I was shooting for a new high of using 130lbs for squats, 5 sets of 5 repetitions, and got it. I am about as surprised as anyone else. This means that on my next workout which will probably be Tuesday for Squats, as I think I should take one extra rest day, I will shoot for 135lbs, using the 45lb plates on each side of the bar. I am so grateful that I am able to continue so far. I am keeping form as strictly as possible, and going up in weight gradually, 5lbs a workout. The bench also went up to 125lbs, I can feel that I can do significantly more there, but will still take my time to keep good form, and last, barbell rows, up to 85lbs, again, I feel that I can go up more there, the latter two, rows and press, are nowhere as hard as the squat and deadlift. Those two, squats and deadlifts I think are doing the most to reshape my physique. Evy,en I can now see the significant changes between just my facial structure before and as it is right now after over nine months of Hashimashi. Remember, Hashimashi is just a label for a concept, which is that real food, eating real food and becoming stronger thru real strength exercises, will reveal the real you. How many of us are hidden beneath layers of fat and inactivity. Yes, of course I am not speaking about the spiritual part of a person which is personal to everyone, and of course, our personality is not our physicality, they are separate, but your personality is housed in your body. Your body is the Temple of your soul, and you can truly reveal a body that you did not know even existed!
I am thinking of putting up a daily chart as well of the foods that I am eating, in the meantime today I had an orange, a banana, an apple, some grapes, a very tasty chickpea dish from Healthnuts on 2nd avenue and 45th street, in fact, it was so good that I got another container of it to go, I will write more about healthnuts if they are interested as I do go there pretty often, a handful of almonds and I think that is about it. I have not been too hungry today. I did not have an egg omelete in the morning because I am wondering what action I can take to lower my cholesterol. I have always had high cholesterol, 240, 250, even higher, the highest was 400 several years ago. From what I have been reading, it is important to get soluble fiber, and while I do know that oatmeal is the recommended path, I do want to try using soluble fiber from other foods, such as apple, orange, prunes, grapes. I am reluctant to start on the oat path, I know there is no wheat and no gluten, but still, I will try the fruits and beans high in soluble fiber to start and see how that goes.
In the span of three days, I have experienced three of the most emotional lifecycles. On Wednesday, my daughter gave birth to a boy. What a great feeling that was, especially after many hours of labor, she is doing great and so is the baby, ten fingers, ten toes, all looks well. Wednesday evening I was ready to celebrate with some Oban Scotch and a Cigar, but then remembered that I do not drink much scotch (once I tried it) and never smoked a cigar. So much for that. But the point is that I was elated for her and her husband, all of my family.
If only we could always ride the same wave. But every moment brings a new challenge. The next day, my son in law’s father passed away, and I attended the funeral. It was a graveside service here in New York City. Why is it so cold in the City even the first day of spring? It was freezing, we were assembled, perhaps thirty people while his two sons spoke very beautifully about their Dad. I am sure it is a difficult scene for everyone to comprehend, the life of a person ending and being placed into the ground. The finality is startling even though we all know that it is the fact of life, how temporary and fragile life is.
I had several reactions, one , which I think is natural is a sense of futility, no matter what we do here above the earth, we are forced to return to the earth. All of the dreams , ambitions, goals, charts, tables, go by the wayside. The second was, knowing the transitory nature, it felt to me as if I am living in some type of dream, I am not sure I would say it is a divine comedy, but what is the point of the seventy or eighty or even 120 years and then poof, back to the earth. Who needs it and who wants it, I am pretty sure no one. Having said that, here we are, so whoever is still in the magical world of the living, I felt like we or I will speak for myself need to double down on being as productive as possible. Producing the best fruit so to speak. I have written before about one of my favorite metaphors for myself, to motivate myself, the vineyard, and I realized that the notions of life and death apply there as well, the spring time when the vineyard can be planted and continue to grow, as well as the winter where it cannot, where it ends. We stood graveside, just so happened to be winter weather, as well as the winter of his life. He should rest in peace. The last thought that I had on that day, while we were shoveling the dirt to fill in the grave and create a mound on top, so it is clear that it is a gravesite and no one should walk upon it, how useless negative emotions are. Jealousy, envy, grudges, sensitivities, yes, they are all real human emotions, and they are a challenge for everybody, but I felt that the experience in the cemetery that day reinforced the idea to me, that we will be forced to let go of all the negative emotions at some point in the future, far future I pray for all, so why not just do it now?! Enjoy the dream that we live in as best as possible and there is no doubt it is much more enjoyable without sadness, depression, anxiety, brooding and sulking. Yes, I have been guilty of all of them!
And yesterday, after having gone through birth and death, I went to a wedding, a very cozy, elegant wedding, tastefully done, beautiful service, a wonderful celebration which really illustrated the idea of how good it is to be with family and friends together.
We are in the springtime of our lives. How are we going to spend the day? Let’s choose wisely. The lessons that I learned from the last three days, number one, let go of whatever negative baggage is holding you down, let it go, one day we are forced to , just do it now so you can chuck any heavy weight off of your shoulders and focus on building a better you. Number two, enjoy the dream with the friends and family that choose to be in your life. If we do not do number one, to let go of all the negative feelings, then it is quite hard, if not impossible to enjoy the time we have.
So, now, moving forward today. I am going to put up my last workout and have some new goals for the day. Today will be squats, bench and rows, as well as pushups. Let’s see what happens! I did not have a chance to workout either thursday or yesterday due to the life events that took place, so ready to roll again now on day 274 of Hashimashi.
First thing first for this morning was to shoot for max pushups. As you might recall, when I first began doing pushups way back nine months ago, I started with one, one pushup, and felt so weak that I could not do a full pushup, neither from a strength aspect, nor from a shoulder, because my shoulder, left shoulder was in so much pain. So I started with I suppose you can say, half pushups. I only went down to the point that my upper arms were parallel to the floor. Over time I got stronger, going up one or two pushups a week, till I got to my high of 85 a few weeks ago. At that point, I wanted to try to do full pushups, see how it felt on my shoulders as well as from a strength point of view. I have been doing them for a few weeks now. Today I had two days of rest from pushups and I am really pleased that I hit 50 this morning. Don’t you see me jumping for joy in the image on this post? Granted the last five were a struggle, but I kept form, was just getting really hard to pump the last few out. So that is a good start to the day. I had an orange and a banana and am ready to head to the gym to do some free weights!
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