I made a very good start to what is likely to be a 12+ week program to get my bodyfat percentage down to 12% or so. On Saturday, Kathleen and I and Daisy ran 5 miles, and 6 more miles today. I added another mile on the treadmill at Rice Rec Center as well as a total of 40 minutes on the rowing machine, about 13,000 meters or so total. And for the first time ever 3.42 miles of spinning: the 'Coastal Run' course on an Expresso spinning bike. Fun! I will definitely be doing more of that in future.
Plenty of strength training on top of that: a mix of rear deltoid and pec fly exercises, shoulder presses, lat pulls, low cable pulls, cable push downs and lower back extensions on Saturday. On Sunday, a mix of resistance band training and ab exercises including catch, reverse crunch, lying leg raises, toe touch, pullthrough, seated ab crunch, open leg balance, bike kicks, quadruped hip extensions and isometric back extensions. All while listening to Grand Funk Railroad and then Emerson Lake and Palmer. There's nothing like a musical nostalgia trip to make the muscles push through the discomfort zone. Try hard enough and you can almost pretend that you're (still) in your 20's... As if.
On the dietary front the two days were mixed, at best. On Saturday I got very close to my self-imposed 1800 calorie limited, until a late night mini-binge, coming home after a late movie. The third and final installment of the Stieg Larsson trilogy: The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. What a disappointment. Boring boring, overly long, extremely wordy and totally not worth seeing. A near complete waste of 142 minutes of my life. Watching Noomi Rapace onscreen was the only redeeming feature of a complete disaster of a movie. She is really something.
Sunday was pretty good too (oats for breakfast) but lunch was a slight bump in the road. Kath and I went to Udipi Cafe on Hillcroft for their weekend buffet. Ten bucks get you a superb variety of vegetarian options including a southern Indian version of what South Africans know as 'pap': a stiff maize meal (corn) porridge, subtly flavored and studded (in this version) with nuts. Delicious! We were the only two Anglos in a room of about 25+ Indians and most of them piled their plates with large helpings of this item. Together with naan, some fried 'donuts' of sorts, various curries, salads, chutneys, masala and spring dosai, lentil soup and many others. Both of us overindulged - but hey it's a buffet. You're supposed to stuff yourself, right? I'll be good tomorrow.