With the month drawing to an end, me and my previous lifting program and diet going our separate ways, and a whole year of my life drawing to a close, I thought I would use this last “weekly progress” post of the month to cover things on a broader spectrum. (Plus, my lazy pale ass wasn’t up for progress pics this week.)
Here’s where I was this time last year:
I had dumped about 50-ish pounds following a low cal diet, doing body pump, and working out about 3 hours a day seven days a week. The heaviest weights I was picking up were probably about 35 pounds in class, and I was using 3 pound and 8 pound dumbbells during my home workouts.
I didn’t look horrible but I knew I needed to make a change to better myself:
What I did to change:
I started researching CrossFit. I started investing in weights and other tools to construct a home gym. I quit body pump and started integrating WODs into my daily routine, albeit dramatically scaled. Starting January 1, I did this program: The 603 PTP which got me deadlifting and pressing on a regular basis. I started really enjoying weight lifting, started seeing positive changes in my body, and lost another 15 pounds or so.
Two years ago I looked like this:
You can see I had made an improvement. I look a lot worse in this picture than I do in the above one. But still, I was carrying a lot of weight in my arms and face. (I realize I’m doing this a little out of order, but I was just kind of digging out pictures and posting as I go). At this point in time I was drinking at least every other day, eating without control, and sleeping probably 15 hours a day. The picture of unhealth.
Where I am today:
I honestly just want to throw this up there and say ‘nuf said, but that would be pretty bold.
Today I’m at a point where I lift heavy regularly, but don’t spend anywhere near 3 hours a day working out.
I by no means eat low calorie, but I do eat selectively and time my food choices around my training.
I have vague goals – I want to lift heavier, I want to build muscle, etc. And I also have specific goals – I want to deadlift 300 pounds, I want to see my abs.
But I by no means have goals in the realm of – I want to weigh x amount by x date.
I love the way I train, and I love the way I eat. It’s by no means a “I have to live this way for some sort of end product” choice, but instead a lifestyle that I’ve embraced and enjoy. I don’t feel weird or abnormal with my choices, and I know they make positive impacts on things that are important to me – my business, my family, and my mental health.
So that’s my big boring progress report for the 27th year of my life. I will break down my most recent training and diet for you in the near future, but sometimes it’s fun to step back and think big.
Have a great weekend everyone! Any suggestions on a good bad ass birthday workout? I want to do something big!