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Prep for Provincials, November 11-13, 2016, begins...

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Now that I've officially competed as a 93 kg weight class lifter, the preparations for the next two competitions begins.  As of this morning, my weight was 219 lbs, up a few pounds from just before I started the water cutting process for last weekend's competition.  Next week, I'll be 24 weeks out from the Ontario Powerlifting Association's Ontario Open & Master Classic and Equipped Championships (Provincials, for short).  My goal is to be at or below 205 lbs by August 24th, the date I'm flying back to visit my family and to celebrate my 50th birthday.  I'll be out of town for about a week and while I will likely be exercising, I will also be drinking many local Boulder, Longmont, and Fort Collins area brewery product as well as other interesting beers found at the local liquor warehouse.  I will also be getting my fill of mexican food and Mom's home cooking.


After returning from Colorado, it will take a few days for my weight to normalize back around…

Meet Report: 2016 Niagara Open, first meet as a M2 lifter, first meet as a 93 kg lifter

Back in November, I made the decision that my next competition (and all those thereafter) would be as a 93 kg lifter.  At that time, my "walking around weight" was between 240 and 250 lbs.  To make the 105 kg weight class, I would usually have to diet for about a month and then do a 4-6 lb water cut.  After a lackluster performance coupled with some nagging back pain, I decided that carrying around extra weight wasn't doing my health or my lifting any good.  The only challenge was, I hadn't been anywhere near 205 lbs since the mid-90's.  Losing upwards of 35 lbs was going to be a long process.

For some reason, I have been exceptionally motivated by this goal and I have been able to maintain a calorie restricted diet since mid-November 2015 with the only notable exceptions being the Christmas/New Year period and two trips to Las Vegas.  My weight loss has been a pretty consistent 1 lb per week, slower than I would've liked but I chalk that up to a combination …