My training and diet are still on target. I am now down below in bodyweight before my vacation. But, I am sure my muscle is up a bit as well. My son tried the oatmeal that I make and liked it. He needed a good food item for breakfast when he goes away to school. A tub of oatmeal lasts longer and is better than a breakfast cereal. It's just plain Quaker Oats cooked in the microwave. I add cinnamon and a few raisins. I go exactly by the serving of 1/2 cup. It's long burning stuff and it fills you up nicely. And, of course, lots of fiber.
Fred Fornicola is a trainer. Wait, you say. You knew that. No, Fred Fornicola IS a REAL trainer. Fred is constantly thinking about how to make workouts effective given constraints thrown at him that might come with each individual. He's one trainer I would trust to train my kids. And, for me, that's a big deal. Safety while being effective is always part of his equation. As I have said plenty of times, you can not train if you are injured! Fred's latest article on running is spot on. In fact, I took his advice and went to a local neighborhood BIG hill (grass!) and talk about a good cardio workout without the joint stress. I loved it. He's also been firing suggestions my way to help with my lower back. It's been much appreciated Fred, thanks! Frankly, Fred knows his stuff and long time Cyberpump readers are probably aware of this already. Fred tells me he's going to start up an online training service. If you are looking for some help in your training even for a short period of time to get back on track, contact Fred. I give him the highest recommendation. You can visit his site at http://www.premierepersonalfitness.com/
The hill running was a great change of pace as well. I did 7 trips up and down the hill. I think it was somewhere around 75-100 yards up the hill. Yeah, it's a pretty big hill. It's not a nice grade to it as well. It's only 5-7 minutes from my house. I walked the first one and then had about a 50% speed up and not an all out gut busting full speed sprint. I focused on having good running form. It was an excellent workout and I was done in about 15 minutes.