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  1. Week 4 update Lifting: Last week, I did not follow my regularly scheduled workout program, because I had previously scheduled to receive some coaching this weekend, and I didn't want to interfere with that. Although it wasn't part of Texas Method, I consider the coaching and thus the light week beforehand to have been planned. I'll say I completed this. No serious derailments happened. (That will come next week, after I get back from a trip, when I attempt to implement the coaching advice I received.) Move chores: I finished changing my address. However, I did n
  2. I got the Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352, because The Wirecutter recommended it, and I didn't see any derogatory reviews that were sufficiently credible to hold up my purchase. There is a highly ranked negative Amazon review, but the author seems like the kind of person who likes writing bad reviews. I'm not expecting this thing to be perfect. I haven't really used the vacuum yet. We'll see how things go.
  3. Week 3 update Lifting: On Friday, I switched to 2 sets of 3 and continued to increase the weight for squat and bench. I might have been able to go another week with sets of 5 for bench. For deadlift, I did a 10% reset, because that's what Practical Programming said to do. Move chores: I changed my address with all but two entities, which I will have to call on the phone. Finances: I sent in the form I referred to last time. Otherwise, nothing here. Vacuum: I started shopping online, but I haven't pulled the trigger yet.
  4. Posting from my phone this week, because I finished at the gym 30 minutes ago, and they are still cleaning the locker room. Week 2 update Lifting: Still going strong. I think I'm going to transition intensity from sets of 5 to sets of 3 this week. Move chores: I had to get on the phone, but I managed to change my address with my credit card, which will now allow me to change it with various merchants. Finances: Not much movement. I downloaded the form to finish my backdoor Roth IRA contribution. Vacuum: No progress.
  5. Week 1 update Lifting: Last week was pretty solid. On Friday, I benched 210x5, which is a new PR, which hasn't happened in quite some time in general. I also deadlifted 345x5 for the first time in awhile. My back was bothering me a little bit towards the beginning of the week, so I went a bit light on squats and didn't try to increase the weight on Friday. It's felt OK today. Hopefully, it's fixed. Move chores: I started changing my address with the organizations on the list I had made previously. The first one on the list was AAA, and I can't log into their website for some reason
  6. Since I moved, I've been getting things done when I really needed to, but most of the time, I've been doing things at the last minute, and things with no deadline have gotten the short shrift. The vast majority of my free time (at least, outside the gym) consists of activities that won't improve my life in any meaningful way. I'd like to get on more of an upward trajectory, and that means attending to some things that I've allowed to languish for awhile. Goals Keep going on Texas Method. Lifting isn't going anywhere. Things have gone smoothly so far, and I'd like to keep it t
  7. Week 4 update Lifting: Generally, things seem to be gong OK. I've mostly done a good job of avoiding blowing out my grip before heavy pulling workouts. My bench is 2.5 lbs away from my all-time 5RM. Most lifts are progressing smoothly. I did repeat my squat weight from last intensity day this week, because I thought my form was slipping a little bit last week. Last night, for volume day, I did 6 sets of overhead press instead of the usual 5. Hopefully that will be sufficient to unstick intensity day overhead presses. I think this has gone about as well as could be expected.
  8. Texas Method is kind of a program template that is organized into 3 training days per week with weekly progression. Monday (for example) is volume day, where you accumulate the volume that will drive the gains for that week. Wednesday is light day, where you recover from the past week's workouts. Friday is intensity day, where you set new PRs. Right now, my programming looks approximately like this: Monday: Squat 5x5x90% of Friday's weight, bench press 5x5x90% of Friday's weight, RDL 3x8x~70% of Friday's deadlift weight Wednesday: Squat 3x5x90% of Monday's weight, overhead press 3x
  9. Week 3 update Lifting: Things are mostly going according to plan, but I missed an overhead press rep on intensity day. Given the state of my other lifts and the relationship of my current intensity weight (118 lbs.) to what I've done historically, it seems hard to believe that I've already gotten to the point where I need to transition from 1 set of 5 to 2 sets of 3. I might need to increase pressing volume. My deadlift on Friday was affected by climbing earlier in the day but not to the extent that I missed my programmed reps, and my RDLs tonight were fine. Sleep: Got to bed on ti
  10. Week 2 update Lifting: I've continued to make progress and basically stay on schedule. I did 2 fewer RDL reps tonight than I had planned, but I think the most likely culprit was grip training on Sunday, which, in retrospect, was ill advised. Sleep: Got to bed on time Monday through Thursday and Sunday, although there were some close calls. Move chores: Still did nothing. Taxes: I think I finished my federal taxes, after staying up very late on Saturday. That's pretty lame, but there was surprisingly little weeping.
  11. It's been gone for about a year now, but since then, I've been working my squat back up very slowly, trying to make sure that my form doesn't deviate in the way that caused the original injury.
  12. Week 1 update Lifting: On Saturday, I strained my right trap during my heavy set of overhead presses, which I nevertheless made. It was pretty stiff on Sunday, and I was afraid that I might have to skip today's workout, but none of my lifts hurt it, and volume day was pretty easy, all things considered. It feels better now than when I woke up. Lifting FTW! In other news, I squatted 300x5 (really 300 x anything) for the first time since hurting my back in late 2017, and I deadlifted 320x5 for the first time since before I moved. Sleep: Got to bed on time Monday through Thursday and
  13. I'm doing it myself. I paid someone to do it last year, which I viewed as money well spent, but I moved, and by the time I started thinking about taxes, it seemed like it would be too late to perform the research necessary to find a tax preparer I felt good about, at least at the pace that I would have been likely to complete that task. I've stopped assigning stat awards to my goals, if that's what you're referring to. I might splurge on something if I finish early, now that you mention it.
  14. I moved several months ago, and I have completed most of the urgent chores involved in that project, but a few linger. Lately, Uncle Sam has added another urgent chore to that list. I really hate doing paperwork, shopping, and making phone calls, and that has led to a lot of procrastination on my part but I just want to be done with it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5QIUYg5M6w Goals Keep Texas Method going. This is my second week doing it, and nothing terrible has happened so far. I don't think I've been doing it for long enough to know whether it's going to work well, but
  15. Week 4 update Last week seemed like pretty much the end of my LP. Tonight, I started Texas Method, which I've never done before. I guess I'll find out how it's going to be on Friday. Conditioning: I pushed the cart twice last week. I worked up to 9 sprints. I would say that I'm still mostly recovered after 30 seconds of rest. I turned the timer down to 25 seconds, because it takes me a bit to enter my previous set and walk over to where I left the cart. Done. Mobility: Did this every day but one. I can't remember which day it was right now. I think maybe Tuesday.
  16. Week 3 update Conditioning: I pushed the cart twice last week. On Saturday, I started limiting my rest time to 30 seconds, which makes it a bit harder. Mobility: Did this every day. Sleep: Got to bed on time Monday through Thursday. I didn't start on the chores I needed to do for Monday until too late on Sunday. Move chores: I listed some furniture that I want to get rid of online, and I think I got a bite on some of it.
  17. Week 2 update Conditioning: I pushed the cart twice last week, and I made it up to 11 "sprints" of 150 feet yesterday. I will now begin to reduce the rest time between sprints. Mobility: Did this every day. Sleep: Got to bed on time Tuesday through Saturday. Move chores: I gave away a bunch of stuff that doesn't have a good place in my new apartment, and I returned to the DMV, because my driver's license never showed up.
  18. Week 1 update Conditioning: I have now pushed the cart twice, using one of the methodologies described in the article Death by Prowler. After messing around a bit, I think that the cart shares most important properties with that device and should do for now. Tonight, I pushed it for seven 150-foot sprints (although I was walking) and allowed myself to fully recover between them, which took a couple minutes. Mobility: Did this every day. Sleep: Got to bed on time every night but Sunday. Move chores: I didn't accomplish anything directly last week, but I did clear a numbe
  19. When I was doing sprints at the track, I once came very close to KOing a toddler who wandered directly into my path, completely obliviously. I would expect a program to define the metrics that it wants to improve and make at least general predictions about what will happen to those metrics as I do the program. The more accurate those predictions end up being, and the more significant the change, the more effective I would consider the program to be. Through that lens, the HLM programming that I have done has not been particularly effective. Since I finished my initial LP, I have mo
  20. I suspect that I will truly reach the end of my recovery LP before the end of this challenge, and I don't know what lifting program I will take up next. My three best ideas, in descending order, are to retain a coach and have them figure it out, try Texas Method, or try 5/3/1. I could also resume the heavy-light-medium program that has served me so ineffectively over the past 3 years or so, but I'd really rather think of something else. While I figure that out, I will not have a lifting goal per se, but rest assured that I am still lifting. Goals Start doing conditioning. As
  21. That is a fantastic supplemental goal. I've almost entirely stopped using my Facebook account, and it's amazing to me how infrequently I think about it compared to how much time I used to spend on it. I didn't know that they imposed a cooling off period now. I know a few years ago, they would show you pictures of your Facebook friends and say they were going to miss you.
  22. Week 4 update Lifting: Lifted Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The gains have slowed down quite a bit, but I haven't quite stalled yet. I definitely got the lifting 3 times a week part, and I have made fairly regular progress. In hindsight, I think I probably could have made a little more progress if I had been eating a bit more. I seem to have lost weight in the last few weeks. Mobility: Did this every day. Nailed it. Sleep: Got to bed on time every day but Saturday. Got 19/20 days. Moving chores: I arranged for my couch that was dama
  23. Week 3 update Lifting: Lifted Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. On Wednesday, I reached failure on deadlift. On Saturday, I reached failure on bench. Tonight, I reached failure on power clean. My squat and overhead press are getting pretty hard to finish. All of my lifts are close to where they were at the end of my original LP, and I think I'm very close to the end of the LP portion of my recovery. Most of my lifts have passed where they were before Christmas, and all of them are pretty close to where they were before I moved, but most of them are also pretty far off my all-time PRs.
  24. Week 2 update Lifting: Lifted on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Most of my lifts are starting to slow down a bit. I think I'm getting towards the end of my LP. Mobility: Did this every day. Sleep: Got to bed on time on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. Moving chores: I gathered the documents necessary to re-title and register my car and replace my driver's license, and I returned some disappointing IKEA furniture that I bought in December.
  25. Week 1 update Lifting: I ended up lifting Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday; I went back to the gym briefly on Wednesday, because I forgot to do chin ups on Wednesday. Most of my lifts are within striking distance of where they were before Christmas. My power clean is actually heavier (Sunday being the 3rd time I've done it since like October). My squat regressed a good deal, because I didn't do mobility work while I was on vacation, and my bar path was pretty bad when I got back. I think I've fixed that now, and the weight still feels pretty light, so I'm building back up quickly. Mob
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