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Titanium Bulwark

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  1. So the pre challenge weekend didn't quite go as planned. Had primal breakfast, lunch and snacks on Friday, then went to get Mexican food with friends from out of town (no big deal, I planned to have a cheat meal here). Saturday again, primal breakfast, snack and lunch, then we hit our going away party. I was manning the grill and doing good, until one of my friends with the best intentions brings me out a plate of food. Desserts, pigs in a blanket, king ranch chicken, you name it. I caved. Damn. Sunday, primal lunch and breakfast again, did have some soda on the trip back to the new lo
  2. Thursday - Primal eating was pretty good. Breakfast: 3 eggs Snack: almonds Lunch: Blackened tilapia and veggies Snack: Milk with protein powder Dinner: Chili and veggies I did have an approved adult beverage last night and a soda, but since we technically haven't started I'm ok with it. I was watching the bowl game last night and watching K State get crushed, and got to hang out with my brother and one of his friends. I actually did a workout too, yay. Small one, but enough to get me moving a bit. I know it's a step down from my previous workouts, but I've got to restart somewhere.
  3. Hi everyone, a belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to all the folks at NF! For Christmas, I got some sweet NF gear AND some Minimus shoes, so I'm looking to USE the gear to get myself back on track. With my shoulder still in rehab and the holidays, I need to buckle down and get back to basics. Today was actually my first day in my new location for my job, another 3 weeks or so and we close on our new house! So, the goals this time around: Goal 1 - Lift what weights you can! My shoulder severely limited what I could do on the 5x5 program I had been following, so I need a ne
  4. Final recap: Goal 1 - Lift weights 3x week at a minimum. +4 str Overall, not good. Shoulder kept my upper body workouts completely out (other than PT). I was diligent with the PT workouts though. And I really avoided DL and squats, as I didn't want to torque my shoulder any more than I needed to. That doesn't excuse me not doing ANYTHING though. +1 Str. Goal 2 - Walk like a Hobbit. +3 Sta Complete. Averaged nearly 3 hours per week without really trying. If I take the stairs at work everyday and walk at lunch twice a week, I'm there already. I liked the goal and I was diligent about it,
  5. Final recap: Goal 1 - Lift weights 3x week at a minimum. +4 str Overall, not good. Shoulder kept my upper body workouts completely out (other than PT). I was diligent with the PT workouts though. And I really avoided DL and squats, as I didn't want to torque my shoulder any more than I needed to. That doesn't excuse me not doing ANYTHING though. +1 Str. Goal 2 - Walk like a Hobbit. +3 Sta Complete. Averaged nearly 3 hours per week without really trying. If I take the stairs at work everyday and walk at lunch twice a week, I'm there already. I liked the goal and I was diligent about it,
  6. Week 5 recap: Goal 1 - Lift weights 3x week at a minimum. +4 str 3 PT sessions this week. 2/5 weeks total. Did a few push ups to test the shoulder out, we'll see how it feels Goal 2 - Walk like a Hobbit. +3 Sta 5/5 weeks done. 135 minutes this week. Goal 3 - Cut down on Soda. +4 Con 1 soda this week on a long road trip (on purpose). Rolling average: 22 oz/week. Goal 4 - Read the Bible every day. +4 Wis 34/35, counting today. 7/7 this week . I'll take it . Lots going on this week. Went to look at houses again this weekend at the new location, and put in an offer. We had to go back and fort
  7. Had some soda on purpose on Thursday (long road trip again). I did the math on my overall and found out I was ok still . It's bad though, if I'm not drinking soda I'm more inclined to drink a beer or other adult beverage, just to have something other than water. Might be better for me just to drink the soda... Walking was worse this week. Most of my time has come from shambling around work and the few outdoor activities I had this week. Shoulder is feeling ok. Got cleared to do push ups, so that's good.
  8. Week 4 recap: Physical therapy on the shoulder is going ok. Got some stretches I can do every day, 3x week for the strengthening exercises. My shoulder feels so good after the stretches but pretty crappy elsewise. I'm hoping it just takes time to get it sorted. Eating has not been so good. I'm still trying to stick with Paleo but I'm learning something interesting. Without the incentive of working out, it's much easier to eat garbage. When I was lifting weights, if I wanted to eat garbage, I'd feel like I was undoing the good work I had just done. Without working out, I don't have tha
  9. So two physical therapy sessions down, stretching every day.... I feel much better already. PT said I could try some push ups on Saturday (doing one session at home) and see how it went. I can physically feel whatever tendon/ligament is causing me trouble pop back into place when I stretch it out, so weird. I actually went for a run last night, 1.5 miles. I jogged/sprinted the last half mile. It felt good, dont' know why I wasn't doing this instead of my weights for the last month... but it was done last night, so I'll take it.
  10. Ah shoot. Just saw this thread and sadly will not be competing this time around. Good luck to all participants! As a side note, I learned something new about why olympic weights are sized as they are (so they don't squash your noggin when you fail and drop the weight). Amazing.
  11. I reread the primal blueprint which said THREE hours per week, not TWO like my goal said, so not great there. Had a soda yesterday on purpose, it was a long day. Overall it's good, just wish I could be doing more with my shoulder.
  12. Had my first PT today, it was great. Nice just to feel like I was doing something actively to promote recovery. Loved the trainer I was assigned, got some exercises and stretches I can do everyday. I have a feeling I'll be sore tomorrow . The guy did say I was able to handle more weight naturally than most of the other folks he sees, and had a hard time getting to my "landmarks" (?) on my back due to musculature, so that was nice to hear. He was a Rippetoe believer, an olympic lifting coach, etc. Perfect . So we'll see. If I get through the exercises this week, I'll start back with bas
  13. I know I'm not posting here, but I am keeping up with things. Still just frustrated at losing progress because of my dang shoulder. Rehab starts tomorrow, so I'm grateful I'll at least be able to do SOMETHING. Anyhow, Week 3 recap: Goal 1 - Lift weights 3x week at a minimum. +4 str ON HOLD. I'll be counting my physical therapy as workouts, so I may yet have something to post here for next week. Goal 2 - Walk like a Hobbit. +3 Sta 3/3 weeks done. 148 minutes this week. Goal 3 - Cut down on Soda. +4 Con ZERO soda this week. Woot. Rolling average: 22.6 oz/week Goal 4 - Read the Bible every
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