OK, fuck it. I need goals

I hate making goals because then I might fail at them. Well, tough shit. As SuperSleuth says, "I'm not afraid to be a failure." Well, I am afraid to be a failure, but I guess I can "act as if" for a few minutes to document some goals. If I'm gonna screw up, I may as well do it in front of everyone else and not try to pretend that things are going according to plan.

So, by the time Burning Man rolls around, I want to weigh 70 kilos and be able to benchpress my own weight in sets of eight.

Right now, I weigh 83 kilos and I can benchpress 55 on a good day. That makes my body weight 13kg too high and my bench 15 too low. Burning Man is August 25th, basically four months away. Early gains always come faster than late ones, so my early goals will have to be more ambitious than the later ones. This is compounded by the fact that muscle is denser than fat, and so as I build strength I'll be putting on weight as I go along. So for my weight I'm going to set goals like so: 1st month 40%, 2nd month 30%, 3rd month 20%, and fourth month 10%. For my benching goals I'll divide it a little bit more evenly: 30%, 25%, 25%, 20%.

So my bench goals:

April 18: 55kg (121 lbs)
May 15: 59.5kg (131 lbs)
June 15: 63.25kg (139 lbs)
July 15: 67kg (147.4 lbs)
August 15: 70kg (154 lbs)

and my weight goals:

April 18th: 83kg (183 lbs)
May 15: 77.8kg (171 lbs)
June 15: 73.9kg (163 lbs)
July 15: 71.3kg (157 lbs)
August 15: 70kg (154 lbs)

That means that my most aggressive weight loss will be in the next month, dropping 5.2kg, or 11.5 pounds. That's significant, but I don't think it's in the crash-diet range.

I have no idea if these goals are realistic or anything, but I need to have some sort of metric to see where I'm going. I suppose I could make up some cycling and running goals too, but I'll think about those later.


You can lose a lot weight when it's mostly water weight at first. People can easily lose 4-5 pounds a week the first 2 weeks on Weight Watchers from changes in diet, primarily increasing veggies and decreasing processed snacks and food (lots of sodium)

You'll be building muscle mass, which weighs more than the fat it's replacing. You might be better off using measurements as your scale instead of weight if you're planning on gaining muscle.

Since I started running and walking, my weight's stayed the same, but my pants are much looser in the waist than before.


I know the numbers are a little arbitrary, but ultimately the goal is to be able to benchpress my body weight. If I can do that without losing any weight, than that's fine, but my plan is to do it this way. We'll see what actually happens. Considering the amount of trading muscle for fat I've done in the past six months to a year, I think I can trade back significantly and still lose weight.

I agree that measurements are a better metric, although even that is misleading because of the density issue. I can't get a density measurement regularly, so I've got to find some way to measure.

In any case, we'll see where I am in a month or two and it'll be a learning experience for me, I'm sure.