My training today consisted of a 15-minute HIIT run, using the near-maximal protocol (20s run, 5 s walk). I just ran a loop around the suburb and tried a few new roads. I wasn’t as quick today as I was when I was doing HIIT regulary during Mission 1; I can think of two reasons: I need time to “get back into the groove”, and second, my breathing airways started getting dry much sooner than it did when I was runnin through Brisbane and Manila. This confirms the saying that South Australia is the driest state in the driest continent. The humidity here in Adelaide today was hovering around 20 to 30%, while in Brisbane and in Manila it’s closer to 80% most of the time.
After listening again to the Burn The Fat teleseminar series, I noted that Tom Venuto recommends a zigzag method of dieting when trying to gain lean mass while keeping bodyfat low, so today, I dropped my caloric intake back to maintenance levels and will do so for the next two days, then bring it back up again to a small surplus.
It looks to me (and some others on the Shreddersphere) that it’s getting quieter here, with some Shredders dropping out of the radar, never to appear again, or some getting a post here and there. I understand that many people have very busy lives, but hopefully they are still able to do something about their fitness goals even if they are not able to post regularly, or at all. It would be good though to know how they are doing, with a post even once a week.
It could also be that some may have lost their motivation. For those shredders, try to refocus on your goals. Since Day 3 of my Mission 1 (July 16th) I have taken Tom Venuto’s advice of writing my goals down everyday. I do this as soon as I can after waking up, writing into a small notebook, and read them again least once during the day, usually before sleeping. Since I started I have not missed a day doing this. Coupled with reading my powerful reasons why from time to time, I feel that this has contributed greatly to my progress.
I have a short story on how important my goal notebook is to me. When I went back to Manila last time for my short break, I re-read my goals while on the plane, and accidentally left the notebook in the seat pocket. I realized it only after I had already passed immigration and was waiting for my luggage. I realized I didn’t want to leave it there, so I went right back through immigration and asked the airline to retrieve it for me. I was escorted back onto the plane; luckily the cleaners had not thrown it out yet! I was so relieved and barely noticed that a storm had already been pouring outside (that was the day when I almost went back to a flooded house).
Sometimes I re-read my older goals and see that I have been accomplishing many of them little by little (starting with my daily, weekly, and short-term goals), and that gives me encouragement to push through! The goals have also been evolving as time goes on as I get a clearer image of what I want to achieve the more times I write down my goals.
Welcome back to the sphere, Larry! Hope to see you return to a regular fitness plan.
Keep focused on your goals, eat clean, train hard, and expect success!
Here’s something I found (through Men’s Health online) that might raise a few chuckles: The Morning Banana Diet. Sometimes I think that these fad diets are really just marketing ploys. Bananas are good, though. 🙂