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ItsDaniel: Changes Class and Gets It Done


Balthazar

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Hi gang,

 

good/bad news

 

Bad news I haven't been on here enough with all you wonderful people, supporting you on your journeys

 

Good news, for the first time since I started here a year and a half ago I have actually made progress and bossed through a challenge.

 

Exercise more - Check

   Now exercise three times a week, have nearly tightened my belt up two notches and am noticing my chest is getting flatter

 

Eat better - Check

   The social meal - occasion meal is working really well for me. If I am out for a friends birthday or it's date night or whatever then I can happily eat what I want, but if it is just a normal meal (week night, breakfast or lunch at work) when all I need is food then I eat healthy - veg, fruit, meat, pasta and rice. I've also cut a lot of meat out of my diet and am feeling a lot better for it.

 

Learn Italian - Check

   Have worked through all my discs once and I'm now going back through them - I have also picked up a learn Italian book I am going to get stuck in to

 

Be a Role Model - Check

   I have joined the gym and inspired my fiancee and three of my friends to join the gym, we have swapped out some of our gaming and movie nights for gym nights and go together and cheer each other on, everyone is getting fitter and it's made us closer.

 

So everything is finally going well, the only place I am dropping the ball is with my Nerd Fitness squad, who were there for me when no one was, who put up with my failures and cheered me on so this is the last thing on my list to get righ.

 

I will be on here going through the challenge with the occasional update but I am mostly here for the best group of people in the world - Team Ranger

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Oh and I mentioned my class has changed.

 

In a moment of self awareness I realise I am not a templar I am a battle mage. I like to be physical and be fit and strong but I also like to be smart and use my brain - to quote a friend I'm a "nerd bro", I love lord of the rings, dungeons and dragons and computer games but I also love Rugby Union, working out and sports

 

And I am totally cool with that, it's taken me 28 years to figure it out but I'm cool with it

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Hit the gym last night so wasn't too excited about going again today but had to, to meet my goal of 3 sessions a week. I split my usual full body workout into a legs day last night and upper body today.

 

Made the change of having a big protein shake and a couple of bananas before the gym which I think really helped out and carried me through, made up a new thing I'm calling a 'glory set'. At the end of my planned reps and sets for a given exercise I do a 'bonus' set - a glory set. 

 

I go up a weight bracket or two and just see if I can handle it, even if it's just one rep, I call it the glory set because it makes me feel pumped to do it (and because I can hear Leonidas in my head "prepare for glory!!!!!) and I was super stoked today to manage the 30kg dumbells for the first time ever on the bench press. Big mental block for me going up from the 20 something bracket to the 30 something bracket, and it means I have topped out the main rack of weights meaning my next long term goal is 40kg dumb bells.

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half way done with the challenge, thought I'd check out how things are going...


 


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I really like your role model goal.  I try to get my boys to do that with me but I never thought about pulling in my friends (or the husband unit).  good idea!


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Lvl 28

 

 

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Great work on battling through the grind.  We're halfway through now, stick in there!

[ Level ?? ]  Rurik the Windblade, the Blade Who Dances, Warhawk of the Steppes.

BRUTALITY 13 | FINESSE 12 | GRIT 13  | INSIGHT 15 | MOXIE 13

Challenges:1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34

 

"Rangers have to at least give up on pants. It's a special rule we enacted after Rurik Harrgath became a Guild Leader.” – DarK_RaideR.

"Did I just get my ass kicked by a member of Metallica meets History Channel's Vikings?" - Wolfpool.

"By the Well-Oiled-and-Meticulously-Groomed Beard of Rurik!" - Tanktimus the Encourager.

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Half way through, feeling fine. Truth be told I'm not keeping track of the weeks much now because things are starting to become habit, this is just how I live now.

 

Sad news, I tweaked myself a little doing Snatches this morning which means I will have to modify my workout. I'm thinking of going to lower weight higher reps of deadlifts so that I still get my leg pull exercises in.

 

What are peoples thoughts on protein shakes, some love em, some hate em, some say you have to be careful which you get. What are all ya'll experiences

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Your update sounds like a who's-who of my life at the moment.  Efforts becoming habits, tweaked wrist from Snatching... I feel you there, my friend!

 

I love protein shakes when used to supplement a proper diet.  Find a quality isolate in a flavor that works for you and use it to assist in keeping your protein macros high.  Otherwise it's a bit of a waste.  My favorite is a Canadian brand called Beyond Yourself.  Their recovery protein comes with a few extra carbs, a balance of Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAA's) for protein synthesis, and a few other fancy dietary doodads.  They have several excellent flavors, but my go-to's are Chocolate Mousse and Orange Pineapple Twist.

 

There are so many brands out there.  Check reviews on websites like bodybuilding.com for insight!

[ Level ?? ]  Rurik the Windblade, the Blade Who Dances, Warhawk of the Steppes.

BRUTALITY 13 | FINESSE 12 | GRIT 13  | INSIGHT 15 | MOXIE 13

Challenges:1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34

 

"Rangers have to at least give up on pants. It's a special rule we enacted after Rurik Harrgath became a Guild Leader.” – DarK_RaideR.

"Did I just get my ass kicked by a member of Metallica meets History Channel's Vikings?" - Wolfpool.

"By the Well-Oiled-and-Meticulously-Groomed Beard of Rurik!" - Tanktimus the Encourager.

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Because I'm slow it took me a while to realize you changed your name.  I was all, "who's this guy posting on Daniel's thread?"  It sounds like things are going well.  I wouldn't be able to hit a decent protein number without a shake.

“We might as well start where we are, use what we have and do what we can." – Caitlin Rivers

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