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purplekelly

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  1. This may very well be my problem. I hope I've got enough flexibility to get it right!
  2. I realize that the only definite way to get an answer to this would be to post a form check, but I don't have the ability to do that just yet, so... Squats are hurting my shoulders. I'm not squatting much right now because I don't have a rack (actually, I do have one now, but it was delivered yesterday and I can't assemble it until this weekend at the earliest), which means I have to clean the weight into position. I'm currently front-squatting 50 lbs. I was doing some back squats (which I'd prefer) before I increased my weight, but getting 50 lbs into position for a back squat with no rack and no squatter is just a bit too much for this beginner. I'm not crossing my arms for the front squat - generally doing them with the weight in the clean position aside from some grip adjustment before I start the set. So I've noticed some pain in the actual spot where the weight is resting. When I was doing back squats, it was across my shoulders, and now it's across my chest. This definitely feels related to the actual pressure of the weight sitting there, not run-of-the-mill DOMS. It's definitely not so bad that it's going to keep me from continuing to work out, but it seems kind of weird. Has anyone else had this, or am I just special? Or am I doing something stupid and not realizing it?
  3. I'm so excited! I should have this by early next week. Pretty sure the model isn't included, though. [ATTACH=CONFIG]5198[/ATTACH] I'm also going to pick up an olympic bar and weights locally somewhere (we have Play It Again Sports here, probably a good option, or maybe Craigslist). My boyfriend works out regularly (he's in the Army) so he will use it too. I currently have a crappy Gold's Gym branded weight set and bench, and two things happened last night that sealed the deal on buying something better: the bar came in two pieces that you slide together, then you insert two pins to hold it together. One of those pins will. not. stay. in. And that last thing I need is my bar breaking in half when it's over my head. Secondly, the bench is wobbly as hell, and last night when I was racking the weight after a press, one of the pins that holds the weights fell out, leaving me trying to figure out what the hell to do with the weight that was still in my hand. Told my boyfriend about those two things and he agreed it's time to upgrade. We have his old flat/incline (no rack) bench that we can use with the lovely new rack.
  4. And thanks to everyone for the resources! I've been busy rebuilding a server at work (and no, I'm NOT the IT person) so I haven't been doing as much reading as I've wanted to as I've been getting started. I *think* it's back up for good now, so I should have a bit of downtime to educate myself a bit more.
  5. Yeah, 45 was too much...I ended up doing 35. I've got a pretty good range on my barbell (cheap bar is 5lbs, have weights in 2.5, 7.5, 10, 15, 25). The adjustable dumbbells each adjust in 2 lb increments up to their max. I've got one set that goes to 50 each (those are the BFs) and a set that goes to 25.
  6. I actually completed my first Stronglifts workout a few minutes ago. I managed to complete 5x5 with 45 lbs on all three exercises (squat, bench, row), but it was tough...which is a GOOD thing. The squats are going to be an issue with getting the weight over my head. I found it really hard to get it back down at the end of the set, especially the last couple of sets. I'm not sure I'll be able to do it with much more than the 45lbs. I ended up doing front squats for the last set...might just have to stick with that. I guess I might run into a similar issue on the OH press. I think my solution there might be to do them seated, straddling the bench. I need to research whether that would cause a major form issue.
  7. That was very helpful, especially this bit: It's very helpful to have some numbers to start with, and I've got a better idea now of how to zero in on the right weight. Thank you!
  8. There is SO much info out there! I'm starting to get a little overwhelmed. What I have figured out: doing 3x15 of low weight on some gym machine isn't going to accomplish what I want. So, a little background on me. I'm 32, 5'6", about 240lbs. I used to weigh 410lbs...now I don't. I'm still trying to lose weight, but I've been stalled out for awhile. I also know that I lost some muscle, because it's pretty much impossible to lose 170lbs in under 2 years and NOT lose some muscle. I want to be strong and I want to give my metabolism a boost. Compound lifts with heavy weights seems like the best solution here. But...what do I do? I have a bench, some adjustable dumbells (25lb ones and 50lb ones), and a barbell with 100lbs of weight (which I hope I'm going to outgrow fairly fast!). This feels like an incredibly stupid question, but how much weight do I load on? I'm thinking of either doing 5x5 or 5/3/1, but I have NO idea how much weight I should be lifting, or how to figure it out. There's also the safety factor - I'm working out at home by myself (for now - bf is in the army and he's in Korea for the next 4-6 weeks). I'm currently planning to focus on compound lifts - deadlifts, squats, bench press, barbell rows, OH press. So another question there: if all I have is a regular bench, how do I safely get the bar into the correct position for things like squat and OH press? (I'm planning to try squatting bodyweight first, to make sure I have my form right.) I'm amazed at how much of a noob I feel like at the moment. I'm used to being someone who catches on pretty quickly, but I feel like everything I read about lifting talks about how the plan is really simple, then proceeds to outline a bunch of stuff that looks like Greek to me. I really hope that in a month or so I'll be able to come in here and talk about the gains I've made and feel like I know what the hell I'm doing! If anyone with similar stats (or who started in a similar place) can share your logs, that might be helpful too.
  9. Oh, don't I wish! It's Garnier Nutrisse in hot tamale, if you wanna borrow it.
  10. Good afternoon, NF! I'm Kelly. I'm 31 and I live just outside of Baltimore. Just over two years ago (on 1/19/10) I had RNY gastric bypass surgery. I'd hit a high weight of 407lbs and was pretty much disabled by my weight - I even had to quit my job as a high school teacher (I taught 9th grade U.S. Government) because I couldn't be on my feet all day anymore. I got that heavy mainly as a result of eating too much and moving too little, but I also had/have some other issues. I've got severe asthma (allergy induced, not exercise) and when I was a teenager I was on a steroid drug called Prednisone more often than not. Prednisone use, especially long-term and at high doses, kind of blows your metabolism. It also makes your bones brittle, and I broke both my my legs in the span of a year (fibula, down low near the ankle). That ended up making me even more sedentary. I went to college and ate a lot of crap, still didn't move much (aside from a few half-hearted attempts at getting in shape at the university gym). At 20 I went to the doctor to ask for weight loss drugs. I found out that I weighed 320lbs and had high blood pressure. I left with a script for blood pressure meds, not weight loss drugs (which are dangerous with high blood pressure - well, dangerous in general, but especially with high bp). Then I graduated and kept eating crap. Then I met and married a guy who also had food issues, and we overate together (we're no longer together). And then one day I woke up and realized that I wasn't even 30 yet, and I was over 400 lbs. At that point, I'd tried every diet known to man, and never managed to lose more than maybe 20lbs at most, which I then would put back on with reinforcements. I was very all-or-nothing; either I was dieting strictly, or I was binging. I was unhappy, uncomfortable, and unhealthy. My ankles, which have a mild congenital deformity where they turn inward at about a 10 degree angle (plus I have *completely* flat feet) were screaming at me from the smallest amount of walking, such as going to the grocery store (where I used a handicapped parking tag). I took so much ibuprofen for the pain that I managed to give myself an ulcer. I hit a point where I just felt like I couldn't get ahead, and I felt completely hopeless. I did some research and made two life-changing decisions: to have gastric bypass, and to find a therapist who could help me with my food issues. It took about a year from my initial visit to the day of the actual surgery, and I saw the therapist during that whole time and began the process of fighting my food demons. I lost some weight in that time - enough to make the surgery safer and to make it possible to do it laproscopically, but not enough to make it unnecessary. I still see the therapist, and he's helped me immensely. He specializes in WLS patients and people with binging issues, so he's been perfect for me. Today, two years after surgery, I'm considered a success by medical standards. I weigh 245lbs today, which means I've lost about 40% of my total body weight. The medical community considers 35-45% to be a success. I feel a million times better, and my life is completely different today, but I'm not happy at 245lbs. I don't think I'll ever get down to the 150 or so that the weight charts say I should weigh (and those charts are a load of crap anyway), but I'd like to maybe get down to a fit 180lbs (I'm 5'6"). At this point, the surgery isn't doing the work anymore - I have to do it myself. I can eat a fairly "normal" amount of food now, and I don't have any intolerances like a lot of WLS patients do. A few months ago, I met an awesome guy who's in very good shape and is a regular lifter. He's gotten me back into lifting - I'd played around with it a bit awhile back, but never stuck with it. I've gotten a bench, a barbell with 100 lbs of weight (which I expect is going to be too light for stuff like deadlifts pretty quickly, darn it) and two 25lb adjustable dumbbells. Then a few days ago, I came across this site, and I've learned a lot of new things about lifting by reading here. I've decided to revamp my lifting routine to include more compound moves and fewer isolation moves. Staci's story was especially inspiring to me in making that decision. So, hi! Here I am, "successful," but far, far from being finished. I do have a quick question for anyone who'd care to answer: I'd like to come up with a good way to track my lifting. I could make a spreadsheet, but are there any good sites or apps (Droid or Nook color) that would work? I'd like to be able to keep track of my progress with graphs and such. Oh, and here's a couple of pics. The left one here is from a couple years ago (Thanksgiving 2009 maybe?) and the one on the right is from last March. [ATTACH=CONFIG]1579[/ATTACH] And this one is from the middle of December. [ATTACH=CONFIG]1580[/ATTACH]
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