I am in HEAVEN right now! For three reasons:
It started off with getting up at 5 am to begin my workout routine. It’s been 3 weeks and I tell ya, I missed it. Thus, I drove to my friend Kevin’s, to start the routine again. We did the usual, played Starwars on our phones, nerded out about Dr. Who, and just did the regular thing. What was UNUSUAL, was his counter-part, woke up at that early time as well, and had the morning routine with us, which was definitely a nice surprise/difference.
What was even COOLER was the fact that, like usual, I get into talking about my life and my changes, one being this site and the steak and egg diet. I explained the pros and cons of the diet, and how there is some concerns (nutrients mainly) and that it was all researched on this site from numerous sources. I told her I made this site and to check out the research because it’s all explained on there.
About two hours later, I get home from the gym, make my meal, and remember to send the URL to her, this was the conversation:
I’m honestly proud that I have had an impact with this blog. Not only do I have the opportunity to better myself, but in doing so, I can better someone else. I feel good about this, and whoever is reading this, I hope it entices you to not try this challenge, but to challenge yourself!
On to the second reason I’m happy today,
I am truly happy that I bought a Samsung Note 5, for the simple reason it comes with an S-Pen, which allows me to do this (disregard my terrible writing, my heart rate is up, and I don’t have good writing in general):
What does this allow me to do? To track my workouts for people who want a specific, routine that I followed. What did I learn?
1.) I can’t track the amount of water that I’m doing during this diet, and let alone, in life. It’s hectic enough having to worry about your own life problems, that I just can’t count all my water intake, especially when its from a fountain in the gym or the pool.
2) I CAN track my workout, thanks to my phone. That gives people and my followers the actual specifics I did for the workout.
So what was my workout? Back in early Summer of 2015, Kevin and I started our journey of working out. During this adventure, we created this great idea where its a workout named “Simon Says”. What did this allow us to do?
- Create a routine that wasn’t boring, and randomized for our bodies.
- Allows us to explore new venues of workouts that we have studied, and see if it is good.
- Obtain the focus on the body parts we personally want to achieve on that day.
Now, I’ll decypher my workout to allow you guys to know what we did for today’s ritual:
First workout (Kevin): 3 sets of pull-ups until failure
Second workout (Colton): 3 sets of pectoral flies on machine (12,10,8) as heavy as you can lift (I lifted 180lbs). Supersetted with 3 sets of chest press on machine(12,10,8) as heavy as you can lift (I lifted 150 lbs)
Third workout (Kevin): Kevin called this the “Abdominal Destroyer”, haha and It did! – 3 sets until failure of weighted crunches on machine, 3 sets until failure of Captains Chair, and 3 sets of decline abdominal crunches (elbow to knee crossover)
Fourth workout (Colton): A little history about our workouts together, we started going to the gym around 6 pm in the afternoon, and we started seeing regulars, one of which, stood out to us. This guy we called “The Champion”. He was a older gentlemen, very fit, not body builder fit but runner fit, good size biceps, and was at least hitting his 60’s. He would workout way longer than us, doing way heavier weights than us, and be not break a sweat as bad as us.
One of his workouts, consisted of grabbing dumbbells, going on the treadmill, and walking with them straight armed above his head. At first, we thought this guy was crazy, what the hell you doing? After awhile I had to ask this guy, seeing him do it everyday for the last 3 or 4 visits we had at the gym. He said while your walking with the weights in the air, you try to have a curved lower back to support the weight and have proper posture, and to not fully extend your arms because you want the weight on your muscles, not your bone structure. On top of that, you need to have an incline on the treadmill, (I don’t know why the incline) and what this does is makes “mini-reps” in your shoulders, applying fast pace endurance increase for your arms. I was blown away!
How did me Kevin and I react to this new knowledge? We started doing it. What happened? A better workout! I got tired quick, but I am a bit of an thickheaded bull (I am a Taurus!) when it comes to working out, and giving up. When I coul,dn’t hold it above my head anymore (About 45 seconds, 25 lb weights), I dropped them infront of my chest, with my palms facing me. This felt marvelous, but afterwards, I started feeling the burn in my chest area. That was great! Until I needed to drop THAT, (45 seconds later), I brought them to my sides…. then I realized.. these are shrugs! THIS IS GREAT! Set the weights on the treadmill afterwards, and just rest for a minute or two, and do it again. That’s one rep of the champion!
Unfortunately, Kevin and I only got two sets done before we were completely destroyed, and walked into the pool.
Now the pool, is my favorite part of the workout, because its a recovery method we use. I need to get the research done for my appendix I will be creating, but the method of recovery is using the mentality, “There is no overworking, just under-recovery”. When reading about the previous statement in an article, the author explained how going into cold temperatures as long as you can, and doing its counterpart, (as hot as you can as long as you can), does wonders for muscle recovery. We used what we had at the pool, so we do cycles:
- Shower (of course)
- Hot tub as long as possible
- Cold pool as long as possible
- Sauna/Steam room as long as possible
- rinse and repeat
We usually can fit in about 3-4 cycles before we need to leave, but I tell you, it’s the best feeling ever hitting that fresh air after coming out of a workout. Not only do you workout your body at the gym, something about it makes you really think about how your going to do things in your life, let it be as little as how your going to out preform at work, or your going to go on a Steak and Egg Diet, or a simple thing like after work your going to read that book. No matter what, it trains your brain and your confidence as well. It’s a really good thing, and I suggest a healthy workout routine for anyone, it just does the trick.
Now onto the third thing that made me happy, my girlfriend bought beefing stew for $18.22, which was 1800 grams roughly (so I had a 400g meal, so that means I have 4 meals, meaning two days worth of steak) and I fried it with butter and pepper, topped it with sunny side up eggs (Which had pepper and franks red hot powder on it), which drizzled the yolk over my buttered steak, causing the most delicious explosion I’ve had since i got on this diet.
I truly was getting tired of the scrambled egg and ground beef “TEXTURE”, it was brutal, and lead me to doubting I could do this workout. Knowing a small change in feature to my meal, really kicked it up a notch, and let me know, even though its simplicity of meal, it can have small alterations to make it more realistic to stay on.
Anyways, I couldn’t wait till cheat day, I’m super happy to have these things happen, and I’m ecstatic!