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post #1 of 81 (permalink) Old 01-18-2016, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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Just for starters. I am aware that like 99.9% of people won't care about any of this.

I just wanted to track what I was doing and figured hell, I will put it here so people can't tell me how terrible I am.

I have made numerous training logs in the past and always kind of faded out. But I figured I would fire one up again. I am no longer training any sort of combat art other than the odd mitt session from time to time.

A little bit about me. I am a short kid that was never really that strong. I was an athlete growing up and then got fat and lazy once I got a desk job. I am now 24 and finally getting everything back together. Over the last maybe 5 months I have lost right around 30 pounds. I have come from 225ish to around 197. (I am 5'5" on a good day, so you can see how being 5'5" and coming up on 230 with minimal muscle mass could be an issue)

I have made huge strides towards my goals. (That I still have only halfway figured out) Initially I wanted to get down to 185. Then the goal changed to see what I looked like under 10% body fat. But now I am interested in competing in mens physique. I plan on taking this year to diet down to where I need to be.

When I first began, some of the max weight I was pushing around are as follows. Keep in mind, short fat kid with minimal strength training up until now.

Weight: 225

Flat Bench: 155
Squat: 155
Deadlift: 155 (ew)

As of now coming up on the 3 month mark.

Weight: 197

Flat Bench: 225
Squat: 225
Deadlift: 275

Would have liked for my Squat to have improved a bit more but I am very happy with how deadlifting has come along.

I have not started measuring body fat % as I am still at a point where it is meaningless right now. I still have a lot to lose to get where I need to be. For those that care for whatever reason, I will be updating this every day. Even the days I rest or make huge failures.

If anyone wants to ask me anything or give me some advice, I am always open to it.

I have started a YouTube channel where I will be talking about what I am doing, along with some random funsies along the way.

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post #2 of 81 (permalink) Old 01-18-2016, 07:44 PM
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I'm on a pretty similar path myself, man. 222lb starting weight, I'm at 210.5 right now. Last year I was powerifting and had a nice physique at 168lb. Ironically I was never happy with my weight then but now at 210 I'd kill to be where I was.

Unfortunately since I ballooned up so quick I now have stretch marks but I suppose if anything I can look at those as motivation.

Good luck on your journey buddy, I'm right along with you. I'd be glad to bounce training ideas off each other as well if you'd like. I'm not a man of many specialties but I take pride in my cutting abilities having done this before.

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I'm on a pretty similar path myself, man. 222lb starting weight, I'm at 210.5 right now. Last year I was powerifting and had a nice physique at 168lb. Ironically I was never happy with my weight then but now at 210 I'd kill to be where I was.

Unfortunately since I ballooned up so quick I now have stretch marks but I suppose if anything I can look at those as motivation.

Good luck on your journey buddy, I'm right along with you. I'd be glad to bounce training ideas off each other as well if you'd like. I'm not a man of many specialties but I take pride in my cutting abilities having done this before.
Everything has been going well so far. A couple stubborn areas that are taking a lot of time to burn fat but overall it keeps moving.


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Good for you for making an effort to sort yourself out. You can't take any chances with that US health system, eh?

I feel you about the office job. I used to work in factory making stuff and doing heavy lifting, back then I would also walk 4 miles to and from work. I could litterally eat and drink what I wanted without putting weight on because I was so active throught the day. I'm 5'11 and my weight back then was about 160-170 lbs

Then I got an office job and sat on my arse for 9 hours day, I didn't even need to get up for food as it was brought to me on a trolly. Within 4 years my weight ballooned to about 260 lbs. That happened because I changed jobs but not eating habbits, my calorie intake by far exceeded its burn rate.

I'm about 200 lbs now and could do with losing another 30 lbs to get back to my normal weight.

Good luck!

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Good for you for making an effort to sort yourself out. You can't take any chances with that US health system, eh?

I feel you about the office job. I used to work in factory making stuff and doing heavy lifting, back then I would also walk 4 miles to and from work. I could litterally eat and drink what I wanted without putting weight on because I was so active throught the day. I'm 5'11 and my weight back then was about 160-170 lbs

Then I got an office job and sat on my arse for 9 hours day, I didn't even need to get up for food as it was brought to me on a trolly. Within 4 years my weight ballooned to about 260 lbs. That happened because I changed jobs but not eating habbits, my calorie intake by far exceeded its burn rate.

I'm about 200 lbs now and could do with losing another 30 lbs to get back to my normal weight.

Good luck!
Thanks man. Yeah desk job killed it for me. I didn't eat the healthiest, but I was able to maintain my weight. Once physical activity diminished it was terrible. I also picked up smoking for a couple years and drank far too much which contributed to my health in their own ways.


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I'm in just for the title

We're with you hit.

You know my thoughts on the subject. The smarter you eat and drink the easier your journey will be. Exercise can't beat a bad diet.

Keep us posted
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I'm in just for the title

We're with you hit.

You know my thoughts on the subject. The smarter you eat and drink the easier your journey will be. Exercise can't beat a bad diet.

Keep us posted
I am a huge believer of this. A huge portion of gains come from the kitchen and not the gym.


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1/19 Log

Went to the gym earlier than expected today. I normally have 3 meals before the gym. Overall good day. Really strong gym session. Diet stayed on track. Was a little tired before the gym today. Struggled to find the energy to get there. (I normally struggle the day after leg day). Got there and had an awesome workout though.

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I used to work in construction and do 7 day weeks, 12+ hours a day. Ate like a pig, had no trouble burning the calories. Switched to a desk job. Had the same appetite. Burned less calories due to a more sedentary lifestyle. Put on some pounds.

Giving up soda and energy drinks in drinking nothing but water made a positive difference. Making a conscious effort to eat healthier food helped. Started cooking my own meals. Switched to eating things like peanuts which aren't too expensive and offer some of the same health benefits as more expensive almonds and nuts. Ate more mushrooms and things that are said to boost immune function and tried to eat more superfoods.

Trying to go 12-18 hrs between some meals also seems to have had a positive impact. I'm not sure if the 3 square meals a day mythos holds up in this day and age. 2 meals with no snacking inbetween could have some advantages.

There might be disadvantages in always having food in your stomach and constantly eating all the time. It might be better to have stretches where your stomach rests and doesn't digest anything. I've read that not eating for 12-18 hours activates stem cells or something like that. I don't remember. Its filed under research on whether fasting has health benefits. Studies have shown not eating for prolonged periods of time can be good for you, according to the study I read anyway, which could have conflicting studies. lol

Tried some detoxing with apple cider vinegar mixed with water. Still want to try activated charcoal but keep forgetting and in no real rush.

Right now my waist is about as small as its ever been and I get no exercise whatsoever. I have my weight and physique about where I'd like it to be, with a minimal amount of time and effort put into my workouts, but am a bit confused as to how I got there.

I used to put so much effort into my workouts but never got the results I was looking for because the food I ate wasn't so healthy, I never took the time to heal or recover correctly and overtrained 24/7. I'm actually getting better results now doing almost nothing training wise and just eating and living healthier.
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Yeah definitely echo what everyone is saying here, diet is the most important thing in your life if you have health goals you want to achieve.

I tried going Paleo about 4 months ago just to see if it had any effects on me and it was genuinely awesome, I now stick to a paleo diet 95% of the time and if anything it's improved my energy levels.

Alcohol is just a killer for me - just can't give up the damn sweet amber nectre!

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