the time for mourning my original goals is now over.
here’s the update: i have a fractured spine. it’s gonna stay that way. so army, air force.. it’s out. i was SO CLOSE. i’d been recommended for my reserves spot, i’d switched my application to a full-time position and i had passed all the tests. i was ready to go. then i found out about the spine.
so. i’ve had a few months off — just resting my back and reconsidering the order of my goals (luckily i had other dreams, i just moved ‘em up a little) and now i’m ready to get “back in the gym”. figuratively. because here’s the thing: i’m not supposed to lift weights, or do contact sports or even sprint.
that means i’ve gotta radically change up my training. i want to remain strong, healthy and athletic for as long as possible without requiring back surgery, so i need to find ways to Go Hard without overloading my spine.
body weight routines, swimming and — probably — yoga are on my to-do list for the next year or so. then i will re-evaluate. see how my back has held up, see what’s on offer.
like i said, though, the time for mourning is over. i need to get back on the wagon.
it’s not about meeting prescribed fitness standards any more, it is just about maintaining that thing i found in the process of reaching for them. the joy, that glee you can experience just from fully inhabiting your body. it was a novel experience for someone who has spent so much time in their head. i loved it, and i loved how POWERFUL i felt when i was deadlifting 1.5x my bodyweight.
i am sure i can attain these same feelings under a new regime.
i’ve also gotta get back OFF the sugar. i’ve relapsed and been hitting it pretty hard.
so i propose the 6-Week Returner Program, in which i will exercise a minimum of THREE TIMES per week for the first three weeks, and then FOUR TIMES per week for the final three weeks. i will also abstain from lollies, chocolate, ice cream, softdrink, et cetera.
my goal is simply to recover the discipline and focus i had when i was really goddam serious about getting Super Fit, before the pain set in.
tomorrow i will kick off the returner program with a workout i’ve ripped straight from ross enamait’s ‘never gymless’. it’s the first integrated circuit, with the pull-ups switched out for some push ups/chinnies.
four rounds of these:
round 1: each exercise for 60s
round 2: each exercise for 45s
round 3: each exercise for 30s
round 4: each exercise for 15s
no rest between exercises, no rest between rounds.
in the long-term, i’m not sure if i’ll stick with the never gymless routines or maybe switch to one of the bodyWOD bootcamps. but i didn’t want to spend a few days umm’ing and ahh’ing over what was out there, so until i settle on something else i will follow along with ross!
the 2nd of july marks 6 weeks from tomorrow. will keep track of success with tickmate or something.