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Breaking the Mold of Mediocrity

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  1. Cube Dweller

    Cube Dweller Active Member

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    Day 44

    meal 1: eggs, bacon, biscuits
    meal 2: turkey, pasta
    meal 3: whey
    meal 4: protein bar
    meal 5: turkey, rice

    totals

    2995 cals

    fat 95g 29%
    carb 288g 39%
    prot 245g 33%

    ** disc golf **

    macdiver's advice is working out for me. I really just had 3 huge meals with a couple of snacks for disc golf. I enjoyed my meals more this way, and now I'm confident that my body is getting 'enough' stuff to do its best work
     
  2. Cube Dweller

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    Day 45

    meal 1: eggs, bacon, biscuits, milk
    meal 2: chicken, rice, veggies
    meal 3: whey, milk
    meal 4: chicken, rice, veggies
    meal 5: peanut butter, milk

    totals

    2989 cals

    fat 129g 39%
    carb 217g 29%
    prot 239g 32%

    ** :bb: **

    squat - 95 x 5; 130 x 5; 170 x 5; 170 x 5
    press - 75 x 5; 95 x 5; 115 x 5; 135 x 3 :bang:
    dead - 170 x 5; 215 x 5; 260 x 5; 305 x 4 :bang:
    pullups - (bw+45) x 8, 5, 5
    ab wheel - (bw) x 10 x 3

    Yesterday, I reached failure for the first time. Both, on military press and deadlift. I was really upset with myself over this, but the truth is that both of those sets were PR's. I've never even attempted to move those weights before. I just felt off, and wasn't able to summon the intense energy I usually do.

    I think the right thing to do is continue on with the last 4 workouts and attempt the weights I have scheduled, no matter what. As long as I get some reps and feel like I am putting full effort, I will still be setting my highest lifts ever.

    Next Wednesday, I am scheduled to try 135 again on military press and 315 on deadlift
     
  3. Laneage

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    You'll get em next time :tu:
     
  4. brownguy

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    I am simply amazed at how much you eat. Not saying you shouldn't because you obviously know what you're doing, but I guess the energy for the tremendous amount of weight you lift has to come from somewhere.
     
  5. Cube Dweller

    Cube Dweller Active Member

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    :nod:

    You and me both are amazed. It's not exactly that I know what I'm doing. I just kept losing weight and kept increasing my calories to counteract it. At 3000/day, I am anticipating being back up to 157-158 by Sunday.

    People stare at me in disbelief when I tell them how I'm losing weight. 2500+ cals a day. Weights 3x/week. No cardio. Losing weight... and, I'm not exactly a 200 lb 19 year old...

    It must have to do with the intensity of my workouts. My entire body is constantly trying to repair, and I'm sure my metabolism is sky high now with all the eating.
     
  6. Cube Dweller

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    Day 46

    meal 1: whey, oats, peanut butter
    meal 2: chicken, rice, veggies
    meal 3: protein bar, orange, almonds
    meal 4: turkey, pasta
    meal 5: peanut butter, milk

    totals

    3501 cals

    fat 133g 34%
    carb 314g 36%
    prot 263g 30%

    Whoa! I just now added up all my foods, I ate more than I thought. Meals 2 and 4 were huge portions. I will take all I can get now. I think I am on the verge of overtraining. My motivation is a bit lower, and I'm having trouble concentrating.
     
  7. Cube Dweller

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    Day 47

    meal 1: eggs, oats, bacon
    meal 2: whey, oats, banana
    meal 3: whey, oats, banana
    meal 4: protein bar, banana, almonds
    meal 5: chicken, rice, green beens

    totals

    2746 cals

    fat 85g 27%
    carb 286g 41%
    prot 226g 32%

    ** :bb: **

    squat - 95 x 5; 130 x 5; 170 x 5; 205 x 5; 245 x 3; 170 x 8
    bench - 80 x 5; 110 x 5; 135 x 5; 165 x 5; 200 x 3; 135 x 8
    row - 80 x 5; 105 x 5; 125 x 5; 150 x 3; 105 x 8
    curls - 90 x 8 x 3
    dips - (bw+70) x 8 x 3
    tri press - 35 x 8 x 3

    Friday's workout felt great. Eat more. Sleep more. Rest more. Wow! what a difference!! This type of workout program will really help you to get to know your body and how it is affected by these changes.
     
  8. Cube Dweller

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    Day 48

    meal 1: eggs, sausage, english muffin, cheese
    meal 2: chicken, rice, cheese, crackers
    meal 3: chicken, banana
    meal 4: turkey, pasta
    meal 5: wine... ice cream

    totals

    3183 cals

    fat 117g 33%
    carb 314g 40%
    prot 213g 27%

    :eat:
     
  9. Cube Dweller

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    Day 49

    meal 1: eggs, sausage, english muffin, cheese
    meal 2: cereal, banana
    meal 3: steamed peking dumplings (chicken)
    meal 4: chicken fajitas, chips, Dr Pepper
    meal 5: ice cream

    totals

    3480 cals

    fat 154g 39%
    carb 379g 43%
    prot 162g 18%

    Week 7 Recap

    Sunday morning measurements:

    weight 157 (+2 from last week, -7 total)
    waist 31.0 (-.25 from last week, -2.0 total)

    The +2 from last week is only reflecting the fact that I was dehydrated on last week's weigh-in. I think I am building muscle and losing fat at the same time still.

    Sunday, I went in for a 1 hour full body massage. The lady politely explained to me that I have more issues than she can possibly undue in an hour :lol:. She did as much work as she could on the biggest problems (spine, shoulder blades, shoulders). It was really awesome though; I wish I could afford to get these on a regular basis.

    1 week left of this strength program, and I will reset. Time to do work!
     
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    Firstly, good job, and don't let the 2lbs bother you.

    Think about it, 2lbs is two small bottles of water in weight. Heck, I can guzzle that after waking up. If I forget to weigh in and rehydrate after sleep, that's 3-4 lbs added right on.

    Secondly, how much are massages there? I'm fortunate that they are cheap as chips here, but I never really go. I think it's fear of stepping into the 'wrong type' of massage place, if you get my drift.
     
  11. Cube Dweller

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    Thanks! It was $50 for a 1 hour massage at an upscale type of place, and a tip is usually expected. I try to stay with the better ones for the same reason you mentioned. I've only had a few professional massages in my life. If they were only $20, I would probably get one every couple of weeks...
     
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    Day 50

    meal 1: eggs, cereal, milk
    meal 2: protein bar
    meal 3: turkey, pasta
    meal 4: whey, oats, banana
    meal 5: whey, oats, banana
    meal 6: tilapia, pasta, cranberry juice

    totals

    3314 cals

    fat 59g 16%
    carb 414g 50%
    prot 287g 34%

    ** :bb: **

    squat - 100 x 5; 135 x 5; 175 x 5; 210 x 5; 245 x 5
    bench - 80 x 5; 110 x 5; 140 x 5; 170 x 5; 200 x 5
    row - 60 x 5; 85 x 5; 105 x 5; 135 x 5; 150 x 5
    ab ripper x

    I took video of my heaviest sets today. I thought my form looked good on everything except bench. I didn't realize I was lifting my butt off the bench like that... oops!!!

    http://vimeo.com/60522720
     
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    Day 51

    meal 1: eggs, potatoes
    meal 2: whey, oats, peanut butter, banana
    meal 3: chicken, sweet potatoes
    meal 4: beef, red potatoes, cheese
    meal 5: protein bar

    totals

    2876 cals

    fat 96g 30%
    carb 260g 36%
    prot 252g 35%

    My appetite is doing great, and I'm really glad to have my food on lockdown this week. My energy levels are uber low the day after my workout. I may take next week completely off from weight lifting.
     
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    Day 52

    meal 1: eggs, potatoes, cheese
    meal 2: beef, potatoes, cheese
    meal 3: whey, oats
    meal 4: whey, oats
    meal 5: tilapia, rice
    meal 6: protein bar, apple

    totals

    2945 cals

    fat 76g 23%
    carb 283g 38%
    prot 288g 39%

    ** :bb: **

    squat - 100 x 5; 135 x 5; 175 x 5; 175 x 5
    press - 75 x 5; 95 x 5; 115 x 5; 135 x 4
    dead - 170 x 5; 220 x 5; 265 x 5; 315 x 4
    pullups - (bw+45) x 6 x 3
    ab wheel - (bw) x 10 x 3

    I was very close to 5 reps on military press or deadlift, but I'm still calling this workout a success. It was a tough, and I'm obviously still getting stronger.
     
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    Day 53

    meal 1: eggs, potatoes
    meal 2: salmon, rice
    meal 3: whey, oats
    meal 4: beef, potatoes
    meal 5: eggs, pancakes

    totals

    3411 cals

    fat 114g 29%
    carb 360g 41%
    prot 262g 30%

    I was pretty useless all day, yesterday. I had my first intense carb craving last night, and it was a good time to indulge it. Today, I have my final workout. I'm still sore from the last 2 workouts.
     
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    Day 54

    meal 1: whey, oats, almonds
    meal 2: beef, potatoes, cheese
    meal 3: whey, oats
    meal 4: tilapia, sweet potatoes
    meal 5: chicken, rice

    totals

    3032 cals

    fat 93g 28%
    carb 269g 35%
    prot 286g 37%

    ** :bb: **

    squat - 100 x 5; 135 x 5; 175 x 5; 210 x 5; 250 x 3; 175 x 8
    bench - 80 x 5; 110 x 5; 140 x 5; 170 x 5; 205 x 3; 140 x 8
    row - 60 x 5; 85 x 5; 105 x 5; 135 x 5; 155 x 3; 105 x 8
    dips - (bw+70) x 8 x 3
    curls - 90 x 8 x 3
    tri press - 35 x 8s x 3

    That was the hardest workout of my life, but I made all my lifts. I was very sore and tired, and the last thing I wanted to do was put 250 on my back for the first time. The good news is that concluded my 12 week strength training program.

    For the last 12 weeks, I have performed my planned workout every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I had to make a lot of sacrifices; it's one of my bigger accomplishments in life. I feel totally victorious and totally beat up and in pain!! Kinda like this...

    victory.jpg
     
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    Hey CD.. Awesome dedication there! that is a really solid accomplishment. How were the gains?

    Pete
     
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    Great job sticking to your plan and seeing it through!
     
  19. Cube Dweller

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    Day 55

    meal 1: eggs, potatoes
    meal 2: protein bar, banana, almonds
    meal 3: chicken, rice
    meal 4: whey
    meal 5: pizza
    meal 6: ice cream

    totals

    3784 cals

    fat 141g 33%
    carb 396g 41%
    prot 247g 26%

    ** disc golf **

    Thanks! :)

    Thanks Pete!! I beat all of my personal records by just a little bit. However, that was 2 years ago, and I was extremely weak starting back in October. I'll include some more detail when I do the week recap.
     
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    Day 56

    meal 1: McDonalds
    meal 2: banana
    meal 3: omelet, pancake
    meal 4: whey
    meal 5: ice cream
    meal 6: McDonalds

    totals

    3418 cals

    fat 139g 36%
    carb 393g 46%
    prot 154g 18%

    ** disc golf **

    Week 8 Recap

    Sunday morning measurements:

    weight 158 (+1 from last week, -6 total)
    waist 31.25 (+.25 from last week, -1.75 total)

    My waist was just slightly past the mark in the other direction from last week, which might have to do with the 2000 cals worth of pizza and ice cream I had the night before measurements. My intention was to allow a little fat gain during the end of the strength program. I ate a crap-ton of food in order to fight fatigue and insanity through this brutal strength program..... which.... I am finished with!!!!!

    Goal #1 is officially achieved... ;)

    Now, it is time to focus on goal #2. This strength training program was absolutely awesome. According to my spreadsheet, I have moved over 33,000 lbs worth of iron in heavy compound lifts over the last 12 weeks. I knew that this was going to build strength one way or the other. I was really only hoping for some strength gains at this point. However, I was very surprised to see that fat started falling off of me, even though I was eating at (what should have been) a calorie surplus. I was thinking to delay goal 2, in order to focus on goal 1. To my pleasant surprise, I am already much closer to goal 2 than I was at the beginning...

    progress.jpg

    I admit that I cheated and used an after workout pic from my leanest point. I would have done better pics and measurements if I knew I would have dropped all this fat. I expected to be even fluffier at this point, to give me a better "starting" physique from which I could cut down. After seeing myself in the recent pic. I can now visualize what I want my body to look like by Memorial Day. I can't wait to get there!!

    This week, I am taking off from weight lifting completely. I will continue to stick to my hard rules and cook all my own food. My calories will start ramping down over time, and I will start a new weight training program next week.

    shredded summer body coming soon! :cool:
     

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