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PhillyDude's 2016

Discussion in 'Fitness Journals' started by phillydude, Jan 1, 2016.

  1. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    Happy New Year to everyone.

    I finished 2015 strong, stringing together several weeks of scheduled weight training sessions (Max-OT). I've got one more week on that program, and then I'm taking the following week to go out to Vegas for some relaxation before 2016 starts in earnest.

    I'm think I'm going to switch over to Jim Stoppani's "12 Week Shortcut To Size" training program when I get back, which is a four-day a week schedule. While I understand the overload principles in Max-OT, I'm thinking more volume in my daily workouts (with the addition of a fourth day) might be advantageous at this point in time.

    We spent a few days in Vermont over the past week (Dec 29-29) visiting with my wife's sister. We had planned to do some snowboarding up there, but the mild weather denied the region of snow and we ended up doing a lot of sightseeing and tourist-type activities instead. That included tours of a brewery (Magic Hat), a distillery, a winery, the Cabot cheese factory, and the Ben and Jerry's factory.
     
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  2. macdiver

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    Seems like a nice trip given the conditions.

    Have fun in Vegas

    Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
     
  3. Shamie

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    Sounds like my type of vacation. :) I have been to the Ben & Jerry's factory tour.


    Have a great trip.
     
  4. M@

    M@ Monster Maker 2017
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    Oh yeah: In on the ground floor of a PD journal. :madpimp:
     
  5. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    newbs... :rolleyes:

    So I'm wrapping up my workouts at the gym this week (before I take next week off, because Vegas) by working through some of the "Shortcut to Size" program. I'll probably be making some tweaks, but will be keeping the spirit of the workouts intact, even if I substitute some exercises or move some things around from day to day. Still it's a four day split (mine will be M-W-Th-F in the mornings): Legs/Arms, Chest/Biceps, Back/Biceps, Shoulders/Abs. I'll also probably do some more ab work on Tuesday nights at home.

    I'm also looking carefully at the nutrition part of the plan... dear God, it's a massive amount of food... Stoppani is recommending 3500+ calories on nonlifting days, and closer to 4000 on lifting days, based on my current weight, which is around 200 lbs. Also, there's a ton of dairy and fruit in his plan, which might not work well with my blood sugar issues, and there's between 3-5 protein shakes a day in there as well. I created a detailed breakdown of what he's recommending at each meal (7-9 meals a day!), and I'm trying to match up the things I currently eat while once again keeping the spirit of the plan intact. I think I will probably cut back the calories to the 3000-3500 range.

    Finally, I spent some time looking at my Vegas trip next week and figuring out what I want to do while I am there. In addition to some the usual stuff (a couple steak dinners and a return trip to the Heart Attack Cafe, plus a breakfast buffet and a steady intake of booze and cigars while gambling), I'm going to do two things I've always wanted to check out but never had the time to do so while in Sin City. One is a visit to the Pinball Hall of Fame (http://www.pinballmuseum.org/), where I plan to spend at least one roll of quarters playing the games of my youth. The other is a visit to Frankie's Tiki Room (www.frankiestikiroom.com), where I plan to chill with a few exotic beverages (and bring home a few souvenir mugs for my collection).
     
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    Sounds like you have one fun week coming up!

    Fun fact: When I was in the latter years of elementary school and then junior high school, yes I'm showing my age with that term, I had a pinball machine in my basement.
     
  7. M@

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    :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

    The other is a visit to Frankie's Tiki Room (www.frankiestikiroom.com), where I plan to chill with a few exotic beverages (and bring home a few souvenir mugs for my collection).[/QUOTE]

    :lol: That is the most Phillydude place I've ever seen. :claplow:

    Wait...that's an old term? I went to Jr. High. :scared:
     
  8. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    Was it one of the ones on the list of machines at the museum?

    I'm bummed they don't have the Rocky machine, but they do have the KISS machine and the Captain Fantastic machine, as well as the ones I played most when I was a lad: Eight Ball Deluxe and Xenon. edit: They also have a Nugent machine!!! :spaz:

    [​IMG]

    Yeah, but yours had electricity. :D
     
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  9. Seltzer

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    Here's your out....your school district adopted the middle school concept very late. :lol:

    Sadly I don't remember the name of the machine I had. Maybe my sister will.

    Your point? For the record candles do a fine job a lighting a school room. :lol:
     
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    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    I thought sure you were going to go with having to carry firewood for the heater... in six inches of snow... uphill...
     
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    The candles were for light, the wood was for heat which I assumed was implicitly understood thus not mentioned. I had to carry both in the snow uphill both ways. ;)
     
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    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    I'll be heading out Monday morning, first to PA and then to Vegas, and will be back in MD on Thursday morning. I'm going to do a mini-"cleanse" after I get back (Fri-Sun) to clear out the toxins and reset for the new program. Overall. I was pretty pleased with the gains I made on the last cycle, and think that with strict attention to detail I can build positively on that momentum and continue to make progress.

    I put together a sample meal plan that meets the Stoppani principles, but it's well short of the calories he is recommending. I have been thinking of a few things to add, so my guess is that when all is said and done I'll be close to 3000 calories on lifting days, which is about the limit of what I feel comfortable doing at my current body composition.
     
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    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    Managed to set off FOUR different alarms going through security at BWI this morning... my phone, tablet, the remote for my video camera (but not the camera itself), and my clothing all triggered security. Four TSI workers, two supervisors, an "explosives expert," and two patdowns (including one of those "private room" ones) later, I'm on my way to Vegas (if my plane ever starts boarding).

    edit: maybe it was profiling?

    [​IMG]
     
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    Even before you've left the East Coast you're making new friends and having an adventure.
     
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    The hat could be bigger, but I can see what they were getting at. :confused:

    ayatollah_philly.jpg

    On the plus side, I think you've got a new Halloween costume! :spaz:
     
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    BWAH-hahahahahahaha!!

    Jaer
    loves the side-by-side.
     
  17. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    At the Hard Rock in Vegas now... About to cut into my first steak of the trip (with shrimp) then off to look for Bowie memorabilia (RIP).

    edit: didn't find any :cry:
     
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  18. IROC-Z

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    Enjoy your trip!:tucool:
     
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    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    Day one is in the books... I did ok with my bets and covered my meals, which is the goal. I usually only play video poker (and do one spin on the roulette table) but I tried something different yesterday.

    I had downloaded a roulette "strategy" sheet, which involves a series of seven bets to reach the ultimate payout. Normally, you would need to make an initial investment of $20. Being Phillydude, that was too much for me to spend, but when I was at the Orleans, I found a video roulette machine which allowed you to bet dimes instead of dollars. I ran through the series with $2 and it worked, so I walked away with a $14 profit.

    Other than that, it was much of the same kind of Vegas experience I had at the casinos in September. I will say that I\m probably not going to go back to a few casinos in the future... they were kind of run down, the odds/payouts weren't that good, and worst of all, I couldn't get a drink often enough to make it fun. Today Iwon't be gambling as much, as I'm going to the Pinball Museum and to the Tiki Bar.
     
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    Winning enough to pay for food = :bow:
     

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