Week 8 stats: weight 169.0 pounds, down 2 pounds from last week, down 14.6 pounds from the beginning. Body fat 19.5%, up 0.1% from last week, down 2.7% from the beginning.
Still losing about 2 pounds a week on average, still feeling great… with a minor but troubling exception. A couple of years ago I was doing 150-250 pushups a day. I began to have pain in the joints of my right elbow and right shoulder pretty much continuously. It would hurt my elbow if I lifted something as light as a glass of water. I didn’t care about a little discomfort but i was worried that I might be doing permanent damage, so I stopped the pushups.
Now since I started this routine in April I’ve been exercising again, but only doing 60 pushups 3 times a week. A couple of days ago I felt that familiar pain in my right elbow. Hey, I’m in my fifties now. Stuff’s gonna hurt. But like I said, if I’m doing damage then there’s no point. So at least for now the pushups are out again.
Also I’m reevaluating my original decision to only do body-weight exercises. I’m feeling greedy about what I can accomplish now that I’m taking much better care f myself, so starting next week on the first of June I’m going to start back with weights. Due to gym membership costs it’s actually more affordable to buy my own equipment, plus I’m much more likely to skip a workout if I have to get dressed and drive somewhere.
I’m going to baby my elbow as much as I can, so curls and presses and such are out, but straight-arm exercises like shoulder extensions, shrugs, and deadlifts should be ok. I was looking at the StrongLifts 5x5 workout and I think I should be able to modify it to work for me, while still doing ab exercises and yoga on the days between.
Also I’m starting a more comprehensive supplement regime. Being a vegan in addition to a broken down old goat, it’s time to walk what I talk. Glucosimine and chondroitin for the joints, and omega fatty acids, B12, and magnesium for what I might not be getting in my diet. I know that RL put together a great nutritional product with 2.0, but having 3 bottles each day means that even by their standards I’m only getting 60% of my complete needs met.
@JustSnilloc and Mrs. @JustSnilloc will be happy to know that I went for an hour-long walk this morning and… it was great. A buddy of mine wanted to go to a park that has a walking route with workout stations and he asked me to go with him. Being able to talk with a friend and also not dodging city traffic makes a lot of difference. The park is nowhere near my place so I won’t be able to do it every night, but if my friend wants to start doing it on the weekends, I’m there.
Random thoughts: It’s been 8 weeks. This is the longest I’ve gone in my whole life not eating solid food. Right now I feel like I could do it forever. The only stormcloud on the horizon is that in another couple of months I’m going to be ready to switch to a ketogenic diet. I’d be very happy if Soylent had a product waiting for me at that time, but as it stands I’ll either have to start using a 'lent brand that offers a vegan keto product or go back to vegan legacy food and adjust it to my needs. Believe me, getting sufficient vegan calories while keeping it at or below 20 grams of carbs will be an interesting challenge.
Regardless, I’m as satisfied as ever with RL and Soylent 2.0.