So ten year SParkversary!! That is a long ass time haha!!
Not gonna summarise the past ten years but will update starting from this year :)
I picked up some good habits last year and made them principles this year.
I have been learning how to lift heavy weights - on my back, with my back etc
My trainer (who is also my cousin) is a powerlifter and man oh man am I inspired! He has been helping me gain some muscle and get my shoulder right (broke rotator cuff a couple of years ago) and at the end of last year I joined a proper lifting gym.
It is not pretty and the sheer tonnage being lifted on the daily is extraordinary and my efforts contribute in a small way to that total now!! The gym itself is amazing and filled with the most amazing people all there to both better themselves and build others up. Their reception area has "KINDNESS" and "MOTIVATION" written in huge letters on the wall and their motto/hashtag is wankerfreezone. Yet they are all massive athletes in their own right as well as Personal Trainers. Amazing place.
I am 40 now and my body sometimes complains but holy hell the progress is super exciting and soooo motivating!
I can post my numbers here but they are not that impressive but be assured I am making progress every week. I train for 2 - 2.5 hours 4x a week and am getting strong.
I also started to eat like a bodybuilder
Now before you groan it is science haha. I train hard to build muscle and I don't want to lose any of those precious gains so science has to be precise to lose as little muscle as possible while losing weight.
At the start of 2019 I was at my heaviest weight ever. 95kg (209??lbs). While I had been working hard and gained a lot of muscle, I still looked like I ate junk food all day long. Which wasn't working for me.
So on the advice of my trainer I started the RP diet (Renaissance Periodization). It is a strict macro based diet which appeals to my need to count, and it caters for your training - specifically to assist recovery so you can get up and do it again the next day. I am 3 weeks into a cut and I am losing about 0.5kg (1lb) a week. You only "diet" for 12 weeks then eat maintenance to set your new weight point, then "diet" again and so on until you are done.
Not gonna lie. It feels slow. And hard. But I am motivated and my body has refused to drop any fat using other methods so experiment is underway! Science for the win!!
I am going to post a progress photo but this is not just from this year. The photo on the left is 2016, the photo in the middle is from the start of 2019, and the photo on the right is from the start of the cut (so 3 weeks ago).
Now keep in mind that the weight of the two photos on the left is basically the SAME WEIGHT! If you have been putting off lifting some weights this right here should be your motivation!
Also come on Anajak - buy some new underwear am I right hahaha
Alright peace out and happy SParkversary xxxx