I dropped 1 lb since yesterday! Honestly, I’m pretty sure the 0.5 – 1 lb fluctuations are due to water weight. But hopefully, muscles are slowly taking the place of fat. My skin does feel tighter, so that’s a good sign.
Weight: 109 lbs
I started carrying out my plan from yesterday and it appears to be working. I squatted 95 lbs 15 times for a total of 4 sets. That’s 60 ups and downs, hence I’m in need of some serious stretching. Hence, hot yoga day today. A friend recommended that I use free bar next time in order to engage different muscle groups as stabilizers. Good idea, but I worry being my clumsy self, I might drop it on someone or myself and cause some serious injuries. I’ll think about it…
Post-strength training, I also did a thousand meters in the pool as cardio. I actually met a very interesting older (guessing 60+ since he looked about 40) African American gentlemen at the pool. He struck up a conversation with me and wouldn’t let me politely end the conversation right away.
What did I learn?
I learned that he was going for his swimming instructor re-certification. The exam involves swimming 100m (~4 laps) with a 200lb mannequin in each of the 4 styles. Running in the water for 50m and something else. That’s nothing, he says, compared to what his coach used to make him do, like swim with a wet suit and converse.
At the end, still reluctant to let me go, he told me a real shocker. He lost about 90 lbs (265 to 175) since last year after he started swimming again. That’s an entire teenage girl (yes, I used to be 90 lbs when I was 16)! Along with some ab workout tips: find a parallel bar and bind your legs to either side. Body raises on steroids. He says it’s not hard, he does it… Man, old people are amazing and really inspirational. You bet I’m raising my game as well!
Day 12 Smoothie: 10 fl oz of water, 1 whole organic lemon (peels on), 1 cup frozen spinach, 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries, 1/2 tbsp matcha powder, 1 tbsp protein powder — w/ addition of: 1/3 cup cucumber and pineapple