concretecavewoman Posted July 27, 2015 Report Share Posted July 27, 2015 Like whoa it's been a while since I've joined a challenge. Maybe a year? To backtrack, I've been lifting for a couple years now, but not really in earnest. Early 2014 I was burned out, quit my tech job, and traveled for a summer. I came home and spent the fall learning various skills like canning, fermentation, and meat curing. In the winter I returned to a normal techie life, got an awesome job, and am settled back in Seattle. I'm now training at a gym that I ADORE and have spent the last 7 months refocused on my health and fitness, which has been great. From this I've also learned that it's best to only tackle one thing at a time. So from Jan - June it was just: be in the gym, consistently. Done. Now it's: eat like I mean it so I can keep getting stronger. Since I just got back from the Ashland, OR Shakespeare Festival because I am THAT COOL. I guess I've got theater on the brain, so my challenge is... "Be not afraid of greatness!" -Twelfth NightFocus on being great at ONE THING: Lifting. My goals are all around training, eating, and sleeping. I've been in an office lifting competition for the last couple months, and I'd like to finally sign up for a PL meet this fall. Lifting this year has just been awesome. It keeps me happier and more productive at work and at home. I keep a chart of my lifts in my office and one of the best parts of my day is erasing the old numbers and writing in the new (higher) numbers. Goal 1, Strength: "'Tis excellent to have the strength of a giant," -Measure for Measure (let's just ignore that the rest of this quote is about a dude who is a corrupt politician).Put 7% on my lifts, calculated 1RM, averaged across lifts.Current Lift lbs (weight/reps, 1RM) -> Goal 1RM:Deadlift (207/5, 233) -> Goal 249Squat (152/5, 171) -> Goal 182Bench (108/5, 119) -> Goal 127Press (73/2, 75) -> Goal 80Clean (110/1, 110) -> Goal 117 Goal 2, Food: "Though this be madness, yet there is a method in it." -Hamlet (Polonius wonders at Hamlet's feigned madness)Hit my macros +/- 5%. I've got nutrition programming from Working Against Gravity. It's macro driven which is a pretty big change for me as I tend to eat higher fat paleo. I'm still primarily eating meat and vegetables, but leveling off the macros with rice and whatever. Still not much in the way of processed food. Honestly this is a bit of a leap of faith for me, given that I haven't eaten carbs like this in years, but one week in and I'm already seeing great results.Training Day: 220C/160P/50FRest Day: 190C/160P/50F25g Fiber each day. Goal 3, Sleep: "We are such stuff as dreams are made on." -The TempestGet 7 hours of sleep per night. This is not a thing I'm great at. During the week it's closer to 6, and I can see that it impacts my training. I was on vacation last week getting 9-10 hours a night and my training was going bananas in a good way. And that's it. No life goal. I'm trying to keep my focus as narrow as possible Quote My Current Challenge Link to comment
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