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    Pylon's Journal v6 - Downhill Slope

    Funny, I looked back at v5 and realized not much changed since then. So here's the recap...again...

    "Maxed out a few years ago at 350. (The one pic in my gallery is from then.)

    Got down to 240.

    Got back up to 280 or so.

    Have been back and forth."

    Now that we have history behind us...

    It's always tough to come back after a while and admit a) you're not where you once were, b) you need to recommit and c) you're better off not doing it alone.

    Haven't put my whole plan together yet. Likely to go back to HIT + cardio work. Always worked well for me, and I enjoy it, which is a huge plus. I travel a lot for work, so this will be a good way to keep myself in line. That's the idea anyway.

    More to come...


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    It must be working. Getting back in here inspired me to get back in they gym as well...

    WU - elliptical, 10min

    DB lat raises - 10x10, 112.5x10, 15x10 - Some stiffness in my right shoulder on these. No surprise, as I've beaten them up pretty good over the years. Will see how it feels tomorrow.

    BO DB rows - 20x10, 25x10, 32.5x10

    Standing BB curls - 30x10, 50x10, 55x6

    Tri pressdowns - 60x10, 60x10, 60x10
    SS bench dips - bwx5, bwx5, bwx2

    took a couple of laps on the track to cool down after.

    Nothing to write home about, other than my first lifting session in months. It was really tempting to try to load up on the weight, but took it slow, focused on form and cadence. Felt pretty good, though I'm sure tomorrow will be different story.

    Food so far:

    egg white omelet w/ spinach and chicken breast
    sm bowl chili (bison, beef, tomatoes, spices)
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    I forgot what an impact gym time can have on grocery shopping.

    Hit the market after a shower. Loaded up on the right stuff (kale, sprouts, tuna, spinach, eggs, etc.) Got back, put down a couple of chicken breasts from the batch I grilled last night, then back to work.
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    Welcome back Pylon
    Do it!

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    Thanks YM! good to be back!
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    dinner last night was grilled tuna, kale and roasted cauliflower. Also a really nice mango relish for the fish. And plenty left for lunch.


    Breakfast was an omelet with chicken and kale. It didn't work all that well, and it was bigger than expect (emptied out the egg carton). But about 3/4 of the way through, I had a revelation. I don't have to eat the rest of it.

    I know that probably sounds odd, but I've been conditioned most of my life to eat what is put in front of you. So I try to make sure portion-wise I'm setting up the right way, and sometimes that works. Getting my head to kick in and push away even clean food is a good sign that I'm where I need to be mentally.

    I also found a recipe for paleo jerky in the oven. Beef, salt, spices. I'm not doing full paleo, but using some of it to guide food choices. Anyway, I have several pounds of ground venison, and I'm really the only on in the house who likes it, so I'm making a batch of jerky today. Could be a great way to use it up.
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    Cardio day. I forgot how boring it can be.

    1 mile on indoor track. No time on this, just wanted to get back in the habit. Felt pretty good, could have gone further but ramping up slowly.

    30 min elliptical.
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    Lunch - the remaining roasted cauliflower from dinner (which I have to say was pretty awesome), chili (it's clean, don't worry)
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    Dinner- mixed veg, grilled tuna. And the start of a nasty headache.
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    what the heck is a KALE? is that like seaweed? Headache? Drinking enough water? Ok.....I can' do a 'carriage return'....(hit the return, next line down) how annoying. Anybody else having this issue? Hiya Py!
    Success leaves clues. People who produce outstanding results do specific things to create those results

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    Heya Burnsie!

    The headache is all shoulder based. It's weird. My left shoulder has taken a pounding over the years from having a laptop hanging off it. (I'm sure you can relate.) A couple of years ago I started to get crippling headaches, like couldn't stand up headaches. I was working at a hospital at the time, so they ran me through all kinds of test and found nothing. Turns out, the culprit was my pillow. I had a new one, and something about the thickness was wrong for me, and it kept getting worse. I switched to a thinner pillow, and all was well.

    A few months back I tried a standing desk, which also helped, so I think the issue is I tend to lean on my left elbow when I'm sitting. I also learned that if I stand all day, I tend to lean on my left hip, which didn't help either. So I think the answer is probably somewhere in between. I'm about to move my office from the basement to upstairs, and I think I'll spend some time on design so I can go back and forth.

    And yes, kale is like seaweed, I guess. But tasty when cooked right!
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    Breakfast - egg white omelet with bacon and mushrooms, heavy on the pepper. Nice.

    Soreness is in control, noted but not impairing anything. That's just where I wanted it.
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    dang...get that worked out....I'm actually, very office based now. Most of my bases have or are closing down so I do not travel as much. Of course, the place I am in now...people keep breaking my shit! So I have to go out, a lot. Today...right after I had my cup of pre-workout coffee...that was at 1500....it's now 2130 and just got back to the office 45 min ago. All caught up on emails, last check of this and headed to bed. Start fresh tomorrow...
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    Oh leg day, how I've missed you....


    WU - 10 min elliptical

    Leg ext - 60x10, 90x10, 105x10
    SS Squats 45x10, 95x10, 135x10

    Calf press - 180x10, 270x10, 360x10

    Run 1 mile

    Woof. Took it slow on the weights for lifting to still ease into it, but it sure felt good to squat again.

    The run after lifting was rough. Again, no timing, just wanted to get a full mile in and keep my form upright and smooth.
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    Welcome back from the weekend!

    Took Sunday as a cheat day, since we were hosting a birthday party. Still stayed mostly away from sweets. They just don't appeal to me all that much, honestly. But lots of carbs to be sure.

    The really good part is that all the leftovers are of the fresh fruit and raw veg type, so they will be more than welcome come mealtime.

    Back in the gym today for upper body work. Soreness in my legs wasn't bad at all, so I think I pushed just hard enough last week. After this week we will start to really ratchet up. Of course, I'm on the road next week, which might make it tough, but worse case I'll keep the cardio load high and take a week away from lifting. Not horrible, but not optimal.
    It's humbling to start fresh. It takes a lot of courage. But it can be reinvigorating. You just have to put your ego on a shelf & tell it to be quiet. - J.R. Payette

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