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  1. Mike Wazowski: PT, Cutting, and German

    Much bench. Almost too much. But only almost. Quick update on yesterday / this morning: Still no sign of German practice I was a total waste of space at work yesterday - me and sleep deprivation do not go well together Did my PT stuff Skipped the gym in favor of more sleep this morning - gonna just shift the workout to next week, which was supposed to be a deload. For anyone who's curious, being well-rested then imbibing large quantities of coffee leads me to bounce around the office like a freaking cartoon character. SO. MUCH. ENERGY!!
  2. Mike Wazowski: PT, Cutting, and German

    Well, the past two days have not been a celebration of my focus as an employee. But on the plus side, lifting has gone well! Bench: 45 x 5 x 2 65 x 5 x 2 85 x 5 100 x 3 115 x 2 125 x 1 135 x 18 (REP PR!!) Pull-ups: BW x 7, 7, 7, 6, 6 BB Row: 65 x 5 x 4 80 x 5 100 x 3 115 x 2 120 x 1 130 x 1 140 x 1 145 x 6 DB Press: 35 x 12, 12, 12, 12, 8 BB Curls: 40 x 12 x 3 BB LTE's: 40 x 12 x 3 Finished with Pilates, got up to 31 out of 40 exercises
  3. JustCallMeAmber visits Halloween Town

    Seconded - and now the panic for all my EOY deadlines is setting in. Hard. Hopefully yours is a more relaxing realization!
  4. Mike Wazowski: PT, Cutting, and German

    For sure. Also, this time around I'm taking a much slower fat loss goal (<1 lb/week) vs. taking the most aggressive weight loss in the past (~2 lb / 1 kg per week) and as a result a lot more tasty stuff is fitting into my food plan this time around (plus I'm more cognizant of not depriving myself of sleep to fit in more workouts). So theoretically should be a lot easier to ramp off the cutting without going straight to binge eating ALL THE THINGS. We'll see if practice lines up with theory. And update on yesterday: work was a dumpster fire for focus (too many things screaming for attention so none of them got done well and I spent a ton of time hiding from my to-do list on the internet - unhelpful coping strategies FTW). But I stayed on track-ish with cut calories - actually went a couple hundred over tolerance, but it was a conscious choice to put more fuel in after a grueling dance practice. And did the PT thing. Still no sign of Duolingo practice, but I will maybe change that this week or over the weekend. Oh, and weighing in this morning was another 3 month low at 171.6# - I'm guessing some of this might just be water weight from drastically increased cardio the past couple days, but I'll take the momentary ego boost.
  5. Laghail is a Sexy Shoeless God of War!!!

    Forgot to add re: books - there is a not insignificant part of me that still wants a library so stocked that I *need* a ladder like the Beauty and the Beast library.
  6. Mike Wazowski: PT, Cutting, and German

    I'm paying a service so I don't have to have a plan - I'll follow the reverse diet protocol from Avatar nutrition, though I'm curious how it'll indicate when I'm ready to get off the reverse diet and switch to maintenance. Which is a lot different from my previous post-diet plan of "all the delicious things you just denied yourself!!!!!" - not recommended if you like lasting results .
  7. Mike Wazowski: PT, Cutting, and German

    Really needed the leg day I got in today. Squats: 45 x 5 x 2 95 x 5 x 2 135 x 5 x 2 160 x 5 190 x 3 225 x 2 240 x 1 255 x 1 270 x 1 285 x 7 (REP and Weight PR!!!!!) Sumo Deadlifts: 135 x 5 x 2 165 x 5 185 x 5 205 x 8 x 3 (had to mixed grip on the last set, but still chugging along with this linear progression) Finished with Pilates, where I did 30 of the 40 exercises that'll eventually be in my full routine - the lower ab and TVA engagement felt very good. Oh, and a big win from this workout - my lifting belt that was quite tight last week when I used it felt pretty loose today - maybe even enough to tighten it another notch. I'm unsure how much is the cut and how much is a more toned and engaged TVA, but either way, I'll take it.
  8. CM keeps it simple, keeps it safe

    I don't think I've ever been a snacker while I cook, oddly. Sorry to hear the sharks are being awful this week, hope that goes away soon for you!
  9. Mike Wazowski: PT, Cutting, and German

    Haha part of it is definitely winter holiday bulk - but I think usually it's complacency once I've started to achieve something rather than really sticking with it. I.e. I get close to my goal weight and then start falling into lazy / indulgent eating habits that got me heavier than I'd like to be in the first place. So I think this time I need to be just as intentional about ramping consumption back up to maintenance as I was in the cutting, instead of my usual approach (and recognize that I will almost always need to cut after Christmas cookie season, and that's OK).
  10. Mad Hatter's tea party

    Found you!
  11. Laghail is a Sexy Shoeless God of War!!!

    Don’t forget tripling as a status symbol to make sure all your guests know *exactly* the type of pretentious intellectual / shameless fantasy fan you are! #thriceasnice
  12. Mike Wazowski: PT, Cutting, and German

    Yesterday - same deal as Sunday, stayed close to compliant with calories (went outside of tolerance on the high end, but woke up feeling starving this morning so I'm guessing I'm still in a deficit). Did my PT, stayed focused for the first ~5-6 hours at work (way better than usual) but then fell off the rails with productivity in the afternoon. Woke up this morning at my lowest weight (172.2#) in 3 months, seems to be a sign this cut might *actually* be working! Importantly, the reverse diet coming out is going to be important to get right since historically I have managed to lose weight (getting just below 170 a number of times) then immediately shooting back up to my starting weight or just below it. Not. This. Time! (hopefully) Oh and yesterday was a really solid day of dance practice for me - I was exhausted and hungry and didn't want to be there, but I powered through and had an excellent practice running through my choreography for the competition coming up in 2 weeks.
  13. Laghail is a Sexy Shoeless God of War!!!

    Pragmatic choice on the deload, sir. And I feel you on books - at least the ones I like are possessions I’m not sure I’ll ever part with.
  14. From the Steppes of Mt. Arreat

    Hrrm, assuming you were asking for input on the diet front, here's some thoughts and stuff: Even if you can track more precisely than current, might be helpful - for example, I measured oil for cooking a couple times so that my eyeball has a better sense of what 1 vs. 2 tablespoons looks like in my cooking pans. Untracked days can (often do) go quite high vs. planned cut days for me - it's possible that you're not seeing a ton of scale because the untracked days are bringing you close to maintenance on average You might be looking at too short a time frame to get an accurate gauge on scale changes - weight can be erratic day-to-day, so it's tough to know how much you've lost looking at, say, 3 weeks of data If the recomp's happening, do you need to worry too much about how the scale's moving (or not)?
  15. Mike Wazowski: PT, Cutting, and German

    Ikr? Thanks! It's actually something I find oddly soothing - I think @RedStone talks about hitting a flow state with high rep sets too and I can totally relate. All the presses! Actually a lower volume day than the past two weeks. God bless rep max testing week.