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Finding a balance

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by Tobias
on 13 Mar, 20234 minutes read

Hello and welcome back to Tobias Talks

This week has been a good one, I've been consistent in the gym, lifting at least 3 times a week with high intensity. Diet-wise I haven't pigged out at any point. I have been consistently improving in cardio, either increasing the resistance level of the machine or simply pushing harder and burning more calories. Same goes with my weightlifting, either an increase in weight, reps or sets. Below, you can see my exact workout - It doesn't mention the 10 minutes of yoga I did before my 5 minute walking cooldown.

Today's workout

Elliptical Trainer
20:00 - Level 12 - 308 Calories
Assisted Pull Up
35.0 kgs x 1 rep
Dumbbell Row
32.5 kgs x 10 reps
35.0 kgs x 8 reps
35.0 kgs x 8 reps
35.0 kgs x 8 reps
80.0 kgs x 8 reps
110.0 kgs x 5 reps
110.0 kgs x 3 reps
Single Arm Rows
79.0 kgs x 8 reps
79.0 kgs x 8 reps
79.0 kgs x 6 reps
Walking (Cool Down)

The above workout had 73 total reps spread into 13 sets. The total lifting volume was 4,458Kg's or almost 4.5 metric tonnes. I am pretty happy with that! If I were to be critical, I could stand to mix up the exercises a bit, this a very "Lat Heavy" workout, with lots of downwards and rearward pulls. To improve I could include shrugs to add an upward pull, this could help overall back development but specifically trap growth.

I also did some Yoga before my cool down and my neck and shoulder feel so much better! I focussed heavily on my shoulders and back. Mainly using a mixture of child's pose, "cat cow" pose and the cobra pose. This is definitely something I will continue to include in my workouts when I have the time.

My goal for this week is to keep up the good work, I'm genuinely scared of stepping on the scale, not because of the number on it but for my reaction to it. I don't want to lose motivation because I feel I'm doing poorly, or even because I am reassured I'm doing well. I am curious what my weight is but I will hold off weighing myself for as long as possible as it doesn't actually change anything to measure it. This week I don't care what I weigh, I care that I am working hard to get fit and strong and to feed my body healthy and nourishing food. That is, and has always been, the goal. Yes I would like to weigh 210lbs again, but that's only because of how I think I will feel at that weight. Lighter. Stronger. Quicker. Happier. If I could feel all those things then I really do not care what number is on the scale. This realisation feels like progress.

Thanks for reading, your friend, Tobias.