So, in January, I hit an all-time PR for leanness. It was a long haul, 10 months of the strictest diet and programming I have attempted,. My wife said she could see my "six pack" for the first time. She was being generous, but it was still an awesome feeling. To end the plan, I took ten days off for our anniversary trip.
Been two weeks back, I've done 6 lifting sessions, all garbage. I expected to feel fresh eating more, but everything sucked. No pop, no rush, hard to even get warm.
Being totally honest with myself, the thing keeping me tentative is the pain. I realized that my time off had been the first pain-free week in a long time, maybe years. Full nights of sleep, energized, peaceful. But, now I am back to grunting from soreness when I move, waking halfway through the night and having to stretch out so I can eek out another hour of sleep. After a solid week of relief, I am struggling to face the daily pain that comes from training with purpose, even just to maintain some leanness (I'm in my mid 40's, been lifting 25+ years).
Anyone else here hit that spot? Any ideas for breaking through?