Goals+Commitment = Results
One of my clients, Marty R. decided in February 2011 that it was time to take control of his health (and life). He established a goal of hitting of quitting smoking, exercising and obtaining a certain bodyweight. Marty contacted me in late August/early September 2011 to start training again with me. See, about 5 or 6 years ago Marty started to train with me but experienced horrible headaches when he exercised. At first I attributed it to EIH (exercise induced headaches) but after a half a dozen workouts, Marty had to stop. He realized, at some point, that the cigarettes were causing his problem.
Marty has been extremely focused for several month’s – weighing himself (but not obsessively), checking his body fat levels, monitoring not just his calories but his quality of food, walking, recreating and working his ass off when he trains at the gym as I can attest to. Keep in mind that weight is not always indicative of progress as Marty, without strength training, may have reached his weight goal sooner, however, he would not have put on any appreciative muscle tissue therefore leaving his total progress “scale related”. When you strength train – properly, consistently, intensely, you build strength, muscle tissue and cardiovascular fitness and therefore adding muscle shows on the scale. Below is a chart of Marty’s weight loss progress. I’m hoping he revels his body fat progress chart as well since it is quite impressive for a 58-year-old male: