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1 hour ago, Emerald_Dragonfly said:

Dude, no trigger AT ALL!  {Hug}!!!!  I am working hard to get to the point where I have my crap together.  Being part of this community is a HUGE part of that.  I put a great deal of value on the comments that I receive from you guys - I want and need your thoughts, I think.  Putting it here and getting smart, thoughtful comments is amazing.  I'm just not ready to go outside of my thread bubble.  I trust you guys to be honest with me - if I didn't want your thoughts, I wouldn't post.  Please, please, please don't ever feel as if you need to censor yourself for me.  

 

 

 

*Hug* I'm glad this is a safe space for you -- just want to make sure it stays that way!

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4 hours ago, ixaera said:

As a serial cutter (that sounds really wrong), I can relate to the bad gym days & DOMS of cuts. I've always read that it's best to keep the same program and just know it's not going to go as well, but I dunno how well that takes into account proper recovery to avoid injury, so, if you figure out the best way to handle gyminess with it, I look forward to hearing!

Yeah...I feel like I am being a whiny-butt about the whole thing.  DOMS are okay - they just took me by surprise! 

 

1 hour ago, Urgan said:

Cutting sucks eggs. Ugh. I have the problem of having to work to eat enough to keep up with my physical activity, so from that experience if you're eating at deficit you're more in a strength maintenance/fewer exercises (i.e., accessories are not your friend right now) realm--not that I mean to discourage efforts to pursue gains, it just can be tricky unless you have nutrition dialed in for your individual needs, you know? Which would explain why the 160 squats are now giving you DOMS vs your July 210 for reps not.

 

Your priority seems to be the cut, so I echo the (relatively) high protein sentiments of @Alanna, whenever you get to a place where that is feasible. It'll help with the DOMS (recovery) and is energy intensive to digest, so it's a win-win. As for the weird weight fluctuations, I'd check average sodium week to week to see if that doesn't align with what your weight's doing--that's the only data you might have at your disposal to explain it. If it isn't sodium, then...yeah, bodies do their own thing sometimes with the hormones and stuff, can't be helped. Otherwise, all I got is keep doing your very best to ride this cut to your body composition goals, knowing that most of the odd DOMS stuff is just part of the ride--you're doing really well, so I see nothing standing in your way~ 

Priority is the cut for the remainder of the year.  I spent the first half of 2016 pursuing GAINZ, and the plan right now is 1780 daily calories until Nov 20, then add in 100 daily calories each week until I hit maintenance.  Then reassess priorities/focus in January.  This is the longest that I have stuck with tracking calories, and it is getting easier, so I am hopeful that this plan is A.) sustainable, B.) productive, and C.) gainz-saving.  I had thought to add back in accessories in the next few weeks, but may do so more slowly than I had anticipated. 

 

1 hour ago, Broba Fett said:

I had to reset my squats because of a major form issue this week and my coacn only let me back up to 160.

 

3x3x160 slowly with good form tore me up more than my 275-315 squats ever did. Perhaps it's something similar?

My immediate thought was to say, "No."  But since my form is changing as the belly shrinks, it is very possible that my form is changing even more than I think and stressing muscles differently. 
Hmmm...may be time for some more video. 

 

50 minutes ago, Alanna said:

*Hug* I'm glad this is a safe space for you -- just want to make sure it stays that way!

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On 10/1/2016 at 9:19 AM, Emerald_Dragonfly said:

 

Excellent suggestion that I will not take you up on.  Too much pressure right now (from myself).  I almost didn't put it on my own thread, but you guys help me feel safe. 

 

 

On 10/1/2016 at 2:17 PM, Alanna said:

 

*Hug* I'm glad this is a safe space for you -- just want to make sure it stays that way!

 

^^^^ ONLY thing that matters!!! <3 <3 <3

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On 10/1/2016 at 2:16 PM, Emerald_Dragonfly said:

Priority is the cut for the remainder of the year.  I spent the first half of 2016 pursuing GAINZ, and the plan right now is 1780 daily calories until Nov 20, then add in 100 daily calories each week until I hit maintenance.  Then reassess priorities/focus in January.  This is the longest that I have stuck with tracking calories, and it is getting easier, so I am hopeful that this plan is A.) sustainable, B.) productive, and C.) gainz-saving.  I had thought to add back in accessories in the next few weeks, but may do so more slowly than I had anticipated. 

I was totally going to recommend something like this, but I'm super glad you already thought of it. It's definitely easier/healthier to cut for 1-3 months and then maintain for that same period and then cut again. An awesome way to avoid burnout :)

 

Keep rocking girl.

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6 hours ago, miss_marissa said:

I was totally going to recommend something like this, but I'm super glad you already thought of it. It's definitely easier/healthier to cut for 1-3 months and then maintain for that same period and then cut again. An awesome way to avoid burnout :)

 

Keep rocking girl.

Thanks!  I think that I picked this up after stalking reading Waldo's advice over in the weight loss section.  Having an end date in mind means that the caloric restriction eases even if I haven't lost all of the necessary fat.  Fingers crossed that maintenance is 7000 a reasonable amount of calories. 

 

So I pretty much just said "eff it" on the gym for today.  We made tremendous progress on the Training Studio this weekend - we just need to trim the floor before putting the weights and stuff in, so I just could not motivate myself to go into the pay gym today.  I need to go tomorrow, though, and OHP & DL.  My bar is scheduled to arrive tomorrow, also - the temptation to just lift an empty bar in my living room is high.  How many empty bar deadlifts equal 3 at 195 lbs?  Probably a lot, huh. 

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1 hour ago, Emerald_Dragonfly said:

So I pretty much just said "eff it" on the gym for today.  We made tremendous progress on the Training Studio this weekend - we just need to trim the floor before putting the weights and stuff in, so I just could not motivate myself to go into the pay gym today.  I need to go tomorrow, though, and OHP & DL.  My bar is scheduled to arrive tomorrow, also - the temptation to just lift an empty bar in my living room is high.  How many empty bar deadlifts equal 3 at 195 lbs?  Probably a lot, huh. 

 

Unpacking weights counts as a workout. Thems the rules, I'm pretty sure :P 

 

 

(SOOOOOO CLOOOOOSE!!!!!!!!!!!)

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8 hours ago, miss_marissa said:

I was totally going to recommend something like this, but I'm super glad you already thought of it. It's definitely easier/healthier to cut for 1-3 months and then maintain for that same period and then cut again. An awesome way to avoid burnout :)

2 hours ago, Emerald_Dragonfly said:

Thanks!  I think that I picked this up after stalking reading Waldo's advice over in the weight loss section.  Having an end date in mind means that the caloric restriction eases even if I haven't lost all of the necessary fat.  Fingers crossed that maintenance is 7000 a reasonable amount of calories.

 

Where was this intelligent advice when I ran myself into the ground cutting for a year straight?  Bulking was so much more fun, but I probably overdid it.  Now it's time for a slow, easy cut through - literally - the hardest season to stick to a deficit during.  :P

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14 hours ago, Rurik Harrgath said:

 

Where was this intelligent advice when I ran myself into the ground cutting for a year straight?  Bulking was so much more fun, but I probably overdid it.  Now it's time for a slow, easy cut through - literally - the hardest season to stick to a deficit during.  :P

You know maintenance is a thing right? 

 

You can always cut in January

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On 10/4/2016 at 9:27 AM, miss_marissa said:

You can always cut in January

 

He lives in .  He does not need to cut until early May. :snowman:

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On 10/1/2016 at 3:16 PM, Emerald_Dragonfly said:

This is the longest that I have stuck with tracking calories, and it is getting easier,

You've totally GOT this.  I love how casually you mention the weight loss in your Warrior thread.  Oh, by the way, I'm down 16 pounds (not kg...ha!).  So proud of you for sticking with the tracking.  A hex on the DOMS...hope they ease up soon.  Betcha you can show of with body weight moves with your lighter self these days :) 

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OMG OMG OMG, YOU GUYS!!!!!

I came home from a crazy stressful day at work, and my wonderful, amazing, stupendous, phenomenal husband had finished the floor of my home gym, unpacked the weights, and had the bar ready to go.  That man is a beautiful piece of humanity. 

I DID MY WORKOUT AT HOME!!!  IN MY OWN SPACE!!!

 

and it was good. 

 

Cage & Bench are here and will be assembled at some point this week. 

in pounds, trolls, in pounds. 

 

DL

2 x 5 at 44 RDL

2 x 5 at 134

1 x 3 at 164

1 x 3 at 184

1 x 3 at 204

 

OHP (just for fun, I can't really clean the bar)

1 x 10 at 44

 

Best.

Workout.

Ever. 

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7 minutes ago, Emerald_Dragonfly said:

OMG OMG OMG, YOU GUYS!!!!!

I came home from a crazy stressful day at work, and my wonderful, amazing, stupendous, phenomenal husband had finished the floor of my home gym, unpacked the weights, and had the bar ready to go.  That man is a beautiful piece of humanity. 

I DID MY WORKOUT AT HOME!!!  IN MY OWN SPACE!!!

 

 

I CAN'T.... EVEN..... NO WORDS..... NO GIF CAN DESCRIBE.... IT'S JUST....

 

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IT'S GLORIOUS!!!!!!!!!

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On 10/4/2016 at 9:27 AM, miss_marissa said:

You know maintenance is a thing right? 

 

You can always cut in January

On 10/4/2016 at 11:11 AM, Sam Ashen said:

He lives in .  He does not need to cut until early May. :snowman:

 

It hurts me to admit that this is true, but it truly is.

 

On 10/4/2016 at 5:48 PM, Emerald_Dragonfly said:

OMG OMG OMG, YOU GUYS!!!!!

I came home from a crazy stressful day at work, and my wonderful, amazing, stupendous, phenomenal husband had finished the floor of my home gym, unpacked the weights, and had the bar ready to go.  That man is a beautiful piece of humanity. 

I DID MY WORKOUT AT HOME!!!  IN MY OWN SPACE!!!

 

Awesome!  Super hyped for you.  Crush those workouts from the comfort of your home!

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Having a home gym is a wonderful thing. I put 30kg on my total with 6 months of getting my own setup - that was after plateauing for 6 months at a commercial gym

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2 hours ago, Emerald_Dragonfly said:

 

OMG OMG OMG, YOU GUYS!!!!!

I came home from a crazy stressful day at work, and my wonderful, amazing, stupendous, phenomenal husband had finished the floor of my home gym, unpacked the weights, and had the bar ready to go.  That man is a beautiful piece of humanity. 

 

 

AWESOME!!!

man that's brownie points into infinity, practically

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16 hours ago, ~RedStone~ said:

 

I CAN'T.... EVEN..... NO WORDS..... NO GIF CAN DESCRIBE.... IT'S JUST....YmFq7SB.gif7G5AXi1.gifIIeHlmV.gif

IT'S GLORIOUS!!!!!!!!!

I know, right?!

I am THRILLED to have it actually happening! 

 

16 hours ago, Phoenix91 said:

Yay home gym!  The whole thing is amazing.  

Thanks - it was so, so, so much work to build the structure.   Still not entirely finished the shed side.  

 

15 hours ago, Rurik Harrgath said:

Awesome!  Super hyped for you.  Crush those workouts from the comfort of your home!

CRUSH! !!!!!!

 

14 hours ago, Blocky said:

Having a home gym is a wonderful thing. I put 30kg on my total with 6 months of getting my own setup - that was after plateauing for 6 months at a commercial gym

That would be amazing!   When I did BW stuff at home, I rarely missed a sessio...

 

14 hours ago, ixaera said:

 

AWESOME!!!

man that's brownie points into infinity, practically

He's a good one, for sure.

 

1 hour ago, miss_marissa said:

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YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

I can hardly contain myself.  Super duper awesome!!

 

16 minutes ago, Volki said:

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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That gif is pretty much exactly how I feel.

 

So.  Much.  Excite!

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1 hour ago, Grymm said:

By my calculations, given an 8/1/2016 to 11/20/2016 inclusive duration, you are now 60.7% done with your cut - passed half way!

 

Also, the Palace of Gainz looks magnificent!

You are my favorite nerd for pointing that out.  Thank you. 

 

Power Cage is here and assembled - off to RAGE SQUAT because reasons. 

 

Going to squat in my cage today and make sure it is where I want it, and then bolt it to the floor tomorrow.  Cross your fingers that the whole "bolt it down" step isn't 100% essential - pretty sure it isn't osha approved in its current state.

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18 minutes ago, Emerald_Dragonfly said:

You are my favorite nerd for pointing that out.  Thank you. 

 

Power Cage is here and assembled - off to RAGE SQUAT because reasons. 

 

Going to squat in my cage today and make sure it is where I want it, and then bolt it to the floor tomorrow.  Cross your fingers that the whole "bolt it down" step isn't 100% essential - pretty sure it isn't osha approved in its current state.

 

I am 98.2% sure the racks at my gym are not bolted down, lol.

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Dear God I love lifting at home.  I am okay if that makes me anti-social. 

 

Today's training (in my very, very wiggly power cage, also in pounds for the cuddly, lovable trolls out there):

Squats

2 x 5 at 44

1 x 5 at 94

1 x 3 at 129

1 x 3 at 154

2 x 3 at 164 (cuz I forgot it was supposed to be 1 x 3+)

 

Bench

(Having some form adjustments to settle into the new bench.  The cushion at the one at the pay gym was squashed down, making it closer to the floor.  Mine is new, with intact cushioning, so about 2 inches taller - this made a tremendous difference.  I'll work on it until I get it comfy. Also played around with the height of the bar pins, since I am using the cage for bench, too.) 

1 x 5 at 44

1 x 5 at 64

1 x 5 at 94

1 x 3 at 114

1 x 3 at 124

1 x 1 at 139

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Working out at home means never having to say "can I work in".  All you really need to do is find your best safety bar setting for bench and make sure your comfortable with your bail technique.  I'm lucky that my safety bars can be set high enough that I have plenty of room to roll it passed my face.

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So what do you think? Shaky enough to make bolts necessary? Me being nonchallant about HOW FUCKING CRAZY EXCITING THIS IS STILL?????????

 

#justsayin

 

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