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Great goals! Definitely tough but something awesome to work toward. I'm confused about your current 130/90 numbers in deadlift/squat. You said those are PRs but then also said they're your 5x5 numbers - what is your 1 rep max, and what exactly are you trying to accomplish?

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Great goals! Definitely tough but something awesome to work toward. I'm confused about your current 130/90 numbers in deadlift/squat. You said those are PRs but then also said they're your 5x5 numbers - what is your 1 rep max, and what exactly are you trying to accomplish?

Great questions! :)

I've never done a 1 rep max test, and at this point I'm not sure it makes sense to do so, since I've still got beginner's gains on my side and it keeps going up most weeks.

My true goal is to be able to 5x5 (3x5 for deadlift) the numbers lifted. If I can't, maybe I'll try for just 1 set of 5 reps. And if I can't do that, maybe I can just do 1. :)

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Great questions! :)

I've never done a 1 rep max test, and at this point I'm not sure it makes sense to do so, since I've still got beginner's gains on my side and it keeps going up most weeks.

My true goal is to be able to 5x5 (3x5 for deadlift) the numbers lifted. If I can't, maybe I'll try for just 1 set of 5 reps. And if I can't do that, maybe I can just do 1. :)

I love this goal! I personally think one rep maxes are very overrated (and an easy pass to injury). Work on linear progression and get those weights up. Your goals are definitely challenging but I think you have the drive to complete them

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Great questions! :)

I've never done a 1 rep max test, and at this point I'm not sure it makes sense to do so, since I've still got beginner's gains on my side and it keeps going up most weeks.

My true goal is to be able to 5x5 (3x5 for deadlift) the numbers lifted. If I can't, maybe I'll try for just 1 set of 5 reps. And if I can't do that, maybe I can just do 1. :)

Agreed on all counts. I think 1RMs are good for gauging progress but not necessary for training and improving. Good luck! And thanks for all the food porn!

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Squats:

1x5 @ 45

1x5 @ 65

1x5 @ 85

5x5 @ 100 (PR) <-- woohoo 100!

Press:

3x5 @ 45

2x4 @ 50 (trying to bust through that plateau)

Deadlift:

1x5 @ 45

1x5 @ 65

1x5 @ 95

1x5 @ 115

3x5 @ 140 (PR)

The last set was rouuugh. I managed to keep good form, but I paused for 2-3 secs between each rep to reset my form and catch my breath a little. I wonder how long you can pause before it stops counting as a single set. Either way, 140! Woohoo!

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Grtaz on the PRs catspaw!

Thanks!

Congrats on those numbers! Great progress.

/flex Hahaha. (If you could see how little my arm changes when I flex it, you'd find it funny too.)

Slow and steady!

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Oooooh man, your pumpkin latte recipe made me produce inarticulate noises of joy. I've been thinking about making my own pumpkin lattes recently but hadn't gotten around to looking up recipes. <333333333

Awesome job on the PRs!!

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Breakfast: Sweet bacon fig omelet, chicken sausage on pan seared zucchini.

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Lunch: Leftover turkey kabocha stew

The stew may have even tasted better the second day! :) Nomnomnom...

Snack: Turkey jerky

Snack: Homemade paleo trail mix

Dinner: Poached salmon (based roughly on this recipe but used lemon juice instead of white wine)

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Food totals: Calories: 2019 (79g carbs, 114g fat, 178g protein)

Paleo score: A.

Something new: for the first time today in distant memory, I finished the day full before I'd finished eating the number of calories I wanted to eat. A few spoonfuls of PF Nuttzo cleared that up, of course, but cool! If it happens again, I'm totally pulling out the "recipes I've always wanted to make but they're too high-cal" list.

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Are you constantly looking up new recipes or do you just go to the kitchen and do it? Fantastic about the calorie goal too! :)

Great question! I'm RSS subscribed to about 40 food blogs (maybe 10 of them pure paleo) and glance through them every day, bookmarking ones that are both paleo (or I can turn paleo with some tweaks) and look tasty to me. I tag them with their category (breakfast, chicken, dessert, fish, etc.) and then as I plan my meals a few days in advance, I say things like: "Well, I'm having ground turkey for lunch, so I want something not-poultry for dinner. I have ground beef in my freezer, but that's two ground meals. Hm, I also have salmon in my freezer. What recipes (new or old) do I feel like making with salmon?" I have two bookmark folders: "Recipes" (tried, tested and true) and "Future noms" (not yet tried), and pick back and forth between them, moving successes from Future noms to Recipes.

I don't actually recommend this strategy for everyone; I'm sort of a data/organization nerd, so this is what works for me. :)

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Great question! I'm RSS subscribed to about 40 food blogs (maybe 10 of them pure paleo) and glance through them every day, bookmarking ones that are both paleo (or I can turn paleo with some tweaks) and look tasty to me. I tag them with their category (breakfast, chicken, dessert, fish, etc.) and then as I plan my meals a few days in advance, I say things like: "Well, I'm having ground turkey for lunch, so I want something not-poultry for dinner. I have ground beef in my freezer, but that's two ground meals. Hm, I also have salmon in my freezer. What recipes (new or old) do I feel like making with salmon?" I have two bookmark folders: "Recipes" (tried, tested and true) and "Future noms" (not yet tried), and pick back and forth between them, moving successes from Future noms to Recipes.

I don't actually recommend this strategy for everyone; I'm sort of a data/organization nerd, so this is what works for me. :)

That's really cool. You could have an awesome book/blog about this. Anyhow, you're right... I could never do that. Haha. Looking forward to more updates (not just food).

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Now where's this pumpkin latte recipe I've heard so much about...

Here. Though note that it's intentionally unsweetened. If you're so inclined, 1-2 Tbsp brown sugar would bring it up to more of a Starbucks-style pumpkin spice latte.

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Drool. That's all.

Yeah, I've discovered it's a combo that fulfills my need for a sweet breakfast without actually all that many grams of sugar (or even carbs, for that matter). I use 1 egg + 2 egg whites for the omelet, and then add some stewed figs (to make a sort of jam) and bacon. It's sweet, salty and noms!

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So how much would it cost if you were to become my personal chef? Seriously.

If we all lived in the same city, I'd just start a paleo restaurant and call it quits. Catspaw's Caveman Cafe.

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All right, PR! And I may be late to the game, but the latte does look amazing. I don't know if I have the fortitude for canned pumpkin in my coffee though... I'm sure it's actually delicious, but the concept is just a little beyond me. Hah.

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