Hello, Sparkpeople! It was definitely a cathartic experience telling you, a whole community, about some of my fitness goals. So, I am back to write more!
I have been doing well, working toward some of my personal mile stones; however, I am plagued by temptation! A temptation to engage in cardio, cut back on calories, and the strongest temptation of all - to run. I know the kneejerk reaction of a primarily weight loss community would be to urge me to dive right in, burn off that fat, and not to think twice about it. I just wish I could do that!
While I would love to do all that, and plan to some day soon, it would severely hamper my progress in muscle gain. I am trying to consume *extra* calories from lean protein, avoid burning those calories off with aerobic exercise, and to divert all sustenance I consume toward the building of lean mass. I couple this with the lifting of free weights, in a constant cycle of breaking down muscle fibers through physical activity and then rebuilding through diet and rest. Some would call this a "bulking" phase, though I prefer the term "building". I am doing quite well during this phase, already seeing much progress and gain.
This would be all well and good, except for the fact that I have a highly motivated girlfriend who is such a big part of my life. I see her making such great progress toward her own goals that I can't help but feel drawn in. I want to run with her, cut calories with her, and otherwise join her in her journey. Right now, however, I have to remind myself that our paths are divergent; but not for long. I am only a few weeks out from my "cutting" phase. I will finally be able to join her, and perhaps push her a little harder through my own brand of motivation.
I know this blog did not give too much insight, or breach interesting topics, but it was definitely something on my mind. My next blog I want to talk about adaptation and "upgrades"!