Powerlifting: One Year Update
I’ve lost some weight over the past year, but the number on the scale is far less important to me than some other numbers:
- Blood sugar levels. Powerlifting is keeping my type 2 diabetes under control, to the extent that my doctor is having me take my prescribed medication on a much less frequent basis. By keeping my diabetes under control, powerlifting is also keeping my diabetic retinopathy from progressing or getting worse.
- Clothing sizes. Men’s sizes 2XL and 3XL are not standardized, so I still have 3XL shirts that are too tight and 2XL shirts that are too baggy. But there are several shirts and one jacket that I could not wear last year because they were way too tight on me, and now they fit just fine. I’ve had to donate several shirts and more than a few pairs of pants that are now too large for me. I’ve gone down a few pants sizes, from a 48 waist to 44. I blame CrossFit on the Square for my clothing expenditures over the past year!
- The numbers on the bar. “Instead of focusing on the weight of your body going down, focus on the weight of your barbells going up.” My gym PR’s are currently 270 pounds for the squat, 200 pounds for the bench press, 340 pounds for the deadlift. Not bad for a 51-year-old Deadhead!
I just registered for the powerlifting competition at the 2014 Gay Games next August, a huge event expected to draw 11,000 participants in 35 sports from around the world, along with an estimated 30,000 additional guests, performers, spectators, and volunteers. I’m looking forward to meeting some of my online friends at the games.
In this season when many of my friends are writing Facebook posts about what they’re thankful for, I am writing this note to express my gratitude for Vanessa and Dave, my wonderful PrettyStrong coaches, and Ivy and Mario, the supportive owners of CrossFit on the Square – as well as for my teammates on the PrettyStrong Powerlifting Team. I can’t adequately express how grateful I am for you all. Thank you.