Sunday, September 03, 2006

Body For Life Update

For those of you who follow my Body For Life experience, I have posted my journal of the first 12 weeks. I think, for me, it would have been easier to see someone else's journal to get started on the program, so I'm posting mine here for others to follow.

Some things to note in the journal:

First, since the journal is a bunch of scanned pages, it is really big. At 55 pages and over 16 MB, it may take a while to download, so don't download it unless you can afford to wait a bit, depending on your Internet connection.

Second, I only journaled the weight lifting portion of the experience. I already have a very structured swim program, and my eating habits were not so out of whack that they required extensive "re-education" like is done in the program. For me, Body For Life was just adding the weights and remembering to eat well and properly.

Third, you'll see how I managed while travelling on business, or while on vacation in Scotland and Iceland. I think it's really important to see how a program like this can work even when you're not at home. It's important to keep up the consistency, in my mind, so that you don't fall off the wagon.

Finally, you'll see I've taken liberties with the program as I went through it. Mostly, I adjusted the abdominal workouts, since I wasn't getting enough from the program with the structure they had there. I also added a few more exercise types that I found in other books to keep things interesting. I'm also not slavishly filling in every column in the charts, just enough to keep things going. One can get too compulsive about these things.

It's been about eight months, and I am still going strong on the program. My weight is rock solid at 185, and I am just starting to see those ribs and abs peek through my chubby middle.

Body For Life Journal [PDF download] - 16 MB

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