Okay so we went up a bit over the holidays, but this is not a big huge concern. I figure I’m allowed to fluctuate around 5 pounds or so, which I’ve always done. I just need to remain focused on the diet and exercise. In fact, as I shift my training a bit, I expect some modest weight gain as I develop some muscle mass. And that’s really where I’m going next.
While my smallish gut still wants to hang around, I notice that it only protrudes the way it does mostly because I have no chest! And that’s where I really need to focus some effort. The problem is the same with every other exercise that I’ve done, which is finding something I like. So I’m trying out a variation on my Stepmania program, which involves doing it with my hands instead of my feet. Basically, I’m doing a modified push-up until I get enough endurance up to do it regular push-up style. I notice that I do get a decent upper body workout over a period of several songs at the lower level by virtue of having to change the position of my hands all over the mat. The biggest pain is that having a computer monitor that suits me for using my feet on the mat doesn’t suit me as well when I’m on the floor. I like that I have to hold my head up, but my neck gets a bit extended in that position. I might end up using a laptop when working the upper body.
Progress on the other storyline remains glacial, at best. After our talk, Arwyn does make an effort to sleep with her head at the head of the bed (still under her own blanket) but will often switch back during the night. She’s having some sinus problems which results in her snoring loudly but for some reason this doesn’t bother me nearly as much as my snoring bothers her.
Other updates are in the works, but I figure I’d at least give you a taste.