A new experience I did not expect

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Maintaining since the end of 2007 basically. In 2008 my weight even got down to 180 at one point and I noticed when I saw a picture of myself and knew I needed to reverse things. Took me 2 years but I did and learned how to balance things out over that time.

During that time I became a runner. I also added in lifting and over the year I have tried to add new things like spinning, swimming and core workouts. I think keeping my body guessing and myself entertained is a huge help in loving my life and all that I can now do.

So about 100 days ago I met with a friend of mine who is a trainer. I had met with trainers before but had been on the same weightlifting routine for way to long. So he had me change for 90 to a program of 5 sets 20 reps with lower weight. He also asked me to cut my cardio down. My goal is to change things up, have a more efficient workout, not be so hard on my body and to tone up a bit more.

So I committed to making these changes to my workout. So I went from supersets which the way I do them are non stop lifting for 30-45 minutes with only core workout breaks at the end of working two stations alternating muscle groups then repeating this 3-4 times. New weight lifting is 5 set of 20 reps incline bench then a walking break for 45 seconds to 3 minutes in between. Then 4 sets of 20 on bench with same breaks, then 4 sets of 15 on decline bench. Just part of it but the point is to fatigue my muscles with the lower weights at higher amount of reps and allowing myself some recovery time in between which I never used to do. Mind you I have been lifting for years so this was to just be a mild changing of things.

Well I got toner and my muscle grew and people started to notice. People started saying to me how good I look and how much I had trimmed down. Which to be honest hurt me because I thought I was in good to ok shape before?!? Made me start to wonder what I looked like before because I could see some difference but not enough to in my mind have people say that much about it?

Not trying to talk myself up here or anything just sharing my experience on how people see things and how it can effect you both good and bad. It is nice that people notice things but it starts one's mind racing and wondering. "What did I look like?" "Was I out of shape?" "What was I doing wrong?" "Should this all really matter to me?" "Feel like I am in an endless loop here even though I am happy with who I am and how I look.".

So me a 9 year maintainer is still facing these challenges. I take it all in stride and look at things as a whole though. Running less taxes my body less and thus I do not retain as much water as I did when I ran 50+ miles a week. Lifting longer and as the main focus of my workout will cause a shift to a toner body. I have a whole body tan for the first time and we all know from seeing before and after picks that is always a part of it. I also have food issues that keep me from eating gluten, dairy, fried, soda and a bunch of other unhealthy foods. So adding this all up and the fact I have been primed and ready for a change like this brings it all together I guess.

Not sure how long I will keep lifting as my focus but I will keep working off and on with a trainer to keep things changing. I will try and not worry about what people say and 2nd guess myself. I am a 42 year old 6'6" 235 pound male who has been through allot and is happy with himself and I love myself no matter what(hardest thing to do!).

So life is change and it is full of surprises both good and bad, or in my case good that i at first saw as a bad. Much more to my life than one thing or another but have to look at things as a whole and understand them so they do not bring you to far one direction. Not sure this post will make much sense but I just felt like blogging about this experience as I see in this moment.
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  • THOMS1
    Good blog Greg. Thank you for the update. emoticon emoticon
    945 days ago
    “I also have food issues that keep me from eating gluten, dairy, fried, soda and a bunch of other unhealthy foods. ” - you said above, and now I am having issues when I do any of these foods, coming off the destruction to my body from the chemotherapy. I am to meet with my doctors soon and finding out more about my actual nutritional needs. Figure I don’t need to eat these things anyway (I have not had soda “regularly” for many many years, close to 15 years now), but it is hard to find healthier choices when at a restaurant etc.
    992 days ago
    1741 days ago
    So here I was off Spark for over a week... housesitting, then I read your inspiring story. Well it sure makes me happy to see someone has maintained for such a long time.

    I just started a course in nutrition. This is what is motivating me. If I could help even one person to not lose their health or pass away... it would thrill me. My best friend passed this year. Her obesity caused her to have diabetes and a host of problems.

    1744 days ago
  • CAROLJ35
    What a great job you have done!!!
    1744 days ago
    I take a weight training class at the college that I work at. Each semester, I have a different instructor and they all say we need to mix things up to change our body. Sounds like you found that mix! Keep up the good work. You are ROCKIN' it!
    1745 days ago
  • GODSCHILD2_2011
    This blog makes plenty sense to me. I'm sure other members can take something from your blog that will resonate and/ or inspire them. Great blog...thanks for sharing it!

    1745 days ago
    Holy moly! Yanno, you've been looking terrific all along, but now with all that added toned muscle?!?

    Way to SPARK BIGTIME! Thank you for your ongoing inspiration!

    1745 days ago
    emoticon to your 9 years of maintenance,
    and to finding your balance. Weight lifting is a great addition to running.
    180 pounds must have been on the skinny side for your height.

    1746 days ago
    Good to see you still challenging yourself and progressing Gregg.
    Hope the family is well.
    Keep on sparking emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1746 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2712264
    Thanx for the update.. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1746 days ago
  • ANTUTI1998
    Thanks for your post!! Everyday is a learning experience in our healthy journey!!
    1746 days ago
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