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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

I'm getting back on the ball. I'm becoming more mindful of what I eat, I'm doing my best to remain positive, I'm re-envisioning what success means for me, etc.
I looked back on the food that I tracked back in late 2016 and early 2017 to see what I was eating. For some reason, I remembered my food being spot on all the time. Looking back, it really wasn't. I, as far as I could see, never had a day where I ate 100% on plan. I underate some days, I overate many days, and I even saw some binges in that. So, I feel better and find it easier for me to forgive myself for not doing excellently on eating.
My wellness coach also pointed out to me that the sheer volume of my activity is likely putting a lot of stress on my body, which is making it hold onto what I eat. As such, I need to be extra careful on what I eat.
Back to more positive things, I've been focusing lately on lifting more. I'm struggling with increasing my bench press, so I've been focusing on deadlifting. I can't quite deadlift my weight (nor have I tried; I stopped at 265), but that's not my goal anyways. My intermediate goal is to deadlift 300. Overall, I want to be able to deadlift 400 pounds in the next year at least three times in good form. Because I haven't pushed it in a while, I think my potential growth in deadlift is really insane.
With bicep curls, I've been trying to do more sets with 30 pounds. I settled for 25 a lot, and I needn't do that. All it did was stall me. Lat pulldown is where I want to focus after I get my curls and deadlifts up some. Pushups are still a challenge. I'm hitting a mental wall at about twelve. My muscles tighten and it becomes hard. I know it's a mental block because it's a muscle tightening issue, not a muscle fatigue issue. I've experienced it recently that my actual limit is about twenty to twenty-five push-ups.
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  • PICKIE98
    Wow! I do 20 REPS bicep curls with 5#.
    I have NEVER been able to do even one sit-up. E*V*E*R*.

    Until age 60, I could easily do 100 sit-ups at once, about ten backbends,, no more of that..:(.

    Recognizing your need to change up on your dietary needs is a biggie, your mid-term dead lif goals are not an emergency. Protein and eating some fat with your carbs, is important.

    Blogs are great for looking back for comparisons. You are back on this, Jack!

    22 days ago
    I have regained my focus as well. I have recently started though. I have not started lifting yet but I plan to join the gym soon. Good luck reaching your goals
    31 days ago
  • LORI-K
    You have awesome lifting goals! Consistency with your strength training will get you there!
    Good luck. Just do the best you can each day.
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    31 days ago
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