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Q_est

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  1. That's interesting - I use MFP to track cardio (so biking, spin if I do it) but not lifting solely because it's a pain in the ass Because I'm new to IIFYM I've only been trying to hit the protein target but my fat/carb balance is probably off as well.
  2. I'm about 5'4", and my lifting depends on where I am in my programme - but usually 1-2 main lifts 3-5 sets of 3-5 reps (from 80-95% of max), plus 2-4 accessory exercises per session. And a deload week every 4-5 weeks.
  3. Chiming in as I had a lower back injury that took me out for much longer than it should have.... (got injured, did a comp, kept training except for the lift that hurt most, did another comp, finally saw a physio, got five months of rehab...). Firstly, I know I'm answering a question you haven't asked, but it's worth getting an assessment from a physiotherapist about the injury. Medical doctors (if that's all you've seen) aren't generally trained to assess you properly for this, and the advice to lay off completely was probably due to their caution in the face of ignorance rather than the injury itself. I should have got my own back injury assess by a physio much sooner. Secondly, Calanthropy is right; your strength will come back faster than it took to build in the first place. Start light for caution's sake but increase as per your programme as long as you are feeling good and your form is good.
  4. About two months ago I started tracking calories and macros on MFP, aiming to (a) increase protein intake and (b) lose some weight (currently 70kg and feel better around 65). My daily calorie intake has ranged from 1300-1550; protein from 71g-117g (better more recently). I cycle to work (20-25minutes total 5 days a week), I train for powerlifting 3/4 times a week, and occasionally go to spin or yoga. While my protein intake has gone up now that I'm tracking,and training has been going fine, my weight has been pretty much static; 70kg +/-1. This is a pain as I do feel I'm restricting what I eat. Trouble is, if I go to an IIFYM calculator it tells me that my BMR is 1400 and my TDEE ~1700; that if I want to lose weight I should be eating 1500/day i.e.: more than what MFP tells me I'm currently eating. MFP, fwiw, tells me I should be eating ~1300 calories/day to lose weight. So something is off, right? I see three hypotheses: 1) I'm not tracking calories correctly (therefore my calorie intake is higher than the numbers are showing). 2) I'm tracking calories correctly, but I'm not eating enough so my body is holding on to fat - is this a thing? Tracking food intake is a massive pain (psychologically) and I'd rather not, but I need the protein intake - which I find it hard to get without tracking - and I would like to lose some of this extra weight. Does anyone have experience with this - what did you do?
  5. Back closer to my usual weight. Top secret method: not eating chocolate and beer most nights. You're welcome.s

    1. Kilyra

      Kilyra

      LOL, that's awesome (and terrible. Dang reality)

  6. BAH deadlifts. BAH TO YOU.

    1. bim

      bim

      So jealous... I wish I could do deadlifts right now. :(

  7. able to deadlift without pain!!! (sumo deadlift, but baby steps)

  8. Slowly realising that the answer to all my training problems thus far may have been "More squats".

  9. Guy in gym now not only has incredible quads and the best squat technique I've ever seen, but a beard. Be still my loins.

    1. doc_apoo

      doc_apoo

      I'm hot just picturing it.

  10. First PL comp tomorrow. Send good nerd vibes!

    1. Rooks

      Rooks

      Hope the iron felt super light! Make sure to let us know how it went!

  11. First encounter with a 24-hour Fitness. Hmm.

    1. Raincloak

      Raincloak

      they're not bad, they just take your money and don't really care. Great place if you get one of those $30/month "intro" dealies and just make a beeline for the equipment.

    2. Q_est

      Q_est

      The hex plates were what irritated me most. Oh, and no proper racks.

      Still, only had to train there once!

  12. Great physio appointment today. I feel an inch taller and all between my hips and my ribs. Now to see how squats feel tomorrow...

    1. Basement Cat
    2. Q_est

      Q_est

      I have no idea why I put it off so long!

  13. Back with a my first lifting belt :)

  14. New treadmill running record: 18 minutes. WHO AM I

    1. TMedina

      TMedina

      A treadmill dominating mad fiend, that's who! :D

    2. Q_est

      Q_est

      Thanks :) I didn't even set out to get better at running, I'm just doing it after my normal workout. Definite data point for "don't run to get fit, get fit to run" :)

  15. Went to the gym yesterday and ... ran? For 10 minutes...? I don't run. I must've been hallucinating.

    1. TMedina

      TMedina

      And lived to tell the tale! Truly, we live in a time of miracles! ;)

    2. Q_est

      Q_est

      Verily the treadmill arose and appeared to many! :)

    3. Dark_Queen
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