Day 273: End of the third trimester

Day 273 - front

Day 273 – front

  • Weight: 138.2 lbs.
  • Workout C: 28 minutes, 26 seconds; next: Workout C, June 3
  • Total inches: 124.6
  • Protein: 134 g (4 g over target)
  • Calories: 2,173
Measurement Sept. 1 May 31 Change
Weight (pounds) 121.8 138.2 +16.4
Body fat percentage 23.5 26.7 [April 19] +3.2 percentage pts.
Fat weight 28.6 36.9 +8.3
Lean weight 93.2 101.3 +8.1
Total inches 113.6 124.6 +11.0

Exercise Start* May 31 Change
Kettlebell swing 32 x 20 lbs. 38/21/16 x 50 lbs. +150.0 percent
Myotatic crunch 6.5 x 2.5 lbs. 9.0 x 20 lbs. +700.0 percent
Single-arm kettlebell swing 25 x 15 lbs. 15/16 x 30 lbs. +100.0 percent
Isolateral dumbbell incline bench press 2.4/3.0 x 30 lbs. 4.2/4.1 x 35 lbs. +16.7 percent
Yates row 7.0 x 55 lbs. 5.0 x 135 lbs. +145.5 percent
Reverse drag curls 6.0 x 25 lbs. 1.2 x 55 lbs. +120.0 percent

*I started these exercises on different dates.

This month has been messy.

My diet has been smooth, but my exercise has been sloppy: bad form, off dates, light weights.

My form can be increasingly askew during workouts. I noticed my kettlebell swings were becoming lower and lower (they should peak parallel with my shoulders). As I worked on bringing the swings higher, I tired out quicker. But at least my form is back where it should be.

If I were more rigorous about my schedule, I’d stick with my Monday-Wednesday-Friday workout routine. However, I have occasionally slid into the next day. Sometimes, it’s laziness. Sometimes, it’s my very busy work schedule. I’m not crazy about working out on the “wrong” day, but I’m at least maintaining three sessions per week.

My muscle development has slowed because of one simple problem: lifting weights that are too light. My Yates rows have been easier and easier since I haven’t added weight to the bar in 2 months. I must find some low-cost weight plates (15 and 25 pounds) to add to my collection.

Even my single-arm kettlebell swing should have been bumped to 35 pounds, after finishing a full set at 30 pounds in April. But I forgot to add weight to those sessions, both times in May.

The only one holding me back from my full potential is me.

May’s average workout time was 26 minutes and 29 seconds. It should hold steady from now on, based on numbers of reps.

Having dropped to the 2,100-to-2,200 range for calories, I averaged 2,154 calories a day in May. I also had 131.5 g protein a day on average.

The project has cost me $356.88 so far. I spent $37.43 less on food in May compared to previous monthly averages.

You can see all the numbers updated in real time on the Measurements page.

Day 273 - side

Day 273 – side

Day 1 vs. Day 273 - front

Day 1 vs. Day 273 – front
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day 1 vs. Day 273 - side

Day 1 vs. Day 273 – side
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