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Hello.

My name is Greg (gaming name is "Gredge", if you see that name on a game, its likely me). I'm a 31 year old married dude and father of two daughters. I'm also an Army Reservist, amateur artist (El Diablo Artistic Ministries on FB and Instagram ;) ) and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner. Last year, my new year resolution was to create more artwork, and I blew every goal I set for my art out of the water. I'm hoping to impart that drive into my physical fitness. I've got a lot of work to do to get back where I wanna be.

 

As an Army reservist, I have to maintain a certain level of physical fitness. The actual PT tests aren't hard (I have fibromyalgia, so I'm exempted from running), but as I get older the weight standards are slowly starting to become more difficult to fit into. The max weight for my height is 179 lbs. I'm currently sitting at 183. The past few times I've weighed in, I've had to do a small weight cut the night before to make the standard (If you fail, you have to do a Body Fat Measurement, which I'd likely pass, but I want to avoid).

 

Another challenge is that my wife has bipolar disorder. For the past year, since her dad's death, she's been in a major depressive state. Not only has this strained my marriage, but it has curtailed my goals. I went from training and teaching BJJ three times a week to only one day a week. All the progress I've made on my fitness slowly regressed as I had to take up more of the slack around the house. Its not necessarily a time thing, but an energy and effort thing and a product of my mental state.  

 

I have a major Army school coming up this March (hopefully!) that I need for promotion. My goal is to get back into "Fighting Shape" and attend this course with no concerns about my weight or fitness level. 

 

I posted a few goals in my intro thread, so I'll reiterate them here:

 

BJJ for 2 hours 2x per week

100 push ups 3x weekly at the office

100 squads 2x weekly at the office

2-3 mile run 1-2x per week.

eat better

start keto February 1st (I have trouble staying on Keto, I'm only doing it to drop weight quickly for my school)

 

This week, I only have time to go to BJJ tonight, because I leave tomorrow evening for drill. Other than that, I'm on track to meet my goals this week. 

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Hello! Blimey, it sounds like you have a lot on your plate :)

 

1 hour ago, Gredge said:

my wife has bipolar disorder. For the past year, since her dad's death, she's been in a major depressive state. Not only has this strained my marriage, but it has curtailed my goals.

 

As someone who struggled with depression for years I can say it is only the support of wonderful family members, such as you are doing for your wife, that managed to help me through it. Mucho respect to you, and all good wishes for your Mrs.

 

And good luck with your challenges! 100 pushups, I'm going faint just thinking about it! Wishing you every success with meeting your goals and getting your promotion :)

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1 hour ago, Mab said:

Hello! Blimey, it sounds like you have a lot on your plate :)

 

 

As someone who struggled with depression for years I can say it is only the support of wonderful family members, such as you are doing for your wife, that managed to help me through it. Mucho respect to you, and all good wishes for your Mrs.

 

And good luck with your challenges! 100 pushups, I'm going faint just thinking about it! Wishing you every success with meeting your goals and getting your promotion :)

 

Thanks for your kind words. We'll get there. We're trying a variety of therapies and medications, but its arduous. 

The pushups aren't hard. I usually exceed 100. Yesterday, I ended up doing like 180. When I'm at work, I take an hourly stretch break, and knock out 20 or more. I'm in the Army, so I've been doing pushups for the better part of my life. 

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Well done Greg, there's a few reservists around here, like @Grumble, but he's also a goat rapist, so, it's awkward. 

Any rewards planned for yourself if you make your challenge? Also, do you seen any trouble points on keto? A couple of us have run the protocol here and there, and there's a few decent work around to most things.

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2 minutes ago, Laghail said:

Well done Greg, there's a few reservists around here, like @Grumble, but he's also a goat rapist, so, it's awkward. 

Any rewards planned for yourself if you make your challenge? Also, do you seen any trouble points on keto? A couple of us have run the protocol here and there, and there's a few decent work around to most things.

 

Sheep, get it right. Good grief.

 

@Gredge, welcome to Nerd Fitness. Glad you found us.

 

For your weight loss goal, Eat better is a start, but it's nebulous. Do you have a more concrete idea?

 

What school are you heading out to?

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2 hours ago, Grumble said:

 

Sheep, get it right. Good grief.

 

@Gredge, welcome to Nerd Fitness. Glad you found us.

 

For your weight loss goal, Eat better is a start, but it's nebulous. Do you have a more concrete idea?

 

What school are you heading out to?

 

Right now, I'm just eating less junk, eating more veggies, and increasing activity. As the school date approaches, I'll do keto to drop any remaining weight I have. This morning I weighed in at 183, so down 3 lbs this week. 

 

The school is Senior Leaders Course. I've been on the E-7 list for the past three years, but when the army implemented the STEP program, my priority for school dropped (in order to get current E7s through the school). This year I'm top priority, because the backlog has been cleared. I'm already in a slot, so I'm hoping to pin in May. 

 

Also, you rape one sheep, thats what you're known for. 

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2 hours ago, Laghail said:

Well done Greg, there's a few reservists around here, like @Grumble, but he's also a goat rapist, so, it's awkward. 

Any rewards planned for yourself if you make your challenge? Also, do you seen any trouble points on keto? A couple of us have run the protocol here and there, and there's a few decent work around to most things.

 

The only problem that I feel with keto is that by the end of my work day, I'm starving. I will usually come home and eat some cheese or pepperoni, and be fine though. I really do drop weight pretty quickly on Keto, but I really like food so I use it sparingly. 

 

The only specific reward I have planned is for when I get my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt. I'm gonna buy a brand new peacocky gi :D

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Last night at BJJ was pretty awesome.

 

I didn't want to go. I was dragging my feet, and almost turned around on the way out there (its about a 10 minute drive to my gym). Last night was literally the only night this week I could go, because I leave tonight to go to drill. Anyways, I wound up just saying "screw it" and going. I'm really glad I did.

 

Our black belt instructor, Darin, only teaches one night a week. I've mentioned that he's super legit, with a great lineage (very important in BJJ, because it weeds out frauds) and is a great teacher. A BJJ black belt, especially in Kentucky, is a big deal. They take at least 10 years to get, and Darin is old school. Anyways, he taught a great class. 

 

The mats were also loaded with my favorite training partners, and I acquitted myself very well against some of our best guys. I'm not the best grappler on the planet, so surviving and even putting these guys in bad positions is a great night for me. 

 

Also, I'm down another .5 lbs this morning. 

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Drill weekend! Good to know everybody weekend gets ruined at the same time.

 

I still need to go to WLC but I've got some P3 profile issues I need to deal with first. Good luck going to SLC! What's your MOS?

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3 hours ago, Grumble said:

Drill weekend! Good to know everybody weekend gets ruined at the same time.

 

I still need to go to WLC but I've got some P3 profile issues I need to deal with first. Good luck going to SLC! What's your MOS?

I'm a 35F, Intelligence Analyst. I enlisted, literally, the day we started the war in Iraq. I was sitting in MEPS, watching the coverage.

 

I've got a P3, because I have Fibromyalgia and some hormonal issues that started shortly after I got back from Iraq/Kuwait. Luckily, the VA recognizes this.

 

1 hour ago, Machete said:

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Hello, fellow Bulldog. 

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21 minutes ago, Gredge said:

I've got a P3, because I have Fibromyalgia and some hormonal issues that started shortly after I got back from Iraq/Kuwait. Luckily, the VA recognizes this.

 

I either need to get down to a P2 or go through a medboard. I haven't decided what I want to do or if I want to stay in past my renewel date.

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21 minutes ago, Grumble said:

 

I either need to get down to a P2 or go through a medboard. I haven't decided what I want to do or if I want to stay in past my renewel date.

Ya know, I just looked at my profile, its  P2 for FM, and 3 for hearing. I was confused. I did have to medboard for my hearing, but I didn't actually do anything. 

I'm at the point now where if I get kicked out on a med board, I'll be medically retired. I'm fine with that. How long have you been in?

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2 minutes ago, Gredge said:

Ya know, I just looked at my profile, its  P2 for FM, and 3 for hearing. I was confused. I did have to medboard for my hearing, but I didn't actually do anything. 

I'm at the point now where if I get kicked out on a med board, I'll be medically retired. I'm fine with that. How long have you been in?

 

I've been in just over 9 right now. It will be just shy of 11 years come august 2019. when my reup expires. 

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On 1/5/2018 at 1:32 PM, Grumble said:

 

I've been in just over 9 right now. It will be just shy of 11 years come august 2019. when my reup expires. 

 

I'm kinda hoping for a medical retirement. lol

 

My diet at drill was crap. I travel, so ate at restaurants. At least I worked out a lot. 

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On 1/4/2018 at 9:20 AM, Mab said:

Hello! Blimey, it sounds like you have a lot on your plate :)

 

 

what she said^^

 

My sister is bipolar, it's tough to watch someone you love struggle like that. I can only imagine the toll it has taken on you.

Good luck with your goals! I don't have a whole lot else to add as absolute zero experience with anything else you mentioned (I'm a navy mom, that's the extent of my military dealings LOL)

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Thanks :)

 

I've been pretty active the past few days. Last night I hit up BJJ again...hopefully i'll be back in class tomorrow night and Saturday. Still doing my pushups at work, though yesterday I wasn't able to do that many squats. We were busy. I think I'm gonna go for a jog tonight, since the weather is unseasonably warm here in Kentucky. 

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3 hours ago, Gredge said:

Staying active. I've been managing to hit my daily goals on Pushups/squats. I did go running Wednesday night. 

 

Diet is still crap though. 

 

Well done on the activity. What would you say your biggest hold up is for diet? 

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On 1/12/2018 at 11:26 AM, Laghail said:

 

Well done on the activity. What would you say your biggest hold up is for diet? 

 

Sorry, I don't get on this site much while I'm at home, and I've been enjoying my long weekend.

Anyways, the problem with my diet is 1) I love food, and healthy food sucks. 2) my autistic daughter subsists on chips, crackers, cookies and chicken nuggets, so that stuff is always in the house.

 

Did really well today though, both diet wise and exercise. I decided to start up a beachbody program called "Combat", which is basically an MMA based P90x. I've also been pretty consistent with my BJJ practice as well, so things are going good.  I started Combat today, and was surprised to learn that the program ends the day I leave for my school, lol. So, today I actually did both BJJ and combat, and am super tired. 

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How goes it? Is there any possibility of making some changes to everyone's diet? Maybe start keeping healthy snacks around?

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On 1/19/2018 at 10:08 PM, RES said:

How goes it? Is there any possibility of making some changes to everyone's diet? Maybe start keeping healthy snacks around?

Its going. I haven't been working out as much, because I tweeked a muscle in my neck. I have been eating a little better, and actually packed a salad for lunch today. lol. 

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