So, uh, yeah. I know I said this at the beginning of my last 5/3/1 recap, but cycle of 5/3/1 was indeed UNREAL folks.
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The last time that I had recapped with you at cycle 11 I took a step back in my training programme and repeated cycle 11 because I wasn’t quite prepared for the targets that I was supposed to reach.
Sometimes you have to cut back to make progress, and progress I did indeed make.
Not only did I break all of my Personal Records last week but I had this especially exciting news. . .
I bench pressed my body weight!
165lbs wasn’t actually part of my calculated lifts for this cycle, but when I pressed up 160lbs for 3 reps (mostly on my own, but with a bit of the husband’s help on rep 3), Matt encouraged me to try 165lb, my body weight.
I was so ecstatic when I pressed the weight up all by myself.
Goal, achieved. Boys working out beside me, jealous. Even my dad was impressed (and he is, by nature, not an easy man to be genuinely impressed).
My bench press goal was so exciting it overshadowed all the other loads that I hit last week, and they were pretty impressive in themselves.
Again, I can’t even believe these numbers are real.
Deadlift: 265lb for 1 reps
Push Press: 135lb for 1 rep – finally put up 45’s on the bar!
Squats: 250lb for 2 reps
Bench Press: 165lb for 1 rep – did I mention, that’s my body weight?
I haven’t calculated my loads for cycle 16 yet so I’m nervous about what I’ll see, but I’m also very excited too.
I mentioned last week that my friend, a holistic nutritionist in training, gave me a diet to follow to help me gain muscle. I had initially gained a pound right away but I lost it again so I’m back at where I started.
I’ve averaged 2500 cal per day with a 36% fat, 44% carb, 20% protein mix.
Aside from not having put on weight yet, I have been feeling much more stable (emotionally) and I my sugar cravings have been reduced which I attribute (I think) to having more fat in my diet. Or it could be more muscle too. Or it could be just eating more in general and not withholding food only to binge on sweets later. Not sure yet. I only know it’s working so I’ll keep it up.
I intend to keep tracking my macros and following her recommendations because 1) I’m her guinea pig and want to give her accurate results, and 2) I’m liking it so far.
Will check back in with progress as I squeeze in time. Things have been hectic lately