How long has it been? Almost nine months of no update at all. I really suck in writing recently because of schedule. As usual, lame excuses.
I feel bad migrating to Blogger because I might have lost some of my posts from WordPress. Thinking that I started this on 2002 from Livejournal, then to a self-hosted WordPress then, to a free WordPress then, here. I wouldn’t have to leave the last free platform if it does not ask for domain redirection fee and allows to post simple iframe, java and code snippets hence, Blogger. Anyway, the posts are safely archived in a private platform.
Let me just enlist the things that happened for the past few months. In a nutshell:
- I came back home to pursue Statistics studying. You won’t call it masters for nothing, believe me! *rummages through my previous notes because I will be needing them next semester*
- Bounced back my muscle mass and currently in progress reshaping for a beach body before the summer ends. Planning to become bigger by the end of the year.
- Relapsed in some shit but just once because of an awful ‘sayang‘ relationship.
- Doing organic, on the other hand. 😀
- Finally drives again!
- Changed gyms and will be changing this February for a longer contract. <- so irrelevant LOL
- Work is hectic as ever. Surprisingly, I am enjoying it because I learn a lot, like a lot!
I noticed that whenever I do a long hiatus, the prime reason that encourages me to write on this is the surge of emotions.
*Writes the usual template after updating from a long break*
Let me put more effort in writing because I miss this. Besides, this is one of such ways I can express whatever shit I feel.
By the way, the picture I attached here is my fitness progress even my last update here is the usual me, being narcissistic about my body. I have a leaner figure than the former but I think my market prefers that I am bulky hahaha. Let me just finish this summer then, I will bring the dadbod back, kay?
What’s more noticeable is my hair color, not my physique hahaha.
Losing 2 kilos of fat mass is not really significant but I am still stuck at 58kg FFM. I better lift heavier and eat more to reach my goal. With impending classes for my masters, I do not know when to sleep anymore considering I will still be working full time.
Here I am again gaining back my momentum where I fell off maintaining a healthier lifestyle two years ago. This time, for sure, I will stick to it until I reach the 3rd phase of my target and maintain it. Besides, I will be the loser again if I cannot reach nor maintain this.
Since Wordpress does not allow script embedding, you need to click on my body composition dashboard so that you can interactively look at my data.
I used moving average to smooth the data because I do not feel that a linear trend on a time-series model is not appropriate given that I have very few data points; maybe after three months of tracking, I will include that.
What really concerns me is that I see a statistically significant correlation between the increase in my fat and fat-free muscle mass. In due time, this has to change – let it be flat or better negatively correlated variables. Ill definitely look very muscular if that happens.
Considering that during the last two weeks of December of last year, even how much I avoided any food, since it was the holidays and I was on vacation, there was no point of doing so. So I decided to just eat whatever what was on the table and added some local creatine ethyl ester pills in my supplement list to bulk up some mass. Since my body fat percentage was almost at the borderline of being unhealthy, two months after of no cardio workouts and with all the simple carbohydrates that fueled my workout, I gained 5 kilos of weight and skyrocketed my fat percentage to 22.5%. That frustrated me.
So I looked for a linear progressing exercise program that would make me stronger and revisited my MyFitnessPal diary where I used to log my food intake two years ago. I found Stronglifts 5×5.
I will be keeping a complete workout log, record my progress, food log intake, any measurement, goals etc. The data points are not enough to make some good observation on my progress. I’ll definitely post another update after a month… that is as soon as I recover from my lower back pain.
If you can’t use the interactive charts, go to my Stronglifts 5×5 chart source.
Earlier, I wore my gym belt higher than the usual because it felt more comfortable doing the maneuver as it compresses my upper abdomen but I was so wrong! It did not provide any support to my lower back hence, I felt a very sharp pain on my erector spinae on my fourth, and final set; I failed to complete 5×5. At the first place, I should have started less than 80% of my 1-rep max with this program but of course, I did not. You can even see that I stalled already and deloaded the weights on my second week.
Hopefully after two days of rest, I am recovered without any herniated discs or sciatica.
Soon, I will post charts on my body composition.