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I have been lifting pretty regularly about 5 days a week since the beginning of April and sticking to my calorie counting diet for a month now. My muscles are tired and my joints are starting to get sore. Luckily I will have about 5 days off soon as I go out of town with some friends and I think that will allow me to heal a bit.

The rec center I work out at has the most god awful humidity problem I have ever experience in my life…worse than orlando in august. All the sweat from everybody is collecting in the building and beginning to rust the equipment. For me, it was so bad that sleeveless cotton shirts were just no longer cutting it. I had to peel off my clothes after every work out and felt like I needed to request someone to mop the floor after me. So I went to a couple sporting good stores and spent over $200 on Nike dri-FIT and Under Armour gear. I have had 3 work outs since then and the different is quite amazing, The fabric still collects sweat but it doesn’t hold it against your body like cotton does. I should read about how that stuff works and I highly recommend the investment for anyone working out. Exercise is tough enough, you shouldn’t have to fight something else you can control.

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But first…136 pounds. I’m willing to attribute that to dehydration but even so, it’s the first time I have been in the 136 range since I began this quest.

On to to the subject. I am currently directing a series of videos for children’s education and it is consuming my life. We have been shooting like crazy, entire days and I think the pain is just getting started. By the time I get home and un-sweat I just don’t have the energy. Speaking of..that is going to be it for today. the important thing is I am keeping up with my workouts and the calories counting.

That’s a lie, I had some pizza and a s’more last night. But that was after shooting for 3 hours until midnight. So where are we?

137 pounds.

After the pizza, I think I am going to chalk some of this up to water loss from the shoot. However, For all week, I have been at a solid 137.8 which is contradictory to my previous statement that I would be stuck at 138.2 forever. Let me share a story with you.

Back when I was an undergrad and just getting into working out, I began at 148 and got down to 135. I thought for sure I was going to be stuck at 135 forever but by the end of the quarter I was down until 128. So kind of the same thing here. You know it’s like once you give up on dating, you suddenly find someone really amazing. So I am happy and have definitely been noticing a difference.

I decided to take this week off from my elliptical routine. My legs have been dragging the past couple week since they get a work out every day and double the amount when it’s actually leg day for lifting. So I have just been doing free weights which aside from my legs feeling a little better my mental attitude has been better as well since I haven’t had to think, “Ugh I still have 20 minutes on the elliptical after lifting.” But it’s back to hard core next week.

Some friends and I are planning a trip to Cedar Point in August so that’s my near future goal for tightening up. I’m hungry…

138.2 Pounds

Something tells me this is going to be a hard weight to get past.

We began shooting for our new grant project at work yesterday. Since it was so cool out, it didn’t occur to me to use sunblock. I am incredibly sunburned on my face arms and the top of my head. My forehead and nose got it worse. I look like Rudolph and it’s pretty painful. Lesson learned I guess.

Yesterday was back day which like biceps/triceps day is a really hard day.

Single-arm Dumbbell Rows: 60 pounds for 3 sets at 10 reps per arm.

Reverse Fly: 17.5 pounds for 3 sets of 10 each. This seems like little weight but let’s have you try this. Sit in on the edge of your office chair. Grab 2 standard sized hardcover books, one in each hand. Bend over at your waist and let the books hang down loosely. Now while remaining bent over lift the books out to your side to form a cross motion. Do this 10 times for 3 sets…it hurts.

Pulldowns: 3 sets of 10 at 160 pounds. I added 5 pounds this week which made me feel pretty good.

Exercise Ball Lower Back Extensions: Just using body weight, 3 sets of 10. I have been doing this exercise for years and no matter what, I walk really funny afterwards. It really takes it’s took on your lower back. It’s a reverse sit-up essentially.

Bent-Over Row: 3 sets of 10 for 70 pounds.

Bent Leg Dead Lift: 3 sets of 10 for 70 pounds

Followed by 20 minutes on the elliptical

138.2 Pounds

Sorry but no pictures of my food today. I’m gonna make this quick; in a little bit of a funk. Today was chest and shoulders day.

For the record, my chest is the one thing I don’t want to get bigger so I very rarely add any weight to it and don’t lift as much as I could. My shoulders on the other hand, I want to keep adding bulk

Dumbbell Flys: 25 pounds. 3 sets of 10

Overhead Dumbbell Press: 40 pounds. 3 sets of 10

Dumbbell Bench Press: 45 pounds. 3 sets of 10

I don’t know what it’s called but a lateral raise of some sort: 17.5 pounds. 3 sets of 10

Bench press: 60 pounds. 3 sets of 10

Front Lateral Arm Raise: 20 pounds. 3 sets of 10

And then 20 minutes of elliptical.

I ate today. I still have about 600 calories left. That’s all.

  

So I had a couple lunches today. Unfortunately for you, you’re not going to see the second one because I was so hungry I forgot to take pictures. My first lunch was leftovers again. This time the chicken with salsa and my jug of water

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My second lunch was a chicken caesar salad and a baguette from Panera. Ally needed some clothes for her new gig so I went with her out of town. I had one before and I remember it being a lot better. Maybe I didn’t get chicken on it. I am really not a fan of cold chicken on my caesar salad. I had the same issue earlier in the week..where was it? I can’t remember. Excuse me while I side track for a moment.

Sunday was my off day from exercise and yes I counted mowing the grass yesterday as exercise since I don’t use the self-propel. I did some weed eating and some garden removal but I didn’t count that. Trying to keep to this calorie counting on days I don’t work out is extremely difficult. I am a little over.

After some grocery shopping, I only had a few hundred calories left sooooo

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and a bunch of peas. The red stuff in the glass? That’s the cherry pomegranate kroger brand crystal lite. 0 everything and delicious. And the bowl is 1/4 cup UNsalted peanuts. Post dinner I make some meals to get me halfway through the week. I made 13 hardboiled eggs and a bunch more chicken strips. I’m swapping my lunch meat out for those. Hopefully they continue to make good sandwich. Tomorrow it’s back to the gym for chest and shoulders day. You’ll read all about it tomorrow.

138.2 pounds

Breakfast was leftovers from lunch yesterday on wheat sandwich thins and 750 ml of creatine.

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Later today is grocery time. My problem with food is I am really lazy when it comes to cooking, I’m not good at planning ahead for WHEN I get hungry. You know, prepare something in hopes it’s what I want to eat when I am hungry. So I usually end up waiting until I am hungry and then panic for food and not want to wait to make something. Also when I’m shopping, I can’t seem to look at ingredients and says, “Hey, if I put these things together, I will have something awesome.” I guess I’m not that food creative. It’s kind of funny, because I don’t want to spend a lot of money at the store but I would still eat lunch out once or twice a week; that’s a lot more groceries I could be buying for the same cost. Except for dinner, my meals are exactly the same every day.

I do know this time around I want to get a lot more chicken strips. The amount of protein in them is ridiculous. For every pound I weight I want to get a little over a gram of protein. I did that really easily yesterday with the chicken and steak. Protein also assists in quick healing from the gym. What’s really nice running a cycle of exercises each week, each one targeting a different area of my body, is that even if that area is sore, it’s being used minimally or not at all so I can heal and not have to miss a workout due to soreness. On the protein subject, I’m playing with the idea of getting some fish…but I really don’t like fish, except in sushi. Figure that one out. But it’s extremely lean and full of protein. I guess we’ll see.

If you would like me to frequent your establishment serve this

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That is Diet Mt Dew. Nice work Applebee’s. It’s crack for me. There are only two other places in town that server Diet Dew. Big Mamma’s Burritos and Quiznos, hence the decision to go there last night. With this delicacy I had the asiago peppercorn steak with veggies and potatoes hitting at just 390 calories. It was delicious and filled me up quite well.

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However, I am a bit hungry at the moment so I will have to grab a snack here in a few. I actually have about 614 calories left today but I don’t think I will go that crazy. 

A few years ago, I was watching a True Life episode entitled, “I Want the Perfect Body.” There was an amateur body builder who said he sees food as fuel. For me this is an insanely difficult concept. All day long, all I can think about it when I am going to eat next and what I am going to eat. It is my favorite thing to do, but that doesn’t mean I can’t practice restraint. When I eat out with family and friends, I try to make some responsible choices and I get the, “Why do you need to watch what you eat?” I take it partially as a compliment but I didn’t get to where I am today because I eat everything I want.

But food as fuel, thinking of food as a means to an end and nothing more. Eat what your body needs to perform a task and nothing more. This is a tremendously difficult concept to grasp. I’m not sure I could ever do it but I am trying. Along the same fuel analogy. I’m not going to put diesel fuel into my regular unleaded vehicle so I should probably focus on making sure the types of food I eat are what my body needs and stuff that won’t make me sluggish. It’s tough to do when you’re consistently hungry and trying to only eat what you need.

Made some lunch. Chicken cooked in EVOO with some lemon pepper seasoning. Next time…less seasoning. With it, 750ml of creatine.

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Next to that I attempted to have a couple cups of broccoli and have a cup of corn, but I am stuffed, so again less is more.

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I’ll finish this eventually. I was doing the “take a drink between every bit method” and I tend to forget how full it really makes me.