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  • Birthday 08/14/1983

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  1. Well time to write the update for this week lol. I will have an official weigh on, as always, on Monday but I did a bit of an unofficial weigh in this morning and it seems that my weight has gone down again woot woot! That's definitely a good thing as once again I did not get in any work outs for this week and TBH ate not that strictly lmao. Onto working out. I was speaking with a friend of mine and we were talking about a phenomenon that seems to happen to some people when exposed to greater training volumes. So for example, at one point I was going to a Crossfit affiliate for a number of years, not steadily, and not consistent, but enough to increase my aerobic capacity and change in my mind what I "think" or "feel" is a workout. Then I followed that up with having my programming written for me by a coach, and although it was geared more towards powerlifting the volume was still up there. Now when I try to do programs such as "531" or StrongLifts, or even just a regular bodybuilding split they all seem lackluster. It's something I'll look into for the future. So onto week 3 and although I am hitting some of my weight loss goals I would still like to get back into the habit of working out again. September 1st I have a "work out date" with my former coach at his gym about an hour away from me. Go out there, hang out, chat and just lift some weights. Should be a good time and we will see what comes out of that. I have't really even thought about speaking to the wife about this or what that would even look like. I have always heard of people getting support from spouses or significant others when it comes to working out and other endeavors but when they are not directly associated or involved in the activity itself I have a hard time making that connection. What does that look like to you Grumble? It is definitely SOMETHING. I have always found that even if I have to force myself on a shitty mental day to get into the gym and go at even 60% of my normal output I still walk away feeling better than before. Progress is progress no matter how small each step is.
  2. Just caught up on the thread. I don't know what to really write here as I, usually, have seen you in a much different light. Just know that despite our back and forths and our badgering of each other... I consider you a friend, one of few. If you ever need anything, even if it's just an ear, let me know.
  3. First time in a Grumble thread, I think, and I like what I see! On the Therapist note it is never easy to pull back the veil to someone that you barely know. I have done it only once and it was a nerve racking experience at the start, but by the end it was well worth it. Keep up the good work Grumble!
  4. Late to the party a lil bit... but heck of a trip there Red! See you're getting back at it, and that's awesome. Good triples! I know it's in the past, but I wasn't here lol, what happened to your shoulder back in the day?
  5. Wow so much to get caught up to in this thread. Good stuff I may add. I share some of the same anxiety problems you do but they manifest a little differently. Mainly as soon as something stressful happens in my life I tend to drop things quickly, and recently that has been working out. I need to stop doing that and realize that not every stress event that happens to me means the world is coming to an end. Keep up the good fight Spezzy! Also awesome deficit deads there! Way to go girlie! I used to work hand in hand with a coach doing all of my programming and I will say that it is so nice not having to worry about figuring out your own programming from week to week or month to month and not having to worry about what percentages you should be lifting each week to make progress. Lol I'm lazy sometimes.
  6. Well I suppose you all deserve a bit of an update since it's been radio silence since the start of the challenge, so here goes. This past week went decent in some areas and a straight up failure in others. Weight Loss/Eating Healthier - I managed to not eat like an asshole most of the week which resulted in my weight going from 237.3 -> 235.7 which is a 1.6lb loss. So that's good. And when I say "not eat like an asshole" I mean that there was not much of the regular junk I would generally shove into my body and more whole foods. It wasn't perfect, but it's a start. Working Out - This is where I went off the rails. Literally ZERO work outs done. My wife and I took the dogs for a walk yesterday afternoon but was about the only physical activity that happened this past week. This past week was a bit of a mashup for me. The work week went decently well despite being at work on my 35th birthday (August 14th). It was that day that I some realized there must be some fondness that my coworkers have for me as most brought in some form of food to share for a birthday celebration. The next day, 15th, seen me work a full day and then turn around and have a bit of a stressful job interview. No I am not changing careers, just trying to help out locally. The 16-17th, Thurs-Fri, were write offs. I went to work, came home and just chilled with the wife. It seems that when I have stuff going on outside of work, or even the smallest stressor I tend to shut down certain areas of my life, working out being one of them. It's not the first time I have had this realization and it is something I try to work on daily. I need to shut off that little voice in my head saying "fuck this" after a stressful day and just need to push on into my work out and THEN relax. I cannot recall a time that I regretted working out and nearly always regret missing work outs. Just gotta put on the blinders and run through that wall I suppose... sometimes it's easier said then done. With the past rant out of the way I am implementing a new check to this challenge to give me a visual representation of my progress (credit @Rurik Harrgath ) Enjoy. Epic Skin Loot - Lose 1#/week for four weeks. (Starting Weight: 237.3# / Week One Weight: 235.7#) ☑☐☐☐ Shields UP - Eat better 5/7 days a week. ☐☐☐☐☐ Golden Scar Upgrade - Work out 4x a week. ☐☐☐☐
  7. Its time to re-enter this Battle Royale called life, drop hot and go to battle. Yes… this is a respawn of sorts, and yes… this is going to be a dun dun dun, Fornite inspired challenge! As some of you may recall ( @Laghail, @Endor) I returned to NF this past January with some weight loss and other goals in mind and I actually did quite well. Lost some pounds and got lifting on a consistent basis. Well I believe I underestimated how much of an impact you all were having on me and I kind of disappeared from the forums, and so did my effort in weight loss and working out. Now I am climbing back into the battle with three things I want to accomplish. Those goals are… #1 - Purchasing an Epic Skin - Weight Loss - I am back at roughly 234lbs after dropping from 240 -> 226, Jan -> March at the start of this year. Would like to lose around 1% of my bodyweight per week, which would be around 2.3lbs but I’ll be happy to see a pound a week loss for this first challenge, anything else will be bonus! #2 - Getting full shields - Eating Healthier - I have basically been eating whatever I wanted since March and to eat healthy this time around I am basically going to keep it simple. Cut out obvious junk foods and eat solid meals everyday. Solid meals to me look like, a source of protein, healthier carb source (white rice/yam) and some veggies. Snacks will come in the form of almonds or fruit, and typical breakfast will be eggs and either turkey bacon or bacon bacon. #3 - Looting a Golden Scar - 5/3/1 - Get back to a consistent workout schedule. My workouts have dropped off the radar which doesnt help weight loss efforts. I am starting up 5/3/1 again since one day I’d still like to hit up a powerlifting meet. I also may throw in some rowing here and there as I have a Concept 2 rower sitting in my garage gym, and this may sound crazy, but I actually kind of enjoy rowing lmao. Official weigh in will come the morning of August 13th. I welcome anyone who wants to come a long for the ride, and all Fornite memes and memes in general are open season. Look forward to getting back into this awesome community again!
  8. First time in a Spezzy thread, and I like what I am reading so far. So much positivity, it's a breath of fresh air. I like the "No phone in bed" idea. Every... single... night I fall asleep watching Twitch on my phone and I have always heard that being on your phone, or on a screen of some sort is a terrible way to fall asleep. Maybe I should try reading instead. Following along!
  9. Congrats to the hubby for qualifying and running the Boston Marathon! Also... GIT EET GUURRLLL!
  10. 4 week vacation!?!?! I am ridiculously jealous! Can't wait to see those pics from Russia! Ive been dying to go to Northern Ireland, but its so damn expensive. Training looks like it has been fun the last few sessions... and on that note, don't you have Instagram? I feel like when I was around NerdFitness awhile ago I ended up following you on Insta? lol
  11. Well after taking the previous challenge off, although not totally intentionally (re; forgot about it and realized two weeks in)... I am back with two specific goals here. #1 - Reassert dominance over my lifting! What I mean by this is that my coach has me on 4x workouts per week and I have basically had the past month off of lifting, only getting in one or two workouts per day. I must get this worked out and hit those four workouts per week regardless of what else is going on in my life. #2 - Reassert dominance over my eating. While slacking off a little in the gym this past month I have also slacked off in the eating department, basically eating whatever I want, whenever I want. My weight still needs to come down a bit and I am confident that I can accomplish this with a little bit of willpower and work on my end, aka meal prepping and reinforcing good eating habits. #3 - Reassert dominance over knowledge. This kind of goes with #2 because I have a wealth of knowledge on dieting and eating properly and that has come from reading and rereading texts over the course of the last ten years. I am going to start a reread this challenge just to refresh my memory on a few key points, and to reassure myself that I am doing the right thing. That reread will be The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson. I look forward to getting to know everyone around the Warriors guild, and DONT feel shy, feel free to drop by, say hello, give encouragement, and post whatever the heck you wanna post. See you tomorrow for the first workout of the week and my official weigh in, YES weigh ins are always on Mondays!
  12. More 1RM testing today. Hit a HUGE PR with a 285# Back Squat today, was really happy with this. Will be in 3 wheels category sooner rather than later! Also hit a 5# PR on my CGBP at 205#, missed an attempt at 215#. Overall good day, and tomorrow the wife and I are heading into the city where I'm picking up new stuff for the gym, so thats exciting!
  13. Thanks! Yeah they are rebook Nanos, have had them since 2014? I like em!
  14. Well let's wrap this challenge up shall we? Got in a workout today, and this week is testing week... which means 1 thing, 1RM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Today tested Strict Press and Deadlift, hit 145 on my Press which I don't think I have ever done, which is awesome! And hit 365 on my Deadlift, coach only had me programmed to make attempts to 355, but 355 felt smooth so I wanted to try 365 and it went well as well! Looking back on this challenge I see that my first official weigh in during this challenge was on Feb 12 where I weighed in at 230.9, today I am sitting at 226 on the nose which is basically 5 pounds lost... so I'll take it! Especially considering I have still been indulging in stuff that I really shouldn't indulge in... re; Doritos, Chips, Cookies, basically anything lmao! @Endor I thoroughly enjoyed our PvP battle and thank you for all the kind words and encouragement. Like I have said in the past, please dont be a stranger and feel free to hit me up anytime. As far as your victory poem is concerned, it has been busy, but alas... it will appear! Here is the above mentioned Deadlift See you all next challenge, unless I post some other workouts for 1RM sake in here beforehand.
  15. Another workout in the books this week. A - Press, work to a max 2 95,115,125,135 B - Deadlift, 2 reps every 2 mins, start at 275 and +20# every set 275,295,315,335 All reps complete. C - Rear elevated single leg RDL, 8 reps/leg x 3 sets 65,70,75 D - 2 sets @ 85-90% effort 2:30 min rowing 1 min walk 2:30 min of; 10 KBS (30#) 10 Burpees and then 1 min walk This was a gasser at high effort, but felt good. Reminded myself this morning that every workout completed is progress that is being made, and that is the real goal! One step at a time, and every step counts! Happy hump day all!
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