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1000 lbs!

Friday, September 27, 2013

1,000's a big number....half a ton....1/4 the weight of my car.....more than 5x what I weigh.

Can I lift it?

Now why, you may ask, would I even contemplate such a question? What's the point, what's the use? (Or maybe you're really wondering why I stained my Spark reputation by putting a picture of Justine Bieber in this blog)

Hmmmm....I really don't know the answer to either question....but it's a pretty cool goal.

Here's the deal, the gym at work is pretty freaking great! Tons of great equipment, it's clean, it's well laid out (lockers are a little small, but I'm really looking hard to find something bad here)

And there's a wall.....a wall I walk by every single day.....a wall full of of guys that have lifted 1000 lbs.

I want my picture to be on that wall!!

Every single one of those dudes (There's a separate wall for women who have done 500lbs) is 30 & under.....maybe one guy is in his 40s.

Me.....I'm 53.....and I'll be 54 this Dec

So how cool would it be to be the oldest guy on that cool would it be if they made a separate board for 50 and over and I was the ONLY guy on it!

Sure it's vanity, but I would remind you that vanity in the defense of a healthy goal is no vice!

If I had to go all out today, I could probably do;

335 lb deadlift
235 lb bench press
295 lb squat

That's 865lbs....about 135 lbs shy of what I'd need....more like 150 lbs to get in a safe buffer.

So, what do I do?

Well, I'm giving myself a year to get there....I'm in no rush, I'm a firm believer in slow, steady, disciplined progress. The really cool thing would be to do this and not gain much weight. I'll need to get stronger (what a great SP name huh!), and so will have to add muscle, but man if I can do that and lose fat, I'll be one happy camper.

In the end, goals drive me. When I quit smoking in 2007, it wasn't enough just to be able to run around the track....I had to run a marathon. So 9 months after quitting smoking and 20 years of being a couch potato, I ran my first marathon.

After some major surgery, my running days were over so I switched to cycling and strength training with a trainer.

Now that I'm working out on my own, I need another big goal....and lifting 1000 lbs seems like just the thing!

More to follow....have a great night Spark friends!
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    I SO SO SO want you to make that wall, too!! You got it!
    1697 days ago
    An accomplishment to achieve for sure! You will do it :) It's a great goal to have.
    1699 days ago
    Totally doable!
    1700 days ago
    OMG! OK, I love your blog ... blah, blah, blah .... just like I love all of em (the ones I get time to read), but this one is super special. Nah, not because of your goal to lift 1000 pounds - (of course you will reach that goal)- (show-off!), but because you wrote what is the most awesome thing I have ever read here at SP - the most awesome truth that most of us will not admit to since "it" is supposed to be something to overcome (which is hog wash!), which I would have liked to have written myself, but didn't (actually, I think you stole it from my mind and are now taking credit for it)-(so like you to do that) .... and you wrote -

    "Sure it's vanity, but I would remind you that vanity in the defense of a healthy goal is no vice!"

    HALLELUJAH!!! (dang, just fogged up my mirror!)
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    1700 days ago
    I love the way you think. You'll do it, of course.

    Very cool goal.

    Posting the Bieber, on the other hand.... But I forgive you because you made me laugh.
    1701 days ago
    Yeah, I questioned the Bieber pic more than your goal. I have no doubt you will do it.
    1701 days ago
    Now that is a pretty cool goal! Even more if you can get your own wall (although if "they" find out about the Bieber pic you will likely be banned from the gym!)
    1701 days ago
  • PROT358
    I'd place my bets on you well before "Justine"!! LOL Just don't injure yourself! ;)
    1701 days ago
    Now THIS will be interesting! I have full faith and confidence that you will get this done!
    1701 days ago
    You are a pretty amazing guy! I just can't wait to read how you'll reach your goal... because I don't have a single doubt you will!!! Way to go!
    1701 days ago
    I LOVE it!!! I love love love big goals!! I think you should absolutely positively GO FOR IT! You can totally do this.. it's definitely within your reach... YES YES YES!

    1701 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    emoticon I think it would be fantastic to see your name on that wall! Go for it!
    1701 days ago
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