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Brovatar Korra

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  1. Hello fellow warriors. I have a powerlifting meet coming up in November, my first meet in 4 years! I'm excited to get on the platform again. I'm nowhere near my previous best lifts, but I will also be competing in a lower weight class so in a way, everything will still be a PR. Most of my training will be focused on preparing for this meet while also maintaining my sanity through the high holidays and also I just got a promotion at work (they are letting me supervise other people!) so I may have to focus more on work/life balance than I have in the past as well.
  2. Where did the time go???? Okay well things have been busy at work, I got a promotion! I'm now the supervisor for my section and in charge of 10 people. I'm nervous but mostly excited. 1. Nutrition wise - things have been OK. I would say I've been sticking to my goals 70% of the time. I'm going to try and aim for more like 80-85% adherence next challenge. 2. Weight has been stable the past few weeks. If you look back at month to month, it has been moving steadily downward so I will celebrate that success. Avg weight in May - 195.5 Avg weight in June - 193.6 Avg weight in July - 191.1 Avg weight in August - 188.9 3. Training - things have been going well with Squats and DLs, BP is going nowhere because my dumb shoulder won't heal. I haven't done any overhead or chest pressing movements for the past 4 weeks and I've been doing all my PT rehab but it doesn't feel any more ready to BP then it did 2 months ago. I'm still planning to do the November PL meet but BP might be a sorry showing. 4. Yardwork - we've been keeping up with this pretty well. Building the backyard swingset has been on hold. All the pieces are just sitting in the garage. We realized the ground isn't level enough and we need to level it - and that task I guess just sounded very overwhelming so we've been putting it off. I guess I know what one of the focuses of the next challenge will be!
  3. Definitely! It might be a while though! This past week was a dud in terms of workout/nutrition goals, but I had a great time in Texas visiting my grandfather for his 90th birthday! It was a nice family reunion and time well spent. I also ate delicious Tex-Mex, brisket, tacos, and several tasty alcoholic beverages worked their way in there also. It was soooooo yummy. My flight leaving Dallas on Sunday did get canceled due to the bad weather, so I did get stuck at DFW about 10 hours longer than I anticipated, but it all worked out okay in the end. I missed work on Monday but my boss was very understanding. WEEK THREE: 1. Weight training 4x per week - I actually only got one workout completed before leaving for Texas 2. Nutrition - LOL lets just say this was not an objective this week 3. Week one 7 day avg - 188.7 lb Week two 7 day avg - 188.8 lb Week three 7 day avg - I actually did not weigh myself at all while on vacation. I'll have a new number next weekend! 4. Yardwork day- nope! Today starts 13 weeks out from meet - transitioning to a PL peaking program. 8/23/22: Squats - 115x5, 135x5, 155x3x3 Bench Press - still hurts my shoulder! damn AC, I thought a week off would really help but alas it did not seem to improve DB Floor Press - 15# 3x10 I was happy with this for just getting back into the swing of things after some time off, and also after spending a cycle on belt squats, so getting back into the groove with traditional BB back squats
  4. WEEK TWO: 1. Weight training 4x per week - again only got 3x workouts completed 2. Nutrition - logged 7/7 days, average 2152 kcal, avg protein 129g 3. Week one 7 day avg - 188.7 lb Week two 7 day avg - 188.8 lb 4. Yardwork day- done! We officially have all the debris cleared and had the swingset delivered. We now have to assemble it, which is turning out to be more work than we realized. We even toyed with the idea of hiring people to come build it for us, then found out that would cost nearly $500 so we are back to figuring it out ourselves!
  5. I have found over the years that- if I find myself pondering this - the answer is almost always yes!
  6. Thank you! I sometimes get down on myself, like I should already be back to a certain point and smashing new PRs, but I should focus more on my accomplishments in the here and now... oy it's so hard though. Yes I plan to compete in the 181 lb class in November, so everything I do will be a PR in that class! WEEK ONE: 1. Weight training 4x per week - I only managed 3 this week, I skipped BP day to give my shoulder a break 2. Nutrition - logged 6/7 days, average 2199 kcal, avg protein 130g 3. 7 day weight avg - 188.7 lb 4. Yardwork day- done! So close to having the backyard ready to install a swing set
  7. I was going to type stuff out and then I realized an open powerlifting screen shot would be easier. I'm not quite back to this point yet... SQ and DL are in the low-mid 200s and BP (when my shoulder is not acting up) is about 170.
  8. 8/02/22: BP 145x5x3 Bent Over Rows 105x5x3 DB OHP 25x8x3 Lat Pulldowns (supinated) 100x8x3 8/04/22: Belt Squats 205x5x3 DB RDLs 25x8x3 Bodyweight Split Squats 3x8 Glute Bridges 2x10 I think I need to take a break from pressing, it keeps re-aggravating my shoulder and that's probably why it won't 100% heal. So maybe I'll just do my rehab work for the next 2 weeks and then see how I feel about slowly reintroducing pressing at some light weights.
  9. ZERO WEEK: 1. Weight training 4x per week - done! 2. Nutrition - logged every day, average 2317 kcal (goal 2281), avg protein 143 (goal 150g) 3. 7 day weight avg - 189.6 lb 4. I'm going to give myself half credit for this yard work day. Woke up late and only accomplished about 30 minutes' worth before our daughter woke up and then I never got back out there.
  10. RECAP: I love picking up heavy things! Have been doing so for the last decade, sometimes in competitions, but haven't competed since 2018. In 2020 to mid-2021 there was an 18 month complete hiatus from the iron (a combination of, you know, [gestures around] and also a delightful new addition to our family!) Since then I got back into lifting, and have spent the last year returning to fighting form. I have signed up for a powerlifting meet in November, so this challenge and the next will be focused on preparing for that. CHALLENGE GOALS: 1. Weight training 4x per week - I'm finishing a hypertrophy block now, I have a planned week off for vacation in mid August, then transitioning into a 12 week meet prep 2. Nutrition - I have been using Macro Factor app with great success for the past ~5 months, continue logging daily 3. Compete in the 181 lb weight class (lose 8 lb by November 13th) 4. Yardwork day on Sunday mornings - I did this last challenge and it worked so well at motivating me to actually get stuff done, bringing it back again!
  11. 7/24/22: KB Squats 10x8, 25x8, 35x8, 45x8x3 Sumo DL 95x5, 135x3, 155x3, 175x3, 190x3, 200x3 Leg Extensions 60x10x3 Leg Curls 60x10x3 Seated Calf Raises 55x12x3 Week Five Recap: 1. Training 4x per week - done! 2. Nutrition logging daily - done! average calories 2249 (goal 2300), average protein 145g 3. 7 day average weight trends: Week Zero (13-19 Jun) 194 Week One (20-26 Jun) 193.5 Week Two (27 Jun - 3 Jul) 191.9 Week Three (4 - 10 Jul) 191.5 Week Four (11-17 Jul) 192.4 Week Five (18-24 Jul) 190.7 4. Yardwork day - we got all of the torn down pieces of pergola officially hauled away! Next up, swing set! This morning I weighed 189.5 lb, which is exciting for two big milestone reasons! 1) It is the first time I have been in the 180s in 7 years, and 2) I have now lost a grand total of 50 lb since March 2021! All of my lifts have moderately improved over the past 5 weeks, I will call this challenge a smashing success.
  12. 7/21/22: Belt Squats 3x5 @200 (+5lb from last week) DB RDLs 3x8 @25 - I think I like using DB more than the BB for these! - I was supposed to also do glute bridges and split squats but it was hot AF in the gym and I went home instead. Maybe I'll do them later in the week... 7/22/22: DB Press 3x10 @22.5 Cable Rows 3x12 @100 Landmine Press 3x10 (15kg bar) Lat Pulldowns 3x12 @80 Hammer DB Curls 3x10 @17.5; Cable Curls 3x10 @20 Cable Tricep Pushdowns 3x10 @30; Banded Tricep Pushdowns 3x12
  13. 7/19/22: Bench Press 135x5x3 Bent Over Rows 95x5x3 Seated DB OHP 22.5x8x3 Lat Pulldowns (supinated) 90x8x3 DB Flys 10x15, 12.5x15, 15x15
  14. 7/18/22: KB Squats 25x8, 35x8, 45x8 Sumo DL 135x5, 160x4, 170x4, 180x4 Leg Extensions 70x12x3 Leg Curls 70x12x3 Calf Raises 55x15x2 Week Four Recap: 1. Training 4x per week - done! 2. Nutrition logging daily - done! average calories 2346 (goal 2300), average protein 144g 3. 7 day average weight trends: Week Zero (13-19 Jun) 194 Week One (20-26 Jun) 193.5 Week Two (27 Jun - 3 Jul) 191.9 Week Three (4 - 10 Jul) 191.5 Week Four (11-17 Jul) 192.4 Uh oh the trend has reversed a bit. Nothing has really changed in terms of nutrition or activity, I'll give it another week and see what happens. 4. Yardwork day - nailed it! Pergola that was filled with termites and rotting has officially been torn down!
  15. 7/16/22: DB Incline BP 30# 3x12 Cable Rows 90# 3x12 Lat Pulldowns 80# 3x12 Close Grip BP 45# 3x15 Bicep Curls 12.5# 3x15 Decided to take it easy on my shoulder today. Finally had a chance to watch Everything, Everywhere, All at Once. I think I enjoyed it more than my husband did. I appreciated him renting it for us anyway, knowing full well it was more of my kind of movie than his. We are working on tearing down a pergola in our backyard, it was built at the same time as the house 30 years ago, and is filled with termites and rotting. We're tearing it down to make room for a swing set. We have officially demolished it, but I think cleanup will take 3x as long
  16. 7/14/22: Belt Squats 3x5 (195) +5 lb from last week RDLs 3x8 (65) Bulgarian Split Squats 3x10 (bodyweight) Glute Bridges 3x12 (bodyweight) RDLs felt fine at the gym, I've been focusing on hinging form, pushing my butt straight back, not letting the bar go down so far I have lumbar rounding, which for me is honestly just at the knees. But later at home I was playing with Toddler Brovatar in the backyard and carrying her around a bit, after I came back inside my lower left back was achey (an angry spot prone to tweaking I'm well acquainted with). I'm not sure if it was RDLs or playtime or a combination of both. She's at least 27 lb now, which is it's own second workout! I'll see how I feel over the next day or two, but if RDLs continue to be problematic I might scrap them.
  17. 7/13/22: Bench Press 130# 3x5 +5 from last week Bent Over Rows 110# 3x5 +5 from last week Seated DB OHP 25# 3x8 Lat Pulldowns (supinated) 90# 3x8 Bicep Curls 17.5# 3x10 Seated Calf Raises 60# 3x15
  18. 7/11/22: Sumo DL 135x5, 155x5, 165x5, 175x5 (close to my previous 5RM for the year but feeling much stronger and smoother, and doing them double overhand grip and no belt!) Goblet Squats 40# 3x8 Leg Extensions 70# 3x12 Leg Curls 70# 3x12 Ran out of time to do calf raises, I'll add them to my next workout.
  19. 7/09/22: DB Bench Press 3x10 (40lb) +5 from last week Cable Rows 3x10 (100lb)+10 from last week DB OHP 3x12 (20lb) Lat Pulldowns 3x12 (80lb) Close grip BP (for triceps) 3x15 (70lb) +5 from last week Week Three Recap: 1. Training 4x per week - almost done, I didn't do my 4th workout today because of all the yard work, but planning to go tomorrow instead 2. Nutrition logging daily - done! average calories 2441 (goal 2300), average protein 159g 3. 7 day average weight trends: Week Zero (13-19 Jun) 194 Week One (20-26 Jun) 193.5 Week Two (27 Jun - 3 Jul) 191.9 Week Three (4 - 10 Jul) 191.5 I'm pretty happy with this progress, needle would probably move faster if I created a bigger deficit but meh. Lifts are all going up in the gym gonna keep rocking this macros (more or less) for now. 4. Yardwork day - nailed it! We trimmed hedges and tree branches that were long overdue for cleanup
  20. 7/07/22: Belt Squats 3x5 (190) +5 lb from last week Leg Curls 3x15 (50) was originally going to be RDLs but my back felt iffy today Split Squats 3x8 (bodyweight) Glute Bridges 3x10 (bodyweight) Today our 20 month old got her first COVID vaccine!!! Hooray science!
  21. Thank you! It was quite nice, I took the day off work and hung out with baby toddler brovatar, and then dinner and a movie date night at home. I also went to the gym because of course I did: 7/05/22: Bench Press 125# 3x5 Bent Over Rows 105# 3x5 Seated DB OHP 25# 3x8 Lat Pulldowns (supinated) 90# 3x8 Incline Flys 12.5# 3x12 - I've been having trouble progressing on this one because of my shoulder, this movement still seems to aggravate it, even more than overhead movements which I find strange, might need to go back to the PT.
  22. Oh man I wish! These were Bulgarian split squats. Week Two Recap: 1. Training 4x per week - done! 2. Nutrition logging daily - done! average calories 2355 (goal 2250), average protein 137g 3. Weight trend: 7 day avg weight Week Zero (13-19 Jun) 194# 7 day avg weight Week One (20-26 Jun) 193.5# 7 day avg weight Week Two (27 Jun - 3 Jul) 191.5# Pretty happy with how this has been going! Plan is to just keep at these calories until weight plateaus... or unless I see performance really drop off. 4. Yardwork day - It's my birthday weekend I'm giving myself a pass! 7/04/22: Sumo DL 155# 3x5 KB SQ 40# 3x8 Leg Extensions 60# 3x14 Leg Curls 60# 3x14 Seated Calf Raises 50# 3x15
  23. To me, like if a potato and a turnip had a baby. Earthy but sweet and buttery when oven roasted.
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