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  1. Week 1 check in: The weekend was rough, lots of bad food choices with cookouts and family gatherings and what-not. Just need more discipline. Did get in my Friday lifting workout: Squat 5x5 (205) Bench Press 5x5 (175, got that up 4 times; couldn't get the fifth) Bent-over Row 5x5 (100, used a different bar this week, not the standard barbell) Throw in some curls (70) and triceps pushdowns (110). Saturday I took as an off day (did some yard work, and family cookout in the evening). Sunday a little over a two-mile run / walk. Stomach cramped up pretty bad at the beginning of the run
  2. Wednesday's weightlifting workout: Thrusters (Dumbbells) 5x5 - topped off at 40 lbs. Deadlifts 5x5 - topped off at 165 lbs. Also threw in some pulldowns, front DB raises, and side DB raises. Thursday's running occurred on the treadmill (hanging with kids in the basement) - 2.66 miles in 33:17. Another lifting day on Friday, diet's been okay aside from some soda lapses. Been avoiding the breads throughout the week which has been nice.
  3. Evening jog last night (Tuesday) - damn hot out (90 degrees) and could feel my legs screaming at me for the squats from Monday. Did 3.31 miles in 44:54 (13'33" average). Quite a bit of walking in there which contributes to the awful time (awful to me, could do much better) but I got out. Another lifting day today, have to make sure I stretch plenty throughout the day as the thighs are just screaming at me.
  4. Day 1 check-in (Monday). Food choices were fine throughout the day. One Mountain Dew during the day. Evening was not great but not terrible either, shared some buttery popcorn with wife so that was worst choice made. Workout: Squat 5x5 - topped out at 190 Bench 5x5 - topped out at 165 Barbell Row 5x5 - topped out at 125 Also threw in bar curls and triceps pushdowns. Today (Tuesday) is a running day, will try to report in tonight.
  5. Hello folks. It's been a long time since I've stumbled back into the NerdFitness forums with a challenge; too long. I need to get myself back into some semblance of "fit" and I need a starting point. Enter the newest six-week challenge. I am starting this challenge at a disappointing 253 pounds (weighed in this morning at home, will use this scale to loosely track my progress). This challenge isn't necessarily about losing weight, that's going to come. It's about prioritizing! Life Goal Find consistency and stop making excuses for continuing to engage in bad habits Challenge Goal #1:
  6. Week 1, Day 4 Morning routine shot due to children drop-off stuff. I'll be heading off to the gym here in about 20 minutes to get my jog on. Lunch was not good. Chicken salad, but had on buns (wheat, but none the less). Grapes, carrots, and almonds. However, did nosh on some provided cookies at a video shoot. Bummer. Still no workday sodas, though, so going strong there.
  7. Week 1, Day 3 No workout today - wife had errands to run, so I was on kid drop-off and pick-up duty. Intended to get to the gym during the day but meetings kept piling up, and I didn't have a free hour to go to the gym. Will have to get a jog in this weekend to meet my 5-day goal. Breakfast was sausage links and three boiled eggs. Lunch was a sort of nachos - taco meat with cheese, a little bit of sour cream, and some tostitos chips. Not primal, but not terrible either. Grapes and carrots on the side. Back to it tomorrow morning with jogging.
  8. Week 1, Day 1 Hit the track in the morning. I used the outdoor run setting on my iPhone 5S Nike+ running app, and I don't think the calibration was correct. At times it had me jogging and walking at the same pace. Gonna keep an eye on that. Ran for about 30 minutes. Breakfast was three hard boiled eggs. Lunch was a chicken breast, plenty of fruit (apple, grapes) and some string cheese. Got very hungry later on in the afternoon, however, and broke from primal and had some french fries. Tagging myself for that - I opted for easy and tasty, instead of something a little bit better of a choice
  9. Part of what I want to do is pull everything into a budget. Right now I want to remove unnecessary expenses (monthly subscription things that I no longer use, payments that I can reduce, etc.). By the way - I live near Madison, WI. Monday and Tuesday morning wind chills are forecast to possibly hit -55. Good times, good times!
  10. Greetings and salutations Rebels. It has been some time since I've been involved in the challenges, and as the new year begins hope springs that the changes we want to see in ourselves can be realized. And so begins a new challenge. Starting weight: 239.1 I've set some specific goals for 2014 (not resolutions, those are destined to fail!). Breaking those up into 6-week accomplishments is a nice way to reach those elusive realities come Dec. 31, 2014. So here are my goals for the first of many successful challenges this year: Main Goal: Develop and maintain a consistent workout regimen
  11. I'm definitely not going to push too hard. I still haven't run, so that goal is taking a serious hit. I'm wondering if I need to jog in the morning when I wake up before I take my dog for a walk. Run, get back, walk dog for cooldown, shower and get ready for work. Summertime is nice as we don't need to rush to get the boys ready for school / daycare.
  12. Week 2, Day 1 Got into the weight room. Picked a weight for every lift and stuck with it through both sets except for on lift. Each lift done for 12 reps, weights listed. DB Bench Press: 40, 40 DB Incline Bench Press: 40, 40 DB Incline Flye: 20, 20 DB Shoulder Press: 30, 30 DB Side Raise: 20, 15 Preacher Curl: 45, 45 DB Alternating Curl: 20, 20 Skullcrusher: 40, 40 DB Tricep Extension: 20, 20 Another lift day today.
  13. Week 1 Recap Well, the week started off very good. Got into the groove lifting, water is going in and...coming out...and I'm formulating the ideas a bit more about the 4e characters I wanted to write stuff up about. And then Thursday evening hit and the cold that had been hanging out in the recesses of my head flared to life in horrific ways. An intense sinus infection / head cold greeted me Friday morning, and I spent much of the weekend hating the light, breathing, blowing my nose, and existence. Needless to say, didn't get any lifting in, working out, etc. done over the weekend. Still
  14. Week 1, Day 4 Lifting day last Thursday. Weight (reps) DB Bench: 40 (12), 45 (12) DB Incline: 40 (12), 45 (12) DB Incline Flye: 20 (12), 25 (12) DB Shoulder Press: 30 (12), 30 (12) DB Lat Raise: 20 (12), 20 (12) Preacher Curl: 45 (12), 65 (12) DB Alternate Curls: 20 (12), 25 (12) Skullcrushers: 40 (12), 45 (12) DB Triceps Extension: 20 (12), 25 (12)
  15. Week 1, Day 2 Another lift day. Getting a schedule for running is kind of hard right now between sicknesses in the house, walking the dog, and wife's schedule. So no jogs yet during this challenge. Weight (reps) Standing Calf Raise: 45 (12), 95 (12) Squat: 135 (12), 145 (12) Deadlift: 125 (12), 135 (12) Assisted Pull Ups: 110 (10), 110 (10) Barbell Row: 65 (12), 85 (12) Bent-Over DB Flye: 15 (12), 15 (12) Wednesday was an off day, so another lift day coming up in about 30 minutes.
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