OK, with that out of my system . . .
The people at school are very nice, and my class is going well. I managed to get the boss to throw some more work my way - tutoring sessions twice a week. Yeah, more money.
The new apartment is roomy, looks brand new, and much cheaper than before. Gas stove cooking ROCKS. Close to everything I want - supermarkets, same bank as before, shops, the works. Golden Corral one block away - I'm in heaven.
Very nice gym just 2 miles down the road. The salesclerk smiled and asked what my goals are. I said "Powerlifting. I want to enter more contests." Poor guy got completely lost. He knew all about the cardio classes, the spin classes, the "core" classes . . . but didn't have a clue what was in the free weight area. Finally he said "You should talk with Toby."
Toby isn't like the other trainers "Let's jazzercise by waving pink dumbbells!" He's a 240 lb mass of muscle who's competed in powerlifting. He's benched 450 raw and 700 suited. He's absolutely thrilled someone finally walked through the door asking for powerlifting. Naturally I signed up for several training sessions.
He checked out my squat and bench. He saw my deadlift and will be checking it tomorrow. He LOVES my form on all lifts. Looks like I learned a lot from you folks!
Bench: got up to doing a triple with 135. He's got me doing shoulders and lats for assistance work. Makes sense, I've neglected them concentrating on tris and pecs.
Squat: he wants me to get just a teensy bit lower, about an inch or two. Put me on leg presses, stiff leg DL with VERY low weight to stretch hams, leg ext, leg curls, calves, nothing fancy. He LOVES training someone who wants squatting.
This is odd. Somehow I lost over 10 pounds bodyweight in a couple of weeks. I wasn't trying. I know, all that packing and moving, and erratic eating, I thought I might lose a couple of pounds . . . but this much?? funny thing, strength didn't seem to suffer. In fact, felt really recovered.
Lots of enthusiasm from him - he even complimented me on having a strong grip after we shook hands. I was surprised he even felt it. He insists he's not kidding.