As May 2016 comes to an end, time for a quick update on my training progress. I anticipate that most of my training posts will be one-offs or a short series as I develop new skills, but body training (i.e., diet and exercise) will be indefinitely ongoing with roughly monthly updates.
|Body||May 2||May 30||Diff|
|Waist||43 1⁄8||44 5⁄8||+1 1⁄2 (3.5%)|
As you can see, this month was not good for me. Partly due to a stretch of vegetarianism I did for religious reasons which led to eating more carbs. Partly because of more travel back up to NorCal and also NorCal folks coming down to visit me and the “vacation” eating that spurred.
But really, it was on me for failing on more of a daily level. Being lazy and eating out instead of cooking healthy for myself and not tracking my intake in my calorie counter app.
My goal for June is to not eat out any weeknight.
And as for the expenditure side of things, here are my lifting numbers.
|Lift||April 1RM||May 1RM||Diff|
|Bench Press||212||219||+7 (3.3%)|
|Overhead Press||143||148||+5 (3.5%)|
|Back Squat||184||191||+7 (3.8%)|
As you can see from this table, I am still on Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 program. While I did have some gains, my “body” numbers above suggest that I need to do more. Since moving to LA, I have only been going the main lifts, but my goal for June is to reincorporate the “Big But Boring” accessory lifts and find a way to add cardio back into my régime.
220 is the heaviest I have ever been since I starting tracking my weight five years ago, and it officially puts me into the 35+ BMI “Class II Obese” range. Hopefully, the changes I plan for June help me get back down and I can say that I will never again be this heavy.