For those of you student affairs folk, the idea of “SMART” goals aren’t unfamiliar. When we do goal settings with our students we always talk about having goals that are Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Timely. We talk about creating goals that are achievable and realistic. Most importantly, we always talk about goals and outcomes and their impact.
When I first started my DTP portion (last 4 weeks) of the 12 week program, I was weighing around 195 lbs. I thought it would be a realistic goal to be at 190 by the end of the program. Since then, I’ve started taking HMB supplements which have helped a lot with muscle retention and growth, but my weight loss has stunted.
I think I’ve reached a point where I need to be more realistic about my goals and expectations. It’s a little frustrating to weigh and not see changes in my scale even though I feel like I’m killing myself in the gym with DTP. Kris mentioned its time to cut out the creatine in our diets at this point to lose some water weight. While that’s definitely an option, I don’t want to lose weight for the sake of losing weight. If I’m losing weight, I want it to be fat.
I hope the slowed weight loss I’m experiencing isn’t a plateau and more so due to the HMB. Taking HMB has definitely been an interesting process. 6 additional pills a day is a little hard to keep on schedule but the results have been phenomenal. For the first time I feel like I’m noticing results at the end of each workout and I definitely feel a little strong even when I’m working out in a fasted state. Its probably the most expensive supplement that I’m currently taking but with the results that I’ve been getting, I’d definitely say its worth it.
That being said — my goal was to weigh 190, due to fat loss not muscle loss. At this point I’m becoming increasingly less confident about this goal. That being said, I don’t expect to slack off. I plan to push as hard as I can in the next two weeks and see where that takes me. The DTP process is definitely challenging and my body has responded in weird ways. I don’
When this program ends, I plan on taking a week off from the gym, resting and allowing myself to reset. From that point forward, I plan on starting a new program to continue this process. I’m thinking of something completely different, something I’ve never done before. If a plateau is what I’m experiencing, its time to reset my metabolism, and challenge my body in new and unexpected ways.
Not meeting a goal isn’t an excuse to give up. Not meeting a goal is reason for pushing harder. One of my amazing colleagues and I agree that the SMART model is a little flawed because often times if one of the 5 elements of the SMART acronyms go wrong, you might be less inclined to fulfill your goal. I won’t let this stop me. I will push harder.
If I don’t meet my goal, I know its because I’ve gained muscle mass, not because I’ve gained fat. I know that I’ve done my absolute best and all I can do is continue to do that. Recomposition is something unique to people new to bodybuilding, and if anything I should be grateful that I’m gaining lean mass while I’m on a calorie deficit, not complaining.
Thank you to all of my friends who’ve supported me through this process. Even though I’m doing this for me and myself alone, the words of encouragement help fuel the drive that I have.