Thanks for all the kind words, and to Jack - my gf is much more impressive than I am, I joke she will soon be deadlifting more than I can.
To answer some of the questions:
I weighed in at 183ish, a few weeks ago when I had sent the form in I was right around 190 so didn’t want to sacrifice numbers for losing the weight, I’m usually lower 180s but just moved into an apt and with all the changes/unpacking I had to focus more on just ‘eating’ than ‘eating right’.
We lift in USAPL, it was my second meet, and her third meet. She actually set the state records for deadlift, squat, and total last year. We have been competing less than a year technically, but have been lifting awhile now. Myself longer than her (lucky gal gets to bypass all the mistakes I made over the years)
Never did one in Ohio, and haven’t really checked into it, there’s one in MI in July, and another towards the end of the year so 3x a year should suffice. A meet really takes a lot out of you.
Good luck WS4JB on dropping the weight and hittin some PR’s in your upcoming meet!