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I weighed in at my weekly high this morning and tomorrow we have a company luncheon for missing Christmas.  Ukranian Christmas is very soon, I guess.  So it looks like I will be weighing in heavy all week.  I found this!

 

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Meanwhile at my workplace, they saw my wrist all taped up and they made the mistake of asking me what I did.  So I told them I injured it jerking.

 

I might be starting up an ongoing Hacking my Work Quest.  Today I was working on a test instruction and messing with the spreadsheet template and writing out what references I need to make the test instruction.

 

I still need to put together that Spell Book!

 

The guy that thought about moving me to Kansas has not called yet.  Maybe he took my "not psychologically prepared to interview and maybe after I get back from vacation" as a hard NO.

 

Spring is Coming, Week 1, Day 3, Thursday

 

Snatch + Overhead Squat: 3x104, 3x124, 2x139+F, 1x139 pounds

Snatch: 2x104, 2x2x124, 2x1x139 pounds

Hip Clean + 2 Jerks: 3x139, 2x164, 2x189 pounds

Clean and Jerk: 2x139, 2x2x164, 2x1x189 pounds

Paused Front-Squats: 1x184, 1x224, 1x234 pounds

Front-Squats: 3x189 pounds

 

Score for Today:

2982 Calories

350 Carbs (270 to 450)

98 Fat (90 to 150)

188 Protein (160 minimum)

 

+0.6 Overall

 

Hitting the Broad Side of a Barn: 6/7

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Classless Human Male Warrior - Introduction

Height: 1.77m Weight: 93 kg

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Current Maxes: (repsxkg)

Squat: 10x122.3, 5x138.2, 3x147; 1x170

Bench Press: 10x79, 5x93, 1x102

Deadlift: 10x152, 5x192, 3x210, 1x229

Overhead Press: 10x52, 5x61, 1x70.3

Current Battle Log: 1707 Sam Ashen Summer Swole Program

2017 Challenges:  1701 1702 1703 1704 1705

Previous Challenges: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1603 1604 1605 1606 1607 1609  1610 1611 1612

Daily Log:The Daily Grind

Form Check:  Stronglifts Olympic

More FC's:  Pistol Squats

Want to play?  MFPvP

 

 

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24 minutes ago, Sam Ashen said:

The guy that thought about moving me to Kansas has not called yet.  Maybe he took my "not psychologically prepared to interview and maybe after I get back from vacation" as a hard NO.

 

Could you message him or something? Like "As we discussed, I'm now back from vacation and am free at your convenience" or something less or more formal as required :)

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26 minutes ago, ManicSpider said:

 

Could you message him or something? Like "As we discussed, I'm now back from vacation and am free at your convenience" or something less or more formal as required :)

 

Well, the truth is Kansas is not Texas.

 

@Tanktimus the Encourager

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Classless Human Male Warrior - Introduction

Height: 1.77m Weight: 93 kg

Spoiler

 

Current Maxes: (repsxkg)

Squat: 10x122.3, 5x138.2, 3x147; 1x170

Bench Press: 10x79, 5x93, 1x102

Deadlift: 10x152, 5x192, 3x210, 1x229

Overhead Press: 10x52, 5x61, 1x70.3

Current Battle Log: 1707 Sam Ashen Summer Swole Program

2017 Challenges:  1701 1702 1703 1704 1705

Previous Challenges: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1603 1604 1605 1606 1607 1609  1610 1611 1612

Daily Log:The Daily Grind

Form Check:  Stronglifts Olympic

More FC's:  Pistol Squats

Want to play?  MFPvP

 

 

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On 1/2/2017 at 5:03 PM, Sam Ashen said:

Quest 5 - January Stuff

It's Tax Season and stuff to do at the beginning of the year.  I will list them and cross them off as they are done.

Retirement Account contributions.  Purchases.  Stuff.

 

Financial stuff.

 

Oh, yeah.  Contributions made yesterday.  Purchases made today.  56 gp spent.  Another 20 gp or so laying around I have not decided what to do with.

 

Flex account.  I might as well send in my chiropractors receipts and claim as much $$$ as I can, then see what is remaining in the account, then make more claims until it is all gone.  Then try to be more organized about it next year.

 

I mean, really.  Over the past seven years, I have done a lot of hax to my financial life!  Getting this one down right should be easy!

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Classless Human Male Warrior - Introduction

Height: 1.77m Weight: 93 kg

Spoiler

 

Current Maxes: (repsxkg)

Squat: 10x122.3, 5x138.2, 3x147; 1x170

Bench Press: 10x79, 5x93, 1x102

Deadlift: 10x152, 5x192, 3x210, 1x229

Overhead Press: 10x52, 5x61, 1x70.3

Current Battle Log: 1707 Sam Ashen Summer Swole Program

2017 Challenges:  1701 1702 1703 1704 1705

Previous Challenges: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1603 1604 1605 1606 1607 1609  1610 1611 1612

Daily Log:The Daily Grind

Form Check:  Stronglifts Olympic

More FC's:  Pistol Squats

Want to play?  MFPvP

 

 

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11 hours ago, Sam Ashen said:

Meanwhile at my workplace, they saw my wrist all taped up and they made the mistake of asking me what I did.  So I told them I injured it jerking.

 

*in Nappa voice*

 

...trrrrrragic.

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My gym is holding a strongman competition tomorrow and during my workout this morning, people were showing up to weigh in. One guy got down to his skivvies, and I thought of you. XD

 

(To clarify, I wasn't around for the bare weigh in at camp, but the tale is so frequently told that how could I not go, oh I see this guy is a Sam! when I spy a competitor getting as low a weigh in as possible.)

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15 minutes ago, ixaera said:

My gym is holding a strongman competition tomorrow and during my workout this morning, people were showing up to weigh in. One guy got down to his skivvies, and I thought of you. XD

 

(To clarify, I wasn't around for the bare weigh in at camp, but the tale is so frequently told that how could I not go, oh I see this guy is a Sam! when I spy a competitor getting as low a weigh in as possible.)

 

What do people normally weigh-in wearing? 

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23 minutes ago, ixaera said:

My gym is holding a strongman competition tomorrow and during my workout this morning, people were showing up to weigh in. One guy got down to his skivvies, and I thought of you. XD

 

(To clarify, I wasn't around for the bare weigh in at camp, but the tale is so frequently told that how could I not go, oh I see this guy is a Sam! when I spy a competitor getting as low a weigh in as possible.)

 

8 minutes ago, Taddea Zhaan said:

 

What do people normally weigh-in wearing? 

 

Normally, underwear.  Bare butt naked if you have to.  But.  Weigh-in is normally done in a private room.

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Classless Human Male Warrior - Introduction

Height: 1.77m Weight: 93 kg

Spoiler

 

Current Maxes: (repsxkg)

Squat: 10x122.3, 5x138.2, 3x147; 1x170

Bench Press: 10x79, 5x93, 1x102

Deadlift: 10x152, 5x192, 3x210, 1x229

Overhead Press: 10x52, 5x61, 1x70.3

Current Battle Log: 1707 Sam Ashen Summer Swole Program

2017 Challenges:  1701 1702 1703 1704 1705

Previous Challenges: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1603 1604 1605 1606 1607 1609  1610 1611 1612

Daily Log:The Daily Grind

Form Check:  Stronglifts Olympic

More FC's:  Pistol Squats

Want to play?  MFPvP

 

 

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On 1/2/2017 at 5:03 PM, Sam Ashen said:

Quest 5 - Life Hax - January Edition

List things to do for January and cross them off.

It's Tax Season and stuff to do at the beginning of the year.

Retirement Account contributions. DONE!  1/4/17

Purchases. DONE! Bought positions in AAPL and VZ for approximately 56 gp.  1/5/17

Flex Account 2016 claims.  Figure out Login.  Chiropractor claims.

Stuff.

Tax document collection and organization.  Be ready for Tax Season earlier this time.

More stuff as I think of it.

 

I modified this once again.  It is coming together very nicely and I like it!!!

 

In other news, I am still struggling with keeping up with my friends. :(  What I should do:

Subscribe to threads like normal people do.

Read it like the Facebook feed like normal people do.

Hack Tapatalk so that it does not hit me with notifications all day.

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Classless Human Male Warrior - Introduction

Height: 1.77m Weight: 93 kg

Spoiler

 

Current Maxes: (repsxkg)

Squat: 10x122.3, 5x138.2, 3x147; 1x170

Bench Press: 10x79, 5x93, 1x102

Deadlift: 10x152, 5x192, 3x210, 1x229

Overhead Press: 10x52, 5x61, 1x70.3

Current Battle Log: 1707 Sam Ashen Summer Swole Program

2017 Challenges:  1701 1702 1703 1704 1705

Previous Challenges: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1603 1604 1605 1606 1607 1609  1610 1611 1612

Daily Log:The Daily Grind

Form Check:  Stronglifts Olympic

More FC's:  Pistol Squats

Want to play?  MFPvP

 

 

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I'm from Kansas. It's 11 or 12 here right now, so double digits. But it was near 60 on Christmas if I remember correctly. We have some cold days, for sure. But not as harsh as the north. And our summers are hot and humid, but not as bad as the south. Problem is it's boring, but pro is suuuuper cheap cost of living, relatively friendly, and I swear it's not ALL flyover country. I mean, we get flown over, but it's not all bad. 

 

Anywho, I'd never make Kansas a destination, but, if your work offers, not a terrible place to be. If you're anywhere near Wichita, and do get moved, I might be able to help with good/bad/better places to live, at the very least. 

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19 minutes ago, Strawberry Squatcake said:

I'm from Kansas. It's 11 or 12 here right now, so double digits. But it was near 60 on Christmas if I remember correctly. We have some cold days, for sure. But not as harsh as the north. And our summers are hot and humid, but not as bad as the south. Problem is it's boring, but pro is suuuuper cheap cost of living, relatively friendly, and I swear it's not ALL flyover country. I mean, we get flown over, but it's not all bad. 

 

Anywho, I'd never make Kansas a destination, but, if your work offers, not a terrible place to be. If you're anywhere near Wichita, and do get moved, I might be able to help with good/bad/better places to live, at the very least. 

 

Cost of Living:  Yeah, I noticed that.  It looks like the big difference is in housing.

Real Estate:  Um.  Does it actually move?  I already have one property I can't sell.  (and one I CAN sell)

Boring:  It could be Iowa.  As far as I know, you can find somebody from Iowa anywhere in the country.  Iowa exports corn and people.

Friendly:  I have been living in Minnesota for 7 years.  Note:  ALL of my friends are online.  What does that tell you?

Tornadoes:  Sound sleeper.  Did not hear siren.  Maybe I should live in my own basement! :lol:

Wichita:  Go another 100 miles north.  Solomon.  I looked it up.  It looks like it is pretty far from nowhere. :lol:

 

When I said I am not psychologically prepared to interview, I meant exactly that.  There has been a recent change in management and a key person being removed from the chain and I am giving it a fair chance.  Responding to a question like, "Why are you leaving your employer?" with "Actually, I have not yet decided to leave" really does not end well.  So psychologically not prepared to interview really means I do not want to leave my current employer at this time and it is therefore appropriate translate that answer as a hard NO.

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Classless Human Male Warrior - Introduction

Height: 1.77m Weight: 93 kg

Spoiler

 

Current Maxes: (repsxkg)

Squat: 10x122.3, 5x138.2, 3x147; 1x170

Bench Press: 10x79, 5x93, 1x102

Deadlift: 10x152, 5x192, 3x210, 1x229

Overhead Press: 10x52, 5x61, 1x70.3

Current Battle Log: 1707 Sam Ashen Summer Swole Program

2017 Challenges:  1701 1702 1703 1704 1705

Previous Challenges: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1603 1604 1605 1606 1607 1609  1610 1611 1612

Daily Log:The Daily Grind

Form Check:  Stronglifts Olympic

More FC's:  Pistol Squats

Want to play?  MFPvP

 

 

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3 hours ago, Sam Ashen said:

 

Cost of Living:  Yeah, I noticed that.  It looks like the big difference is in housing.

Real Estate:  Um.  Does it actually move?  I already have one property I can't sell.  (and one I CAN sell)

Boring:  It could be Iowa.  As far as I know, you can find somebody from Iowa anywhere in the country.  Iowa exports corn and people.

Friendly:  I have been living in Minnesota for 7 years.  Note:  ALL of my friends are online.  What does that tell you?

Tornadoes:  Sound sleeper.  Did not hear siren.  Maybe I should live in my own basement! :lol:

Wichita:  Go another 100 miles north.  Solomon.  I looked it up.  It looks like it is pretty far from nowhere. :lol:

 

When I said I am not psychologically prepared to interview, I meant exactly that.  There has been a recent change in management and a key person being removed from the chain and I am giving it a fair chance.  Responding to a question like, "Why are you leaving your employer?" with "Actually, I have not yet decided to leave" really does not end well.  So psychologically not prepared to interview really means I do not want to leave my current employer at this time and it is therefore appropriate translate that answer as a hard NO.

I don't know anything about Solomon, so take this all with a grain of salt.

 

its between Salina and Junction City. Neither are places I'd live, they're both on I-70, which is a huge drug and sex trafficking highway. Not that I know it means higher crime or drugs there, but it seems to in the other two cities. That said, a friend of mine just moved from Hutchinson (also a place I'd never live) to Salina. And he says it's not as bad as its reputation. Plus, he's comparing to Hutch, which seems to be bottoming out. Houses move fairly quickly in Wichita and the suburbs. But in that small of a town, I'd worry it wouldn't. 

 

Anyway, if you change your mind, don't take my word for it. But that's my initial response. I don't think I'd live in small town anywhere in Kansas if I weren't 10 minutes from the edge of a big enough town to suit your needs. 

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6 minutes ago, Laghail said:

Deeply disappointed in the nerds this month. No one touched this.

The forum has been randomly unsubscribing me from nerds, but what's your excuse??

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HEY HEY HEY, I totally commented on it! 

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Today was the company luncheon to celebrate Ukrainian Christmas.  We had roast beef and smashed potatoes and gravy in epic proportions.  And chocolate cake and little cheesecakes.  It sure feels like I ate a lot more that MFP says I did because my belly hurt when I got home.

 

Nothing impressive about a two-plate clean - and a slow one at that.

 

Today was also a rest day.

 

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I probably tracked wrong, but....

 

Score for Today:

3262 Calories

291 Carbs (270 to 450)

148 Fat (90 to 150)

194 Protein (160 minimum)

 

+3.8 Overall

 

Hitting the Broad Side of a Barn: 6/7 - Not bad for Week 0!

 

Meanwhile on MFP, I did a thing.  I changed my activity level to "active."  This now puts my normal maintenance calories at 2880.  Combine that with the silly numbers MFP gives me for lifting, predictions should be a little bit closer.

 

Average Score for Week 1:

3224 Calories

354 Carbs

117 Fat

194 Protein

 

So this is turning out to be a pretty normal week!

 

There is one more thing I can do if I am still really bored:  I can type in the final week of 2016 into my spreadsheet and have a more compete year of tracking.  But.  I don't think it matters that much at this time.

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Classless Human Male Warrior - Introduction

Height: 1.77m Weight: 93 kg

Spoiler

 

Current Maxes: (repsxkg)

Squat: 10x122.3, 5x138.2, 3x147; 1x170

Bench Press: 10x79, 5x93, 1x102

Deadlift: 10x152, 5x192, 3x210, 1x229

Overhead Press: 10x52, 5x61, 1x70.3

Current Battle Log: 1707 Sam Ashen Summer Swole Program

2017 Challenges:  1701 1702 1703 1704 1705

Previous Challenges: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1603 1604 1605 1606 1607 1609  1610 1611 1612

Daily Log:The Daily Grind

Form Check:  Stronglifts Olympic

More FC's:  Pistol Squats

Want to play?  MFPvP

 

 

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Waiting for Spring, Week 1, Day 4, Saturday

 

Long list.  Today's work:

 

2 Hip Snatch + Push Press Complex: 2x3x94, 1x104, 2x3x109, 3x114 pounds

Hang Snatch: 2x2x104, 2x2x124, 3x1x134 pounds

Push Press in Split Jerk Stance: 2x3x114, 3x134 pounds

Clean and Power Jerk: 2x2x134, 2x2x164, 2x2x184 pounds

Deficit Clean Pulls: 3x3x184 pounds

Squats: 3x184, 3x224, 3x274, 3x304, 2x3x244 pounds

Walking Lunges: 4x20x114 pounds, superset with

Hollow Holds: 4x45 second - varied the leg position to get breaks in.

 

I might do well to work with cats and cows and camels to get some better awareness of what my spine is doing.  Maybe throw that inside the superset.

 

Score for Today is still accumulating.

 

Edited in the final score.

 

Score for Today:

3599 Calories

384 Carbs (270 to 450)

148 Fat (90 to 150)

224 Protein (160 minimum)

 

+1.8 Overall

 

Hitting the Broad Side of a Barn: 7/8

 

Also noted, yesterday was a counting fail.  I forgot the buns and butter and that would have taken me outside of the range for Fat.  But I am treating it like that rule in Monopoly.  I realized my mistake the next day.  The next player has already thrown the dice and is taking a turn.  What is done is done.  Move on.

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Classless Human Male Warrior - Introduction

Height: 1.77m Weight: 93 kg

Spoiler

 

Current Maxes: (repsxkg)

Squat: 10x122.3, 5x138.2, 3x147; 1x170

Bench Press: 10x79, 5x93, 1x102

Deadlift: 10x152, 5x192, 3x210, 1x229

Overhead Press: 10x52, 5x61, 1x70.3

Current Battle Log: 1707 Sam Ashen Summer Swole Program

2017 Challenges:  1701 1702 1703 1704 1705

Previous Challenges: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1603 1604 1605 1606 1607 1609  1610 1611 1612

Daily Log:The Daily Grind

Form Check:  Stronglifts Olympic

More FC's:  Pistol Squats

Want to play?  MFPvP

 

 

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Cats & Cows are fantastic! C-curves are also good (same position, just look over your shoulder at your butt on each side so your spine curves to look like a C) as are bridges and if you have access to a yoga block or something like it - fish pose is a nice chest/back stretch.

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Love the challenge, following along. Also, your 2 year nerdiversary is the day after my 1 year, so that's cool.

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