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  • Seborrhea. Got some fancy shampoo. I guess I never thought my flaky scalp was anything more than an expression of my chronically dry skin.

    Kinda bummed out that my height is shorter than I thought (5'2.5") and my weight is higher (142). This is the same scale that told me I weighed 163. So I've really only lost 20lbs.
    Last edited by sbhikes; 11-27-2012, 03:38 PM.
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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    • Interesting blog that is a compendium of studies.
      HEALTHY DIETS AND SCIENCE
      Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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      • Lifted well yesterday. Got my press to 50lbs successfully. All reps. Not really that hard, too. Makes me happy after struggling to get this weight and failing so long. Squats and deadlift are still on a reduced weight. I think I finally feel recovered from overdoing it at first. I'll just keep making sensible progress.

        Ate way too much protein yesterday. A 10oz steak, 7.5oz salmon and a pork chop for dinner. Going to try to fast today to make room for a big prime rib dinner at the company holiday party. I fully intend to eat them out of house and home if at all possible.
        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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        • Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
          Going to try to fast today to make room for a big prime rib dinner at the company holiday party. I fully intend to eat them out of house and home if at all possible.
          Just what I did last week at company party, prime rib + A pre-buffet with bacon wrapped scallops and sausages on them (labeled gluten-free too!) I did a ton of body weight work, and shadow boxing, then went to town!

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          • Well, my attempt to fast didn't work. I got hungry and ate some hamburger meat. But I managed to go the rest of the day without eating and so was hungry enough at dinner to eat a generous plate of prime rib and salad. It was delicious. I also drank 3 glasses of wine, felt pretty drunk and played some Texas Hold-em which I've never played before. Not sure I quite understood it seeing as how I was a bit drunk. I did manage to get a really good hand and win a ton of chips after everybody foolishly bet more than they should have. Too bad it wasn't real money.

            Oddly, I slept well and don't have a hangover today.

            On this somewhat rainy day, I'm reading an interesting book from the 1950s, I think, called Eat Fat and Grow Slim.
            Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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            • Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
              I want to try an all meat diet someday. With ample calories. See what happens.
              You should!

              I don't know if these two websites are still active, but they do all meat:

              dirtycarnivore.com

              zeroinginonhealth.com

              There are lots of great testimonials about how they feel doing all meat
              or just mostly meat.

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              • I just jumped over to dirtycarnivore and took a quick look around. I think there might be some good stuff there. I was interested to see that they linked to Stefansson's one year experiment. A perfectly valid one, but every time I see it, I bemoan the fact that it is from such a while ago. I wish there were more people doing it (and being studied as they do it) NOW. No, I am not volunteering. Yet. But I would like to see it done, for information for the rest of us. I'll be interested to read the testimonials at dirtycarnivore, and see how each of them are doing it.

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                • Stefansson's book is available online as a PDF. I found a link to it on one of Dr. Eades' recent blog posts about books that changed his life. I think the link was buried in the comments. It's really fascinating. He ate that way with the Eskimos and nobody believed him it could be healthy. Meanwhile, all the explorers and Navies of that time were dying from scurvy all the time. The descriptions of scurvy and what happened on these ships was horrific. Nobody thought you could eat all meat and not die of scurvy but everybody on the ships were drinking lime juice and trying to eat a mixed diet to prevent scurvy and they'd lose almost everybody on the ship. The only thing that would save them, if they weren't too late, was getting off the ship and hunting for fresh meat. It got me thinking that meat is really the most healthy of foods. It's the one thing you can eat forever and stay healthy. It's why pemmican feels so healthy (even if it doesn't taste good) when you take it on a backpack trip while oatmeal and ramen feels like you're just getting by until you can have real food later.

                  Today is a day for liver. I cooked up a pound, ate half and the rest is for lunch. The Man didn't want any. His loss.

                  I've only gained 2lbs from weight lifting. I've been lifting heavy for 6.5 weeks. I'm either doing something right or I'm doing something wrong.
                  Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                  • Women don't put on weight from muscle mass as much as men do. I wouldn't expect to pack on mass like newbie male trainees do.
                    “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                    • Originally posted by Owly View Post
                      Women don't put on weight from muscle mass as much as men do. I wouldn't expect to pack on mass like newbie male trainees do.

                      Unfortunately for women, you will definitely have to bulk if you want to put on muscle and then cut
                      if you want to SEE what you put on.

                      It took me a good two YEARS of heavy lifting to put on TWO POUNDS of real life muscle - and I know this as
                      fact because of the DEXA I had both times.

                      However, I was NOT bulking - just eating at maintenance.

                      Lifting heavy for me included 165lb deadlifts off the floor, 235lb rack pulls, 80lb push press, weighted chin
                      ups, etc.

                      Not bragging by ANY means, just trying to show that indeed it has to be HEAVY if you, as a woman, really want
                      to gain muscle.

                      Was my body as tight as a drum, hell yes it was, but did I put on a pile of muscle, no I didn't.

                      Bulking is always scary cuz you gotta eat like a pig and put on 10lbs of fat AND muscle, then you have to
                      starve to death to see your results.

                      That's why these days I'm just relegated to being happy with my ass not jiggling around and say F-U to
                      actually "gaining muscle".

                      Too damn hard without roids - unless you're genetically engineered to gain muscle like some chicks. *I* am
                      SO NOT.

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                      • I've been lucky to put on muscle and lose some fat at what feels like the same time, but I think it's actually happening as little baby zigzags--I go up 3 or 4 pounds and then down again, each time with incrementally more muscle than fat, but it's sloooooooow. And I'm more of a mesomorph than a lot of women (naturally broad shouldered, flat stomach even when fatter, long limbed) and seem to be able to gain visible muscle more readily than some, so I can imagine that for others, it's even harder.

                        I'm lifting the heaviest I ever have in my life, and I'm seeing some nice muscle gains, but it doesn't translate into much movement on the scale even then. The university here has the setup for hydrostatic weighing (even better than DEXA from what I understand), and I'd love to have it done but I would bet it's expensive. Right now I just guesstimate based on photo comparisons, which is not all that accurate.
                        “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

                        Owly's Journal

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                        • DEXA goes by actual body part, so you can see where your actual fat is.

                          Hydrostatic testing is good, but it doesn't go into such detail as the DEXA.

                          And of course the DEXA will tell you about your bone density, which will clear
                          up if someone has super heavy/big bones or not. It also tells you exactly how MUCH
                          fat and how MUCH muscle you have per body part.

                          I did hydrostatic testing a few years back and it was 60 dollars. Not too bad.

                          See, YOU have a normal woman's body - I have a complete 10yo boy's body. Straight
                          up and down, NO waist, NO hips and when I gain fat, it goes everywhere, fairly evenly,
                          but seems to concentrate a little in the stomach and "love handle" areas when I reach
                          Maximum Density.

                          So annoying.

                          My sister got the normal woman's body, and I got... this.

                          WHATEVER!

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                          • Heh. I definitely did not get a "normal" woman's body if clothing shapes are any indicator. My shoulders are far too broad, my hips are too narrow, and my ass is too round (so I don't fit either the straight cut or curvy cut clothes properly). I'm built like a swimmer, which is the sport I was into growing up, so I think the shape is partly my natural tendency and partly the result of training through that important developmental period in my teens. Strength training is only making the whole clothing problem worse. Now my lats are making a lot of tops impossible (I don't have much bust but the chest is too tight because of my back).

                            I can see the value in DEXA and in the hydrostatic weighing. My understanding is that hydrostatic is more accurate in terms of percentage but that DEXA is better for pinpointing. The bone density thing would be useful to know too. Maybe I should look into both, since they are both available at the university.
                            “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

                            Owly's Journal

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                            • I don't have the normal woman's body, either. I have long arms and legs, short torso, no narrow waist. With only 2lbs difference since last September, and with eating tons of food since starting this weight lifting thing, I'm surprised. I have no idea if it's muscle, fat or water. But dang, we're talking a 10oz steak, a 7.5oz can of salmon and more meat for dinner. Already that's major calories. On top of that, potatoes, vegan desserts (I'm a sucker for vegan cheesecake and pudding), dark chocolate, plenty of veggies, sweet potatoes, pats of butter, the works. This is great, actually. I can see muscle definition on my arms a little bit. My legs look awesome when I'm doing squats. Otherwise, I look pretty much like I always do.
                              Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                              • Yanno, it's funny, when I first saw your bikini picture when you first
                                put it up, I exclaimed to myself "OH MY GOD! There IS someone else with
                                MY body type!

                                See, we're dudes in disguise.

                                Speaking of dudes, how is YOUR dude doing?

                                Julie

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