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I Live For This

Discussion in 'Fitness Journals' started by Pete5, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. ameer

    ameer Active Member

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    I wonder if that's why I have been sick twice in the last 6 weeks. Hmm...

    :lol:
     
  2. Big_D

    Big_D Well-Known Member

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    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:eek:!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  3. Pete5

    Pete5 Active Member

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    I got hungry watching a dog food commercial. Times are rough...:lol:
    For real. It was an awesome set.
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    *I'm starving my butt off now nine weeks out. Dropped protein by 20g and increased cardio significantly. It varies between 45-75 minutes everyday. My weight is lower than it's been in two years -- besides when I cut water for the powerlifting meet. Calories are at 1815 on main days and 2120 on refeeds. I'm arriving at the point where it's getting extremely challenging in terms of energy/hunger.

    *I work every Saturday morning for 3.5 hours and it's getting pretty challenging. I get tired if I stand up too long and all of my work involves physical labor/housework. I basically do independent contracting for older people who need help with house and property maintanence. It can be anything from mowing lawns, shoveling, to washing walls, painting.

    *I got accepted into the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Pretty awesome. Now, I'm waiting on that postponed UW-Madtown application. I will hear back from them within the next three weeks.

    Last night:

    Olympic Full Squats: 5x170, 5x220, 5x260, 3x300, 12x335
    Front Squats: 5x8x230@60s
    Glute-Ham Raises w/blue+pink bands: 5x8@60s
     
  4. ameer

    ameer Active Member

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    Damn. :lol:

    Yeah, I thought I was doing something by beating this 9:15pm cookie craving.
     
  5. Pete5

    Pete5 Active Member

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    *Eight weeks out and I weighed in at 179 pounds today. 29 pounds lost so far since Thanksgiving. I also deadlifted 470 for 11 the other day. Not bad, my deadlift is stronger than ever and I weigh so little.

    *The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities said in my acceptance letter that they have received more than 35,000 applications for 5,500 spots in the freshman class. That's up 10% from last year and I still got in.

    *Big week coming up as my UW-Madison application will be decided. Either way, I can't wait to pick up some season tickets for football. UW plays Arizona State at home and Minnesota plays USC at home. I'll get to attend one of those games.:tucool:

    *I've read five books so far this year. I read 50 last year, so I'm doing OK. I've mostly been reading Himalayan mountaineering books. I just can't get enough of those. I've read just about every mountaineering book out there. Viesturs, Krakauer, Breasheers, Parfet, Messner, I've read them all. Those guys push it to the limit, it's just incredible the suffering they put themselves through to achieve such monumental goals.
     
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  6. gazareth

    gazareth Senior Member

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    I can probably guess your answer to some extent given what you've written about your deadlift, but what do you make of the generalization that when you cut weight, you lose strength?

    One theory I've read is that when powerlifters cut weight (fat or water), their new leverages mean that their squat and bench press strength decreases, but the increased mobility allows them to get down to the bar easier for deadlifts, and so their strength in that increases.
     
  7. Pete5

    Pete5 Active Member

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    I think it's a myth that just because you're in prep, you will lose strength. Maybe to an extent, but until you dip under 6% bodyfat, you really shouldn't be losing strength. Shelby Starnes said his clients make gains up to two weeks out from a show and Justin Harris has said the same thing. I've also heard the theory regarding the deadlift not being affected and that very well may be true. Personally, my deadlift or squat hasn't really been affected, while my bench is down a little bit. That being said, I've seen tons of guys whose deadlifts go down significantly when shedding weight, so it varies from person to person.

    I've also read in an elitefts article that 12% bodyfat is the most anabolic and anything over that is essentially overkill. I don't remember the author, but he stated that it doesn't matter if you're 30% bodyfat. He claimed that whether you're 30% or 18%, there isn't a difference in how strong it's making you. You can cut down to 12% before it will make a difference in your leverages. Whether you believe that or not is up to you, it's just something I read. I'm not sure if I believe it.
     
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  8. digitalnebula

    digitalnebula Plagiarist

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    NICE!


    Good luck!


    "Touching the Void" - by Joe Simpson

    - The most incredible survival story I have ever read....period....
    (There is also a movie)
     
  9. Pete5

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    Ha, I actually have that checked out right now.:lol:
     
  10. Pete5

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    6 Weeks Out...

    **Well, I'm six weeks out as of tomorrow and I'm definitely on track. I weigh 175 (33 pounds lost) and I think I'll need to be around 170. My lower body is getting shredded and I'm pretty excited. I'm at the point where I have no energy, am starving, and feel like crap, but that comes with the territory. I usually go to bed early so I can stave off any hunger that may arise if I stay up too late. I can't wait to post up some pictures and show off my conditioning. I've busted my butt and it's going to be worth it. This whole process is harder than the marathon training in my opinion because you have to be on your game 24/7 and the cravings, temptations are always staring you in the face. With running, yeah, twenty mile long runs absolutely suck, but you can eat all you want. That being said, I hated running and I find this to be a lot more gratifying.

    **I showed some pictures of Brian Whitacre to a few friends today and they all said gross. LOL! People are ridiculous, but hey, I don't do this for them. This is for me...and I love it. Who wants to be normal?

    http://www.brianwhitacre.net/2008%20Worlds%20Gallery.html

    **UW-Madison is supposed to tell me if I'm in by March 15. That gives them three days, so we shall see...

    **Two weeks of school left until spring break. One more quarter of high school left in my entire life! I'm 93.75% done with high school!

    **I'm actually running the Smolov program right now. That's right, I'm eating nothing, doing contest prep, and running one of the most difficult, demanding programs out there. Why not? I've been lifting everyday and doing HIIT five days per week, LISS on the other two.

    **I stopped watching/looking at any food porn roughly nine weeks out. I just couldn't take it anymore. I haven't thought about it at all. My post-contest food stash only consists of fudge, almond butter, and peanut butter as of right now. I'm going to ditch the ice cream and pass it off on a friend or something. I just don't crave it enough to justify eating it. I'd rather have pizza or something.

    March is here, spring is just about here, and the competition is ever approaching. I'm enjoying life and ready to go!
     
  11. Pete5

    Pete5 Active Member

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    After more than five months of waiting, I pulled up my UW-Madison page and saw this message:
    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Finally, I busted my butt for so long to get to this point. It just feels really gratifying to finally have sealed the deal. I was 3/3 in my applications getting accepted into UW-Whitewater, UW-Madison, and UM-Twin Cities.

    On top of that, I talked a whole bunch with my prep coach (Tommy Jeffers) over the phone and there is now a distinct possibility that I will be competing at the OCB Circle City Championships on May 22. This would be on top of the INBF show on April 24 in Madison. The addition of this second show would allow me four more weeks to dial things in and try another peak week strategy. I would also have Tommy Jeffers helping me at the show because it's in Indianapolis. Four more weeks of dieting would be extremely difficult, but I see striated glutes in the future. I have a rear double bicep picture on my profile page if you want to have a look. It was taken at six weeks out.

    Spring Break in nine days!!!!!!!!!
     
  12. George

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    Congrats, Pete!
     
  13. tensdanny

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    'atta boy Pete!
     
  14. Pete5

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    Thanks George! I have a huge spring and summer coming up.

    1) A whole bunch of senior obligations and events
    2) Graduation
    3) College placement tests and housing contracts
    4) 2!? bodybuilding shows
    5) Colorado 14er mountaineering/hiking trip in July

    *WOW! It's going to be a big couple of months.
     
  15. Shamie

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    Congratulations. Go Badgers. :claplow:
     
  16. IROC-Z

    IROC-Z Raw Bench Daddy

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    Congratulations, Pete! That's great news.:tucool:

    BTW - You're looking ripped.
     
  17. mastover

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    Hey Pete, if that pic is a preview for what's to come, better make some room in your house for that 1st place trophy! And congrats on your acceptance! :)

    You're doing the teen class, is that correct?
    Train each day like it's your last. :tu:
     
  18. Maya

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    Looking pretty damn lean :tu:
     
  19. livedog

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    Congrats on the acceptance! I'm late in coming to your journal, but I wanted to say that you're dedication and discipline at your age is outstanding and your peers (and everyone) would do well to learn from your example.
     
  20. Pete5

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    Thanks!
    Thanks Aram! I'll be competing in the teen and open middleweight classes.
    Thank you!
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    Alright, I'll fill you all in on the past few weeks. I'm on spring break now, so I have more free time.

    I did a practice application with one coat of pro tan and dream tan last night and it looked awesome! I don't know why people complain about dream tan making them look bad because it looked incredible. It provided a nice shine and brought out plenty of definition. Glute striations are almost fully in.

    My posing routine is going to be the "Terminator" theme song and I'm in the process of finalizing that.

    My metabolism and thyroid were crapped out on me for the past two months or so. I mean, they were completely shut down and I felt like crap, was freezing cold all of the time, tearing muscles left and right, not dropping weight. I could increase my cardio to three hours per day, drop my calories to 1650 and my weight just wouldn't budge. Whatever I did, nothing worked. I just said "screw it", took a gamble, and played around with some things. I bumped up my carbs by 60g and my fat by 10g and the results have been fairly significant already. So my normal days would be 50/200/230 (F/C/P) and every fourth day is minimal fat only coming from carbohydrate dense foods, 500-600g carbs, and 170g protein. That's a drastic change from where I was, but now my metabolism is jacked up again, I have tons more energy, I'm getting leaner, and my body is incinerating all of the carbs I eat. I'm no longer cold, my weight loss isn't stalled, and I feel a hell of a lot better. The key was to add the carbs in at the right times, being pre/post HIIT cardio and pre/post weight training. I'm actually getting more cut up eating a bunch more carbs and fat. Don't get me wrong, I'm still eating a caloric deficit on normal days and am hungry, but the changes have helped quite a bit. I can tell my metabolism is back because after I eat, I'm hungry thirty minutes later, whereas that wasn't the case before. I'm also no longer cold all of the time and I haven't gained weight with the increase in calories.

    It just goes to show how much you have to experiment around with this stuff. I just wish I had made the change weeks ago instead of 3.5 weeks out from the show. If anyone here has read up on leptin and ghrelin hormones, it makes so much more sense. My physique is obviously that of an almost pure ectomorph if you look at my small bone structure and muscle bellies. I know samatotyping has lost favor with people, but it is clear that I am almost 100% ectomorphic. Anyways, at my age, a person should respond better to a higher carbohydrate intake.

    Here are a few highlights from training sessions this week:

    DB Shoulder Press: 5x65s, 3x4x65s
    Olympic Full Squats: 16+6+5x280, 10+5+4x280, 11+6+5x250
    Trap-Bar Deadlifts: 3x10+5+5x410

    These were all from separate training sessions, but as you can see, I'm loving the rest-pause method of training. I still can't walk properly after those squats on Sunday.

    One thing to note is that all of my rest periods for all exercises have been two minutes between sets. So, all of those squats and deadlift sets were performed with only two minutes of rest.

    I've stopped taking creatine and beta-alanine now until after the show. I want to get off them for a little while so I respond more favorably to them post-contest.
     

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