Barbells, Food and Jojo

Join me as I navigate through my love for Olympic Weightlifting, Flexible Dieting and Life

It’s been ages, guys. I started the draft of this post FOUR months ago, and never got around to finishing it. Multiple reasons account to why, and I’ll go into some of those reasons in a follow-up post. This post has a purpose and its purpose is…LIFETIME PRs!!! That’s right, not just post op PRs …

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Turns out I’m not completely useless in weightlifting right now. Considering I have not been able to work on leg strength in months, somehow, I dug deep into my janky soul, and managed to successfully jerk 82kg / 180lbs for a 2kg PR. A very rare occasion these days in my training life with my janky …

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That’s right. My ass (and hammies) need to really get it together. I don’t really post too much about my training with the exception of the main weightlifting lifts: snatch and clean and jerk; and whether I made the lift or not. That’s really the core of weightlifting. But what I don’t really talk about …

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It’s official. I now officially identify as a Weightlifter that CrossFits. For a while there it was an identity crisis. I mean, I’ve been a CrossFitter for nearly five years. That’s what I knew and loved. I still do love it, and still do it. But I fell in love with weightlifting more.  Funny that …

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December 27, 2014


Couple weeks ago I finally hit a 125lb/57kg snatch! It helps to look back and see how far I’ve come over these last few months. Just nearly 4 months ago my 1RM snatch was 105lbs and it felt heavy as shit back then. Excited for what’s to come from The Outlaw Way!

Holiday parties, family get togethers, all of the food and drinks, everywhere. That just about sums up the holiday season, right? It’s rough. To top it off, most of my family and friends live locally so there are a lot of get togethers I must attend. If we all lived far away, it would be …

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…is a bitch. There is so much to those two little words! Both men and women deal with it. Both men and women can struggle with it. The struggle can even go in stages. It can be positive or negative.  In these last few months, my body has been transforming – generally for the better! …

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December 9, 2014

I’m still human.

I went over my macros today. I didn’t want to go over them today, and I had the freedom to choose not to – but did anyway. Don’t get me wrong – of course I’ve gone over my macros on some days. I usually plan for them. If I’m eating out or celebrating, it’s more than likely and I know it. But this, this I didn’t plan for, it just happened. And yes, I do regret it.

What had happened was…I brought home leftovers (mistake número uno) from a Soul Food dinner party I attended. You’re damn right that included homemade baked mac and cheese, cornbread and little bit of authentic fried chicken. I intended to make the leftovers last a couple days. But maybe because I’ve been feeling more hungry lately (possibly be time for a refeed), but I felt ravenous at lunch. And I ate all the leftovers. I almost didn’t even want to enter the estimated amounts into MFP and call the day a wash. But, I wanted to know the damage.

And guess what? It didn’t end there. I added to the fat and carb fest I had earlier by having bit of chicken lasagna I had left over from the other night when I could’ve had mostly protein and some veggies. And then I had an apple.

I overate today and regret it. But, instead of kicking rocks for the next few days (as was my usual MO), I know that tomorrow is a new day. A new day to reboot and stay on target. What has been done can be undone. Training butt crack of dawn tomorrow and a day of work and hitting those macros dead on. A day to carry on.

October 22, 2014


leahpwest:

“Any weight you make is better than any weight you miss.” -Greg Everrett

Must. Keep. This. In. Mind. It’s so easy to get caught up in the missed lifts, the frustration, the fits thrown. But of all the lifts missed, there are also lots made and those, are what’s important.