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Max Power: So you thought I was dead...

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Yeah, so I didn't die or anything, things were touch and go for a while there though due to lack of sleep because we now have a four month old. I had pretty much given up on anything related to fitness for a bit there.  I didn't even touch a barbell between last November and the beginning of April.  I had done some various bodyweight exercises during that time, but I couldn't ever get into a routine.  Now we're getting into some nice sleep patterns with the baby and things have been going better the past few weeks.  But for now I'm going to continue going at this easy. 

 

Goal 1:  Lift 3X a week. 

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I'm doing stronglifts for now because I want to make sure my body is used to moving again and most of my mobility is back before I start doing any extra weight or movements.  Another reason though is that I don't want to have to think about what I'm doing anything beyond "What did I do last time? Ok, add ten pounds to that." 

 

I want to keep this to a MWF routine because that will help me discipline myself better and not be as likely to let myself sleep in and tell myself I'll move everything back a day.  Also, these days...

 

Goal 2:  Saturdays are for yard work. 

 

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I grew up on a farm, I know how to raise vegetables, my parents yard was pasture that we just happened to use a lawn mower on.  Now I have to keep my yard manicured, and take care of bushes and plants.  The other day I was having conversations with coworkers about what the best grass to use in shady areas would be...  I have no idea who I am anymore...

 

Between moving in and the early pregnancy stuff last year, the yard wasn't a high priority for me.  I want to do better this year.  At a minimum I want to keep it mowed and trimmed nicely.  My goal for this is to do that once a week, and I have a few extra projects that I want to work on, but I won't use them as part of the goal. 

 

Goal 3:  Eat pretty good. 

 

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Right now pretty good is about all I can do for food.  I don't have full control over my dinners, so I can't plan everything out as well as I'd like to.  I can control breakfast and lunches pretty well, so I'm pulling them back in a little to give me a little more wiggle room at night.  My weekends aren't as easy, I tend to go overboard and snack a lot throughout the day, I definitely need to tighten that down. 

 

My goal for this one is to track everything pretty good throughout the week, and track everything on the weekends. 

 

Goal 4:  Mystery goal!!!

 

There is no goal four, I have a newborn, I don't have time to be doing anything extra. 

 

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(Did you really think I was going to make a parks and rec challenge and not put Ron Swanson in?) 

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10 hours ago, ~RedStone~ said:

 

 

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Thanks!  And I could say the same to you fellow minecrafter! 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Max Power said:

 

 

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Thanks!  And I could say the same to you fellow minecrafter! 

 

 

 

The main topic has been edited close to its former glory now. 

 

Congrats on the bebe!  And cartoon cubes FTW! Here for frinkiak goodness and Ron Swanson mostly. 

 

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This is too much like my last couple of challenges not to follow. I got out of a lifting hiatus by rebooting starting strength and got quite a bit of exercise from moving dirt and cutting grass.

 

It gets results.

 

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I'm in the Saturdays are for yard work boat with you. First yard in a while and I grew up in the land of vegetables. Have had my own garden in the past, but this whole yard plus garden thing is new to me. 

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On 5/6/2016 at 2:56 PM, wildross said:

Hey!  I know you!

 

Ahoy, friend! A kind nod to you!

 

 

On 5/7/2016 at 1:41 PM, Curl Brogo said:

This is too much like my last couple of challenges not to follow. I got out of a lifting hiatus by rebooting starting strength and got quite a bit of exercise from moving dirt and cutting grass.

 

It gets results.

 

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Good to hear, it's nice to know that I'm not treading new ground here. 

 

43 minutes ago, Taddea Zhaan said:

I'm in the Saturdays are for yard work boat with you. First yard in a while and I grew up in the land of vegetables. Have had my own garden in the past, but this whole yard plus garden thing is new to me. 

 

I feel like setting a day to do yardwork and just knocking it all out at once is better than trying to do bits and pieces throughout the week.  It seems like every time I decide to mow on a week night something comes up and it ends up getting pushed to the weekend anyway. 

 

 

 

5/9/16 Stronglifts: 

 

Deadlift:  215 lbs X 5 reps X 3 sets

OHP:  75 lbs X 5 reps X 3 sets

 

If this workout looks a little strange, it is.  The baby woke up about the same time I did and it took about a half hour to get her back to sleep, so I was pushed for time.  I kept telling myself I'd just lift tonight, but I decided instead to cut squats and do a little extra on the DL so I could be done with the workout quickly and still get some decent work in.  This is probably the life I'm going to have to live for the next few months anyway. 

 

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go talk Game of Thrones with my coworkers. 

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On 5/12/2016 at 11:52 AM, Hermione Gainser said:

I dared to dream there would be a Max Power thread.  Dreams DO come true! 

 

A delightful and comically gifed challenge you have here, sir.  Do the things! Raise le bebe! Viva adulthood! 

 

HG!!!

 

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Thanks! It was kind of a spur of the moment thing which I'm regretting a little bit because I'm not able to give it my all, but it is helping me be better because I probably wouldn't have worked out today.  Now to do the things!!! (After I do the write-up). 

 

 

Apparently planning to do things was a terrible idea stupid Robert Burns and his appropriate poetry....  Everything went against my plans last week.  The cats kept us up all one night, I went to workout one morning and something had pooped on my workout mat, little Joey-Joe-Joe Jr. Shabadu (that's the baby's name) didn't want to nap all weekend.  It was a wild week. 

 

So as the goals go. 

 

Goal 1: I only got in one workout last week and it was pared down. 

 

Goal 2:  I did mow everything Saturday, I didn't get to finish my weedeating though due to angry baby, but I did upholster my bench yesterday and it turned out pretty well, so now I don't have to bench press on a bare piece of plywood anymore.  It's not exactly yardwork, but it is something I've been wanting to finish. 

 

Goal 3:  I ate ok most of the week, I didn't track all week though, and FMPs birthday was last week, cake and ice cream were consumed due to that.  I didn't track at all this weekend, so that was a bust, but I didn't eat terribly.  Still, I need to do better. 

 

Goal 4:  I got my ass handed to me by the first three goals, do you really think I'd add a fourth?!

 

 

Monday 5/16/16 Workout: 

 

Squats: 

BW X 10

45 X 10

135 X 5 X 5. 

 

And that was it, I ran out of time.  FMP and I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning (11:00 pm) watching the final episodes of Parks and Rec (I had never watched the final season before)  Because of that I didn't want to get out of bed this morning.  I think I'm going to move my alarm back to 4:45 to give me a little more wake up time before I need to be lifting. 

 

I've got all of my lunches cooked for the week, and will probably be going grocery shopping tonight for my other meals.  Other than that, not a lot going on today. 

 

And now I need to get to work! 

 

 

 

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Hey there. Congrats on the addition. I'm in pretty much the same boat, my girl is 9 months now, and still figuring out her sleep patterns, which makes lifting an exercise in time management indeed.

 

Good work getting the workouts in, and cudos to getting up so early. I think I'm going to have to push my getting up time back some, too, in order to get the time to lift. Though, of course, getting enough sleep is also one of my goals....

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6 hours ago, Pat G said:

Sup bruv. I'll follow this. 

 

Welcome aboard, this show is going to be as low key as possible. 
 

6 hours ago, SpecialSundae said:

Welcome back! Been a while!

 

Thank you!  I see you're still rocking the world.  

 

29 minutes ago, Stonefist said:

Hey there. Congrats on the addition. I'm in pretty much the same boat, my girl is 9 months now, and still figuring out her sleep patterns, which makes lifting an exercise in time management indeed.

 

Good work getting the workouts in, and cudos to getting up so early. I think I'm going to have to push my getting up time back some, too, in order to get the time to lift. Though, of course, getting enough sleep is also one of my goals....

 

Thanks, and congrats to you too!  I've always been a morning workout kind of guy, I tend to make excuses to not workout if I wait until I get home from work.  The lack of sleep thing is the other problem, finding that happy zone can be a little tough. 

 

8 minutes ago, Duality said:

Gratz on the kid! Our first was born February the 27th we're oddly in the same boat :P

 

Thank you sir, and congratulations to you as well! 

 

 

 

Tuesday Update: 

 

I've got to go to the grocery store tonight after work, sometime today I'm going to put a meal plan together for the rest of the week.  Other than that I don't have a whole lot going on today.  Well, except for one thing...

 

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Low key is good, we can both stay in the long grass and hide till someone steps on us. 

I missed the whole Mini Max Power announcement. Congratulations! keyboards don't allow the kind of enthusiastic response I give in person.  

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13 hours ago, Pat G said:

Low key is good, we can both stay in the long grass and hide till someone steps on us. 

I missed the whole Mini Max Power announcement. Congratulations! keyboards don't allow the kind of enthusiastic response I give in person.  

 

How about we wait until just before somebody steps on us, then we jump out and surprise them.  That way we don't get stepped on.

Thank you sir! A friend of mine posted on facebook yesterday about their two month old saying " Weren't you just born and/or haven't I always had you?? " Which seems pretty appropriate. 

 

 

 

Wednesday May 18, 2016

Squats:

BW X 10

45 X 5

75 X 5

105 X 5

145 X 5 X 5

 

OHP: 

45 X 5

85 X 5 X 5

 

DL:

215 X 5 X 3

 

 

Nothing special, but I got through my entire workout this time.  Getting up fifteen minutes earlier helped a lot.  Everything felt good, I can tell that I need to work on my grip strength, that seems to be my limiting factor for DL's right now.  The best solution to that is to do more deadlifts, which sounds like a win/win to me! 

 

Not a whole lot else going on today, I need to get a report out, but I need to proofread it one more time, and I hate proof reading.  Anywho, time to get to work. 

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21 minutes ago, Max Power said:

Everything felt good, I can tell that I need to work on my grip strength, that seems to be my limiting factor for DL's right now.  The best solution to that is to do more deadlifts, which sounds like a win/win to me! 

 

Doing other things like Dumbbell and barbell row helps too :)

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Hmm, looks like it's time for a catch up post. 

 

Friday:  I got up at 4:45 to lift, but I was freaking exhausted, and I didn't really trust myself under the bar, so I ended up doing a half hour yoga session from youtube.  I took off at lunch to go tour the daycare that we chose for the baby. It seems like a nice place, but a random child did call me dada, I nearly jumped over the wall and ran at that point. 

 

Saturday:  The baby woke up at 5:00, because who needs to sleep in on a Saturday.  I took care of her until the rest of the house woke up ,then I did a little bit of yard work, mostly cleaning up bushes around the front yard, there wasn't a whole lot else to do since it hasn't rained much lately.  If this keeps up I'll have to start watering the grass soon.  FMP and I went out to eat that night for our anniversary, we tried a new place, it was slightly upscale without being too nice.  The food was delicious, but what really won me over was that they have the best scotch selection I've come across anywhere local, and the prices weren't bad either!  Needless to say, I'll be back there in the future. 

 

Sunday:  The baby let me sleep until 5:45 yesterday, which is weird because she sleeps until 6:30 or later on weekdays, so I got up and took care of her again until the rest of the house started stirring.  I was so tired by this point that I went back to bed when FMP got up and slept for another couple of hours.  Apparently I'm so out of practice of sleeping that I didn't do it right and ended up pinching a nerve in my neck, so now my neck and shoulder hurt whenever I look to my left.  Needless to say I didn't do a whole lot after that, just some general tidying up and washing clothes, I spent a good bit of the day playing minecraft which was nice. 

 

Today:  No workout this morning, since my neck/shoulder still hurts, it's not as bad as yesterday though.  I had planned on getting up to do some foam rolling and a general warmup routine, but I decided sleep was more important once my alarm went off.  Now for a morning full of coffee, and hopefully I can sleep tonight. 

 

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9 hours ago, Max Power said:

 

Sunday:  The baby let me sleep until 5:45 yesterday, which is weird because she sleeps until 6:30 or later on weekdays, so I got up and took care of her again until the rest of the house started stirring.  I was so tired by this point that I went back to bed when FMP got up and slept for another couple of hours.  Apparently I'm so out of practice of sleeping that I didn't do it right and ended up pinching a nerve in my neck, so now my neck and shoulder hurt whenever I look to my left.  Needless to say I didn't do a whole lot after that, just some general tidying up and washing clothes, I spent a good bit of the day playing minecraft which was nice. 

 

 

Gah! Sorry to hear about the neck :( Somehow the older I get the worse I am at sleeping - I pulled a lat in my sleep a few weeks ago (?!) Hope it gets ironed out soon!!

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Ouch! Sorry about the neck.  And sorry about laughing. But really, that's your fault.  If you weren't so funny in the telling then I would (probably?) feel more empathy and less luls. 

 

But seriously, ouch.  Here's hoping the Baby Power will keep increasing weekend sleep times by 15 minutes.   Sleep man. It's an awesome thing. 

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