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What is the GTX0 Fitness Club?

It's a thread where everyone is invited to post their workout regimen and/or diet, then follow up whenever they fulfill or fail it. Whenever you complete or skip a workout, whenever you have a cheat meal or stick to your diet, you should post here. By regularly socializing with other people seeking to better themselves, we will promote mindfulness through accountability. This thread is also for exercise and nutrition advice, support and general information as needed (read: a bunch of stupid fitness memes).

Well, let's go. Post routines, diets, PRs, goals, or whatever else you're working on.

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Tuesday and Thursday, though I want to add Saturday when I get the chance to:

Overhead Press 5x5
Push-Up 5x5
Squat 5x5
Bent-over Row 5x5
Deadlift 5x5
Shrug 5x5
Calf Raise 5x5
Burpee 5x10
Running 20-30 minutes

All other days:

Run through one set of all the lifts with the lightest weight in the morning to help me wake up. Other than that, rest.

All days, when idle:

Grip training.


No sodas
No candy (though I do eat bitter chocolate)
No junk food (beef jerky, Doritos, etc., though I do occasionally eat Saltines or corn chips if I need some quick salt)
No alcohol

For cheap protein, fiber, iron, etc.:

Yes sardines
Yes oatmeal + peanut butter

And the biggest and most recent additions:

No red meat
No processed meat

I haven't had soda, candy or junk food for like five years. I haven't had alcohol for several months. I haven't had red meat or processed meat for a couple of weeks (and it's easier to cut out than I thought).

Been smashing the weightlifting. Been doing that for a couple of months now; I've taken to it more than I thought I would. The solid resistance is fun to push against, though. While I admittedly lift light, I don't plan on worrying about PRs or bodybuilding. It's getting me gains and that's all I ask for.

Last I checked my weight (couple of weeks ago), I was at 170. I want to hit 180, but I've plateaued pretty hard due to my very uncooperative appetite.

Edited July 6th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

At the moment I'm in limbo physically because my job is physically-intensive and a 12-hour shift. When I get more of a sedentary job I'm looking forward to going back to progressive to-fatigue training. At the moment I'm at least in damn good shape and pretty strong. I'm considering doing training once every two weeks because I get a nice 3 off days in a row which should be enough time to recover before work. Ideally sometime after I get my next car and next job, so hold me to that!

My diet I've mentioned elsewhere but it looks something like this:

  • no sugar
  • no starch
  • no fruit (this isn't a strict rule, sometimes I like a nice black plum but most of the time I just don't want sugar)
  • no overly processed junk
  • good amount of meat, preferably lean though I do prefer my beef fatty
  • hardboiled eggs
  • lots of fat in the form of dairy (cheese, butter, sour cream) and white sauces
  • I try to keep my vegetable oil consumption as low as possible, but that's not currently in the budget so there's been a lot of salad dressing and mayonnaise lately. Would like to switch all of this over to olive and/or coconut oil someday but that's going to take a lot of food prep and learning time or maybe finding a whole foods store nearby.
  • sunflower seeds, peanuts
  • one cup of whole milk and one 6g carb square of 85% dark chocolate per day. Recently I've discovered some new milk types that have less carbs so my milk consumption will probably go up. Also going to look into cocoa nibs so my chocolate consumption can go up.
  • Lots of leaves, at least every other meal.
  • Botanical fruits like roma tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, mushrooms.. though I'm in a phase where I want less of these, other than mushrooms which I eat quite a bit of.
  • liberal amounts of herbs and spices

    Biggest change to my diet lately is that I'm trying to maintain my weight, which seems to require eating as often as possible (or close). My diet kills my appetite for very long stretches of time so this takes some work to pull off. But I have been successful in staying in a 175-179lb range for the last 3 months.

  • Edited July 6th, 2018 by Xhin
    Nature is beautiful

    though I do occasionally eat Saltines or corn chips if I need some quick salt

    Here are my go-to calorie-free salt sources:

  • popcorn salt (seriously this stuff is delicious, it's like eating doritos without the chip)
  • soy sauce (lite soy sauce tastes better imo). Doesn't require refrigeration, so convenient.
  • broth, which you can make into a kind of soup or add it to stuff or just eat pinches plain.

  • Posted July 6th, 2018 by Xhin
    Nature is beautiful

    My diet is still a work in progress. Here are some changes I'd like to make eventually depending on budget and other factors:

  • Find a good low-carb milk (working on this).
  • make the switch to grass-fed milk, provided it has that anxiolytic effect (haven't had much luck with this)
  • switch to grass-fed dairy across the board unless this impacts the fat content too much (though I guess I could boost stuff with grass-fed butter)
  • grass-fed meats
  • better quality eggs
  • make my own sausage / ultra-fatty meat products
  • make my own oil-based sauces from olive and/or coconut and/or avocado oil and/or ideally butter and/or tallow (where possible)
  • continue to cut down on added sugars and added starchy fillers wherever possible
  • bulk-prep, chop and refreeze meat and go nuts with it. Was doing really good with this, but can't use my oven anymore, so looking into things like grilling meat instead.
  • continue to experiment with new vegetables, new herbs/spices, new recipes

  • Posted July 6th, 2018 by Xhin
    Nature is beautiful

    Since I started my own keto diet two weeks ago I have felt better and have boundless energy and no appetite ever. For months I was steadily gaining weight, I was about 200 last July and after my grandmother died in November I went through depression where I used food as my primary crutch and went up to around 260. My brother died a couple weeks ago and I decided it was over. I wasn't going to let family death kill me too. Since Keto-ing and lifting I am down to 255 which isn't a huge loss of weight, but the main thing is my cravings are totally gone and my anxiety about food is nonexistent, and I usually have an eating disorder so that's huge. Also I have been bulking up on muscle which is heavier than fat so I have a theory that if I wasn't lifting I would be much lighter than I am due to this diet. Also my own depression is gone and for the first time in years it isn't coming back.

    Edited July 6th, 2018 by I killed Mufasa
    I killed Mufasa
    long live the king

    My goal is actually to do higher reps of light weights because I want to be fit and trim rather than a tank, but I can't say that being a tank would be sad considering that I am used to being a submarine. XD

    If I stayed 250 and all of it was muscle that would be alright with me.

    Posted July 6th, 2018 by I killed Mufasa
    I killed Mufasa
    long live the king

    My only exercise is living in a six-flight walk-up. Maybe it's a blessing in disguise, really.

    Posted July 6th, 2018 by Agis

    I followed the 5x5 routine back in my undergrad and made a lot progress. My biggest barrier was always caloric consumption. I reintroduced junk food to my diet (within reason) in order to make gains.

    I plan to take up resistance training again now that I'm finished my post-secondary studies. I just need to deal with a few priorities, like transitioning to a new job and moving in with the gf. At the moment, I'm completely sedentary.

    Posted July 6th, 2018 by Esprit

    the main thing is my cravings are totally gone and my anxiety about food is nonexistent, and I usually have an eating disorder so that's huge. Also I have been bulking up on muscle which is heavier than fat so I have a theory that if I wasn't lifting I would be much lighter than I am due to this diet. Also my own depression is gone and for the first time in years it isn't coming back.

    That's great! I'm glad to hear this.

    My goal is actually to do higher reps of light weights because I want to be fit and trim rather than a tank

    You won't accidentally become a tank by lifting closer to your capacity, but it depends on exactly what kind of weight you're talking about.

    I did see a study recently that said that people that were overweight could trade fat for muscle at caloric maintenance much easier than people who already had a lower BMI, so you've got that going for you.

    Posted July 6th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    I reintroduced junk food to my diet (within reason) in order to make gains.

    I am determined to not do dirty bulking, though that would make my 180 goal a lot easier. Working in a pizza kitchen makes that even harder to resist. Sometimes I make a big veggie pizza and eat it, though.

    Posted July 6th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    I'm gonna eat a pizza and drown my self in my favorite soft drink as my interview was nerve racking .

    gonna do cardio for I can get be a Cardi-B

    Posted July 6th, 2018 by S.omh.

    Where is Nullfather anyway?

    Posted July 6th, 2018 by I killed Mufasa
    I killed Mufasa
    long live the king

    Don’t really have an eye where to start with exercising other than walking more. I also really don’t have the motivation to do anything anymore.

    But, for now my diet looks like this:
  • No sugary drinks. (Just plain o’ water)
  • No junk food (I mostly eat cookies and candy. I dislike chips and anything salty.)
  • Less instant meals (Ramen, Stoufers, Easy MAC, etc) and more “real” food.
  • I haven’t had the desire to drink energy drinks in a long time or alcohol. Although, I did buy some wine to try (Arbor Mist) and ended up not liking it.

  • Posted July 7th, 2018 by Castrael

    I forgot to post on Tuesday when I did my exercise, but I definitely smashed it. Didn't get the crazy runner's high that I did last Thursday, but hopefully I will tonight.

    Posted July 12th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    I took it easy today. I was already worked from cutting wood with a bow saw all afternoon, so I did three sets instead of five. Still did all my Burpees and running, though. The run was actually really good. The time flew past. I've been experimenting with a different running form and I think it helped.

    Posted July 18th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    Smashed my workout last night. The run was hard and I got the worst stitches that I ever have, but I worked my way through it.

    I get stitches completely regardless of what I do to try to avoid them. The number one thing that I hear to is not eat for a certain amount of time before running, but that doesn't change anything for me. I've tried eating more than an hour before, I've tried eating two hours before, I've tried eating six hours before. Stitches every time.

    In better news, I was ridiculously jacked on Wednesday. I just felt amazing and all my muscle was tight and popped. I felt solid.

    Posted July 20th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    I’m the same way wrt to stitches. Do you try any particular breathing patterns/exercises? Those have been recommended to me.

    Posted July 20th, 2018 by Ceta

    I usually try raising my arms above my head to stretch the diaphragm and breathing more into the belly instead of the chest to relax it. Those techniques help a bit.

    If you have to info about better ways, I'd really appreciate it.

    Posted July 20th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    Some recommend breathing by counting seconds, others by strides. Here are some quotes from various articles on a quick web search:

    Budd Coates, an established running coach and Olympic Trials qualifier, developed a popular breathing technique and wrote a well known article explaining it. This technique trains runners to breath in odd “counts”. Coates recommends a 3-2 counting pattern- inhale for a count of three then exhale for a count of two, and when sprinting or running at a faster pace to run at a 2-1 counting pattern. Most people do not have rhythmic breathing when they run or use an even pattern.

    Runners can benefit [...] by matching their breathing to their strides—inhaling for two to four strides and exhaling for the same. The faster the pace, the shorter the sequence (fast pace = one or two strides per breath, slower = three or four strides per breath). This can not only prevent stitches, but also improve the efficiency of your oxygen transport.

    If you still get another side stitch, implement this strategy and it will go away in seconds (I promise): Slow your pace and exhale as the foot on the opposite side of the stitch strikes the ground. This doesn't mean every time that foot hits the ground, but as you exhale, do so in sync with that opposite side. When you exhale, you use the muscles of your diaphragm. When this happens in unison with your foot striking the ground, the impact forces travel up the body and through your core (your side too) and exacerbate (piss off) the muscles in spasm creating that stitch. When you change the side of the landing forces to the opposite side, the tension causing the stitch releases. For example, your stitch is in your right side. You slow your pace, and exhale as your left foot is hitting the ground.

    Posted July 20th, 2018 by Ceta

    I have a “theory” about lung capacity too. Will elaborate when I get home.

    EDIT: Ok here you go. Some vaguely-understood facts I have acquired:

  • We're supposed to breathe into our bellies. Babies are good at this. We pick up some bad habits as we age and start to breathe more in our chests.

  • Our lung capacities decrease as we age. Is it because we breathe in our chests and not our bellies? I don't know. Maybe a combination of that plus old age wearing down our bodies.

  • You can slow/prevent the decrease of lung capacity by doing special breathing exercises. If you start when you're young enough, you'll end up increasing your lung capacity. This is good news for like singers and swimmers.

    My conjecture: People with better lung capacity get fewer side stitches. They are able to take in oxygen more efficiently and expand their abdominal cavities more fully, stretching those muscles or something. I don't know; I'm not a doctor.

    One source told me it takes as much as a few years of regular breathing exercises (~5 minutes a day) to expand your lungs. I've noticed improvement within a few months though.

    Start with 6-3-6: Inhale 6 seconds, hold 3, exhale another six. Then increase to 8-4-8. Focus your breathing low in your stomach.


  • Edited July 20th, 2018 by Ceta

    Went for a 3 mile jog. That was harder than I expected.

    Posted July 21st, 2018 by S.O.H.

    A new rec center opened up next door to the apartment that I just moved into. Admission was free today, so I went in there and checked it out. It's really nice in there, just a couple of minor concerns about floor space that I'm sure they'll figure out.

    They have what they call a survival octagon, a big structure with several MMA-style pieces of equipment attached to it. Battle ropes, Russian twist bar, punching bag, etc. They did a one-hour demo where they asked people to do a full routine. Some of the people dropped out and most of the people didn't do the heaviest/hardest options like I did. It was hard, but I made it through and it felt good. I sucked on things like dips and battle ropes, but I smashed the fuck out of corebag, Russian twist and tire flip.

    They have a full indoor pool and indoor track as well. I'm going to get a membership and go in there as much as possible.

    Edited July 22nd, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    @Cetasaurus: Great information. Thank you.

    I had heard about the "breathing on the opposite stride" thing, but I had forgotten about it. I'll be working on learning that and doing the breath exercises.

    Posted July 21st, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    Got my membership to the rec center today. Did my first tentative full workout in there, but I'm still getting used to the machines and the flow of the building. One mile run, some barbell work (broke my deadlift PR purely because they have more equipment than I have collected personally so far), some lighter core stuff like hanging crunches and Russian twist, some machine work and then another one mile run to finish it off.

    Being out in the country previously without a pedometer or a milestone, I had no idea how far I ran. Now I know that I can do two, probably three miles easily. Next time I go in there, I'll see what my mile time is.

    Edited July 22nd, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    I timed my run for the first time today, because I've never been able to run on a real track with a definite length. Turns out, I have a six minute mile. That's definitely better than I expected.

    There was some old dude stretching his legs and doing deficit push-ups on the heavy tire for like an hour. I had to keep doing other random things while I waited for him to move on.

    Posted July 24th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    Forgot to post on Thursday, but I definitely did my whole routine.

    Also worked out today. I've moved to a Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday schedule because it's so convenient that I might as well.

    Saw a guy in the gym today. He was about my age, he had tiny little chicken legs and he was using a cable machine to torque the fuck out of his elbow. It was fucking bizarre.

    On Thursday, there was some old dude who did leg stretches on the heavy tire for like an hour. I had to keep doing random stuff near him while I waited. There was also just generally a lot of old people in cargo shorts who apparently decided to come in and take a tour of the center.

    I've also started supplementing my diet with meal replacement shakes in an effort to gain weight.

    Edited July 28th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    I forgot to post on Tuesday, but I still hit up the rec center as usual.

    Yesterday, I tried out the rowing machine and it was surprisingly pleasant. I'd heard that it was great cardio, and that's true, but the added resistance made me feel more of a load in my legs then when I run. I appreciate that, since I'm paranoid about my legs falling behind my upper body (despite the fact that my legs are asymmetrically strong compared to the rest of my body). I'll be at least mixing rowing and running, but if it turns out better for what I want, I might switch to rowing entirely. It would be more convenient and would work my core and upper more than running, that's already known. I'll need another week to decide, probably.

    Posted August 3rd, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    Starting yesterday, I've adopted a policy of going to the gym every day. The new schedule is as follows.

    Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: I do the machine edition of the big four. The big four are overhead press, bench press, squat and deadlift. I approximate this on machines because I don't lift heavy enough to justify taking up the free weights - it's more trouble than it's worth to load and unload the bar. So, OHP machine, chest press machine, leg press machine and for deadlift I put a bar handle on the low row and use my legs and core instead of flexing my arms. This is finished off by 5km on the rowing machine.

    All other days: accessories and random stuff. Calf raises, bicep curls, leg curls, all the random stuff that I don't use on the main days. Finished off by 2km on the rowing machine.

    In order to not die, I've stepped up my diet a bit. I have stocks of V8, protein shakes, Gatorade, oatmeal, sardines and heftier meals. I completely control my diet now, so I can make what I want when I want. I'm also working on a revised checklist of fitness stuff now that I've settled into my new place a bit and have a feel for what my resources are going to be like.

    tl;dr I'm going much harder

    Posted August 7th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    Workout today was good. I'm learning how the accessory stuff works. It's always interesting to see how quickly you improve on a exercise that you've just picked up.

    Posted August 8th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    Almost through with my first full week of daily gym. I went a little hard yesterday, so my obliques and my inner thighs are sore. This looks very sustainable and very effective.

    Posted August 11th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    that feel when maxing out machines at the gym

    Posted August 13th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    I can keep up the intensity if I take Sunday as a rest day. So, six days of the week instead of every day. Close enough. I'm still seeing ridiculous improvements.

    Maxing out the back extension, weighted row and torso rotation.


    After seeing how easy that is, my goal is to max out all the machines while maintaining my 6-minute mile and then reaching and maintaining a 7-minute 2k on the cardio row.

    Edited August 17th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    This old dude got super butthurt that I got on the leg press before him.

    I was finishing up my chest press, which is right across form the leg press. The chick that was on the leg press was also finishing up, so it was good timing. I wiped down the chest press and moved over to the leg press to queue up while she finishes wiping down. As I stood there, hovering over the leg press, almost perched on it like a vulture, this skinny old piece of shit started moseying up to the side. He looks too old to be with the chick getting off the machine, so I'm already suspicious. Sure enough, as the chick moved out of the machine and I smoothly moved in, this old fuck audibly says "well, that's just great". He then proceeds to stand there with his arms crossed, absolutely seething, and stare at me like I'm fucking his wife in front of him.

    I crush five sets with him as an audience. I bump up the weight to my highest comfortable level, grab the side handles as hard as I can to pop my arms and bare my teeth to slam through weight that looks like it's double his ORM. At the end of the fourth set, I decide to give him some hope, because I do understand the frustration of wanting to get on a machine (even though he was trying to edge me out). I tell him "hey, only one set left". He has the nerve to reply "I would have been done after three minutes - I don't spend long on these things".

    It took all of my self-control to not look him in the eye and say "yeah, I can tell". Instead, I finish the lest set and finally get up to wipe down the machine. The old guy has his own handful of wipes and moves in as soon as possible, wiping it down the seat and getting in immediately. I wipe down the weight pins and grab my phone out of the holder. As I leave, I say "have a nice day". He doesn't respond.

    I understand the frustration in general, but I was legitimately 100% straight-up at the machine before he was. The fuck is wrong with people? I don't care how long you would have taken; I was there first.

    Posted August 21st, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    I keep forgetting to post here, but I am fulfilling my six-days a week thing so far.


    As I mentioned elsewhere, I had an unbelievably sub-optimal weekend. This led to me saying "fuck everything" on Monday and sleeping in instead of going to the gym. I bounced back from that pretty readily, though.

    Yesterday, I went to a little massage place around the corner and got a deep-tissue massage. While I think it also has some slight objective mechanical benefit in releasing fatigue acids from the muscle, I mainly went for relaxation and stress relief. In that aspect, it performed wonderfully.

    This chick got down in it. It basically felt like she was prying apart my muscles - just the right amount of pain, right on the edge of my "comfortably intense" zone. Since I do a lot of rowing and back work, she focused on my upper back and shoulders mostly, where there was a significantly larger amount of tightness than I thought there was.

    Before the session, they asked me to fill out a brief questionnaire. One of the questions was "how often do you exercise", which I briefly considered not answering honestly, lest I seem like a wannabe gym rat. I put down "5 days a week", which is what it looks like it's going to even out to in the long run when I anticipate that at least one day of my work is going to be unbelievably egregious and cause me to not be willing to get out of bed the next day. Anyway, the chick mentioned how prominent the striations of muscle on my back were and asked me if I was training for a show, which boosted my ego like nothing has in a good while (despite the fact that it was probably just buttery small-talk).

    I consider that a landmark in my aesthetics, either way. My next planned landmark is having someone accuse me of roiding.

    Posted August 30th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    How do you stay motivated to run for such a long time, anyway. Once I run out of breath I get bored because I know I am just going to run out of breath again. Plus it slows me to a walking pace.

    Posted August 30th, 2018 by I killed Mufasa
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    I could walk for 4-5 hours, but I don't want to run or jog for more than 5 minutes.

    Posted August 30th, 2018 by I killed Mufasa
    I killed Mufasa
    long live the king

    I did successfully complete a mandatory 20 minute jog actually but I paced myself and I had other people with me.

    Posted August 30th, 2018 by I killed Mufasa
    I killed Mufasa
    long live the king

    How do you stay motivated to run for such a long time, anyway. Once I run out of breath I get bored because I know I am just going to run out of breath again. Plus it slows me to a walking pace.

    You shouldn't be running out of breath. It sounds like you need to do more work with your breathing pattern or pacing. Keep in mind that running doesn't mean sprinting. If you're not sprinting and you have a nice steady breathing pattern (I usually breathe in for five steps and breathe out for three) and you're still running out of breath, then it's just a matter of developing stamina.

    In regards to general boredom: I just listen to music if I'm doing long-distance. I'm never bored if I'm listening to music. If music isn't exactly your thing, try putting on a YouTube video or something else. Find some way to occupy your mind.

    In regards to general motivation, the runner's high is the perfect reward in and of itself.

    Edited August 30th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    Anyway I just signed up for a gym and pool membership and I am here for my first time right now. I will try your suggestions. There is a track here too.

    Posted August 30th, 2018 by I killed Mufasa
    I killed Mufasa
    long live the king

    I don't care how long you would have taken; I was there first.

    I used to always let people go first for things if I thought they'd be fast but I've learned my lesson better. Shit's happened to me too often where I let people go ahead for a whole bunch of things but they took years to move faster. Not to mention I was there before them. Anyway I enjoyed that story, thanks.

    Posted August 30th, 2018 by Fox Forever

    Anyway I just signed up for a gym and pool membership and I am here for my first time right now. I will try your suggestions. There is a track here too.

    Cool! I'm really glad that you're getting into this. Let us know how it goes. Let's get this GT fitness club thing to some kind of activity level so I'm not just talking to myself.

    Shit's happened to me too often where I let people go ahead for a whole bunch of things but they took years to move faster.

    I actually don't care a significant amount if people are taking their time on a machine that I want to use - as long as they're using it properly. I've only been going to this gym for a month and I already have a few weird stories. Just earlier this week, there was a guy in there using the sliding seat of the cardio rower as a foot rest for improvised ab rolls. Why even bother? Just do hanging crunches or what have you on the 9000 available pieces of bodyweight equipment.

    Posted August 30th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    I've been going to my doctor regularly for weight monitoring since June 2017. Through portion controlling and eating way less snacks, soda, and alcohol I went down some. I'll give an easy breakdown:

    June 2017: 281 lbs (biggest I'd ever been, beating my previous of 277 lbs in June 2012)
    Sept 2017: 264 lbs
    Dec 2017: 264 lbs (holidays and travel led to me gaining back the 10 lbs I had lost 2 weeks before the checkup)
    March 2018: 245 lbs

    Then just yesterday I saw him again and I had gone back up to 255. Part of it is that with less time to do stuff since the move (and working more hours to make up time I've lost in the move) I lost a bit of the diet drive. I've also been in situations lately where there's food all around me and I try my best to fight off eating too much (and it's almost not healthy at all). Sometimes I succeed and sometimes not.

    My wife's entire family is real big on food, there's always A LOT of it and it is almost always pretty darn unhealthy. I've seen her family eat a pretty big meal and then a half hour later crush a bag of Doritos. Also my sister-in-law and her boyfriend hang with us a lot and their presence of weed, munchies, and fun tends to enable us (wife and I) to eat food more often than we would. I've tried to do this one better since noticing.

    My doctor wants me to come back just after Thanksgiving for another monitor. What I actually planned to do was to bike the 8.6 miles to work every day and back. This leads me to bike just over 17 miles every weekday. There's also a pool at our complex that we've yet to utilize. Now that we're just about completely settled in I can look into biking (it's also been scorching hot for the last month except last week). I also have decided to crack down on my eating. I've managed to not have snacks often and I want to continue this trend. I'm hoping that the exercise and the cutting down on food and saving gas money will be a very positive change.

    Edited August 30th, 2018 by Fox Forever

    Yeah I really like seeing those videos where people are doing really strange things with the machines.

    I actually don't care a significant amount if people are taking their time on a machine that I want to use

    Well I don't care if people are there before me and they take their own time they need, but when they say they'll take just 3 minutes if they can go ahead of me but then take literally 20 then it's kind of insulting. It's not that they take long, it's that they promise to move fast and I give them the opportunity but they don't bother to hold their promise. I could forgive a minute or two.

    Posted August 30th, 2018 by Fox Forever

    Have you considered doing something like a daily checklist? I have a whiteboard with a list of things to do every day - I've used this both for making sure to do things (go to the gym, floss my teeth, etc.) and for making sure to avoid things (don't drink alcohol, don't eat junk food, etc.). It helped me keep on track, so it might help you. I think that putting something in a tangible form like that helps solidify its importance.

    Posted August 30th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    I do have a whiteboard that's not really being used and isn't hung up yet that I can put up. It might help both of us in the house.

    Posted August 30th, 2018 by Fox Forever

    Awesome! Don't put a whole bunch of stuff on there at first, though. Write down what you know you can do and then start expanding it when you notice that you could be doing more. Let me know how it goes for you!

    Posted August 30th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    For a little over a month now sunday-thursday lunches and dinners have been things like chicken breast, fish, egg whites, shrimp, etc. On the weekends I let myself eat pizza and stuff like that. I still have beer, but have scaled it back. Went from sedentary to walking several miles a day and starting with some mild muscle training. Have some seen some results - down about 6 pounds in 2.5 weeks. I probably could nuke the weight faster, but I'm pleased with the pace I'm going and allowing myself to still enjoy some less than healthy food and drink here and there. As long as im trending down, I'll eventually get to my goal.

    Posted August 30th, 2018 by Jahoy Hoy

    I am lazy and never exercise bythaveto when my body is in pain. I weigh 106 and i’m 5’10” and fed througha. Feeding tube since I can only swallow liquids which I still don’t give s spit because I like being fed abdobibally via g tube and not orally because I don’t have an appetite at all.

    Jahoy hoy can you please ask speed to message me on discord (8346) because today is the start of the college football season and I need his commentary and analysis about every game that i watch closely on. That way I won’t be messaging him on his personal messengers which are Facebook chat and sms text. Tell him that there is a free discord app for smartphone and other mobile devices, I use it all the time on my iPhone. Speed gives me alll of the hype for this sport.

    Posted August 30th, 2018 by weid man

    Today I walked to a car, walked out of a car, walked back into a car, walked out a car and then I paced the floor for a bit (psyduck). Oh and I ate some shrimp and corn.

    Edited August 30th, 2018 by KnokkelMillennium

    At least that's something!

    Posted August 30th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    After a two day rest (work was stupid), I got back in the gym Monday morning and smashed several PRs. Maxed out the OHP machine, dangerously close to maxing out the leg press.

    Posted September 4th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    on the chest fly machine

    chick wearing yoga pants so sheer that I can see her panty line appears

    comes over to the laying leg curl machine directly in front of me

    gets in it backwards

    rests the ankle pad on her pelvis

    spreads her legs

    starts doing hip thrusts

    Thanks for the free show, I guess.

    Posted September 4th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    Wow this is humble bragging and making "thot" jokes at the same time. Wow.

    Edited September 4th, 2018 by KnokkelMillennium

    I'm not sure how that's humble-bragging. I suck on the chest fly, so I don't think she was showing off for me. I think she's just one of those kinds of chicks that come into the gym and do stupid shit because they look hot doing it.

    Posted September 4th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    Because by the way it sounded you thought she was doing it for you. But whatever then.

    Edited September 4th, 2018 by KnokkelMillennium

    Nah, chicks like this just do things because they know people are watching anyway and they like the attention. It's why they wear the tightest possible clothing and do shit like standing up in the hip abductor.

    Posted September 4th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    I didn't interpret it as bragging. I don't like to be cynical and assume that people do that for attention but it feels that way sometimes (or there's a camera off to the side recording the reactions of when people do that).

    Friday I got asked to go to an "international food street fair". It advertised foods from around the world but I found that most booths offered really stereotypical foods. Italy had things like pizza and meatball subs, Mexico had tacos (though because the fair was in So Cal, Mexican food is already commonplace anyway), Japan had ramen, Germany had literally only beer and brats. Rather than eat too many terrible things I settled on having just a grilled skewer (from Lebanon) and sharing an "Irish sausage" which was kind of like a brat but with a bunch of onions and tomatoes. I was still hungry after but didn't have much more besides sharing a funnel cake.

    I had a housewarming on Sunday so most of Saturday was spent running around getting ready to prep and doing last minute house setups. We had panda, I suggested sharing a 2 entrée plate but we ended up not doing that and later admitting we should have done that.

    Sunday was filled with running around and not eating, then eating only snack foods that we had served.

    Monday was supposed to be a day of rest and to chill out since the entire month was plagued with getting the house set up and getting appliances, internet, a mattress, etc. After like 3 hours of being a couch potato I hopped on the treadmill and did a quick 1 mile trip on it. 3 hours later we got that bad "we're-just-being-lazy-and-doing-nothing" feeling so we went out to the complex's pool where we swam for like an hour or so. I'd want to make swimming at least a weekly thing on the weekend.

    I was gonna get my bike fixed and get that whiteboard ready to go soon, too. We've just been so tired from everything but now at least the house is set up. I also have to go buy grapes and carrots that are on sale to snack on those if I feel like it, instead of the awful chips that have at home.

    Posted September 4th, 2018 by Fox Forever

    Today, I received a hand-written thank you card from the therapist at the massage place. Are you kidding me? This is the nicest that anyone has ever been to me in my life.

    I think I'm going to set this up as a regular thing. Maybe once a month.

    Posted September 6th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    Rowed a sub-8 2k today. Felt good.

    Posted September 7th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    Swam for 2.5 hours yesterday. Was exhausted when going to sleep last night.

    Posted September 7th, 2018 by Fox Forever

    Just posting some numbers for my own records. Feel free to ignore.

    Arm extension: 110
    Bicep curl: 110
    Lateral raise: 130
    Fly/rear delt: 170/130
    Row: 245 (max)
    Pulldown: 230
    Overhead press: 150
    Chest press: 170

    Back extension: 245 (max)
    Abdominal: 210
    Torso rotation: 165 (max)
    Hip abduction/adduction: 170/150
    Standing calf: 305 (max)
    Leg extension: 245 (max)
    Leg curl: 175 (max)
    Leg press: 405 (max)

    My arms suck but my legs and core are Jesus.

    Edited September 12th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    Posted September 12th, 2018 by I killed Mufasa
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    long live the king

    How bad is it that I daily get 4-5 hours of sleep except on weekends?

    ~6:45 wake up
    7:30 drive
    8:00 work
    8:30-9 breakfast
    1:00 lunch
    4:00 drive
    4:30 home
    6:30 dinner
    7-11 couples free time (do stuff as a couple but could include chores, etc.)
    11-1 or 2 personal free time (wife goes to sleep and I stay up, this is when I game, etc.)
    1:00 or 2:00 sleep

    I'm usually also fine when I wake up. I don't feel a sense of tiredness or anything. On weekends I'll sleep in as long as I want.

    Posted September 18th, 2018 by Fox Forever

    How bad is it that I daily get 4-5 hours of sleep except on weekends?

    From the bits of research I've seen on it, pretty bad. Disruption of the sleep cycle and lack of a decent amount (7 - 8 hours) of sleep is actually ranked pretty highly as a cause of of weirdly devastating disorders later in life.

    I get 6 - 7 hours per night, but I also slot in a nap in the afternoon in order to bring it up to the recommended 8.

    Posted September 18th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    Oh and to follow up on that white board thing I've written down stuff like "don't drink a coke, you don't need it" and "try not to snack, especially after 9:00". We bought a few sodas for our housewarming and people bought more 12 packs and now we have like 4 dozen sodas in the house and it's so hard not to drink one. I'm trying to heavily wean off of it and get our guests to drink them more often. The wife also seems to try to not have them, she opted for juice yesterday while I just went for water.

    Posted September 18th, 2018 by Fox Forever

    Cool, I'm glad you're putting my idea to good use.

    Posted September 18th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    I know "catching up" on the weekend isn't a thing because you can never really catch up on missed sleep, but I just tend to not go to sleep until I'm tired. I may try to aim for midnight to get about 7. My brain feels like it's always awake so it's hard to sleep, but I almost passed out at 9:00 last Friday waiting for guests to arrive and then slept a lot of the time that they were there.

    I don't really nap but maybe I should do a bit in the afternoon to not mess myself up too much.

    Posted September 18th, 2018 by Fox Forever



    Edited September 18th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    I sleep better on my fasting days. Normally I am an insomniac. But I have no energy left at the end of the day if I fast.

    Posted September 18th, 2018 by I killed Mufasa
    I killed Mufasa
    long live the king

    Nice shades Null

    Posted September 18th, 2018 by I killed Mufasa
    I killed Mufasa
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    Today the only calories I consumed were a medium black coffee, which I had in between two bouts of cardio. A half hour of treading water and 35 minutes of stair climbing, and I don't intend to eat anything today.

    Posted September 20th, 2018 by I killed Mufasa
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    Moved up to 190 in the chest press.

    Posted September 22nd, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    Null, which do you think is better for maintaining (not building) muscle:

    Lifting weights slightly below what you're capable of every third day.

    Lifting weights that push you to your limit every fourth day.

    I definitely think the first one is more comfortable for anything post-gym. The next day you're not going to be sore and you can probably go to work if you do manual labour.

    Posted September 22nd, 2018 by I killed Mufasa
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    The first option should be better for maintaining. You night even build if you're doing it that often. Muscle doesn't start to deteriorate until a week or two of inactivity.

    Posted September 22nd, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    Moved up to 150 in the lateral raise.

    Posted September 24th, 2018 by Cruinn-Annuin

    Since Null is gone I doubt anyone will read this but whatever.

    I started biking to and from work. It's about 9 miles one way so I have 18 miles of biking to do in one day. I did all day yesterday and half of today and my butt seriously hurts from the seat. Reading suggestions most people say it's just soft tissue that needs to be "toughened up" but I'm questioning either getting appropriate shorts or a gel seat. It's estimated I will burn 1100 or so calories per day from biking alone when rate of biking and my weight is taken into account. I may make it through today's trip but I don't know if I'm able to do tomorrow. I may just take Wednesdays off to recuperate.

    Posted November 13th, 2018 by Fox Forever
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