Rant/ramble ahead - more for my own benefit as a sort of diary entry than anything else. Read at your own risk of boredom.
Another UK lockdown has been announced with gyms closed until at least mid-February. I am living with my girlfriend at her parents’ house so I don’t have access to the garage gym I’ve used previously which is at my parents’ house. There is also not much room here to do bodyweight workouts and what not. Especially with it not being my house, I don’t want to get in the way of the four other people living here.
Even though it was expected and I feel like it is needed, my initial reaction is I’m feeling surprisingly disheartened. Of course there are much, much bigger issues for most people right now and I’m very privileged to have relatively little else to worry about. It helps to vent my thoughts here though and then at least I don’t have to do it to other people with bigger problems.
The way I see it I have two main paths I can take:
- Let it get me down, fall off the wagon and at best come out of this lockdown similar to how I am now. More likely I’ll have less muscle and more fat.
- Continue to diet and come out in a good position to either continue dieting or gain muscle afterwards. By dieting I might lose more muscle but I also might not since I’ll be more likely to actually eat enough protein when I’m dieting which should help muscle retention.
Looks like number two is a clear winner. I’ll end up less fat and closer to my goals. Any lost muscle I can get back later and it’ll look better because I’ll be less fat. Sorted.
Exercise wise I could maybe get some dumbbells from my house to use in the garden if the weather allows, maybe even a barbell to keep outside. I will have to think about it some more and see if anyone minds so might not happen but it’s an option to consider. My bike is here too - the tyres on it are not particularly suited for bad weather but it’ll be fine if it’s just wet so that’s good.
Finally, I’ll definitely get to spend more time with my girlfriend than I would otherwise which is nice and something we have both enjoyed through the other lockdowns. And of course, it’s important to remember why the lock down is being done.
As I said, just a ramble really but I feel better having written this out and got my thoughts on ‘paper’.