For exercise I will do alternating days as follows:
- Day 1: 45 minutes of weight training, and one ~45 minute walk.
- Day 2: two ~45 minutes walks.
I don’t have a squat rack so I’ll improvise on the weight training. Deadlifts plus excercises I can do by cleaning the bar. I can do front squats but the weight is super light so go for high rep sets or maybe do thrusters instead. And I can press.
- 2006 - 2009 I was an avid runner. Not elite by any means but good enough to be in the top 25 - 33% of the pack for my age category.
- In 2009 I damaged the articular cartilage in my left knee. I could no longer run, unless I had surgery.
- The knee injury led me to strength training and Starting Strength. Mercifully, the articular cartilage damage did not seem to bother me when squatting or deadlifting.
- Strength training led me to my local CrossFit gym, which led me to olympic weightlifting.
- July 21, 2014 I set my still current squat 1RM at 315lbs.
- July 25, 2014 I set my still current clean 1RM at 97kg. My back spasmed that evening which set in motion years of inconsistent training and general laziness. I eventually drifted away from the gym.
- Nonetheless, somewhere in there I bought myself a complete Eleiko Sport Training olympic weightlifting set up.
- February of 2021 I hit a body weight of 209.7lbs. At 5‘8” and being pretty much completely de-trained, I had absolutely no business being that heavy. I mean, blame some of it on COVID I suppose but blame all of it on a lack of discipline. Quoting Jim Wendler, “It takes no talent to be in shape. It just takes a modicum of discipline to do what is necessary.”
- Over the next few months I got down to about 199lbs.
- During a ~week long motorcycle trip to Pickle Lake, Ontario, I lost another ~5lbs. My waist was still above ~40”, but this was progress.