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  • #91
    Originally posted by Lex26 View Post
    Oh my God you're crazy!
    Thank you!
    SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333
    Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
    Short Term Goal: Fit into the shirts I got on my honeymoon at disney and universal in august next year when I go back to for my 1 year anniversary
    Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
    Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
    Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses

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    • #92
      Think I'll work up to pulling my Volvo. I actually hung from the pull up bar in my door today for a few seconds. That's improvement from the immediate drop!

      Have a great day and keep being crazy!

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      • #93
        For Feb 8th (Yesterday)

        Breakfast- 1 Chicken thigh, 1 egg omelet with green onions, mushrooms and asperagus, 3 slices of bacon. 1 bulletproof coffee

        Lunch- 1 chicken thigh, 2 cups of veggies, 1 cup of blackberries

        Dinner- 1 chicken thigh, about a cup or so of brocoli, 2 egg omlette (summer sausage, green onions, mushrooms) and an apple

        Workout: 100 Airsquats for time. 5:34.

        For Feb 9th

        I feel like something isn't right this week. I did hardcore leptin breakfasts last week and felt like I was losing. This week I did a mid week weighin (unofficial) to see if I'm still on the right track and things aren't moving. I think it may be because I haven't been eating a full leptin breakfast. I've been adding things that aren't protein to my breakfast and I think it may be augmenting my loss. Also- My 100 air squats for time didn't put me out of commission this morning (as in I'm not feeling any pain even though I barely stretched). Almost feels like it didn't count so I may do it again tonight after swimming (If I'm still up for it after the swim). I may switch to a 10 minute amrap but for now I'll test it out by redoing the squats for time.

        Breakfast (Back to full leptin)- Chicken, 3 Scrambled eggs with summer sausage, 3 slices of bacon. 1 bulletproof coffee

        Lunch IF

        Dinnner- Chicken, pork sausage, asparagus with vegetable yeast, 1 tbsp of coconut oil, 5 squares of green and blacks organic 85%

        Workout: Swimming tonight
        Last edited by ecks; 02-09-2012, 07:15 PM.
        SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333
        Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
        Short Term Goal: Fit into the shirts I got on my honeymoon at disney and universal in august next year when I go back to for my 1 year anniversary
        Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
        Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
        Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses

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        • #94
          If your squats are feeling easier, maybe that's proof you're putting on more muscle and that's heavier than fat. I know the supportive "hey maybe your scale isn't moving cuz you're growing muscle" makes me roll my eyes sometimes because I know that isn't why I've stalled - but it really sounds like that might be why you've stalled! Also, if the squats are feeling easy, you can always make them harder by concentrating more on form and going slower. Sometimes I get too motivated to reach a certain rep number and don't concentrate enough on form on the way up and the way down. If you need more challenge, I think Mark's fitness e-book says after you reach 50 of a certain squat, you should move on to an alteration of that squat (it has harder examples of what to use in there).
          Last edited by Lex26; 02-09-2012, 10:24 PM.
          Starting weight: 225
          Current weight: 195
          Goal: One pull-up by December 31, 2012
          Method: Schwarzbein Principle II, program for insulin sensitive/burned-out adrenals
          My Primal Journey


          Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Nutrition Facts For Foods

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          • #95
            Darn you for being possibly and probably right. Still, nothing excites me more than a lower number... It's a way to measure success. I'll have to check out other suggestions for squats in mark's ebook. I have it on my playbook so I'll have a good read before bed tonight. Maybe incorporate a medicine ball into it in order to change my balance. I think I'm going to take my car out to a parking lot again on the weekend and give that another go too... I may have myself someone to steer so that I don't have to keep adjusting too so I'm excited for that! Swimming starts in an hour so I'm hoping for the best I can tonight.
            SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333
            Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
            Short Term Goal: Fit into the shirts I got on my honeymoon at disney and universal in august next year when I go back to for my 1 year anniversary
            Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
            Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
            Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses

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            • #96
              Get a third person to video it. It's too good to miss!

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              • #97
                Instead of updating today's journal I feel like this one needs a separate post...

                My swim today... 38 laps x 22 metres = 1056 metres!! 50 minutes of non stop swimming, half on my front half on my back. I'm quite proud of that! The lifeguard says he wants to see at least 50 laps next week... Challenge accepted!

                And now it's bedtime!!
                SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333
                Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
                Short Term Goal: Fit into the shirts I got on my honeymoon at disney and universal in august next year when I go back to for my 1 year anniversary
                Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
                Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
                Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses

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                • #98
                  There's nothing like a good sleep after many, many laps. 50 next week sounds super.

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                  • #99
                    Know when you find an issue that should have been an obvious thing? Well last week was one of those weeks where I missed the obvious. Last saturday I bought a french coffee press so that I can try bullet proof coffee. Well I remember after getting home form the market sitting on the couch and drinking my BP coffee and noting to CS over BBM that I was starting to get sleepy... but that coffee always made me sleepy... That should have been a sign.

                    Well thursday (Feb 9th) I had noted on my journal (quote below) that something felt wrong.

                    I feel like something isn't right this week. I did hardcore leptin breakfasts last week and felt like I was losing. This week I did a mid week weighin (unofficial) to see if I'm still on the right track and things aren't moving. I think it may be because I haven't been eating a full leptin breakfast. I've been adding things that aren't protein to my breakfast and I think it may be augmenting my loss.
                    Anyways... what I didn't want to admit is that My weight had gone back up to 297 and I couldn't figure out why. Well Friday I decided to do another "check in" in the morning to see if I was doing any better and if the gain was a fluke... 298... So I pondered as to what could be making me gain... then like a light switch it clicked to me- If I was feeling sleepy after coffee maybe it is slowing down my metabolism. Sure enough as soon as I stopped drinking coffee everything fixed itself. I came in at 293.6 on sunday. Only 1.4lbs but I was bracing for a gain so I'm extremely happy with that number. No more coffee for me! (Believe it or not this is something I discovered in college- If I was over hyper or having problems sleeping I used to drink a coffee and it would knock me into a coma... Who knew this was a metabolism thing??)


                    Breakfast- Beef chuck chili over cauliflower rice- Bullet Proof Tea (Didn't turn out but I still drank it)

                    Lunch- 1 Chicken thigh stuffed with asparagus, pesto, jalapeno, and nutritional yeast wrapped in bacon, 1 cup blueberries, 2 cups veggies (New system for the veggies, eat them last, but I have the most nutritious veggies at the top and the least at the bottom that way if I'm full I don't miss out on good nutriants and if I'm still hungry I have fillers at the bottom. Stacked cherry toms on top, carrots in the middle, celery on the bottom). and of course 1 tbsp of coconut oil

                    Dinner (Planned)- Steak, asparagus, Grilled mushrooms, big salad.

                    Oh! I finally got a decent salad dressing recipe! (Up until now I've not liked the dressings I've been making). 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 heaping TBSP of spicy Dijon mustard, 1 heaping TBSP of almond butter. Mix until it's a consistent texture adding 1:1 of olive oil and balsamic as needed of the almond butter isn't dissolving. Absolutely delicious!!
                    SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333
                    Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
                    Short Term Goal: Fit into the shirts I got on my honeymoon at disney and universal in august next year when I go back to for my 1 year anniversary
                    Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
                    Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
                    Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses

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                    • Here's the reality: Most people who are overweight have exhausted adrenal glands. And when you consume any caffeine, it's like you're kicking a dead horse. You're pressing the gas pedal on a car that's already humming along as hard as it can. So then what happens? You completely peter out. I've been seeing you and some other people post about bullet-proof coffee and whatnot, but honestly I think the overweight would be much better without it. It jacks up cortisol levels as well, which leads to weight gain. I know Mark himself drinks coffee, but he's probably sitting in much better general health so it doesn't affect him as much.

                      To understand what coffee is doing to you on a humorous level, here's a funny comic:
                      15 Things Worth Knowing About Coffee - The Oatmeal

                      And to understand what caffeine does to depleted adrenals specifically, here's this:
                      The hidden dangers of caffeine: How coffee causes exhaustion, fatigue and addiction
                      Starting weight: 225
                      Current weight: 195
                      Goal: One pull-up by December 31, 2012
                      Method: Schwarzbein Principle II, program for insulin sensitive/burned-out adrenals
                      My Primal Journey


                      Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Nutrition Facts For Foods

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                      • Hey, Lex and ecks --

                        Good to be back and read your journals again. That's fascinating about coffee. If I drink it, I'm up all afternoon and night. Amazing how we are all so different. I just realized I don't do well on coconut. It doesn't make me sick or anything. It just doesn't sit right. Same with nuts. Now, dairy -- I guess being Northern European helps -- sits just fine and makes me happy -- Kerrygold butter, whole fat yogurt, whole milk, grass fed cheese, cream. So, I guess I should listen to my body. Vegetables always work. Dairy always works. Not starchy vegies, but lots of cruciferous and green. Meat didn't make me so happy today. Having a hard time eating so much meat, so I'm glad there's dairy. Being Svensk might be the reason the tropical coconut doesn't seem quite right!

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                        • Yop - listen to your body. Sometimes your body just needs a little help, though. Last month, when I had a tougher time digesting protein, I realized I could benefit from HCl (hydrochloric acid betain with pepsin) and I really have. I used to have to wait a long time to do any exercise after eating, but after taking HCl, I was normal. I ate lunch mid-hike and then didn't have trouble doing a bunch of uphill climbing afterward. I sometimes worry about the coconut as well, but it's a high-fat food and can fill you faster than most things.
                          Starting weight: 225
                          Current weight: 195
                          Goal: One pull-up by December 31, 2012
                          Method: Schwarzbein Principle II, program for insulin sensitive/burned-out adrenals
                          My Primal Journey


                          Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Nutrition Facts For Foods

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                          • Just another note about coffee: It's not that it simply slows metabolism. It forces your adrenals to pump out more adrenaline and cortisol, which forces the liver to release a bunch of glycogen stores. Then your blood sugar spikes, just as if you ate a candy bar. If you're not immediately doing anything active with that sugar spike, it's going to get stored as fat.

                            The same process happens with stress in general. Even without caffeine, if we become really stressed by something our livers release their glycogen stores into the blood. If we don't do anything physical, it gets stored as fat AND we generally will get more hungry because the liver wants to fill those stores back up asap. We'll either fill it up what carbs/protein we eat, or our body will melt down muscle protein to fill it.

                            So, I've gotten over caffeine but still am trying to wrestle down the stress problem. My anxiety levels are definitely more in check without caffeine, so at least getting rid of the first problem helps you deal with the second.
                            Last edited by Lex26; 02-13-2012, 08:20 PM.
                            Starting weight: 225
                            Current weight: 195
                            Goal: One pull-up by December 31, 2012
                            Method: Schwarzbein Principle II, program for insulin sensitive/burned-out adrenals
                            My Primal Journey


                            Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Nutrition Facts For Foods

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                            • I thought it was weird a long time ago when you said you drank green tea before bed! Using caffeine as a sedation tool definitely indicates you shouldn't consume it for a long time.
                              Starting weight: 225
                              Current weight: 195
                              Goal: One pull-up by December 31, 2012
                              Method: Schwarzbein Principle II, program for insulin sensitive/burned-out adrenals
                              My Primal Journey


                              Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Nutrition Facts For Foods

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                              • evening ecks! Just finished reading your journal & really enjoyed reading of your wonderful success so far! I also loved seeing your food porn!! lol Will be subscribing so I can keep up with you!

                                Congrats on your current weight!!!
                                Goal: Don't worry be happy!

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