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Okay, so, I'm taking a quick break from warrior training to get cut open.

 

So, seeing as I've already been told that post surgery I won't be allowed to workout the way that I've fallen in love with, I've decided to pop in here and see what the whole adventurer life is like.

 

Backstory:

 

I've always been bigger, but during University I packed on a lot of weight, and then got a job that was mostly inactive and gained more weight. Then got another job with even less activity (i.e. completely desk bound) and peaked at around 147.2kg around the age of 27. That was a few years ago now, and after yo-yo dieting for a while, I found NF back up around 142.7kg at the start of 2014. That's sort of where everything changed for me, and I've been improving gradually ever since.

 

After my level 1 challenge I joined the assassin's primarily because I didn't have a gym membership, and was really inspired by "the world is your playground" idea. And I even stuck with it mostly. I got stronger, althought I never did manage that elusive pull-up, and remained with the assassin's guild until the end of 2014.

 

Then, for the first challenge of this year, because I now have a gym membership, and had started the Strong Lifts program, I joined the warrior guild. And they were fantastic. Everyone there was so inspiring, and motivating, and so many of them know so much about lifting that to pretty much any question about strength training you could think of, someone there had an answer, and oftentimes, multiple people had the answer. It was great.

 

But now, I'm staring at the start of a new challenge, and know for a fact that in a week and a half I go under the knife, and I'm not allowed to lift for 6 weeks after that.

 

And that brings me here. I want to continue (or more accurately restart) my weightloss journey without the assistance of lifting heavy weights.

 

The Challenge:

 

Lose weight. It always sounds so simple, and yet it never is.

 

Goals:

 

1) Stick to my eating plan and use meal prep to keep it easy.

 

I have a very basic meal plan already put together that I'm constantly working on making more diverse. I'll try and post the food porns here, when I remember (which I'm not going to garauntee because I'm lazy).

 

2) Exercise as much as is medically safe and allowed by your recovery.

 

Basically, my surgeon has told me that I will be able to do more and more towards the end of my 6 weeks of recovery, so I want to use that to incrementaly increase the intensity of what I'm doing. And I should post here what I'm doing each week for the purposes of accountability.

 

3) Continue on Mobility training.

 

So it turns out, lifting weights requires a lot more flexibility than I expected. More than I have to be specific. So, for the next 6 weeks, I'm going to take the lack of DOMS as an opportunity to work on my lower body mobility each and every single day. So I have to spend 5-10 minutes each day completing a stretching routine that I already have established. This is about consistency, and accountability because I already know to do this, and every now and then I actually do it. So now I just need to make it a habit.

 

Reward:

 

If I can stick to this, and let myself take the time I need to in order to recover properly, I am going to splurge on myself a little, and buy a few training sessions from the strength and conditioning trainer at my gym to work on my deadlift form.

 

Bonus Goal:

 

Update here more than just once a week. I know once a week is technially enough, but I've been pretty slack in the past about posting updates. So, 2-3 times a week is my goal for this. And I'm not sure how I'm going to reward myself for this one, but I'll think of something (and include it in one of my many updates :) ).

 

Anyway, that's it for now.

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Day one down!

And mostly it's a win.

The eating wasn't too far off track. I totaled 1725 ish total calories. I say "ish" because I didn't properly track, but I mostly ate the things I always eat, with a couple of low calorie treats thrown in because I've been really struggling with cravings.

I also hit the gym and got in a weights session. I'm not following SL at the moment because I'm focusing on cutting as much weight as possible before my surgery (improves my risk factors).

Also, gym means I weighed in. Starting weight for the challenge: 125.1kg

Not bad considering ended the last challenge back up to around 128kg.

Anyway, surgery is a week and a half away. It's only day surgery, but still enough to keep me out from under a bar for 6 weeks...

I'm going to get some stretching done before I fall asleep, and that should see all 3 of my goals hit for the day.

Okay, day 1, pretty good success I would say.

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Day three... Well, it wasn't as good as day 1.

I did manage to get my exercise in, and lifting weights is still my favourite thing to do.

The other thing was we took a break from our diet for the last time before my surgery. 7 days out now.

Then for my last part of the challenge, I did in fact stretch out properly before going to bed.

Day 2, not so much a resounding success, but still a good day.

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Following! 

Really good job setting goals around your surgery. I had a surgery scheduled during my first challenge, and I assumed that I should just forget about doing a challenge with that going on. People encouraged me to do it anyway and work my challenge around the surgery, and I'm so glad I did. It really kept me on track with my diet, and also had me walking a lot right after surgery which helped with recovery. 

You'll be back to lifting in no time! Keep up the good work! 

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Following!

Really good job setting goals around your surgery. I had a surgery scheduled during my first challenge, and I assumed that I should just forget about doing a challenge with that going on. People encouraged me to do it anyway and work my challenge around the surgery, and I'm so glad I did. It really kept me on track with my diet, and also had me walking a lot right after surgery which helped with recovery.

You'll be back to lifting in no time! Keep up the good work!

Welcome to my thread of rambling thoughts. And it's good to know that you recovered from your mid challenge surgery. It gives me hope.

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I'm another follower.

 

I lost 52 pounds last year so your goals are interesting to me. It looks like you have a good plan in place, especially considering how you are working around your surgery. Walking is actually a really good exercise so if you are able to do that after your surgery, it might be an option that you look at. It's not the most exciting sounding thing but it really works.

 

Oh, and I really like the reward you have planned out. When I switched from bodyweight training to lifting weights, I bought a 3 session package with a PT and it was so worth it. 

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2015 goals: Get stronger, stop loathing squats and get better at them - DONE!!!

2014 goal: Lose 52.5 lbs. - DONE!!! 12/13/14

 

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Another day down.

 

I didn't feel particularly motivated to do anything today, which meant I spent most of it on the couch half asleep. There is a reason for this though. Basically, I went to the gym super late last night (post midnight), and then had to get up after only about 5 hours sleep so that my wife could pack and leave for our state capital for the weekend. So the combination of me being left on my own (which I find particularly demotivating despite tending towards recluse type behaviours normally anyway), and being tired from the night before resulted in me not really wanting to do anything.

 

And for a change, this included eat. All of my meals are prepped and in the fridge for consumption, but I just sat on the couch like a zombie instead. So, at around 8pm tonight I realised that I hadn't eaten anything since my early lunch with my wife, sat down and did the maths and figured that I would need about 1000 calories to satisfy everything that I had missed for the day. My dinner therefore was two BBQ steak wraps from Maccas (481 calories each) and a caramel iced latte from McCafe, no cream, skim milk, which comes to around 155 calories. Then add to that my regular dessert of 100g non fat greek yoghurt, half a scoop of whey protein, and 100g of frozen fruit, and my daily total comes to around 1680. Not bad for a day with takeaway in it.

 

I forgot to mention in my post for yesterday that I also did meal prep. I have a picture of my meal 3's all in their containers just here:

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It's just 125g of marinaded steak cooked in a fry pan and added to a cup of frozen vegetables for each container. Comes to around 180 calories, so, a pretty good afternoon meal.

 

Anyway, today was cardio day, and in the hour I spent at the gym, I managed 3km on the treadmill, and 11km on the stationary bike. And sweat, I managed a lot of sweat.

 

I want to get to bed before 2 today, as tomorrow is my last day off and I actually want to get stuff done and get to sleep tomorrow night. And its already 1, so I had better get a move on if I want to get anything else done today.

 

I'll stretch just before I go to bed (because it seems to be the right time of day to do it so far), and that will bring me to the end of another good day. It feels good to kick off with a positive week 1, but I'm beginning to wonder just how many more good days I am going to have before the wheels come off this challenge. Only time will tell.

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I'm another follower.

 

I lost 52 pounds last year so your goals are interesting to me. It looks like you have a good plan in place, especially considering how you are working around your surgery. Walking is actually a really good exercise so if you are able to do that after your surgery, it might be an option that you look at. It's not the most exciting sounding thing but it really works.

 

Oh, and I really like the reward you have planned out. When I switched from bodyweight training to lifting weights, I bought a 3 session package with a PT and it was so worth it. 

 

Good to have you around, I look forward to seeing what you think of my progress.

 

I'm a little wary of just hiring a trainer to make sure you can perform the lifts safely, because I actually did that (got a 3 session package) when I first signed up to the gym, and the trainer that I worked with said I had good form on both the deadlift and the squat - but now that I've been doing it for a while, I've discovered quite a few parts of the movement that were actually really bad, and causing a little bit of damage (especially as I started to stack the weight on the bar after a couple of months). But I've been watching this trainer for a while, and I feel confident that he will steer me in the right directions at least.

 

How long ago did you make the switch if you don't mind me asking? and what did you think of your trainer?

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Subbed! Good luck on your surgery. I had a couple right before my first challenge. Joining nf really helped with the recovery process as it kept me positive. I hope that your procedure goes well and that you have a speedy recovery

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Good to have you around, I look forward to seeing what you think of my progress.

 

I'm a little wary of just hiring a trainer to make sure you can perform the lifts safely, because I actually did that (got a 3 session package) when I first signed up to the gym, and the trainer that I worked with said I had good form on both the deadlift and the squat - but now that I've been doing it for a while, I've discovered quite a few parts of the movement that were actually really bad, and causing a little bit of damage (especially as I started to stack the weight on the bar after a couple of months). But I've been watching this trainer for a while, and I feel confident that he will steer me in the right directions at least.

 

How long ago did you make the switch if you don't mind me asking? and what did you think of your trainer?

 

I switched to lifting weights in July. From March through mid/late July, I did bodyweight strength training. Then I decided to switch. I had my first two sessions with the trainer on 7/22 and 7/23 and then I had my third about three weeks later. He had created a workout program for me (two days--Workout A and Workout B that I alternated) and he wanted me to do them for a few weeks and then come back so that he could see how I was doing and I could ask for help on parts that were problematic or maybe even too easy.

 

I really liked my trainer. I go to a university rec center. They have several trainers available and a big book with their bios so that you can pick out the one you want. I chose a guy who works a lot with older people (as somebody in my late 30s I didn't want somebody who was more used to just out of college clients) and with overweight people. He also happened to work a lot with diabetic/pre-diabetic populations, which was a plus because I have a form of insulin resistance. He did a really good job of evaluating my goals and then making a program geared toward it. He also explained the exercises and why he was recommending them really well. It was all dumbbell based but also pretty much all compound lifts (bench press, ohp, squats, etc.) I wanted to be able to do it at home or at the rec center and at that time I didn't have a barbell so he geared it to dumbbells, which I had at home. 

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2015 goals: Get stronger, stop loathing squats and get better at them - DONE!!!

2014 goal: Lose 52.5 lbs. - DONE!!! 12/13/14

 

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Okay a quick update because I'm at work trying not to get noticed.

Food was decent with a calorie total of 1716. My protein was a little low but not dangerously so or anything.

I got my exercise done even if it was a little rushed because the gym started to fill up with the post work people. Although I was watching the weights area population and was struck with a realization: I'm the only person there who isn't on a bodybuilding style program. With is kind of depressing.

And I did stretch last night. I mustn't have stretched enough Wednesday night though because yesterday I hurt (I have a niggling low back issue caused by a tight internal oblique). I felt like I got a better stretch on my muscles last night and do feel better today. On a plus note, I'm already noticing small mobility improvements, especially in terms of hamstring length.

Anyway, I'll post some more stuff tonight or tomorrow, but for now, I'm off before I get busted.

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Great job so far. What is a bodybuilding style program? Like what you would do to get ready for a posing competion?

Keep up the stretching!

I refer to bodybuilding programs as typically 4 or 5 day splits that focus on a lot of isolation and variations for specific muscles, and also no sets less than about 10 reps.

Its not uncommon to see girls doing 12 different leg exercises (and none of them squats with a barbell) that isolate different muscles, or guys doing 6 different types of bicep curls.

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I got you. You will make a warrior out of me yet!

Warrior or not, lifting heavy is fun. I love squatting so heavy that even the big guys in my gym stop to watch my set.

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Last challenge, I felt kind of weird that my workout was much faster than anyone else I would see at the gym. I would come in, warm up a little, do my lifts, stretch, and then I was done, usually in about 30 - 40 minutes.

After a while, I decided not to worry about it though. I was getting results, and so clearly the workout was doing its job. But I know what you mean! It's hard not to compare to others. 

 

Its not uncommon to see girls doing 12 different leg exercises (and none of them squats with a barbell) 

 

Really? My gym is definitely a lifting gym - unlike most where 2/3 of the space is cardio, this place is about 2/3 weights and weight machines. I see girls at the squat rack just as often as guys. 

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I dawdle a bit more when working out at home since nobody is waiting for the equipment. At the gym I'm faster but also tend to spontaneously add more exercises since there is equipment that I don't have at home. I go to a university rec center. There's a wide variety of exercisers there.

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I dawdle a bit more when working out at home since nobody is waiting for the equipment. At the gym I'm faster but also tend to spontaneously add more exercises since there is equipment that I don't have at home. I go to a university rec center. There's a wide variety of exercisers there.

Yeah, I normally give everything in my sets so come the end of the workout when I want to do those spontaneous exercises, I'm too close to collapse to do then any justice

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Okay, time to go through my weekly recap I suppose.

Task 1: eat properly. I only blew my calories 2 days in the last week. So, 5/7 is a fairly good result I think. Certainly room to improve for next week as well.

Task 2: exercise as much as is medically safe. Well, surgery hasn't happened yet, and I exercised 6/7 days this week. So, yet another success.

Task 3: mobility work. 6/7 days as well. Once again, good result.

The end result of all this goodness: .7kg lost. So I now weight 124.4. It's less of a loss than I had hoped for, but still, any loss is a good loss.

And as for my personal goal: I certainly managed to continue posting regularly through the week. . So, yet more success!

Anyway, surgery is on Wednesday. Time is quickly running out for anymore pre-cutting Weightloss. And that's all there is for my week 1 wrap up

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You are doing well! Good luck tomorrow. I hope that your surgery goes well and recovery begins smoothly.

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2016 goals: Hit goal weight. Build muscle.

2015 goals: Get stronger, stop loathing squats and get better at them - DONE!!!

2014 goal: Lose 52.5 lbs. - DONE!!! 12/13/14

 

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Okay, Ive had my last lifting workout now for the next 6 weeks, and I'm about to leave for the hospital this morning. Didn't sleep much last night, not sure if it's the trepidation or the preworkout though. Anyway, that's all I have for the time being.

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Hope the surgery went well!

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