Goal: Lose 20 Pounds by Christmas (4 Months)
I can’t really say I disagree with this:
I have to say, I’m a little confused with your weekly weigh in. Your weight is normally within a pound, give or take, from your last weigh in. You are wearing your shirt, which you say will come back off shortly. But even if your shirt does come off, your followers can’t “see” any difference week to week. Why not provide your followers with a tangible number? If you want us to keep watching, keep showing us some progress. How come you aren’t including your body fat or muscle percentage. I don’t think this is something that needs to be included every week, every other week at most, once a month at the least.
I received this e-mail from a long-time follower of my journey late last week. I rarely include e-mails along with posts, but this e-mail was incredibly relevant to something I’ve been thinking about for a long time. I’ve become stagnate.
To be fair, my strength has been increasing over the last year or so since I started consistently lifting. I notice some muscle definition. I don’t know how my progress compares to others, but I started lifting 20-pound dumbbells when I first starting doing dumbbell bench presses. Today, I’m lifting 50-pound dumbbells Monday mornings. Could I be lifting 75-pound dumbbells today with more effort? No idea.
But, we’re going to find out.
There’s a lot of negative in that e-mail. Some might get easily offended — luckily for me, I don’t get easily offended. In anything negative that happens in my life, I strip away the negative and take any positive I can from it. In the above e-mail, there’s plenty of positive. First, someone took the time to write me an e-mail. He’s been following me for years, so apparently I’ve been doing something right. With a quick search, I have a few other e-mails from him. The earliest dates back to 2009.
Secondly, he motivated me to create a new goal for myself: lose 20 pounds by Christmas. That’s about a pound a week, certainly achievable while trying to still build muscles. Scale aside, appearance wise, it’ll probably be close to where I want to be.
Lastly, he gave me a good idea for Wednesday’s transformation posts: posting my body fat percentage. It’s certainly not the first time it’s been suggested, but he recommended an easy all-in-one scale that tracks weight and body fat. I need something that’s easy to do on a weekly basis and is sustainable for life and Casey provided it in a followup e-mail. I don’t even plan on stopping blogging, so I need something that is fast and easy to use on Wednesday mornings before work in the near and distant future.
I’m still shopping around, but I’ll probably settle on that scale within the next couple of weeks and we’ll start adding my body fat percentages to Wednesday posts.
Until then, I’m going back shirtless. And I’m going to be making progress.