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Dumbbell mishap; New pictures; Importance of weight training.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

October
17
2006

Last night’s chest & abs workout was very good, but I had a little mishap with the dumbbells. I was pushing as hard as I could for just one more rep, but my strength simply gave out – total muscular failure. One of the dumbbells crashed down onto my chest from a height of nearly two feet. It hurt pretty bad, but thankfully I didn’t break anything and I was able to continue with the workout. I went into a little more detail about the accident and posted a couple of new pictures in my media journal. Here’s a link to last night’s entry.

I hope you ate your breakfast this morning – especially if you read yesterday’s update. No excuses! It usually takes me about an hour after I get up for my hunger to kick in, but this morning for some reason I woke up starving. As soon as I finish typing this update, I’m going to go eat.

Speaking of eating, it’s amazing how much I can eat now. I think back to the early days when I was (foolishly) eating just 1,000 – 1,200 calories per DAY in an effort to lose weight. I now eat more than 1,000 calories by my second of six meals – and I weigh the same amount today that I did when I started my transformation! The difference, of course, is muscle. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: train with weights! I don’t care if you are dieting, maintaining or trying to add muscle: weight training is critical, IMO. Pretty much all of us love to eat, and the more muscle you pack on the more food you’ll need to eat to sustain it. If you are trying to lose weight and you don’t train with weights, then you better be happy with the shape of your body; while you may get smaller, your basic shape will not change. Not only that, you will lose muscle, and muscle burns calories.

I can’t stress it enough: train with weights and, over time, you will literally change the shape of your body (and burn calories like a teenager).

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