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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1500 on: September 14, 2016, 08:43:41 AM »
I mentioned earlier in the thread I hurt my back pretty badly back in January, so I've been out of commission for most of this year.  Finally got back to where I can do some stuff a couple of months ago.  I'm still doing Convict Conditioning, plus I've started doing yoga (to help my back continue to heal).  Wow, yoga is hard!  Even harder than CC.  So far I really like it, even though I've discovered that I am:

1. Very inflexible (especially hamstrings)
2. Not particularly balanced (fall out of poses a lot)

Anyway, I'm not pushing myself quite as hard at CC at the moment, and in fact I've only been doing the pushups and pullups part lately.  But I have made progress.  My recent reboot after hurting my back, I started out only being able to do 5 pushups and 1 wobbly pullup.  Now I am at:

Full Pushups - 18
Full Pullups - 5

I also had gained a ton of weight when I hurt my back, I was close to 190.  I'm back to 175 now, and the weight is continuing to fall off.  For aerobic exercise I just try to ride my bike most days a week.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1501 on: September 14, 2016, 08:53:35 AM »
Deloading after my initial 5 week powerlifting block. Will be retesting maxes on Saturday =)

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« Reply #1502 on: September 14, 2016, 11:14:00 AM »
I've fallen off a bit too. I had a very intense couple of years of training and have switched gears significantly. I find having no semblance of a daily routine really wrecks my attempts at a fitness habit. I have a few more weeks of yoga teacher training and then I should be able to get back into a rhythm.

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« Reply #1503 on: September 14, 2016, 04:02:02 PM »
It's ok, and often very beneficial to take a break from intense training.   I generally keep a pretty high base level and then as projects come up I adjust my training regime to meet specific goals.  These might be more aerobic/strength for long backcountry ski trips, strength/endurance for climbing projects, or a combination of things for back-to-back big mountain bike days.

What I avoid like the plague is gym workouts with no goal other than max weight.  It doesn't serve me well in my outdoor activities.   I'm ALWAYS in the gym with a specific activity/performance goal in mind.

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« Reply #1504 on: September 14, 2016, 04:20:07 PM »
Been chipping away. Started a new training cycle a week ago and for the first time in over 15 months decided to free squat (instead of box squat) to see how my hip would hold up. So far so good! I was pretty tentative at first but other than a bit of stiffness, it's been going great and the box squat numbers carried over as well as I could have hoped (which is to say free squat is lower, but not as much as I feared). Just did 3x5 today at 295, which was my 1RM last time I free squatted, so not too bad.

I am officially canceling my box squat goal for the year, and am now just focusing on trying to get my free squat to something like 375 so I have a decent base for 2017. It would be awesome to compete in a full powerlifting meet instead of deadlift only or push pull. Might make that a goal for 2017 as well!

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« Reply #1505 on: September 14, 2016, 04:20:46 PM »
It's ok, and often very beneficial to take a break from intense training.   I generally keep a pretty high base level and then as projects come up I adjust my training regime to meet specific goals.  These might be more aerobic/strength for long backcountry ski trips, strength/endurance for climbing projects, or a combination of things for back-to-back big mountain bike days.

What I avoid like the plague is gym workouts with no goal other than max weight.  It doesn't serve me well in my outdoor activities.   I'm ALWAYS in the gym with a specific activity/performance goal in mind.

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« Reply #1506 on: September 14, 2016, 05:19:44 PM »
Been chipping away. Started a new training cycle a week ago and for the first time in over 15 months decided to free squat (instead of box squat) to see how my hip would hold up. So far so good! I was pretty tentative at first but other than a bit of stiffness, it's been going great and the box squat numbers carried over as well as I could have hoped (which is to say free squat is lower, but not as much as I feared). Just did 3x5 today at 295, which was my 1RM last time I free squatted, so not too bad.

I am officially canceling my box squat goal for the year, and am now just focusing on trying to get my free squat to something like 375 so I have a decent base for 2017. It would be awesome to compete in a full powerlifting meet instead of deadlift only or push pull. Might make that a goal for 2017 as well!

As someone who also has a couple of long-term issues that limit both my squat and my DL somewhat, I really appreciate reading posts like this. It's a bit demoralizing sometimes to see the endless legions of bro-science "ATG SQUATS OR YOU'RE NOT EVEN WORKING OUT" or "DEADLIFTS EVERY DAY" type liftier-than-thou pronouncements on the intertrons.

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« Reply #1507 on: September 14, 2016, 05:41:55 PM »
Been chipping away. Started a new training cycle a week ago and for the first time in over 15 months decided to free squat (instead of box squat) to see how my hip would hold up. So far so good! I was pretty tentative at first but other than a bit of stiffness, it's been going great and the box squat numbers carried over as well as I could have hoped (which is to say free squat is lower, but not as much as I feared). Just did 3x5 today at 295, which was my 1RM last time I free squatted, so not too bad.

I am officially canceling my box squat goal for the year, and am now just focusing on trying to get my free squat to something like 375 so I have a decent base for 2017. It would be awesome to compete in a full powerlifting meet instead of deadlift only or push pull. Might make that a goal for 2017 as well!

As someone who also has a couple of long-term issues that limit both my squat and my DL somewhat, I really appreciate reading posts like this. It's a bit demoralizing sometimes to see the endless legions of bro-science "ATG SQUATS OR YOU'RE NOT EVEN WORKING OUT" or "DEADLIFTS EVERY DAY" type liftier-than-thou pronouncements on the intertrons.
I know this wasn't the goal of this post. However, in going to use bro-science in a sentence this week. Probably on a snarky manner, as it should be, but still, this week

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1508 on: September 14, 2016, 08:26:08 PM »
Been chipping away. Started a new training cycle a week ago and for the first time in over 15 months decided to free squat (instead of box squat) to see how my hip would hold up. So far so good! I was pretty tentative at first but other than a bit of stiffness, it's been going great and the box squat numbers carried over as well as I could have hoped (which is to say free squat is lower, but not as much as I feared). Just did 3x5 today at 295, which was my 1RM last time I free squatted, so not too bad.

I am officially canceling my box squat goal for the year, and am now just focusing on trying to get my free squat to something like 375 so I have a decent base for 2017. It would be awesome to compete in a full powerlifting meet instead of deadlift only or push pull. Might make that a goal for 2017 as well!

As someone who also has a couple of long-term issues that limit both my squat and my DL somewhat, I really appreciate reading posts like this. It's a bit demoralizing sometimes to see the endless legions of bro-science "ATG SQUATS OR YOU'RE NOT EVEN WORKING OUT" or "DEADLIFTS EVERY DAY" type liftier-than-thou pronouncements on the intertrons.


Heh, thanks. I do have semi lofty lifting aspirations, but only because I like testing myself and having goals to reach for. I also sort of nerd out about it, strange as that may sound. But I am too old to abuse my body in pursuit of my goals and in the end it's all about having fun and staying healthy. That said, the bro science youtuber can be pretty amusing, at times :)

I strongly dislike the bro culture that permeates many gyms, which is why I'm so thankful to have found mine. There's several injury/body-type limited lifters in my gym and pretty much all have stated that they have never felt more comfortable working out, which I know is a point of pride for the owner, even though he is a hard-core competitive lifter himself. One member, an extremely overweight but increasingly strong and badass mother (literally!) told me that she was regularly and openly ridiculed in the previous gym she used when first starting her fitness journey. That shit pisses me off so much.
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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1509 on: September 14, 2016, 09:41:18 PM »
I mentioned earlier in the thread I hurt my back pretty badly back in January, so I've been out of commission for most of this year.  Finally got back to where I can do some stuff a couple of months ago.  I'm still doing Convict Conditioning, plus I've started doing yoga (to help my back continue to heal).  Wow, yoga is hard!  Even harder than CC. 
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Great job! What kind of yoga are you doing?

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1510 on: September 15, 2016, 12:54:40 PM »
Damn Exhale. That article is definitely one of those ones that puts excusitis in perspective. Thanks for the link!

Hudsoncat, hips are tricky like that. I do love that experience of doing some kind of physical activity, and the next day, you have DOMS in a place you didn't even think was working all that hard. The human body is cool like that. I experience things like that with my hips and my core. Never feel it in the moment, but the next day, it's always surprising. What hip strengthening excercises are you going to include?

From talking to other runners, a lot of what has helped them is actually found in the Myrtle Routine (Clamshells, side leg lifts, donkey kicks, etc). So the plan right now is to continue the routine but build reps/sets and add some resistance bands/loops to clamshelles, leg lifts, etc.

Not that any of them seems like they'd break the bank, but anyone have any have a particular brand of resistance bands/loops they like?

Still haven't actually gotten back into running. I've come home every night this week feeling so exhausted that a walk with the dogs has been the extent of my physical activity. I'm not sure what this illness was/is (Fever, headache, and extreme fatigue have been my only symptoms), but it's really knocked me down!

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« Reply #1511 on: September 15, 2016, 12:59:38 PM »
Damn Exhale. That article is definitely one of those ones that puts excusitis in perspective. Thanks for the link!

Hudsoncat, hips are tricky like that. I do love that experience of doing some kind of physical activity, and the next day, you have DOMS in a place you didn't even think was working all that hard. The human body is cool like that. I experience things like that with my hips and my core. Never feel it in the moment, but the next day, it's always surprising. What hip strengthening excercises are you going to include?

From talking to other runners, a lot of what has helped them is actually found in the Myrtle Routine (Clamshells, side leg lifts, donkey kicks, etc). So the plan right now is to continue the routine but build reps/sets and add some resistance bands/loops to clamshelles, leg lifts, etc.

Not that any of them seems like they'd break the bank, but anyone have any have a particular brand of resistance bands/loops they like?

Still haven't actually gotten back into running. I've come home every night this week feeling so exhausted that a walk with the dogs has been the extent of my physical activity. I'm not sure what this illness was/is (Fever, headache, and extreme fatigue have been my only symptoms), but it's really knocked me down!

I like the bands from Iron Woody, great quality. I have the 41" paired Masters' pack, you may not need a set of pairs though or that many varied resistances. They offer a lot of options: https://ironwoodyfitness.com/product-category/bands/41-paired-layered-band-packages/

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1512 on: September 17, 2016, 11:12:28 AM »
Tested 1 rep maxes on the big 3 after the initial powerlifting training block.

Deep Squat - 420 x 1
Paused Bench - 315 x 1
Deadlift - 545 x 1
Total - 1280

Increased my total by 95lbs since August 1st! Very happy so far.

Followed this up with a sick 50 minute mountain bike ride where I hit some section PR's on Strava. Who said you can't do both ;)

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« Reply #1513 on: September 18, 2016, 04:11:56 PM »
I had 2 weeks of craziness (conference, travel) and only averaged 4 days/week of working out, down from 6 days/week.

Hopping back on the wagon today, going back up to 6-7 days/week. Need to get more dedicated about incorporating running and not just doing fun Barre classes and weight lifting.


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« Reply #1514 on: September 22, 2016, 08:18:30 AM »
Just complaining... running is hard. ugh.

Between busy season at work, tornado recovery efforts, and then being sick, my workouts took a hit and I'm certainly paying for it a bit now. It all just feels a bit harder than it did a few weeks ago. I've been doing this long enough now that I know it'll pass and be fun again soon enough. But in the meantime, running is hard. ugh.

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« Reply #1515 on: September 22, 2016, 09:28:18 AM »
I have neither posted nor even read any updates in at least 3 pages, and I haven't really done any real workouts in about as much time.
This happens pretty much every year - work out hard while I have a goal, meet that goal, then get distracted by other things - so I'm pretty much just accepting it.


But I am happy to report that not only did I pass my semi-annual fitness test (Coast Guard) without having done any running for about the 6 months prior, but at a local street fair last weekend I successfully flipped over the big tractor tire.  I had never tried it before, and wasn't sure I'd be able to do it, but I actually flipped it 8 times in a minute.  Which was definitely not the record for the day, but did put me in about the top 15 of the approximately 300,000 visitors (well, or at least the subset who tried, and could do it at least once)

But then this week I spent a day putting up metal fences and was so sore the next day, definitely a reminder that I need to keep active if I don't want to lose the ability to

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« Reply #1516 on: September 22, 2016, 05:47:56 PM »
Post half marathon goal achieving I've finally moved onto the sub 20min 5km goal (nothing like a month or so of holiday to derail your fitness). I've started the 5km Level II plan provided through the Garmin connect website. 3-4 days a week. 1 easy, 2 interval workouts and 1 longer run. The first week was easy enough...but seems like it really ramps up in coming weeks. Also back into SL5x5 aiming for atleast 2 days a week. Current challenge is backing up lifting/running days.

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« Reply #1517 on: September 22, 2016, 06:16:40 PM »
Been on pace as usual. As I mentioned earlier my third hernia reared its ugly head a couple months back so I had to change gears away from the soul crushing intensity I love.

Been working 60-70 hrs a week but diet and training still on point. This has been a staple in my life
For over half my life so it's beyond routine.

is the general consensus here still that people hate self improvement pics because it makes them u comfortable seeing other people? I remember last time a few members posted pics people were whining and feeling the need to leave this thread because others have different goals than their own.

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« Reply #1518 on: September 22, 2016, 07:02:42 PM »
Been on pace as usual. As I mentioned earlier my third hernia reared its ugly head a couple months back so I had to change gears away from the soul crushing intensity I love.

Been working 60-70 hrs a week but diet and training still on point. This has been a staple in my life
For over half my life so it's beyond routine.

is the general consensus here still that people hate self improvement pics because it makes them u comfortable seeing other people? I remember last time a few members posted pics people were whining and feeling the need to leave this thread because others have different goals than their own.
Nope. There was some snark, and it was taken out of context. We love photos here (except you and Bakari... Because abs) 😛. And that's just me, not the rest of the members. Post away, please.

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« Reply #1519 on: September 22, 2016, 07:18:07 PM »
I'd say go for it...I get the sense you want to. :)

I posted some before/after pics to much fanfare recently. Mine were more FAT to FIT.

I suspect yours are going be more along the lines of JACKED to REALLY JACKED.


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« Reply #1520 on: September 22, 2016, 07:55:05 PM »

Nope. There was some snark, and it was taken out of context. We love photos here (except you and Bakari... Because abs)


no worries, quite gone! :-) That wasn't really "real", just a well timed peak

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« Reply #1521 on: September 23, 2016, 01:16:55 AM »
Been on pace as usual. As I mentioned earlier my third hernia reared its ugly head a couple months back so I had to change gears away from the soul crushing intensity I love.

Been working 60-70 hrs a week but diet and training still on point. This has been a staple in my life
For over half my life so it's beyond routine.

is the general consensus here still that people hate self improvement pics because it makes them u comfortable seeing other people? I remember last time a few members posted pics people were whining and feeling the need to leave this thread because others have different goals than their own.
Nope. There was some snark, and it was taken out of context. We love photos here (except especially you and Bakari... Because abs) 😛. And that's just me, not the rest of the members. Post away, please.

FTFY.

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« Reply #1522 on: September 23, 2016, 12:57:32 PM »
Haha well I think my days of "more jacked" have pretty much peaked. I don't know that I can get too much beyond where I'm at while maintaining my health. I can, however, focus more on weak spots and bring different things into unison. Looking at this picture, I definitely have some strong points but I think I need to give my triceps more attention. I think I'll cut back on a couple other muscle groups slightly on the day I train triceps, and try and get an extra exercise in for them.

The great thing about filters is they can mask my incredibly white skin lol.

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« Reply #1523 on: September 23, 2016, 01:49:31 PM »
Haha well I think my days of "more jacked" have pretty much peaked. I don't know that I can get too much beyond where I'm at while maintaining my health. I can, however, focus more on weak spots and bring different things into unison. Looking at this picture, I definitely have some strong points but I think I need to give my triceps more attention. I think I'll cut back on a couple other muscle groups slightly on the day I train triceps, and try and get an extra exercise in for them.

The great thing about filters is they can mask my incredibly white skin lol.

What are these filters you speak of? My pics here are all about being super inflexible and super pale (JS said something about 'out-pasty ing him). Dude...You kick ass. I will now leave this thread open for people who are all about that stuff (like vascularity) to comment. For science...I think. :D

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« Reply #1524 on: September 23, 2016, 02:05:02 PM »
Haha well I think my days of "more jacked" have pretty much peaked. I don't know that I can get too much beyond where I'm at while maintaining my health. I can, however, focus more on weak spots and bring different things into unison. Looking at this picture, I definitely have some strong points but I think I need to give my triceps more attention. I think I'll cut back on a couple other muscle groups slightly on the day I train triceps, and try and get an extra exercise in for them.

The great thing about filters is they can mask my incredibly white skin lol.

Gotta admit @use2betrix, I was a little surprised at how fast your powerlifting numbers had progressed, but not any more! Looking good, my man. One day I hope to enter the jacked category. Damn ectomorph genes make gaining mass such a slow process. At least it's fun seeing the surprise on people's faces when someone that looks decidedly not like you (aka lanky ol' me) pulls 545. Let's not talk about my bench though... Gotta a little buddha power-belly I need to work off as well from all of the dirty bulking I've been doing, but I'm scared about losing strength. Any tips on that front?

I'm also curious in general how you approach your diet. Do you track everything? I've been pretty resistant to it (due to laziness), but am slowly giving into the idea that I need to be better on that front if I want to make the progress I am hoping for.

Also on the #pasty hype train over here!

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1525 on: September 23, 2016, 02:05:20 PM »
Posting some Before/After's

Before pic was @ 274lbs (down 21lbs from my heaviest)

After Pic was @ 176lbs (down a total of 123lbs from my heaviest)

Time between the pics is ~4 years.

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« Reply #1526 on: September 23, 2016, 02:11:08 PM »
Posting some Before/After's

Before pic was @ 274lbs (down 21lbs from my heaviest)

After Pic was @ 176lbs (down a total of 123lbs from my heaviest)

Time between the pics is ~4 years.

That is insane!!! Way to go! I always had this mental breakdown of losing too much weight. I passed that this year and really changed some directions. I've lost some muscle and size but gained in vascularity and hardness which is a great trade off.

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« Reply #1527 on: September 23, 2016, 02:25:06 PM »
Haha well I think my days of "more jacked" have pretty much peaked. I don't know that I can get too much beyond where I'm at while maintaining my health. I can, however, focus more on weak spots and bring different things into unison. Looking at this picture, I definitely have some strong points but I think I need to give my triceps more attention. I think I'll cut back on a couple other muscle groups slightly on the day I train triceps, and try and get an extra exercise in for them.

The great thing about filters is they can mask my incredibly white skin lol.

Gotta admit @use2betrix, I was a little surprised at how fast your powerlifting numbers had progressed, but not any more! Looking good, my man. One day I hope to enter the jacked category. Damn ectomorph genes make gaining mass such a slow process. At least it's fun seeing the surprise on people's faces when someone that looks decidedly not like you (aka lanky ol' me) pulls 545. Let's not talk about my bench though... Gotta a little buddha power-belly I need to work off as well from all of the dirty bulking I've been doing, but I'm scared about losing strength. Any tips on that front?

I'm also curious in general how you approach your diet. Do you track everything? I've been pretty resistant to it (due to laziness), but am slowly giving into the idea that I need to be better on that front if I want to make the progress I am hoping for.

Also on the #pasty hype train over here!

My powerlifting numbers started reasonable then climbed a bit. My deadlift a ton but mostly cause I hadn't done it regularly since high school. I think it also caused my hernia so I'm back to not doing it again haha. I did so much squats, rack pulls, etc, that gave me a great base for deadlifts. My bench had always been strong, and my squats always weak. My all time PR's (I don't really max anything) are 275x10 on bench, 355x6 on squats, and 475x6 on deadlift (with the trap bar)

As for diet, it's pretty much flawless haha. I do go out to a nice dinner with the wife once a week or every other week, and we have ice cream once a week (sometimes twice lol)

That being said, other than that I eat 6 perfectly planned, measured/weighed meals each day. Right now I'm having about 3300 calories on non lifting days and 3500 on lifting days. I just transferred projects and my new project is far more physically demanding. I've lost 5 lbs in the last 3 weeks. It's good cardio though which I need because I neglect cardio terrible. I work 60-70 hrs a week so it's hard enough to get my workouts in.

We have the same breakfast every day and alternate between two dinners. We also have shakes at 8 am and 6 pm (or post evening gym)

For our noon and 3 pm we alternate between a handful of different meals, but eat the same one at noon and 3 to make the cooking easier.

Compliments to my wife for putting all of this together, and for doing 100% of the meal prep, grocery shopping, and waking up at 5:30 to make me breakfast before work. I tell her about how many calories we want and macro break downs then we work together to make the numbers right. She basically eats 50% what I do. Odd that it works out that way. She doesn't work so she enjoys the cooking because it keeps her busy.

Here's our meal plan, kind of confusing, but ask if you have any questions. There are some things I'd like to change but haven't yet. Sitting at about 195lbs right now. We've also eliminated some of the meals below lately. Mostly the paleo ones since I really only do that when I'm trying to lose weight.

Ps this whole post was sent from my phone so cut me some slack on the format, grammar, etc.


Chicken Stir Fry
8 oz Chicken - 368 calories, 8g fat, 68g protein
1/4 cup cooked veggies - 22.5 calories, 3.75g carbs, 0.75g protein
3 Tbsp stir fry sauce - 45 calories, 12g carbs
1 cup cooked basmati rice - 212 calories, 48g carbs, 2g protein
   ** (lunch/3pm) 647 calories, 8g fat, 64g carbs, 71g protein
   ** (lunch/3pm) 323 calories, 4g fat, 32g carbs, 35g protein

Cheesy Chicken & Rice
6 oz Chicken - 276 calories, 5.95g fat, 51.68g protein
1/8 Diced onion - 8 calories, 1.75g carbs, 0.25g protein
1/4 can corn - 70 calories, 0.875g fat, 14.875g carbs, 1.75g protein
1/4 can Cream of Chicken - 90 calories, 6g fat, 7.5g carbs, 2.25g protein
1/4 cup cheese - 110 calories, 9g fat, 1g carbs, 6g protein
1 cup cooked basmati rice - 212 calories, 48g carbs, 2g protein
   ** (lunch/3pm) 766 calories, 22g fat, 73g carbs, 64g protein
   ** (lunch/3pm) 383 calories, 11g fat, 36g carbs, 32g protein

Honey Chipotle Chicken
6 oz Chicken - 276 calories, 5.95g fat, 51.68g protein
2 Tbsp honey - 230 calories, 34g carbs
1 Tbsp ketchup - 20 calories, 5g carbs
1 Tbsp chipotle adobo - 10 calories, 1g carbs, 0.5g fat
1/2 cup mashed sweet potatoes - 124.5 calories, 29g carbs, 0.3g fat, 2.3g protein
   ** (lunch/3pm) 660.5 calories, 6.8g fat, 69g carbs, 54g protein
   ** (lunch/3pm) 330.25 calories, 3.4g fat, 34.5g carbs, 27g protein









Creamy Chicken w/ Spaghetti Squash (PALEO)
8 oz Chicken - 368 calories, 7.93g fat, 68.91g protein
Sliced mushroom - 15 calories, 2g carbs, 2g protein
1/4 Diced onion - 16 calories, 3.5g carbs, 0.5g protein
1/4 cup Sliced Carrot - 7 calories, 2g carbs, 1g protein
1/4 cup Celery - 5 calories, 0.5g carbs, 0.5g protein
1/4 cup Coconut Milk - 17.5 calories, 1.125g fat, 2g carbs
1 cup cooked basmati rice - 212 calories, 48g carbs, 2g protein
   ** (lunch/3pm) 640.5 calories, 16g fat, 58g carbs, 75g protein
   ** (lunch/3pm) 320 calories, 8g fat, 29g carbs, 37g protein

BBQ Chicken Salad (PALEO)
8 oz Chicken - 368 calories, 7.93g fat, 68.91g protein
1 cup Romaine lettuce - 8 calories, 0.1g fat, 1.5g carbs, 0.6g protein
1/4 diced tomato - 8.75 calories, 0.75g carbs
2 tbsp red onion - 8 calories, 2g carbs
2 tbsp BBQ sauce - 70 calories, 18g carbs
3 Tbsp ranch dressing - 120 calories, 4.5g carbs, 10.5g fat, 1.5g protein
1 cup sweet potato - 180 calories, 41g carbs, 0 fat, 4g protein
   ** (lunch/3pm) 763 calories, 18g fat, 68g carbs, 75g protein
   ** (lunch/3pm) 381 calories, 9g fat, 34g carbs, 37g protein

Orange Chicken & Veggie Stir Fry (PALEO)
8 oz Chicken - 368 calories, 7.93g fat, 68.91g protein
1/2 cup bell pepper - 20 calories, 4g carbs
1/2 cup diced Zucchini - 10 calories, 0.1g fat, 1.9g carbs, 0.68g protein
1/4 onion - 16 calories, 3.5g carbs, 0.5g protein
1/4 cup OJ - 27.5 calories, 6.5g carbs, 0.5g protein
1 cup cooked basmati rice - 212 calories, 48g carbs, 2g protein
   ** (lunch/3pm) 653 calories, 8g fat, 64g carbs, 73g protein
   ** (lunch/3pm) 326 calories, 4g fat, 32g carbs, 36g protein






Burgers
5 oz burger – 200 calories, 8.75g fat, 30g protein
1 cup lettuce – 10.1 calories, 2.3g carbs, 0.1g fat, 0.6g protein
2 Tbsp ranch dressing – 80 calories, 3g carbs, 7g fat, 1g protein
3 Tbsp ketchup – 60 calories, 15g carbs
   ** 350.1 calories, 20.3g carbs, 15.85g fat, 31.6g protein
   **  305.05 calories, 17.65g carbs, 12.3g fat, 31.6g protein 
Chicken Parmesan
4 oz chicken - 182 calories, 4g fat, 34g protein
1/2 cup penne - 180 calories, 1g fat, 27g carbs, 5g protein
1 cup marinera - 160 calories, 6g fat, 26g carbs, 4g protein
1/4 cup mozzarella - 80 calories, 6g fat, 1g carbs, 8g protein
   ** 602 calories, 19g fat, 54g carbs, 51g protein
   ** 301 calories, 9g fat, 27g carbs, 26g protein

Breakfast
2 lg. eggs – 180 calories, 2g carbs, 14g fat, 12g protein
1 cup egg whites – 100 calories, 20g protein
1Tbsp ICBINB Light – 40 calories, 4g fat
3 pcs cinnamon raisin ez. bread – 240 calories, 54g carbs, 9g protein
2 Tbsp. apple butter – 60 calories, 16g carbs
   ** 620 calories, 72g carbs, 18g fat, 41g protein
   ** 310 calories, 36g carbs, 9g fat, 20.5g protein

Banana
Medium size – 105 calories, 27g carbs,

Coffee
Carmel Machiatto 1 Tbsp – 35 calories, 6g carbs, 1.5g fat

Steel Cut Oats
1/4 cup dry - 150 calories, 2g fat, 27g carbs, 5g protein

Whey Protein
1 scoop – 120 calories, 3g carbs, 1g fat, 24g protein


BSN Protein
1 scoop – 200 calories, 15g carbs, 6g fat, 22g protein

 Nitro Tech Protein
1 scoop – 160 calories, 4g carbs, 2g fat, 30g protein

DAILY AVERAGE:
Example of non-workout days
Breakfast: 620 calories, 72g carbs, 18g fat, 41g protein
1/2 Banana: 52 calories, 13g carbs
9 a.m.: Whey & BSN: 320 calories, 18g carbs, 7g fat, 46g protein
   1/4 cup (uncooked) steel cut: 150 calories, 27g carbs, 2g fat, 5g protein
Lunch: 763 calories, 18g fat, 68g carbs, 75g protein
3 p.m.: 763 calories, 18g fat, 68g carbs, 75g protein
6 p.m. Non Workout Days: Whey/Nitro Tech 280 calories, 7g carbs, 3g fat, 54g protein
Dinner: 350.1 calories, 20.3g carbs, 16g fat, 31.6g protein

Total for non workout days: 3298 calories, 293g carbs, 82g fat, 328g protein
           : 1649 calories, 146.5g carbs, 41g fat, 164g protein

Example of workout days
Breakfast: 620 calories, 72g carbs, 18g fat, 41g protein
1/2 Banana: 52 calories, 13g carbs
9 a.m.: Whey & BSN: 320 calories, 18g carbs, 7g fat, 46g protein
Lunch: 763 calories, 18g fat, 68g carbs, 75g protein
3 p.m.: 763 calories, 18g fat, 68g carbs, 75g protein
6 p.m. Workout Days: Whey/Nitro Tech 280 calories, 7g carbs, 3g fat, 54g protein
            1 Banana: 105 calories, 27g carbs
Dinner: 602 calories, 19g fat, 54g carbs, 51g protein

Total for workout days: 3505 calories, 327g carbs, 83g fat, 342g protein
           : 1752.5 calories, 163.5g carbs, 41.5g fat, 171g protein
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« Reply #1528 on: September 23, 2016, 02:41:58 PM »
Wow, thanks for the detailed breakdown of the diet stuff. Just realized I confused you with 2birds on the powerlifting progress comment, although you are both damn strong and super jacked either way! Will definitely give your diet info some thought and let you know if I have questions. As I've transitioned into intermediate+ levels of strength I'm finding I can't be as lazy if I want to keep making progress, at least not if I want to stay relatively lean as well. RIP noob gains. 

@2birds, holy crap man, what a transformation! And thanks for adding the timeline note. I'm trying to gain, not lose, but still dealing with frustration over slow progress so it's always nice to have the reminder that consistent hard work over time brings awesome results.
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« Reply #1529 on: September 23, 2016, 06:06:24 PM »
Posting some Before/After's

Before pic was @ 274lbs (down 21lbs from my heaviest)

After Pic was @ 176lbs (down a total of 123lbs from my heaviest)

Time between the pics is ~4 years.

Wow, impressive! And the highlighted bit? That's what I need to remember. Transformation won't happen in a month, regardless of how much I wish it. Actually what you did won't happen to me at all, because age and oestrogen, but I can strive for a version of the same.

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« Reply #1530 on: September 23, 2016, 06:19:52 PM »
Wow, thanks for the detailed breakdown of the diet stuff. Just realized I confused you with 2birds on the powerlifting progress comment, although you are both damn strong and super jacked either way! Will definitely give your diet info some thought and let you know if I have questions. As I've transitioned into intermediate+ levels of strength I'm finding I can't be as lazy if I want to keep making progress, at least not if I want to stay relatively lean as well. RIP noob gains. 

@2birds, holy crap man, what a transformation! And thanks for adding the timeline note. I'm trying to gain, not lose, but still dealing with frustration over slow progress so it's always nice to have the reminder that consistent hard work over time brings awesome results.

since your goals seem to be primarily strength/powerlifting related, I think that diet is a bit less important than if you "wanted to be jacked" lol.

That being said, it still plays a big part, and if you want to focus on lowering bodyweight and increasing muscle, it's literally 100% lifting and 100% diet, there's no way to split it up for importance. If I had to choose my path for fitness the next 30 years, I'd probably say 70% diet 30% training. Food is more important than any drug or anabolic substance ever. Without it there's nothing, and getting it in check makes the biggest differences ever.

If I had a poster of myself go viral and that I have only lifted "3 hours a week," all sorts of people would want my workout "secrets" and to jump on the bandwagon since I only lift 3 days a week. However that's such a small portion of my progress. Someone could do my same workout and look like shit. Be small, fat, etc. my diet being where it's at is everything that contributes to it. It took me years to realize and I'm still learning. Most people are beyond lost.

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« Reply #1531 on: September 23, 2016, 07:12:09 PM »

If I had a poster of myself go viral and that I have only lifted "3 hours a week," all sorts of people would want my workout "secrets" and to jump on the bandwagon since I only lift 3 days a week. However that's such a small portion of my progress. Someone could do my same workout and look like shit. Be small, fat, etc. my diet being where it's at is everything that contributes to it. It took me years to realize and I'm still learning. Most people are beyond lost.

This is so true!! Diet is 90% of progress after you get to a certain lean body mass.

I didn't touch cardio for example until 14 months into my weight loss journey, by then I was down ~70lbs. Progressive overload (5x5, Layne Norton's PHAT, Smolov/Smolov Jr, etc) for weight lifting and just tracking calories/macros before IIFYM even existed as an acronym.

I agree about food being more important than drugs too. I compete in the INBF/OCB and the USAPL, and am lifetime drug free. I know plenty (and I mean tons) of guys at my gym who are on stuff, and many have been for years who can't get to a physique that is even remotely as impressive as the open lineup at a drug free physique competition.

Posting some Before/After's

Before pic was @ 274lbs (down 21lbs from my heaviest)

After Pic was @ 176lbs (down a total of 123lbs from my heaviest)

Time between the pics is ~4 years.

Wow, impressive! And the highlighted bit? That's what I need to remember. Transformation won't happen in a month, regardless of how much I wish it. Actually what you did won't happen to me at all, because age and oestrogen, but I can strive for a version of the same.

Yes, it's a marathon not a sprint. The after pic is from my second contest season in 2011. I was 295lbs in December of 2007 and was down to 172lbs by Nov 2009. Took me right around 2 years to drop the weight, averaging ~1-1.1lbs a week for 104 weeks! It taught me a lot about delayed gratification and budgeting (calories).....and it's AMAZING how much of that caries over to personal finance :)

Wow, thanks for the detailed breakdown of the diet stuff. Just realized I confused you with 2birds on the powerlifting progress comment, although you are both damn strong and super jacked either way! Will definitely give your diet info some thought and let you know if I have questions. As I've transitioned into intermediate+ levels of strength I'm finding I can't be as lazy if I want to keep making progress, at least not if I want to stay relatively lean as well. RIP noob gains. 

@2birds, holy crap man, what a transformation! And thanks for adding the timeline note. I'm trying to gain, not lose, but still dealing with frustration over slow progress so it's always nice to have the reminder that consistent hard work over time brings awesome results.

I'm not that strong yet! I do hope to qualify for nationals at a state USAPL meet next spring. Barring any injuries or set backs I should be good for a ~1350 total on the squat/bench/dead total in ~7 weeks when I retest maxes before my 3rd periodized block of training.

Posting some Before/After's

Before pic was @ 274lbs (down 21lbs from my heaviest)

After Pic was @ 176lbs (down a total of 123lbs from my heaviest)

Time between the pics is ~4 years.

That is insane!!! Way to go! I always had this mental breakdown of losing too much weight. I passed that this year and really changed some directions. I've lost some muscle and size but gained in vascularity and hardness which is a great trade off.

Don't worry about losing weight. Losing some fullness might trick you into thinking you lost muscle, but to lose true muscle tissue takes a lot. You would be surprised as to how lean you can get and not lose almost any muscle as long as your training is properly planned and you get adequate protein.

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« Reply #1532 on: September 23, 2016, 08:14:35 PM »
I'm not that strong yet! I do hope to qualify for nationals at a state USAPL meet next spring. Barring any injuries or set backs I should be good for a ~1350 total on the squat/bench/dead total in ~7 weeks when I retest maxes before my 3rd periodized block of training.

That's still very solid at your weight, but I'm most impressed by how fast your total has gone up. Were you at a 1300+ total in the past? Apologies if I missed a backstory post on that. +95lbs in 6 weeks at your level of strength is crazy progress if not (though impressive either way!).

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« Reply #1533 on: September 26, 2016, 09:17:49 AM »
Now that I've settled into my new apartment, I can finally get back on the fitness thing.

I am still a newbie at fitness and I decided I wanted to get in shape so I can feel more comfortable riding a bike. It's been nearly 20 years since I last rode one. I don't feel confident yet to ride an ACTUAL bike, so I used the fancy stationary bike in my apartment's gym that has a whole bunch of different settings. I put it on the "rolling hills" setting and rode it for 4.5 miles. I picked that specifically because that's about the distance, roundtrip, to my local library. The setting was fairly appropriate too.

It was rough for a newbie like me. My legs feel like Jello now. Gonna have to train myself up! Probably a good thing since I need to buy a bike lock before I actually set out for the library at some point in the future anyway.

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« Reply #1534 on: September 26, 2016, 10:12:32 AM »
Saturday  - 5.5 mi one-way, 5300 ft gain - 2 hrs, 50 minutes to tag the peak.

Sunday - 10 pitches up to 11a.

Friggin' I'm beat today.

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« Reply #1535 on: September 26, 2016, 11:08:14 AM »
Ran my first official 10K this weekend. (I've run the distance before in training/longer races, but never run a 10K race). Clearly I'm not back up to my best considering that I have run a faster 10K in the middle of a half marathon. However, the race was fun, the pace felt hard, but not unsustainable and I finished third in my age group!

Completed all my runs last week, though they were slower and one was shorter than planned. Worked on adding additional sets to the Myrtl routine for my hips. I plan to get back on my bike this week after a couple weeks off. Excited for a new week!

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« Reply #1536 on: September 26, 2016, 12:19:05 PM »
My husband pointed something out, and now I'm very happy. So, many years ago (14 ish) I was in a pretty bad car accident and really messed up my neck. It greatly improved through PT and so forth, but I've always had pretty bad posture of my upper back and neck as a result. Since working so much at lifting this year, my posture is massively improved. Pretty sure it's a combination of posterior chain strength (particularly from deadlifts) and improved mobility from when I was working up to my front rack position.

Anyway, it wasn't what I was aiming for when I set out, but it's a pretty great development!

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« Reply #1537 on: September 27, 2016, 05:46:28 PM »
I decided I wanted to get in shape so I can feel more comfortable riding a bike. It's been nearly 20 years since I last rode one. I don't feel confident yet to ride an ACTUAL bike
I got a bike last year after having not ridden for ~15 years....and within a month did a 19ish mile charity ride. And I am not in great shape. Riding a bike is surprisingly...I don't want to say easy, but doable. Just don't try to go faster than you're comfortable doing and you'll survive

Wow. I'm not sure if I can feel comfortable to do 19 miles within a month like you did. Congrats!

It's partly a fitness thing and partly confidence building. I don't have much experience riding bikes on a road because as a child, I was never allowed to thanks to overprotective parents. I did all of my bike riding in parks, trails, etc. The roads I would have to ride on are 30mph roads max, but the one road is single lane each direction, a bit curvy, and no shoulder or sidewalk whatsoever. That road is very, very traffic light, but I still worry about it.

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« Reply #1538 on: September 28, 2016, 06:14:08 AM »
I decided I wanted to get in shape so I can feel more comfortable riding a bike. It's been nearly 20 years since I last rode one. I don't feel confident yet to ride an ACTUAL bike
I got a bike last year after having not ridden for ~15 years....and within a month did a 19ish mile charity ride. And I am not in great shape. Riding a bike is surprisingly...I don't want to say easy, but doable. Just don't try to go faster than you're comfortable doing and you'll survive

Wow. I'm not sure if I can feel comfortable to do 19 miles within a month like you did. Congrats!

It's partly a fitness thing and partly confidence building. I don't have much experience riding bikes on a road because as a child, I was never allowed to thanks to overprotective parents. I did all of my bike riding in parks, trails, etc. The roads I would have to ride on are 30mph roads max, but the one road is single lane each direction, a bit curvy, and no shoulder or sidewalk whatsoever. That road is very, very traffic light, but I still worry about it.

Like AerynLee said, you might be surprised at how quickly your bike fitness grows. I was able to build bike mileage much quicker than I expected. Remember, no rule says you have to go fast.

As for being nervous, I'd encourage you to get a blinky light for the back. I was very nervous riding on the roads at first. We ride a lot of country roads. Narrow, people driving ridiculous speeds, hills, curves, blind spots... maybe it is a false sense of security, but I felt much safer once got a blinky light. I've actually had several people slow down and compliment me on having it, because they were able to see me better.Might help you feel more comfortable too. They are pretty cheap.

Also, don't be afraid to take the lane. You have full right to the lane of traffic you are riding in. I'm not sure why, but I find that when I ride 2-3 feet left of the white line rather than hugging it, people slow down more and give me more room. It's not about being a nuisance, it's about being seen. You can always move over to let them pass once they have slowed down and you know they are aware of your presence.

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« Reply #1539 on: September 29, 2016, 11:36:04 AM »
As for being nervous, I'd encourage you to get a blinky light for the back. I was very nervous riding on the roads at first. We ride a lot of country roads. Narrow, people driving ridiculous speeds, hills, curves, blind spots... maybe it is a false sense of security, but I felt much safer once got a blinky light. I've actually had several people slow down and compliment me on having it, because they were able to see me better.Might help you feel more comfortable too. They are pretty cheap.
As a traffic safety professional person, I'd highly encourage both getting a light for front AND back and leaving them on steady and not blinking. People feel that the blinking makes the "more visible" but in fact it's dangerous for folks with photo-sensitive epilesy and studies have shown drivers recognize steady lights more. The new lights are so efficient it doesn't harm your battery life much to have it on a steady setting.

Reason to get a front light? Majority of bike/car crashes do not have to do with the car overtaking the bike, making a rear light far less important than a front light. A front light will illuminate you when you're not being light up by a car's front lights (this is why reflectors are actually fairly effective.)

Okay, can you tell I used to teach traffic safety for bikes? Excited you're getting confident on a bike!

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« Reply #1540 on: September 29, 2016, 11:40:02 AM »
In my fitness progress, I think I need to do more cardio. I've fallen off the running wagon preferring to do weight lifting/strength training, HIIT, barre classes, and yoga. I'm in good shape, but I think I'm losing on the stamina front.

I have been consistently pulling in 1 hour of training daily. Feeling pretty good about that. Trying to keep the daily workouts up through the end of the year. One day at a time.

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« Reply #1541 on: September 29, 2016, 11:41:48 AM »
In my fitness progress, I think I need to do more cardio. I've fallen off the running wagon preferring to do weight lifting/strength training, HIIT, barre classes, and yoga. I'm in good shape, but I think I'm losing on the stamina front.

I have been consistently pulling in 1 hour of training daily. Feeling pretty good about that. Trying to keep the daily workouts up through the end of the year. One day at a time.

That's awesome! I am way more lazy than you. However, if you believe running involves being on a wagon, I'm pretty sure you are doing it wrong.

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« Reply #1542 on: September 29, 2016, 11:50:14 AM »
That's awesome! I am way more lazy than you. However, if you believe running involves being on a wagon, I'm pretty sure you are doing it wrong.
It would be SO MUCH easier if it were on a wagon. Stupid running, it's just so slow and inefficient compared to pedaling & having wheels turn. Then I go kayaking, though, and running feels efficient in comparison to that.

Jordan, I'm mainly motivated by the fact that since Classpass is a flat rate, if I go every day, it brings the marginal cost down per class. I like to see how low I can get it. Best thus far is $2.82/class. Mustachian fitness gamification!


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« Reply #1543 on: September 29, 2016, 11:53:12 AM »
As for being nervous, I'd encourage you to get a blinky light for the back. I was very nervous riding on the roads at first. We ride a lot of country roads. Narrow, people driving ridiculous speeds, hills, curves, blind spots... maybe it is a false sense of security, but I felt much safer once got a blinky light. I've actually had several people slow down and compliment me on having it, because they were able to see me better.Might help you feel more comfortable too. They are pretty cheap.
As a traffic safety professional person, I'd highly encourage both getting a light for front AND back and leaving them on steady and not blinking. People feel that the blinking makes the "more visible" but in fact it's dangerous for folks with photo-sensitive epilesy and studies have shown drivers recognize steady lights more. The new lights are so efficient it doesn't harm your battery life much to have it on a steady setting.

Reason to get a front light? Majority of bike/car crashes do not have to do with the car overtaking the bike, making a rear light far less important than a front light. A front light will illuminate you when you're not being light up by a car's front lights (this is why reflectors are actually fairly effective.)

Okay, can you tell I used to teach traffic safety for bikes? Excited you're getting confident on a bike!

Interesting! Both my front and back lights have blinky and non-blinky options. I usually put the back on blinky (always) and the front on blinky (Daylight) or steady (night). Sounds like I might need to revise that.

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« Reply #1544 on: October 04, 2016, 04:19:43 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions on the bike lights! I will probably buy some soon and try that!

I did walk the route today that I would bike on. Honestly it was probably a little more dangerous to walk than it would be to bike because of the complete lack of sidewalks and it being pedestrian-unfriendly for that one road I was talking about. But I was still fine to walk on it, so I feel better about biking on it next time.

For fitness in general, yesterday I started 5BX. That combined with biking/walking feels like a good fitness regimen for me to be on. I'm really excited about it so far.

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« Reply #1545 on: October 06, 2016, 01:33:32 PM »
Checking in! So I've been working through the book "The Pregnant Athlete" with the pre-conception routine outlined in there. One of the main pre-ceonception focuses is on unilateral exercises. HOLY COW I had no idea I had such major asymmetries in my strength. Ex, there's a condition exercise she calls "Dot Hops" which is a double legged plyo-hop forward/backward, then side to side, then single leg plyo-hops forward/backward and then side to side. The goal is 30 seconds each. On my right leg, I made it to about 20 seconds (this was after a pretty intense workout already, in my defense). On the left? 10 seconds and I even fell once.

Looks like I'll be doing a lot more unilateral work for the time being!

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« Reply #1546 on: October 06, 2016, 02:30:32 PM »
Checking in! So I've been working through the book "The Pregnant Athlete" with the pre-conception routine outlined in there. One of the main pre-ceonception focuses is on unilateral exercises. HOLY COW I had no idea I had such major asymmetries in my strength. Ex, there's a condition exercise she calls "Dot Hops" which is a double legged plyo-hop forward/backward, then side to side, then single leg plyo-hops forward/backward and then side to side. The goal is 30 seconds each. On my right leg, I made it to about 20 seconds (this was after a pretty intense workout already, in my defense). On the left? 10 seconds and I even fell once.

Looks like I'll be doing a lot more unilateral work for the time being!

I have never been pregnant, and do* not intend be anytime soon. I am part of lots of fitness communities, I know and/or see women who are very active while pregnant including overhead squats even. I just assumed that meant it's all good and that can be done. Just this summer though I went through a 2 hour lecture on prenatal yoga and learned all sorts of things I didn't know and now I'm scared to death of fitness activities while pregnant... or at least a little bit. Hormones do all sorts of crazy things and you have way higher blood volume! Obviously you know that, but I'm interested in how you choose to approach your fitness as you move forward with TTC.

*although husband and I had casual discussions about this over the weekend...

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« Reply #1547 on: October 06, 2016, 02:35:41 PM »
Checking in! So I've been working through the book "The Pregnant Athlete" with the pre-conception routine outlined in there. One of the main pre-ceonception focuses is on unilateral exercises. HOLY COW I had no idea I had such major asymmetries in my strength. Ex, there's a condition exercise she calls "Dot Hops" which is a double legged plyo-hop forward/backward, then side to side, then single leg plyo-hops forward/backward and then side to side. The goal is 30 seconds each. On my right leg, I made it to about 20 seconds (this was after a pretty intense workout already, in my defense). On the left? 10 seconds and I even fell once.

Looks like I'll be doing a lot more unilateral work for the time being!

I have never been pregnant, and do* not intend be anytime soon. I am part of lots of fitness communities, I know and/or see women who are very active while pregnant including overhead squats even. I just assumed that meant it's all good and that can be done. Just this summer though I went through a 2 hour lecture on prenatal yoga and learned all sorts of things I didn't know and now I'm scared to death of fitness activities while pregnant... or at least a little bit. Hormones do all sorts of crazy things and you have way higher blood volume! Obviously you know that, but I'm interested in how you choose to approach your fitness as you move forward with TTC.

*although husband and I had casual discussions about this over the weekend...

That's why I really like this particular book. It's co-authored with 3 doctors (2 OBs and a PT- all practicing, not research only). It's very evidence based so far, and it goes through month by month. As far as how I'll approach it, it will definitely depend on the pregnancy- you never know just how exhausted/nauseated/strong you will be.

Luckily, I don't do any sports involving serious risk (horse riding, luge, etc) or major center of gravity (ie, cycling) issues. Nor do I do things at a competitive level. The biggest thing about what you can safely do during pregnancy is heavily dependent upon what you can do *before* your pregnancy. And that of course coupled with how you're feeling and tolerating exertion, and assuming you have a medically normal-risk pregnancy.

Lots of unknowns, but that's why I want to go in as healthy as possible- give myself the best chances in light of all that.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1548 on: October 06, 2016, 02:40:37 PM »
Checking in! So I've been working through the book "The Pregnant Athlete" with the pre-conception routine outlined in there. One of the main pre-ceonception focuses is on unilateral exercises. HOLY COW I had no idea I had such major asymmetries in my strength. Ex, there's a condition exercise she calls "Dot Hops" which is a double legged plyo-hop forward/backward, then side to side, then single leg plyo-hops forward/backward and then side to side. The goal is 30 seconds each. On my right leg, I made it to about 20 seconds (this was after a pretty intense workout already, in my defense). On the left? 10 seconds and I even fell once.

Looks like I'll be doing a lot more unilateral work for the time being!

I have never been pregnant, and do* not intend be anytime soon. I am part of lots of fitness communities, I know and/or see women who are very active while pregnant including overhead squats even. I just assumed that meant it's all good and that can be done. Just this summer though I went through a 2 hour lecture on prenatal yoga and learned all sorts of things I didn't know and now I'm scared to death of fitness activities while pregnant... or at least a little bit. Hormones do all sorts of crazy things and you have way higher blood volume! Obviously you know that, but I'm interested in how you choose to approach your fitness as you move forward with TTC.

*although husband and I had casual discussions about this over the weekend...

We have people in this exact thread (although I shouldn't be surprised...TTC when done right is quite cardio intensive) doing similar. And I'm totally okay with sidetracking things for a bit. EY...what did you learn? Do you have resources or links? It will be very much appreciated by some here, I'm sure *cough cough Bakari (because I will not type SO's username...again, but I do love you :P)* people would be interested. Don't tease them!!

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1549 on: October 06, 2016, 02:41:52 PM »
Checking in! So I've been working through the book "The Pregnant Athlete" with the pre-conception routine outlined in there. One of the main pre-ceonception focuses is on unilateral exercises. HOLY COW I had no idea I had such major asymmetries in my strength. Ex, there's a condition exercise she calls "Dot Hops" which is a double legged plyo-hop forward/backward, then side to side, then single leg plyo-hops forward/backward and then side to side. The goal is 30 seconds each. On my right leg, I made it to about 20 seconds (this was after a pretty intense workout already, in my defense). On the left? 10 seconds and I even fell once.

Looks like I'll be doing a lot more unilateral work for the time being!

I have never been pregnant, and do* not intend be anytime soon. I am part of lots of fitness communities, I know and/or see women who are very active while pregnant including overhead squats even. I just assumed that meant it's all good and that can be done. Just this summer though I went through a 2 hour lecture on prenatal yoga and learned all sorts of things I didn't know and now I'm scared to death of fitness activities while pregnant... or at least a little bit. Hormones do all sorts of crazy things and you have way higher blood volume! Obviously you know that, but I'm interested in how you choose to approach your fitness as you move forward with TTC.

*although husband and I had casual discussions about this over the weekend...

That's why I really like this particular book. It's co-authored with 3 doctors (2 OBs and a PT- all practicing, not research only). It's very evidence based so far, and it goes through month by month. As far as how I'll approach it, it will definitely depend on the pregnancy- you never know just how exhausted/nauseated/strong you will be.

Luckily, I don't do any sports involving serious risk (horse riding, luge, etc) or major center of gravity (ie, cycling) issues. Nor do I do things at a competitive level. The biggest thing about what you can safely do during pregnancy is heavily dependent upon what you can do *before* your pregnancy. And that of course coupled with how you're feeling and tolerating exertion, and assuming you have a medically normal-risk pregnancy.

Lots of unknowns, but that's why I want to go in as healthy as possible- give myself the best chances in light of all that.

Very cool, I'll have to check the book out!

We have people in this exact thread (although I shouldn't be surprised...TTC when done right is quite cardio intensive) doing similar. And I'm totally okay with sidetracking things for a bit. EY...what did you learn? Do you have resources or links? It will be very much appreciated by some here, I'm sure *cough cough Bakari (because I will not type SO's username...again, but I do love you :P)* people would be interested. Don't tease them!!

And I need to re-read my prenatal lecture...