It was a decent week last week for lifting an exercise. I could have done better but routines done are better than those not done. If you do something that is better than nothing. It was what it was and there is no going back only forward. That said I have now looked at what is possible and what is not and what my goals are is becoming the biggest question.
In times past the goal was to see if I could ultimately complete in bodybuilding but I think after many years of lifting and bashing at the iron, I would have to say this is not the goal anymore and it is not because this does not work but that I simply don’t have the right body type or genetics. My muscles get larger but no matter how much I cut they never get defined enough to stand on a stage. I get healthier doing this but not ripped. It has been an interesting revelation. There is also the issue of cash flow because you need money to eat the amount you need to eat and to supplement properly which I am broke most days. So if competing is no longer the goal, how do you motivate yourself?
The motivation I am looking for is now cannot be based on competition but something else. For me I know this means it is going to have to be spiritual not necessarily physical and it can’t be a trivial spiritual motivation either. I have always found lifting to be intensely meditative and I have often gotten a lot out of the mental preparation techniques. But is this sufficient to be a motivation for a continuing lifting and exercise habit? It is good question for me and a deeply personal one.
That said I am changing things again because what I need is something that is quick and intense. I am thinking that lifting should never have more than four or five exercises that I can complete in 45 minutes. Add to that 20 minuets of Cardio and you are looking at 65 minutes of exercise six days a week. I don’t know the specifics but I know this is what is needed because I add a full yoga stretch routine later that is going to bring it up to at least 85 minutes. I want to keep everything under and hour and a half that way if my life changes significantly (like getting a second job) can still get the routines in with no problem. I will experiment with things this week to see what I come up with.
Nutrition wise, I am not focusing on this right now as much. I am still following a bodybuilding cycle so this is a muscle-building time so nutrition is not so important as in cut time although still important. I just my exercising consistent again and then see what I can really do about nutrition.