300 Pound Bench Press

In 2017 I made a run at a 300 pound bench press and hit 290 before getting bored with it. Earlier this year, on June 8th, I set a goal to bench press 300 pounds before my 40th (on December 26th) and announced it on Instagram.

I fucking did it!

Out of everything I’ve been able to do in my 8+ years of CrossFit, I might be the most proud of this achievement. 🙂

Growing up I wasn’t strong and I didn’t have muscles. Soaking wet, I might have weighed 165 pounds in high school. During and after college, I think I got up to a 205 pound bench press. Getting 300 pounds was never a realistic goal for my size and strength.

I gained weight over the years. When I started CrossFit I tipped the scale at about 190 and had never seen 200+. At the time I had a goal never to be 200 pounds. Silly! During that first year of CrossFit, I leaned out and got down to 173. Then I slowly but steadily got stronger and built muscle. It my heaviest, in 2017, I weighed 217. Right now I’ve been stable at 202-203.

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Why does this matter? Generally the bigger you are, the more weight you can lift. Mass moves mass. It also shows how my relationship with weight and my understanding of what is healthy has evolved. So much for never weighing more than 200 pounds! I think I carry my weight pretty good for a guy turning 40. 😉

If you want to call it bragging, humble bragging, or whatever… go shit on someone else’s lawn because I don’t give a fuck. I’m proud of my hard work. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished. I love me some me.

Change doesn’t happen overnight, but if I can do it, so can you. Set a goal, tell people, pick a timeline, make a plan, do work, and have patience.

What do you want to do for yourself? Start today.

Doing Great

Things are going great in Nick-land lately. The wisdom teeth extraction couldn’t have turned out any better. I haven’t really had any pain and my recovery was quick and easy. I’m still pretty limited in what I can eat, so that sucks. Oatmeal, smoothies, ice cream, and soup have been on the menu for almost a week now. I’ve had a few other things but it’s mainly been foods that don’t need to be chewed; right down the hatch. You don’t realize how important and satisfying a little chewing is to eating. When you’re simply swallowing your food you don’t have a chance to taste it. Maybe by the weekend I’ll be able to try something normal. Or at least I hope so. I could go for a burger and some fries!

The Abs Diet Get Fit Stay Fit Plan : The Exercise Program to Flatten Your Belly, Reshape Your Body, and Give You Abs for Life!There are only two weeks left for me to get to 180 and reach my goal. I’m breaking 190 on a consistent basis in the past week, but I still have a long road to lose that other 10 pounds. I implemented some new strength workouts into my routine last week and I’m confident I can push myself to the limits for the rest of the month. I actually purchased The Abs Diet last week and the book taught me a lot about how the body handles foods and deals with exercise. I’d recommend the book for anyone interested in losing weight the right way.

I’ve been on a workout program for 6 weeks now and I haven’t felt this good in a long time. I’m eating better, losing weight, and I have more energy. The first week or two is a little tough, but once you get yourself into a routine it becomes a life change you won’t regret. I’m past that hump and love all the changes I’ve made. For the first time in my life I look forward to working out and I’m enjoying fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods.

There’s also something very exciting in the works that I can’t talk about until it’s finalized. I just thought I’d plant a little seed in the mind of the three of you out there still reading my blog. Maybe in a few weeks or a month I can let the secret out.