There have been ups and downs in my fitness quest. Some things are a learning process.
I started off with a program "guaranteed" to loss weight. That program had me lifting six days a week doing lots of exercises each day. I lost some weight. Then I switched to the Strong Lifts program. That worked. I lost weight which was good. More important I was gaining strength and feeling great. That made it easier to stick with.
As I started hitting strength goals I started slacking off. I knew I needed to get cardio in so I could be in shape for hunting season. Except I hate cardio. So I slacked off some more telling myself that as long as I was hitting one heavy set I would be OK.
Well I wasn't OK. It's not even close to OK. Half a years work can be undone in six weeks slacking off.
Last night I made up my mind to start lifting heavy sets again. I only got through 2/3's of what I had been doing previously. This morning I am sore. Its a good kind of sore. My body knows it was worked. More importantly I know that I'm ready to work hard again. Underneath the soreness is a feeling of physical accomplishment. Even though I didn't do everything on my list (no dead lifts) I did something worthwhile.
I know that there are lots of exercise and weight loss programs out there and that folks like them. I think I'm learning that, for me, I need to lift heavy weights. I'm told that old guys shouldn't try to max out cardio and push for maximum lifts. That's probably wise. I'm probably in that category of old guy. In order to lose the weight I want, I'm going to have to incorporate cardio, with heavy lifting and a disciplined diet.
The plan now is to stick with the Strong Lifts program, with a minor modification. Once I hit a strength goal with an exercise, I'm not going to try to exceed it. I keep doing all my lifts at that weight for all the sets. Then on my rest days I'm going to add what I'm calling my 3 tens. I'm going to do 10 min's each of elliptical, treadmill and rowing machine. The plan is to increase those times as my endurance increases and to utilize some of the HIIT programs that are available on the equipment.
On the diet front, I'm a sugar junkie. I'm going to work on cutting that out. It's also the eating holidays so we'll see how that goes. I've already started doing this but since I haven't got a full week in yet, I'm going to count 90 days starting this Sunday and then reevaluate.