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  • The Rip – Day Four

    Sprinting to the finish line!

    For the past three days, I have been pouring water through my body at the rate of 2 gallons a day to stay hydrated, flush out wastes, and to help stave off the hunger pangs from my self-imposed 1400-1500 calorie diet. I used a little lemon juice in each 32 ounce mug of water to make sure my body would not retain too much fluid. (In case you didn't know, lemon juice is a natural diuretic).

    Today and tomorrow, I will be using two natural diuretics, green tea and lemon juice, to finish up the week. This, coupled with the intensified workout schedule, should allow me to lose the majority of body fat between the skin and the muscles to help me define all this hard work. I'll also use some parsley on my tuna today and tomorrow, another natural diuretic, and add celery as my vegetable of choice to my meals. Celery, if you didn't know it, is a negative calorie food. It actually burns more calories to eat and digest celery than it contains.

    The protein shake will also go away for the next two days, dropping my calories to around 1200-1300 a day. Well, for most of the day, anyway. Tomorrow night, after it's all over, I fully intend to treat myself to a 3 piece extra crispy meal with a biscuit and mashed potatoes and gravy at the local KFC. I figure I've earned it. Hmm. On second thought, make that Popeye's. I love their Cajun spiced Chicken.

    The scale says I'm at 186 this morning, which means I've lost a total of 7 pounds this week. That puts me on track to my goal weight of 180, 5 pounds less that the charts say I should weigh. Which is no big deal. I'll put the other 5 back on by Monday or Tuesday at the latest. Saturday and Sunday will be rest days, no workout. On Monday, I will resume my normal routine and go back to once a day, body specific workouts three days a week instead of circuit training.

    This morning's session on the Gazelle lasted about 22 minutes. As I've said in the past, I hate to interrupt a good song, and Foreigner was just coming on. Keeps me motivated with the beat and really keeps the heart rate up.

    I'm about a half hour away from the weight session, but I wanted to get these notes down before I got started. I'll be adding more later, so like they say on the radio, stay tuned, Sports Fans.

    And we're back. It's about an hour past the Total Gym session, and frankly I am feeling the wear and tear of the exercise. Which is a good thing, by the way. The slight weakness means my body is tearing up stored fat tissue to use for fuel to repair the muscles. I've had about 4 cups of tea with lemon so far, and the effect is about the same as the water was...I'm in the bathroom about every 45 minutes. Also a good thing. I am sure by now my kidneys are as clear as can be.

    I repeated yesterday's weight schedule this morning, but substituted barbell curls with the blaster bar for my biceps, then raised my preacher bar to the maximum height to force my biceps to peak contraction. I used a cable pull over instead of dumbbells for my triceps extensions. The rest of the routine was the same.

    I performed my pushups first again for the abdominal session, but with my hands slightly closer together to give them a different stress on the shoulders and chest muscles. When I was done, I could feel the abdominal muscles burn for almost an hour.

    On the Total Gym, I added a reverse fly for the upper back and performed the other exercises, beginning with the leg presses. At this writing, an hour later, I'm still feeling it. All over. That's one nice thing about the Total Gym. Even when you are working for a specific body part, your abs are always involved, and the peripheral muscles also have to work. So when you work your chest, for example, your arms abs, even your back, are part of the exercise. Used properly, I believe the Total Gym would be ideal for most people trying to stay fit.

    Almost time for the final Gazelle workout, then dinner and relaxing. Salad, Steamed Carrots and a nice pan seared Sirloin tonight. Rare, of course. Hey, what did you expect from a testosterone case like me?

    Seriously, though, I have to say I am feeling pretty good about this week. And I have to tell you, the endorphin rush has been phenomenal. Until you experience it, there is no way to tell you how good this feels. Anytime you would like to try it, I'd be happy to help you get there.

    I hope you are having a blessed and glorious day.

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