Have a Safe and Happy New Year!!!

Earlier today I finished my last workout of the year. I wore my new Vibram 5 Finger KSO's. Since today was deadlift day, I felt they would be ideal since the deadlift is optimized when you are completely grounded--meaning little or no cushion from footwear to interrupt power transmission. Earlier this morning I weighed in at 249.5 lbs, my first foray under the 250 lb mark in approximately 10 years. I also won another hole from my weightlifting belt--only one more left and it's time for a new belt. Despite hitting new benchmarks in reduced body mass, my deadlifting today was excellent. I exceeded my repetition goals and completed work sets of: 455x5, 455x5, 455x5, and 455x4. My previous two deadlift workouts were much more difficult sets of 455x3 for 4 sets. My overall workload increased by 7 reps and 3185 lbs.

The only other thing that I've changed since my last deadlift workout 2 weeks ago was the introduction of 100 mg of CoQ10 in the morning. This particular supplement has been reported to increase energy levels and came recommended on a couple of websites that I review on a regular basis ( www.raysahelian.com and www.t-nation.com) I don't know if it was the shoes, the CoQ10, or the relaxing week I spent visiting my family in Boulder (Mom, Dad and Missy are in the photo above) but I was capable of deadlifting significantly more today than I was two weeks ago.

There's nothing like setting a new benchmark in the gym to generate optimism and excitement with one's workout program!!

Looking back at the year, it's been quite an eventful 12 months. I've regained my health after almost weighing 300 pounds, transitioned out of a 17 year career in management with Enterprise Rent A Car, re-started my personal training business, and started competing in powerlifting again. As far as life-changing events go, 2008 was full of them.

I'm really excited for what 2009 will bring because I am approaching the year with successes under my shrinking belt and passion driving my actions. I have an excellent network of business associates, a healthy family, and amazing clients. I have a lot to be thankful for and even more to be optimistic about in the future.

I wish for all of you a very safe and happy New Year!! May 2009 be your best year ever!!

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