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    Smile B's Bloggy Log

    Hi everyone,

    (Insert advance apologies and warning for a long Blog #1. Feel free to scroll to the sections that most interest you!)

    Since conformity is all the rage, I figured I'd join the club and also try to post about my health- and fitness-related endeavors and such. I mean, I'm just trying to be cool for once in my life. Can you blame me?

    Intro Stuff:

    In all seriousness though, I'm going to try my best to update this here at least rudimentarily (I'm calling this a word even though my browser is zig-zagging it away) in order to stay connected with you guys out there who may have similar goals, or also have to maintain or improve their fitness despite a hectic lifestyle, etc. I also know myself well enough by now to be aware of the massive role of accountability and how detrimental it can be to remain hidden or detached from the community. Yes, many a problem is has been to "secretly" skip the gym, eat large, late-night servings of fro-yo topped with all kinds of sins, and stay up until the wee hours consuming an impromptu feast of hot pockets whilst delineating a detailed and itemized starting-Monday-this-time-I-mean-it nutrition and workout plan.

    That's basically what I'm up against, here. It's me versus habit. Actually, it's the establishment of healthy and aligned habits versus the comfort and routine of the rusty and damaging ones. But what else is news, right?

    Oh, well there is the fact that I really would like to compete in this figure competition coming up in late April 2012. It would be my first. And it would be a pretty crazy idea, but I'm still pretty serious about it.

    BTW, I'm not going to input any body stats just yet because I forgot to use the nifty Tanita scale we have at my work this most recent Friday. And I like to track using that combined with tape measurements.

    Today's Flab Blab:

    Right, the other reason may be because I had about a 4-day stint of not quite following my diet. This is the main reason I thought to start a blog today: To talk about what happened when I did this...

    I'm not going to go into a lot of detail about my standard WOE (ditching the term "diet" from here on out) for the sake of your time and mine, but suffice it for now to say that carbohydrates are greatly restricted and almost no sugar or wheat is ever consumed. This is because of a combination of my own research and my personal experience with sugars and carbs. (It's been generally bad news, which I never really realized until I saw what GREAT news it was when I totally omitted them!)

    For the past few days, though, I voluntarily took a few days off to account for (1) my birthday and (2) Halloween. Right? And I was planning on carrying this through until the end of Monday. Nothing extreme here... no huge carb feasting, not a ton of processed foods. Just "normal" foods that "most people" eat, in moderation enough not to gain too much body fat over this period.

    Anyway though... sugars and wheat and fruit were abound the past few days. Okay, some protein, yes, but it was scarce. And some fried foods as well, and controlled portions of ice cream. Controlled and tracked portions. Along with oats and other fare. What happened? Well, my body is currently hating me. Instead of my nice glow and energy I had before, I quickly developed these symptoms: Pasty, blemished, tired and blotchy skin with a thicker texture, seemingly kind of sunken eyes with this lovely purple padding underneath them, despite adequate sleep... Pillowy body in general (this one is to be expected after a "refeed") mysterious itchiness in unmentionable places... cold sores in my nose... and overall feelings of depression and lack of motivation to move from my front door to the mail box, let alone to the gym.

    Maybe not everyone responds the way I do to wheat and sugar, but I felt I needed to make public my experiences with this since it is just such a stark contrast. I really can't wait to feel better. I'm not going to wait until Monday, either.

    Workout Stuff

    Since I've been following the same routine for about 2 months now, I've decided to switch it up. Here's what I've got slated starting this coming week:

    Day 1:
    Legs/Shoulders

    Superset Squat/Shoulder Press 3x
    Superset Stiff-legged dl/cable reverse flye 3x
    Superset Hammie curls/upright row 3x

    Day 2:
    Chest/biceps

    Superset Bench press/barbell curl 3x
    Superset Incline db bench/cable bicep curls 3x
    Superset Incline db flye/incline db bicep curl 3x

    Day 3:
    Back/Triceps

    Superset deadlift/EZ-bar tri extension
    Superset barbell row/triceps rope
    Superset lat pull-down/dips

    (I like supersets!)

    Day 4: Rest/Cardio

    Repeat. Cardio prescribed in a few mornings before work and/or immediately after lifting. Hopefully I can make that happen.

    Alright guys, over and out! Feel free to comment and respond on whatever you had time to read... on this and future posts.

    B

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    Yep, sick.

    I was planning on doing a two-in-one workout today to round out the end of my first "phase" and get in those last two workouts that I didn't get to this week. I've done it before with no problems, but today I certainly wasn't feeling well enough to do it. Thing is, I almost am stubborn enough just to go for it anyway. But I managed to let the impulsivity subside and made room for better sense. Now I'm just not sure whether to start next week with my new routine, or what? I guess I might as well since I spent the whole weekend setting it up and getting excited about it. I just hope I'm feeling better by tomorrow afternoon or so.

    Now, a good dose of sleep...

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    Quote Originally Posted by source_bkz View Post
    Oh, well there is the fact that I really would like to compete in this figure competition coming up in late April 2012. It would be my first. And it would be a pretty crazy idea, but I'm still pretty serious about it.
    Congrats on setting a major goal there. That will be no small feat, but I'm sure you can get there.

    Sick happens. My rule of thumb is if there's no nausea, fever, or diarrhea; I work out. Really just have to listen to your body though.
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    Sick happens. My rule of thumb is if there's no nausea, fever, or diarrhea; I work out. Really just have to listen to your body though.
    Yeah, it was hard for me to know what to do. I was just about to start a slightly more intense regimen, but I hesitated in case working out too early was going to make my illness last longer. : /

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    Update for Tues-Thurs.

    Alrighty, so I took a few days off due to feeling pretty crappy, but I'm all good to go now. For the most part.

    Actually when I did my first workout this week, on Tuesday, I definitely was not 100%. Even today I'm at about... 92%. But jeez, I gotta get back sometime, right?

    This is the first week of a new-ish routine I put together, so the two workouts I've done this week were bound to be imperfect, but so it goes. I've also been throwing in some A.M. fasted cardio. Here goes:
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    Tuesday:
    A.M. Step Machine, 30 minutes
    P.M.:

    Legs/Shoulders(Groups of two are supersets)

    Barbell Squat 105.0x8,105.0x8,105.0x8 1RM: 133
    Barbell Shoulder Press 40.0x8,50.0x8,50.0x8 1RM: 63.33

    Barbell Stiff-Legged Deadlift 80.0x8,80.0x8,80.0x12 1RM 112
    Barbell Up Right Row 30.0x8,40.0x8,40.0x11 1RM 54.66

    Lying Leg Curls 65.0x8,65.0x8,65.0x9 1RM 84.5
    Cable Reverse Fly* 10.0x8,10.0x8,13.0x1 1RM 17.33


    *Sorta. I kind of modified it until it felt like it was working rear delts. All rear delt exercises seem inordinately awkward to me.
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    Wednesday: Public transit chaos getting to and from work got me home around 9:30 PM. I usually have a rule against starting a workout after 8PM, so that was that.
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    Today:
    A.M.: 30 minutes on the treadmill, alternating somewhat randomly between running and walking up hills.
    P.M.:

    Chest/Biceps

    Barbell Bench Press 70.0x8,70.0x8,70.0x8 1RM 88.66
    Barbell Curl 40x6,40.0x6,40.0x6 1RM 48

    Dumbbell Incline Bench Press 22.5x8,22.5x8,22.5x8 1RM 28.5
    Incline Dumbbell Curl 10.0x8,10.0x8,10.0x8 1RM 12.66

    Dumbbell Incline Fly 10.0x8,10.0x8,10.0x12 1RM 14
    Standing Biceps Cable Curl 50.0x6,50.0x6,50.0x5 1RM 60

    40 minutes on stairmill.

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    Pretty much all my 1RM went up, as I usually expect. The only exception was, I think, the stiff-leggeds on Tuesday. But I think it's because I'm still trying to figure out those damn straps. Sometimes I get it right, other times I can tell I've got something flipped around funny because my forearms will be just miserable.

    For today's workout: The incline curl and incline fly were new exercises to me. I feel that I need to double-check on the form to be sure I'm doing them right. In fact, for all the incline exercises, I want to make sure that my incline is where it's supposed to be. Even with the explanations of the exercise within the app, it can be kind of hard to tell. I need to get a visual.

    Overall, I've also lowered my rep range this time around, so this week, and today especially, I made some big-ish jumps in weight. E.g. I believe I did 30lbx10 or so for 3 sets, for barbell bicep curls, last time I did them. 40 lb was the next one up so I did that and started lower at 6 reps. Felt pretty nice.
    Oh, I remember making a 10-lb jump Tuesday also, with the shoulder presses. The hardest part was getting the bar up to the correct start position!

    Alright, time to call it a night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by source_bkz View Post
    *Sorta. I kind of modified it until it felt like it was working rear delts. All rear delt exercises seem inordinately awkward to me.
    You can always try rear delt flys: [URL]http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/DeltoidPosterior/DBRearLateralRaise.html[/URL] Jsut as long the exercises don't hurt. Have to be careful with shoulders.

    Wednesday: Public transit chaos getting to and from work got me home around 9:30 PM. I usually have a rule against starting a workout after 8PM, so that was that.
    Why?

    But I think it's because I'm still trying to figure out those damn straps. Sometimes I get it right, other times I can tell I've got something flipped around funny because my forearms will be just miserable.
    Why are you using straps? I'm assuming it's 80lbs right? If that's the case, ditch the straps until you're not able to grip the bar any more. If you can't grip 80lbs without straps, you need to work on your grip strength. You will eventually need straps, but it's going to be a while.

    Not trying to be a jerk. Same thing goes with belts (not sure that you're using one).

    For today's workout: The incline curl and incline fly were new exercises to me. I feel that I need to double-check on the form to be sure I'm doing them right. In fact, for all the incline exercises, I want to make sure that my incline is where it's supposed to be. Even with the explanations of the exercise within the app, it can be kind of hard to tell. I need to get a visual.
    Here ya go: [URL]http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/PectoralClavicular/DBInclineFly.html[/URL] & [URL="http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Biceps/DBInclineCurl.html"]http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Biceps/DBInclineCurl.html
    [/URL]^ great site to reference


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