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on 29 Jul, 2022•3 minutes read
Hey Off the Scalers,
I feel like a broken record, my back is worse again after almost getting rid of the pain. It has now been back for 4 days straight, which has not happened in about 5 weeks.
I have a feeling it’s because I had to lift 2.5kg heavier at the gym as someone had the weight I wanted. Let this be a lesson to myself and you, do not lift heavy with an injury. I will now have to take a rest from lifting until it is feeling better again, which is very annoying for me as I was just getting back into it again, but I will continue to do some cardio and legs to keep myself sane.
Despite my pain, my mini cut has been going well, so I decided to do a little experiment for you guys. Since weighing myself the very first time I have put on 0.50kg but, as I have scales that can read other things, I found out that this is not fat but is in fact muscle. My muscle mass has increased and my fat free body weight has decreased, so there's some proof that the number on the scales does not mean a thing.
I also have a 3.5 week progress photo to further the proof! Now, the lighting and location are different so that might play a part, but you can definitely see a change in my legs, not so much my arms, but this is because I have been limiting my upper body workouts during recovery.
Both are taken before a workout and at the same time of the day to get the most accurate progress picture I could possibly get, but I suppose taking them in the same location would’ve been helpful too, I will try to do that for the next one.
Some other better news, I set myself a goal at the start of the year to be able to squat a 40kg barbell, and this week I was able to do 45kg, I could definitely push myself to do even more but with my back, it's probably best not to until I can do a good amount of reps with 45kg.
But with a new personal best comes a new goal, my new goal is to be able to squat and sumo deadlift 50-55 by the end of the year. I hope I can do better than that but it is best to set a realistic goal and exceed that.
I had also set a goal to bench press 30kg, but of course I have had to postpone that because, well you know why. So, if I get back on the mend, I hope to be able to reach this goal by the end of the year, but we shall see!
This is your sign to set a goal that is specific to your weight. If you work to reach a different fitness goal, the chances are you will reach your body image goal without even realising it. I challenge you to set a PB goal to reach by the end of the year.