Workout Journal, Day 12 (Tectonic plates.)

November 15, 2011 | By Adam Roberts | 409 Comments

I’m not a geologist, but I’m pretty sure that mountains are formed slowly. And that’s how I’m trying to think about my gym-going. It’s ridiculous to expect big results quickly; just like you wouldn’t expect a mountain to pop up because one plate is pressing up against another plate. That takes time.

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Workout Journal, Day 11 (Almost didn’t write this.)

November 15, 2011 | By Adam Roberts | 412 Comments

Are we done with these workout journals?

Let’s think for a moment. On the one hand, if I force myself to write a journal about every day that I work out, it makes it seem like this is just an experiment, a temporary stint, instead of a new lifestyle. Because if I really do stick to this routine–5 days a week at the gym–it shouldn’t be so novel that every day deserves a post.

On the other hand, based on my track record, I need all the reinforcement I can get. Writing these journals forces me to account for every day at the gym; so maybe we should choose an arbitrary number–50?–wherein if I reach Workout Journal #50 I’m allowed to no longer write workout journals because at that point I’ll be a real true-to-life gym-goer. Deal? Deal.

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Workout Journal, Day 10 (Why it’s good to have a trainer.)

November 11, 2011 | By Adam Roberts | 426 Comments

On Wednesday, by myself, I tried to do 36 push-ups. Not all at once; they were part of a circuit that I was supposed to do three times, 12 push-ups each round. And by myself, I struggled, I quivered, I fell. Today, though, it was my 3rd session with my trainer Danny and he had me do a different version of a push-up (a traditional push-up mixed with a leg pump in and out for each leg). With Danny standing there watching, I did all 36 push-ups. (Actually it was 12 the first round and 8 each additional round so 28 push-ups total). The point is that having Danny there made me more self-conscious, more accountable, more willing to do the hard work to finish those push-ups. Which is one reason it’s good to have a trainer.

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Workout Journal, Day 9 (Vicki’s divorce.)

November 10, 2011 | By Adam Roberts | 450 Comments

There’s not much too report from the gym today. I cooked all morning (as you saw on my stimulating web show) and then ran on the treadmill for 40 minutes. While this was happening, I watched an episode of “The Real Housewives of Orange County.” I’m an east coast housewives kind of guy. While the housewives of New York and New Jersey are all distinct characters, the houeswives of Orange County are indistinguishable. They’re all blonde, big-boobed, and totally devoid of personality. They’re Stepford Wives minus the intrigue. On the episode I watched today, one of the indistinguishable wives was telling a chef what she wanted at her dinner party. “I know foie gras is a delicatessen in France,” she said. Funny, yes. But it was all downhill from there.

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Workout Journal, Day 8 (In which I take a shower at the gym.)

November 9, 2011 | By Adam Roberts | 2,787 Comments

Convenience-wise, it makes sense to take a shower at the gym. You walk into the gym clean and you leave the gym clean. You don’t have to drive home sweaty or even drive home at all if you shower at the gym. You can continue your day.

And yet, showering at the gym is something I’ve never done until today. I’m not sure why. I mean, ok, the hypochondriac in me is a little grossed at the prospect of standing barefoot in a stall where someone else just stood barefoot. (I could bring flip flops each time I go to the gym, but don’t want to.) Then there’s the issue of being naked in public. Of course that’s a very natural fear–it’s fodder for the all-time classic nightmare of showing up at high school naked. I suppose it’s a combination of hypochondria and fear of public nudity that’s kept from taking a shower at my new gym.

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Workout Journal, Day 7

November 8, 2011 | By Adam Roberts | 307 Comments

Today’s workout flew by (thanks to “Sex and The City” & the Chris March show on Bravo; I flipped back and forth between the two). It was a “bonus day” so that means just pounding it on the treadmill (no muscle-building circuits). It’s crazy when, during the interval training, it gets up to Speed 8. Then you’re really running for your life. I like it.

But I’m starting to fret a bit about the difficulty of seeing real changes when I can’t really focus on my diet the way normal people do who want to get in shape. I’m being good on Mondays and Tuesdays and mostly Wednesdays. Yesterday I had a tuna sandwich on whole wheat for lunch, a butternut squash chicken stew for dinner; today for lunch I had quinoa and a “fatouche” salad at Forage. Tonight I’ll probably have more of that chicken stew or, if I can convince Craig, we’ll go out for sushi. Tomorrow, I’m thinking a turkey sandwich for lunch. Not sure about dinner.

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Workout Journal, Day 6

November 7, 2011 | By Adam Roberts | 623 Comments

Today I teetered on the very edge of THE DANGER ZONE. I wasn’t close, I just leaned over and peaked over the railing.

Here’s what I mean: in the afternoon, I considered going home before going to the gym. This is THE DANGER ZONE. In the past, if I go home before going to the gym, I stay home. This was the case in New York when I’d come home after the coffee shop, find myself at my computer doing work, time would slip by and I’d say, “Eh, it’s probably not worth it.”

So today, when I considered going home between writing all those posts on my blog and my newsletter, I knew I was staring into the void. Which is why I drove straight to the gym and worked out.

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Workout Journal, Day 5

November 4, 2011 | By Adam Roberts | 0 Comments

That’s it! One week completed. And, I don’t want to jinx it, but it was a good week. I enjoyed going to the gym, I had good workouts each day, I ate moderately well and–most importantly–I felt really good afterwards.

Today I met with Danny, my trainer who laid out the plan that I followed this week. What I like about him is that he has a realistic approach to things. He doesn’t want me to overdo it, to cut too much out of my diet; it’s all about adapting to this routine gradually.

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Workout Journal, Day 4

November 3, 2011 | By Adam Roberts | 0 Comments

Pat me on the back, if you will, today I was impressive.

See, I’m cooking dinner tonight for SIX people (myself included) and usually, under such a circumstance, I would never, ever, ever take time to go to the gym. I’d spend the whole day cooking.

But not me. What I did was cook a bunch yesterday and then this morning I woke up and cooked, all so that I could take the hour necessary to work out and to stick to my program. So off to the gym I went after baking 3 layers of Hummingbird Cake. Today’s routine was that same sequence on the treadmill I talked about on Day 2. Because Tuesdays and Thursdays are “bonus days” according to my trainer (who’s trying to keep me realistic by only requiring I go to the gym 3 days a week) the treadmill routine is way less heart-stopping than the eliptical routine.

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Workout Journal, Day 3

November 2, 2011 | By Adam Roberts | 0 Comments

I won’t quit you, Workout Journal!

Sure, I thought about it this afternoon. “Do people really want a daily update about my workout routine?”

But this isn’t for you people. It’s for me. You don’t have to read it. I don’t know why you clicked this. Maybe you enjoy reading about sweaty Jewish gay people on treadmills. Or, in today’s case, an Elliptical.

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