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PhillyDude's 2017

Discussion in 'Fitness Journals' started by phillydude, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    :shifteyes:
     
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    He's alive, he's alive. :)
     
  3. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    Holding steady at 175lbs, 20% BF, without doing a lick of anything fitness-y or eating/drinking mindfully.
     
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    Maintaining without trying is good. much better than mindlessly gaining weight.

    Are thing going to slow down now in the fall and you can get a routine going if you want?
     
  5. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    My intentions are to do so...
     
  6. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    Wow... I actually have a few minutes of free time to post an update, so here we go.

    As I mentioned, I'm not doing anything specific fitness-wise right now, but between working a physical-labor job (along with my other one) and not eating much as a result, I'm maintaining. Actually, I was 170lbs at 20%bf this morning, and had to put another hole in my belt because the 32 waist pants I bought less than a month ago were falling off my hips. Since today is October 1st, I'm going to try and do some kind of exercise, probably weight-based, and hopefully will be able to carve fifteen minutes out of my day to continue that.

    On the home front, not much has changed. I'm making an overnight trip to Vegas on Halloween, and the next day my wife is flying off for a two week vacation to Bali with a friend from college to celebrate her birthday. Son #1 is settled in at college, and has himself a girlfriend, who we met yesterday when he came to visit for his high school homecoming. #2 Son is fully independent as a HS junior with his license and his brother's car. Both the bunnies are well, and my wife's dog... well, for a sixteen year old dog who is virtually blind, definitely deaf, and mostly incontinent, there's not much to say.

    I'll try and keep up here more often... I might get a chance to catch up with journals at some point, but I'm so far behind it might be better to cut my losses and just jump right into the fray.
     
  7. Seltzer

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    170, that's about the lowest I can remember you being. How do you feel at that weight?

    All sounds good with the kids and wifey. :-)
     
  8. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    I feel... small. While it's nice to have a (somewhat) flat stomach, it's disconcerting to not have decent legs or any size on my arms.

    But I can fix that... :flex:
     
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    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    OK... I just did a set of pushups to failure... 48 non-stop. So there's a baseline to work from.
     
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    Well done PD!
     
  11. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    So yesterday I did a set of 25 pushups followed by a two minute plank, neither of which were especially difficult.

    Paulie, when you post that you do these exercises, are you doing the pushups as straight sets? How long are your planks?
     
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    PD, I'm usually doing my pushups in sets of 25 with about a minute rest between sets and my planks for two minutes.
     
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    Dude!

    Dude!

    I now feel like I need to test these things myself! In systema, we'll hold a plank for a minute or so, and then do a random number of push-ups, probably in the 20-rep range, but I've not actually tried to do either to failure.

    Jaer
    has been wondering how long/how many sets it would take him to get to 100 push-ups.
     
  14. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    So we're coming to the end of another month...

    I'm leaving for Vegas on Tuesday night to celebrate Halloween in Sin City... I will only be there for 24 hours, so I'm not getting a room or even taking a carry-on bag... it will be a nice old-fashioned bender (drinking, gambling, smoking cigars, and eating big meals) to get myself in the mindset for some fitness when I get back.

    I do think that I need to start lifting though... I'm at a place where I think I can make gains without sacrificing the progress I made this summer getting lean. I actually got into a fight last weekend with my 16 year old son at Uniqlo (a Japanese casual wear store) over a pair of 30" waist jeans... being the good dad, I let him try them on first, but he said they fit in the waist but were too roomy in the thighs for his tastes. I tried them on and they fit in the waist and my thighs filled them nicely, so I won that battle and took them home #newfavoritejeans
     
  15. Shamie

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    Have a great trip. Vegas must be crazy on Halloween.
     
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    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    It was. :nod:

    Aside from the insanity level cranked up another notch on Halloween night, it was a typical trip for me. Landed at around 10pm Vegas time on Tuesday night and headed right for downtown and a nice steak and lobster dinner ($12). I hit a few casinos afterwards and won enough to cover my bus pass and dinner, plus put another $20 in my pocket to take care of tips for the rest of the night.

    I had bought a Groupon for a Halloween party at a nightclub (a stand-alone venue, not part of a casino) which was open bar from 10p-6a, so a little after midnight I headed over there and arrived just in time for the judging of the "Sexiest Costume Contest" (no... I did not enter). Being Vegas, there were of course some amazing women in the event, but the winner deserved the $1000 prize. Basically she went on stage in gym shorts and a t-shirt, turned her back to the audience, took off all her clothes, sprayed whipped cream on her breasts and bikini area, turned around to show the crowd, collected her check and left. Not a bad show... I wonder if she did that routine several times over the course of the evening, which could potentially be a nice nights work.

    I stepped outside at 3am for a cigar and a selfie (I hardly took any pictures on this trip)...


    Anyway, I stayed at the party all night (and consumed twelve drinks during that time) and then headed to the Las Vegas sign for the obligatory photo opportunity. I did not realize, however, that because of its proximity to the recent shootings, it had been turned into a memorial area for those who were lost. I found myself crying bitterly as a result, walking among the shrines to loved ones and messages of support and love, and that feeling lasted even as I got back on the bus to go to breakfast. Even the photo I took has a lasting memory of the tragedy.


    After a big buffet meal ($6), I felt better and started gambling in earnest (and resumed drinking on a consistent, yet measured rate). Besides my normal video poker sessions (at which I was getting an average return of around $16 per $10 played), I also played a fair amount of roulette. Before I left, I asked several friends to give me their "lucky numbers," and based on that input I found that the majority were "red" numbers. So my initial bet was always red, and out of the twelve casinos I visited (Fremont, Binions, Four Queens, Gold Coast, Palms, Orleans, Hooters, SLS, El Cortez, Downtown Grand, The Plaza, and Ellis Island) I hit on all but two of those initial bets, returning $30 per $10 played. I also averaged two drinks per location (with the exception of the final stop), so that was about twenty more drinks over the course of the day.

    I did take a break for a few hours in the late afternoon... keeping with my tradition of doing something new each time I go, this time I spent some time window shopping at the Forum in Caesars Palace... that's where all the high-end stores are (on just one corner of the mall, there was Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Gucci). Of course, I couldn't afford to buy anything, so after that I went to the outlet mall, where many of the same brands have locations. Even then, it was hard to justify the prices... I looked at a leather jacket at Armani that was 75% off the outlet price (which was 50% off the regular retail price) and it was still $2,000... which means it was actually a $12,000 piece of clothing. With my luck, I would spill a drink on it the first time I wore it out to the bar...

    I wrapped up the trip where I always do... at Ellis Island casino, which has always been my favorite. I was comped six drinks at the bar, plus a half price dinner, along with a bunch of free play on the poker machines. They are expanding the facility, however, so it wasn't as intimate and "old school" as it used to be, but I still had fun, won some money, ate BBQ ($10), and finished off with another eight drinks in three hours for a grand total of forty cocktails in eighteen hours. My winnings were enough to cover my entire trip (airfare, transportation, meals, drinks, and tips) and I brought home an extra $200 in my pocket. So all in all... a good trip and I'm already thinking of going back again (for a slightly longer stay) in late January.
     
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    Basically a free trip. Awesome. Glad you had a good time.
     
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    Congrats on your winnings and it was nice to read about your enjoyable get away.
     
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    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    OK... here we go again. The annual end-of-the-year wrapup.

    As of this morning, I am 160.8lbs at 17.85%, with no nutritional plan and no fitness activities.
     
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    Wowza, you've lost weight since you last posted about it. You may have to change your name to Skinnydude. :-)

    Happy New Year!
     

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