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Breaking the Mold of Mediocrity

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

  1. Cube Dweller

    Cube Dweller Active Member

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    Day 35

    meal 1: breakfast sandwich, oatmeal (McDonalds)
    meal 2: eggs
    meal 3: burrito, taco, fries, root beer (Del Taco)
    meal 4: whey
    meal 5 (aka Carbageddon): eggs, bacon, pancakes

    totals

    4203 cals

    fat 182g 40%
    carb 414g 40%
    prot 204g 20%

    ** yoga **

    I linked the video above, which is a free full yoga video on YouTube. I get a bit of soreness (not pain) in my lower spine from heavy squats. I notice it the most when I spend a lot of time on my feet in the kitchen. This routine seems to alleviate that a lot.

    I was planning to eat some cottage cheese for my final meal and have my macros end up pretty close to targets. Well, after doing the yoga in the evening, I started craving some carbs. I decided to indulge the cheat day some more and eat an entire batch of pancakes with butter and syrup. :eat:

    Week 5 Recap

    Sunday morning measurements:

    weight 156 (-1 from last week, -8 total)
    waist 31.5 (-.25 from last week, -1.5 total)

    Holy crap! I'm still losing fat eating over 2600 cals a day :confused:

    There are 3 weeks left in my strength training program. I would like to see a few pounds gained in this amount of time. My adjustments this week are to exclude myself from disc golf and to eat a bit more. I'm thinking 2700-2800 cals/day, but I will allow myself to adjust this during the week based on how I feel.
     
  2. Cube Dweller

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    Day 36

    meal 1: whey, walnuts, apple
    meal 2: beef, pasta
    meal 3: whey, oats
    meal 4: chicken, sweet potatoes
    meal 5: peanut butter, protein bar
    meal 6: tilapia, rice

    totals

    2700 cals

    fat 73g 24%
    carb 246g 37%
    prot 264g 39%

    ** :bb: **

    squat - 95 x 5; 130 x 5; 165 x 5; 200 x 5; 235 x 5
    bench - 75 x 5; 105 x 5; 135 x 5; 165 x 5; 190 x 5
    row - 60 x 5; 80 x 5; 100 x 5; 125 x 5; 145 x 5
    ab ripper x

    I will not fail
     
  3. Cube Dweller

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    Day 37

    meal 1: eggs, bacon, potatoes
    meal 2: whey, oats
    meal 3: beef, rice
    meal 4: chicken, sweet potatoes
    meal 5: tuna, rice

    totals

    2207 cals

    fat 48g 20%
    carb 232g 42%
    prot 210g 38%

    I got a late start on my meals, and couldn't catch up. I felt so grossed out all day like I was in an eating contest and my stomach was worn out. This has been a learning process. It seems like having meal 1 small and early helps to kick start my appetite for the day.
     
  4. Cube Dweller

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    Day 38

    meal 1: eggs, bacon, red potatoes
    meal 2: whey, oats
    meal 3: beef, rice
    meal 4: chicken, sweet potatoes
    meal 5: peanut butter
    meal 6: eggs, bacon, red potatoes

    totals

    2535 cals

    fat 73g 26%
    carb 235g 37%
    prot 229 36%

    Not quite enough food, but this was better. Ugg, don't want to even think about food!!!!

    ** :bb: **

    squat - 95 x 5; 130 x 5; 165 x 5; 165 x 5
    press - 70 x 5; 90 x 5; 110 x 5; 130 x 5
    dead - 165 x 5; 210 x 5; 255 x 5; 300 x 5
    pullups - (bw+45) x 7 x 3
    ab wheel - (bw) x 10 x 3

    2 PR's in one workout! woop woop :claphigh:

    Military press was really tough, I started to lean back a little for the 5th rep. I felt like a beast on deadlift. I think it was the fact it was 300, and also the fact that it was my ENTIRE barbell set. I have justified going to Academy this weekend and buying another pair of 45's :D
     

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    Nice setup and congrats on the PRs!

    Thanks for the yoga link. Do you always practice yoga at home or do you also go to classes?
     
  6. leftyx

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    Cool squat rack.



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  7. Cube Dweller

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    Thanks! I only do yoga occasionally right now and just do it in my living room. In the past, I have taken classes and enjoyed them a lot. Something about being surrounded with bendy sweaty girls gets me motivated :D

    Thanks!! It's simple and gets the job done
     
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    Day 39

    meal 1: eggs, potatoes
    meal 2: whey, oats
    meal 3: tilapia, rice
    meal 4: beef, pasta
    meal 5: cottage cheese, blueberries
    meal 6: peanut butter

    totals

    2262 cals

    fat 55g 22%
    carb 219g 39%
    prot 217g 39%

    I'm constantly on the verge of puking, stuffing as much as I can down my face. I just want to skip a whole day of eating and let my stomach rest.
     
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    Man you are really strong for 156 :bow:
     
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    Thanks man!! That's the best compliment I've got :)

    One of my mental tricks on tougher sets is to blast "By demons be driven" by Pantera. I sing along with the lyrics and lift at the "beckon the call, beckon the call..." part. I'm a mild mannered cube dweller for the most, but I had a traumatic childhood and can turn into a hot pile of rage when I need to. :lol:

    By the way, Pantera and Ronnie Coleman are both from Arlington :nod:
     
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    Second that. And I would never think "man, if he can do it I should give it a try" and in the process almost give myself a hernia :whistle:

    Actually you two guys have helped me a lot in the way I think about working out.
     
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    Yes! Pantera is also my go to. The opening scream of Slaughtered is pretty much the sound I make before deadlifts. Dime is the reason I picked up a guitar, and I still consider him my biggest influence today, even if he's been gone for almost a decade.
     
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    Day 40

    meal 1: eggs, oats, bacon
    meal 2: beef, pasta
    meal 3: chicken, rice
    meal 4: whey, oats
    meal 5: beef, pasta

    totals

    2497 cals

    fat 68g 25%
    carb 232g 38%
    prot 232g 38%

    ** :bb: **

    squat - 95 x 5; 130 x 5; 165 x 5; 200 x 5; 240 x 3; 165 x 8
    bench - 75 x 5; 105 x 5; 135 x 5; 165 x 5; 195 x 3; 135 x 8
    row - 60 x 5; 80 x 5; 100 x 5; 125 x 5; 150 x 3; 100 x 8
    dips - (bw+70) x 5 x 3
    curls - 90 x 6 x 3
    tri press - 30 x 8 x 3

    I'm a little behind on updates... will catch up later.
     
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    You should give it a try! It's surprising how far a good plan and several months of hard work can take you.

    Dime made sounds that all previous metal bands wish they could have discovered. A few years ago, someone showed me those YouTube videos of him giving a clinic at the local guitar shop. He was explaining exactly what equipment he used and really polite answering people's questions. I grew up not far from his neighborhood. I met one guy that new him in high school, and said he was sort of weird and not popular. My uncle was a big heavy metal party guy and knew Dime before the band was really famous. He seemed to think he was a pretty normal and cool guy. I have no music talent whatsoever, I just know what I like.
     
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    Day 41

    meal 1: eggs, potatoes, bacon
    meal 2: shrimp, rice, veggies
    meal 3: protein bar
    meal 4: whey, oats
    meal 5: turkey, pasta
    meal 6: vodka, cranberry juice

    totals

    2472 cals

    fat 53g 21%
    carb 260g 46%
    prot 188g 33%
     
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    Day 42

    meal 1: whey
    meal 2: eggs, biscuits, bacon
    meal 3: ICEE (cherry :D)
    meal 4: pizza, breadstick
    meal 5: ice cream
    meal 6: chicken, potatoes, cole slaw, biscuit, Dr Pepper (KFC)

    totals

    3828 cals

    fat 170g 40%
    carb 394g 41%
    prot 184g 19%

    Week 6 Recap

    Sunday morning measurements:

    weight 155 (-1 from last week, -9 total)
    waist 31.25 (-.25 from last week, -1.75 total)

    I wasn't eating enough during the week. I'm getting at that point where cooking is getting pretty boring, and sometimes my food doesn't come out as good. Also, my stomach is just worn out from all the eating and stress I'm under. I only had one stout vodka Saturday night (my 3rd drink in 42 days), but I did feel dehydrated Sunday morning when I weighed in. I really think that I packed on some muscle this week. Maybe I should get in the habit of stepping on the scale every morning. I didn't play disc golf at all, which definitely freed up hundreds of calories this week. I swear, my thighs seem visibly larger and more defined now than a week ago.

    Moving on... Ok, I have to get fucking serious for the next 2 weeks. Back and hammies are still tender and stiff this morning. I almost got a cramp in my back a couple of times and had to immediately jump into a stretched out position. I have 6 more workouts to survive, in these final 2 weeks of my 5x5 strength program. I'm not going to lie, that I'm getting nervous, especially about trying 240x5 on squats this afternoon. I need to eat as much as I possibly can, and play little or no disc golf for now. I need to do lots of stretching and foam rolling. I might even pay for a professional massage this weekend. I will have a chance to let my body fully catch up and recover in 2 weeks. For now, I have to stay intensely focused and pissed off!
     
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    Whoa dude, intense at all? Good job


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    That is awesome. You are really kicking but. :bb:

    On a separate note, for eating more calories I find fewer large meals work better for me. When I try and eat several smaller meals I feel full all day.
     
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    Thanks! I feel like I have to be intense or my spine will snap with all that weight on my back :lol:

    Thanks! I was contemplating trying bigger meals. Now, I'm definitely going to try and work towards that since you mentioned it. I think a 900 calorie breakfast wouldn't be that difficult actually, especially now that I have bacon in the fridge :eat:
     
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    Day 43

    meal 1: eggs, oats
    meal 2: orange, almonds
    meal 3: turkey, pasta
    meal 4: whey, oats
    meal 5: shrimp, veggies
    meal 6: turkey, pasta

    totals

    3116 cals

    fat 70g 20%
    carb 342g 44%
    prot 278g 36%

    ** :bb: **

    squat - 95 x 5; 130 x 5; 170 x 5; 205 x 5; 240 x 5
    bench - 80 x 5; 110 x 5; 135 x 5; 165 x 5; 195 x 5
    row - 60 x 5; 80 x 5; 105 x 5; 125 x 5; 150 x 5
    ab ripper x

    awesome :cool:
     

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