So, I have devised a new quest for myself, which I will call “Project AWESOME.” The goal of project AWESOME is to make myself more awesome.
Being a white kid blessed with the scrawny genes, I figured I was doomed to being skinny for the rest of my life. I have generally stayed pretty active (lifted, Tar Kwon Do, running, dancing), but nothing seems to elevate me above white skinny kid status – except maybe a full day in the sun, in which case I become the red skinny kid.
The first phase of Project AWESOME is weight gain – preferably with muscle. While I have my doubts about some of Tim Ferriss’ methods, his Geek to Freak story is quite motivating. I doubt I will have the same gains, but I decided to give it a try. I picked up a copy of Tim’s 4 Hour Body book and read through the muscle building chapters. I devised a low-fat, 3000 Calorie diet with 180 g of protein per day. I have a lifting routine that works out my entire body with Single Set Failure two days per week.
More importantly, I started tracking my weight and body fat daily with a scale that uses Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA). I also track the amount of weight used in the gym. This has proven to be extremely useful, as I know when to increase the weights. I write down the weight I want to lift. If I make it past 8 reps, I add a ‘+’ after the number, which tells me that I need to increase the weight on my next visit.