Last day of June seems like a good time to do another training update.
|Body||30 May||30 June||Diff|
|Waist||44 5⁄8||43 1⁄2||–1 1⁄8 (-2.5%)|
This month was OK for me. Forward progress, but I could have been better.
My goal for June was to not eat out any weeknight. I did not always stick to it, but I did significantly curb it. This is due to actually doing weekly meal prep with the Tupperware I had bought but just let sit around before. Now that I can just pull something out of the fridge and give it a quick nuke before eating, I am much less likely to be lazy about cooking and cleaning than I was before.
My goal for July — not eating any snacks from the office kitchen.
And as for the expenditure side of things, here are my lifting numbers.
|Lift||May 1RM||June 1RM||Diff|
|Bench Press||219||158||–61 (-27.9%)|
|Overhead Press||148||148||= (0%)|
|Back Squat||191||209||+18 (9.4%)|
Still on Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 program, and I worked in the extra “Big But Boring” accessory lifts this month. It seems to marginally help my endurance; I have a little bit extra left in the tank for the following cycle.
I reset my bench press numbers because I failed on a top set with the safeties set just a touch too low. (Or maybe my weight gain made my chest thicker than before). The barbell pinned me against the bench and I did not even have the energy for a roll of shame. Scared of dying alone like this, I ordered some dumbbells that I can safely drop to the sides. I am now doubling the dumbbell number to get a rough equivalent barbell number for the purpose of these write-ups. Doing the dumbbell version is decidedly tougher and I started low to make sure I am using proper form.
I also failed on my top set of overhead press. Maybe just too much of a jump from last month, or maybe I am just too close to my body’s physical limits, but this lift has always had the slowest progress for me anyway. It might be time for me to break out the fractional plates instead of rounding to the nearest 5 pound mark for these.
Incremental gains on deadlift and back squat. Hopefully those keep moving up slowly but steadily.
211 puts me into the 30+ BMI “Class I Obese” range. Glad I was able to move out of Class II and hope to continue dropping down. Next stop is 185, my Overweight/Obese barrier!