These 3 cycles are tough cookies, but manageable.....just. As per the lesson, I am done for by the time the last exercise of the final cycle is complete.
Last week was ok, but the rain dictated when I could exercise. I only missed one day, the back and triceps strength day, which I never did catch up on. Wifey is away in Singapore, which means that I am on Kid duty, making time short.
Diet has been bang on, although this week has seen my carbs reduce to tiny amounts. My usual lunch of pasta + veggies + protein is now laughable, as there is really no point having such a small amount of penne!! Will have to switch to a different ingredient for carbs during these lean weeks, like cous cous or something.
All ok here. Have noticed some weight loss and toning up around the mid section, but nothing dramatic yet. Hope these next few weeks will make a dent on the wobble.
To get the workout done before the day starts! Today I managed to get it done in only light rain, and the way this week has gone with the weather, I reckon it would be my only chance!
I still owe the strength training Back & Triceps. Yesterday I managed the DHT workout, and it was my intention to get the strength training done in the afternoon. Unfortunately rain did not allow this. So now my choices are to find a window this week and double up, or crank it out Sunday.
Have a look at this picture below. This was taken near where I used to live. It's not an aqueduct - it's a bridge....for cars. This will give you an idea of how much rain we have had!!!
The weather has been atrocious today - the only window I had for the workout was this morning but I had to go see the doc. I could do some of the workout inside, but prefer to crank it out tomorrow on the roof, then do the strength stuff in the afternoon. Hope the rain clears up by then.
MRI was good news (I think). I have Bursitis and a minor tear. Cortisone injection booked for next week, and I am told it takes 3-4 weeks to kick in. So this will be just in time for IRON again in September :)) Yippee for no surgery!! Also have some rotator cuff exercises to do - must be a good boy and actually do them...........
Need to keep working hard as I still have a lot of fat to chisel off!
(Bursitis is inflammation and swelling of a bursa. A bursa is a fluid-filled sac which forms under the skin, usually over the joints, and acts as a cushion between the tendons and bones.)
I owe an end of week photo - will get one up tomorrow. Promise!
Good week last week, and stayed on point with the diet. I notice that this week the carb crunch has started.... Feeling tired and sore despite getting some decent sleep.
Watched a really interesting documentary called "The Magic Pill" on Netflix. It starts with the question "Why are humans the only species on the planet that deal with obesity? How come other species do not have to manage their weight?" Worth a watch if you have time.
Things gonna start getting harder after this week. Last chance to enjoy the two cycles! Also, I visit the doc tomorrow to get the results of the MRI. So far no real pain, apart from Crab Walks and Shoulder press. Let's see what the doc says.
Hope you are all chiseling well!
All going good so far. Had a few diet wibbles last week, but and determined to keep it super strict from now on in. So far, so good!
I have found that getting the bouncy workouts done first thing in the morning is the way forward, and that the resistance band stuff can be done at any time. Recently though, the rain has been dictating when I am able to get the workouts done. Let's hope the weather is better this week.
Shoulder ok for now, which is a big relief. MRI due on 23rd, so will find out more about a week after that.
Still feeling quite ok after the 2 cycles, but I know what is coming up next - so am saying nothing !!
Back at the Chizz after dropping out of the last attempt with a shoulder injury. Had to quit in the last week - ARRGGHHH!
Still have the shoulder issue, but seeking treatment, have an imminent MRI, and possibly looking at cortisone injections. Great.....
1. What's the toughest physical challenge you've ever faced?
This is going to sound really lame, but for someone who actively hates long distance running - it was my final run and completing Kenzai 10k. I used to be a sprinter when I was younger, and would look at 400m as being long distance! I wish I could write it was completing the Marathon De Sable, but alas no........
2. What aspect of your personality makes the world a better place?
I am a good active listener. I much prefer to listen to others and ask questions about themselves rather than talking about myself. People love talking about themselves, so they often find me good company :0)
Right. Long road ahead. I am going to pop around the blogs and say hi.
Good luck Specters!
Frustrating to write this but I am having to call quits on the Chizz for now. My shoulder injury is causing me a lot of pain, and I have not been able to do a large amount of the exercises. DHTs - no, Burpees - no, Dips - no, press ups - no. Anything that entails the use of my left arm is out. This all started on my last Iron program, and I have been trying to work through it hoping it would get better - it got a lot worse.
So, I want to finish strong, and I think its best for me to redo this one once I have healed up rather than limp over the finish line. Best of luck for the final days Chizzlers. See you out there after some physio.
Good news is that now there is no temptation to drink beer or celebrate during the World Cup final.
I did slip on diet whilst watching the game with a few beers. They were for settling the nerves honest guvnor! So the beer, plus the late night/early morning, meant that today's workout was lacklustre. Back on track tomorrow, with a strong performance!
All good here. Had a hectic few days so have been off the blogs for a bit. Nothing to report really apart from my obvious jubilation over the England v Sweden match - corker!
Much prefer Cycle A over Cycle B. I think it boils down to the Burpees vs DHTs. I can crank out Burpees all day long, but the DHTs really take the wind out of me. Must try breathing properly, as I have the tendency to hold my breath when my legs are in the air.
Hope you are all cracking on with it. Not long left now!!
Today all clicked together. First cycle went in a flash and felt easy, the second cycle also felt good. By the third cycle I was feeling it, but finished will some left in the tank. First time on the 3 cycles a day that I felt I had more left. Hope this is a good sign.
I did have to skip the press ups though as I am having issues with my left arm. Pain. So need to get that checked out next week. Think it's tendonitis, but that is just what google says.
Hope tomorrow clicks too, although with the DHTs I doubt it.
Although we are only just over half way, I am thinking that Iron + Chisel (with the occasional Bellz program thrown in) is the way forward. The next Iron doesn't start for ages, so it might have to be Bellz 2 next.
Sweden. Mmmmm. Watching it at home, so no booze temptations. Gut feeling is we will lose, as they look difficult to score against. Good news is if we do lose then my Chisel program will be rock solid :)
Over half way. It comes to something when you look at the resistance training as a relief, and kind of a rest! Watched England almost crash out of the World Cup and took my indulgence in the form of a large scotch or two. I needed the dutch courage to get through the game I can tell you! Not once did I think that I would be watching 2 hours of football, you would have thought that years of supporting England would have prepared me for the worst.
We never make it easy for ourselves do we?
Anyway. Feeling good about the program so far. Not chiseled enough yet, so will keep on plodding on.
Oh - if by any slim chance England make the World Cup final - i am drinking beer with abandon - program or no program. Chances of this happening are zero - so it will be fine.
Ok, so these 3 cycles are TOUGH!
All ok on the diet and exercise front, although did some swapping last week to fit around weekend activities.
I think the press up burpees are much easier than DHTs.
Getting nervous about the England v Columbia game already especially after all of the shock exits so far!
As promised to the doc, I gave the exercise a rest for 2 days. Back on it now. Diet is on point - no slips, grams hit.
The antibiotics seem to be working well and I am not hacking up my lungs as much. Nice!
Potential bump in the road on Saturday where my lads are at a football tournament all day, so will have to prepare for this by squaring away all food on Friday, pack it up in a cool bag. Somehow I need to fit in the workout early doors on Saturday morning AND watch the ENG v BEL match.
One of the lads has Hand Foot and Mouth - great! I also still have this chest thing going on, so off to the doctors we went.
I won't bore you with all of the conversation at the Docs, but basically I have been forced to promise her that I will not undertake any exercise for the next 36 hours until the drugs she has given me have had time to work their magic. It was like a time auction in reverse.
"Take 7 days off"
"Not an option"
"Can't do that"
"How about 24 hours?"
So - missing today and tomorrow.
My logic of forcing myself to do exercise in order to cough all this crap up was laughed at and she put me in my place by informing me that I was actually making myself worse. Great. So antibiotics, inhaler (first one of my life, and more fluimucil.
Diet locked in - perfect weekend on that front and determined to keep it that way.
Have a strong start to the week team - see you Wednesday!
Push ups done whilst the lads were at football training. Didn’t have push up bars with me, so put my feet on a bench. 30-25-20-15-10.
I am counting the Dads vs Coaches as my free cardio. We drew 4-4 and I scored a hatrick - get in! Fun way to square away the day’s workout.
Tonight is England v Panama. It’s going to be a very physical game, let’s hope England can score some good goals before they face off against the amazing Belgium. Settling down with the fam to watch it later. Kids have crisps, pop corn, pringles - the works. Wife will have chocolate and white wine probably.
I will have fruit and a cup of tea or maybe some sparkling water and pretend it’s something alcoholic.
Rock and Roll baby!