Decided to do my 1rm deadlift this morning. Per usual, butterflies in my stomach, nervousness about being weaker, etc.

Walk up, pull it for 4 lifts. Was happy.


My physical status

So, an important quote (and truth) that has kept me going throughout my struggles is this:

It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement. Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs, therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity or undue depression in adversity.

Despite this, I was very impatient when it came to my physical fitness. It has calmed me down and made me realize the reality that progress is slow, and often times the goals I set are so distant that I need to enjoy the small rewards I get from training; the little increases in numbers or skills. I liked to run, but my haste really ended up with knee pains. Running to me  now represents activity but not achievement. Granted, this may change in the future, but right now my goals are of strength and leanness.

  • Over the summer chinups have increased from 6 to 12 on a fresh set with rest. 7 or 8 not fresh. The muscle up still eludes me, but I feel it somewhere in the future.
  • I deadlifted for the first time yesterday. Quite fun. Today, lower back is sore. Upper back is sore. Arms and legs are fine.
  • It has become easier to hold a headstand. Currently, I cannot hold a handstand but have only been confident enough in my strength to try it once.
  • I want to do a one-arm push-up, but am nowhere close. I do not train this frequently enough. Am still trying to come up with a method I like for training this consistently.

I’m not posting any numbers yet because I am so new to these movements with weights that they are not the real numbers I want to improve upon.

Also to note: over the last 4 or so months I have been doing p90x Legs and Back with a weighted backpack. Hellish DOMS. I am pausing that now to work on squats and deadlifts, which I have gathered from the resultant DOMS are doing, at a basal level, something to increase my fitness.