2 Years & 3 Months of Iron
I thought I'd do a quick comparison of one of my very first and my latest gym progress selfies. On the left is me in October of 2015 at around 197lbs (89kg) as i prepared to compete at NAGA in Chicago. I had just spent nearly a year going from my heaviest, out of shape weight of 260lbs (118kg.) Lots of running, martial arts training and getting a handle on my over eating/drinking did the trick. I especially credit @asilfit64 for helping me get my act together in those days! I took this first selfie after I finally joined the local gym and began to lift weights. Since then I've mainly lifted during the winter months, taking off the summer's of both 2016 & 2017. On the right is me just last week after beginning in late summer, earlier than usual. I now weigh 225lbs (102kg) and feel very solid. While my mother says my gut looks "like a beer belly" it's actually very solid with just a thin layer of excess fatty tissue, which doesn't bother me. Other than just being in such a bad position to begin with, "knee on belly" doesn't hurt me while grappling. I don't lift to "look good." I lift to be in shape enough to train under @thalesblaso, something I have not had a chance to do for weeks due to family obligations. Lifting weights has also become my "mental cleansing time." I find it very meditative and relaxing. I often sort out many different problems while lifting. The clarity and focus I find while pushing myself over the next hurdle translates into other aspects of my life. Henry Rollins, 'Iron and the Soul' sums up much of how I feel about lifting. 2 years and 3 months and I don't see myself stopping.
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