Baker of Man vs. Debt recently turned some e-mails and twitter convesations into a PF Blogger Weight Loss Challenge. The challenge will last 2 months–from June 1 to July 31, 61 days. I will be participating and have been placed on the Gamma team along with Baker – Man vs. Debt, Neal – The Wealth Pilgrim, Kelly – The Centsible Life, Kim – Money Management.
Unlike most of the participants (except Bob from Christian PF, who is trying to gain weight) I am not trying to lose weight. Instead, what I’m trying to do is change up my workout program to add strength training.
I’m doing this because I don’t need to lose weight. All the charts agree that I’m smack dab in the middle of the range I should be in. I have a body that suits me fine. I’ve already been running (mostly on an elliptical machine) 3-5 days a week in order to maintain this weight and strenghten my cardiovascular system and my lungs. I also like knowing that I could run for a few miles, should circumstances warrent it.
I think a habit of mild to moderate strength training is a good one to get into. I’ve read that it strengthens bone density (good habit to be in later in life) and I wouldn’t mind the aesthetics of being a bit more toned along with being physically stronger. Also, when I had a very bad back injury in my teen years, I was told that I should keep up the strength training I did in physical therapy, but I let it slide. I’ll be using 2lb weights and switching to 5lb for some sets if it gets too easy.
Because this isn’t something I can just report back on at weekly weigh-ins, I decided to share the spreadsheet I’m using to keep track of my progress. You can find it here. The first page of the sheet has my goals and the 2nd page is the actual log. As you can see, I’ve already done the workout twice. I figured I should get started right away!
I won’t be writing about this very often, but you can keep up to date by checking the spreadsheet if you like. Also, if people are interested, then I’ll look into creating a page/spreadsheet/something where readers can join in with their goals and keep things up to date.