Looking back at 2020 and a few thoughts on going forward.

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Today I weighed-in for the first time this year.

2020 ended…BADLY…for my health and fitness goals.

It was going really well until the following events pretty much rolled together seamlessly to finish off the year:

1. Back injury

2. Rona + quarantine

3. Going to an insane resort for Christmas/New Years/Engagement.

So that’s about 4 weeks-ish of missing/impaired training

9 days of truly atrocious behaviour; daily buffet breakfast, daily buffet afternoon tea…and daily 2 hours of free cocktails. And that was AFTER I got festive with some extra chocolates (thanks again, Season B team!)

The result?

I am 50g heavier.

Not 50kg, not 5kg, not 500g…50g. A little under two ounces of weight gain.

So about…99.95% unchanged in terms of body mass.

That, however, is clearly NOT the whole story.

I didn’t take creatine with me on holiday. Historically, that is worth about 1kg of water weight. So my “lean mass” probably went down by about 1kg.

Also, my belly measurement is UP by 2.5cm. Again, historically, that correlates with a gain of about 2.5kg of fat.

If those assumptions are ballpark correct, it means I’ve probably lost about 1.5kg of real muscle, another 1kg of “lean mass” (creatine water weight) and replaced all of it with about 2.5kg of fat.

I took skinfolds and using their bodyfat calculation they agreed with that ballpark too.

Each thigh and calf were half an inch (1.25cm) smaller. 😭

So I lost half an inch off of each side and put a whole inch on my festive Santa-like belly! 😂

Potentially interesting take-aways:

1. Knowledge is power. When they know the news is going to be the opposite of good, people very often want to run and hide from accountability and objective quantification.

I think that’s a bad idea; worrying about the extent of the problem is often worse than the problem itself. And the rest of the time, burying one’s head in the sand makes it possible to keep making the situation “unknowingly” worse.

Having taken measurements for decades, under all circumstances, there is no longer any mystery for me and nothing to get anxious about.

2. Maintenance is easy. It is NOT an “achievement” to maintain your bodyweight.

In fact, it was as easy to maintain my bodyweight through injury, illness and luxurious debauchery is it was to stay clean of heroin.

Wasn’t it SO EASY for billions of us to NOT overdose on heroin over Christmas??? Did you notice that? Of course you didn’t, because it’s no big deal. You aren’t the SLIGHTEST BIT “proud of yourself” for not getting off your face on smack last week, right?

For some people, though, I bet it was extremely hard: Those poor souls have a PROBLEM the rest of us don’t have.

(If you’re lost: maybe re-read the last few sentences and think of alcohol, or sugar, or fried foods instead of heroin…and try to see if you see what I’m getting at)

It is yet to be fully-realised how much weaker I am. 🤷Once I get through a feel weak, I mean full week, of training that will be clear.

What difference does any of it make to what I’m going to do next?

None. At all.

The plan is to practice some sensible food portion control and do progressive overload resistance training.

That plan would not change if I was in the best shape of my life, or the worst.

Why would it?

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