Day 1: The first workout, the first milkshake disaster

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  • Weight: 121.8 lbs.
  • Workout A: 60 min.
  • Total inches: 113.6
  • Protein: 120 g (4 g over target)

I didn’t think I’d be this excited, but I am rarin’ to go.

Day 1 is about starting my workout routine and the mildly annoying habit of weighing food for estimating protein.

It started with the recommended milkshake for breakfast (milk, protein powder, almond butter, brown sugar, ice). (Already a challenge since Asians are generally lactose intolerant.) But I forgot a quirk about my food processor (and many of similar design: It don’t do too well with excess liquid.

As soon as I poured the third cup of milk into the mixing bowl, it started leaking rapidly on the counter. Yikes.

I processed what I could save, mopped up the spilt milk and put out the call for a real blender to borrow.

I’ve made a homemade milkshake before (the same way I’m afraid) and it again came out more liquid with chunks than legitimate shake. It will, sadly, not bring the boys to the yard.

But it did the three things expected: Took care of breakfast, triggered my lactose defenses and knocked out 75 grams of protein.

Dinner, by the way, was a delicious barbecue chicken breast (made in the slow cooker) on baked potato, with sautéed okra.

The eating came easy. The workout was a new beast.

The first one for Workout A, as warned in “The 4-Hour Body” [Amazon | iTunes aff. links], takes longer because you have to determine your starting weights for lifting. I tried out a low weight on the barbell for the Yates rows, then repeated with higher weights until reaching “failure.”

I repeated the process for the overhead press. I know Workout B in 3 days will have the same incremental build. And I forgot to record today’s session on video, but I’ll try for the next one.

I’m energized, I’m excited, and I’m embracing this experiment 100 percent.

Because 110 percent is mathematically impossible.

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