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Date : December 2010 (5)

New computer

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Published on: December 8, 2010

Following the crashed data drive on my old frankenstein box that I’ve been keeping running with baling wide and duct tape my wonderful wife insisted that she buy me a nice new personal computer from alienware.

The new box is amazing. I love you Jyllian.

Started strength training again

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Published on: December 2, 2010

I slacked off on lifting weights again but I’ve cleaned up my garage gym area and have started lifting weights again. The program is the basic Stronglifts 5×5 which I will follow until I reach the following goals:

Squat: BW x 2
Bench Press: BW x 1.5
Overhead Press: BW
Deadlift: BW x 2

I’m not setting a goal for my bodyweight. Diet and exercise will determine how much it decreases as I pursue the strength training goals but if I’m still at 200lbs after 90 days I’ll need to reassess that decision.

Weight, depression and health

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Published on: December 2, 2010

I put on a lot of weight when I was depressed. More than I ever imagined. To be honest my fitness level and general health have declined for the last ten years and it needs to stop or I’ll end up like my father who was morbidly obese by the time I was out of high school or my grandfather who died of a heart attack when he was in his early 60s.

I know a number of people who have addressed their weight by getting surgery to restrict what they can eat but I don’t consider that to be an option. I know what my diet needs to be. I know what I need to do to rebuild my physical strength and endurance. In short, I know what I need to do to be healthy again. It isn’t like it’s rocket science. I just need to do it

Body fat

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Published on: December 1, 2010

So I measured my body fat percentage using a couple of different methods (not including the water displacement one) and came up with numbers between 33 and 38 percent. So, in short, I’m ridiculously overweight. I think I’m going to call it an even 35% at this point.

This number makes me feel incredibly depressed. Looking at a number on a scale is one thing and I could fool myself that it was bone and muscle but plugging my physical measurements into a calculator and having it spit out a number three time higher than it should be is like a kick in the groin.

I’m going to have to do this every week.

Project December

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Published on: December 1, 2010

I’m going to repeat Project July as Project December and again make a concerted effort to establish daily habits. Jyllian just completed NaBloPoMo for the third or fourth year in a row so I know it’s doable. So again the goals are:

  • Daily journal entries to ensure progress
  • Strength training 3 days a week
  • Track my diet on a daily basis
  • Meditate daily
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