Journal Entry 248 – Taking a Break

Average Weight

  • 177lbs

Routine 

  • Sunday – No Cardio – Full Body
  • Monday – Cardio – 5 miles
  • Tuesday – No Cardio – Full Body
  • Wednesday – Off – Nothing
  • Thursday – Cardio – 4 miles running (7 miles total through daily activity)
  • Friday – Cardio 4 miles running (7 miles total through daily activity)

Nutrition 

  • Calories 2000 / Protein 160g / Carbs 219g – 38g Fiber / Fat 66g

I think I’m going to a week off from the heavy weights. My main focus next week will be to do cardio every day for 3-4 miles and 30-40 minutes a day. No longer than that. Cardio serves me really well in terms of lowering anxiety and increasing my mood and energy levels. I can not say the same for lifting only. It has to do with the blood flow through the body and the turnover of new cells in the brain and body, but I really want to focus on cardio right now. Cardio also works much better in terms of amount of time doing it. I can get it and out of the gym in 30-40 minutes take a shower and be ready to go. Lifting always takes way longer unless you only lift one muscle a day. But the problem with lifting is it doesn’t give me nearly the mental benefits that cardio does.

Don’t get me wrong, lifting will always be part of my routine, but at the moment I am very tired of lifting weights and the whole crowded gym scene, which will unfortunately only get worse in the next couple of months. I keep trying to think of ways to make me look forward to pumping iron, but nothing seems to be working and even when I get a good looking routine down, I realize that it takes too much time to do it. This to me means I need a break. I guarantee in a week from now I will have a renewed motivation to lift again.

My plan is to do 100 pushups and 50 pullups a day everyday for the next week on top of the running. I can easily do cardio in the morning and knock out the calisthenics at night when I get home. I usually just do a little bit every 20 minutes or so until I’m done.

Although now that I think about it, since the Holiday’s are coming up an organized routine is probably not a great idea, because let’s face it, that ain’t going to happen. 😉

 

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