Got my measurements done along with my first crack at photos. I really need to work on the lighting/location of the photos because they are just not what I wanted.
Anyway...got my PLAZMA today - thanks to Biotest...had some nice goodies in the box. ;)
As for me, if you want to know more about me and my background, just ask! Let's just say FFB sums it up pretty good (as you can tell by the pictures). I have always had a love/hate relationship with food and struggled with my weight throughout my childhood and adolescence. I made the decision to lose weight in high school, dropped 75 pounds and have never looked back! I still have had some bumps in the road, but have also come a long, long way. I'm just now getting to the point where I don't feel controlled by food or other habits and John really helped me with that over the course of 2012 via Mountain Dog diet consult.
The one thing I've never not enjoyed is training. I want to push the envelope and see what can really be accomplished because I know my current physique is still only a scrape on the surface of what I am capable of. Yeah, I might not step on a stage (extra skin, etc.), but I can look awesome despite that because my past is no indication of my future. So, that said...I'm looking forward to seeing what I can accomplish...will keep you all updated as time progresses!
Leg day was awesome...diet on-point. Felt really good in the gym today and may have had 405 on the bar for squats at one point or another, a first for me. Sure they were reverse-banded but the feeling of true weight at the top was nice and I can't tell you how long I've wondered what 405 would feel like on my back!
So far I'm really enjoying the program. The Mountain Dog training aspect of it is something I've gotten "used to" over the past year having used one of John's newer programs and some of his Mountain Dog Express content. The thing I'm enjoying most is having a set eating plan to stick to - it takes the thought out of it for me and with my hectic schedule as of late that's something I definitely need and appreciate.
I feel like I'm making good progress...I feel stronger in the gym, the pumps I get are awesome! I hope I continue this way. Ideally I'd like to see the scale go up while my body composition improves. My only questions are how do you think I'm doing and when do we get the next installment of training plans? Tomorrow? ;)
As an aside, I found out that there is a powerlifting meet in Savannah toward April. I'd really like to train for it and enter....but my heart tells me to stay the course with mountain dog training - there will be other meets. Dietarily I have been so on-point it's almost scary. The only "cheat" I had was an extra finibar last Saturday because I was really craving something sweet! I think my weakness is sleep, and I will focus on sleeping more over the coming weeks. Also note I didn't have anyone to help with the other skinfold measurements so I did what I could.
*Also - obviously I misread the thigh measurement on the last round....but 18 is correct*
Felt pretty great this week - crushed the weights on every workout and even had energy to had a few extra movements here and there.
Did one prowler session yesterday but feel awesome so far today.
My sleep is better - I've been focusing on getting in bed much earlier and starting my wind-down process at night much earlier so more of my weeknights are relaxing and, I believe, conducive to recovery.
Camera is screwed up...not sure what's up with it - will get it fixed/buy a new one ASAP. But, I'm happy my scale weight is up while I look just as lean if not leaner. I can tell this extra skin is gonna plague me, but whatever. Oh, and I've upped my calories a good bit over the past two weeks as well. ;)