The Second Act
The scale is going in the closet for a little while.
I’m not going to weigh myself again until June 30th. The scale isn’t an important part in me hitting the new goals I’m setting for myself.
What is important to me, however, is to be able to do the following:
- 100 push ups
- 100 pull ups
- Bench 250 pounds
- Compete in a 10k race
- Completely redesign my body — again
Losing a lot of weight (100+ pounds) deflates your body. The reality is that I was so concerned with the scale going down every week for the past 17 months that I concentrated completely on cardio and didn’t lift weights. Like many trying to lose weight I thought cardio was the answer and did nothing but for the majority of my journey. While it has helped me lose a lot of weight on the scale, I’m now smaller but still have a lot of fat.
I look deflated.
My wife thought of this analogy: just for a second consider my body weighing in at 344 pounds to be a tire filled up with air. Well, burning all these calories through cardio over the past year put a hole in the tire causing air to seep out. Today, the air is gone but the rubber still remains. I’m a smaller version than I was before undoubtedly, but I still have the rubber — I still have a lot of fat.
We need to fill the tire up again — with lean muscle.
Today is a new beginning. We need to build muscle while losing fat. Calipers (measure body fat) are on the way. Within the next year I’m going to do 100 push ups and 100 pull ups on video and post both for you all to see. I have never done a proper pull up or push up in my life and that’s going to change.
On April 2, 2011, I’m going to actually compete (not just walk/jog) in the Cooper River Bridge Run and hopefully get a few dozen of you from the blog to meet me there. We’ll all stay at the same hotel (group rates), run the bridge together, then have one big party afterward. It’ll be a blast.
My body is going to be fit enough to compete in a natural bodybuilding competition by this time next spring. That’s not a promise, just a possibility. I’m making major changes in the gym and in my diet so I can focus on building muscle and losing body fat. I want to be a lean, mean, fighting machine. The scale will come back into the picture soon, it’s just not relevant right now.
It’s how we look and feel that’s important, not the number the scale gives us. I will still be posting Wednesday weigh-in results, I’ll just be showing a lot more skin (and flexing!) — not more numbers.
You’ve all become of a part of my life and I hope you realize that. I’m going to be sharing my journey and my goals with you for years to come.
I hope you do the same.