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  • #16
    in re: dating.

    1. to avoid the pitfalls, sharpen your own skills. there are skills to learn, so go and learn them.

    2. don't date just because. if you are interested, go on a date. if you are not interested, then just say so. be honest and direct "hey, i know that you are smart, healthy, and your dog is cool, but i'm just not that into you. Good luck, though. hopefully you'll meet the right person soon." or some nicety.

    i grant you, people think you are a total bastard for it "he's so mean." but man, does it save time. most guys didn't make it past 20 minutes on a date with me. it's enoguh for me to know if i'm attracted. after that, i would find a way to excuse myself within the hour, tell them i think they are very nice, but it's just not a good fit, and good luck in life. yes, i apparently WAS a bitch. but, bottom line is that i met my husband and figured that out when we were on our fourth date that was over 10 hours long. yeah, go figure.

    he makes me bonkers, but he's still a keeper.


    • #17
      Breakfast: 5 eggs + a generous serving of spinach - mixed ; coconut milk whey protein shake
      Lunch: 1/2 rotisserie chicken ; 1/2 serving of black berries
      Dinner: 1 lb grass fed hamburger, onion, swiss chard, yellow curry all mixed together + olive oil


      still feeling sick so I woke up then fell back asleep through the 5:30 am workout
      caught the 5pm instead after a nice long walk with Rodeo.

      3x5 Thrusters 145#
      3x5 Cleans 148#
      3x5 Front Squats 165#

      1x Tabata between hand stand and plank
      3x5 weighted pull up @22#
      3x5 ring pull ups
      1x4 weighted pull up @32#
      10x ring dips (they bruise my arms. lame.)

      Here's Rodeo^^

      Today felt very sluggish - what happens after I take a day off the day before. My body just wants to continue to wallow in yesterday. What a difference in my metabolism - I no longer need to eat so much food!

      In other news my sister is having trouble taking the PB plunge. Her husband has done very well since the 1st of the year losing weight and feeling great, finding it very easy to follow and enjoying the book. She is still struggling in order to reach ketosis (or even approach it). She is eating a lot of nuts and swigging orange juice in the morning (only 4 oz), extra servings of berries etc. She is also grazing through out the day instead of having larger, more satisfying meals. She also could be eating too much cheese. She drinks white wine many nights. On top of that she has a sore Achilles so has not been keen on sprinting or lifting heavy things.

      However she is finally understanding (through constant nagging and emails on my part linking information and forum topics akin to "mistakes people make") that you can't have it both ways: low carb and low fat. I think she will try to commit for a week or two to a diet that is truly primal; very frustrated because she has gained 5 lbs over the past week and is angry with herself/the PB. I'll cover her progress.
      Last edited by TheFastCat; 01-26-2011, 08:15 AM. Reason: adding weight used for Thrusters and Cleans
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      • #18
        TheFastCat got back on the 4:45am wake up routine this morning (90% recovered from my cold). Hit up Crossfit for the 5:30 workout.

        148# 1RM snatch 7x1
        As many reps as possible in 2 minutes of 77# snatches = 38

        First time doing heavy weight on snatch. The easy part is powering the weight up to chest level - the hard part is throwing myself underneath the bar super quickly to catch it. It will get easier the more I practice. My last two reps felt pretty good -- I just need to get more comfortable with the motions and my form and efficiency will improve. What a challenging and fun lift!

        Breakfast: 5 eggs, spinach, coconut milk protein shake
        Lunch: Went to a restaurant called Sweet Tomatoes Big Ass Saladx2
        Snack/pre-dinner: Leftovers from last night (yummmm)
        Dinner: TBD

        Have a huge knot on the right side of my middle/upper back presumably from the cleans yesterday. I want tao take a jackhammer and have someone beat the crap out of it until it relinquishes its grip. Muscles in my neck are affected!
        Last edited by TheFastCat; 01-25-2011, 04:37 PM.
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        • #19
          i like how the dog is red. i love that color.

          and yes, she isn't really doing PB. and therefore she can't get results from it.


          • #20
            Morning workout: 5:30

            1x10 ring dips
            1x10 ring dips with 5 lbs
            1x10 ring dips with 10 lbs

            Ring dips give me huge bruises on the side of my arms on account of the ring strap pushing against them. Not cool. It might be because my shoulders are pretty broad and having the rings closer together adds more pressure? Next time I will try spacing out the rings extra far

            Three rounds for time of:
            275 pound Deadlift, 10 reps
            50 Double-unders

            TheFastCat hates double-unders. If double-unders were a yak or deer or antelope he would tear them limb from limb. But double-unders are like an invisible air demon that cannot be wrestled. Tooth and claw have no effect. I whip the air but it dodges and trips me, slowly draining my energy.

            Breakfast: 1/2 rotisserie chicken, 1/2 servings black berries, coconut milk whey protein shake

            Still in ketosis and feeling good. Hope for a second workout tonight to do some lifting

            Lunch: Salad with steak&Chicken, mixed veggies, tahini sauce x2

            Evening workout:

            4x5 back squat: 209#
            1x4 Press @131 FAIL
            1x3 Press @131 FAIL
            1x2 Press @131 FAIL

            max hang pull ups = 16, 8, 8
            double under work

            Back and right sight of neck are all fucked up. Don't have full ROM when turning my head to the right. those cleans a few days ago messed me up big time.

            Dinner: Leftovers of dinner last night + 3/4 lb grass fed hamburger + white onion and green chiles
            dessert: 2 teaspoons almond butter + water + 5oz of coconut milk

            Contemplating starting methodology once again. Just need some BCAAs first.
            Last edited by TheFastCat; 01-27-2011, 07:20 AM.
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            • #21
              Originally posted by TheFastCat View Post
              Morning workout: 5:30

              1x10 ring dips
              1x10 ring dips with 5 lbs
              1x10 ring dips with 10 lbs

              Ring dips give me huge bruises on the side of my arms on account of the ring strap pushing against them. Not cool. It might be because my shoulders are pretty broad and having the rings closer together adds more pressure? Next time I will try spacing out the rings extra far

              Three rounds for time of:
              275 pound Deadlift, 10 reps
              50 Double-unders

              TheFastCat hates double-unders. If double-unders were a yak or deer or antelope he would tear them limb from limb. But double-unders are like an invisible air demon that cannot be wrestled. Tooth and claw have no effect. I whip the air but it dodges and trips me, slowly draining my energy.
              You sure it's the straps and not the actual rings? I haven't come across many people who were able to avoid the bruising on their forearms, seems to be the nature of the beast. And moving the rings out will likely decrease effiecency, but if you can muscle through them, more power to ya.

              And double-unders are awful, awful things.


              • #22
                Morning workout:

                Five rounds of:
                20 GHD Sit-ups
                5 Push jerk @ 133# (my shoulders were spent from Presses last night so I went with a low weight)


                5 minutes AMRAP of 24kg Kettle bell snatches - 87

                And once again KB snatches beat the shit out of my forearms. Going to have big ugly, nasty purple arms by the end of today. Worst exercise ever. I could have done over 100 if not for having to shed a tear each time the KB snapped back onto my forearm. It's ok -- it builds character and toughness. And yes I know this shouldn't happen; and yet it inevitably does.

                Breakfast: .6 lb chicken, water, 10 almonds
                Lunch: spinach (lots)
                Dinner: grass fed hamburger + broccoli + chipotle pepper sauce
                Last edited by TheFastCat; 01-27-2011, 08:00 PM.
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                • #23
                  5:30 AM workout

                  Major fail today on account of not eating enough the past two days. Have had a little run in with dysmorphia the past week after pushing to lean out a bit more. well goal is being attained - I now have vascularity below my belly button and can feel some veins along my bicep on top of my workout shirt.

                  last week I posted a pic of myself on facebook and got some supportive compliments. I guess it kinda fed the idea to keep improving (which isn't bad). I just need to support my goals with plenty of fuel instead of trying to play the part of anorexic strength gainer. That's not going to work.

                  Thrusters @151#
                  1x3 FAIL
                  Thrusters @141#
                  1x4 FAIL

                  Felt way too heavy. I think I didn't have enough glycogen in my muscles/liver from going very low carb past few days. At least that's my excuse :/

                  109# snatch 3x5

                  tabata pull ups with bands. FAIL

                  Weighted pull ups 1x5, 1x4, 1x4 @22lbs FAIL

                  30 push ups ala grease the groove

                  breakfast: protein shake with coconut milk, 5x eggs, 10 pistacio halves

                  Why TheFastCat has try be him??^^

                  TFC must be more:

                  Lunch: Iceberg salad with chickenx2 (provided by work) with Newman's own Blue cheese dressing (20%)
                  Snack: leftovers of beef and broccoli from last night with two tablespoons almond butter
                  dinner: 1lb grass fed hamburger + broccoli ; 1 pear. The pear tasted like the absolute best thing in the world. Haven't had fruit or anything sweet in well over a week.
                  Last edited by TheFastCat; 01-29-2011, 07:56 AM.
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                  • #24
                    yeah, you look good and solid. good idea not to get into the dysmorphia game. what a mess that is (and don't i know it. and so does my husband. he's worse than i am. makes me nuts. still, i will keep him.)


                    • #25
                      Fasted workout at 10 am

                      25 minute met con - kicked butt

                      snack - 3 tablespoons of almond butter

                      then AMRAP in 5 minutes of GHD extensions and situps - did 178 between the two exercises

                      worked on double unders and kipping pullups

                      then weighted pullups 3x5 @22lbs
                      then ring pullups 3x5

                      breakfast is going to be 8 eggs, scrambled, a pear (nummy)

                      3 hours cleaning the house

                      snack - can of tuna in water

                      tonight I have to go to some friends house to play games from 6-12 (or maybe even 1 am) -_-
                      I wish I could just skip and go to bed at 8 :/

                      but I don't like flakes so I do my best to never be one.

                      edit: back

                      so for dinner I stopped by whole foods and got:

                      1 2lb spinach salad
                      1 2lb chicken curry/coconut milk white fish curry mashup
                      kombucha x3

                      ate everything except a single kombucha for dinner O_O
                      I ate slowly then took an hour break half way through the chicken but after an hour I still wanted to eat the rest - so I did! No discomfort or feeling of being too full (surprisingly). I know the weights on the food are accurate because that's what the scale at whole foods read for each when I paid for them. 4 lbs of food and not feeling too full. wow.

                      so yeah it's 6 am and I just lost some weight so to speak. kinda upset that I'm not hungry enough to eat breakfast yet. Sunday morning is my ritualized 7 am breakfast at Snooze!
                      Last edited by TheFastCat; 01-30-2011, 06:12 AM.
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                      • #26
                        Dressed up in a tie and nice pressed shirt this morning (Sunday - my favorite day of the week - my rest day) as is my custom; makes the day feel even more fun and special!

                        took the dog to the park at 7 for a walk then went for a drive. Got a decaf coffee with coco and cinnamon + a lil heavy whip then headed to the dog park for another half of an hour. Hit up the grocery store where TFC bought copious amounts of meat to complement the veg (asparagus and spinach) that I purchased yesterday. I love shopping when I am hungry because for the next week I am always very happy with what I have to eat!

                        Since then I have just crashed at home. I love being lazy on Sundays. absolutely zero guild associated when I work my ass off the rest of the week! My body just collapses. I think I might have waited too long to eat yesterday. No worries.

                        Ate first meal at 12:30 am today (that's a 16 hour fast): 8 jumbo omega 3+ eggs + green chiles .yummy. Next meal will be tonight at Jax where my friend is bar tending. Looking forward to more oysters and shrimp and red wine! Think I will try to take a quick cat nap right now.

                        took a two hour nap. Holy jesus naps are better than sex.

                        edit - back from dinner - had two orders of shrimp, order of east coast oysters, 2 glasses of red wine + 1/2 glass of white. Fun as always!
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                        • #27
                          Fuck my life. Big old can of fail this morning @5:30am.

                          Press - 3x5 120#
                          dead lift 330# 1x3 FAIL
                          310# 1x5, 1x4 -_-

                          on top of that on my last rep of press I some how strained my neck. Limited mobility turning head to left or arching it backwards.

                          did some weighted pullups 22# 1x6, 1x5, 1x4

                          breakfast: pear, 5 eggs, coconut protein shake - omw to grab a few handfuls of blueberries

                          I have determined I need to eat more. I'm going to re-add yams back to dinner. I'm *losing* strength at a rapid rate as I lean out. Not cool at all.

                          Lunch: 20 buffalo wings fried in canola oil -_- went to a restaurant (Philly Cheesesteak) that co-workers assured me had salads and lots of options - well they didn't. I don't feel bad about canola oil (or breadless buffalo wings) on a macro nutrient fat&protein level, just nutritionally :/

                          Went to the dentist today for my scheduled cleaning. New dentist so lots of x-rays and studying of my teeth (awesome dentist). My fangs look good as always although they noticed the precursors to gum disease going on. TFC explained that little nasties in my mouth helped toxify my fearsome bite to a greater extent - just like Smiley, Komodo Dragons and Gila monsters. Nonetheless the hygienist spent the better part of an hour underneath my gum line de-weaponizing my man eaters.

                          snack: kombucha

                          Dinner: 3/4 lb grass fed hamburger, spinach, onion chipotle stir fry
                          3 pears (nom nom nom)
                          Last edited by TheFastCat; 02-01-2011, 07:28 AM.
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                          • #28
                   it all

                            The attitude towards training and efficiency, eating....everything except one small detail.

                            I can sympathize with all of your reservations with the dating site girl, except one. The fact she is a Canadian.

                            If you are looking for insight on how to become the toughest, most tenacious cat possible, try spending some time North of the border. Do you have any idea how much intestinal fortitude is required to fill you vehicle with gas when it is -35 degress celsius? My garage/gym hovers around 23 Farenheit about 10 weeks a year. Kettlebells and dumbells are frozen hunks of lead that hurt to hold.

                            Keep it up dude, the updates are inspiring....but for goodness sake, go easy on us beasts in Canada.


                            • #29
                              TFC appreciates Spun's shout out.

                              I skipped the morning workout today on account of my neck. After yesterday morning it completely locked up and couldn't move it without pain. It's loosened up this morning- still restricted mobility and standing up sitting down hurts. but I want to wait until after my chiropractor appointment this afternoon before I lift again, maybe not until tomorrow. The way I have been lifting (terribly) kind of want to take a step back, eat and rest before doing my next attempt.

                              have a massage tentatively scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.

                              going to IF past breakfast as long as I can this morning on account of not exercising this morning.

                              B: 5 eggs, coconut milk protein shake
                              L: beef jerky and spinach, glass of coconut milk
                              S: leftovers from last night's dinner
                              D: spinach salad with chicken and guacamole
                              D#2: grass fed beef, onion, spinach; 2 pears

                              I went to a friend of mine who is a chiropractor - fixed everything that was ailing me. Such a difference after adjustment -- all the muscles just loosen up and mobility is returned. Think I might make it a regular thing. Going back for a massage on Thursday.
                              Last edited by TheFastCat; 02-02-2011, 12:23 PM.
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                              • #30
                                Push Press 1x4, 1x4, 1x3 @120# FAIL (WTF)
                                Ring Dips 3x5 @30#

                                B: coconut milk protein shake, half a handful of almonds and pistachios
                                L: Spinach and beef jerky
                                D: (cooking now) - skinless chicken breasts diced along with onion, asparagus, two purple potatoes and plenty of olive oil. Will probably stew in a sauce once it is done. I also stopped by the grocery store and bought a few pounds of red pears that are already RIPE. I might pig out.

                                Had a massage this evening.

                                Amazing! My muscles feel so relaxed and loose right now! Sandy, TFC's rubber, commented what wonderful mobility and muscle tone he has. "Y TY VRY MUCH SANDY!" TFC said.

                                Just a little sad that I need to pay someone to rub me down with oil. Hopefully that will change soon. In the meantime I am biding my time. Hiding the shadows. Growing Stronger. Waiting to pounce. etc.
                                Last edited by TheFastCat; 02-02-2011, 06:37 PM.
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