Having measurable data is a great way to assess your progress, so why don’t you have any?
Fitness testing, body measurements, lifting records are all great ways to see how you are improving and also what you may need to be doing in order to continue to make headway if it is starting to slow down.
There are a lot of people who claim they never need to record things, they just remember it all and while they may indeed remember the highlights it’s very hard to keep everything in your head.
Typically once we get past a certain point we might as well be exposed to white noise.
According to a lot of research in to the field of memory, the average person can retain 7 pieces, plus or minus 2, given you a top limit of 9 and a lower one of 5; obviously there will be exceptions that can remember more just as there will be people who remember far less, it’s just a part of being on the bellcurve.
Writing things down and recording the specifics will take the pressure ands stress away from you having to remember each detail. Don’t get me wrong, having good ball park memory is great, however that won’t help you highlight weak areas that need work, specifically.
Personally I’m a big fan of making notes and writing things down, not matter who big or small it is, there’s a record. This little habit has saved many a hassle when it comes to wiring future goals for myself or clients, not to mention it give an honest overview of how everything has proceeded, no hiding behind white lies to protect the ego.
This is nothing more than simper advice for you, there’s no need for you to take it, honestly, there isn’t.
Before we finish I just want to ask you two questions;
1 – What sets and reps were you hitting on this day 3 years ago and how do they compete to now?
2 – What was your VO2 Max on the date of 22-6-13 and how has it improved?
I’m sure you can answer those from memory 🙂 for me.