Thank you everyone for stopping by.
Last Stand - yeah, I love all those goth-metal bands with the opera-sounding female lead singers. Not sure how to describe it properly. I guess in Belgium or Germany they have a female goth-metal festival every year - would love to go someday.
MIM and Ouroboro - In a nutshell: I actually lost all my post-pregnancy weight before I started Stronglifts by doing lots of cardio and a bodybuilding split 6 days a week. I got so burnt out and then I started Stronglifts about 3 years ago and did that for a year. Then, for many reasons, stopped going to the gym for about a year.
I gained weight and didn't like myself very much so I got an online trainer which got me back into the gym and I fell in love all over again with lifting. But, my trainer had me doing carb-cycling, low calories on cardio days, circuit training and I just kept failing at my diet (carb binges) and I kept wanting to push myself on the weights.
Which brings me to today when I said "screw it" and I started doing things my way which includes the Anabolic Diet. I love it. I eat high fat and protein during the week, less than 30 grams of carbs a day (I eat LOTS of spinach and broccoli for my carbs). One day on the weekend, I eat mostly carbs - whatever I want: fruit, cereal, oats, potato, granola bars, etc. I actually get a buzz from the onslaught of carbs but a lot of people get lethargic and sleepy. Then the next day I start the high fat/protien all over again.
I haven't lost any weight with it but then I'm not eating for it. I have found that my energy level (and mood) are much more stable, carb cravings completely went away, and my lifts are going up quickly. It works for me even though I'm still tweaking it to get the most out of my lifting since at the end of the week, I'm pretty carb-depleted and can't lift worth a damn. Come Monday, though, I am back on it and usually all my lifts go up as if the previous week's lack of strength never happened.
Powerpuff- Where in California are you? I'm in Northern California, East Bay.
Beast - Thank you and I will definitely get after it!
Nadia - Hi and thanks for the welcome.
Onto my workout:
Friday, March 18
Lat pull-down, supinated grip: 1x10x80, 1x10x90, 1x8x100, 2x5x110, 1x6x100
DB Incline Press: 1x8x25, 1x8x30, 2x6x35
Pendlay BB Row: 1x8x65, 1x8x75, 2x7x80
OHP: 1x10x45, 1x8x50, 2x8x55
DB One-Arm Row: 1x8x40, 2x8x45, 1x6x50
Lateral Raises, drop sets at 15 lbs and 12.5 lbs.
Push-ups, feet elevated: 3x10
Drop sets for Tricep Pushdowns, Cable curls, and BB curls.
Today, I knew I would be weaker than usual so I just pushed myself on the weights to really deplete my glycogen stores. Tomorrow is carb-up day and I want to earn my carbs. I dropped the weight and kept rest periods short between sets.
On the playlist: Trapt, 32 Leaves, Gothminister and more Carfax Abbey.