“Love yourself just as you are”

I spent a large portion of my adult life as part of the ‘new age’ community. One common idea you’ll hear is that “you need to accept yourself and love yourself as you are.” I am pretty sure that I ‘get’ the underlying concept here, but in practice this leads to people trying to feel fine about themselves even if they are not “where they want to be” physically.

Well, at the risk of offending my positive-thinking former companions, I don’t accept myself as I am. I don’t like being out of shape and overweight. I’ve spent 16 years getting more and more flabby. I’m not putting up with my own lazy attitudes any longer. I’m going to change. I know that it’s hard work, but you know something?

I’d spent also spent a good portion of my adult life working really hard. Hard work doesn’t faze me.

Day 18/70: a Pull Day and 1/4 of the way to my 10-week goal

Jorah earned 429 points for:

  • Push-Up:
    • 23 reps (+34 pts)
    • This being my 25% mark on my 10-week program, I decided to check my push-ups total to see how I’m progressing toward one of my goals… 50 consecutive push-ups. 23? That’s not good. I have not progressed at all. 🙁
  • Pull-Up:
    • 4 reps (+21 pts)
    • 4 reps (+21 pts)
    • 3 reps (+14 pts)
    • YAYOG Intervals: Week 3, Day 3
  • Weighted Inverted Row (Let Me Ups):
    • 47 lb x 8 reps (+32 pts)
    • 47 lb x 8 reps (+32 pts)
    • 47 lb x 7 reps (+31 pts)
  • Dumbbell Bicep Curl:
    • 18.3 lb x 5 reps (+6 pts)
    • 25 lb x 4 reps (+8 pts)
    • 25 lb x 3 reps (+8 pts)
    • First set done with a Butterball Premium Frozen Turkey as I brought it up from the big freezer. Happy Thanksgiving! (other two sets were YAYOG towel curls, max effort.) Note: these last two sets brought me to sweating, shaking, arm-trembling exhaustion…
  • Let Me Ins:
    • 9 reps (+41 pts)
    • 12 reps (+59 pts)
    • 10 reps (+47 pts)
  • Chin-Up:
    • 6 reps (+34 pts)
    • 5 reps (+27 pts)
    • 3 reps (+14 pts)
    • I wonder why close intervals do more for you than more reps spread over the course of an hour?
Weight: 188

Day 16/70

Today is Legs day!

 

Jorah earned 489 points for:

  • Body Weight Bulgarian Split Squat:
    • 12 reps (+14 pts)
    • 9 reps (+10 pts)
    • 8 reps (+9 pts)
    • These things are royal BASTARDS.
  • Body Weight Lunge:
    • 12 reps (+15 pts)
    • 9 reps (+11 pts)
    • 9 reps (+11 pts)
    • YAYOG: Alternating side lunges with 6 second hold at bottom.
  • Burpee:
    • 12 reps (+27 pts)
    • 12 reps (+27 pts)
    • 11 reps (+24 pts)
    • YAYOG: toyotas. Interval sets of 6-12 on a 3-minute cycle. OMFSM. I haven’t wanted anything to be DONE as much in a while.
  • Romanian Deadlift:
    • 46 lb x 6 reps (+17 pts)
    • 46 lb x 6 reps (+17 pts)
    • 46 lb x 6 reps (+17 pts)
    • YAYOG: Alternating one-legged Romanian Dead Lifts. Standing on a pillow to increase supporting muscle engagement and balance
  • Box Jumps:
    • 12 jumps || 22 in (+32 pts)
    • 18 jumps || 22 in (+52 pts)
    • 12 jumps || 22 in (+32 pts)
  • Plank:
    • 102 sec (+35 pts)
    • 55 sec (+19 pts)
    • 45 sec (+15 pts)
  • Side Plank:
    • 43 sec (+30 pts)
    • 31 sec (+21 pts)
    • 30 sec (+21 pts)
    • Don’t side planks EVER get any easier?
  • Seated Glute Stretch:
    • 90 sec (+7 pts)
    • 72 sec (+5 pts)
    • 75 sec (+6 pts)
    • Actually a ball bridge or reverse plank with feet on stability ball. 30 second rest between sessions.
  • Jump Rope:
    • 0:01:12 (+5 pts)
    • 0:01:12 (+5 pts)
    • 0:00:36 (+5 pts)
    • hadn’t done this one in a while. I’m better at not hitting my feet. All the other jumping I’m doing must be helping my jump height on these.
Weight: 187