Fitness Specter 12 – A Way of Life

Well, I’m back in the saddle… sort of. I am back to writing about fitness, at least, and I’m trying to get back into the habit of doing everything healthy. There are some obstacles, though, and those are some of the things I’m going to talk about right now. So, let’s get this party rolling once again!

FitSpecter300I’ve talked in the past about how to be fit, build muscle, and generally turn yourself into a pseudo-bodybuilder. Am I an expert? By no means, but I find that those who want to excel at something will learn the crap out of it… and that is what I’m doing with the whole fitness thing in general.

If you’ve been living under a rock, or generally don’t follow what I’m up to, then you might not realize that I have been attempting to move out of North Dakota to Oregon, which means that there is a slew of things that have been causing me problems in trying to be fit and healthy.

A week ago, I cancelled my membership to Gold’s Gym. Where I’m going there is no Gold’s Gym. Sad face. My wife and I have been throwing out everything from our house that we do not need and we’ve ended up with a very empty house. There isn’t much that we’re taking with us to Oregon because we have less room where we’re moving and we honestly don’t need most of what we had. This also means that our stores of food we’ve been keeping are also down to a “buy as we need stuff” level because we’re trying to eat fresher than we have in the past. While we wait to move, though, that means we’ve been eating out a lot more than we’d like to because the time for my wife to leave (she’s going first) is getting really close. As such, my nutrition has suffered. My workout schedule has also decreased from a massive six days per week to a day per week because I’m just too busy to squeeze in more… and I’m normally so tired at the end of most days that I can’t do much lifting. Oh, woe is me. I’m such a case of say one thing and do another.

It’s time to stop talking and start doing. Boom.

The basis for any healthy move, and in my specific bodybuilding case, is nutrition. I need to start eating better, eating healthier, and making better choices wherever I go to eat. When my wife leaves, that will mean picking up heads of lettuce, lots of rice, and butt tons of chicken breasts and just pre-making most of my meals and eating them and ONLY them. I am going to cut out bad fats, unnecessary sugars, all high fructose corn syrup, sweets, greasy stuff, and generally unhealthy things. That means going to McDonald’s will result in salads, Premium Chicken Wraps, and a complete lack of desserts/fries. That means a lot less frozen yogurt, ice cream, and generally less deep fried items. That means eating non-snack foods at home, eating less processed everything, and making sure that at least half of what I eat at home is a vegetable (preferably green). Nutrition will be the foundation and that is what I need to start with.

Another thing I need to establish is daily activity. DAILY ACTIVITY. That means walking 10,000 to 20,000 steps a day on top of running for a mile, two miles, walking up 50 flights of stairs, or bicycling for several miles. Cardio is the next important step I need to take and since I’ve recently read about how Flex Lewis (IFBB 212 Showdown Champion) does his cardio, I think I’d like to build up to that approach. I stress build up because he’s a monster and I’m a beginner. I’d like to be a monster but I also want to have a life, so if I just work up to that level of cardio, I may not have to lift quite as much because I know right now I’ll never be THAT ripped. Cardio is step two, though I could be working on that right now.

I have maintained my level of working out (once a week) for the last four weeks and I am going to start working my way back up to more than a single day per week. Right now I’m doing a little bit of everything but the first thing I’m going to do when I work up to two days a week is split my workout into two almost as intense workouts but more focused. I was initially thinking “upper body” and “lower body,” but I can’t do as much leg work at home as I can at a gym, so I’m probably going to incorporate legs with each of the two and split into back/biceps and chest/triceps. Abs all the time, too. When I get a month or two of two day splits done and get into that habit, I’ll work towards a three day split. While I have no more membership at Gold’s, I can still use the gym from now until the middle of December because of how far my dues have been paid. A three day split would need more of a gym membership as I’d due a legs/abs day separate of back/biceps and chest/triceps. You see where I’m going here, right? Four day splits, five days splits, and eventually a six day split… because even though I won’t look like a Flex Lewis or Kai Greene, I still want to look less like the Pillsbury Doughboy. Yeah… white and pasty.

If you’d like to join me, I’m a member of Bodybuilding.com’s BodySpace. I will begin putting up more updates when I get the nutrition back under control. I want to help you get better, too, so don’t just look at me and cheer me on. Join me. Let’s be fit together and look at the others like they don’t know what they’re doing.

Let’s go lift.