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yeah, I heard about the chocolate milk idea too.  I thought that was the whole base principle of GOMAD; and afterwards any fat can be burned quickly afterward.  Great going so far TM.

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Alright so yesterday went swimmingly, long shift at work kept me from posting here and today followed suit. I've figured out that rather then using the ASVAB study guide it's easier for me to find the areas I need help in and go to Kahn Academy for some practice. Gotten scary good at doing math in my head apparently.


 


So talked to recruiter yesterday and my official enlistment will happen Monday and Tuesday. Monday night I take the ASVAB, get put up for the night at a hotel, and then Tuesday morning take physical and sign paperwork. Little nervous, especially considering I need to be very stubborn about my contract having everything in it before I sign it.


 


Running for Second Week: 2/2 (First Week: 2/2)


Convict Conditioning for Second Week: 1/2 (First Week: 3/2)


Keep Eating Right: 9/10 Points


ASVAB Studying for Second Week: 3/7 (First Week: 6/7)


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Hey Good luck! I hope I'm not too late for this bit of advice. They WILL try to pressure you to sign because they have you there. But remember it's your life and your future and YOU have all the power. If they don't have everything they promised you in the contract then walk away. They will bring you back and do it again, don't let them fool you into thinking this is your one and only shot. And if it is all lined up and you take the oath then congrats man that is an awesome feeling!

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That's moving quickly! When would you start if it all went through fine next week?

Theoretically I'd head for basic in November. They weren't actually able to reserve my job due to a computer error so it's a tiny bit iffy. Still that also means that no one else could reserve it and I doubt to many people are going for Food Specialist Positions.

 

 

Hey Good luck! I hope I'm not too late for this bit of advice. They WILL try to pressure you to sign because they have you there. But remember it's your life and your future and YOU have all the power. If they don't have everything they promised you in the contract then walk away. They will bring you back and do it again, don't let them fool you into thinking this is your one and only shot. And if it is all lined up and you take the oath then congrats man that is an awesome feeling!

Exactly. I'm prepared for the fact that they're going to pressure me and such, it's just a bit of pre-meeting jitters for me now.

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Alright so today was rest day which was nice, but also meant I was hungry all the time. I think when my body figures out that we're relaxing for the day it kicks into overdrive trying to repair everything.


 


Everything was good. I ended up making a chicken pot pie which was good, fed my group which means it's also gone. Still love to get compliments. Started a few new ideas like a grocery list on the fridge and an actual schedule for cleaning the house.


 


Running for Second Week: 2/2 (First Week: 2/2)


Convict Conditioning for Second Week: 1/2 (First Week: 3/2)


Keep Eating Right: 10/11 Points


ASVAB Studying for Second Week: 4/7 (First Week: 6/7)


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If it helps, don't call them lists. Call them systems. System as a word just sounds nerdier, and that's essentially what it is anyway. :D

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Looks like you're doing pretty awesome on this challenge!

 

A couple summers ago to try and get in shape I did a training program that was from the army website. Lots of sprinting, running, and calisthenics. It got me the closest I had ever been to a pull-up and I was able to run a mile in 10 minutes, which isn't super impressive until you take into account that in high school my mile time was 14-15 minutes.

 

Keep going strong!

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If it helps, don't call them lists. Call them systems. System as a word just sounds nerdier, and that's essentially what it is anyway. :D

I may have to try that. Luckily I've pulled my roommate into the grocery system, came home today to find a couple of things from my portion of the list were crossed out as he had bought them for me. 

 

 

Looks like you're doing pretty awesome on this challenge!

 

A couple summers ago to try and get in shape I did a training program that was from the army website. Lots of sprinting, running, and calisthenics. It got me the closest I had ever been to a pull-up and I was able to run a mile in 10 minutes, which isn't super impressive until you take into account that in high school my mile time was 14-15 minutes.

 

Keep going strong!

Yeah pull ups are something I need to work at. Had to add a step to the pull system as I can barely do ten horizontal pulls...

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Alright so in giving with my budget much free food and broccoli was eaten today, and amazingly enough all of it was healthy. ASVAB wise I am still sticking with math for the current moment, gotten to the point where I can do long division in my head with only an occasional error. Strength conditioning went well tonight as well. Now for a ten hour shift tomorrow!


 


Also thinking about trying this recipe tomorrow as a nice snack to bring to work, though adding raisins either instead or with coconut I think.


 


Running for Second Week: 2/2 (First Week: 2/2)


Convict Conditioning for Second Week: 2/2 (First Week: 3/2)


Keep Eating Right: 11/12 Points


ASVAB Studying for Second Week: 5/7 (First Week: 6/7)


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So weekly review. Probably could have included all this in one post but I like to keep things separate.

 

Running

So far this has actually been easier then I thought it would be. I'm not making progress in leaps and bounds but progress is being made. I think it helps that I've decided to take the long term approach to fitness. I'd prefer to take three times as long to get to the same milestone doing everything correctly then getting there faster by sacrificing my health.

 

So in summary, slow and steady baby.

 

Convict Conditioning 

I actually like this one. It's pretty easy to do (in the sense I'm not pushing my body to the point of pain) and I'm actually starting to look good. :D

 

Eating Right

I've gotten to the point where when I look at all the food that's bad for me I think "that's going to make me feel like crap" and I don't want it. So win there. Now I just need to work on the fine tuning.

 

ASVAB

It is... tedious. Still found out that I'm stellar in the word related things, I just need to work on math more.

 

Joy.

 

But it's for a good cause so I'll stick with it.

 

Slow and steady? I can understand that. Someday I will have to run a 8min mile. I went from walking a 20 min mile, to running a 16 min mile and now I'm at 14.5. Working on lowering it 13 min. But slow and stead.

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Great. I looked at your bloody recipe and now I want desert!! :tongue:

 

Looking good, TM! Those bars look like something else, you'll have to let us know how they turn out if you try them!

They actually turned out pretty well, like Beth said they weren't very sweet but still good.

 

The next bit is me going off on a minor cooking tangent so skip if you want :)

 

I ended up throwing a couple handfuls of raisins into the mix as well as some dry ginger as I've found anytime you add cinnamon ginger is a good one too. On top of that I added some honey to the top after it had baked.

 

Texture wise they came out pretty well, kind of like a cross between banana bread and a brownie. Taste and aesthetics wise they do need a little work. Due to the wheat flour the ginger and cinnamon got leached away and the raisins while healthy don't help much there either. Look wise they kind fo turned people off (I always share) so need to figure out a way around that, possibly by making a bit of batter minus the oats on the side and placing it on the top so it looks like a brownie.

 

Taste I think I'm going to add fresh grated ginger and dried cranberries instead, as they'll help it have an actual taste other then oats and flour. On top of that someone gave me the idea of adding banana to it, so going to substitute that for some of the milk. 

 

 

Slow and steady? I can understand that. Someday I will have to run a 8min mile. I went from walking a 20 min mile, to running a 16 min mile and now I'm at 14.5. Working on lowering it 13 min. But slow and stead.

Exactly.

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Alright so update for the last two days. All went well, did my extra running this week and as an added bonus managed to do my running drills for the entirety of how far I ran last time and ran even farther then that.


 


Since I don't think I've talked about the drills I will now. Basically it involves telephone poles.


 


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That pause was for comedic purposes. But yeah, I start my run at a nice jog until I hit my first telephone pole. Once I pass that I start to run at around 70% until I hit my next telephone pole where I slow it down again and so on and so forth. It's basically a way to help increase my endurance even faster and apparently it has been working. 


 


But on a bad note I did break with the diet today, munched on some chips today while playing Portal 2 with my roommate. It wasn't a lot but still was a break in the program and they didn't even taste that good. Weekly wrap up is next. :D


 


Running for Third Week: 0/2 (First Week: 2/2, Second Week: 3/2)


Convict Conditioning for Third Week: 0/2 (First Week: 3/2, Second Week: 2/2)


Keep Eating Right: 12/14 Points


Studying for Third Week: 0/7 (First Week: 6/7, Second Week: 7/7)


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Running

Alright so this is going very well. My distance has been shooting up from where it was and I've been putting on a little speed on top of that based on the fact that I can do drills for a longer period of time. Plus I am actually enjoying my runs. While I love Zombies Run I haven't been taking it with me, wearing a backpack is just too cumbersome, and it is now my walking companion. Unfortunately haven't been walking as much as my new going to the gym five times a week has been meaning I've been sleeping like the dead, not enough time in the morning. That will probably be something to work on next challenge I think.

 

Convict Conditioning

So this one is going okay. I say okay as I have hit a bit of a snag with Horizontal Pulls. Basically I am progressing at a snail's pace. I knew this would happen as I've never been good at pulling exercises but it still really sucks, especially when my Knee Tucks are getting near the progression standard. Frustrating I guess is the word. But going to stay the course.

 

Eating Right

Surprisingly easy. I've found a couple of farm stands nearby that sell all the veggies that I could possibly need and a few that I don't. On top of that trying to cook more meal meals so been getting variety on top of that.

 

Studying

Math is really bloody boring. Unfortunately it's also my weak point so where I need to focus. Since my ASVAB is tomorrow I'm giving myself the next two days off from studying, tomorrow as I'll actually be taking the test and afterwards because of the fact that I am sure doing all the contract stuff will be exhausting. Still I'm going to keep in the studying habit. 

 

I think I will do alternating days. Day 1 is Math as it really is something I need to work on. Day 2 Will be my Science day, Crash Course has a series on both chemistry and biology it would be good to catch up on so use that for a while. Day 3 will be humanities, either History or a subject of my choosing. So here I can read a psychology book, watch the CrashCourse World History series, or something else "soft". Keep alternating and I'll be a scholar in no time!

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Alright so update for the last two days. All went well, did my extra running this week and as an added bonus managed to do my running drills for the entirety of how far I ran last time and ran even farther then that.

 

Since I don't think I've talked about the drills I will now. Basically it involves telephone poles.

 

...

 

That pause was for comedic purposes. But yeah, I start my run at a nice jog until I hit my first telephone pole. Once I pass that I start to run at around 70% until I hit my next telephone pole where I slow it down again and so on and so forth. It's basically a way to help increase my endurance even faster and apparently it has been working. 

 

But on a bad note I did break with the diet today, munched on some chips today while playing Portal 2 with my roommate. It wasn't a lot but still was a break in the program and they didn't even taste that good. Weekly wrap up is next. :D

 

Running for Third Week: 0/2 (First Week: 2/2, Second Week: 3/2)

Convict Conditioning for Third Week: 0/2 (First Week: 3/2, Second Week: 2/2)

Keep Eating Right: 12/14 Points

Studying for Third Week: 0/7 (First Week: 6/7, Second Week: 7/7)

 

 

 

Alright so update for the last two days. All went well, did my extra running this week and as an added bonus managed to do my running drills for the entirety of how far I ran last time and ran even farther then that.

 

Since I don't think I've talked about the drills I will now. Basically it involves telephone poles.

 

...

 

That pause was for comedic purposes. But yeah, I start my run at a nice jog until I hit my first telephone pole. Once I pass that I start to run at around 70% until I hit my next telephone pole where I slow it down again and so on and so forth. It's basically a way to help increase my endurance even faster and apparently it has been working. 

 

But on a bad note I did break with the diet today, munched on some chips today while playing Portal 2 with my roommate. It wasn't a lot but still was a break in the program and they didn't even taste that good. Weekly wrap up is next. :D

 

Running for Third Week: 0/2 (First Week: 2/2, Second Week: 3/2)

Convict Conditioning for Third Week: 0/2 (First Week: 3/2, Second Week: 2/2)

Keep Eating Right: 12/14 Points

Studying for Third Week: 0/7 (First Week: 6/7, Second Week: 7/7)

 

 

I hadn't thought about telephone sprints but that is a wonderful idea.

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Don't freak out about the pulls, man. Pulling movements in general tend to progress a lot slower if you're working on pulling yourself up.  Pulling up is just a really hard thing to do.

 

Don't short yourself on technique. Pay your dues here. You'll be glad you did.

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I actually had a similar idea a couple years ago when I was trying to jog- and used telephone poles as markers. 

 

I love Portal!

 

Sadly, there will never be another one. 

 

 

I found that when I stayed away from junk and then had it, it was never as good as I remembered it.  It just reinforces how great you're doing now. 

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So quick update. Wasn't able to eat well today, food they provided wasn't exactly good for you, but I did get my strength in yesterday and my cardio in today.


 


Plus side though, I'm now officially a member of the National Guard. So yes, damn exciting.


 


Running for Third Week: 1/2 (First Week: 2/2, Second Week: 3/2)


Convict Conditioning for Third Week: 1/2 (First Week: 3/2, Second Week: 2/2)


Keep Eating Right: 13/16 Points


Studying for Third Week: 0/5 (First Week: 6/7, Second Week: 7/7)


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