Updated Jan, 21st 2013
(Geez, this ended up being pretty long. I ramble a lot. TL;DR: I started lifting and eating "right" about a year ago. I've seen progress, but it's been slow. I'm going to keep working! I'm also going to make a few other changes that will help me to be healthier and will hopefully be sustainable in the long run.)
As a kid, I always had fairly low self-confidence, and my body was definitely a key factor in that. I’ve never been particularly overweight, but I’ve spent the majority of my life on the upper end of the “normal” range, coupled with a complete lack of muscle. A year ago, I decided to do something about that, so I started weightlifting in October 2011. 15 months in, I’ve seen some progress, but it’s been pretty slow-going.
I also started intermittent fasting (8-hour daily feeding window) a year ago and started monitoring my caloric intake and macros. I also went on a Leangains-style cut: approx. BMR+10% on workout days (high-carb, low-fat), BMR-30% on rest days (low(er)-carb, high(er)-fat). There’s no question that I’m eating healthier than I ever have before, and the lifestyle change is definitely a good thing. Progress, though? I’m a bit leaner than I started, but not at the level you’d expect for someone who a) didn’t have very far to go to begin with, and b) has adhered to the program.
My weight on the scale hasn’t changed significantly in the past year, but that doesn’t bug me too much; what bugs me is that, a year after making all these changes in my exercise and eating habits, I’m not seeing much of a difference in the mirror. In short: I have no idea why I haven’t seen the progress that a lot of others seem to.
That said, I’m going to keep going. Dedication is important, and that’s one thing that I have. So my first two goals for the year are to keep doing what I’m doing:
Beyond that, there are a few other changes that I’d like to make in the coming year:
The goals I’d actually like to make are “getting leaner” and “getting stronger”, but they’re not actionable. My hope is that the seven above goals (which are all specific and actionable) will lead to these two over the coming year and beyond.