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I've named this challenge after "Phenomenal Woman" By Dr. Maya Angelou, may she rest in peace. If you don't know it, you should read it. This is in comic form if you're more of a visual person.

 

Main goal: For this challenge I want to get down to 155lbs and my ultimate goal at the moment is 150lbs, which means 12lbs in 6 weeks. I've been loosing about 2lbs a week, so as long as I can keep it up, I should get there with some dedication.

 

Goals:

1. Keep lifting 3x a week with SL5x5, I want to keep making progress on my lifts as well as loose weight.

2. Stick to 1,300 calories a day. I usually let myself have a few beers or something every few weeks with friends, but I want to stay really strict for this challenge.

3. Drink at least 3 water bottles full a day. I'm usually really good about water, but for the last few weeks I've been forgetting and I can see the difference.

 

Life quest: This might be odd, but I really need a project. I'm bored to tears waiting for school to start, and without something to work on I just watch Netflix all day. My mom needs a dining room table set sanded and painted so I'll probably do that. I really like working with furniture and building things. Plus it's nice outside, so working outside should be fun.

 

Motivation: This challenge is pretty simple, but it means a lot to me. This is the most in shape I've been in my whole life, and I'm not even at my goals yet. I'm so excited to see what else I'm capable of and what I look like in shape. That's pretty much my motivation. Also, 3 weeks into this challenge is Seattle Pride and I've always wanted to look awesome for pride. I'm hoping that with more specific but doable goals I can be more successful this challenge.

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Maya Angelou was a brilliant soul.  My girlfriend and I sat on the porch reading her poetry to each other for a while after we found out that she passed.  

 

Those look like pretty good goals, too.  Specific, measurable, etc. etc.  I haven't seen many people go into the Stronglifts program with such a low daily caloric intake.  For myself, I've found that I need to be taking in at least twice that much to be able to make any progress.  What are your thoughts on that?

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I like the project idea, and I am sure your mom will be GRATEFUL to have that done!  Happy moms pay with delicious noms (at least mine does...let me know if you need mine to send you some)!

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Start Weight: 279.6    Current Weight: 270.1    Goal Weight: 220.0

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Challenge History: Lvl 1 Rebel, PvP, Lvl 2 Warrior, Lvl 3 Warrior

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Maya Angelou was a brilliant soul.  My girlfriend and I sat on the porch reading her poetry to each other for a while after we found out that she passed.  

 

Those look like pretty good goals, too.  Specific, measurable, etc. etc.  I haven't seen many people go into the Stronglifts program with such a low daily caloric intake.  For myself, I've found that I need to be taking in at least twice that much to be able to make any progress.  What are your thoughts on that?

I haven't had any problems with gains so far, my protein intake is 146g. a day which keeps them going pretty well. However, if that changes anytime soon I will reassess my daily intake. I'm also female, so that makes a difference. 1,700 calories is maintenance for me, so 1,300 isn't too bad.

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The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. –Chinese Proverb

The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at. –Jesse Owens

Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. –Eleanor Roosevelt

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. –Ayn Rand

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I like the project idea, and I am sure your mom will be GRATEFUL to have that done!  Happy moms pay with delicious noms (at least mine does...let me know if you need mine to send you some)!

Haha yes, she will be very grateful. I'm usually the one who makes the noms though so I'll just have to treat myself :)

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The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. –Chinese Proverb

The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at. –Jesse Owens

Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. –Eleanor Roosevelt

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. –Ayn Rand

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So this week I got down to 164.7, but I've yoyo-ed back up to 166.7. My starting weight was 167. And considering that I've been really sticking to 1,300 calories, I'm pretty sure it's just water weight. So I'm going to be upping my water intake from 3 to at least 4 bottles a day. For the last week when I get up in the morning I feel a little dehydrated, so hopefully upping my water will help that as well.

 

Other than that the rest of the challenge has been going great! I'm still needing to do 4x5 then 5x5 with bench weight, but this week I went straight to 5x5 with 60lbs on my OHP! I'm excited because I was really hovering over 55lbs for awhile so it's nice to be past it as my shoulders are probably my weakest area. I haven't started on my project yet, It's been really cold here in Seattle this week and I don't have room inside the garage to work so it has to be outside. Hopefully this coming week will be nicer. I'm also planning on getting some gardening projects done with my Grandma when it clears up so that should be fun!

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The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. –Chinese Proverb

The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at. –Jesse Owens

Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. –Eleanor Roosevelt

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. –Ayn Rand

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Great job getting to 60 lbs. on the OHP!

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Start Weight: 279.6    Current Weight: 270.1    Goal Weight: 220.0

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Challenge History: Lvl 1 Rebel, PvP, Lvl 2 Warrior, Lvl 3 Warrior

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Great job getting to 60 lbs. on the OHP!

Thank you!

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The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. –Chinese Proverb

The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at. –Jesse Owens

Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. –Eleanor Roosevelt

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. –Ayn Rand

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Ok, sorry I haven't posted in a little while for this challenge. I am still continuing with my goals, however I've had some family stuff come up that got me side tracked. Because of that my life goals have changed quite a bit. My grandma can no longer cook and clean for herself and my grandpa, so that has become my job, which I suppose qualifies as a "project" so I'm not too far off of the original challenge. But regardless, they are what needs my attention for the time being.

 

As far as the weight loss goes, I'm down to 165 as of yesterday and still being strict about my food and water. I'm also still lifting. The other day I happened to record my squats and realized I'm definitely not going low enough (the mirrors in my gym stop like a foot above the floor and I'm short so I couldn't see). So I've deloaded and am making sure I'm getting low and keeping my knees lined up with my toes. I'm having a really hard time with my bench press though, I just can't get passed 90lbs, so I'm thinking about either deloading or switching to 5/3/1 or something. Suggestions welcome.

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1, Current Challenge

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. –Chinese Proverb

The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at. –Jesse Owens

Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. –Eleanor Roosevelt

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. –Ayn Rand

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Deload and stay with 5x5 for right now.  I video myself regularly on squats so I can make sure I am getting deep.  It is good that you recognized the problem and are correcting it.  

 

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Ok sounds good. Also, ADORABLE CHILD!

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1, Current Challenge

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. –Chinese Proverb

The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at. –Jesse Owens

Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. –Eleanor Roosevelt

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. –Ayn Rand

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