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Wha...What?  What's going on, what am I missing?

 

Just gotta say

23 hours ago, SpecialSundae said:

I can probably still win my weight class and I'm hoping to get a PB on bench but I'm just feeling kinda defeated at the moment. It probably doesn't help that I'm absolutely dreading tonight's deadlift session. I've got 6x6@112.5 to get through after a single at 130 and I had to dingy it last night because I could barely stand let alone lift.

 

Just digs into my sense of my own mediocrity at the moment. I really wanted to have made more progress, although I guess the fact that I'm alive after the massive uptick in volume whilst cutting is progress of a type.

 

Wtf???  Mediocre?  Seriously?   Pffft!  I call bull shit.  You my friend, are anything but mediocre, and it's about time you believed in yourself xx

 

To cheer you up here's Ewen, holding a puppy!

 

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And because I can't help myself....

 

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6 minutes ago, Guzzi said:

Wha...What?  What's going on, what am I missing?

 

Just gotta say

 

Wtf???  Mediocre?  Seriously?   Pffft!  I call bull shit.  You my friend, are anything but mediocre, and it's about time you believed in yourself xx

 

I think I'm just well down the rabbit hole of cutting/injury blues with probably another month or two to go to make my target weight.

 

I'd just been really hoping I could do great things at this comp and, even before I go in, I'm feeling defeated.

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It happens to us all sometimes.  Just know that you on your worst day are still amazing and lots of people look up to you.  

 

There will always be something else to strive for another target to hit, a new PB or another comp, and there's a temptation to judge yourself in relation to that target.  It can be hard to take a step back sometimes and see yourself for what you have achieved, or how far you've come.  

 

Judge yourself on the things you have achieved, not the things you haven't.

 

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3 hours ago, SpecialSundae said:

I'd just been really hoping I could do great things at this comp and, even before I go in, I'm feeling defeated.

 

3 hours ago, Guzzi said:

There will always be something else to strive for another target to hit, a new PB or another comp, and there's a temptation to judge yourself in relation to that target.  It can be hard to take a step back sometimes and see yourself for what you have achieved, or how far you've come.  

 

That you have already done great things. That you do great things everyday. That it's the day to day work you put in tirelessly, consistently, that makes you a force to be reckoned with. That a single day can't take away any of that, and only eclipses it if you let it... That other people's efforts and successes can't take that away.

YOU ARE SO MUCH MORE THAN ONE DAY <3 <3 <3

 

Ewan can see it...

 

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Had my first proper weigh-in since I started Avatar this morning and I'm down 0.4kg this week. I was hoping for more but 7 weeks into a cut, I can't really expect big losses every week. I really don't like the US Navy Body Fat Calculation because it just seems to fluctuate so dramatically for me. I've got slight swelling on my neck and very slight bloating so I'm now 21.0% according to their measurements when I'm probably more like 25% but I'll just stick with it and try to be consistent.

 

Training last night was okay. Bench was feeling really iffy after I tried warming up on one of the benches you use in the rack and kept slipping off the side slightly because it's too narrow. Also caught my finger on the side whilst re-racking my second-to-last volume set and wound up with a corker of a tear on my finger (the kind of pain and bruising that you feel all the way up your arm and makes you feel sick).

 

I'm not sure how I feel about the competition on Sunday. I've signed up so I'm going to do it but I just don't really feel like there's much point at the moment!

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21 minutes ago, SpecialSundae said:

Bench was feeling really iffy after I tried warming up on one of the benches you use in the rack and kept slipping off the side slightly because it's too narrow.

 

I can't use a bench inside a rack unless it's fixed somewhere. When I set up I kinda push it away.

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2 minutes ago, AugustaAdaByron said:

 

I can't use a bench inside a rack unless it's fixed somewhere. When I set up I kinda push it away.

 

It attaches to the bench but it's really, really not good.

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I was about to post that with 1.1kg to drop by Sunday, this was the closest I've ever been to not making weight, but apparently I was 1.2kg over two days before Home Nations.

 

I can do this. I don't have to do anything tomorrow so I can just have a leisurely walk and go easy on the food volume and I should make weight.

 

I'm going to try to cut for another 4-6 weeks so that I don't wind up in this state before the rest of the comps this year. It'll be horrible to do but once it's done then I can run a reverse diet and try to maintain at 63ish rather than bouncing up to 65kg and stressing.

 

After this year, I definitely need to consider going up to the 72s full time! I'm never going to be World Championship material so I want to look good and enjoy training!

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On 2/16/2017 at 4:55 AM, Guzzi said:

It happens to us all sometimes.  Just know that you on your worst day are still amazing and lots of people look up to you.  

 

There will always be something else to strive for another target to hit, a new PB or another comp, and there's a temptation to judge yourself in relation to that target.  It can be hard to take a step back sometimes and see yourself for what you have achieved, or how far you've come.  

 

Judge yourself on the things you have achieved, not the things you haven't.

 

On 2/16/2017 at 8:08 AM, RedStone said:

That you have already done great things. That you do great things everyday. That it's the day to day work you put in tirelessly, consistently, that makes you a force to be reckoned with. That a single day can't take away any of that, and only eclipses it if you let it... That other people's efforts and successes can't take that away.

YOU ARE SO MUCH MORE THAN ONE DAY <3 <3 <3

These two QFT^^^^^^

 

 

4 hours ago, SpecialSundae said:

After this year, I definitely need to consider going up to the 72s full time! I'm never going to be World Championship material so I want to look good and enjoy training!

ONE OF US! ONE OF US!!!

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7 hours ago, SpecialSundae said:

For all my whinging... Already hit 63.0 this morning with 24 hours to go.

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I don't like to brag, but I did say you'd do it easily :chuncky:  Good luck tomorrow x

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Okay, so I guess I'd better do a wee write-up of today.

 

Got to the comp venue at about 8:45 with weigh-in starting at 9 so popped to the loo and wound up weighing in at 62.4kg. 

 

I have to confess that I was bricking it but, for once, not so much about squats. I knew I was opening super-light (for me) so my opener at 115kg could have been done paused, in my sleep, with a broken ankle etc etc. I had a slight miscommunication with my handler so my second attempt was 120kg rather than 122.5kg, but given that my hip started feeling sore and tight after 120kg, I think it could have been slightly serendipitous. Went for a very conservative third attempt at 125kg because of the pain in my hip flexor and absolutely nailed it. 

 

Warmed up for bench way too early and completely funked my opener at 75kg because I didn't get my arse down so I repeated that on my second attempt rather than going straight to 80kg so my third attempt at 80kg, whilst a comp PB, was ridiculously easy. 

 

Deadlifts had no plan so opened at 130kg (first time I've opened that far over my final squat... ever) then pulled an easy 137.5kg on my second. I'd attempted 142.5kg in my last few comps so put it on not entirely expecting it to be any different but it absolutely flew up and there was probably more there. 

 

Finished up with a total only 5kg off my all-time PB despite taking a 10kg hit on squat and screwing up bench. 

 

To top it all off, got a stream of awesome messages from my coach and others this evening!

 

 

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25 minutes ago, SpecialSundae said:

The moment I realised I was going to lock out the 142.5kg deadlift:

 

 

 

Haha, epic!  Congrats :)

 

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I can see it's been a hard road... but if you've nearly hit a PR total AND have significantly reduced your waist size, then you must be doing something right...

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8 hours ago, Blocky said:

I can see it's been a hard road... but if you've nearly hit a PR total AND have significantly reduced your waist size, then you must be doing something right...

I think so. 

 

I also realised that a lot of my issues boil down to jealousy that people around me get seemingly unending and unsolicited praise whilst I'm always a bridesmaid and never a bride (metaphorically speaking). Previously having a coach who just didn't give a shit didn't help my spiral but realising that's an issue might help.

 

New coach was in there with praise, support and encouragement within minutes, though, despite having competed himself yesterday.

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13 hours ago, SpecialSundae said:

Finished up with a total only 5kg off my all-time PB despite taking a 10kg hit on squat and screwing up bench. 

 

To top it all off, got a stream of awesome messages from my coach and others this evening!

 

Sounds like a win!

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