I have made a lot of improvements this past week in my muscle building initiative. I decided to wear this new shirt I got in support of Rip Esselstyn, a former fire fighter turned author. Rip is the author of the Engine 2 Diet. He was also responsible for turning his fellow firefighters into healthy "plant strong" eaters to help save a colleague, who had very high cholesterol. His term "Plant Strong" really says it all, describes my goal perfectly.
So this week, I increased weight for both my chest and arms. I only go up small increments but to me, it's a big improvement. I'm no where near my goal yet, but eventually I would like to bench press my body weight... got a long way toward that goal!
But I think the muscles are getting more prominent now. I also discovered my weight was up another few pounds. Although the number tends to make me a little nervous, I know most of the weight isn't fat. It's a different mindset from where I was a few years ago, when I was trying to lose weight.
Plants definitely have been making me strong, along with a lot of hard work. I'm continuing the 5 day a week workout schedule... not easy but helping me get results.
Here are some pictures from today. I hope the hard work shows!