My Journey: Keeping The Train On The Tracks

Sometimes it is hard to wake up at 5:00 a.m. to go to the gym, but it is not optional.

Staying focused is important in any important task. When I set out to start My Journey, I was going to make sure that I gave it my all. I'm not doing one of those half-ass journals that a lot of people start and don't finish. I have goals and I am going to reach them. On January 3, 2011 (Day 1), I made my phase 1 goal - 265 lbs. by my birthday, August 5. Today I weighed in at 270 lbs. With only five pounds left to reach that part of my goal, I am more focused than ever.

Today's workout was intense and that is the way I like it. With the slow dropping of weight, I have been able to maintain and improve on the majority of my lifts. That was a big part of the way I wanted to approach this journey. I didn't want to drop weight really fast, only to lose strength and be susceptible to gaining the weight right back. I wanted to take it nice and slow, losing no more than two pounds per week, with the goal 1-2. After all, it is a marathon, not a sprint.

I worked deadlifts back into my routine last week after taking them out for a couple weeks and I have decided that they will be incorporated in every week. I have performed straight leg deads on a machine my gym has and they have really hit my lower back muscles - an area that needs great improvements. Strengthening my core is a focus area and lower back is an important part of doing that.

The agenda for the weekend:

Eat smart

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