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I know you all could barely function in your daily life as you waited for my week 8 update. Well the wait is over and to reward your patience I am providing another SFW picture of my progress at the end of week 8 (of course I still want to preserve your innocence and not get you fired from your job).
I have stayed on track with the Progenex plan I laid out in my first blog post. I still remain 100% consistent and committed in my meal plan and my work out schedule. In weeks 1-4, I struggled mostly with the cravings you would naturally expect from a guy who “eats from a dumpster”. In weeks 5-8, I have not struggled with those cravings instead I have struggled with reminding myself that when the number on the scale does not budge (or moves slower than I think it should) that it’s only showing a snippet of what is happening internally. With help from my friends at Progenex and Letrono Crossfit, I am learning to focus more on the changes I see on paper (from week to week) and in my overall body composition, the increases in strength and in my endurance during WODs and that my pants are fitting looser around my waist. In fact, I had to invest in some new pants. I am encouraged by the results to this point:
If your counting (and I am), I have lost 25 lbs. and 28.28 overall inches in these 8 weeks and according to the whiz kids at Progenex my actual rate of body fat being lost in weeks 5-8 (-7.493) was faster than weeks 1-4 (-6.857), the result of putting on more lean muscle mass. Those same whiz kids tell me that since muscle and fat differ in density, one pound of muscle is going to occupy less space within the body than one pound of fat and because one pound of muscle burns more than one pound of fat…it should increase results for weeks 8-12. I am excited to see what happens in weeks 9-12! During weeks 5-8, I have again seen measurable increases in my strength and endurance. For example, in November 2014, my 1 rep max front squat was 300 lbs. and my push jerk was 205 lbs., in February 2015 my 1 rep max front squat improved to 325 lbs. and my 1 rep max push jerk improved to 250 lbs. During 15.1 and for the first time ever I RX’d T2B. I finished with 98 reps and a clean & jerk of 235 lbs. I know that isn’t a great score for most but I went into 15.1 with the goal of just finishing 3 full rounds RX, which I did plus some.
If you remember from my first blog post, one of my hopes in writing these posts is to help those similarly situated make improvements and reach their goals. In my journey to reach my goals, I was reminded the other day of a poem by Douglas Malloch entitled “Good Timber”:
The tree that never had to fight
For sun and sky and air and light,
But stood out in the open plain
And always got its share of rain,
Never became a forest king
But lived and died a scrubby thing.
The man who never had to toil
To gain and farm his patch of soil,
Who never had to win his share
Of sun and sky and light and air,
Never became a manly man
But lived and died as he began.
Good timber does not grow with ease:
The stronger wind, the stronger trees;
The further sky, the greater length;
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow.
If it was not for challenges to overcome and problems to solve, we would all remain much as we are, with little or no progress toward our goals. I hope you’re sticking to your own goals despite the challenges and that like me you’re overcoming those challenges and seeing positive progress! I still have a LONG way to go to reach my goals but I am going to remain 100% committed and consistent. Do the same and don’t give up on your goals and stick with it! See you at the end of week 12!