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1 hour ago, Grumble said:

Still gymmed, still counts.

 

Will tomorrow too, even if all I end up doing is empty bar squats and leg curls :S Could probs get away with some lightweight bulgarian split squats too

 

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22 hours ago, ixaera said:

 

Will tomorrow too, even if all I end up doing is empty bar squats and leg curls :S Could probs get away with some lightweight bulgarian split squats too

 

Woot, good news! I decided to just try everything I could do, and 90 lb squats did not cause any ouchies. Walking out was a touch iffy but no bad pain. I did cap it at 3 sets of 90 lbs though and skipped leg press. Honestly I skipped leg press because it was set too far out again and extending my right leg causes pain, I decided to take it as an omen. Did half-weight suitcase carries for a longer distance, which went well, skipped leg machines because there was a bro on them foreeeeeeeeeeeever gosh bro. He was taking those leg machines pretty srs as far as I could tell. (That's fine, those are accessories that I just do because they're 95% safe on my back and help me get thunder thighs YEAHHHH. But I just did Bulgarian split squats and some biceps instead and took off.)

 

Back still feels like shit, just not during squats, which IMO is a small miracle that I'll take. 

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Do what you can, unapologetically. It's great you can do the BEST exercise of them all, so there's that to be thankful for. Squats are magic. 

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Day 12 check in

 

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Exercise:

Bench press

1x5 45 lbs

1x5 50 lbs

1x3 55 lbs

1x3 65 lbs

1x3 74 lbs

1x6 83.5 lbs

1x2 93 lbs <--failed the 3rd rep whaaat

3x1 93 lbs <-- gave up and did some singles instead

 

OHP

5x6 45 lbs

 

T-Bar Rows

3x8 70 lbs

2x5 75 lbs

 

Lat Pulldown (neutral/parallel grip)

3x8 80 lbs

 

Cable Face Pull

3x15 40 lbs

 

Cable Tri Pushdown

3x12 40 lbs

 

Not my best day in the gym. Everything was hard. Cuts suck, but I'm almost done. 

 

Food:

Variance, but did pretty good. Hit protein goals, just had a slice of cake at a work party. Worth itttttt. Weekly average still golden, anyway.

 

Unnecessaries now at 20.08/50 and I have $28 still in my food budget as of yesterday but not as of this check in. 

 

Money:

loggity logs LOG

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Writing:

Wrote some WORDS

 

Yesterday involved more aggressive back care. It always works for a bit and then it tightens back up, so I just gotta keep attacking for now.

 

Week 1: A 6/7 B 5/7 C 1/1 D 7/7 E 7/7 F 1/1

Week 2: A 4/7 B 5/7 C 0/1 D 5/7 E 5/7 F 0/1

Week 3: A 0/7 B 0/7 C 0/1 D 0/7 E 0/7 F 0/1

Week 4: A 0/7 B 0/7 C 0/1 D 0/7 E 0/7 F 0/1

Yogas: 1/4

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6 minutes ago, Urgan said:

Do what you can, unapologetically. It's great you can do the BEST exercise of them all, so there's that to be thankful for. Squats are magic. 

 

SO thankful :applouse:

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Doing well enough on budget that I'm looking ahead on some research for my budgeting prize and I found these:

 

https://www.boxfituk.com/kids/footwear/kids-weightlifting-shoes/adidas-junior-power-perfect-ii-shoes.html

and

https://www.boxfituk.com/kids/footwear/kids-weightlifting-shoes/adidas-adipower-junior-weightlifting-shoes.html

 

There's like an $80 difference and I'm not sure if it's worth it or not??

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Whatever you choose, I think getting a weightlifting shoe would help you out on squats 100%. 

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Day 13 check in

 

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Exercise:

Squat

1x10 45 lbs

1x10 55 lbs

1x10 65 lbs

1x8 75 lbs

3x5 90 lbs

Nothing much to say here. Heel raise is looking better and better, I was nearly certain my back wouldn't want to do this and I"d have to stop over 65 lbs, but it held up fine. The only twinging was during walk out.

 

Suitcase Carry

3x~100 yards 15 lbs (each side)

Twenty might have been doable but I felt it in my back just a touch more than I was cozy with, so I just walked further.

 

Bulgarian split squats

4x8 40 lbs (each side)

These always make my butt sore.

 

Incline Hammer Curls

1x12 12 lbs

2x14 12 lbs (each hand)

 

 

Food:

Went a little over, it was an okay day but didn't quite pass. I got a fun size M&Ms for voting, and I craved halo top so lunch was not exactly super nutritious (but delicious!)

 

Unnecessaries now at 23.87/50 and I have 80 cents still in my food budget. I bought a thing (it was a program, which I plan to follow post-cut). I moved my coke zeros over to the food budget b/c they fit, though. Just under half for unnecessaries at halfway through, not bad. Hopefully I make it so I can nab me some squat shoes (unless I change my mind in 2 weeks, but I'm feelin them shoes)

 

Money:

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Writing:

Wrote some WORDS

 

More back care. It feels better today than yesterday by a noticeable amount, still crappy though. Walking is mostly good, laying down is fine, standing is fine, even reclining is good. Sitting = lol no.

 

Week 1: A 6/7 B 5/7 C 1/1 D 7/7 E 7/7 F 1/1

Week 2: A 5/7 B 5/7 C 0/1 D 6/7 E 6/7 F 0/1

Week 3: A 0/7 B 0/7 C 0/1 D 0/7 E 0/7 F 0/1

Week 4: A 0/7 B 0/7 C 0/1 D 0/7 E 0/7 F 0/1

Yogas: 1/4

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Day 14 check in

 

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Exercise:

n/a

 

Food:

All fine.

 

Unnecessaries at 23.87/50 and I have 80 cents still in my food budget. Meal plans going pretty well, but so far mostly I've just been planning ahead by a day, so I need to get a bit better. Part of the blocker there is that I have a lot of random food in the house like frozen meals and canned stuff and I need to work it into plans to use it.

 

Money:

log log log log

 

Writing:

Wrote a few words, but did NOT get my 30 minutes in and it was my fault. What I planned was: Play some Stellaris until Keeb heads out, then the house will be nice and quiet for writing and some yoga. Instead, I kept playing Stellaris.

 

Yoga fail. I tried, but I hated the video I chose, turned it off after 8 minutes with my back aching from sitting crosslegged on the floor, did some downward dog thinking the ham stretch would help, nope, it made it worse. So I went back to sitting.

 

Week 1: A 6/7 B 5/7 C 1/1 D 7/7 E 7/7 F 1/1

Week 2: A 5/7 B 6/7 C 1/1 D 7/7 E 7/7 F 0/1

Week 3: A 0/7 B 0/7 C 0/1 D 0/7 E 0/7 F 0/1

Week 4: A 0/7 B 0/7 C 0/1 D 0/7 E 0/7 F 0/1

Yogas: 1/4

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Day 15 check in

 

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Exercise:

Hypertrophy OHP day

Started on dumbbells

1x5 20 lbs

1x5 24 lbs

2x5 30 lbs

1x5 40 lbs

 

Barbell

1x5 45 lbs

1x11 45 lbs <-- this was my AMRAP set and it was a PR by a couple of reps.

3x8 45 lbs

 

Bench Press Close-Grip

5x5 65 lbs 

 

DB Upright Pulls

5x12 20 lbs (10 each hand)

 

EZ-Bar Curls

5x15 19 lbs

 

Cable Face Pulls

5x15 40 lbs

 

Lateral DB Raise

5x15 10 lbs (5 each hand)

 

Big hypertrophy session, next week I attempt a PR without the crazy volume

 

Food:

Flying colors

 

Unnecessaries at 26.84/50 and I have $16 in my food budget after Sunday groceries. Tom Thumb is more expensive than Sprouts, but Mr Ix was tagging along and he uses these little cups of fruit yogurt for his smoothies an Sprouts doesn't have the ones he likes. His yogurt habit is out of control! Mom got me a gift card to a STORE I NEVER GO TO so I spent it on their website. Hope I got the right size, but honestly I wasn't a fan of the store's style or anything, but free stuff is great. (My family I love them but they are totally horrible at gift giving--they literally all just get you stuff they like, so I am the BEST gift giver in the family because all I have to do to get it right is look at what they got me for inspiration...)

 

Money:

log log log log

 

Writing:

Wrote some stuff, and also had an idea for maybe a YA short story or novella?

 

Dunno what to do about yoga. Some of it apparently hurts my back. 

 

Week 1: A 6/7 B 5/7 C 1/1 D 7/7 E 7/7 F 1/1

Week 2: A 5/7 B 6/7 C 1/1 D 7/7 E 7/7 F 0/1

Week 3: A 1/7 B 1/7 C 0/1 D 1/7 E 1/7 F 0/1

Week 4: A 0/7 B 0/7 C 0/1 D 0/7 E 0/7 F 0/1

Yogas: 1/4

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Oh! I also wanted to provide a small update on my cut. This is the start of week 10 of 12 (so 3 full weeks to go, minus 1.5 days). When I began, I decided that if I hit 102.0 before the end, I would go ahead and stop the cut, but it looks like I'm on track to hit that right around the end, so far. I have lost about 6 pounds, and I'm digging the results so far. 

 

One reason this cut worked a lot better than the last one was a little different. I followed a different kind of nutrition plan in which the average is actually over 4 weeks. For 3 weeks you average lower, and in the 4th week you eat up to the average via refeed days. It's a method I hadn't tried before and let me tell you--I LOVE it. I will probably do it exactly the same way if/when I ever cut again. For maintaining or bulking I don't know if I like the idea as much, just because it would require you to eat at a deficit on lifting days and that's counter productive to recomp and bulk goals, so I'll probably go back to calorie cycling but with weekly averages instead (with challenge goals of staying really near the goal calories).

 

Thanks to this challenge I've managed to mostly keep protein at great levels, which has helped a lot~

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2 hours ago, ixaera said:

For 3 weeks you average lower, and in the 4th week you eat up to the average via refeed days.

can i bug you to explain this more? for the sake of ease, say your cut calories are 2000/day. then your 4 week total would be 560,000 calories. but you eat more of them in the 4th week compared to the first 3 weeks?

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Just now, CourtnieMarie said:

can i bug you to explain this more? for the sake of ease, say your cut calories are 2000/day. then your 4 week total would be 560,000 calories. but you eat more of them in the 4th week compared to the first 3 weeks?

 

Right, so for example if your 4 week goal is an average of 2000, you might eat 1700 on average for 3 weeks, then on the 4th week eat 2900 instead. I don't think I'd ever do it for a bulk, because eating under at any point would be counterintuitive, but for a cut it's nice to have some room to get fuller than usual or a little leeway for cookies or something that doesn't actually hurt your progress or make you feel super hungry because you're trying to make up for the cookies the same or next day. Instead, you're making up for cookies 3/4th of the time and building cookies into your diet (sorta, obviously ideally the extra cals are spent on healthy food, but we're not perfect).

 

It's sort of a similar approach to the IF method of eating less calories on rest days and a surplus on lift days, only over weeks instead of days. I don't know if it's for everyone (probably not), but it was right up my alley.

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color me intrigued in that cut method! i would totally try that out.

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super delayed response on the shoes because i've been MIA. the cheaper ones are used just as frequently by the pros (I have no idea what I mean by that, people I see competing?) than the more expensive ones. I say go for the cheaper ones unless you suddenly come into great wealth. One of my BB club peeps, she has the cheaper ones and they look nice and secure,well made, good for gripping to the floor and giving that little extra depth. 

 

 

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5 hours ago, Taddea Zhaan said:

super delayed response on the shoes because i've been MIA. the cheaper ones are used just as frequently by the pros (I have no idea what I mean by that, people I see competing?) than the more expensive ones. I say go for the cheaper ones unless you suddenly come into great wealth. One of my BB club peeps, she has the cheaper ones and they look nice and secure,well made, good for gripping to the floor and giving that little extra depth. 

 

 

 

I have about 30 bucks in free Amazon money atm and they have a $60 pair that should fit (adidas Adipower?), which I have added to consideration. Hopefully those are still there in 2 weeks, because right now they're the cheapest option.

 

:D

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Day 16 check in

 

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how to life

 

Exercise:

N/A. Would normally cardio but still looking out for the back. I did 2 walks though so I'm adding my point anyway \o/

 

Food:

Real good, followed my plan.

 

Unnecessaries at 29.54/50 and I have $16 in my food budget after Sunday groceries. Nothing special to say here, added a couple of 20 oz coke zeros because I am incorrigable apparently (going to work on cutting way back on these during reverse diet in a few weeks, but during a tough cut, no.)

 

Money:

log log log log

 

I have stopped logging tolls. It's tedious and not a point of finance I'm currently willing to change. I'll just log the deducts the toll account does from my bank when I run out.

 

Writing:

Wrote some stuff, maybe a WHOLE PAGE GOSH, and wrote down my story idea for some time when I need a new writing prompt.

 

Week 1: A 6/7 B 5/7 C 1/1 D 7/7 E 7/7 F 1/1

Week 2: A 5/7 B 6/7 C 1/1 D 7/7 E 7/7 F 0/1

Week 3: A 2/7 B 2/7 C 0/1 D 2/7 E 2/7 F 0/1

Week 4: A 0/7 B 0/7 C 0/1 D 0/7 E 0/7 F 0/1

Yogas: 1/4

 

Spoilers for day 17: I did trap bar deadlifts at 90 lbs today. They were... oddly heavy but of course they were considering I have not really done deadlifts in SO LONG. They did not cause even the slightest of back pain. I also did some squats to the same result. The drive after sucked though. The enemies appear to be sitting, driving, and standing still, the friends seem to be gentle ham stretching (not sitting on the floor though), pigeons of varying kinds, deep deep squat sits, lots of walking, and glute rolling with a lacrosse ball

 

Edit to add: During rest on one of my sets I did a deep squat just because I wasn't doing anymore leg work and why not if it helps, and there was a POP! but no pain so probably not a bad pop kind of terrifying to hear though

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I  love rainy cold days

Not rainy FREEZING days mind you

specifically cold November rain, which I'm told doesn't last forever, but it probably should
(IMVHO)
this musing brought to you by a rainy window and some hot cocoa that even the busiest workday cannot ruin, EVEN the stupid waterbug roach that fell on my head cannot break my stride

oh no

 

Exercise:

Done and done. Back did not interfere.

Back Squats

4x12 65 lbs

 

Trap Bar Deadlifts

4x5 90 lbs

 

BIG HYPERTROPHY STUFF

Whatever-grip Lat Pulldown

5x15 50 lbs

T-Bar Row

5x12 50 lbs

Incline Hammer Curls

5x15 16 lbs (8 each hand)

Straight Arm Pushdown

5x15 40 lbs

 

Food:

Good, great, excellent.

 

Unnecessaries at 35.37/50 and I have $16 in my food budget, might be able to move some stuff over into the food extra room, we'll see. 

 

My progress on meal plans is mixed, which is still progress. I'm planning out at least a day in advance which is better than what I was doing and has greatly improved protein consumption. Better yet will be planning multiple days and still leaving in wiggle room for office lunches (which are often impromptu), or whole weeks.

 

Money:

log log log log

 

Staying in budget, woot.

 

Writing:

I FAILED :( taking variance

 

Week 1: A 6/7 B 5/7 C 1/1 D 7/7 E 7/7 F 1/1

Week 2: A 5/7 B 6/7 C 1/1 D 7/7 E 7/7 F 0/1

Week 3: A 3/7 B 3/7 C 0/1 D 3/7 E 3/7 F 0/1

Week 4: A 0/7 B 0/7 C 0/1 D 0/7 E 0/7 F 0/1

Yogas: 1/4

 

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nice work with the meal planning! do you have repeat foods that you batch cook?

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4 minutes ago, CourtnieMarie said:

nice work with the meal planning! do you have repeat foods that you batch cook?

 

I do! I mean, not the same every single week, I need a lot of variety or I go nuts. But I have an instant pot and I like to make salsa shredded chicken (add beans, avocado, rice, and blammo!), soups (kind of hobo soups, usually bone broth from the carcasses of my Cowboy Chicken orders and shredded chicken + whatever is gonna go bad soon), taco bowls (just ground meat with sauce or salsa in a pot and I add beans and onions and stuff goes great with cheese & rice), chilis (which are not UNlike taco bowls in my house)

 

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54 minutes ago, ixaera said:

 

I  love rainy cold days

Not rainy FREEZING days mind you

specifically cold November rain, which I'm told doesn't last forever, but it probably should
(IMVHO)

 

 

YES, all the chill rainy days! I was just saying this morning that coffee becomes extra awesome on cold wet grey days. 

 

54 minutes ago, ixaera said:


this musing brought to you by a rainy window and some hot cocoa that even the busiest workday cannot ruin, EVEN the stupid waterbug roach that fell on my head cannot break my stride

oh no

 

 

wait

wut 

you go on with yer bad self

dayumn 

you just keep on keepin' on 

did you kill it? 

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44 minutes ago, ixaera said:

 

I do! I mean, not the same every single week, I need a lot of variety or I go nuts. But I have an instant pot and I like to make salsa shredded chicken (add beans, avocado, rice, and blammo!), soups (kind of hobo soups, usually bone broth from the carcasses of my Cowboy Chicken orders and shredded chicken + whatever is gonna go bad soon), taco bowls (just ground meat with sauce or salsa in a pot and I add beans and onions and stuff goes great with cheese & rice), chilis (which are not UNlike taco bowls in my house)

nomssss sounds similar to my meals! but i need to keep beans in the cupboard. also rice. do you batch cook a bunch of rice every week?

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40 minutes ago, CourtnieMarie said:

nomssss sounds similar to my meals! but i need to keep beans in the cupboard. also rice. do you batch cook a bunch of rice every week?

 

Yeah I work full time and I'm lazy so I tend to go to instant pot things that don't take a ton of prep and make a lot, or stuff that is super quick that you don't really need to make ahead. Breakfast is almost always either a microwaved egg white scramble (feta & spinach!) or mccann's quick cooking irish oatmeal (very low sugar) with protein powder and some sliced almonds or flax seeds or both. Very occasionally, overnight oats, but I'm not really supposed to have much calcium within 4 hours of my thyroid meds, so just sometimes. Lunch is usually either a sorta pretend lunchable (deli meat + fruit + nuts + baby cheese wheel or something), tuna mixed with cottage cheese and seasonings eaten with some kinda cracker (I like pretzel crisps), or boxed microwave soup. Dinner is about all I really spend any time on and it works best for me :3

 

SOMETIMES, because Cowboy Chicken has a $15 or $20 minimum order charge for delivery, I'll get a 1/4 white meal order, and a cut up chicken added on, and that's protein for a week right there. It's so delicious, but doesn't QUITE fit in my cut cals well enough, but it'll be making a big comeback as a normal thing I do on the reverse diet/lean bulk coming up!

 

EDIT: OMG I forgot to answer the friggin question, I went on a tangent about food instead

anyway, no, I should to save money though. I buy those uncle ben's or tasty bite microwave packets. they're 2 servings per bag, but sometimes I put a bag in a taco bowl and stretch it out over more servings. Also, the Annie Chun's Sticky White Rice is awesome ... I like to do sauteed shrimp with ponzu sauce and some edamame with that.

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