Oldskooler Ramblings

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Week #4

Posted by Trixter on January 22, 2006


I think I see a trend here:

  • 225.5 pounds
  • 33% body fat
  • Blood pressure 141/77

This is a 2.5 pound loss for the week, but a 2 percent increase in overall body fat percentage. I’m losing water (not necessarily a bad thing) but it also appears that I’m slowly losing muscle mass, which is a very bad thing.

I’m going to follow this road until I hit a plateau (or 8 weeks, whichever comes first), and then I’m going to start cross-training (for muscle mass) and running (for weight loss).

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4 Responses to “Week #4”

  1. I’ve always wondered what “cross-training” is, exactly. What are you doing for cross-training?

  2. Trixter said

    Cross-training is, in my experience, a generic term for “exercising every square inch of your body”. When a runner trains for a race, he mostly runs; when a triathelon athlete trains, he trains everything: Running, biking, swimming…

    When I use the term cross-training, I intend to do a set of exercises that work all the major muscle groups: Back, arms, legs, etc. I will be very sore, and will most likely comment on how sore I am :-) But not until I hit the weight loss plateau… at 225 I’m still just a wee bit too heavy to run for my knees and 6’2″ frame.

  3. I’m sitting at around 225 lbs right now with my 5’11” frame and I am tackling the insane San Francisco hills (I need to take a protracter with me one morning to measure the slope). But I’m also much nuttier. And I have a half marathon in less than 2 weeks.

  4. Trixter said

    Yes, I think it’s safe to say you’ve got much more muscle on you than me :-)

    I’m glad I’m measuring my body fat percentage because otherwise I’d think everything is going just fine :-/

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