MANday Week 3 – Man BoobsPosted: May 11, 2012
We all have different reasons to exercise. I’m working hard to get half naked on Jillian Dodd’s blog for MANday. The problem with posing for pictures online is that they never go away. That’s serious motivation to get in shape! For those of you who don’t know about our bet and the genesis of my Friday MANday blogs, visit my MANday page here.
Some people workout so they’ll feel better walking the beach in a bathing suit. Women lose weight for their wedding. I know lots of guys diet to lower their cholesterol. This week I heard a new one. I had lunch with a guy I really admire. He’s in his sixties and he told me he wanted to get rid of his man boobs. I couldn’t help but laugh.
My friend has a routine that might work for anyone just starting out or someone who is older and wants a lighter workout. He walks two miles each morning and he uses resistance bands to exercise his arms and legs. (He was using free weights until he pulled a muscle in his shoulder.) The resistance bands are gentler than free weights and work the muscles more evenly. This might be a good idea for those who want to start slowly.
He also told me about a great exercise that I’m going to try this week. He uses a tennis ball to massage the bottoms of his feet and says it works wonders to stretch out his feet and lower legs. After doing this he could press his palms to the floor!
What about my week?
So this week I had a fun experience that told me I’m making good progress. I was at the Fanclub in Wareham playing free poker. I go there almost every week so if you want to shake my hand or get a book signed, come on down. You can try to beat me at poker, too. It is free after all.
It was warm inside the bar, so I took off my pullover. My shirt came up to my shoulders exposing my abs and chest. When I came back from hanging up my pullover, the woman sitting across the table from me was covered in red blotches and fanning herself. Her boyfriend told me she saw my ribs and abs and got excited.
I had to laugh. I’m not exactly a sex symbol, but it did make me feel good about all the work I’ve been putting in. I’m out of holes in my belt and I’m on the verge of needing smaller jeans. And if ab pain is a metric of progress, I am doing great.
Speaking of abs…
My plank times took a dive this week. I was wrapped up with editing a new short story, blogging, and a host of other things and wasn’t giving planking my all. I’m back to 2:01 the last few times out. Part of this might also be that I’ve added other ab exercises and my abs are sore. I need to keep working out, so I’m not going to worry about the plank times for now.
I’ve been doing bicycles. They must be working because they are killing my abs. We’ll see in another week if they start toning me up. I also tried the ab wheel, using my improvised free weight roller. That hasn’t worked as well for me as it has in the past. I’ll stick with it a while, but I’m open to another idea.
I did have one funny scene with the wheel. I’m sure the guys remember the hot chick from the ab wheel video I posted last week. She stretches all the way horizontal and pulls herself back up. I decided to see how close I could come to what she did. I went out a little too far and wound up facedown on the rug. Guess I’m not in her league yet!
On the road…
Running was my strong suit again this week. I’m not running fast, but I ran 4.1 miles on Saturday, Monday, and Friday. Two weeks ago I doubted I’d ever run 4 miles. Now I expect to finish the loop every time out.
It rained most of the week, so I’m fortunate to have gotten three runs in!
I’m not sure if anyone noticed, but I’m intentionally not weighing myself and posting my weight. For me, this isn’t about weight, it’s about tone, lowering my cholesterol, and feeling better. So far I think I’m right on track.
I know lots of you are lurking. I see 200 – 300 of you viewing the blog every week. So come on and tell me….
How are you doing?