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Stickler

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Nice work brother!

Yeah, I don't usually throw out that I rep often. Some board owners get upset. I received an offer to jump to Mutant on Friday, but I am pretty well established at Redcon1 and Mutant will not let me do both.

Here is my Redcon1 plug. If you pick up one of their sweeter protein powders (Blueberry Cobbler, Dutch Apple Pie, Banana Nut Bread, Strawberry Cheesecake, etc...) take (2) of the small containers of light Greek vanilla yogurt from either Great Value or Dannon (the ones that come in the 4 pack) and mix them in a bowl with one scoop of protein. It will mix to the consistency of pudding and depending on if you used Great Value or Dannon and MRE Lite or Isotope it will come out to 270-290 calories and 49-51 grams of protein. It is f**king delicious. If I need to add some calories, I add 1/4 cup of Omega trail mix or protein granola. Adds another 140 -150 calories and 4-5 grams of protein.
Now you're just making me hungry. Lol.

I'll send you a msg.
 
BovaJP

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7-31-2022
Morning Weight: 196.5lb down again. (Less soda)
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Day 1 Quit Smoking Challenge: no weird dreams or side effects, smoked a little less than normal
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Diet is fully prepped should be on point all day
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Routine Day 6:
Bench press 7 x 8,6,5,3,3,3,3
-This Week: 135, 185, 185, 225x1, 205x3 (lift & spot), 225(l&s), 225(l&s) +not bad, if I want to go heavy it seems a l&s are needed until I get stronger.

Incline bench press 4 x 6,6,12,20 (was 5 x 8 3 seconds neg)
-LastWeek: 95, 135, 135. 135x7 (need spotter), 135x4
-This Week: 135, 155 (spot on last rep), 95, 85 -humbling realization how weak I am at inclines. 20 reps are fucking brutal

Front plate raises 45 lb plate 50 reps
-This Week: 12, 11 (fucking HEAVY, started to really swing), 11 (only 16 more.. FUCK, there's 16 MORE!?!?), 6=40 -fucking spent

Reverse pushdowns 4 x 12
-This Week: 30, 40, 50, 60

Underhand seated rows 2 warmups then one triple drop set of 12-12-12
-This Week: warmup 120x8, 120x8. Drop set: 160,100,55 (almost puked! WOW!!)

Underhand pulldowns 4 x 12 (can't believe I've NEVER done these before, wtf)
-This Week: 55, 70, 100, 120x9 +total failure

No Cardio.
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What a fucking workout. I like that this is at the end of week and on the weekend, help keep me from skipping weekend workouts.

I microwaved my rice at the gym, added my steak and hot sauce immediately after my workout. I'm amazed at how I'm craving and devouring this food. It's surprisingly intense.

I'm showing some vascularity in hands, forearms and some of my shoulders just from losing some fat. I like what I see so far, I can't WAIT for the next few weeks

Awesome stickler! So happy for you.....sounds like your metabolism is kicking in and your body is using food.
 
Stickler

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Awesome stickler! So happy for you.....sounds like your metabolism is kicking in and your body is using food.
Thanks! It's amazing what a clean diet and some consistency can do. Wish I stayed this way as a kid, life would have been totally different. Lol.. maybe not, but either way.
 
Stickler

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8-1-2022
Morning weight 198lbs
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Day 2 Quit Smoking Challenge: smoked a lot less, decided to make it challenging by not smoking in my car. I spend 80% of my day in my car. Smoked just over half a pack and starting to lose a little satisfaction from nicotine. Smoking with AM coffee will be my biggest challenge. It's pretty wild actually. No weird dreams, no other side effects so far.
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Diet fully prepped, staying on track, yesterday had a little chocolate and an oatmeal raisin cookie. For some read craving something sweet.
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Trying an evening workout due to my schedule today, hopefully enough people have left since its 7:15. We'll see if I have intensity for the night, either way give it all I got!
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Day 1:
Wide grip pull-ups 50 reps (used assisted, lbs are amount of my weight lifted)
-This Week: 11x80, 14x100, 8x100, 8x110, 9x120 -I suck at pull-ups, it'll change with more work.. just gotta practice

Close grip pull-ups 50 reps (used assisted, lbs are amount of my weight lifted)
-This Week: 15x100, 12x100, 15x80, 8x80 -still sucking at pull-ups

Db pullovers 4 x 20 3 sec negative
-This Week: 35, 40, 40x15, 40x10 -to failure, should have dropped but DB were being used

Cable crossovers 4 x 12-15
-This Week: 15x15, 25x12, 25x7/15x8 (drop set to finish reps), 15x15 -not impressed

Lower cable pulls 4 x 12 3 sec hold on contraction
-This Week: 35, 50x6/35x6 (this hold is brutal), 35x7/30x2,0 -spent, this needs major improvement

Decline Bench press 4 x 12 5 sec negative
-This Week: 45, 95, 115x10 (needed spot), 95 -my last gym (planet fitness) didn't even HAVE a decline bench. Need improvement, but the 5 sec neg is rough on such a short range of motion. Lots of stabilizers getting used.

Fuck Cardio
 
BovaJP

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Love the last line of yesterday evening post.....soooo true.....
 
Stickler

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Sorry this one is a bit long. Having some mental warfare with myself. Skip stuff if need be, but today has been a tough one so far. One day at a time is all I can do.
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8-2-2022
Morning weight 198.5lbs
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Day 3 Quit Smoking Challenge smoked about the same as day 2, woke up not needing a cigarette right away. Had a vivid dream of conspiracy and murder last night. Sorry ex wife #2.

Smoked 1.5 cigarettes during coffee, usually smoke 4 or 5. Not jonesing for a smoke, so we'll see how far we can go today before another. Next challenge is after breakfast.

No smoke after breakfast and left the house without my smokes... BY ACCIDENT! Not front of mind, means less important. I LIKE where this is headed. Okay, enough of that today.
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Diet fully prepped, should be on point.
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Routine Day 2:
Barbell shoulder press 6 x 12 3 sec negative
-This Week: 45,55 (left forearm has had a slight ache all day), 65, 65, 65 (pause @ 10sec), 55 -ok I guess. Not having a spot will hinder gains on this due to forearm discomfort. This could be an ongoing issue.

Side laterals 4 x 12/12 do 12 reps drop weight in half and perform another 12 reps
-This Week: 15/8 (forearm pain, wtf!!!), 15/8 (if I don't grip the handle very tight it's easier to handle), 15/8, 13/5(for 9) -forearm is fucking up my day. This needs improvement but so much energy is lost dealing with this pain.

Reverse pec dec triple drop set 2 rounds 15-15-15
-Last week: 110, 110x4.5 failure, 90, 90 (was 4x8 3sec neg)
-This Week: 70/60/50, 60/50/30 -needs improvement

Db upright rows 4 x 12
-This Week: 10 (w/ brace), 10 (no brace), 13, 18 (pause @ 8) -this exercise will be my mental mind fuck. Having hard time w/ ego on this. Want to go heavier but the discomfort in forearm and clicking in left shoulder weren't comfortable. I definitely need to stretch.. well everyday from here on out.

Db preacher curls 4 x 12
-This Week: 20x20lb/18x20lb (w/ brace, forearm problems and APPARENTLY weak as fuck right now), 10/10 (w/ brace too light), 13 (no brace, too light),

+++^^^ WHERE THE FUCK IS MY HEAD?!^^^+++ 1st set for 20 reps?! Where did that even come from. Get your fucking head in the game dude, fuel your workout from current frustration.

I just can't today.. mind is jacked up

Db incline curls 4 x 12
-This Week: 0 0 0 0
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Had a phone conversation that just got me frustrated, between that and my poor attitude from lack of smoking I think today. I'm leaving.

Frustrated and a SHIT gym day. Mentally aggressive and physically beat.

Tomorrow will be better. Damn, I have a shit attitude right now. Silver lining is only 5 smokes so far and it's been almost 9hrs awake and this is the least I've smoked in a long time.
 
Stickler

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I needed a mood booster. They stopped making these so when I saw them, I grabbed what was left.
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genetic freak

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I am assuming the forearm pain is on top, close to the elbow. Did you get the sleeves? They will help if that is where the pain is.

We all have bad days. It will pass. Just don't do anything that will carry your struggles passed that day.
 
Stickler

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I am assuming the forearm pain is on top, close to the elbow. Did you get the sleeves? They will help if that is where the pain is.

We all have bad days. It will pass. Just don't do anything that will carry your struggles passed that day.
That's exactly where it is.

.. and.. regarding the day, I've had small consistent progress for a good while now and luck overall has more or less been on my side since I've gotten focused. It was just a bumpy road kinda day, and a reminder that not everything happens when you want. Also, that people are incompetent! Plus, my son and I talked right before I went into the gym, and I felt some sort of way.

Lastly, it is my 4th day on Chantix and my cravings have dropped for nicotine considerably, which is awesome! However today, I had an aggressive short fused attitude that I can only attribute to the fact that my nicotine lvls were a LOT lower b/c my intake was a lot lower today that it has been in years.
 
Stickler

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8-3-2022
Morning Weight 199.5lb
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Diet not prepped, wanted to get to the gym early because it was a long day. Will workout, prep, then work a strong uninterrupted day.
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Day 4 Quit Smoking Challenge:
Didn't need a cigarette when I woke up, didn't need it with coffee. Had 2 in the past 4 hrs, had 14 total yesterday. Progress without real effort or pain so far. It's gonna happen and I'm excited about it.
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Routine "Day 3: "

Close grip bench press 4 x 10
-Last Week: 115. 135, 135, 145x7 (need spotter for more)
-This Week: 135, 155, 165x9+1(w/ spot) (asked a female for a spot, so fuck YOU ego, she looked like a power lifter anyway), 155 +MAJOR progress, met Hope and she asked me to spot her bench max.

Overhead tricep ext 4 x 15
-Last Week: Not sure if DB or cable will ask went cable: 25, 42.5, 65x14, 57.5x10 +found baseline for cable tri ext
-This Week: 57.5, 65, 72.5x9, 65x14 (failure) +MAJOR progress (coach saw me across the gym mid set and said I'm looking way better!)

Leg ext 4 x 20 5 sec neg each rep
-Last Week: 45, 60, 60 (2 sec pause @ 13 & 18), 45
-This Week: 60, 75, 75 (2 sec pause @ 9, 12, & 18), 60 +progress slow amd steady wins the race.. I'll gladly take it.

Leg press 4 x 12-15 (old was 2 sec pause on 1st 5 then 10 straight thru)
-Last Week: 200x15, 290x15, 290x15, 290x7
-This Week: 200x15, 400x15, fuck it 600x15, ha hah.. wtf let's get it 800x14 + FUCK YEAH! -make sure not to blow out my "o-ring" lol

Lying leg curls 4 x 20 (last routine 5x12 3 sec neg)
-Last Week: 70x12, 85x12, 85x11, 70x9, 70x12
-This Week: 55, 70, 85 (l almost pissed myself lol), 70 +progress

Stiff leg deads 4 x 12 (was 5x8-10 3sec neg)
-Last Week: 135x10, 135x10, 135x10, 135x10, 0 (heads not in it)
-This Week: 135, 185x11 (wow, serious fatigue), 135, 135 +slight progress form is on point I think. Easier with no slow neg

No Cardio: over 3hrs in the gym is enough. This week struggling on Cardio. Gotta figure out how to make sure I get it in even if I ha e to hit the gym twice. Not sure we'll see

IMPORTANT LESSON REMINDER:
My coach asked me today if I was in a bad mood yesterday. He said he could see it in my face and the way I was lifting. He was like, "Damn, someone needs to give that guy a hug or something. " Lesson here is, nonverbal communication get noticed.

LESSON: So when outside the gym, carry yourself as you want others to perceive you, because they will and they will judge you before you even get the chance to speak. How you look IS their 1st impression.

Have a great day everyone!
 
Stickler

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8-4-2022
Morning Weight 198lb
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Day 5 Quit Smoking Challenge: I smoked 10.5 cigarettes yesterday. Down from 14 the day before.
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Diet: Food just needs to put into containers but diet should be dialed in today. I had 4 Reese's PB Cups yesterday, not all at once. I guess I wanted something sweet.
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Routine:
"Day 4" - Rest

May do cardio today, will be focusing on work but if money is decent there's no reason not to, will update later if I do.

Hope that hiring manager likes what the corporate recruiter said about me and schedules a 2nd interview soon. That would seriously change the trajectory of my life for the better.
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8-5-2022
Morning weight 198.5lbs
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Diet:
Clean
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Day 6 quit smoking challenge:
Smoked a little over a pack. I need to watch rest days.
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Routine:
"Day 5"
Rack deadlifts 7 x 8, 6, 5, 3,3,3,3
-Last Week: 135, 225, 255, 255, 275, 275, 275
-This Week: 225, 275, 275, 275, 255, 255, 255 (all w/ wrist straps) +decent progress -back couldn't handle 295

Standing calf raises 5 x 12-15
-Last week: 160, 200, 240, 280x12, 280x12
-This Week: 240, 280x13, 280x8, 260x10, 240x10 -misjudged my baseline fuck!

Seated calf machine 4 x 15 5 sec hold on Stretch
-Last Week: 45, 45, 55x12, 45
-This Week: 45, 55, 55, 60 +progress

Hanging leg raises 4 x 20
-Last Week: 20, 20, 0, 0
-This Week: 20, 20, 20, 10 -not good enough

Seated cambered shrugs 4 x 20 hold contraction 3 sec (was told to just use DB, couldn't find a bar)
-Last Week: 65, 65, 65, 65
-This Week: 65, 70x14, 65, 65 +easier to do but not enough to go up, maybe next week

No cardio: -apparently that's this week's trend. Gotta get it together, just want to reduce gym time. Today was 1hr 50min w/o cardio
 
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