Since I’m working on more writing, I waited until I got home to workout and used my desk bike. This uses an entirely different set of muscles than sitting in my office chair with the peddler. I actually sweat using the bike. But since the peddler is at work, it’s for the best not to sweat too much using that.
I forgot to do the bodyweight workouts because I had a nice long talk with my kid about internet safety and scams. Modern parenting, man… But my almost unhealthy amount of MLM and other scam content that I watch gave me the chance to educate my child who hopefully will let their friends know what to avoid. I’ll have to make up for missing those tomorrow with some extra kettlebell.
Getting back to the bike is me working up to getting back to running. I would like to start C25K up again before the end of the month then once that’s done, maybe to the 5k training within the Zombies Run app. Those are totally different beasts. The Zombies Run version makes sure you up your speed.
Maybe I’ll just do that one instead of C25K. We’ll see how it works out.
I really should have continued to get up early enough to have breakfast. I’ve been slacking on that. Then again, this was the week of my period and I don’t sleep well. It takes a full dose of my anti-anxiety meds to even get to sleep and I don’t stay asleep. Therefore, I have to drag myself out of bed in the morning. I stay tired all day; not even Death Wish Coffee helps. I just muddle through until my hormones rebalance and I feel normal again. Which will be in a couple of days!
Tomorrow, I’ll get back to the bodyweight and kettlebell apps. I’m still stuck at 208 and I don’t want to lose my muscle definition. I can’t skip those days anymore. And, if I can get disciplined about my writing, I’ll be getting back to C25K very soon. I genuinely miss running and I want to get back to it.
I wanted to get my cardio session out of the way early because I have a TON of review comics and writing to do. I wasn’t doing any ARC reading during Camp NaNoWriMo so I need to get to them before they expire.
But I did cook something cool.
Butcher Box (not sponsored) has fun cuts of meat sometimes and I’ve never cooked a lamb leg before. I marinated it in crushed garlic, olive oil, lemon zest, dill, oregano, rosemary, and the juice of that same lemon. When the meat was almost done, I poured the rice in to cook in the juices. It turned out amazing! The lemon flavor is so nice, not bitter at all. I was worried about the marinating time with the lemon but I didn’t want the lemon to go bad and go to waste. I took a portion in with me for lunch and it reheated just fine in the microwave.
Now, I won’t be cooking this often since everything is so expensive now but I would totally make this for a holiday. Unless I suddenly sell bajillions of books or I can get some lamb on sale. One thing I learned from this is I need a mortar and pestle for food. I have one for witchy things but it would have come in handy making this marinade. It was a pain to smash the garlic and herbs together without it.
I have the habit of not eating breakfast. I tend to hit snooze until the last possible second and I’m not hungry first thing after I wake up. Today, I tried to get up early and make myself something simple that wouldn’t upset my stomach but filling enough that I’m not starving by lunch time. I did a crappy job cutting up the hard boiled egg but I put it on toast with a little butter and it was fine! The black spots are the lemon pepper grinder from Trader Joe’s.
I was still hungry around lunch time; which was leftovers from the previous night: Pasta, sliced garlic, olive oil, and diced tomatoes topped with some mozzarella.
When time came for dinner, I wasn’t really that hungry. I ended up just having a snack before my workouts.
I did my body weight workouts with a few extra reps thrown in there. I’m sure it will take time to see more changes in my body, particularly my abs but I think it’s worthwhile to continue getting up just a bit earlier to make sure I eat something and have some coffee before I really start my day. Especially the coffee…
See, I knew it would be done in less than 50k words. I’m counting this as a win.
I completed this last night and I’ll start editing it today. In case this your first update on this project, it’s the sequel to a book I published ten years ago; “Gods in the Grey City.” And in some shameless self promotion, it’s on sale at Smashwords right now! You can check it out for free until July 21st to see if you’d be interested in the sequel when it’s complete.
It really is better for me to start my day with workouts before I can talk myself out of them. Especially if I don’t sleep well. I keep waking up in the middle of the night for one reason or another. It’s really annoying.
But at least this workout got the heart points up. For some reason after increasing the resistance, the workouts weren’t giving me those heart points. I mean, if they mean anything. I dunno if this metric is important for progress or not.
Pushing up the resistance was a great call. I feel more challenged and it makes me want to work harder. Maybe this will help me reach my goals faster.
I didn’t get to all my workout apps today but I was strapped for time and recovering from a weekend dealing with a horrid upset stomach. I’m fine now; food is staying down and I don’t feel dizzy and sick anymore.
Of course I didn’t get my word count up there and there’s no way I’m going to hit 50k words. And that’s mostly because I only have two story beats left to go: the climactic battle and conclusion. That’s just not going to be 30k words. Even if I stuffed it with fluff and that’s just a waste since I’ll have to cut it out later. I have enough to fix with all the typos and parts where I literally forgot a character’s name. I’ll have to take the general victory of finishing a book in a month without considering the word count.
Although my heartrate doesn’t go as high, I can tell there’s a difference in how my body responds. I was getting ready for bed and the increased resistance – along with the body weight workouts I’ve been doing (tons of squats and leg lifts) – I see more muscle definition in my thighs. I’m easily making it through 50 reps and I’ve increased to 100 or until I fail to keep form. I feel a little less jiggle in my upper arms, too.
The only lack of progress I’m seeing is abs. I need to focus on strengthening my core. I don’t think I’ll ever be the type to have a six pack but I’d love a smoother middle. I mean, who doesn’t? That’s the number one problem area. I have been doing the abs workout app on my phone but I may have to add some more moves. Those workouts are pretty short.
I started to notice that it’s been too easy to use my Wirk peddler and when I checked it, there was still a few more clicks to maximum resistance. So, I cranked that baby to the max and HOOOboy! I sure feel the difference in my thighs! I know the heart points or whatever aren’t as high but my muscles are working and building muscle is what I want.
I seem to average about 1,000 words a day which isn’t bad for when I want to write more short stories when this is over. Figure if I outline and write a story at 1,000 words a day, I could have something to publish by the end of the week! And one of my goals is to publish more stories faster. I find this promising.
I did my usual biking at work and did the rest of these after I stopped writing around 10pm. I still need to tweak things so that I have time to do some meditation or relaxing breathing right before bed to help me wind down. Just because I’m in the bed doesn’t mean I always get to sleep right away. And with the heat, I’m having issues staying asleep and waking up in the middle of the night broiling hot and miserable; blearily scrambling to adjust the temperature so I can go back to sleep. At least I lost some water weight that way?