8/17 Log 160# Squat

In the grand scheme of things, a 160 pound squat isn’t all that exciting. I know plenty of women who can squat more than that. But I’ve got a few things going against me in the squat department. I’m 38 for one, and until 2.5 years ago had never lifted a weight. I was also obese, and completely sedentary. And I have arthritis in both my knees, and a damaged meniscus in one, which had led to reduced range of motion and stiffness that I’ve had to work with pretty carefully. And, I’m tall, with a long torso and long legs, both of which increase the distance my muscles and joints have to carry the weight through. So, with all that, increasing weight on my squat has been a long, slow, arduous task. About 3 months ago I worked up to 155, but in the interim I’ve not been able to get anywhere near that and have been bouncing around 135-140 for weeks and weeks and weeks. It’s been really frustrating. All of a sudden though, my squat is getting stronger again. What’s changed? I went back to a plant based diet 2 weeks ago after several months of experimenting with paleo. I don’t know WHY, but a pattern is emerging that I’m not willing to ignore. When I eat plants, I get stronger and leaner. When I add animal foods back into my diet, my strength gains stop and my body fat starts to creep up. This has happened a few times over the last few years as I’ve fiddled with my diet. Several people have suggested it’s blood type related (I’m AB+), but I’m not sure I buy into that theory. I’m not morally opposed to eating animal foods, and like fish very much, but there it is. Today I PR’ed my squat after 2 weeks without any animal foods. If my strength is increasing and my body fat is decreasing, isn’t that an indication that my body is being properly nourished? Those two indicators seem to be what crossfitters focus on to measure their health and fitness (perhaps in addition to blood lipid ratios, which in my case are inarguably stellar).

Anyway. Here’s today’s log.


20 minutes jumping rope

lots of pullups

Squat: 20 @ 45, 15@ 95, 10 @ 115, 5 @ 125, 5 @ 130, 4 @ 135, 3 @ 140, 3 @ 145, 2 @ 150, 1 @ 155, 1 @ 160, 3 x 10 @ 95

Bench: 5×5 @ 95 (I’m nursing a strained myscle in my back so have been going easy on the upper body stuff)

Deadlift: 20 @ 45, 15 @ 135, 3 x 10 @ 155


B: green smoothie (peach, spinach, cuke, avocado, raw protein, almond milk)

S: 2 apples

L: green smoothie (same as B but blueberry instead of peach)

S1: kale, cuke, bell pepper, olive, avocado salad w/ goddess dressing

S2: 6 fresh prunes, raw walnuts

S3: sprouted mung bean dosa with 1 veggie burger

D: tofu, heirloom tomato, fresh basil salad w/ evoo and salt and pepper, grapes for desert

Calories: 3077

Carb: 303

Protein: 198

Fat: 144

And because I know you’re wondering: 87 grams of fiber (don’t worry, my system is used to it)

One thought on “8/17 Log 160# Squat

  1. I've noticed a BIG change in my weight vs eating raw(clean) foods as well. My energy is AMAZING, my weight drops almost with each step I take (3 days I lost 5 lbs). I also think the amount of food I eat is also a factor for me.. I eat every 1.5-2 hrs of weighed and raw/clean foods (no red meats, white carbs, sugar).. I do have steamed fish or tuna (some times steamed chicken)-but I'm trying to switch to an all plant diet.. So far it's going well.. I have had a few times where I've "craved" some thing I KNOW I shouldn't have. When that I happens I go workout-haha the craving soon passes.. I too use to be obese (231 lbs).. I figure if I've made it this far, then 20 more pounds isn't a roadblock, just a bump in the road. ;-). I still trying to figure my body out.. I'm 43, w/6 kids (22yrs, 20yrs, 19yrs, 8yrs, 6yrs and 2yrs), student, fire fighter/medic).. But I love how my body feels and reacts to cutting out all garbage..
    You say you know woman who can lift 160? that's amazing, cuz not one of my friends can.. Haha I need to find "fitter" friends.. I think it's great how you are improving your life, health and how you're showing your children that their mom can follow her dreams and achieve her goals.. What an excellent way to raise children.. 🙂

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