If you pay attention to this sort of thing… you may have noticed the blog devoid of workout logs, be it lifting or dry fire or what have you.
I took the week off.
After this past weekend’s Medicine X EDC course, I was drained. The class wasn’t massively physically demanding, but I did haul around a 185# “Rescue Randy” dummy all weekend, it’s hot, lots of walking and moving about… and when I’m already down due to the dieting well… it doesn’t take much.
I figured at first to just take a couple days off and recoup. But then I noticed I was going to bed early every night and waking up late every morning. My body apparently craved a lot of sleep. Not 100% sure why, but my guesses are recovery from the MedX course and illness. I’m not sick, but it’s that “start of the school year petri dish” time when all kids go back to school, mix up their germs, they all get sick, bring it home to Mom & Dad, then they bring it to the office… and hooray, I’ve been around lots of coughing, hacking, sick people. I haven’t gotten sick — hooray for lots of vitamin C and ZMA — but I figure it’s something. As well, we had just enough rain that the ragweed exploded and I’m sure the allergens in the air are stressing my system too.
So just with a combination of everything, I figured this was a good “deload” week in general. Just eat my normal (reduced) diet, sleep, and recoup. I feel good.
I plan on getting back to the gym next week as usual, just starting the cycle over… no big loss.
My diet seems to be going OK. Losses feel slower now, but as long as it’s steady I’ll take it. I have readjusted my intake and macros. I did “cheat” a bit just before the MedX course because 1. I was mentally exhausted from the dieting, 2. I wanted to make sure I had enough fuel for the MedX course and didn’t have to become a patient instead of a student. Eating a bit more, and now allowing myself a little treat at the office like 1-2 Jolly Ranchers per day… hey… if it helps me keep my sanity and stay on track for the long haul, fine.
Dry fire is going to start back up. I need to construct a good backstop setup for shooting the airsoft in the house. Probably just a bunch of cardboard. TXGunGeek has a great idea where you use one of those large wardrobe packing boxes, and I like that except I don’t have a place to keep it long term. I will also come up with a new, more practically-oriented routine given some of the things that came to light during the MedX course.