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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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    187 lbs @ 24.6 BF (45.9 fat) / BS AVG 290.5

    OK, so yesterday went pretty well, but then again, the first day of any program is the easiest. I should be on cruise control for the next two days.

    So I mentioned that I was thinking about going out to the Arnold Classic in a couple weeks. Yesterday, a friend of mine posted on Facebook about a contest to win VIP passes for the event (two Expo passes, two tickets to the post-show after-party, and two tickets to the Sunday morning seminar with Arnie). So I sent an e-mail to enter, and found out last night that I won. So assuming I go (still not 100% committed... waiting to hear if my nephew wants to go with me) I've got a few activities on the schedule beyond just wandering around the convention center.
     
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    Congratulations on winning the ticket package.
     
  3. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    185.6 lbs @ 24.6 BF (45.6 fat) / BS AVG 258.75

    OK day two in the books. Spot on nutritionally. Blood sugar is coming down, weight is coming down. I think I may have screwed myself by using the low numbers on Monday to set up my spreadsheet...
     
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    :nod: :spaz:

    :rolleyes:
     
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    (two Expo passes, two tickets to the post-show after-party, and two tickets to the Sunday morning seminar with Arnie).

    Congratulations. it would be cool to see Arnold in person. Arnold gives excellent interviews. Not too long ago did one on the Tim Ferris podcast, a quite a while ago, he did one on The Nerdist podcast. Both are worth listening.
     
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    Phil, you should buy a lottery ticket because you seem to win an inordinate amount of random contests.
     
  7. M@

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    And randomly drops in to fitness subreddits to encourage, opine, or solve random arguments. :dreamy:

    Probably not inordinate when you take the volume and frequency of his applications into account. :nod:
     
  8. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    I didn't win the Powerball tonight... again. :blank:
     
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    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    ???.? lbs @ ??.? BF (??.? fat) / BS AVG 252

    No data this morning because I ran up to PA last night to deal with (and get closure) on the family issue what I mentioned a few weeks back... which was resolved satisfactorily and with an outcome better than I had ever imagined. Back in MD now, returning to PA tomorrow morning for the weekend, will be bringing my scale and food and running gear such with me, to be sure.

    Yesterday went very well nutritionally and I am sure that, given today's plan, that I will see losses tomorrow when I weigh in. Doesn't look like anything will derail me over the weekend either, although it will be tougher to be in the house with all the food that the rest of the family eats. My first planned "cheat meal" is Tuesday night, when I'll be observing Shrove Tuesday with a plate of pancakes and eggs and sausage and scrapple.
     
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    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    185.4 lbs @ 23.6% BF (43.7 fat) / BS AVG 205.25

    I don't think I mentioned that I'm not doing dairy during this program... not that I was ever a big dairy guy, but in the past I would have cottage cheese at night and milk in my protein shakes and the occasional block of cheese... a nice pepperjack or swiss would get me every time. I don't know if that's helping with the weight loss, but as drastically as the appearance of my belly has dropped, it may be doing something with bloat.
     
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    I've noticed similar results when I've gone dairy-free, but I'm not giving up milk in my PWO shake. :nono:
     
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    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    185.8 lbs @ 24.5% BF (45.5 fat) / BS AVG 215.5

    4 miles in 45.32 (11.33 pace) @ 146 avg HR


    A little disappointed in today's readings, as I thought everything would be lower. I went to the casino yesterday, and had two drinks... which I accounted for in LoseIt, and therefore took away from my nutritious food allocation, which meant I was hungry for most of the evening, which probably put my blood sugar out of whack at the end of the night, which skewed that data... and then put me off on the scale this morning as I was probably holding some fat since my body thought it was starving. I know that seems like a lot of justification, but the end result is that, Like M@, I can't justify drinking any more during this program, unless it's on a day when I'm going to be running and have the extra calories to use.

    Anyway, I got out for a run (fasted) this morning, and having decided it was going to be at an easy pace, I was somewhat slower (even though it was a longer distance) than earlier in the week. Again, proper nutrition would have helped. But it's done and I'm ok with how I felt... comfortable like an old pair of running shoes (speaking of which, I'll probably be in the market for those in the next few weeks).

    Finally, when I finished the run, Lance Armstrong came onto my iPod and said, "Congratulations... you've run 250 miles." I need to look at when that data collection started, but it was a nice number to consider. Of course, Shamie probably runs that much a month...

    (edit) The Nike+ website says I have run a total of 285.7 miles (not including today's run) since August 22, 2014... interestingly an even split, 138 in 2014, and 141 in 2015, with no miles in 2016. A total of 69 runs (today was #70) at an average pace of 11.12. So I don't know where that audio cue of 250 came from, unless there were runs I did with my watch and not my iPod at some point in there (which must have been in 2015, since I didn't get the watch until September of that year).
     
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    I wish, maybe 3-4 months.

    Good on getting a run in. If I hadn't run a while, I couldn't run 4 miles at the start of returning to running.

    Reading how you wrote how you ate poorly, and didn't workout for a while, you didn't do too much damage. I am trying to get to the 180's, and you are already there.
     
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    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    As far as running, I am working my way back into it. One mile the first week, two miles the second week, and then a three mile and a four mile the third week. Next week I am aiming for a three, a five, and a three, weather permitting.

    Regarding the "damage," I generally have to really work at it to get over 200. Seems like 185-190 is my "set-point," where my body wants to be, and I can pretty much do whatever and won't see it get out of that range. I'm trying to reset those numbers to the 175-180 range... I know from experience that anything below 170 is hard for me to maintain, so I'm hoping that by doing it gradually, I can get down there.
     
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    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    186.6 lbs @ 23.8% BF (44.4 fat) / BS AVG 182.5

    No sooner did I write that I wasn't going to drink any more during this program, I sat down and drank a 16oz PBR. :bang:

    Looking back at the week, however, I'm pretty pleased with what I was able to accomplish. Except for the two times I drank, I was 100% on target with the nutrition plan (and even those drinks did not put me over my goal for calories). I ran twice, and I am still doing my daily pushups. And most impressively, I brought my blood sugar average down over 100 points without taking any medication for my diabetes. I'm feeling confident that, with the gradual increase in exercise over the next few weeks/months, I will be able to put it in check completely.
     
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    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    187.4 lbs @ 23.9% BF (44.8 fat) / BS AVG 186.5

    So, based on the goals I had set for my weight and body fat (using Monday 2/20 as my start point), last week was a fail.

    Start Point: 186.6 @ 23.9
    Goal: 185 @ 23.5
    Monday 2/27: 187.4 @ 23.9

    But, based on the goals I originally had set for my weight and body fat (using my YTD average as a start point), last week was a win.

    YTD average: 188.5 @ 24.5
    Goal: 187 @ 24.0
    Weekly Avg: 186.2 @ 24.1

    I'm going to blame the Naked Chicken Chalupa that I had for lunch on today's weigh-in (even though it was accounted for in Lose It). Seriously though... this is why I don't believe in using a single point of reference to judge progress... if you end up holding a bunch of water on your weigh-in day, which is the case today... you are screwed.

    No matter what, my goal for next Monday is 185.5 lbs @ 23.5% BF, based on the weekly average.

    Still haven't decided if I am going to Columbus this weekend. If I do, it looks like I will be a lone wolf, so I may leave late Friday night, drive straight through to morning to arrive early Saturday, and then stay through late Sunday afternoon to arrive back close to midnight. That will give me two full days at the Expo, as from what I hear, it's a total crowd situation, which makes it difficult to walk around, let alone spend any time with vendors.

    In other travel news, we booked the flights for our vacation over the weekend. My younger son "split the difference" with me, and he'll be riding shotgun for the ride to Florida, but will fly back with the rest of the family. My plan is to time the drive to be able to pick them up in Orlando when they arrive on Sunday night, and we booked a room there so we can drive to the beach resort the next morning. On the return, I will drop them off at the airport after we leave the ship, and I will play it by ear as to whether I will drive straight through or make a stop along the way.
     
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    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    186.0 lbs @ 24.0% BF (44.6 fat) / BS AVG 190.25

    Not much to say this morning... yesterday wasn't the cleanest day of nutrition (in the oats-eggs-chicken-brown rice way) but it was still according to plan... I think the kids call it IIFYM. I had a couple cheddar brats for lunch, and made a half rack of ribs for dinner. Full disclosure: I also had a can of Natural Light.

    Planning to do a three mile run today, and then go right after that to eat eggs and pancakes and sausage and scrapple at the local fire house for Shrove Tuesday. Yesterday was also day 50 of the pushup challenge, so I've got that going for me, which is nice.
     
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    I think IIFYM is even overcomplicating things: CICO for the win. :guitar:
     
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    Sounds like one of those new coconut water drinks. :crazy:
     
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    3.1 miles in 30.05 (9.43 pace) @ ??? avg HR

    That's not a typo... that's a really fast 5k (for me at least, especially at this point in my training). I would call it a hard and focused effort, but I wouldn't say that it was horrible or painful. I realized I was running at a faster than usual pace about half way into the first mile, and figured "What the hell... let's see how long I can hold this speed." By the last mile, I had to rely on the old "OK... just hold steady until you reach XXX landmark and then you can slow down" trick... and it's funny because you can see on the interactive Nike+ map where those spots were... my pace dropped below a ten minute mile for a few seconds, and then it picked right back up again when I set my next target. Anyway, I'm going to say that my goal of running a sub-30 5k is within my grasp already. I'm not saying that I will be able to do it this weekend when I run in my first "competitive" race of the season... it's going to be a bigger field (500-ish) and the slow start from congestion at the front will probably knock some time off my first mile. But I'll give it a shot... a few seconds here and there could make up the difference, and I'm sure the boost from being in an actual race with other runners will help me push through any mental barriers to having a good result.

    Almost immediately after that effort, I thoroughly enjoyed my planned reward meal, and tried the best I could to account for it in Lose It. If my guesses are close, I was about 200 calories over budget for the day after the exercise calories from the run were factored in. But although I brought my own sugar-free syrup for the pancakes, my blood sugar reading was still very high even a few hours afterwards... I'm sure it was a combination of the highly-refined carbs and just a reaction to them hitting my system after a week without any intake of that kind of food. As long as I am back down again in the morning, I'm OK with the occasional spike... in the long run it won't matter, and I know I'm doing the right thing with my health with the vast majority of my meals. I have purposely tried to be a little more "open" with my food choices this week (while staying within my self-imposed carb/sugar guidelines and the calorie targets from Lose It) to remind myself that this is a lifestyle change, and as such I will want (and need) to be able to deviate from the "same old same old" on a daily basis without feeling guilty.

    (edit) I did not record my HR during the run because I left my chest strap in PA. :bang:
     

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