Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Health Update: Day 68

291.6 pounds.

Pullup negatives: 2

Suspended knee raises from pullup bar: 1 set of 5 reps, 1 set per night, 4 nights.

Cardio: 1 minute of "jumping rope" (with "ropeless" jump-rope system)

So! Another 0.6 pounds, and I'll have officially lost ten pounds. I spent the week recovering from the previous week's Chinese-food naughtiness. With the carbs off, the weight plummeted again—plummeted tantalizingly close to the ten-pound-loss mark. So I've learned that my body does respond to a stanching of carb intake, but I haven't confirmed how my body responds to exercise. Over the next ten or so days, however, I'll be putting that to the test, as I'll be walking long distances—about six to nine miles—in an effort to kickstart my metabolism and get me well below the ten-pound threshold.

I feel my biceps hardening from the pullup negatives, but I still have trouble even doing a proper negative. Ideally, a proper negative involves holding your arms in the full-flex position, then slowly letting yourself down—incrementally, if possible: 30 degrees, 60 degrees, 90 degrees, 120 degrees, etc., all the way to 180 degrees. I'm not there yet: once I'm in full flex, I immediately collapse to full extension, not having even the strength to resist that collapse. Quite a shame. But I'll keep working at it. There's hope.


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