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Re: It's on like Donkey Kong!

Posted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 1:16 pm
by djshrew
I've decided to start competing next year...financially I can't do it!

on another note, I have my appointment with the shoulder doc at hopkins in an hour... i'll keep ya'll posted

Re: It's on like Donkey Kong!

Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 5:41 pm
by djshrew
Looks like that competition may have to be pushed back a bit more (we'll have to see)
I saw the doc on monday at Hopkins and finally got a diagnosis!! ready?!?! I have neurogenic thoracic outlet. Which means basically that all this irritation for the past year is caused by compression. you can read all about it here;

Re: It's on like Donkey Kong!

Posted: Sun Oct 18, 2009 4:22 pm
by djshrew
Just wanted to post this photo of my back. this picture was at my wedding in 2006, the year I first started lifting (not seriously or for the purpose of competing, just to loose weight...which worked!) I just like my back in this photo.


this was before the back tattoo

Re: It's on like Donkey Kong!

Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 7:55 am
by djshrew

thought I'd also post it here and in the You shape today thread. here I am yesterday. I have stopped eating clean and have been attempting to bulk. although next time around I'm trying a different plan, this one was to junky. I will start eating clean on Monday (along with Myke this time) I have been doing legs 2 times a week (can't do arms because of the shoulder until after physical therapy which I start in Jan.) and have been including abs.
I will continue with this routine (more abs though) and increase my cardio (in late Jan. I'm going to include sprints) hopefully I'll be ready for a fitness model comp by march or so.

Re: It's on like Donkey Kong!

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 9:25 am
by djshrew
Here is what I am up to
this week: mon.-Dance 3 hrs, tues.-legs/abs/cardio 2omin- wed. cardio 20 min thursday legs/abs cardio 20 min. I started cutting all crap out of the diet.(which feels amazing!! and my stomach thanks me) next week I will be having 2 cheat days (I'm prepared) one on my graduation day and maybe on Christmas (not going all crazy but my mom has some surprise for me and I'm sure its dessert!)

I am joining a new gym (retrofitness), one that has more equipment (and stuff that works, unlike my schools stupid gym...thinking about starting a blog about how they don't take care of the school or at least sending images into a local news station, it is absurd that I am required to pay 180 a semester for athletic fees when they don't even take care of the athletic building! anyway..sorry for the rant, it just pisses me off! I had to get on 3 cardio machines before I found one that was working yesterday!!)

Once I start going to the new gym I can vary my workout a bit more!! :D I will start to post more of what I'm doing with updated body photos. no upper body workouts though, except physical therapy which will be painful enough I'm sure! I'm going to increase my cardio and start sprints soon, other than that I'm thinking of changing legs to a monday/thursday or tuesday/friday so I have more recovery time. And will probably start doing abs on the days I do cardio.

look for more posts to include my diet also.

Re: It's on like Donkey Kong!

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:00 pm
Nice ... you got all our support! Clean is the way to go and the fastest gains!

Re: It's on like Donkey Kong!

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 6:04 pm
by djshrew
New gym today, it was so sweet to have so many workable pieces of equipment. some things I;ve never even seen before!

The Workout 12/22/09

Deep Squats w/dumbbells 4 sets start @25lbs end @ 40lbs
Toe taps (on bench, like a step up) 4 sets
Calf raises 4 sets 110lbs
Lying leg curls 4 sets 60lbs ( I enjoyed these immensely today!! seriously!!!)
Leg adductor and abductor 4 sets 135lbs (when I start PT i'm going to ask about the adductor region, I've been having pain there since we did Horton technique in Modern [dance class]

30 mins cardio

The diet
Protein smoothie- 2 servings ice protein, 1 cup low sugar choco soy milk, half banana, 1tbs PB
¼ cup oats w/12 almonds, nitrofusion smoothie (water, ice, mixed berries)
cliffbuilder (mint choco)
1 head romaine, 1 avacodo, 1 gardein cutlet
1 apple, tbs PB with tea

I haven’t had dinner yet, but it will most likely include 2 veggies, a fat and protein. And maybe a kombucha (thanks jimi!)

Water all day, still wanting to up this. I really want to find a huge reusable jug.

Re: It's on like Donkey Kong!

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 6:54 pm
by Octopussoir
Hey buddy.

Good to see you back at it.

You and MykeB need to come to AL and you two can try my homemade kombucha. It's much better than store bought!!

Re: It's on like Donkey Kong!

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:30 pm
by djshrew
Is the kombucha you make fizzy?


Cardio 30 mins.

Diet: was a "cheat" day, not too bad, more like a cheat lunch.

Also, I graduated today!!!!!!!!!!!! whoohooo. onto Graduate School in January


Re: It's on like Donkey Kong!

Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2009 3:36 pm
by Octopussoir
Hey it fizzes a little, but its not carbonated like Synergy(yes its carbonated, but just doesnt say)

Congrats on your graduation

Re: It's on like Donkey Kong!

Posted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 6:17 am
by Tasha
Wow you're looking good!!!! :)

Re: It's on like Donkey Kong!

Posted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 2:58 pm
by djshrew
Thanks Tasha! =) hopefully it'll start looking a bit more cut soon.

Legs (go figure)
Squats 4 sets start at 12 reps increased weight up to 45lbs.
Hip ups 15lbs on waist feet elevated (on step)
Lying leg press
Leg extension
Abductor machine (forgot the weight-over 130)

Elliptical 20mins

Abs/lower back 2 sets 20 reps
Crunch on ball
Oblique crunch on ball
Back extensions on ball
Lateral abdominal flexion on ball

Cardio 30min
Stairclimber and treadmill

Food- similar to what I posted the other day

Re: It's on like Donkey Kong!

Posted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 10:20 am
by djshrew
Thursday (New years eve)

Cardio 1hour

walking lunges with weight
Leg press
Leg Extension

Bridge lift with ball
Standing single leg press
Calf raise

cardio 20 mins
outdoor ice skating (it was SOOO freaking cold and windy outside, I had to stop because I couldn't feel my toes)

My legs are really sore today, which is wonderful!
I'll most likely have a cardio/abs day today since I has to fast for my doc appt. (blood work) tomorrow.

Food- the usual, I did go to Dupont in DC for Chipotle garden blend (they have gardein protein), but got a bowl, no tort, instead of the burrito)

Re: It's on like Donkey Kong!

Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:34 pm
by djshrew
This week :Cardio plus

Cable Abductor
1 legged Leg press standing
split squats with weight
leg extension
adductor machine
calf raises

lying leg curls
hip raise on ball
torso twist
1 legged leg press (sitting)
step ups


Re: It's on like Donkey Kong!

Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:56 pm
by djshrew
Also, I started Physical Therapy for my thoracic outlet....about freaking time!!! it's been an issue since '08!!!
it has been a bit painful, especially today. :|