Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Progress!

So Thursday will wrap up my high volume week. Sorry for not posting up something sooner, didn't realize how many people were actually reading my blog, so again I apologize to those who frequent here. Anyways you'll be happy to hear of all the progress. My weight is up to 188lbs, that's approx up 13lbs and according to my lovely body fat measurement calipers I'm at the same body fat percentage. I'm a little below the 2lbs of week gain that I was experiencing initially so I've been eating more calories lately so hopefully that will help.

Markers of Progress,in addition to the body comp marker above, I can now do the following:
-5 unassisted chin-ups; Eric says watching the 5th was slower than the paint drying on his new walls, but hey, progress is progress.(2 months ago I could do 1)
-Put up 135lbs 6 times on bench press (when i started 135 was my 1Rep Max)
-Pull 225 8 times (when I started, I'd have to look, but I'm pretty sure I was pulling something just over 100lbs for less reps)
-I no longer get queazy after doing sets of sled drags (they're still not my favorite, but secretly somewhere deep down I think I love them)

Anyways, so thats where I'm at with just over 2 months of fairly strict dieting(90% compliance to the Precision Nutrition program) and hard training. I'm at a point where I think counting actual calories and macronutrient breakdowns might help, so I'm going to try and get a baseline next week and will be trying to hit 35% Protein - 40% Fat and 25% Carbs. Most would probably freak out eating that high fat of a diet. I don't, because it's what works consistantly for me. Olive Oil, Avocado, Nuts, Seeds and Fish Oil comprise the majority of that, and last I checked all of those foods are extremely healthy. My carbohydrate sources are fruits, veggies and my workout shakes(sugar!!). Now again people might freak out, why didn't he say whole grains. Well honestly, I think grains are overrated. I'm not saying I've completely eliminated them, but I've reduced them significantly. They don't offer anything that can't be provided by fruits and veggies and I feel as though veggies have more to offer in terms of nutrients per calorie. If you're looking for some quick carbs, sure grab a piece of bread, but rarely am I looking for quick carbs.

As summer is coming to a close, and labor day just around the corner, I hope everyone is acheiving their health and fitness goals. Just take it day by day and try to be a little better everyday and before you know it, you'll get there. It took however many years you are old to get to the body you have, don't try to erase it with quick fixes or band aid type approaches because failure will be inevitable. The only thing that works is better habits over time.

So what are you going to do tomorrow, that will be better than what you did today...

1 comment:

Rhea said...

Wow that's some awesome progress!!! Congrats! Hehe sorry for the 2-month delayed reaction, just caught up on this. =P