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    Construction Zone - Pylon's Journal V2.0

    Ever woke up one morning and feel like your life was about to change?

    Me neither.

    So the shift has been gradual for the last few weeks. As any of you who were regs in the last journal know, I've really been struggling mentally with getting in my work and staying clean. I feel like things have started coming around the last few days, work has eased up a bit, and I'm not feeling like I'm magnetically drawn to junk food each night.

    I decided yesterday that I was ready to get back to work. I am starting over on my bench power lifting plan, which will last for 8 weeks with lower body and arm/back HIT days as well. I started over today, which means lifting on Tuesday and Thursday as well.

    I have a lot of travel coming up for work, which I think make keeping on scheduel easier, believe it or not, because I have little else to do. I am headed to Seattle this weekend (for fun!) and wanted to get in 3 lifting days before I go. Then I should be on MWF lifting days.

    If there was any questions as to if I was ready, I was greeted with a test right away. They are paving the parking lot for the gym today. I could see there were cars in the lot, but no idea how they got there. I could have left and headed home, but instead spent 15 minutes searching for the back entrance. I found it, and got in my work...

    Warm up bench - 45x10, 95x6, 135x3
    bench - 185x6, x6, x6
    CG bench - 135x8
    WG bench - 135x8

    incline db - 45x8, x8, x8
    dips - -105x7, -120x8, x8
    pec deck - 100x10, x10
    tri pressdown - 80x6(drop)60x4, 60x8 (drop) 40x4

    Total time was 40 minutes, but that includes a full 4 min RI on all bench work.

    Feel pretty good right now, headed for the shower directly. The food thing has also worked itself out. I've found a new favorite snack (FF plain yogurt mixed with a spoon or two of SF jam.) I've also decided to change a couple of things that may or may not have been a factor in my earlier struggles. I'm going back to the Instone shakes in the morning, and Coke Zero is out. (I love the stuff, but can't be sure it wasn't part of the problem.)

    I made Lion's Head soup last night. If you haven't tried it, I highly reccommend it. It's just meatballs (mine were ground turkey, soy sauce, garlic, herbs) browned in a little oil, and Napa cabbage (cut into strips, wilted over med heat) simmered in chicked broth. Pretty clean, and very tasty. Headed to the Whole Foods market later today for a few other things. Baked Ziti tonight (ground turkey, whole wheat penne, organic low sugar sauce, FF cheese.)

    So, I think I'm back on track, but feel free to whup my ass as needed.

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    I LOVE the name!!! Great start back into it, and you know I'll be here with ya and for ya my Friend!!! Anything I can do, just let me know!!! Are you still doing the HIT in between the 2 Powerlifting routines? I thought thats what you meant, but not 100% sure. Keep pushin Brother, it's hard, but as we both know, well worth it!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Archangel
    I LOVE the name!!! Great start back into it, and you know I'll be here with ya and for ya my Friend!!! Anything I can do, just let me know!!! Are you still doing the HIT in between the 2 Powerlifting routines? I thought thats what you meant, but not 100% sure. Keep pushin Brother, it's hard, but as we both know, well worth it!!!
    Thanks, Archie.

    The plan is to do power work on the first day of the week (usually M, but Su this week.) Then I'll do a modified HIT for legs on Wed and arm/back on Friday (no tri work though. They get hit enough on power days.)

    That'll be the routine for 8 weeks, then on to something else.
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    Sounds like a winner, you know I'll be here!!!
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    Good for you Py

    Give 'em hell !
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    Pylon!!!
    This is my journal. Click it and such

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    looks good Pylon, and I love the new journal name!!

    Where did you buy the Lions head soup and Ziti?? They both sound yummy

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    Quote Originally Posted by b_reed23
    looks good Pylon, and I love the new journal name!!

    Where did you buy the Lions head soup and Ziti?? They both sound yummy
    Buy?!? Buy?!? It's all made with my magic fingers, baby!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FishOrCutBait
    Pylon!!!
    Huh?
    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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    Leg day...

    In keeping with the idea of different routine types for different days, I decided to to lower body as mostly 3x10 sets, focusing on really stretching the ROM as much as possible, which of course means dropping the wieght a bunch for a while...

    Squats - 95x10, 95x10, 185x10, 185x2
    I had intended the 95s to just be warm ups. I was focused on going deep, and went from bottom thigh parallel to top of thigh parallel. I started to get a sharp but mild pain (if that makes sense) in the back of my left leg up real high on the second set of 185s, and thought it best to rack the wieght and move on rather than push too hard. No real lingering effects, so I'm sure it's fine.

    Leg Press - 90x10, 140x10, 140x10
    I normaly go to 90 degrees at the knee on these. Today I went to the point my legs were completely relaxed at the bottom for a count, then pushed out slowly.

    Leg ext - 70x10 x3
    ROM is usually good on these anyway, so not to different. Glad I went with the light weigth tho. My legs were shaking on each set around rep 7.

    Leg curl - 70x10, 100x10, 100x10
    A little light on the first set. Again, I usually have good ROM on these, so concentrated on keeping my ankles limp thru the whole move.

    SLDL - 95x10 x3
    I would normally have the pins in the lowest hole (about 12 in off the floor) for these. Today I took the pins out and went to the floor on each one. My legs were shaking to the point I wasn't sure they would stay under me. (By the way, I'm curious as to how far apart other people put their feet on these when using a BB. I had them shoulder width for the first two, then about 4 in apart for the last, which seemed to focus on the hams much better.)

    My intent going in was that I would work on ROM and have a light leg day, since it has been a while since I worked them. I was wrong. My ass is thouroughly kicked. Even tho the wieghts were way down, the extra stretch and ROM really made a difference.
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    Hi!
    This is my journal. Click it and such

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    Quote Originally Posted by FishOrCutBait
    Hi!
    Um...hi.
    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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    Good lookin workout there, isnt focusing on ROM haaaaard?
    This is my journal. Click it and such

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    Quote Originally Posted by FishOrCutBait
    Good lookin workout there, isnt focusing on ROM haaaaard?
    It's a killer, WAY harder than I thought it would be. I thought my ROM was pretty good before today. Um...I was wrong.
    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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    ROFL!!! Yeah, I hear ya on that
    This is my journal. Click it and such

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