Well it’s a few days into May… can you believe it? Personally, the first half of this year has absolutely flown by, but I am so glad it is finally warm here in Boston. The past few days I’ve been able to ride my bike to work with no jacket, and it has been glorious.
Since my life got so stressful over the past couple of months, I haven’t had any time to really focus on my training or even on taking good care of myself for that matter. So in order to set that straight, I’ve decided to set some goals for myself this month, just to get everything back on track. I don’t usually do monthly goals, but I have a little extra time on my hands this month as work is quieting down, so now is the time to really focus on me!
- Bench 110. My original goal for this month was going to be to bench 100 lb, but wouldn’t you know I hit that goal on April 30th! Nothing like beating a goal before you’ve already set it. As I’m moving up in the weights and try to get to that 110 though, I’m going to have to find myself a spotter. Random gym guy, hello!
- Get my squats comfortable again. I have had a lot of left hip pain while at the deepest part of my squat lately, and it left me only able to do sets of 3 at 135 on Monday. (My previous squat session I was able to comfortably hit sets of 4 at 145). I think it’s all just soft tissue related because I have really been slacking on foam rolling/soft tissue work lately. My foam roller will have to be my best friend now, and I’m committing to using it every day!
- Work out the kinks in my deadlift. I love to deadlift, in fact it’s my favorite lift, but I find myself much more comfortable with a sumo deadlift vs. traditional. I’m not sure why that is, but clearly I’ve got some ish I’ve got to work out with my conventional stance, because I don’t think I’m pulling up to my potential in that lift.
- Read Wheat Belly, by William Davis MD. I haven’t had time to read anything for myself lately, but I keep hearing about Wheat Belly, and although I’m not paleo, I find myself intrigued. Honestly I’ve hesitated to read it because it seems like everyone who reads that book becomes crazily obsessed with it, but I’ve decided to bite the bullet and just do it. Hopefully I don’t become one of those people 😉
- Take my supplements regularly. Just as I’ve slacked on foam rolling/mobility work over the past month or so, I’ve completely stopped taking the few supplements that I used to take regularly: Biotin, Vitamin D, and Fish Oil. I’ll do a blog post about why I take these if people are interested, but first I need to get my butt back in gear and remember to take them every day!
- Stick to a strict 16/8 Fast at least 3 days per week. Since my CBL fiasco, I’ve been eating around a very loose version of the 16/8 IF, although most of my fasts have ended up at 14 or 15 hours because of various reasons. If I can commit to keeping a strict fast at least a few days per week, I know I’ll feel better in the long run. The paleo portion of my health experiment is coming soon… maybe…
So that’s it for now! What about you? What are your goals for May? Are you interested in a post about why I take the supplements I do? Have you read Wheat Belly (and did it make you obsessive)?