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Day 146… Bear Complex

Posted on October 30, 2011 by Margaret Schlachter

No I didn’t trek off into the woods and meet a bear today. The only bear around me was the one in the gym, namely Bear Complex. I had planned on doing a lift today and after much thought decided to try out Bear Complex. The one Katy McCabe had showed me in the past when I was at a loss for a workout. She claims she told me to do it, I do not recall. So I set out today to try the Bear Complex.


As I set out to try this lift. One thing I realized, I am not strong when it comes to conventional lifting, yes I can move strange objects, cinderblocks, rocks, logs, tires and other things but when it comes to a bar and weights, I am out of practice. Katy laughed when I told her the weight I used today, I don’t really care I have to start somewhere and after about 5 years of not lifting it’s taking me a while to get back into it. I did lift yesterday and that may have accounted for some of my weakness but whatever. I still did it and doing it and failing is better than not trying at all. For those that don’t know this is the Bear Complex:


So I got through 6 rounds and by the 7th I could not put more than three in a row together. So the short of it I failed, didn’t finish the last set. My arms were rendered useless. Even with the weight kept incredibly low, the Bear Complex got me. By the last set my arms were shaking, it’s the overhead presses that get me. But I did realize today while in the gym, I am stronger even if this workout did not showcase this fact and my body has seen significant changes since the springtime.


I haven’t lost weight, I have actually stayed the same. Although in the two pictures my weight is about the same I have significantly changed my body and especially my clothing size over the last couple of months. Without trying to be on a weight loss plan, no special diets, just increased activity and probably increased food intake. I have dropped about 2 clothing sizes. As with everything it’s all a work in progress and something I do not spend a lot of time worrying about it other than when I need to get dressed for work and none of my clothing fits anymore. But that’s a good problem to have. So for now Bear Complex you got the best of me, but I will be back to try again another day.