So its that time of year again. 2014 is coming to a close and I’m sure people are telling you “see ya next year!” thinking they are the first person to have thought of the joke, amirite? 2014 was a great year for me: I competed in my first powerlifting competition in March, started a new (and better) job in June, had my 2 year wedding anniversary with my wife in July and met my amazingly beautiful baby girl in August! So its going to be hard for the year 2015 to make a greater impact than the one that 2014 has left on me! And I’m thinking next year its going to be all about me… especially thanks to EBF and re-motivating me towards my own personal goals.
GOAL 1: DROPPING THE BODYWEIGHT
Where I stand currently I’m bouncing back and forth between 250-255lbs. I’m no stranger to this weight. The heaviest I’ve ever been was in the 280s (and ironically I was also at my strongest at that weight as well). When I signed up for my first powerlifting competition in March I was only given a few months notice. Took the comp in January and had until the 2nd week of March to make weight. I put myself in the 242lbs category since at the moment I was 255-260s. I managed to somehow cut down all the way to 232lbs using dieting, water and salt intake management and a bunch of cardio. My ultimate goal for 2015 would be to see myself get into the 230lbs (if not 230 exactly) and I know this is possible with the right tweaks to my dieting, cardio (of which there has been none for a few months) and programming.
GOAL 2: SETTING NEW PR’s
– All time max: 500lbs
– Current training max: 415lbs (set for sumo pull but my knees were not cooperating)
– Goal: 450 (training) – 515lbs (true max)
– All time max: 320lbs
– Current training max: 285lbs
– Goal: 315lbs
– All time max: 365lbs
– Current training max: 325lbs
– Goal: 405lbs
– All time max: 175lbs
– Current training max: 155lbs
– Goal: 185lbs
GOAL 3: EATING “HEALTHIER”
In order to attain some of the other goals set forth in this post I really need to tweak my diet. I think up to this point I was in love with the concept of Carb BackLoading (CBL) but I didn’t stick with the principles. Starting on the 1st I will be reintroducing my body to the “Prep Phase” of CBL which involves going keto within the first 7-10 days by not eating greater than 30g of carbs a day. Now I’ve done this once before and I know its definitely doable… but after the prep phase I will be sticking to my guns and only eating carbs post workout or as a loader for the following days workout if I’m on my second rest day in a row. I’m expecting a 10lbs weight decrease during this time (which is what happened the first time).
GOAL 4: START THE CARDIO UP AGAIN
I’m a huge fan of HIIT cardio. If you aren’t sure what this is you can read about it here. I will be incorporating this at least 3x/week (I’m planning on lifting 4x/week however I see fit whether that is weekend lifting or getting up early before work. It’ll get done.)
I think I’m off to a good start and with the incorporation of some of the EBF products I have on hand I think I’ll be reaching the bodyweight goal much closer than you’d think! Can’t wait!