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At long last I think we have a winner, just attempting to pick up a cheap membership second hand at the moment.

All things going well I should be demolishing the gym on friday (So far away)

YES!

how does one acquire a gym membership second hand?

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24/11/2010

Regain Strength:

Found a gym. Should be picking it up tomorrow. Will hopefully get in a workout tomorrow.

Regain Abs:

Completed a 300 BW Squat session.

Thought about more but didn't complete

Not entirely happy with where am I now. But no gym so can't be helped.

Food:

Breakfast: Bacon and Cheese Omelet

Lunch: Bacon and Sausage Salad

Snack: Apple, Protein Shake, Cereal

Dinner: Couple Pork steaks, 2x PBnJ

Get Bendier:

The high rep workouts are still doing a bit of number on my joints.

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25/11/2010

Regain Strength:

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Had to drive 100km to get it but I finally got it.

And I'm done.

Right.

Squats: Comfortable at 100kg. Probably going to go up to 105 or 110 on saturday or sunday.

Chin up: Got about 60 in total in. No dip belt for added weight sadly at the temporary one.

Dips: Three easy sets of ten

Sudo Deadlift High Pulls: I FREAKING LOVE THESE. I accidentally chucked two 25 kg plates on the sides (thought they were 20's) so I did a bunch of reps at 70 instead of 60. The gym also had a semi hollow floor. Hearing these bad boys make a massive thump sure does make a guy feel manly.

Regain Abs:

Been really really good lately.

Gona cut bread and then I'll pretty much be full paleo.

Finally my eating is under control

Probably about 160g+ of protein today. Cbf counting.

Get Bendier:

Had a 50km car drive after my workout which caused me to stiffen up a bit.

This won't be a problem as I'll be able to work home after most workouts.

I'm going to stretch a bit more soon.

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Nah it's one of those ones where you can go to any of them if you're a member of one. I got a guys membership who didn't want it so it's cheaper. I just had to go out there to sign papers.

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Sudo Deadlift High Pulls: I FREAKING LOVE THESE. I accidentally chucked two 25 kg plates on the sides (thought they were 20's) so I did a bunch of reps at 70 instead of 60. The gym also had a semi hollow floor. Hearing these bad boys make a massive thump sure does make a guy feel manly.

HA i tried these today too. enjoyed them BIG TIME.

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26/11/2010

Regain Strength:

To get stronger one must also recover.

Deads, Squats, Presses and Rows tomorrow.

Regain Abs:

Went out for fish and chips and had a rather nice Pilsner.

Apart from that I've been really good.

Get Bendier:

Rather stiff from yesterday, just stretching and working out all of the kinks at the moment.

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27/11/2010

Completely unrelated note, saw squats on a bosu ball today. FUCKING HILARIOUS, it was actually really pathetic as well.

Regain Strength:

Got back into the gym this morning. Had to walk there and walk back which was about 45 min all up.

While there I wasn't really feeling it and something just wasn't quite right so I scaled it back.

Just now I attempted a few planks and I discovered that the two and a bit weeks out of the gym combined with a lack of core movements has made my trunk as weak as a kitten. I believe this is definitely related to my persistent lower back pain.

Thus, I'm going to be doing planks as much as I can working up to 5 minutes under tension.

This isn't a vanity issue, this is a quality of life issue and I'm sick of the level of pain I'm in limiting me.

Squats: Stopped at 80kg due to tight lower back and pore hip mobility.

Press: Worked up to 55kg for 2 sets of 5.

Deadlift: Stopped at 120kg. I felt decent actually getting the weight up but the level of discomfort was too much between sets.

Also smashed out an easy set of 10 pull ups just because.

Chucked in some inverted rows as well, focusing on chest to bar. Both overhand and supinated grips.

Regain Abs:

Been basically paleo so far today.

I've fallen in love with Kumara (Sweet Potato) again.

Get Bendier:

I'm going to chuck the planks in here as well as I reckon my bendyness will improve rapidly once the level of pain decreases.

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haha i see people trying to do squats on a bosu ball all the time here.

(note that i included the word 'trying' in that statement :) )

my favorite part of your workout:

'Also smashed out an easy set of 10 pull ups just because.'

because the words 'easy' and 'pullups' do not belong in a sentence together!

i'd suggest variations on the plank too to help with core strength.

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I've seen 1 guy successfully squat on a bosu ball. This was followed by many, many amusing attempts to emulate him. Ah, good times.

I second Spezzy - side planks and reverse planks as well as the regular kind!

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28/11/2010

Regain strength:

Another rest day, gym tomorrow hopefully depending on back. May just go work around it.

Regain Abs:

Pretty decent with food today, Ended up cooking up a massive chicken stirfry which should last me five days of lunches which takes a bit of the nightly stress out of the equation.

Get Bendier:

Planks are progressing.

Back is still quite sore.

Just progressing slowly again here.

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29/11/2010

Regain Strength:

Switched to Sumo deadlifting, feels much much much more comfortable. Pulled a couple comfortable triples at 140kg which was nice.

I'm taking a few days off squatting while I work on my tension so as to mitigate injury.

Got in a couple sets of hammer grip pull ups with +20kg which was alright. I was already fairly exhausted when I was doing them.

Not a bad workout, was taking it easy on the back and just easing into it.

Planks are definitely helping.

Regain Abs:

Aunties in town so I splurged on dessert (strawberries and cream)

Apart from that I was reasonable today. Basically Paleo.

Get Bendier:

I haven't felt this limber after a deadlifting session for yonks. I'm definitely more comfortable with the much wider stance sumo lift.

Stretches are coming along decently.

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30/11/2010

Regain Strength:

Another Rest Day, Did a whole series of hill sprints though which felt great.

Regain Abs:

Not the best but it's a process not an outcome.

Get Bendier:

Didn't do as much stretching as I'd like but still reasonable.

Planks are coming along nicely.

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1/12/2010

Regain Strength:

Pulled a 150kg Sumo today, possibly a little too heavy too fast. Got it up though.

Hit 45kg on the DB Rows. The DB's only go up to 50kg in my gym and I probably could have hit that fairly comfortable today.

Decided there isn't really anywhere decent to do muscle ups in my gym. The bar sort goes under rather than out if that makes sense.

Squats aren't going anywhere for awhile, just resting the back a touch.

OH is semi stalled at 50kg, This is just due to my wrists.

Haven't attempted any of the others

Regain Abs:

Had a couple too many desserts this week.

Been basically paleo the rest of the time and I've been having some fairly sick gym/sprint sessions so I'm not bothered.

Get Bendier:

Quite tight from deadlifting today. Should have stopped at 145 instead of pushing on to 150.

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I could be crazy, but it seems like you're getting more in tune with your body lately. Not forcing yourself or having to wait for the extreme warning signs before you stop pushing yourself too hard, but able to push further when your body is ready for it. If that's so, congradulations! I bet it'll make a huge improvement in your training choices / progress / lifestyle.

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Right back into it.

6/12/2010

Regain Strength

Good workout today.

Identified a lot of weakness

Also took stock of where I was at mentally and physically.

Squats.

My back felt good today and I want to keep it that way. Going to keep the jumps at a maximum of 5kg per workout.

Started today at 80kg for 5x5.

Weighted Chins and Dips.

Just need to keep plugging away at these ones.

Completes reps at +25kg and +40kg for these two respectively.

Cleans:

Completed a few sets of hang cleans today.

I have absolutely shite form.

I'm just going to keep working on these and progressing the weight slowly.

Improve my form via familiarisation and practice.

Muscle Ups

Found a spot in my gym to do these.

I'm expecting to just keep plugging away at these when it is reasonable to do so.

Felt good in the gym.

Not massively strong but also not weak/injured either.

Regain Abs:

Had a big weekend of eating out with my gf (first time seeing her in 3 weeks)

So we sort of spoiled each other a bit.

I'm just going to tighten up my diet again and keep remembering it's a process.

I have noticeable abs now, even without light help so I'm just going to keep defining them more and more.

Get Bendier:

Slacked off on my stretches a touch as well.

Going to get a lot in tonight.

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8/12/2010

Regain Strength:

Squats: Comfortable at 85kg for 5x5

Sumo Deads: Pulled a couple singles at 155kg and almost passed out

Muscle Ups: Completed a set of 4 consecutive which was hot.

Hang Cleans: Completed reps at 50kg. Getting more comfortable here, plan is working.

Press Ups: Completed 4x25 comfortably.

Regain Abs:

It's a process not a race.

Just pacing myself and just genuinely enjoying things right now.

I'm not emotionally eating.

I'm just eating.

The difference is amazing in terms of how I feel about myself.

Get Bendier:

Flexibility is so so variable.

But I saw a guy going ATG squats with 140kgso I need to work on my hip flexors more!

I'm still getting below parallel with my massively wide stance.

So I'm really happy with how my squat depth is.

Really need to work on those hammies though.

My god those hammies.

Big shout out to Alethea, I owe all of my flexibility to her.

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Yay time with loved ones! I think a few happy days do way more for personal wellness than a week of hard gym-days, overall. : P

Definitely Alethea, it's amazing the sense of just being only mildly stressed (yay work instead of exams) and just genuinely being happy. It's a gooooooooooood feeling.

I could be crazy, but it seems like you're getting more in tune with your body lately. Not forcing yourself or having to wait for the extreme warning signs before you stop pushing yourself too hard, but able to push further when your body is ready for it. If that's so, congradulations! I bet it'll make a huge improvement in your training choices / progress / lifestyle.

You're not crazy. I've just been trying to figure things out.

So what if I'm not squatting 140kg at the moment.

I'll get there again over time.

Until then I'll just focus on the things I can do and build the rest up over time.

Beside, spending hours stretching and waking up unable to sit up properly through stiffness isn't pleasant!

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I love that ATG is an acronym. My partner asked me what it meant, and gave me The Eye when I told him. You know the one. The "you crazy people, who thinks about stuff like that, what the hell is wrong with you guys" look. I'm sure you're familiar with it.

Any hints on how to seperate the emotion from the eating? Have been seriously finding food = comfort lately.

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ATG is a definite acronym! Anyone who thinks definitely must squat like a pansy!

In all honestly it's a difficult beast.

You quite simply just can't force it.

For me personally.

I eat when I'm either bored or ultra stressed.

So it just comes down to being busy and have food prepared.

I also find I become more stressed if I'm restricting myself.

So nothings off limit.

But then again since I'm so busy I just eat because I'm hungry if that makes sense?

The more you obsess over food the more food you'll emotionally eat.

I tend to find decent conversation works as you don't want to be rude to scoff down some food while you're eating.

90% of the time it's not the main meals that are the problem. It's the shit in between.

Does that sorta answer your question? I just treat it as a process and not as a problem?

If it's a problem you'll start to worry about it and begin to enter binge/purge cycles.

If it's a process it just is what it is and you just intrinsically know that it doesn't matter as it's rectifying itself.

So I'd just try to mentally separate it from being a "problem" to it just being a part of your life.

Who gives a fuck if you eat this now and then.

In the grand context of things you eat three quarters of a million calories a year and 58 million over a lifetime.

What the hell does a 200 calorie cookie matter?

If you can start thinking in those terms then it doesn't become something to solve.

And as soon as you're not actively treating it as as "emotional eating problem" it ceases to be one.

Does that help?

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I think it makes sense. Definitely the more I stress about food the more stressed I get, and thus the more I WANT food. Stupid cycle, easy to break.

How're things going lately? kicking ass and taking names?

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