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Breaking the Mold of Mediocrity

Discussion in 'Fitness Journals' started by Cube Dweller, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. brownguy

    brownguy Well-Known Member

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    We're the same height and weight although you look better than I do so you must be packing on more muscle.

    When you measure your waist where are you measuring? At the belly button or the hips? And have you measured your arms?

    Nice work with keeping up the posts! I hope I can do the same with my journal.
     
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    +1
     
  3. Cube Dweller

    Cube Dweller Active Member

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    Thanks for the encouragement! I gain fat pretty evenly around torso, butt, thighs which can make me look like I'm carrying less fat than I really am when standing like in my picture. I can still pinch out big chunk of meat around my love handle area though, I assure you. I look pretty fluffy when I'm sitting down without a shirt on :nod:

    I measure waist right at the belly button. I try not to suck in at all, although this is hard first thing in the morning when the myotape is really cold. My arms are 14.25" flexed (non-pumped)

    Also, my training the last several years has been mostly lower body, so I do hold a significant (but proportional) amount of lean mass below the waist.
     
  4. volpushon

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    This ^ is great! What is it with that myotape staying so cold? I totally understand. I measure on sundays on an empty stomach and hopefully empty plumbing, but I'm not always so lucky.

    Seriously, I totally understand on love handles. Mine have been very stubborn.
     
  5. brownguy

    brownguy Well-Known Member

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    hey - we're all about the same height and weight. Cool.

    Just a question: how do you make it so your fitness journal shows up on your posts above your sig? I tried to search how but I'm lazy
     
  6. Cube Dweller

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    Day 24

    meal 1: eggs, potatoes
    meal 2: beef, pasta
    meal 3: apple, almonds
    meal 4: whey, oats
    meal 5: chicken, rice
    meal 6: whey

    totals

    2375 cals

    fat 60g 22%
    carb 225g 38%
    prot 238g 40%

    ** :bb: **

    squat - 90 x 5; 125 x 5; 155 x 5; 155 x 5
    press - 70 x 5; 85 x 5; 105 x 5; 125 x 5
    dead - 155 x 5; 200 x 5; 240 x 5; 285 x 5 <-- PR :claphigh:
    pullups - (bw+25) x 8 x 3
    ab wheel - (bw) x 8 x 3

    I was so freaking excited when I made that lift today. After pulling 275 last Wednesday, I was really worried that the grip of my injured hand wasn't going to hold more. Today, I really focused on clamping down on my lame left index finger with my thumb. It would slip a little, but I could quickly and easily reset the clamp each time I set the weight back down. I'm pretty sure I can make it to 315 like this. It will mean so much to me to reach my goal with bare hands over-over grip :D
     
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    Day 25

    meal 1: eggs, potatoes
    meal 2: whey, oats
    meal 3: protein bar, almonds
    meal 4: beef, rice
    meal 5: salmon, sweet potatoes
    meal 6: peanut butter

    totals

    2379 cals

    fat 64g 24%
    carb 232g 39%
    prot 221g 37%

    ** disc golf ** (2 full rounds, about 5 miles walked)

    Last night I fell asleep on the couch shortly after meal 5, around 8:00. I woke up a little after midnight, and the first thing I thought was, "OMG, I missed a meal!". I'm still counting my peanut butter for day 25 though. I feel like an accountant :rolleyes:

    **edit - Also, I forgot to mention that my second shipment of supplements arrived yesterday. I restocked my whey and multi vitamins. I am adding creatine to my supps now. I got the con-cret by promera labs, which I will begin taking today. Excluding whey (which I consider food), all the supplements I'm currently taking are: multi vitamin, pre workout (C4), and creatine (con-cret).
     
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  8. volpushon

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    Back in November when I was uber-strict, I would have nightmares about wrecking my diet with a taco bell run or an accidental chee-burger. I would wake up in a panic and then get that feeling of extreme relief (you know that feeling) when you realize it was all just a dream. I've allowed myself some reality on the weekend now though. I stay strict all week, and take my wife out on the weekend for a steak.

    If you wake up at midnight, just have a protein blend shake and go back to sleep. Keeps that metabolism fired up.
     
  9. Cube Dweller

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    Yeah, I know exactly what you mean. This is by far the longest I've ever been uber-strict with my diet. Once that momentum is going, you have a lot more to lose with a slip up!
     
  10. Cube Dweller

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    Day 26

    meal 1: eggs, potatoes
    meal 2: beef, rice
    meal 3: whey, oats
    meal 4: tilapia, pasta
    meal 5: protein bar, almonds, banana
    meal 6: peanut butter

    totals

    2334 cals

    fat 65g 25%
    carb 240g 41%
    prot 204g 36%

    ** :bb: **

    squat - 90 x 5; 125 x 5; 155 x 5; 190 x 5; 230 x 3; 155 x 8
    bench - 75 x 5; 100 x 5; 125 x 5; 155 x 5; 185 x 3; 125 x 8
    row - 55 x 5; 75 x 5; 95 x 5; 115 x 5; 140 x 3; 95 x 8
    dips - (bw+45) x 8 x 3
    curls - 80 x 8 x 3
    skull crushers - 70 x 8 x 3

    I drove to Houston right after my workout. I actually pulled over at Taco Bell to use their bathroom. I sat in my car in the parking lot and ate cold fish and pasta (much better hot). I brought my 2 big lunch boxes with enough food to last till Sunday, but I think I'm going to bend my hard rule slightly. We are cooking dinner here at my friend's house, so I will have one meal from her kitchen and maybe portion it to fit my macros.
     
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    Day 27

    meal 1: eggs, potatoes
    meal 2: salmon, sweet potatoes
    meal 3: energy gels
    meal 4: whey, oats
    meal 5: chicken, pasta

    Ok! I kind of lied about meal 5. It was the first Mon-Sat meal outside my kitchen. I decided I couldn't turn down an offer from a beautiful woman who wanted to cook for me. It was chicken rotini with pesto sauce, dressing, sun dried tomatoes, and topped with feta cheese. Uhhh... and a glass of white wine ;). I just kind of guestimated a 750 cal portion.

    totals

    2462 cals

    fat 54g 20%
    carb 266g 45%
    prot 206g 35%

    ** 13.5 mile bike ride **

    I have put thousands of miles on bmx and mountain bikes, but I have never done road biking. The girl who cooked me dinner is an avid cyclist and had a 2nd bike and enough equipment for me to have everything I needed. She took me for a nice short ride in a huge park here in Houston. These bikes are really cool. Definitely feels more like a Ferarri compared to a more truck feel of off road bikes. I'm used to totally thrashing my bikes, but I really felt like I had to be careful and keep this thing on clean pavement the whole time. I tested my top speed once, and was bummed it was only 25. There were some twisty turny parts on the paved trail through some trees I had a lot of fun carving through though!

    Even though I technically broke a hard rule, I feel like everything I did yesterday was completely aligned with my goals. For my first 24 hours in Houston, I was eating food from my kitchen. Luckily, my friend had plenty of room in her fridge for my tupperware :lol:
     
  12. brownguy

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    I never feel bad about cheating on my diet if I can look back at it and say "that was so worth it"

    And from what you wrote, it so was.

    Toronto in the winter sucks. Our riding season is about 8 months a year for the brave, and 5 months for the rest of us.
     
  13. Cube Dweller

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    Well said! There are a few situations where you look back and don't regret letting yourself slide a bit. And it was worth it :)
     
  14. Cube Dweller

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    Day 28

    meal 1: cheerios, waffles
    meal 2: honey seared shrimp, brown rice (Pei Wei)
    meal 3: rotisserie chicken, southwestern quinoa (Whole Foods)
    meal 4: ice cream
    meal 5: chicken, pasta

    totals

    3421 cals

    fat 124g 32%
    carb 391g 45%
    prot 193g 22%

    Week 4 Recap

    Sunday morning measurements:

    weight 157 (-0 from last week, -7 total)
    waist 31.75 (-0 from last week, -1.25 total)

    Looks like my weight has stabilized. My waist was almost to 31.5, but I didn't round down. I'm very happy with my bonus weight loss in the first 3 weeks, even while eating at maintenance.

    Now, I don't need to lose any more weight in these next 4 weeks. My workouts are getting tougher, and I am attempting to break personal records every week. I'm going to increase my target calories to 2600/day this week. My #1 focus right now is to make all my lifts in the next 4 weeks of this strength program. I don't mind if I gain a few pounds of fat back in the next month, especially since i already lost some.
     
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    Day 29

    meal 1: eggs, turkey sausage
    meal 2: protein bar, banana, almonds
    meal 3: salmon, rice
    meal 4: whey, oats
    meal 5: tilapia, rice
    meal 6: chicken, pasta

    totals

    2626 cals

    fat 63g 21%
    carb 283g 42%
    prot 246g 37%

    ** :bb: **

    squat - 90 x 5; 125 x 5; 160 x 5; 195 x 5; 230 x 5
    bench - 75 x 5; 105 x 5; 130 x 5; 160 x 5; 185 x 5
    row - 55 x 5; 80 x 5; 100 x 5; 120 x 5; 140 x 5

    ab ripper x

    I had to dig pretty deep to get that last set of squats. I'm doing everything perfect right now except for my stretching... I have been skipping a lot :doh:
     
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    Day 30

    meal 1: eggs, potatoes
    meal 2: almonds, whey
    meal 3: tilapia, rice
    meal 4: turkey, pasta
    meal 5: salmon, sweet potatoes
    meal 6: protein bar

    totals

    2683 cals

    fat 66.4g 22%
    carb 251g 38%
    prot 269g 40%

    ** disc golf **
     
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    Day 31

    meal 1: banana, almonds
    meal 2: eggs, potatoes
    meal 3: turkey, pasta
    meal 4: whey, oats
    meal 5: turkey, pasta
    meal 6: salmon, sweet potatoes

    totals

    2677 cals

    fat 58g 20%
    carb 280g 42%
    prot 256g 38%

    ** :bb: **

    squat - 90 x 5; 125 x 5; 160 x 5; 160 x 5
    press - 70 x 5; 90 x 5; 110 x 5; 125 x 5
    dead - 160 x 5; 205 x 5; 245 x 5; 290 x 5
    pullups - (bw+45) x 5 x 3
    ab wheel - (bw) x 10 x 3


    Yay creatine!!! There was a crazy noticeable difference in my strength today. On every exercise, I felt like I could just keep adding weight. I think it worked out good for me to wait this far in the program before playing the creatine-card. I'm sure the extra food is helping too, of course. Anyway, my confidence is way up on being able to achieve my strength goals now!

    :claphigh:
     
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    Day 32

    meal 1: eggs, potatoes
    meal 2: protein bar, banana, almonds
    meal 3: beef, rice
    meal 4: protein bar, banana, almonds
    meal 5: beef, rice
    meal 6: whey, peanut butter

    totals

    2570 cals

    fat 82g 28%
    carb 248g 38%
    prot 219g 34%

    ** disc golf ** x2

    Yuk! My macros ended up ok, but my meal quality was awful. I've got to do better than that! I played disc golf once in the morning and once in the afternoon. 2nd round had me feeling pretty weak. I went to bed at 10pm and still slept past my normal 6am wake up time. The extra rest has me feeling awesome on this beautiful Friday!
     
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    Day 33

    meal 1: eggs, oats
    meal 2: beef, rice
    meal 3: apple, almonds
    meal 4: whey, oats
    meal 5: turkey, rice
    meal 6: protein bar, ice cream

    totals

    2731 cals

    fat 88g 29%
    carb 259g 38%
    prot 234g 34%

    ** :bb: **

    squat - 90 x 5; 125 x 5; 160 x 5; 195 x 5; 235 x 3; 160 x 8
    bench - 75 x 5; 105 x 5; 130 x 5; 160 x 5; 190 x 3; 135 x 8
    row - 55 x 5; 80 x 5; 100 x 5; 120 x 5; 145 x 3; 100 x 8
    dips - (bw+45) x 8 x 3
    curls - 85 x 8 x 3
    tri ext - 30 x 8 x 3

    The heaviest dumbbell I have is 70, and that started getting pretty light on my skull crushers. I decided to switch to one arm triceps extensions, so I can get them loaded a bit heavier.
     
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    Day 34

    meal 1: eggs, bacon, potatoes
    meal 2: protein bar, banana, almonds
    meal 3: turkey, pasta
    meal 4: whey, oats
    meal 5: tilapia, rice
    meal 6: cottage cheese, blueberries

    totals

    2651 cals

    fat 62g 21%
    carb 258g 39%
    prot 268g 40%

    ** disc golf **

    Feeling so tired in the afternoon. I have decided to take a week off from disc golf, so I am off my legs between workouts this week.
     

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