Long-time reader, first-time poster. I tend to be an introvert, so putting my log up here is actually kind of a big deal…
I’m looking to learn and find some community, and to do that I need to step outside my comfort zone.
I’m a 42 year-old married father-of-two (daughter, age 10; son, age 8) with a flexible but sedentary day job.
I train alone in my garage, which I’ve been doing seriously for 3-4 years (and with a modicum of intelligence for about a year or two).
If I’m being honest, I’m driven by vanity first and health/wellness second, though the latter is becoming increasingly important as I age—my family history conspires against me in that regard.
My current focus is sustained fat loss running Coach Thibaudeau’s Best Damn for Natties, adapted to my equipment.
Height: 5’ 7"
Weight: 170.1 lbs
Waist: 34.00 inches
Body fat: 15.3%***
Current goal: reach (and then maintain) 164 lbs at less than 12.0% body fat by mid-June 2021
I am also concerned about maintaining muscle and strength while under caloric restriction.
I’m down from 185.2/36.50/18.8% since 03 Jan 2021, and from 208.0/41.25/21.8% since 05 Jan 2020.
My best so far in 2021 was 166.3/33.25/14.6% in late-Mar, with an overall best of 164.2/33.00/13.5% in late-Sep 2020.
Fat loss sucks: I’ve obviously had quite a few missteps and setbacks over the last 16 months or so, but during that time I think I’ve finally found out how to get my body to respond positively and to reduce negative impacts on my psyche while dieting.
What I lack most, I think, is patience.
My wife and kids tolerate my habits, strange as those habits are.
Actually, that’s not fair: they are incredibly supportive. But they’re not exactly full-time cheerleaders: I can be hard to live with sometimes, particularly on days when food (sugar?) cravings run rampant—and sometimes my attitude on those days brings all of us down.
With regard to nutrition: When I’m on, I’m on. Like rigidly so. But when I’m not, I binge. I’ve developed some really bad habits in this regard—I have lost any ability I may have once possessed to eat intuitively.
However, I can only fix so many things at once, so I’m just trying to keep the cravings at bay—and improve my demeanor while resisting them when they hit—in the short run.
More as interest dictates, but this post is long enough—time to get on with the log already.
*** - I use one of those handheld body fat monitors for this metric. Yes, I know they’re awful. But I’ve been using it long enough to correlate its measurements with other metrics—particularly how I look in weekly progress photos—and I don’t really care too much about the actual number: the monitor is just one of many tools I use to track progress.