I’ve been away a long time! I’ve been thinking about writing a little again, every so often. Mostly, I’m too busy either at work or at the gym or driving between the two, or eating.
I eat a lot. The biggest change I’ve made is to eat more. I’ve gone from eating about 1200 calories a day to eating about 2400. I actually don’t know how many calories I eat! I only track my macros. I shoot for 150 g of protein, 60 g of fat, and 185 g of carbs. I track on MyFitnessPal, but any tracker or even a notepad will do.
I’ve lost about 30lbs so far. Most of the weight loss has been within the last year. I’ve had so many false starts, gone down so many blind alleys, and been super discouraged along the way. In other words, I’m completely human. I’m not an Instagram chick, nor do I have a monitized YouTube channel.
About a year ago, I watched Sarah Robles in the Olympics, and thought, hey I’d like to try the Olympic lifts (a.k.a. “Weightlifting”, as opposed to the power lifts used in powerlifting). I tend to get ideas in my head and just go for it. This does not always work out as well as I hope.
Weightlifting is HARD. Like, really technically hard. I think I’m probably one of the stronger lifters in my new gym, but I snatch and clean very little. It’s been a year of developing greater joint flexibility, and developing the confidence to grab the bar and toss it up over my head like a boss. I’m not there yet.
I’ve continued doing the power moves, the deadlift and bench. And of course, since weightlifting involves a lot of squatting in the catch position, I do a LOT of squats. My squat is full depth now, last year this time I was not yet squatting to meet-level depth (which is not full ass-to-grass depth actually). So, although I’m at about the same weight I’m squatting MUCH lower so that’s a big win.
I should mention that, at my gym, I’m the oldest person by a long ways. The next oldest lifter that I see regularly is almost 20 years younger than me. I admit, it can be tough walking through that door. I can outlift almost all the other women though, and if you take into account age difference, I’m outlifting everyone I think. In a meet, I’d get a 30% bump on my lifts, so my deadlift is currently 125kg*1.3=163kg*2.2=357lbs. I think I’ll be improving on that in the next few months though.