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 Post subject: Re: weight training [in progress]
PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:37 pm 
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Just got back from doing back. Nothing outta the ordinary. Today's my day off so cardio time!

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 Post subject: Re: weight training [in progress]
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Had to open and close the shop today and the gym hours didn't accommodate my schedule. Will hit delts tomorrow AM when the gym hours return to normal.

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 Post subject: Re: weight training [in progress]
PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:52 pm 
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Hit the gym this morning and worked delts and mixed in some bicep exercises inbetween. I am contemplating a 2.5-3 hour session tomorrow. I'll see how I feel.

*edit* I thought I was out of it this morning when it said -22F. Sure enough when I went into work it was -21F...it's gotta be a record low for ANC this time of year.

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 Post subject: Re: weight training [in progress]
PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 2:30 am 
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Again record cold temps all this weekend between -23F and -6F. It's been too cold to walk to the gym and not have to defrost for 30mins before workout. So I've been trying to bum rides or ride public transportation. The city bus actually was running 25mins late this morning so I just walked back to the house and attempted again later and waited 10mins before I walked back inside. Will try again tomorrow morning, because I really want to do a leg routine!!! I could probably hit everything else this week at home, but legs and back I want to go heavy.

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 Post subject: Re: weight training [in progress]
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Thank you "old man"! Was able to get to the gym to do legs. Light weight BABY!

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 Post subject: Re: weight training [in progress]
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Chest and triceps this morning...feeling nice and tight! YEAH BUDDY! No work today, but probably not gonna do cardio like I normally would. It's gonna be a ton of raw spinach and teas today since it has been uber cold here. I feel the need to warm up internally.

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 Post subject: Re: weight training [in progress]
PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:42 pm 
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Figured I'd post some of my insecurities since I am at the point where I am feeling as if my progress isn't occurring fast enough. I am aware that I've come very far from the high bf% and unhealthy eating habits, etc. I also understand that these insecurities are probably all in my head and my current progress is probably fine, but I figured I'd voice them and see what other folks takes are. Hopefully this will invite either encourage or tips from the community. Most of the time I feel as if this is a solo journey (which in a way it is) and it is always nice to hear from others, which is the reason I joined this forum.

I've changed my weekly weight-ins to every two weeks but still I don't feel as if the bf% is coming off fast enough. Especially when I see other getting down into the low double digit bf% in what appears like 6 to 12 weeks. I feel my strength increasing but that isn't really a goal of mine. I of course feel my stamina and endurance increasing, but again that isn't really a goal of mine. I have reassess my main object which is to get down to somewhere around 15% bf and be able to maintain it. It seems as if breaking and maintaining sub-20% bf isn't coming naturally. I know crunching the numbers that I am losing fat and gaining muscle but jumping on that scale and seeing it in the 19-20% is a pain until I bust out the calculator and crunch the numbers. Again I know it's a perception issue and I probably need to not weight myself for a month.

I am however happy with my lifestyle choices. The healthy eating habits I've picked up. My dedication to training and dieting. The effort and focus I have put forth. The change in my appearance and general health. The knowledge I've gained during this journey. The stories and progress others have shared on this forum. And I am trying to focus on those positive things, but FOLKS let me tell you that scale is beating me down as I know it has beat others down.

Anyway, I figured that I'd share those thoughts with you, the community, as I haven't heard from you guys for awhile on my thread. For some words of encouragement or suggestions to help me adjust my perception and focus on those things that are more important than a digit readout on a scale.

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 Post subject: Re: weight training [in progress]
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Far from expert it may be, but from my point of view, your doing incredibly well. Your gym hours and consistency are at an elite level and your diet seems very highly disciplined and well chosen. I never would have guessed your goal was just to drop bf%. Of course, your genetics tend toward growing mo bigga. It seemed maybe you were working on becoming a comic book hero. Your metamorphosis has to be fast with the level of effort and good choices your making. Hang loose Bra.

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 Post subject: Re: weight training [in progress]
PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:30 pm 
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Hit back hard at the house and took a bunch of progress pics between sets. Especially like my right tri bracii even though I didn't pump it up specifically. All in all a very productive morning. Felt good about the workout session. Again with the crappy weather, if it warms up I'll head into the gym or if not I'll try and bum a ride off of someone.

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 Post subject: Re: weight training [in progress]
PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:21 pm 
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Yeah the reason why my main goal is to lose bf% is because I KNOW that is the only real way for my muscles to be visible. Others can't 'see' or 'comprehend' what I lift and/or the work I put in the gym by just looking. Although with lower bf% folks have a general idea and more of an understanding.

Anyway, here's another pic taken today.


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 Post subject: Re: weight training [in progress]
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Hit delts for 1:15 here at the house 30 mins after meal 1. Did I mention I love the variety of exercises available for this muscle group? Then hit biceps and forearms 30 mins after meal 2. Went nutz, but needed to hit it hard since it's still cold as a witches' tit outside. If it warms up I'll probably go walking or something.

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 Post subject: Re: weight training [in progress]
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LocalBrada wrote:
it's still cold as a witches' tit outside


Every witch's teat I ever touched was nice and warm.

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 Post subject: Re: weight training [in progress]
PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 4:45 pm 
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It finally got around -9F, so I suited up like a winter warrior and went walking. Headed out one of the trails near a creek and sure enough the entire thing was frozen. I was hoping to get some pics of the bank, but it was all snowed over. I did manage to see a moose before getting to the trail and I thanked her for letting me take her picture.

All in all I'd say something like 12 miles of walking round trip. Enjoy the pics.


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 Post subject: Re: weight training [in progress]
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 Post subject: Re: weight training [in progress]
PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 2:24 pm 
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Routine and diet has been and will continue to be consistent. I will post if something changes.

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