Only 2 days out and I had planned on skipping my daily grind when I went to bed last night. When I woke up this morning though, my conscience wouldn't allow me to skip it. What's the harm of missing one workout so close to the contest? It's simple once you realize that to lose bodyfat you have to create a calorie deficit. That is, take in less calories than your body needs, but your body has a mind of its own. It is built for survival. It will resist burning it's stored energy (bodyfat), for as long as possible. Instead it would much rather burn excess muscle. Muscle is energy expensive tissue for the body to maintain. It requires calories even when just sitting around doing nothing. So cut calories and the first thing your body will turn to is the nice juicy excess beef on your frame. Only one way to stop the body from burning it's muscle and metabolize it's precious fat stores instead. You have to give it a reason for holding on to that muscle. In other words, the reason you have the excess muscle to begin with is because to survive the heavy lifting your body needed more muscle. To hold on to that muscle you have to create the same need for the larger muscles by continue to lift heavy. This is the simple understanding that has enable me to get ripped while actually increasing my muscle mass.
So glad I got my daily grind in this morning. As it was around 5 pm when we hit the outskirts of Atlanta. I thought the traffic was bad in Honolulu, but I think it is worst in Atlanta. We had planned on checking into the hotel we are staying at, and then I would head out by myself to do the contest check in. The bumper to bumper traffic quickly caused that plan to change. We when start to the Hyatt downtown for the contest check in. Huge place, lots of people, stuff, and it's much colder than I expected to be so far south. I checked in and found out when they measured my height that I've actually grown 1/4 of and inch taller! I got my goody bag, free t-shirt, and then decided to skip the on camera interview. I will save that for tomorrow after the show. It was not almost 7 pm and still we hadn't eatten dinner yet.
Traffic was still horrible as we left the downtown area for the hotel in Buckhead were we staying. The 8 miles took us nearly 90 minutes. We checked into the hotel and I decided not to eat my packed food. I went to a Japanese Restaurant with my wife and daughter. I had the beef yakisoba and a few pieces of sushi. I decided against adding in soy sauce to anything. Back in the hotel after dinner I had 2 bananas, 2 FiberOne Chocolate Brownies, and 2 pieces of dark chocolate. Crawled in bed way past my bed time. It was about 9:30 pm. Made for a rather long day.
Pain and suffering are a part of life. For some it comes early and stays long. For others not so much, but it does come just the same. I was contemplating the verse about considering it pure joy when your faith is tested. The testing of your faith may or may not be pain, but either way I hardly think it could be considered fun. So how is it that we are to consider it pure joy?
Focus on the gain on the other side of the pain, and you will be able to endure the suffering with pure joy. Hmmm...this I will endeavor to do.
Daily Grind Thursday November 8, 2012
Earlier this week I decided that since I wouldn't be able to get to the gym on Friday, to combine both of my Day 1 and Day 2 workouts. I figured I could still keep it within my 90 minute window if I reduced the rest time between sets and only did 2 sets per exercise instead of 3.
--Standing Drills #2
--Ropa Dope 10 Spot
--Incline Bench Press 135X12
Incline Dumbbell Bench Press 90X8, X8
Dips 100X10, X10
Healthlift 90X8, X8
Dumbbell Bent Over Row 90X10, X10
--Wide Grip Pull-ups bodyweightX10, X10
--Cable Biceps Concentration Curls X10, X10
--Cable Triceps Extension
--Cable Triceps Push down
Kettlebell Two Hand Swing 100X8, X8
Total Workout Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Workout Quality: A1. This was workout was an awesome punctuation mark on the last 70 days or so of training.