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#301 Number83

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 12:49 PM

Tuesday Weigh-In

Age: 39
Height: 6'0

Starting Weight (1/1): 250.6 lbs
Last week's Weigh-in: 232.8 lbs
This week's Weigh-in: 230.2 lbs
Pounds Gained/Lost this week: -2.6 lbs
Pounds Gained/Lost total: -20.4 lbs
Goal weight (200 lbs): 30.2 lbs to go

Not a bad week, considering I lost 2 days working out due to the MLK holiday and my son's surgery. I also sprinkled in a cheat day on Saturday with a plate of Boneless Buffalo Wings at Applebees.

30 more lbs seems so far away, but I'll get there. Hell, I'm almost half way to my goal and it's only been 3 weeks. Mrs. Number83 wants to go on vacation in June, so I have nothing better to do except get in shape by then...May even adjust my goal to something lower, but I don't want to think about that yet.

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#302 encendido5

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 01:56 PM

I pigged out on Sunday watching the two football games and it shows. I didn't lose any weight this week...

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Current weight: 200.2
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Javery, they don't call it Insanity for nothing :lol: The workouts are pretty hard, but I'm sure you can get through them. You seem to be in better shape than I am and I was able to get through them, albeit with a couple of rests.

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#303 luxuria

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 07:59 PM

So..... Insanity is hard as balls. I'm in good shape... at least I think I'm in good shape and this morning was Day 1 and it kicked my ass. This was just the "fit test" warm up day! I'm already sore and it's only been 3 hours since I finished. I'm actually frightened for tomorrow...


Trust me, it gets a lot better. The first week will kick your ass. It'll get to the point where it is pretty fun. The second half of Insanity though.... >________>. I did the first month twice after attempting the second month for a week. The exercises were kicking my ass. Huge difference when it becomes an hour; Diamond jumps are a bitch.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 09:29 PM

Trust me, it gets a lot better. The first week will kick your ass. It'll get to the point where it is pretty fun. The second half of Insanity though.... >________>. I did the first month twice after attempting the second month for a week. The exercises were kicking my ass. Huge difference when it becomes an hour; Diamond jumps are a bitch.


I'm not sure I'll be able to do it properly. I can only get to the gym 4 times a week and doing the program at home is impossible. My basement only has 6ft. ceilings and I can't do it on the first floor because I'll wake the kids from all the jumping around. When it gets warmer I guess I could try it outside or in my garage on the days I can't get to the gym. I'm kind of annoyed because I really want to do the full 60 days. Will 4 times a week work? I can do the routine and then ride an elliptical for another 45 minutes or something but I just can't get there every day.

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#305 blindinglights

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 09:45 PM

I'm not sure I'll be able to do it properly. I can only get to the gym 4 times a week and doing the program at home is impossible. My basement only has 6ft. ceilings and I can't do it on the first floor because I'll wake the kids from all the jumping around. When it gets warmer I guess I could try it outside or in my garage. I'm kind of annoyed because I really want to do the full 60 days. Will 4 times a week work? I can do the routine and then ride an elliptical for another 45 minutes or something but I just can't get there every day.



I seriously don't understand how anyone other than a 5 foot tall housewife could do Insanity in their home. Between the average ceiling height making the jumping around a problem (especially with your arms up) and the fact that anyone over a hundred pounds is going to make a shitload of noise doing the workout... I just don't get how it's supposed to work for adult men unless you have a garage or basement with high ceilings.
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#306 luxuria

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 10:17 PM

I'm not sure I'll be able to do it properly. I can only get to the gym 4 times a week and doing the program at home is impossible. My basement only has 6ft. ceilings and I can't do it on the first floor because I'll wake the kids from all the jumping around. When it gets warmer I guess I could try it outside or in my garage on the days I can't get to the gym. I'm kind of annoyed because I really want to do the full 60 days. Will 4 times a week work? I can do the routine and then ride an elliptical for another 45 minutes or something but I just can't get there every day.


Yeah, that will work as well, especially until you improve on the workout videos. As long as you just stay determined it'll be fine. Just try to attempt each of the exercises and mix it up each week to your choosing. Also, since Cardio Abs is so short, you could add that in more than once a week. Once you notice that the exercises are getting easier for you to complete, see if you can attempt two of the videos in one day, either right after or later in the day if you may, or even choose certain sections from a video. The second time I ran through the first month, I added in some exercises from the Core Cardio and Balance exercises for example.

To be honest, as long as you are still exercising, you'll be fine, and as long as you know you WILL get results, keep at it. ^^

#307 Javery

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 10:17 PM

I seriously don't understand how anyone other than a 5 foot tall housewife could do Insanity in their home. Between the average ceiling height making the jumping around a problem (especially with your arms up) and the fact that anyone over a hundred pounds is going to make a shitload of noise doing the workout... I just don't get how it's supposed to work for adult men unless you have a garage or basement with high ceilings.


Agreed. What do people think about doing the program 6 times a week as recommended but doing Tuesdays and Thursdays at night (after 8PM) meaning that on Wednesday and Friday mornings there will only have been about 8 hours in between workouts (and also between Mondays/Tuesdays and Wednesday/Thursday there will be about 36 hours in between)? It doesn't sound like a good idea but I don't know...

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#308 Javery

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 02:38 PM

OK, definitely a "no" to my previous post. Holy shit I just did the second Insanity workout this morning and I thought I was going to collapse. I couldn't keep up at all. So so so hard. I'm sore already too. The suicide jumps are next to impossible. This is great.

I did add 1.5 lbs. though so far this week which is weird... I swapped my treadmill run for the Insanity workout but otherwise stayed the same with everything else. It could be because weigh-ins are usually Fridays but I was feeling good this morning so I hopped on the scale and I was a bit surprised. I also think I have to take a huge dump so maybe that will do it. I don't know. I really thought there was a chance to go below 180 lbs. for the first time in 15+ years but I guess not.

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#309 The Great Muta

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 10:27 AM

Insanity is quite the challenge. I have a couple friends using the workout to get into shape. From what I've seen, it's pretty tough. Keep at it, sir.

My body tends to fluctuate three to five pounds on any given day. Getting the proper sustenance does that. I wouldn't be too worried about 1.5 pounds. Worst case scenario, it takes you an extra day to burn off that weight. :)

I'm not going into any detail but it's been about a week since I cycled off a supplement that targets and burns fat. It's good timing as it started to irritate my skin. As a recommendation, I changed my daily cardio from 90 minutes at the start and 60 minutes at the end to just 60 minutes at the end. So far, I have retained a lot more muscle mass since the change. Next week, I intend to toss back on my 40-pound vest during the last 60 minutes. Just to see how my back reacts. I'm pretty sure I injured my back because I did two-hour runs with the vest. If I do run longer than 60 minutes, I'm taking off the vest. I can't afford another two-month layoff.

Keep up the good work, everyone!

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 12:22 PM

Dumbbell flat bench press -- Hard. I'm making progress (currently at 135lbs for reps) but it's been a real struggle compared to nearly every other exercise, and I feel like I'm quickly approaching a plateau.

Chest dips -- Easy. I could bang out reps at bodyweight (~165lbs) and hardly break a sweat. I started adding weight last week to keep things interesting.

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#311 blindinglights

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 02:33 PM

Chase, I hope you are at least running on something with some give and not on blacktop with the vest. Your back is a concern (especially since you've already injured it), but your knees are also a major concern in that situation. I'm not sure how strong your legs are, but even if you squat four or five hundred pounds, your knees can still take a serious beating from running with a 40 pound vest. Especially for extended periods of time.

You could opt for sprints with the vest if you're trying to increase leg strength, speed, or lung capacity. That would allow you to put your knees under strain for a much shorter length of time and would probably result in better gains over running for an extended period of time. If you're going for endurance, I would suggest increasing and maintaining the intensity of your runs (without the vest) for that 60 minutes to protect your knees. Alternating between the two methods would probably be your best bet.
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#312 seanr1221

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 03:14 PM

Guys, My Fitness Pal is a much better app than lose it. The iPad app is really cool too.

Also, you can scan bar codes to bring up food info. I've dumped Lose It completely now.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 03:19 PM

I'm not going into any detail but it's been about a week since I cycled off a supplement that targets and burns fat.


Did it work? I've tried Ripped Fuel in the past and it curbs my appetite so I'm never tempted to snack but I'm not sure it does what it thinks it does. When ephedra was still on the shelf that shit worked. I took some Hydroxycut back in the mid-90s and lost 25 lbs. in about 5 minutes - it just melted off. Too bad my heart felt like it was going to jump out of my chest at any moment.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 03:51 PM

Guys, My Fitness Pal is a much better app than lose it. The iPad app is really cool too.

Also, you can scan bar codes to bring up food info. I've dumped Lose It completely now.

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I've been trying to get you guys to switch :lol:

My name's condor80 on there if you want to add me:
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Posted 26 January 2012 - 08:25 PM

Quick questions for you guys.

With new diet plans, its obvious I wont get the daily recommended vitamins and such. With that being said, would any of you suggest taking any (multi)vitamin(s)? If yes, which one?

Im 24 years old, 264 lbs., if it means anything.

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#316 Javery

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 08:29 PM

The GNC multi-vitamin is pretty good but I'm sure it's overpriced. However, your diet should contain vitamins and healthy foods, etc. Starving yourself won't get it done long-term. It's all about portion control and a healthy balance.

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#317 Rig

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 09:14 PM

Guys, My Fitness Pal is a much better app than lose it. The iPad app is really cool too.

Also, you can scan bar codes to bring up food info. I've dumped Lose It completely now.

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Haven't tried that app (I don't use any app, actually) but the Fooducate app is pretty badasss. It's a food barcode scanner that will suggest better alternatives. (Sounds like what you mentioned in My Fitness Pal.)

#318 The Great Muta

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 09:31 AM

Alternating between the two methods would probably be your best bet.



Good advice, sir. I do sprints occasionally. Mostly on the weekends. I workout at night and opted for longer runs instead of mixing up sprints and runs 'cause I couldn't see anything and I'm lazy and don't want to break-up my workout by driving to the nearest high school. Hahaha... (Pardon the terrible sentence.)

My physician said what you said. I'm also stubborn. So we'll see if I wind up hurting anything else.

Did it work? I've tried Ripped Fuel in the past and it curbs my appetite so I'm never tempted to snack but I'm not sure it does what it thinks it does. When ephedra was still on the shelf that shit worked. I took some Hydroxycut back in the mid-90s and lost 25 lbs. in about 5 minutes - it just melted off. Too bad my heart felt like it was going to jump out of my chest at any moment.



I completely understand. :) Here's an insight into my head: Not a fan of fat burners that rely on energy supplements (like Hydroxycut). I have been using HGH to burn off fat. I have used and recommend HGHup and HGHpro (which is on sale right now at the link). Results may vary per person, but, in my system, it primarily burns fat. Hasn't really helped with putting on muscle.

If you do need an energy boost, I recommend 1MR (1 More Rep). No crash. Super-effective. Good ingredients. No sugar.

Quick questions for you guys.

With new diet plans, its obvious I wont get the daily recommended vitamins and such. With that being said, would any of you suggest taking any (multi)vitamin(s)? If yes, which one?

Im 24 years old, 264 lbs., if it means anything.

Thank you.



I recommend Animal Pak for your multivitamin needs. Something like Muscle Milk is a good alternative. All the vitamins a person needs per day. Little to no sugar. :)

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 01:41 PM

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I don't have the last picture at the moment at my biggest, but I was up to 225 when I was depressed and had a drinking problem and didn't care what happened. My uncle slapped me with a wake up call and in the midst of my rant about how I hated myself he told me to get up and do something about it. He told me to stop mindlessly abusing my body and if I really was sick and tired of being fat and miserable then I should do something about it. I quit drinking the next day..

in the summer of 2009 : age:23
height: 5'7"
weight: 225

Today: Age:25
height: 5'7"
weight: 155

I got down to 148, but I wasn't hardly eating anything though. Now I stick to a strict but nice diet, take plenty of protein, and exercise every other day. Loving life now..


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Posted 28 January 2012 - 05:35 AM

I find my body weight doesn't fluctuate wildly 3 to 5 finds if I weigh myself at the same time at each weigh in and try to keep my conditions a constant.


I don't see how some of you people are eating only 1,400 or so calories a day.

I eat at least 2,400 a day and I'm still hungry but also still losing bodyfat.

Current weight: 142lbs
goal: I actually would like to add weight eventually, but my current goal is to get that six pack in full. I can currently visibly see abs but not quite down to the BF% I would like. Tried adding weight earlier in the year but its just too darn expensive for me to eat as much as I would need to. Maybe I'm just too young and my metabolism is a freak but I cannot survive on much less than 2,500 a day!!! I even cut out cardio to try to add a bit of mass!
Diet: SCRITCTLY chicken around 260z a day(grilled, skinless, lean breast) sometimes beef(steak), brown rice ( 5servings), oatmeal (2 to 3 packets), and some occasional fruit. I drink only water except one day a week I do not diet at all. Eating clean has allowed me exceptional progress, though I feel I'm starting to hit a wall or my progress is just slowing down.
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you're looking good, no homo. heh. Keep at it man I was 175lbs a year ago, felt depressed, lethargic, and just shitty in general. I'm in the best shape of my life and still striving to push further and not looking back.

#321 dohdough

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 03:53 PM

I find my body weight doesn't fluctuate wildly 3 to 5 finds if I weigh myself at the same time at each weigh in and try to keep my conditions a constant.


I don't see how some of you people are eating only 1,400 or so calories a day.

I eat at least 2,400 a day and I'm still hungry but also still losing bodyfat.

Current weight: 142lbs
goal: I actually would like to add weight eventually, but my current goal is to get that six pack in full. I can currently visibly see abs but not quite down to the BF% I would like. Tried adding weight earlier in the year but its just too darn expensive for me to eat as much as I would need to. Maybe I'm just too young and my metabolism is a freak but I cannot survive on much less than 2,500 a day!!! I even cut out cardio to try to add a bit of mass!
Diet: SCRITCTLY chicken around 260z a day(grilled, skinless, lean breast) sometimes beef(steak), brown rice ( 5servings), oatmeal (2 to 3 packets), and some occasional fruit. I drink only water except one day a week I do not diet at all. Eating clean has allowed me exceptional progress, though I feel I'm starting to hit a wall or my progress is just slowing down.
age: 22
height: 5' 8"

How the heck can you be eating 2500 cals a day at your size? Unless you have an extremely physical job And working out hard for at least 4 hours a day that includes cardio, I find that highly unlikely. High metabolism or not, you can't break the laws of physics.

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you're looking good, no homo. heh. Keep at it man I was 175lbs a year ago, felt depressed, lethargic, and just shitty in general. I'm in the best shape of my life and still striving to push further and not looking back.

Was that part really necessary? I shouldn't even need to go into why it shouldn't have shown up here.

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 04:05 PM

I aplogize for that, I really do. I forget myself sometimes but I really didn't mean anything by it. However, in the context of this thread it wasn't needed I understand. As well as I undersatnd it wasn't needed in general. I don't need to add to the stigmitization of the whole issue. Sorry.

I seriously eat well over 2000 a day. Hover on 2300-2,400 most days and I really don't lose weight but I'm not gaining either. Goals are really body recomp and it seems to be working. I don't work out more than anybody else... 4 hour workouts would be useless unless for a non-athlete like myself. Maybe its the fact that I eat so clean but I do eat about that much daily and would be more than happy to show anybody my notes

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 07:10 PM

I find my body weight doesn't fluctuate wildly 3 to 5 finds if I weigh myself at the same time at each weigh in and try to keep my conditions a constant.


I don't see how some of you people are eating only 1,400 or so calories a day.

I eat at least 2,400 a day and I'm still hungry but also still losing bodyfat.

Current weight: 142lbs
goal: I actually would like to add weight eventually, but my current goal is to get that six pack in full. I can currently visibly see abs but not quite down to the BF% I would like. Tried adding weight earlier in the year but its just too darn expensive for me to eat as much as I would need to. Maybe I'm just too young and my metabolism is a freak but I cannot survive on much less than 2,500 a day!!! I even cut out cardio to try to add a bit of mass!
Diet: SCRITCTLY chicken around 260z a day(grilled, skinless, lean breast) sometimes beef(steak), brown rice ( 5servings), oatmeal (2 to 3 packets), and some occasional fruit. I drink only water except one day a week I do not diet at all. Eating clean has allowed me exceptional progress, though I feel I'm starting to hit a wall or my progress is just slowing down.
age: 22
height: 5' 8"

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you're looking good, no homo. heh. Keep at it man I was 175lbs a year ago, felt depressed, lethargic, and just shitty in general. I'm in the best shape of my life and still striving to push further and not looking back.


No homo at all haha thanks man yes I just try to keep pushing myself every time I work out to see how far I can take myself. Plus I feel a lot better now and not actually hating life. It feels much better and easier to do cardio and other things when your body isn't bogged down with a poisonous diet and lifestyle.

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 07:13 PM

I didn't take any offense by it but I see where it could be taken the wrong way, I understand it's a commonly used phrase but some may take offense. Anyways, good to see eveyone's progress on here and glad to see others improving themselves. Keep up the good work fellow CAGs!!!

#325 seanr1221

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 07:19 PM

Finished week 3 of the Strong Lifts 5x5

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 12:08 AM

Finished week 3 of the Strong Lifts 5x5

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Get some!!!!!!!

I've kinda toned myself down on some of my benching but I dropped the weight down and surprisingly for me my max went up though. My routine today was bench: pyramid 145-10,9,8,7,6 then 155-5,5,5,5 in between each set I curled 30lbs in each hand. Then I got on the butterfly machine and did 10 sets of 5 with 130 and in between each set I did 5 dips. That's really helped bring my max up with all the circuit training I've been doing (in my case anyways) first time I started lifting I could barely do 75, last week I benched 225. Not bad for my small size I don't think.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 03:17 AM

Start Date: Jan 2, 2012
Starting weight: 390 lbs
Age: 39
Height: 6'5"
Current Weight: 370 lbs
Current Weight Loss: 20 lbs
First goal: 370lbs (Reached!)
Second Goal: 350 lbs

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 02:25 PM

Start Date: Jan 2, 2012
Starting weight: 390 lbs
Age: 39
Height: 6'5"
Current Weight: 370 lbs
Current Weight Loss: 20 lbs
First goal: 370lbs (Reached!)
Second Goal: 350 lbs


Holy crap dude - 20lbs. in less than 4 weeks! Nice job. Keep it going! Great idea with the interim goals - reaching one every few weeks will definitely keep you motivated.

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 07:39 PM

Sunday: 5 chocolate chip cookies (homemade). 2 scoops of ice cream. Fuuuuuucckkkkkk. So worth it though. First "cheat" since New Year's. I do feel sick right now - I took a nasty dump and I was sluggish during my Insanity workout this morning. I'm also tired for some reason even though I got 6.5 hours last night. Lesson learned.... sort of.

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 07:44 PM

Sunday: 5 chocolate chip cookies (homemade). 2 scoops of ice cream. Fuuuuuucckkkkkk. So worth it though. First "cheat" since New Year's. I do feel sick right now - I took a nasty dump and I was sluggish during my Insanity workout this morning. I'm also tired for some reason even though I got 6.5 hours last night. Lesson learned.... sort of.


I'm dreading the weigh-in tomorrow as I had my first Coke Zero in 4 weeks...more like 3 of them, to go with my 3 slices of Pizza. I did starve myself yesterday, so I could justify it by telling myself it was over 2 days.

Worst part about it is I was going to make up for it on the treadmill today, but I forgot my iPod...so hard to run without music. Guess I deserve it.

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