Lots of significant changes on my end recently. My relationship of seven years recently ended, I live in a new area across country, have a new job--really everything is different. Rather than continuing to get caught up in specific numbers or putting timeframes on specific goals, my only goal is to get better. That's it. Get better at lifting, at grip, at eating, at my professional goals, everything.
I've been driving up to Ottawa for about a month now to pull and things are going great. I can't thank the guys up there enough for their willingness to train a total n00b--for free--and to provide such an awesome atmosphere for badass training, Devon and Eric specifically for opening up their houses to me and others. It's clear I have a LONG ways to go, but I'm really glad to be able to stop thinking about armwrestling and be able to get after it, and with a great crew of guys.
I've lost about 27 pounds since March and I'm now down to 231. Pretty much the only goal I'm setting for myself right now is to get to 205 or below. I've taken a few different kinds of bodyfat analyses, and though they all differ slightly, they all signify that there's no reason that with my frame I can't be down around 200 and still be strong. Related to that, I'm pretty much starting over on all my lifts. I don't care where they are at all as dropping substantial weight is the main priority for so many reasons. So, I'm going super, super light just to get back in the swing of things and to accommodate the cut while still getting some decent work in. I'll still be doing grip stuff, but a lot less than usual outside of contest prep, probably just some RT reps and isos one or two days a week max.
It's going to take a while to get used to all of this, but things are headed in the right direction, and with all the free time I now have, there's nothing preventing me from consistently getting better.