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So I was gone for a while. Like forevers.  :upset:

 

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Sad day(s)

 

So here's the low-down on my disappearance, my reappearance, and everything in between. This isn't so much a new six week challenge thread, being a wee bit late for that, as it is a getting-back-to-things-and-also-updates-thread. There will be some bad, but hopefully more good!

 

So I ended my last challenge (waaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in May) on a note that I will describe as "meh".

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Meh.

 

I was going through some life changes that involved a lady-friend (yay!) that started to mess with my routine as a single person. I didn't know quite how to react, so things other than my normal workout routine began to suffer, though I can say with certainty that I prefer the time spent with the lady-friend (more on her later!) to all those extra bits. Next, with my job, I had June and July off, so I took a six week deal at a summer program for high school students that I had previously worked with. The only bad things were that I had internet access issues (so no new challenge or updates) and a free dining center buffet (free is good, all you can eat, not so much). I still worked out five days a week and even got to rock climb! But with the added food, I gained about five pounds, which is not terrible overall. Once the program got done, I got back home and got back to my ideal body weight of around 200lbs.

 

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Happy beard!

 

So when work started again I stayed in the routine, though food was a slight issue (the lady-friend cooks and bakes all sorts of wonderful things). The workouts managed to keep things in check so that I only gained about four pounds of "relationship weight", which in the grand scheme of things wasn't too bad. The lady-friend and I started talking about heavier relationship stuff! Huzzah!

Now the bad stuff.

 

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Again with the sad days

 

Mid-September to min-November where not the best days I've had. To start off, My schedule got completely thrown out of whack. I started grad school, started teaching an evening math course, and was offered a small part in the campus musical as an extra. All good things, but coupled with a busy work schedule I really wasn't able to work out and I refused to wake up early. Then in September my grandma had a stroke and died two weeks later. A month after that my grandpa (other side of the family) came to see the musical, went home, and died after he sat in his chair (he had been dealing with cancer). Not a great couple months. I really didn't care what I ate and the end result is I gained about 15 pounds (so up to 218 total).

 

That's the end of the bad stuff, on to the good things.

 

On December 1st, I asked the lady-friend to marry me! Ring pictured below.

 

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She said yes!

 

I have gotten into a routine that lets me workout and still do everything I need to in the evenings (i.e. I exercise in the morning before work now). I'm back to eating healthy and I'm down to 209lbs, almost back to relationship weight! I'm doing Stronglifts 5x5 and some elliptical stuff in between. What I've realized from this is that I have a pretty good idea of what to do and how to go about doing it. The real thing I struggle with is how to adjust to changes in my routine, as do many other people. So going forward I need to anticipate what I can and plan ahead for the things I know will happen. That's the plan.

 

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Happy beard again!

 

Now to the last things: I missed my fellow assassins! I missed this place! It was great to have a group of people I could share my struggles and triumphs with, especially since many of you were/are going through similar experiences. 

 

Like I said before, I'm a wee bit late to the party for the challenge, but I will eventually post some goals and share my progress for the duration!

 

The Beard is back.

 

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And so is Shark Beard

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Str: 10     Dex: 9     Sta: 6     Con: 7     Wis: 4     Cha: 3


 


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"I'm not losing weight. I'm getting rid of it. I have no intention of ever finding it again."


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I am looking forward to following this awesome beardness when you start posting! Welcome back!

- please excuse typos. "Sent from my phone."

Race -- GREY ELF | Class -- Assassin

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Glad you are back! Congrats on the engagement. 

Wisdom 21   Dexterity 11   Charisma 14   Strength 18  Constitution-12

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"If more of us valued food and cheer and song, above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world" J.R.R.Tolkien

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Prologue to Chapter 2


 


Since there are only a couple weeks left in this challenge, these will be fairly basic. I'll equate this to a prologue for a sequel video game.


 


Objective: Get to pre-relationship weight


 


To be specific, 199lbs. From there, the goal will simply be to be healthy with no particular weight goal in mind.


 


Goals


 


1) Workouts - I currently work out 5 days a week: 3 days on Stronglifts and the other 2 on elliptical to get rid of the fat I got back. Making all 5 of these in a week when possible will continue to be important.


 


Reward upon completion: Confirmation I'm back in a routine


 


2) Pull-ups - After much neglect, I want to get back into these. After perusing the forums, it seems the best option to do these is during the squat/bench/row day. So that's the plan, bring pull-ups back.


 


Reward upon completion: Getting back to doing pull-ups is it's own reward


 


3) Take weekly progress pictures - Since my body composition is different this time around (more muscle, less fat despite the weight gain), I hope to take weekly progress pictures to monitor my progress. 


 


Reward upon completion: A sexy body.


 


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Beard on


 


Well, here we go!


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Str: 10     Dex: 9     Sta: 6     Con: 7     Wis: 4     Cha: 3


 


Current Challenge: Respawn    Past Challenges: 1 2 3


 


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"I'm not losing weight. I'm getting rid of it. I have no intention of ever finding it again."


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Oh goodness no! My beard is part of my identity! :) I only shave for charity (though trimmings are acceptable).

 

Also, goal three will be updated in a few minutes!.

Level 3 Bearded Assassin


 


Str: 10     Dex: 9     Sta: 6     Con: 7     Wis: 4     Cha: 3


 


Current Challenge: Respawn    Past Challenges: 1 2 3


 


Daily Battle Log   Album


 


"I'm not losing weight. I'm getting rid of it. I have no intention of ever finding it again."


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So I got up and did my workout this morning! Today was the squat/bench/row day, so I did my pull-ups! First picture will start on Wednesday of next week.

 

Workout:

 

Pull-ups - 1x3, 2x2 - Ooftah. That's quite the regression from what I was at. Alas, it was my own undoing. But back to it!

 

Stronglifts 5x5:

Squat - 5x5, 225lbs

Bench - 5x5, 135lbs

Row - 5x5, 135lbs

 

Continuing to do well in this area.

 

There's the update!

Level 3 Bearded Assassin


 


Str: 10     Dex: 9     Sta: 6     Con: 7     Wis: 4     Cha: 3


 


Current Challenge: Respawn    Past Challenges: 1 2 3


 


Daily Battle Log   Album


 


"I'm not losing weight. I'm getting rid of it. I have no intention of ever finding it again."


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Got up this morning and did a half hour of cardio. 15 minutes on elliptical and 15 on stationary bike. Goals for the day reached.

 

In other news, I'm taking a busload of students to a regional amateur hockey league game. Should be fun!

Level 3 Bearded Assassin


 


Str: 10     Dex: 9     Sta: 6     Con: 7     Wis: 4     Cha: 3


 


Current Challenge: Respawn    Past Challenges: 1 2 3


 


Daily Battle Log   Album


 


"I'm not losing weight. I'm getting rid of it. I have no intention of ever finding it again."


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Did my Saturday workout!

 

Squats - 5x5, 230lbs

Shoulder press - 5x5, 110lbs

Deadlift - 1x5, 155lbs

 

Took Sunday off and this morning off as planned. Back to the gym tomorrow!

Level 3 Bearded Assassin


 


Str: 10     Dex: 9     Sta: 6     Con: 7     Wis: 4     Cha: 3


 


Current Challenge: Respawn    Past Challenges: 1 2 3


 


Daily Battle Log   Album


 


"I'm not losing weight. I'm getting rid of it. I have no intention of ever finding it again."


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Back to the gym!

 

Pull-ups - 1x3, 2x2

 

Squats - 5x5, 235lbs

Bench - 5x5, 140lbs

Row - 5x5, 140lbs

 

Beard pic of the week (progress pic tomorrow)!

 

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Level 3 Bearded Assassin


 


Str: 10     Dex: 9     Sta: 6     Con: 7     Wis: 4     Cha: 3


 


Current Challenge: Respawn    Past Challenges: 1 2 3


 


Daily Battle Log   Album


 


"I'm not losing weight. I'm getting rid of it. I have no intention of ever finding it again."


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Hehehe :D spit takes are great!

 

I love squatting! On Thursday I will be squatting 240lbs, i.e. my starting weight before I started getting healthier. Super excited!

Level 3 Bearded Assassin


 


Str: 10     Dex: 9     Sta: 6     Con: 7     Wis: 4     Cha: 3


 


Current Challenge: Respawn    Past Challenges: 1 2 3


 


Daily Battle Log   Album


 


"I'm not losing weight. I'm getting rid of it. I have no intention of ever finding it again."


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Got up and did elliptical today. As promised, here is the first photo-progress update.

 

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For comparison, here is me at the same weight (209lbs) the first time around (muscle is awesome).

 

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Level 3 Bearded Assassin


 


Str: 10     Dex: 9     Sta: 6     Con: 7     Wis: 4     Cha: 3


 


Current Challenge: Respawn    Past Challenges: 1 2 3


 


Daily Battle Log   Album


 


"I'm not losing weight. I'm getting rid of it. I have no intention of ever finding it again."


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Lifted this morning as per the routine.

 

Squat - 5x5, 240lbs

Press - 2x5, 1x4, 2x3, 115lbs

Deadlift - 1x5, 165

 

Hit a snag in press, but that was expected. I ended up having to go all three "try again" sessions for 110lbs as well so we'll see what happens on this one.

Level 3 Bearded Assassin


 


Str: 10     Dex: 9     Sta: 6     Con: 7     Wis: 4     Cha: 3


 


Current Challenge: Respawn    Past Challenges: 1 2 3


 


Daily Battle Log   Album


 


"I'm not losing weight. I'm getting rid of it. I have no intention of ever finding it again."


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Did the stationary bike and elliptical this morning. Super tired today. Not much to report.

 

If only Forrest... if only.

 

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Level 3 Bearded Assassin


 


Str: 10     Dex: 9     Sta: 6     Con: 7     Wis: 4     Cha: 3


 


Current Challenge: Respawn    Past Challenges: 1 2 3


 


Daily Battle Log   Album


 


"I'm not losing weight. I'm getting rid of it. I have no intention of ever finding it again."


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So on Friday I ended up donating two units of blood, so no workout on Saturday. However, to make up for it I am doing an extra day this week, starting with today.

 

With the schedule thrown off, I completely forgot pull-ups :(

 

Squat - 5x5, 245 lbs

Bench - 5x5, 145 lbs

Rows - 5x5, 145 lbs

 

 

Oh, and by the way, fun fact about the squats from Thursday: I was basically squatting me at my heaviest! :P:)

Level 3 Bearded Assassin


 


Str: 10     Dex: 9     Sta: 6     Con: 7     Wis: 4     Cha: 3


 


Current Challenge: Respawn    Past Challenges: 1 2 3


 


Daily Battle Log   Album


 


"I'm not losing weight. I'm getting rid of it. I have no intention of ever finding it again."


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Hehehe I like doing that with my fiance :P she thinks it's really funny when I use her as my squat bar! :D

Level 3 Bearded Assassin


 


Str: 10     Dex: 9     Sta: 6     Con: 7     Wis: 4     Cha: 3


 


Current Challenge: Respawn    Past Challenges: 1 2 3


 


Daily Battle Log   Album


 


"I'm not losing weight. I'm getting rid of it. I have no intention of ever finding it again."


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So today my body just didn't want to do anything. Got up with my alarm and apparently passed out when I turned it off. Work up with about 20 minutes to go before work.... sooooooo no work out today...

Level 3 Bearded Assassin


 


Str: 10     Dex: 9     Sta: 6     Con: 7     Wis: 4     Cha: 3


 


Current Challenge: Respawn    Past Challenges: 1 2 3


 


Daily Battle Log   Album


 


"I'm not losing weight. I'm getting rid of it. I have no intention of ever finding it again."


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Back at it today!

 

Squats - 5x5, 250lbs

Press - 3x5, 2x4, 115lbs

Deadlift - 1x5, 175lbs

 

Picture to follow sometime today.

Level 3 Bearded Assassin


 


Str: 10     Dex: 9     Sta: 6     Con: 7     Wis: 4     Cha: 3


 


Current Challenge: Respawn    Past Challenges: 1 2 3


 


Daily Battle Log   Album


 


"I'm not losing weight. I'm getting rid of it. I have no intention of ever finding it again."


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Hit the gym again for stronglifts.

 

Squats - 5x5, 255lbs

Bench - 5x5, 150 lbs

Rows* - 5x3, 150lbs

 

*I have discovered that I have been doing these wrong, so I will be resetting this one to 115lbs to make sure I do them right.

 

Happy Friday! Here's a beard!

 

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Level 3 Bearded Assassin


 


Str: 10     Dex: 9     Sta: 6     Con: 7     Wis: 4     Cha: 3


 


Current Challenge: Respawn    Past Challenges: 1 2 3


 


Daily Battle Log   Album


 


"I'm not losing weight. I'm getting rid of it. I have no intention of ever finding it again."


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