Look good, naked.

In November of 2021, my doctor low-key called me chunky. I have never stepped on a scale and saw a number higher than 179 until that day I weighed in at her office. I had probably gained 25 pounds since the last weigh-in. I'm sure I'm not the only person who put on weight during and after the pandemic. I ate out often. I started drinking way more than I used to because there wasn't a whole lot going on. I stopped playing basketball, wasn't really motivated to go to the gym.

Then I started playing pickleball in June of 2022.

It's no secret that I'm addicted to pickleball. I could not be kept off the court. Most people don't realize how much cardio you get hitting a plastic ball back and forth over a net for a couple of hours each day.

Since 2018, I have never stepped on a scale an seen a number below 140 until a couple of weeks ago. In just over 6 months of a lot of pickleball and, to a certain degree, watching what I eat enabled me to slim down to physique that I haven't seen in the mirror since college. I would have a 6-pack if it weren't for those pesky lower abs.

With all of this playing, I'm burning a lot of fat, building muscle on my legs, they look beefy -- but up top, I'm skinny. Almost too skinny. Friends I haven't seen in months notice it immediately. It's time to get back into the gym and build some muscle.

I want to look good naked (shoutout Max Kutler) so I can't just be skin and bones. This month I've started to ease myself back into the weight room. I need to make sure I'm eating well, I've been in a deficit for too long.

I started tracking my food and realized I'm short on calories by over a thousand calories each day. In order for me to continually build muscle, stay healthy, and help my body recover, I need to be eating high-quality foods and a lot of them. Way more than I'm eating now.

Back in the weight room, I'm not doing anything fancy yet. I'm just allowing myself to enjoy being a gym rat again. Bis for the guys, curls for the girls, I'm doing all the accessory lifts because it's easier to motivate myself to put in the work.

Over the next few weeks, Max Kutler and I will be developing a fitness program to help me take my game to the next level. As we develop workout routines to keep me sharp on the court, we will be sharing them will all of y'all.