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Healthier in Ten Years


#161

17 April 2018

Agile 8 + 10 jumps

Paused Bench: 170x5, 195x5, 215x5, 170x5x5
Chest-Supported Row: 50 reps
Back Extension: 100 reps
Barbell Curl: 45 lbs x 50 reps


#162

I was talking to my brother about weight gaining strategies for one of my friends, and I had an A+ idea: HJOPBAD (modeled after GOMAD). I immediately googled this to see if any other fools had this idea. One man wrote a poemish thing about his experiences:

When you eat a jar of peanut butter a day…

When you eat a jar of peanut butter a day, you begin to hate – and hate is a strong word, so I use it carefully – you begin to hate peanut butter. At that point, you have 25 jars left.

When you eat a jar of peanut butter a day, a hard boiled egg with nothing on it can taste like a feast.

When you eat a jar of peanut butter a day, you get used to the stares as you walk down the street with your spoon.

When you eat jar of peanut butter a day, you even get used to smelling like peanut butter all the time… but no one else does.

When you eat a jar of peanut butter a day, you need more sleep because your body needs more time to process the extra fat in your system. And by process, I mean store.

When you eat a jar of peanut butter a day, you start to count your days by jars, not days, because jars, not days, are what you’re trying to survive.

When you eat a jar of peanut butter a day, you’re always depressed in the morning because it means the beginning of a new jar.

When you eat a jar of peanut butter a day, you’re also always depressed in the evening because you haven’t finished your jar yet, which means you’ll have to stay up late finishing what you hate.

When you eat a jar of peanut butter a day, food stops sounding appealing.

When you eat a jar of peanut butter a day, you feel bloated… and sodium overdose.

When you eat a jar of peanut butter a day, you notice all those peanut allergies you never thought you had, like acne and itchiness and muscle stiffness… or maybe again, that’s just sodium overdose.

When you eat a jar of peanut butter a day, the color and texture of what comes out during your bathroom breaks look just like what goes in during your lunch breaks.

When you eat a jar of peanut butter a day, YOU NEED HELP!

Your body changes, your mind changes, and – most of all – the way you think about peanut butter forever changes. But it’s totally awesome, when you eat a jar of peanut butter a day.


#163

19 April 2018

Agile 8 + 10 jumps

Press: 115x5x5
Deadlift: 135x5, 185x5, 235x5, 275x5
Chin-Ups: 12,10,10
Hanging Leg Raise: 10,8,7

Exercise Bike: 20 minutes HIIT


#164

Are you eating a jar of peanut butter a day? Maybe buy smaller jars. :joy:

Lifts going well? Where are we at in the cycle?


#165

Hell no I’m not eating a jar of a day. I’m already on my way to a rotund chef’s midsection, so that would fuck me up.

Lifts are going reasonably well. Just chugging away slow and steady. I’m on week 3 of 5’s PRO.

I’m honestly thinking about cutting some fat off. I’ve never been lean before in my life. I was always kind of chubby, so I’ve not experienced the awesomeness of being lean. Thus, on my next cycle, I’m thinking about cutting a bit.

Btw your lifts have been doing well. I’ve been following. Hammy seems to be doing well too.


#166

If and when you decide to lean out, have a plan.
You’ll lose strength and muscles in the quest for leanness.
But it’s kind of cool to be lean, but you’ll have to live in the counting calories all the time, looking at cake and sweets and you’ll say no thanks because you want to see those abs and defined muscles.
So have a plan give it a predefined time, and be happy with were you get in that time, build back some muscles before next leaning out phase.


#167

Yea, I’ve given the diet, timeline, and goals some thought. I’m sitting at 200 lbs bodyweight now and can see my upper abs under good lighting. However, I definitely have a healthy layer of fat. Judging by how I look right now, I would probably be pretty shredded around 170-175. Here is what I’m thinking with regard to the diet:

Breakfast Shake
Triple Berry Blend
Protein Powder
Genesis (greens supplement)
Peanut Butter

Snack
Protein Powder
Ground Flaxseed

Lunch
Pumpkin Seeds
Bush’s Black Beans
Whole Grain Pasta
Marinara Sauce
(Optional) Salad with spinach, mushroom, pepper, tomato, cucumber, and carrots

Dinner
Seitan
Sweet Potatoes
Kale

Each meal is 50 grams of protein. The totals are:

Calories: 2298
Protein: 205
Carbs: 258
Fat: 56

Training program would be something similar to what I’m doing now (perhaps with a little less volume).

@mortdk @losthog

What do you guys think?


#168

Looks great man! Give yourself some time to adjust to the new calories and know it may take some tweaking here and there.


#169

Looking great man.
You don’t eat meat?
What is your maintenance calorie intake?
And as the Hog sayw adjust in to it over a week or two


#170

I’m not really sure what maintenance is. Probably around 2500-2700. And no, I don’t eat meat.

Like you guys said, I’ll definitely have to get used to the diet. I guess I’ll start today! Thanks for looking it over.


#171

I’m not supposed to get too stressed out so some days I do yoga when I’m feeling anxiety. Have discs from friend who’s a Pilates instructor. I did ballet from age 5-11 and chose sports over it and my body got too muscled. She was such a drill sergeant. She body shamed like crazy. I still tinker around with it because I never have doms but also have an extreme pain threshold. My body is so freakish I do t know how my toes and feet aren’t fucked up haha.


#172

Omg you dont want to know how much of a trash compactor I am so not disclosing calories.


#173

Haha I’m terrible about the calories too. When I am not actively tracking, I can easily get up to 4000. It’s like my body naturally gravitates towards being a fatass :joy:


#174

20 April 2018

I saw an excellent post by @simo74 about 3x20 push-ups and 3x20 squats for time. I just couldn’t help myself.

Agile 8

3 rounds, for time, of
Push-Ups: 20 reps
Squat: 20 reps

I got 2:28. Very fun little challenge. I’m might do little challenges like this in the morning from now on. My dad always swears that 10 minutes of HIIT and 60 reps of ab roller every morning keep the fat off, so I might give that a try.


#175

Haha nah, don’t ever get called that but I mentally have turned off the hunger switch. So I constantly am making smoothies and eat every 2-3 hours. I’ve been hovering in 123-125 for a bit now. I haven’t cut back calories but have increased intensity when can. Also, now that I’m at a more stable state, I pay attn to macros and micros more.


#176

That seems like a smart way to do things. When I first started my lifting career, I was a skinny-fat 175. Then I ate a lot and got my lifts up, but my bodyweight went to more than 205. I’ve been fluctuating ever since.

What you said about being at a stable state is where I would like to be. I want to get lean enough that I can just stay on maintenance calories (maybe a slight surplus) and slowly gain strength while being able to enjoy being reasonably lean.


#177

As master yoda says…”do or do not, there is no try”. My motto in life


#178

That’s a great motto for life (especially for lifting). I might have to wear a Star Wars shirt to my classes today…


#179

In my room I have him as a reminder


#180

Good luck!! Dieting is hard!