I spent some time getting some great exercise with an old friend of mine today. I made the observation at one point that I don’t think she and I have ever hung out 1) during the daytime and 2) without at least some alcohol involved. This is a shame, because, while she and I have both struggled with our weight, we’ve also both made fitness a priority in our lives recently, so it was great to get to do something constructive with her. I really enjoy running—about 4 years ago, I trained for and ran a half marathon, and have done it casually since—and she has been strength training for some time now. So even though, we both get a lot of activity in, it’s typically very different types of training.
After hiking the beautiful trails at the Cedar Ridge Preserve just south of Downtown Dallas, we went back to her garage, put on some old-school Death Row Records hip hop, and did some dead lifts, squats, and kettlebell swings. I’ve done squats before, but only in a Smith machine, so it was helpful to have someone there to watch my form. Kettlebell swings are a bitch, plain and simple. They start off fun and easy, and quickly you realize your whole body is being engaged at once, which is something I’m not used to as far as lifting goes.
I got to do my first ever deadlifts today! I’ve always been intimidated to try deadlifts, because I have pretty poor posture (I’m working on it) and I’ve always been afraid that bad form would result in serious injury to my back. So after a quick demonstration, she recorded me doing a few reps so that I could see where the good and not-so-good parts of my form were. Essentially, improving my posture in general is going to help a lot. So that’s something of which I am going to make an effort to be more conscious.
Today is Day 2 of a 250 calorie deficit (I don’t log exercise calories), and Day 16 of my overall journey. So far so good! I have only felt uncomfortably hungry once, last week when I was eating at maintenance. I powered through it just fine—it was late at night, so I just went to sleep and ate in the morning.