~~~~~~Randy Pausch~~~~~~

The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough.

Consistent practice equals consistent progress.


Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish which greatly trumps Did Not Start.


Monday, March 31, 2008

NRoL4W - Should I continue??

Stage 1 came to a close today!

So here are a few observations that I have made about the last few weeks of NRoL4W.

1. The things that saw significant improvement were Sqauts and Deadlifts. I think the reason for the improvement was less because I got stronger and more because I didn't start with enough weight in the first place. After all I carry around 235lbs so my lower body has some hidden strength from that alone. I did not increase my squat strength by 75lbs. in 6 weeks!

2. The things I made moderate improvement on were Bent Row, Shoulder Press and Pullover. These improvements I do think are strength gains. I was pretty challenged on these from the get go.

3. The things that saw NOT A LICK OF IMPROVEMENT were Push-ups, Step-ups and Lunges. Push-ups, I have a new approach to those and I think that will work well. But Step-ups and Lunges are evil. I am wondering if they are even appropriate exercises for someone that is overweight. If I had improved at all I would not be wondering if this. I need to do some work on my balance! Looking ahead in NRoL4W I am seeing more and more things that I don't feel I should be doing yet.

4. My body image has improved and my posture in much better. I feel stronger even though I am not really all that stronger. I guess I am more confident in my strength.

5. My diet has improved. (As long as you are not counting the last few days!) I am not overly thrilled by all the meat I have been eating but I have not gotten sick from it so that is definitely good. In the past too much animal protein caused my Fibromyalgia to flare up so I was concerned about returning to a carnivorous diet. I would be happy with less soy in my diet but soy protein powder is about all I can have. Pea, rice and hemp protein are either too expensive or too nasty!!!

I am wondering if a program like NROL Fat Loss might be better. I want to lift heavy and workout hard but I feel like I am carrying around too much weight at the moment.

I am coming to the realization that it may be counter productive to try to do a "strength building" program while eating a diet that is focused on weight loss.

I guess I am looking for the most efficient route (not easy, efficient! The most bang for my buck, so to speak.). If I am going to work as hard as I do I want to see the specific results I am looking for. Those would be weight loss, focusing on losing fat and preserving the muscle I have. Increases in strength would be nice but I think I need to turn my focus away from that at the moment.

All things being equal and diet in check, will I see better results from doing a fat loss program (NROL Fat Loss) or a strength building program (NRoL4W) working at a calorie deficit? (And I am talking a reasonable deficit not some crazy 1000 calorie diet, LOL)

I feel like I am spinning my wheels. I am not expecting to drop 10 pounds over night but nothing in 6 weeks?? I have lost a few inches here and there so it hasn't been a total waste of time. Don't get me wrong. I think it is an excellent program and I had a blast doing Stage 1 (well, all except the lunges! LOL). I am just wondering if it is the right one for me to be starting with since my goal and the purpose of the program are different.

When I started NRoL4W I promised myself that I would stick it out. At the same time, I really don't want to work on a program that isn't right for the next 5 months. I think I may be in a better physical position in a few months on a targeted fat loss program to come back to NRoL4W.

I just called the bookstore in Daytona and they have NROL on hold for me. I am going to go get it tonight and look it over. Maybe after I compare the two programs things will be clearer. Or I will still be dumbfounded. Who knows?? LOL

1 comment:

Sinead said...

I've been wondering the same thing, too. I just started Stage 2 yesterday, but I wonder if I should focus on fat loss first. I have had some great improvements in strength, and I'm seeing results, but I'm not seeing the fat loss results I'd like. If I had $60, I'd switch to Alwyn's Afterburn program. I still might get NROL and switch over to Fat Loss...we'll see how Stage 2 goes.

Good luck to you!