Wednesday, November 12, 2008 by Daniel


Wow, this was unexpected.

What went in (average daily):
Don't know. Stopped tracking.

What came out:
Weight: 173 (-2 lbs, 15lbs total)
Waist: 32 (-0.25", 2" total)
Bodyfat: 11% (-1%, 4% total)
Percentage to goal: 100%

Time it took: 10 weeks

Burnt out on Fitday and feeling too OCD about what I ate and how it affected me, I decided to take some time off from tracking, until I felt like I'd enjoy it again. In the meantime, I continued to eat as I have been doing. I still habitually weigh in every Wednesday, though, (gotta keep the graph consistent!), and was really surprised with what I saw this morning - I haven't been feeling particularly thin or anything lately - indeed, just last night I had a bad dream that I was weak and pudgy again.

Nevertheless, there it is. I haven't been this thin since high school, and I've never been this fit before, period. I need new pants. I want to get back to focusing on strength gains, but for the time being I think I'm just going to enjoy where I am and how I'm doing for a while.

As I get more and more enamored of climbing, I get less interested in the big muscles. Climbing is far more about strength-to-weight ratio than it is about size, as the goal is more total muscle recruitment than it is mass - obviously, the less you weigh as compared to your strength, the easier time you'll have getting up the wall. So my goals are shifting from size to simple strength and efficiency. Jim (fellow CFEB athlete) is far stronger than I am, but not appreciably bigger. And he can climb 5.13-something. That, I think, is something to strive towards. It will mean forever being scrawny, but if it means climbing 5.12, then I'm OK with that.


Evelyn Rodas said...

Congrats. And, you are not and are not in danger of becoming scrawny. We both know what that looks like and it ain't you. You're long, lean and strong (and getting stronger all the time).

Rebecca said...

Uh - yeah - gotta agree with Evelyn - you are not scrawny. You're YUMMY! :-D I'm very happy with your body comp how it is now - bigger bulkier muscles would not suit you (or me! :-p )

<3 Congrats Honey :-)

Maximus Lewin said...

Great Daniel. Score one for the vegetables.

As to big muscles - It is my feeling you should achieve the Rip/CF advanced standards before focusing on sarcoplasmic hypertrophy.

Melissa Byers said...

Way to go! Funny how as soon as you relaxed, your body kicked over that last little hump.

Oh, Rebecca called you "YUMMY". That's totally cute. :)

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