This past week ended up also being a bust. I did a half session of martial arts on Tuesday but the rest of the days were lost. We'll try again this week, but with a modified layout.
My martial arts session on Tuesday ended up only being a half session, as I was wearing out a little sooner. These things happen. I'm going to tweak my plan here a bit: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday will be mobility and training days, meaning that I work on warm-up, static and dynamic stretching, mobility, along with whatever else I feel like doing, whether that be martial arts or calisthenics, or just keeping it at the mobility work. Then on Wednesday and Friday, these will be my gym days. Alternatively, this can be flipped so that it's Monday and Thursday as gym days, and then the remaining weekdays as the mobility+ days, but we'll try the former plan first.
41 days without energy drinks, and this week the plan will start to slowly reduce my caffeine intake. I should have started that this last week but I didn't think of it until Friday. So this week, only buying large size coffees (because I don't give myself enough time in the morning to make coffee), then the following week switch to mediums, the week after that switch to smalls, and then remove them entirely after that. This should help peter out my caffeine "needs" and reduce withdrawal symptoms.
New plan starting with mobility+ workouts on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, with my gym days being Wednesday and Friday. Also,start reducing my caffeine over the course of three weeks and then cut out coffee entirely for 45 days. This will save me about 1500 kcal every week once they're cut off, as I get the ol' double-double (two cream, two sugar, for non-Canadians) in the mornings.
This week didn't go as well as I had planned, but that's okay, just means I have next week to work better towards it. Part of it was not planning out my Wednesday correctly, plus my car's dash lighting up with every error. I let that frustration dictate the next three evenings for me. Monday and Tuesday went swimmingly, so I just have to keep it up next week and apply that discipline harder.
As I noted earlier, Monday and Tuesday went incredibly well. Monday was my first weightlifting day in a couple of weeks, and I didn't experience any issues during or in the following days (i.e. no DOMS). My Monday lifting days are Overhead Press, Bench Press, Squat for my compound movements, and then Triceps Press, Leg Press, and Calf Raises as my accessory exercises. However, I did not do Leg Press as I was finding my Squats to be a bit more taxing than expected. For Tuesday, it was my first martial arts practice day of the week, and specifically my first martial arts practice day in many years. It was really great to do those stretches again, as I hadn't done them in quite some time. Practice for my blocks went alright, though I'm questioning one of them so I'll have to do some more reading, as I don't entirely remember if I'm doing the movement right or not. My punches are fine, as they're fairly simple, but I did forget to do my kicks haha. I started working on my form but when it came to the second movement, I couldn't get into/hold the one position (a kneeling crouch but the back knee doesn't touch the floor), which is a residual issue due to strength, pain, and flexibility issues. So in the meantime, I'm resigning myself to Bulgarian Split Squats in place of forms. I finished off with stance work, and that went great as well.
The plan for Wednesday is a calisthenic and mobility day, so ideally I'd be working on my flexibility, mobility, and bodyweight control. While I had started it, I just couldn't really get into it past 10 minutes, if that. Thursday would have been another martial arts day, and Friday would have been the second half of my weightlifting, doing Deadlifts, Straight Leg or Romanian Deadlifts, Pull-ups or Lat Pull-downs, and Bent-over or Seated Rows as my compound movements, and then Bicep Curls and Lateral and Posterior Delt Raises as my accessories. Finally, Saturday and Sunday come in as my rest days (despite just having had two rest days haha).
Nothing really changed here, though I should be focusing on controlling this more in the future. This includes having more veggies in my diet and less processed snacks. So far though I'm 33 days into no energy drinks. Upon hitting 45 days, I will then be removing coffee for 45 days, and the final 45 day stretch will be all fizzy beverages. Small steps and all that.
I hope to do better next week and hit all my days proper. School is Tuesday to Friday for me, so hopefully the parts will be in on Monday to fix my car, and I won't have to keep taking my dad's truck. That stress off my shoulders will be nice.
Hey folx. In here I'll be posting about my training on a week-to-week basis. I plan to put in replies either Friday evening after my workout at the gym or sometime over the weekend. We'll see.
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