Things I Have Learned
1. That stuff they tell you about taking time off when you're lifting is 100% true. I don't think that I'd need to take every other day off, but every third or fourth day would probably be ideal. I suspect that I didn't gain half as much muscle as I could've, as that rest time is crucial for building muscle.
2. I really can build muscle! I have rather nice arm and shoulder muscles, if I do say so myself, and my quads aren't all that bad, either. I also learned that no matter how much muscle I gain, it's not going to be noticeable while it's still covered with fat. I look pretty much the same.
3. Some days suck and I think I never, ever want to lift weights again. Some days are marvelous and all I want to do is lift weights. This does not happen in a linear fashion, by which I mean I haven't reached the end of this hating it all thoroughly. It may happen in little spurts of similar days, if there's any pattern at all. This will, I suspect, be true for all exercise.
4. I am capable of exercising consistently for many, many days in a row. This is what I wanted to learn. Learning otherwise sure would've been disappointing.
That's about it, really. It's funny how I reach the end of my 100 day projects and feel like there ought to be some sort of fanfare, but I rarely feel like producing that fanfare. I just kind of want to get on to the next thing.
I think I mentioned this already, but as far as the walking goes, here are the rules:
1. I walk 1.5 miles a day, if I do it outside or on the indoor track. This only takes into account time set aside for walking, and not time travelling to and from work or walking around in the building or whatever.
2. If it's raining or I'm just dreading being outside, I can walk on a treadmill for 2.0 miles instead.
3. After 50 days, I will up this to 3.0 miles and 4.0 miles on the treadmill if I feel like that's a reasonable shift at that point.
I start tomorrow!