Six weeks out from the 100% Raw Easterns

Good squat workout today. Weight was also lower than it's been in a while. I had let it creep up to 240 and now I'm back down to 235. I doubt I'll go low enough to entertain lifting in the 220lb class in mid-September but while it's dropping I'm going to go with it.

Lately I've read quite a bit of depressing literature that suggests the body's set point only up-regulates and once moved higher, won't re-set at a lower point. For people that have lost significant amounts of weight from previously obese bodyweights, studies suggest that we'll always feel hungry at our new weight's caloric maintenance levels. It's depressing in that it suggests weight management for the previously obese will always be a battle, versus the much preferred outcome of finding a new lower set point that is easier to maintain. I've been on a weight loss journey for going on 4 years now and I've long accepted it will take a while to get back to what I consider a healthy, manageable body-weight. Based on what I've read, I relish these periods where I seem to have an easier time losing body-fat since the ongoing process is tiresome in it's deprivation.

Trying to get stronger while losing weight is not the optimal powerlifting strategy. The weight loss efforts confound the evaluations of my training program but I don't want to put either pursuit on the back burner so I've just got to deal with it.

Today's squat workout was 6 sets of 3 with weights between 85 and 85% of my 1 rep max. This was a good workout from both a volume and an intensity measure. Everything feels good. I am very confident I will set a squat personal best in September. My shoulders are still preventing me from making progress on my bench press so trying to maintain a 142.5 kg raw Bench Press is my primary goal. As for deadlift, the strength is there, it's just a matter of finding a way to adapt the hook grip so that I stop ripping my palm.

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