Sloth to Swole

The story of a real transformation

Author: Jeeves (Page 2 of 9)

This past week found me in a funk.  I get that way sometimes, and it’s okay.  I let myself go through it because I know that I’ll come out strong on the other end – and I have.  I think the “down-time” was because I’ve lost focus, or at least I’ve been distracted by things that shouldn’t be holding my focus.

Yes, I’m being vague, and no I’m not going to clarify completely haha.

In any case, I’ve taken control again and am reinvigorating different goals that I’ve had recently.  The fitness stuff has been going great, though the past couple of days I haven’t been eating as well as I should be.  Other than that, I feel great and am looking forward to toning things up a bit more in my chest and abs.  I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing there.

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Chocolate Sea-Salt Caramel Cupcakes

Chocolate Sea-Salt Caramel Cupcakes

If you haven’t been following my Instagram, then you’ve been missing out on my food porn (as my friends call it).  You can check out some of the pictures in the widget to the right.  Anyway, I’ve been getting some requests for recipes, and I’ve also been wanting to keep track of what I’m making in case I want to make them again (or get a special request :P).  I’m going to be going back in time a little and pulling out different recipes and keeping them here for anyone interested.

The other night, I was invited to my neighbor’s place for a dinner party.  I’ve already made a name for myself in the apartment as a great baker/cook, so I wanted to be sure to impress!  I had done two of my favorites before – French Toast Cupcakes and Krispy Fluffernutter Brownies – so I wanted to try something new.  I spent a couple of days scouring the Internet for a great new recipe, and I found this: 10 Great Mini Cupcake Ideas from Spoonful.com.  One of them sounded too good not to try – Chocolate Salted-Caramel Cupcakes!  So I got to work:

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Today was my appointment with the sports therapist.  I’ve been out of any high impact cardio for a while now, and my leg has been feeling fine, so I hoped that I would get some good news from the Doc – and I did, along with some disappointing news.

The Doc said that I can get back to running, at least a little bit – nothing like I was doing before (can’t be doing any 8 milers for a little bit).  She said that I could start off with doing 10 minutes at a 10 min/mile pace if I can.  She also said that I should stay off sidewalks and roads for the time being, and do my runs on a treadmill if possible because its less impactful than roads and sidewalks.  So that’s my plan tonight – tredmill for maybe 20 minutes or so (5 min warm-up, 10 min running, 5 min cool-down). I’ll let you guys know how that goes.

The “bad” news (more so disappointing than actually bad) was the Doc suggesting that I cut my marathon in October down to a half-marathon.  She asked if I was disappointed about her saying that; I answered with an emphatic “Yes,” but I did tell myself that, whatever the Doctor told me, I would follow.  So, that’s what I’ll be doing.

Anyway, I’m happy for the go-ahead to start running again, and still looking forward to October.  My goals haven’t changed too much – I still want to do a marathon.  I just have more time to get that done now.

Fitting

Krispy Fluffernutter Brownies - Single

Krispy Fluffernutter Brownies

I don’t know many people that aren’t a fan of Peanut Butter and Chocolate.  It’s a great pairing.  Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups are the second best selling candy in America behind M&M’s (Hershey’s does $516.5 Million in Annual Sales just for Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups according to this article at Business week).  Even E.T. said that Reece’s Pieces were his favorite in the 1982 movie.  This is just part of the reason why everyone loves it when I make these Krispy Fluffernutter Brownies – Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Marshmallow Fluff combine to make this easy to make, crowd-pleasing treat!

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Back to work today.  I’ve been enjoying cycling.  I used to do it all the time, but not really as a “workout.”  It was always just for fun for me.  Today, I pushed myself a little harder than Tuesday, and mannnn – was I sweating like crazy!  Felt really good.  Check out my time: http://rnkpr.com/a3g6ofp

… Jeeves rested.  Everything I read talks about resting muscles, though it doesn’t seem like it’s an exact science.  I mean, I’m sure there’s a point where you’re not resting enough, not allowing your muscles to build back up.  The split that I’m doing is supposed to be four days – Pull, Push, Legs (I’m doing abs), and rest – but I’m feeling like that might be too long of a wait in between.  I don’t know.  I’m going to have to feel it out I guess. 

I love the Cardio Abs video from Insanity.  I always felt like that was the best ab workout I’ve ever had.  So instead of doing Legs during this “split”, I decided to do an Abs Day.  I fast forward through the “cardio” portion of the video, and go straight to the C-Position Abs routine.  It’s a lot of holding position, and turning to work your oblique muscles.  Then there’s a set of plank exercises too.  It’s awesome, only takes about 10 minutes, and I feel really good afterward.

So yesterday was my Pull routine.  Today is Push.  When you’re pushing on something (especially pushups) you’re working Triceps and Chest.  So that’s what I’ll be doing today – Military Press, DB Press, and Skull Crushers (a silly name, but accurate – if you accidently drop the dumbbell, it’s gonna crush your skull! haha).

My arms are feeling pretty weak since yesterday, but I’m going to push through.  I don’t think I’m lifting too much weight, I just think it’s the simple fact that I haven’t done this in a while.  We shall see!

I’ve been learning a lot in the past few months about anatomy – specifically muscles and bones and how it all works together.  I think that’s really going to help as I move in to doing some weight-training as part of my workouts.  I used to just jump in to equipment and start moving shit around.  But after doing some reading and research on workout routines, I think I’m able to more intelligently work my muscles.

Anyway, I’ve learned a new word – “split.”  Not the kind that hurts for men to think about, but as in how to split up your workout over a couple of days to give your muscles rest.  My buddies at work talk about splitting up Back and Biceps, and Chest and Triceps.  That didn’t mean much until I found a “Push/Pull/Legs Split” routine.

So today I did nothing but Pull Exercises (as well as some light cardio).  When you pull on something, you’re working your back and biceps mostly.  So today is Seated Rows, Wide Grip Lat Pulldowns, DB Flys and DB Curls.

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