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Quest for 50 – The Battle for Personal Health

Weight controlThree years ago, I started my Quest for 50. I had it in my head then that I needed to lose 50 pounds to be considered healthy. I also had been two months past shoulder surgery and thought the time for excuses was over.

Naturally, it took me another year to start getting serious about it.

About a year and a half ago, I joined a gym and even went one step further and signed up with a personal trainer for one training session per week. While I can’t say my progress has been perfect, at least I can say there’s been a good chunk of progress. Here’s an update (with changes in parentheses) before I talk about the battle:

  • Weight: 236 (-14 since start, -11 since first weigh-in with trainer)
  • %Body Fat: 22% (-3.2%)
  • Arms: 14.25″ (+.75″)
  • Waist: 43″ (-.50″)
  • Hips: 45.875″ (-1.125″)
  • Quads: 24″ (+1.5″)
  • Squats: 6 reps at 285 lbs (+240 lbs since first training session – 1-rep max likely 330 lbs)
  • Leg Press: 10 reps at 585 lbs (+405 lbs – 1-rep max likely 705 lbs)
  • Deadlift: 185 lbs (+130 lbs – herniated disk in back last time I did them this heavy, so avoiding heavy deadlifts)
  • Shoulder Press: 140 lbs (+50 lbs)
  • Bench Press: 155 lbs (+70 lbs)

My lower body numbers have increased much more for two reason: 1) lower body strength increases much faster than upper body in terms of weight, and 2) I started coming off of shoulder surgery, ended up having wrist surgery 11 months ago, and have been battling carpal tunnel for the past six months. Lifting heavy with no grip in one hand just doesn’t work.

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The Quest for 50

I made a horrible mistake the other day… I stepped on a scale. I’m not totally ignorant when it comes to my body. I know I’ve been packing on the weight a bit. That’s what no restraints on diet and no activity in terms of real exercise (at least with any semblance of consistency) will […]