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#361 Number83

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 12:55 PM

Tuesday Weigh-In

Height: 6'0
Starting Weight (1/1): 250.6 lbs
Last week's Weigh-in: 226.8 lbs
This week's Weigh-in: 222.0 lbs
Pounds Gained/Lost this week: -4.8 lbs
Pounds Gained/Lost total: -28.6 lbs
Goal weight (200 lbs): 22.0 lbs to go

Had a great week, almost shedding 5 lbs! Super Bowl Sunday was tough, but I was able to get through it while keeping within my points for the day (i.e. I did not cheat!). Was especially hard because my son wanted some friends over, so the pizza and wings were flowing.

The exercise routine seems to be working too...I may increase it by 5 mins, just to keep up the momentum. Also I hit a point where I have to drop my food points total by 2, which is no big deal. I try to leave points on the table anyway.

Here's hoping for another good week!

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#362 Javery

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 09:18 PM

Awesome work! Super Bowl Sunday was tough - good thing I was too nervous to eat! I did end up having a few pigs in a blanket and a couple of stuffed mushrooms but that was about it.

My stomach muscles are really starting to show since I've been doing the insanity workout. There is definitely an outline around the entire area (under the ribs and the line down my sides) and I also am starting to see the 'v' between the bottom of my stomach and top of my thighs... if that makes any sense. I definitely don't have individual abs yet but maybe after a couple of months they will start to show. I'm definitely encouraged.

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#363 assassinX

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 10:19 PM

Hey guys I just wanted to chime in and say I've been doing cardio for about 2 weeks nonstop now, time to keep this up.
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#364 Javery

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 02:07 PM

Holy crap. The "Pure Cardio" workout was so tough. I need a nap and I could have eaten a second breakfast this morning.

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#365 Chase

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 10:21 AM

Reading through the last two pages.

Thanks, dohdough!

And splits squats, aye? Interesting, Allnatural. I actually had to look up the difference between a split squat and a lunge. (It's movement, apparently.)

While on Livestrong, I saw this article in the side called "Best Stretches For Legs." Hope that helps, Sean.

I just do what I call "stretches." ;) I sit on my butt, spread 'em, grab my foot and bend my toes, and flip it. Another one, I bend over, wrists to ground, forehead to knees. And, I think the only other one I do every day is arm across chest, bend arm, use other arm to pull the elbow to my chest. Ah, and I windmill my arms to loosen up my shoulders. Technical, I know.

Good work, everyone! Keep up the progress.

#366 Javery

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 04:49 PM

Jeez. It's the 7th week in a row I'm at 181. 181.0, actually. I know I'm shifting weight around but I really want to get under 180 for some reason and I can't seem to do it. The insanity workouts are becoming harder and harder for me - I think there is a cumulative effect of being out of energy/tired after a while. I will keep at it though because I like the results so far. I even noticed my wife taking a peek as I was getting ready this morning which was nice!

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#367 irideabike

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 08:03 PM

Put on weight the past year or so, just hadn't been lifting much. Started lifting/some cardio/eating a tad better lately and slowly have been losing weight. I'm 6 foot, went from 200 to 221 pounds in about a year and a half of just being lazy. Started the "healthier" lifestyle about 3 weeks ago, went from 221 to 212, goal weight would probably be right around 195 pounds. Mostly just walk my dog a couple miles for cardio, and do freeweights/bench for upper body, squats/lunges/etc for lower body. Just felt like I should post in here.

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#368 Chase

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 04:16 AM

Troy, you'll be amazed how much weight you'll lose by simply eating healthy. :)

Nice work, Javery. I wouldn't be overly-concerned with the two pounds. Muscle mass weighs more than fat. And you seem to be working hard and have probably put on some lean muscle. I pretty much only keep track of my body fat percentage, to be honest. And having to put extra effort into your workouts is a good think. It's always good to feel the burn. ;)



In my world, I'm giving serious consideration to quitting my day job so I can actually train. Here's a schedule of one of the gyms located in my city. Like with every other gym, everything pretty much closes by 7 p.m. By the time I get home and take care of cleaning/my dog/etc., it's 7-8 p.m. And like other gyms, they either don't open on weekends or have an incredibly limited schedule.

However, this would transition my workouts from "hobby" to "serious business." This would also give me no time to continue school for my new degree. I dunno yet. I'm giving myself some months to decide.



Keep up the good work, everyone. :)

#369 Number83

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 01:02 PM

Tuesday Weigh-In

Height: 6'0
Starting Weight (1/1): 250.6 lbs
Last week's Weigh-in: 222.0 lbs
This week's Weigh-in: 217.8 lbs
Pounds Gained/Lost this week: -4.2 lbs
Pounds Gained/Lost total: -32.8 lbs
Goal weight (200 lbs): 17.8 lbs to go

Another week down, another week closer to the goal. I was aiming for 5 lbs to lose this week, and I missed it. I know EXACTLY what t was. It was the 5 Chicken Nuggets I ate on Sunday that my kids wanted me to make for them. :D I had to test them and make sure they were fully cooked, right? So delicious though. Anyway, I'll try again this week

I turned up the cardio to 40 minutes this week, and I broke 4.05 miles doing intervals on the treadmill yesterday. Was happy about < 10 minute miles. Since Friday is my weekly 5K run, I'll be happy to get done in less than 30 minutes.

One concern I have is that although the scale is telling me I'm dropping weight, I don't see it. My clothes still don't seem to be getting lose, especially in the waist area. Then again, they arent snug either. I probably need to do more crunches, so I will probably add a 2nd day of those.

It's been a pretty quiet week in here, how is everyone else making out?

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#370 blindinglights

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 01:43 PM

One concern I have is that although the scale is telling me I'm dropping weight, I don't see it. My clothes still don't seem to be getting lose, especially in the waist area. Then again, they arent snug either. I probably need to do more crunches, so I will probably add a 2nd day of those.



Sadly, you can't target the areas where you want to lose fat. You would be better off just sticking with cardio over crunches. You could be losing fat from your arms, legs, back, or other places that aren't really making your clothes feel less tight. When I first started at 273 lbs., I think I lost a good thirty pounds before I felt like I could really tell a difference with my clothes.
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#371 irideabike

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 03:18 PM

Troy, you'll be amazed how much weight you'll lose by simply eating healthy.

For sure. I used to work out a ton and ate just about anything without worrying about putting on weight. Went through a period of complacency in regards to working out and it came back and bit me in the a$$.

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#372 Javery

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 06:10 PM

For sure. I used to work out a ton and ate just about anything without worrying about putting on weight. Went through a period of complacency in regards to working out and it came back and bit me in the a$$.


Most people can probably say this or some version close to this. Basically through my 20s I was able to eat as much as I wanted whenever I wanted and not worry about weight as long as I was half-assing some sort of routine like jogging a few times a week. Now, if I'm not diligent I can gain weight so easily - I guarantee you I could put on 10 lbs. in 2 weeks just by simply not working out and eating whatever I can get my hands on for food (but not going out of my way to gorge or anything). Getting old sucks.

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#373 Number83

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 07:44 PM

getting old sucks.


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#374 blindinglights

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 10:01 PM

I've been having some pretty decent workouts lately. I finally bit the bullet and joined a gym even though I have to drive a ways to get there. I've been lifting weights for 45 minutes circuit style, then 20 minute run at 7 to 8 min/mile pace on the treadmill, break for small meal, and then between 40 minutes to an hour of swimming laps. Some days I also do around 20 minutes of calisthenics and core exercises at the house and a 20 minute run at a slower 9 to 10 minute pace.

I can't seem to shake the last bit of fat in my midsection. My arms, legs, back, shoulders are all showing definition. My top pair of abs are visible, my waist seems to be as slim as it can get, and from a side profile my stomach is completely flat. Yet between the top abs and my waist still looks soft.

I'm counting calories and I stay under budget (WAY under if you account for the exercise) despite a piece of pie or cake here and there :D.

I'm thinking about trying some sort of creatine supplement. Anyone know anything about it? Advantages or disadvantages? Does it really help build muscle noticeably faster? Are there any decent creatine supplements that wont cost me an arm and a leg?
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#375 dohdough

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 10:53 PM

I've been having some pretty decent workouts lately. I finally bit the bullet and joined a gym even though I have to drive a ways to get there. I've been lifting weights for 45 minutes circuit style, then 20 minute run at 7 to 8 min/mile pace on the treadmill, break for small meal, and then between 40 minutes to an hour of swimming laps. Some days I also do around 20 minutes of calisthenics and core exercises at the house and a 20 minute run at a slower 9 to 10 minute pace.

I can't seem to shake the last bit of fat in my midsection. My arms, legs, back, shoulders are all showing definition. My top pair of abs are visible, my waist seems to be as slim as it can get, and from a side profile my stomach is completely flat. Yet between the top abs and my waist still looks soft.

I'm counting calories and I stay under budget (WAY under if you account for the exercise) despite a piece of pie or cake here and there :D.

I'm thinking about trying some sort of creatine supplement. Anyone know anything about it? Advantages or disadvantages? Does it really help build muscle noticeably faster? Are there any decent creatine supplements that wont cost me an arm and a leg?

I can't give you any advice on the supplements, but moobs and the spare tire are always the last things to go. You just gotta keep working at it and it'll eventually go away...it'll just take a while.:lol:

Or you could go on a competition/leading man-style diet and eat cleaner than you've ever eaten before for a few months. Ryan Gosling didn't get that way by half-assing it, it's his fulltime job.;)

#376 Javery

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 03:03 PM

I've been having some pretty decent workouts lately. I finally bit the bullet and joined a gym even though I have to drive a ways to get there. I've been lifting weights for 45 minutes circuit style, then 20 minute run at 7 to 8 min/mile pace on the treadmill, break for small meal, and then between 40 minutes to an hour of swimming laps. Some days I also do around 20 minutes of calisthenics and core exercises at the house and a 20 minute run at a slower 9 to 10 minute pace.


Damn - that's a lot of exercise per day! I thought I was bad doing about an hour and a half!

I can't seem to shake the last bit of fat in my midsection. My arms, legs, back, shoulders are all showing definition. My top pair of abs are visible, my waist seems to be as slim as it can get, and from a side profile my stomach is completely flat. Yet between the top abs and my waist still looks soft.


I am exactly the same way. I have definition everywhere except my lower abs. I can't really get any thinner in the waist so now it is a matter of getting rid of that last bit of fat in that area. I don't understand how The Situation can go out drinking 5 nights a week, eat pasta like a mad man and still have that 6 pack. It defies the laws of nature.

Maybe I really need to consider taking a supplement or something? I have been drinking one protein shake a day between lunch and dinner which I think is OK but maybe I should seriously consider something in addition to that. I don't like the effects of creatine though - it makes me feel and look bloated (even though I'm like the Hulk all of a sudden). I want something that will keep me lean.

Chase - you must be totally jacked if you are thinking about quitting your day job to train. If I were you I'd get that degree first though.

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#377 irideabike

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 04:28 PM

A lot of people don't realize if you are taking in a ton of protein the excess is stored as body fat. Most people get more than enough protein out of their daily meals.

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#378 seanr1221

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 04:29 PM

I've been having some pretty decent workouts lately. I finally bit the bullet and joined a gym even though I have to drive a ways to get there. I've been lifting weights for 45 minutes circuit style, then 20 minute run at 7 to 8 min/mile pace on the treadmill, break for small meal, and then between 40 minutes to an hour of swimming laps. Some days I also do around 20 minutes of calisthenics and core exercises at the house and a 20 minute run at a slower 9 to 10 minute pace.

I can't seem to shake the last bit of fat in my midsection. My arms, legs, back, shoulders are all showing definition. My top pair of abs are visible, my waist seems to be as slim as it can get, and from a side profile my stomach is completely flat. Yet between the top abs and my waist still looks soft.

I'm counting calories and I stay under budget (WAY under if you account for the exercise) despite a piece of pie or cake here and there :D.

I'm thinking about trying some sort of creatine supplement. Anyone know anything about it? Advantages or disadvantages? Does it really help build muscle noticeably faster? Are there any decent creatine supplements that wont cost me an arm and a leg?


In my opinion you're doing way too much. If you can do that much cardio after lifting you're not pushing yourself.

#379 seanr1221

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 04:39 PM

A lot of people don't realize if you are taking in a ton of protein the excess is stored as body fat. Most people get more than enough protein out of their daily meals.


Any scientific journal articles on this?

I take in 190-200g a day but I weigh 180 and lift heavy.

#380 Javery

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 04:47 PM

A lot of people don't realize if you are taking in a ton of protein the excess is stored as body fat. Most people get more than enough protein out of their daily meals.


I thought protein helped with muscle growth. I don't think even with the protein shake that I'm getting too much though - I eat egg whites for breakfast with some lean ham (lots of protein) and a ham sandwich with lettuce and tomato (some protein) and then whatever is in the house for dinner (varying amounts of protein). I don't think I'm eating too much though. Of course, this is all random speculation and guesswork on my part.

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#381 seanr1221

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 04:58 PM

I can understand if the excess protein leads to excess calorie intake but I usually hover around 1800.

For example today

Breakfast: 2 eggs, 2 pieces of bacon, 1 egg white

Lunch: 6oz of chicken, 1 cup of celery, 2 hardboiled eggs.

Dinner: 2 turkey burgers (no bun) and 1.5 cups of green beans.

Snacks: 1 scoop of whey, 2 string cheeses, 2 cups of broccoli with 2 tbsp of ranch.

#382 blindinglights

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 08:19 PM

In my opinion you're doing way too much. If you can do that much cardio after lifting you're not pushing yourself.



Maybe it's just relative, but it doesn't seem like that much cardio to me. I can hover around 8 to 9 min pace and run for 2+ hours, so 20 minutes after weights doesn't seem like a lot.

As far as not pushing myself, I don't hold anything back lifting just because I know I'm going to run and swim. Although I usually wish I had when I feel like puking 5 minutes into the run. The swimming isn't as big of a deal because I take a good 30 to 40 minute break to eat and rest.

I have to drive a long way to the gym so I don't have the luxury of going more than 4 or 5 days a week, plus I definitely can't go twice a day. So I have to get everything I want to work on done there. I run at home too, but I can definitely get a better one in at the gym as opposed to outside when it's 30°.

Right now my main focus is working on my motor so I can just go go go. The only reason I asked about the creatine is because I'm trying to get my dead hang pullups from 2-4 a set up to 15-20 and I need to increase my upper body strength so it's not such a struggle to pull all 192 pounds of me up to the bar that many times.

#383 seanr1221

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 08:55 PM

If you want to get stronger, you should Focus on compound lifts. What's your lifting routine look like.

#384 blindinglights

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 10:19 PM

This is what my weight room time generally looks like. It's not set in stone though, sometimes I try various other exercises I find on ExRx because I get bored doing the same stuff all the time. I rotate the order of exercises and shoot for the 5x5 on most things but I try to use enough weight so that I hit a failure during the final set.


Day 1
Bench 5x5
Dumbbell Bench 5x5
Incline Flys 5x5

Day 2 - Break
Hanging Leg-Hip Raise 4x25
10lb. Medicine Ball Sit-up throw 5x20

Day 3
Leg Press 5x5 (
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Lever Leg Extensions 5x5
Lever Bent-over leg curl 3x10 each leg
Weighted Back Extensions 3x10
Weighted Calf Raises 5x5

Day 4
Dead lift 5x5 (
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Hanging Leg-Hip Raise 4x25
10lb. Medicine Ball Sit-up throw 5x20

Day 5
Cable Pull-downs 5x5
Incline Tricep Extensions 5x5
Preacher Curls 5x5
Bent-over row 5x5
Dumbbell Press 5x5
Dips 3x15
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#385 seanr1221

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 10:50 PM

Is that the order you do them? If yes, you really should do your compound work first. Also, a lot of your compound stuff can be done on the same day, eliminating going to the gym so much. Remember, you make gains during rest, which you're not getting.

Also, 5x5 on deadlifts? Try doing two warm ups and one set of 5. If you can handle 5x5 you're not pushing it.

#386 dohdough

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 01:17 AM

I don't understand how The Situation can go out drinking 5 nights a week, eat pasta like a mad man and still have that 6 pack. It defies the laws of nature.

I'm guessing that he has some help from some federally restricted pharmaceuticals. It's an ancient guido secret.;)

#387 seanr1221

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 01:27 AM

Chances are he's not really doing any of those things, especially with how scripted the show is.

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#388 Chase

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 09:48 AM

A lot of people don't realize if you are taking in a ton of protein the excess is stored as body fat. Most people get more than enough protein out of their daily meals.



That's a good point. :) This should be a bulletin point somewhere. Excess calories—including protein—can be stored as fat. For most people, intake should fit workouts.

Nice schedule, Blindinglights. Very diverse and thoughtful.

And I never thought I'd discuss the Situation, but, as Sean said, the show is probably scripted. I've never watched. Solely basing my opinion on the parodies I've seen. ;)

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Keep up the hard work, everyone. Inspiring stuff.

#389 Allnatural

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 12:34 PM

I thought protein helped with muscle growth.

It does...in conjunction with weight lifting.

I don't think even with the protein shake that I'm getting too much though...

But you may be taking in more calories than you need.

#390 seanr1221

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 10:26 PM

Figured I'd give a picture update.

Here is me in the OP.

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And here is me today

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