedule. I was trying to do a 4-hour eating window, and to make a long story short it doesn’t work well for me. That’s too much restriction on my day, my diet, my eating, my workouts. And what happened is that restriction I, I did intermittent fasting for what six or seven months leading all the way up to our cruise. It was just building and building and building and when I had the idea of doing this No Limits Eating cruise video you know I was telling myself that oh this would be good content for the channel. But it was really just an excuse to go eat. It was that restrictive diet that I had been following for six months turned into this unrestricted cruise and shore vacation.
So I get back from the shore and I went right back into intermittent fasting and it took me all the way up until August 10, the last video that I posted here, and actually beyond that. I think it actually went up to my two-year anniversary which would have been August 22nd. When I finally realized how much stress the intermittent fasting diet was putting me under. And as soon as I stopped that and I went back to what, what I’ve done in the past which is eating small meals more frequently throughout the day, the… the… the stress went away, my motivation came back, I started losing weight again. And, it really taught me a big lesson and that is… that I don’t have to be perfect. While I agree that intermittent fasting is probably the best way to eat, just, just on a normal basis. It doesn’t mean that, that, that I can maximize my results. That I can do it the way, the best way.
So where does that leave me today? I do believe that intermittent fasting is the best, the best way of eating. But I don’t handle that, that tight restriction very well. So instead what I’m doing now is I will wake up in the morning and I will just say, let’s see how long we can go without eating. Sometimes it’s 8 a.m. sometimes it’s 10 sometimes it’s noon or even later. But I’m not gonna put myself under that super strict eating window and force myself to eat in that window. I take each day as they come. And I try to create bigger windows of fasting. That’s what I’m trying. So far it seems to be working. And I think I can get some of the benefits from intermittent fasting. Whether it’s gonna help with the loose skin or not I don’t know. Anyway, that’s pretty much all I wanted to say in this video. I hope everybody has a Happy New Year. I hope that you had a great 2018, and I hope that you have an even better 2019. That said, I’ll see you soon.
Day six, 238.0 lbs.
Saturday morning and I have some more shopping to do.
I’m out at another park near my house. This is a park that I used to do some mountain bike riding at, but today I’m actually going to do some road riding. I’m gonna ride from here about five mile ride out to a lake, and then back. So, about a ten-mile ride. I’m doing that mostly because it sounds like a fun ride and I’m trying to keep things fun.
And that makes five miles. Now I’m gonna head home and see if I can get some more done on my weight room.
I didn’t get as much done today on my weight true project as I had hoped. I did take out an old outlet that was right here, and started to patch it up. It’s gonna need some more work. I also bought some, some new baseboard moulding I’m gonna put in. But I’m gonna have to pick this back up tomorrow.