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spacecoyote

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  1. Results time! Overall, I didn't do so hot -- at least not as well as I hoped at the beginning of the challenge. A good summary of this challenge for me: 2 steps forward, 1 step back. Final grade: D 1) Gain 2-5 lbs on Operation: Bulk Up. I really surprised myself on this one - managed to gain (and maintain) 7 lbs, so up to 147 from 140. What makes it even better is it's mostly muscle, as I'm at about the same body fat percentage as when I started. I really learned a lot about stuffing in more calories too which will really help me later get to my goal of 155 lbs. Grade: A+ 2) Crush B
  2. I can't believe we're already half way through this challenge...I guess this is my official half way update. I did my weekly measuring yesterday to check progress and was surprised to see I'm weighing in at 147.5 lbs. That's 7.5 lbs gained in 3 weeks. Holy crap! I did not expect that kind of gain in the slightest. What's even more surprising is my body fat percentage has stayed about the same (according to my hopefully accurate measures) throughout. My workout progress is still going strong: currently knocking out jackknife push-ups and getting utterly destroyed by the squat-lunge combo. On
  3. hey everyone, I'm finally getting back into the swing of things after a week visiting The Windy City (Chicago). Looks like you've all been doing awesome, which is great! Me...well, not so much. Didn't work out at all for 8 days which sucks big time - jumped back in today and wow did it kill me. But the silver lining is that my bulking up wasn't hindered during the trip. I switched from the "healthy bulking" options to "eat anything I can" options which honestly has not been that great...the occasional crappy food tastes good but I don't think my system can handle lots of it anymore. Anywho, ti
  4. Thanks for the ideas on the organization goal guys, I'll definitely look into those to help me out. I'm gonna need it, that's for sure. Haven't gotten around to posting it but my official one week weigh-in was 143.5 lbs which is a whole 3.5 up from the start of the challenge! Totally did not expect to gain that much in one week...yikes. To be fair, it's probably a little skewed because we had a big birthday lunch for my wife's grandma but being conservative I'd say it's at least 2.5 lbs gained. I've been doing pretty solid on the workouts too, although my lower body is coming along much slow
  5. You mean you don't have Paleo street pizza nearby? What is the world coming to?!
  6. Good luck on the 4 workouts/week...that's an impressive goal. Especially while taking classes AND working. You're definitely more ambitious than I was in school.
  7. One week (almost) down, five more to go. This first week has been pretty good - I'll find out for sure this afternoon when I do my measure/weigh-in for the week but I think I'm in the neighborhood of 1 pound gained which would be awesome. My workouts have progressed pretty well too, although I decided I needed an extra rest day after my first go at Rank 2 Workout B...the squat/lunge combo killed my legs lol. As for the organization goal: fail. I did manage to clean up my home office a bit but didn't actually put any thought into how I can keep it clean in the future. So much time and so litt
  8. Keep up the good work, man - you're doing great so far. Every step forward takes you one step closer to your goals so keep it up!
  9. I'm totally with you on the calorie increase issue. I never took the time to actually do the math and just assumed I was eating enough...turns out my typical diet was about 2000 calories/day tops. So getting 2500-3000 (that's what I shoot for) is tricky sometimes. I took the advice from the Bulk Up guide to "drink your meals" and it has helped - I make a full blender (5-6 cups) and just grab a glass when I can. My smoothies are about 400-600 calories a serving so it's a nice boost (search "smoothie experiment" on daily burn if you want to see what I put in mine ).
  10. Definitely a great attitude. You gotta have those bad days once in a while so no sense in beating yourself up. Looks like you already picked yourself up and dusted yourself off too, so keep on keepin' on.
  11. You're doing awesome, Cita - keep it up! Good luck with the chin-ups...if you find yourself getting stuck try some negatives (where you jump up, grab the bar then slowly let yourself down) to help build up.
  12. Good call on the introductions...wish I would've thought to mention that earlier. My name's Nick and I'm a 25 year old software engineer (I do a little bit of lots of development things, but prefer web development) and generally try to be a nerd-of-all-trades. And I'm a pretty huge gardening nerd. I'm working on the Body Weight Brigade (rank 2) and Bulk Up plans for this challenge, both of which are proving to be pretty challenging (go figure...). Anywho, glad to meet all of you! I've been lurking around here for a little while and I guess the powers that be (i.e., our illustrious moderators)
  13. Hey gang! I just wanted to pop in and say hi real quick. Looks like we're all planning on kicking some tail on this six-week challenge, so let's do this thing! Btw, this is my first go at being a squad leader for a challenge, so (constructive) criticisms are welcome. So just to get the ball rolling, any ideas on a more permanent team name? I'm wide open to suggestions so fire away.
  14. Okay....6 week challenge to crank things up. With the handy Rebel Strength Guide on my side how can I lose, right? I don't know if it's possible to dog-ear an ebook from overuse, but I'm sure gonna try during this challenge. Fitness-- 1) Gain 2-5 lbs on Operation: Bulk Up Using the formulae in the RSG, I determined I need >2500 calories per day to start adding weight. Since I've been eating mostly paleo my diet is in the sub-2000 range (just found that out this weekend) so getting 2500+ is gonna be a big challenge. I'm in no hurry to add weight, so 2 lbs is a realistic goal b
  15. Name: Nick (spacecoyote) Brief overview of goals: Fitness: 1) Gain 2-5 lbs on Operation: Bulk Up 2) Crush Body Weight Brigade Rank 3 3) 5+ consecutive handstand push ups Life: 4) Find or create a planning/organization system that sticks If you follow a specific way of eating: Operation: Bulk Up...so, not focusing on the Paleo approach. I still plan on eating healthy which means I'll essentially up with Paleo + dairy + legumes. Any other piece of information you think would be useful for squad creation: Aside from looking to bulk up some and do body weight strength training, nothing
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