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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:16 pm 
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lobsteriffic wrote:
When is the wedding???

I just went through wedding planning stress last year so I feel for you.


No idea. We don't even have a ring yet! It should be shipping in our general direction now...I think.

My boyfriend is kinda pushing for December 4. This year. I don't know if that's going to happen, but we'll try our darnedest.


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:11 pm 
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Standing Overhead Press Day

SOHP:

1x5x55
1x3x65
1x1 failed attempt x 75
3x12x45
1x10x45
1x8x45

BOR:

1x16x75
1x12x75
1x10x75

One Arm DB Press with 25 lb:

3-5 rep range for both arms

Unassisted Chin-Ups:

3x2

Deadlift Day

Deadlift:

1x5x135
1x5x195
1x3x205
1x2x215

I almost made it to three reps, but not quite.

Rack Pulls:

1x10x135
3x1x225

Good Morning:

3x12x135

Farmer's Walks with 45 lb plates

Plate Pinches with two 5 lb plates, each hand.


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:29 pm 
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good luck with your wedding planning. throw all the stress into your lifting!

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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 10:18 am 
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Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Bench Day

Bench:

1x5x95
1x2x105 (almost 3)

Since I failed on the third rep, I decided I had better stop. To be fair, I haven't really been eating much lately. I think my body decided for me that it was going to start cutting. I think it needs a break.

1x16x65
1x12x65
2x8x65
1x7x65

Bench w/small bands:

1x12x45
1x10x45
1x8x45

Push-Ups:

1x12
1x7
1x6

I don't know what's going on, my body is just plain tired of being stuffed full of food. I think I'm going to take about a month to try new lifts, lift for endurance isntead of strength, do more cardio, and spend time outside when it's not raining. Maybe my belly will get slightly smaller, but I'm concerned I'll lose some strength at the same time. Oh well. I realized last night that I've pretty much been lifting heavy weight for low reps for seven months straight, other than those deload weeks once a month, but right now I feel like I need a little more deloading than that.


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 9:58 am 
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I say listen to your body - if it's telling you to switch it up then switch it up!

December 4th is so soon! How exciting! How big of a wedding are you thinking?

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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 1:30 pm 
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December 4 is indeed pretty dang soon. I'm not sure we're going to be able to pull it off quite that fast! I'm hoping to have an elegant kinda big wedding. All our family and friends. So far we're waiting for the pastor to get back into town to let us know what we need to do to get married at his church (it's my boyfriend's mom's church). There's a lot to do, but I've found a wholesale wedding dress shop online, so I'll be able to get a satin fancy schmancy dress for under $200, which is pretty awesome. I had a funny moment yesterday talking to someone in their customer service department. I said I was vegan and wanted to know if their taffetta and organza were made out of real silk. She said, it's all man-made materials, sorry. I replied that actually, I was hoping for that! I've found a caterer online who may not work out for other food, but since they specialize in vegan wedding cakes, that's where I'm going to get the cake, at least. They're located about two hours away, so they can't actually cater out here, so we'll have to go pick up the cake and other food, if we decide to get it from there. We're still waiting on the ring to be delivered, so I guess we're still "engaged to be engaged." That's where things stand for now!


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 4:04 pm 
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Sounds like you have a lot accomplished already! It took me months and months to be where you are! That's awesome that you found a place that does vegan cakes. I ended up finding someone who makes cakes in her home and just gave her the recipes out of VCTOTW, haha.

Do you have colors picked out?

Just tell me to shut up if I'm asking too many questions. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:59 am 
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Haha, you're not asking too many questions. Where else am I going to blab about my wedding than in my own log? Ha.

For colors, I was just thinking a lot of white with large bouquets of multi-colored flowers, and I'm hoping the wedding cake can be mostly white with multi-colored fondant flowers. I don't really like the idea of having "colors" for weddings, so that's kind of how I want everything to look...mostly white decorations. This is leading me to have a nervous breakdown about the bridesmaid dresses, however. I suggested sage green, and now I think that's going to take away from the elegant mostly white wedding I was hoping for. I just thought a light green dress would go with multi-colored flowers the best, but now I'm rethinking that.

I guess we're going to go to David's Bridal to get fitted for a dress, so maybe after I pick the perfect dress it'll help me figure out the rest of it.


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:04 am 
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Squat Day

Parallel Squats:

1x5x140
1x3x160
1x3x175

Olympic Squats:

5x12x125

Lunges with 35 pound plate held overhead

I was pretty fatigued from the olympic squats with only a minute rest between each set, so the lunges were feeling pretty wobbly. I called it a day. I was definitely fatigued and drenched with sweat.

On to something new this month. I think this week I'll focus on cardio, but I'll also spend a little time at the gym deloading. I feel like I can continuously work grip the same way I have been, but I'll lighten the load on the main lifts and do more endurance work. I also hope to try out some fancy schmancy olympic lifts this month. Don't worry everyone, I know how to start out light when trying new things. :wink: I'll try to find a few more instructional articles and videos on power cleans and snatches, and see if maybe there's some things I should try out before I begin those lifts. They look pretty complicated, but they also look pretty fun.


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:15 am 
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So this month I'm trying to cut. I haven't done it in a while, and I want to see if I can not have a pudgy powerlifter's belly for my wedding. That might be nice. Also, I want to get out in the sunshine more often. After this week of deloading and getting lots of cardio, I might do some strongman or highland games types of training once in a while so I can be outside, if the opportunity arises.

After the weekend, in which I attempted to eat mostly healthy and not have quite as much of a Faturday and Funday, my bodyweight is 132. I was 136 for the last two weeks straight, and I'm not much of a fluctuator.

On Saturday, I did interval training. I ran 30 second sprints with 30 seconds of jogging in between for ten minutes. This was all done up and down hills through a forest behind my parent's house.

On Sunday, I did a 30 minute distance run up and down those same hills.

On Monday, I had a deload standing overhead press day.

SOHP:

2x12x45
1x8x45

Then I did minute intervals on a stationary bike at the gym for 20 minutes.

I've been attempting to have the same amount of protein I usually eat, so hopefully my strength will not diminish too much during this cutting phase. I know it probably will a little bit. I felt pretty weak doing those overhead presses, but I guess my numbers were about the same. We'll see how it goes!


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 3:34 pm 
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Deadlift Day

Deadlift:

2x10x135
1x12x135

stationary bike for 20 minutes of steady state cardio

My ankle has been a little sore this week from all the running several days in a row, so I'm throwing some stationary bike cardio in there just so I can keep doing cardio.

Bench Day

Bench:

1x20x65 Holy cow!
1x16x65
1x10x65

My ankle was feeling better. This happens to me a lot when I do cardio frequently, but it seems to go away completely when I either take a break, or just switch to biking for a while. So I did interval training for ten minutes. 30 second sprints with 30 second intervals of jogging


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 1:07 pm 
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Squat Day

Squats:

3x8x135

Interval Training:

30 second sprints, 30 second jogs for about 10 minutes


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 1:20 pm 
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oh a wedding!! :D Sage sounds pretty


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:03 am 
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SeaSiren wrote:
oh a wedding!! :D Sage sounds pretty


Oh, that's funny, a few things have changed...my bridesmaid dropped out, so now we're just having a maid of honor and a best man. So my sister's dress is kind of a slightly gold toned light brown, instead of my original sage green idea. Looks vintage-y. Maybe a classy '40s themed wedding is in order? I think so!


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 1:30 pm 
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Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Overhead Press Day

SOHP:

1x5x45
1x5x55
1x5x60
4x3x65
1x2x65
1x10x45

Press Starts:

1x3x75
2x3x70

Push Press:

1x3x65
1x2x65
1x3x65

Dips:

2x10xBW
1x8xBW

(Thanks for the ideas, xCx.) I got this workout from a Bill Starr article on increasing your overhead press on the starting strength website. I think I need to get my overhead presses to a respectable weight so I can do a clean and jerk someday! I'm not sure yet what I'm going to do on Friday. It would normally be my deadlift day, and I think I'll deadlift heavy and practice form with light weights for power cleans, maybe? I'm not sure yet.


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