Welcome to my power training and sometime diet journal!
Background: 39 y.o. female (but not for long, I hit the big 40 in July). 5'2" and currently 90.5 kg although I have been up as high as 104.5 kg, which should not ever be allowed in a woman my height. tuttut I'm an American expat, originally from northern New Jersey but living in NW London for the last 3 years. I'm sure as things progress here, the reasons why I moved will eventually come out.
I've been lifting weights since 1987, and I've always been more interested in how much weight I could lift rather than in how I looked, but I do have a certain amount of vanity--that is to say, I won't allow myself to become a total farking fatass. I have been one before, and I can't face the mirror when that happens.
Currently, in the gym, my raw maxes are: Bench 64 kg, Squat 92.5 kg, DL 105 kg. I had quite a bit more in me on the squat max day but I had to quit for lack of spotters.
Just joined a PL gym with all appropriate equipment and am looking forward to making gains there. I've been training Westside style for 2 weeks and I've already close-gripped 62.5 kg, which is light-years beyond my previous CG max. Haven't tested my "normal" grip yet but am looking forward to it!
This is the chronicle of my attempts to increase my strength as much as possible while dropping weight classes in a controlled and sensible manner. I'm not sure yet of the best strategy--perhaps a "bulking" and "cutting" style will be suitable for me, perhaps not--but I'm open to suggestions.
My first goal is to drop from SHW to reliably below 90 kg. That shouldn't take too long but even with this small amount of fat to lose, I'm going to have to do some cardio and be really disciplined about diet. I have a very stubborn body that likes to hold on to the fat.
For the lifts, I have a "natural" deadline coming because I'm leaving to visit my family in the US at the end of March. By that time, I'd like to be benching 68 kg and squatting 100, both raw. I'm in the process of changing my deadlift style so I'm not sure what I want to see there. I'll have to play it by ear--or maybe someone more experienced has some advice for going from sumo to conventional?
...consisted of one hour's fast paced walk in the park around the corner from my house (with music blasting in my ears, otherwise I could not endure the hellish boredom). Tomorrow is my day off, then Westside training will resume with max effort squat day on Tuesday.
across 3 meals and 3 snacks.