Workout Journal – 22 Minute Hard Corps Edition: Week 6

Well, that didn’t go as planned… at all.

Week 6 of 22 Minute Hard Corps had to be started twice. My daughter brought home a virus and doing the doting father thing meant I got it. Not only did I have severe chest congestion (and you should never train when that’s going on) but the twinge in my back got aggravated by coughing. It never rains but it pours.

I’m still not fully back to normal. Week 7 went very much the same way, mainly due to the back issues, but I’ll detail that in my next journal entry.

The point of sharing this is that even the fitness junkie gets benched. You have to listen to your body, and you have to give yourself a chance to heal.

Day 1 of Week 6 of 22MHC: Resistance 1 with Cold Start. You know what I don’t have a problem with? Doing my workouts. Sure, I had to juggle my schedule a few times in the past 5 weeks but I have not missed a workout in the program. Not one. Zilch. Number of times I have missed a workout = 0. So, why, when I stepped on the scale this morning did it throw an ugly number at me. Because what I do have a problem with is sticking with my nutrition plan on days with names beginning with an S (and if I’m being 100% honest, also days beginning with an F). M, T, W & Th are golden. On the one hand, my batting average on nutrition is about .571. Ted Williams would gawk in awe of that average. On the other hand, the 42% or so of the time I’m stepping up to bat I’m not even taking good hacks. I’m swinging wildly at pitches so far out of the zone they’re in another ballpark. Have I beaten the baseball metaphor to death yet? There is no way to be 100% with your nutrition unless you’re either (A) being paid millions of dollars a year to do so/it’s your job, or (B) you’re a bit on the obsessive/compulsive side when it comes to food (which is, by the way, not a good thing). I’m not striving for perfection, but I can do better. If you’re out there struggling or just stumbling a lot, don’t feel bad. That won’t help. Just take a step back and own what you’re doing, and see if there are ways you can tweak it. To use an overly used phrase, go for the low-hanging fruit first. For me, I’m willing to bet if I can cut the EAT ALL THE THINGS! back to one day a week it will be a whole new ballgame. KPP

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Day 1 of Week 6 of 22MHC Redux: Resistance 1 with Cold Start. What was it they said about the best laid plans? Things looked good a week ago, and I was ready to dial in my nutrition and really bring it. Then I woke up with a fever, sore throat, headache and basically feeling like a truck was slowly running over me on Tuesday. My daughter had brought home a bug and I got it. I knew better than to do anything but rest and figured I’d be back in the game in a couple days. Turned out I lost a week. In the midst of recovering from the virus my back, which had been bothering me on and off, went completely out of whack. Again, this is something I’ve lived with for several years now and I know better than to fool with it. I made a visit to my doctor today to rule out anything more serious, and got the OK to exercise – but be mindful about it, and I’ve got a referral to physical therapy to see if we can get the mobility issues that cause this thing to pop up back in order. So I’m back to day 1 of week 6 of 22 Minute Hard Corps, although I had to hit the pause button a couple of times (my lungs aren’t quite ready for non-stop action yet). You do this stuff long enough and one thing you learn to stop being downtrodden about is picking up where you left off. KPP

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Day 4 of Week 6 of 22MHC Redux: Cardio 1 with Cold Start. What’s the secret to maintaining your fitness? What’s the right program to do? What time of day should I do my workout? Is cardio better than lifting weights or vice versa? You can find someone asking one or more of these questions every minute of every hour of every day. Why? Because they are unanswerable. They’re the wrong questions framed by the wrong mindset. Do something. Do it consistently and try not to do stupid things that undermine your fitness. Whatever you do consistently will make you into who you are. Physically active people tend to look like physically active people. People who eat poorly and are inactive tend to look and feel like physically inactive people who eat poorly. KPP

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Day 6 of Week 6 of 22MHC Redux: Resistance 2 & Cardio 2. The pause button was my friend today. I’m still recovering from lingering sinus congestion from the cold I had last week, as well as my back issues and the intestinal stuff that’s been going on, so I know better than to plow through when I feel my heart rate smacking against the ceiling. But I’m not on camera. I’m not a fitness icon. I’m a guy doing a workout in my living room. Perfect isn’t my objective. Getting it done is. So, today that meant pushing the pause button a half-dozen times. It also meant doing my workout from yesterday and today together because my schedule yesterday wasn’t friendly to getting a workout in. Five or six years ago if I couldn’t do perfect I wouldn’t do it. Perfect was the enemy of good back then. Glad I’m not that guy anymore. KPP

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