Day 334: Ups and downs at 11

Day 334 - front

Day 334 – front

  • Weight: 139.0 lbs.
  • Workout D: 23 minutes, 4 seconds; next: Workout C, Aug. 2
  • Total inches: 124.5
  • Protein: 145 g (14 g over target)
  • Calories: 2,136
Measurement Sept. 1 July 31 Change
Weight (pounds) 121.8 139.0 +17.2
Body fat percentage 23.5 26.7 [April 19] +3.2 percentage pts.
Fat weight 28.6 37.1 +8.5
Lean weight 93.2 101.9 +8.7
Total inches 113.6 124.5 +10.9

Exercise Start* July 31 Change
Kettlebell swing 32 x 20 lbs. 57/18 x 50 lbs. +150.0 percent
Myotatic crunch 6.5 x 2.5 lbs. 11.0 x 20 lbs. +700.0 percent
Single-arm kettlebell swing 25 x 15 lbs. 9/10 x 35 lbs. +133.3 percent
Isolateral dumbbell incline bench press 2.4/3.0 x 30 lbs. 0.3/1.2 x 40 lbs. +33.3 percent
Yates row 7.0 x 55 lbs. 5.0 x 135 lbs. +145.5 percent
Reverse drag curls 6.0 x 25 lbs. 2.2 x 55 lbs. +120.0 percent

*I started these exercises on different dates.

I have had ups and downs these 11 months. Each time I veered off course, I steered back to the middle.

I admire the paleo dieters and the CrossFit warriors. They are spending the time and money to reach their goals efficiently.

I am cheap and lazy. I like working out in my home, near my home office. I like figuring out the least possible amount to do and still make some kind of measurable progress.

In comparing notes with others who started working out in the past 11 months, I see their ups and downs. Ups in terms of visible success: pounds lost, muscles gained, stamina improved. Downs in terms of injuries, depression, setbacks, weight gain, binges, time crunches.

I took away my excuses. I like to eat. I like to measure. I can squeeze in 70 minutes of exercise a week. I don’t mind smelling like the gym in my own home.

I did the absolute bare minimum. It’s more than I did before, but not so much that my busy schedule can’t accommodate it.

I took each down and pushed myself back up. I believe I had strong self-discipline before Project Bulk, but this has renewed my faith in it.

And the end result has been many more ups than downs in these 11 months.

July’s average workout time was 25 minutes and 59 seconds, shorter than June and May.

I averaged 2,175 calories a day in July. I also had 133 g protein a day on average.

The project has cost me $541.98 so far. I spent $176.08 more on food in July compared to previous monthly averages.

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

Day 329 - side

Day 329 – side

Day 1 vs. Day 334 - front

Day 1 vs. Day 334 – front
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day 1 vs. Day 329 - side

Day 1 vs. Day 329 – side
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