Lifting Weights

I still miss chewing nicotine gum, even though the physical effects have passed. I had about 3 days of headaches and mild irritability, but now I have psychological longing and a serious case of the munchies. I had undervalued nicotine’s power as an appetite suppressant and have basically been a nonstop eating machine during all my waking hours. I still track everything I eat of course, so as the calories start piling up I fix my snacking sights on low calories options like celery, grape tomatoes and frozen Cool Whip. Not very satisfying I know. I weighed in at 178 lbs this morning, so no ill effects have befallen me yet. I may just suck it up and buy a box of sweet, burning, mint flavored drugs and find another way to shave $35 out of the budget.

I’ve started Week Two of my newly designed High Frequency Training Split and put up two consecutive solid training days.

Tuesday 1/3/17


  • 257.5 x 3
  • 257.5 x 2
  • 275 x 1
  • 285 x 1
  • 257.5 x 2
  • 257.5 x 2

These all felt great and my legs felt a little rubbery last evening, which did not stop me from Pause Squatting the next day. We’ll get to that shortly, but let’s finish out Tuesday’s session.


At a bodyweight of 179, I banged out 6, 5 and 4 in 3 sets with relatively short rest.

Wednesday 1/4/17

Close Grip Bench

  • 170 x 7 (rep PR)
  • 162.5 x 6

I may have gotten a little lazy on set II. If I hit 7 reps, I would have had to do set III. I’m pretty sure a 7th rep was available to me, but some switch inside my brain shut it down.

Paused Squats (3 second pause)

  • 200 x 3
  • 200 x 3
  • 200 x 3
  • 200 x 2

One of the reps in the first set I closed my eyes in the hole to count out my 3 seconds. While resting before the second set, I realized that closing my eyes made the squat seem easier, so I decided to do it intentionally for the second set.Each of those paused squats were completed with eyes closed; a kind of Zen, meditative, reflective 3 seconds in a deep squat with 200 lbs nestled comfortably on my back.

Overhead Press

  • 117.5 x 4 (Rep PR)
  • 110 x 4
  • 110 x 3

That set felt heavy as hell and while the first set was a PR, I didn’t get the 5 rep minimum I need to keep adding weight. Next week I’ll either repeat the 117.5 and see what happens, or I’ll go ahead and reset to 105.



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