Check out the Intro post to get an idea of what this blog is about.
Week 12: I continue working towards my goals and realize how sodium is in everything.
Week 11: I rework my format and focus in more on my nutrition.
Week 10: I take a top level view of my nutrition.
Domestic: Anger erupts over legislation being called anti-LGBT in North Carolina, Mississippi and elsewhere. The Supreme Court deadlocks on a union dues case, delivering a major victory to organized labor. And the Court hints it’s seeking to avoid a 4-4 split in the case of the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate. A tough week for Donald Trump, who caused outrage with comments on abortion, and trails Ted Cruz in the polls ahead of the Wisconsin primary on Tuesday. And the FBI unlocks the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, ending a legal battle with Apple.
International: President Obama hosts a nuclear security summit in Washington with world leaders from more than 50 nations. One goal is to strengthen ways to keep nuclear material out of the hands of terrorists. North Korea apparently fires another short-range missile into the sea – just after a meeting between President Obama and the presidents of South Korea and Japan. Pakistan makes hundreds of arrests in the Easter bombing at a park and playground that killed dozens. And in Myanmar, a new era begins as the nation swears in its first democratically elected president after more than half a century of military rule.
Courtesy of The Diane Rehm Show
Description of the Week:
Some highlights from this week are going to a trampoline park and bubble tea on the 25th; and on the 26th and 27th we visited my in-laws for Easter weekend.
This week I wanted to rework this section to better visualize things that happen on a fairly regular basis and I will individually note anything that was different or stood out. Most things are a simple check for if they happened or not. Additionally for meals I’m making note of whether it’s a meal that I prepared or something I ate out. This should make analysis in the future a bit easier.
Heart Rate, Sleep, and Energy Levels:
Book of the Week:
This week I finished up The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau, which was recommended to me by Brooke of Simultaneously Editing. Feel free to recommend any books you think might be worth a read.
Some takeaways. The best thing to do is just get start with an idea. You won’t really know if anyone is interested until you actually try to sell it. You don’t need to necessarily invest lots of money to get started. In the age of the internet, reaching people has never been easier. Lastly, once you find a convergence between something you like to do and something people are willing to pay for, go for it!
Workouts and Activity:
Mar 25: Gymnastics; Active for 1:01:43; Average heart rate of 120; Heart rate range of 72-149
Mar 28: Weight lifting; One arm row, Bicep curls, Russian twists; Active for 33:28; Average heart rate of 92; Heart rate range of 70-117
Mar 29: Weight lifting; Barbell squats, Calf raises; Active for 19:49; Average heart rate of 96; Heart rate range of 84-111
Mar 31: Weight lifting; Incline chest press, Triceps extension, Sit-ups; Active for 34:23; Average heart rate of 92; Heart rate range of 68-107
Body Composition and Measurements:
Neck: 14 3/8 inches –
Shoulders: 43 7/8 inches ↓
Bust: 37 1/8 inches –
Chest: 35 1/8 inches ↑
Waist: 31 1/8 inches ↓
Hips: 36 5/8 inches –
Thighs: 21 1/4 inches ↓
Calves: 14 1/2 inches –
Upper Arm: 11 1/4 inches –
Forearms: 10 3/8 inches –
My resting heart rate is pretty steady for the week with no outliers. It is increased from the previous week though. Maybe some of the workouts and less sleep are taking their toll.
I seem to have less total activity this week based on my heart rate though more of it in some of the higher ranges.
My total sleep is decreased from the previous week and below my goal of 8 hours each night. My average sleep quality is decreased as well. I am not so great at waking up at 8 am because my energy level is still lower than I would like at that point. Mainly it’s from being up later in the evening than I would like.
I met my step goals for the week and my number of workouts for the week. My 1 rep max continues to go up for most exercises are well. Biceps and triceps are the toughest for me to see increases for.
My weight, lean mass, and my fat mass are all up from last week. I would prefer for the lather to not be increased but I do expect that it will be slightly higher while I’m trying to increase my overall mass.
My trending body measurements for this week are largely the same as the previous. After monitoring this for over a month. I have come to see that progress here is fairly slow and measurements can result in a fair amount of variation. Strength measured by response to weight training is a more immediate indication of underlying changes.
My calories deficit is increased from the previous week which seems to have resulted in some lean mass gain. I did better with my sodium this week. I hit my goal 3 out of 7 days which is better than 0 out of 7 last week. There is still some work to do, but at least my average for the week is closer to what is recommended.
Modifications for Next Week:
I will continue trying to be up at 8 am and to accomplish that I will be aiming to be asleep by midnight.
I will continue trying to reduce my sodium to at least be below 2300 mg on average even if I may not hit it everyday.