One of the comments on yesterday's post mentioned being “comfortable” with their body and that brought to mind today's topic appropriately entitled “Comfortable.”
comfortable: being in a state of physical or mental comfort; contented and undisturbed; (dictionary.com)
To me that's an interesting definition above. I wonder if I can ever be truly comfortable with my own body. In a way, that's sad, but it is a true statement. I will likely never get to the point that I am contented with my body. I will always have something to improve upon. As mentioned before, I have aspirations to be a natural bodybuilder. When I get to that point, I know I will be continually trying to perfect some aspect of my physique. Being comfortable will literally kill my ability to win any competitions.
At the same time, being comfortable is a good thing when you've lost alot of weight. It is a good thing to be contented with where you ended up. If a person loses 100 pounds but is sitting on 23% body fat and they are content, I say more power to them. At the same time, many people who lose alot of weight and are sitting on a large percentage of body fat come to a decision that they need to make changes to drop their body fat percentage. Is either person wrong? I say no.
Honestly, I would be “contented” with continually trying to perfect some aspect of my pysique. I have come to believe that being comfortable doesn't mean you need to stop where you are. Being comfortable simply means that you are happy doing what you are doing. It means you are willing to continue or not depending upon your goals.
To me, the understanding that I don't have to stop is a comfortable one.
|Mission 1: Day 18 of 40||Accountability|
|Meal/Training Plan: Real-time accountability||Each task completed?|
|Day 79: January 12, 2008||Yes or No|
|6:00 a.m.||Meal 1: Protein shake with glutamine and 15 g. of oatmeal and 3 glasses of water||Yes|
|6:00 a.m.||Supplements: Animal Pak, Glucosamine Chondroiten, calcium, chromium, glutamine||Yes|
|6:30 a.m.||Workout: Lifting and 6 glasses of water||Yes|
|8:30 a.m.||Meal 2: Protein shake with glutamine, BCAAs and chromium and small salad and 3 glasses of water||Yes|
|11:30 a.m.||Meal 3: 1.5 chicken breasts and large salad and 3 glasses of water||Yes|
|2:30 p.m.||Meal 4: Tuna (6 oz) with large salad and 3 glasses of water||Yes|
|3:30 p.m.||Workout: HIIT for 30 minutes||Yes|
|5:30 p.m.||Meal 5: Chicken breast with large salad and 3 glasses of water||Yes|
|8:30 p.m.||Supplements: Protein shake, glutamine, calcium and 3 glasses of water||Yes|
|Post Workout Nutrition||1||1|
|DB Incline Bench||65 x 10 x 4||[PB]|
|Cable seated row||140 x 10 x 4|
|DB shoulder press||45 x 10 x 4|
|Wide grip lat pulldown||140 x 10 x 4|
|BB Close Grip Bench Press||120 x 10 x 4|
|High Pull||105 x 10 x 4||[PB]|
|HIIT Cardio||30 minutes|
|Chin up challenge||(60) 5 x 5|
Look at my pants!
The pants I'm wearing in the above picture used to be so tight as of October 1, 2007 that they cut into my stomach. Now look at them! I love it when you can actually see a difference!
Mission 2 – February 4, 2008
I did some more planning today. My next mission will be 12 weeks long and will kick off February 4, 2008. I will be on a bulking mission and have decided to use the Max-OT program for that purpose. I've been reading the online materials and like the program's approach. I believe I can put on some massive muscle during this time. I will now need to develop some goals for myself. I will post those at the start of Mission 2 on February 4, 2008.
In anticipation of my interview in the very near future with a major fitness author, I am conducting an interview in my next podcast. I am interviewing someone very near and dear to my own heart–ME! Be sure to tune in for that schizophrenic interview tomorrow right here on this blog!
Until tomorrow…GET BACK TO LIFTING…