Changes and Progress

With major changes in life, also comes major disruptions.

This is especially true for me in my workout routine. With all the work we are supposed to do here, and the huge change in my diet, the first three weeks in this place (apart from all the scenic beauty) was hard. I didn’t know what to do to make sure I stick to my fitness goals.

I wasn’t getting enough time to work out, I hardly had the energy to workout in the evenings after all my classes, and I really wasn’t eating the kind of diet I should be.

If you are a college student living in a dorm/hostel, I’m sure you can empathize.

But, where there is a will, there is a way.

I decided, enough is enough, let’s just try and figure out what I can do with what I have.

First off, I was getting major cardio workouts while going back and forth from my hostel to college. They are close to 3 km apart, and I was cycling 12 km a day. So I figured, let this be part of my workout routine, and I pushed out all of my other cardio sessions including sports and running.

To compensate for all the cardio, I decided it’s finally time to take my strength training up a notch (I don’t want to end up with a cyclist physique) and also, add weights into my routine. Thankfully, there is a pretty well-equipped gym here, and you can find me there quite often.

The diet was the major issue. This hostel (like all hostels) leaves quality food wanting. If not for the taste, at least for the nutrition. There is potato cooked EVERYDAY, along with dal (which is mostly water) and oil floating in every curry there is. The only time we get a respectable quantity of protein is when chicken is cooked, and that’s only for dinner. Breakfast literally doesn’t have any protein content at all.

I now eat a lot of my food from outside, so that I get at least 3 eggs into my system every day and I target 70 grams of protein on my strength training days. I have upped my calorie intake and I am so glad it’s not reflecting on my body in a bad way.

All in all, I’m the fittest and strongest I’ve been all year. I’m able to cycle more, I’m seeing definite improvements in strength, and guess what? I finally did my first muscle up!

Target 1 of 7 achieved. The year of fitness is moving well 🙂

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May 2016 (left) to August 2016 (right). Man, I wish I had a better camera!

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