Despite coming up short on my extremely focused effort this January, I have continued to lift weights. I moved back into my apartment in March and resumed building my business. Funny thing happened - with my professional life back intact, it became much easier to focus on training and health. Eliminating that anxiety seemed to be the key.
My last weigh in was 218lbs. Down from 222lbs since my #5 post. I can feel and see the difference and it’s encouraging. But to be honest, I’m not going to be a stickler about the numbers anymore. They seem to drag me down - I’m too OCD about them. I’m going to focus on performance - strength, movement, and overall feeling.
So far, here’s what I’m doing:
1. Powerlifting using Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 Program - I like lifting heavy weights. I’d like to continue to lift heavier and heavier weights. I’m currently at Military Press 140, Bench 225, Squat 300, and Deadlift 425. I’ve never focused solely on powerlifting, so I’m hoping for some nice increases over the course of this year. A 200, 300, 400, 500 would be nice. Oh! And I have a training partner now. So that’s huge.
2. Bike riding. I live in a quiet neighborhood, fairly far from all the action. 1-2 times/week I’m going to commit myself to events that require a decently long bike ride. Also, I’m going to bike for transportation as much as I can.
3. Food. I still like the protein shake when I wake up to get things rolling. Otherwise I wouldn’t eat until 10-11. I’m intentionally upping my egg intake. Still taking lessons from 4hr Body. My power breakfast is eggs, beans, and kale. For me, I think the key is eating 2 meals/day at this point. That could change eventually but for now, it’s how I feel best.
4. I need another movement activity which complements the lifting. Capoeira seems good. Yoga fine. Running even. Just need something complementary 1-2 times/week.