R9D9-13 – Tough Break

We have been away for a while, unfotunately that also means we have all been sick for a while. As a family we all have had varying degrees of sinus colds / infections and the flu, for myself I had a man cold which is VERY bad… We spent a miserable 10 days in Switzerland including a very painful flight with a very sick 1 month old. It has not been a good ending to 2011 that is for sure. But I shall not dwell on the sickness, it was wonderful to see my family again and I did manage to squeeze in a few P90X2 workouts using 2 bowling balls instead of medicine balls and all in all, with the exception of not being able to hear out of one or both of my ears and having lost almost all coordination and balance it was nice to be away. We returned just after Christmas and still today I am not even close to 100%. That puts it at around 2 weeks of fluid behind my ears and coughing like a miner.

Anyway, Happy  New Year to everyone, I thought I would start off the year with a crossfit workout since I will have the erg available and a whole gym at my disposal this afternoon while my wife works on the floor routines for the girls. Then starting tomorrow I will be back to what I think I will call week 3 of the P90X2 schedule with Balance and Power. The last few weeks have been a real dogs breakfast workout wise, but I am ready and eager to get back to work. The bootcamps will be back in motion next week and I will be ready to take on the rest of the P90X2 schedule.

I hope everyone had a better break than we did here, at least health wise and my Christmas wish for you all is that you will get your New Year’s Resolutions to come true!

And for those of you who are wondering here are 2 things to ponder.

It was 22 years ago on Jan 1 2012 that I quit drinking.

For the first time in my living memory, my New Year’s Resolutions did NOT include “lose weight”.

R8D54-56 – Unplanned Rest. Your Body Knows Best.

I have said it before, if you don’t get your rest, your body will force you to. I have learned to accept that there will be times when I won’t be able to stick to my 6 day a week regime, that things beyond my control will determine what I am able to do. And nowadays I am fine with that.

This past few days I have spent tethered to the nearest washroom with a stomach bug which has been incredibly unpleasant and has forced me to both rest but also fast for long periods.I’m fine with that too, knowing that Intermittent Fasting is now an accepted method for both health and weight control. Long gone are the days that people said you have to eat breakfast and then 6 small meals in order for your body to maintain it’s metabolic rate. Those ideas have been disproven over again not only by science but also the common sense of knowing our ancient history. We came to be as humans in an environment of hostility, we learned to adapt to the food sources that were available and unfortunately the animals weren’t always available for snack time. It’s common sense then that our body should adapt to feast and famine, that’s the key behind weight gain, after all, it’s your body’s way of stashing food for later knowing that the feast would not usually last.

But I digress.

The only workouts I have been able to do over the last few days were some walking on the treadmill to try and get my stomach to settle down and last night back at the gym for bootcamp moving half a ton of equipment around in order to try and find the most efficient, best looking and space conserving layout. I’m happy about that too, I am not sure that a bootcamp workout wouldn’t have killed me! It’s been a rough few days, but finally I feel like I am back on my feet. I think it’s funny though that I have been complaining recently of being tired, overworked and generally feeling worn out. I suppose it’s no coincidence that my body decided enough was enough and forced me off my feet.

So it’s back to the grind, I know it’s going to be a tough few days, both getting over a sickness and not having worked out but at the very least I know I am nowhere near the overtraining that I was worried about. So I guess it’s back to kettlebells or Olympic lifting tonight and then some pull ups and pushups with the kids at gym tomorrow to get the chest and back working again plus maybe some abs, even though I hate it!

I’m glad I am over the sickness, I am glad for the rest but I know that now it’s payback time.

One of the great pieces of recent news is the addition of a second bootcamp day for the next session. That means I will get an opportunity to introduce some olympic style lifts to the class and do some truly world class strength training. Not only that, we will have a separate area with racks and weights, bosu balls and balance balls and a host of other equipment with which to torture the victims. It’s going to be a lot of work to plan the schedule, but I am really excited to see what a dramatic effect some simple lifting techniques can have on both elite junior athletes and housewives!

By the way, I shocked myself when I saw 228 on the scale yesterday. Too bad I was shrivelled up like a raisin at the time….