I’ve had a rather unpleasant personality issue for as long as I remember: not following through. I’d get inspired and start a new project, but always seemed to abandon it for some perfectly sensible (and rationalized) reason. I thought for awhile this might mean I was manic-depressive or had ADD (which is still possible) but I think the real problem was that I entered most of these projects with unrealistic expectations of the outcome. So as the project progressed and I realized the expectations were unrealistic, my energy faltered and I moved on.
Why am I bringing this up? Because I finally completed a “project” that I have long struggled with, abandoned and renewed several times over the course of years, and thought I would never finish.
I hit 175 lbs yesterday.
That’s 85 lbs, 12 inches of waist, and 11.4 BMI points gone since I left college back in 1999. And since this was actually one of my New Year’s Resolutions (and one of the most common resolutions that no one keeps for that matter), I’m doubly proud of myself.
Some people I haven’t seen in a long time have described me as “gaunt”. I totally do not understand that because I still have a nice little gut and love handles. Compared to the super-sized, hawaiian shirt mammal I was, I am sure I do look gaunt. But I’m not about to blow over in a stiff breeze.
And now that I’ve hit a good weight, it’s time to trade the fat that’s left for muscle. The lifting program I have been following has just been revamped into a 3rd edition and I really like the changes. Stronglifts 5×5 is an awesome program. Mainly, because it’s easy to learn (only 5 different exercises each workout) and it’s only about 45 minutes 3 days a week.
The other issue I have to consider is whether or not I should keep going. My Prolonging Health book for longevity extension recommends that a BMI below 20 is optimal for long-term health. That works to be another 30 pounds or so. I’m not sure if that’s really possible for me, especially if I’m trying to put on some lean muscle (also important to longevity). Losing 30 pounds and trading even more fat for denser muscle would probably shrink me so much that everyone would worry that I had manorexia.
I think goals for next year instead would be a body-fat percentage below 15% or being able to bench press 135 lbs (a 45lb plate on each end plus the barbell itself).