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  • #16
    Didn't get to workout this morning which was probably a good thing. My body has needed a few extra days of recovery to get past this little episode but not a big deal. Having a another big ass salad for lunch with Bell Peppers, carrots, celery, kale, chard, etc. Love that stuff and of course the staple of tuna. Need my protein. I have been using fitday.com to help track fat, protein, carbs. I have an avg goal to hit each day but I think I need ot focus on more fats in my diet which just sounds bizarre but true.
    Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

    Mary Pickford

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    • #17
      Went for a nice little stroll during lunch. Probably walked a good mile or 2. I went a different route today and the weather is amazing. It was a little chilly this morning but not too bad. Going to hopefully go for a walk this afternoon with the family and then play with the dogs in the backyard. I've been thinking about adding a few things to the backyard to help with my workouts. This Christmas we're building a playground set for the boy but I may modify it a little so I can get some a good workout on it as well. A pull up bar, area to do dips na dI'ld love to be able to put some gymnast rings out there. After watching a Crossfit video the other day I so want to add that to my routine. My back would hate me for the first 2 weeks or so but it'll get used to it.
      Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

      Mary Pickford

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      • #18
        Dentist appt today and I need some work done that will total around $1200 after insurance. Awesome. I grind really bad as well as chew during the night. I do this b/c I live a very stressful lifestlye (work mostly) and also I still have a few symptoms of PTSD. Most are gone (nightmares, anxiety) but thwne the lights go out who knows what happens on a subconcious level inside my head. I actually feel my wife occaisonally shut my outh during the night to stop the chewing. I know many will say well just get another job. I make good money, love what I do, have a young family and my wife isn't working right now until she finishes her board for P.A. A lot on my plate but I like it that way. I love the responsibility and effort in involved in being me. Keeps me motivated and on track.

        Not working out again today due to a nagging shoulder but tomorrow we're all heading over to the gym to workout/swim. Going to be a faun packed, physically active day with yard work, cleaning and maybe a little grilling. This is my relaxation period is getting out there and spending some time in the yard in the sun. That type of work for me is a labor of love. My place looks great, I get to work outside and soak up the rays listening to my music and thinking. I never get that much time to sit back and ponder about life and have that internal dialogue. You know crazy talk tyhat everyone does but never says anythiugn about it. My old Physics professor once told me that the best psychiatrist heever knew was himself. No one knows you better and we all do it. He also said that the only crazy epople are the ones who won't admit it.
        Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

        Mary Pickford

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        • #19
          I feel you on the stress and anxiety thing. I've been debating even spending the money for a night guard just to try to manage until I get the stress under control.

          Have a nice weekend; it sounds really pleasant and hopefully stress-reducing!
          "To shed all the illusory rights & hesitations of history demands the economy of some legendary Stone Age--shamans not priests, bards not lords, hunters not police, gatherers of paleolithic laziness, gentle as blood, going naked for a sign or painted as birds, poised on the wave of explicit presence, the clockless nowever." --Hakim Bey, TAZ

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          • #20
            Cynarin : Thanks and it sucks about the night gaurd but I like my teeth and hopefully this thing won't be too cumbersome.

            Had a great weekend with the family. Hung out with little man all day Saturday while the wife studied for her Boards. I think the pollen got a little to me since my throat is a little scratchy. Feel great except for that. No congestion, headaches just an annoying scratchy feeling. When the little one went down I was able to knock out the yard work. Never realized that my little hilly section of the yard could be such a good push/pull work out. When going up I try to pick up the pace. Notn only is it a good workout but it counts down on the total time when you pick up the pace.

            Didn't go to the gym but got a P90x workout in later that day. Saturday dinner was excellent. Caulflower mash with fresh Beets and some lovely marinated chicken. Sunday was pretty restful. We went to my nephews birthday party and spent hours in the sun. Felt great to get out there and goof around with the kids a little. Our little man has the kung fu death grip already. He's almost 6 months old but can basically hold himself up on the monkey bars. Don't worry I had my hands on him to ensure he didn't fall but I actually let go for about 3 or 4 seconds (with ym hands right there) and he held on like a champ. Not bad for less than 6 months.

            Monday- Went ot the gym this morning and did the dreaded leg workouts. I didn't go too heavy as I am really focusing on more finctionality instead of heavy right now. But did 5 sets of variation squats with little rest, tri's, pull-ups and lunges to finish it all off. Legs feel a little sluggish but not bad. I have been drinking water like crazy as well as some extra protein. Going to shoot for another walk after work to help get the kinks out. Brought another big salad today with some chicken (the good stuff).

            After looking at my diet I need ot add more fat. My protein intake is pretty good and my carbs are right around where I want them to be but not enough fat. Which is still odd to me considering everything we're taught how bad it is but going to try and add more avocado, nuts and more bacon to the mix. That should get me to thwre I need to be.
            Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

            Mary Pickford

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            • #21
              Got a great night's sleep last night and feel like a million bucks. I think the only reason I drink coffee now is out of habit and not need. That is obviously a good thing but agai I love my morning coffee and have no plans on giving that up at all.

              Woke up this morning and I am unbelievibly sore. My legs feel like they have 100 lbs weights attached but it's a good kind of pain. I have been stretching and drinking lots of water and in time they'll feel better. Most people would say tone down your strength sessions and while that may be an optimal choice I can not. I haven't necessarily done a lot of legs over the past few months due to back pain but again everything in time will subside. The back pain is definitely starting to go away which I thought I may never reach that day (still a long way to go but on the way). I used to have oak trees as a base and I will return to those days. Of course everything is symmetry and harmony. I am about the weight I want to be at. A little heavier than some would probably think would be optimal. 6 ft, 184 lbs. My goal is to be between 185-187 with 8% body fat. I plan on going to the gym to get measured next month to see how realistic it is for me to reach this. This should give me a better understanding of if my goal is in fact realistic or not. If it isn't then I'll change it.

              3 whole eggs with 2 thick cut pieces of bacon.
              Protein shake with blueberries, 1/2 banana and 3 baby carrots for that mid morning snack.
              Lunch is another large salad with Chard, Romaine, bacon, carrots, button top mushrooms, turkey (letfover) and some Balsamic Vinagrette.
              Afternoon snack- Almonds and Celery. I'll dip the celery in Peanut butter. I know its bad but i need the extra fat.
              Dinner. 2 pieces of Tilapia with Asparagas and Sweet potato mash.

              Now thats a good damn day of eating right there. Also pre-ordered my Primal Cookbook. Excited about this one.
              Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

              Mary Pickford

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              • #22
                Celebrated yesterday and feel great today. A little stressful at work but when is it not? Going to do a mini workout with wall sits, push ups some shoulders and possibly go for a decent walk today to get out in the sun.

                Had 2 flounder with Asapragas last night which was great.
                Breakfast had 3 eggs with turkey bacon, mushrooms and red bell peppers. I cooked the bacon firsta nd then sauteed the shrooms and peppers in the bacon fat, added a little more butter then cooked the eggs with the shrooms, etc. Was outstanding. Still trying to get past the mental hump of eating bacon fat. Having a large salad again with tuna today, protein shake later with an orange later.
                Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

                Mary Pickford

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                • #23
                  Rough weekend in the Forrester household. Little man was sick and the wife picked up whatever he had. Hopefully my immune system is laughing wildly at this bug and kicking its ass. I have a little tingle in the throat but nothing more. Not coughing, sinus issues, don't feel drowsy so hopefully the throat thing is it.

                  Ate good and bad over the last few days. I have to get back on track. Despite everyone's sickness we drove a few hours to NC to see the neices in their dance recitals. Got a good swim in and played around with the baby so I did get my lifting in. My back is killing me from the driving but in a day or so it'll be fine.

                  I am refocusing on my workouts but most importantly my nutrition. I got kinda lax due to everything going on but I've done pretty well today. Protein shake with blue berries, strawberries this morning, a big ass salad with red bell peppers, romaine lettuce, blue cheese, balsamic vinagrette. Going to have cottage cheese and yogurt for an afternoon snack. Munch on some carrots, celery and grapes as well. I will do a small workout by playing with little man when I get home and then kill it on the Bowflex and body weight exercises in the morning.

                  I've got 11.5 weeks ot go before my beach trip. I sound like such a girl but thats the date I want to be at my peak. Good nutrition along with a very active lifestyle should push me forward. I have seen great results especially for not being able to work out as consistently as I would like to but I'll get back to it starting today.

                  Goals- around 185-190ish.
                  Body fat % 8-10
                  Six pack would be nice
                  20 pull-ups
                  Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

                  Mary Pickford

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                  • #24
                    Going to cook up some Mahi Mahi tonight with streamed sweet potatoes and a small salad.
                    Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

                    Mary Pickford

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                    • #25
                      I too have a hard time letting go of cw and trying to get more fat into my diet. What kind of macro breakdown are you aiming for? Are you going for a specific number of kcals? Or are you just listening to your body, eat if hungry and don't if not?

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                      • #26
                        Well to be honest with you I don't look at it that way at all. For me it's all about eating healthier and just being active. I don't want to sit there and have to calculate every portion of every thing I eat to determine calories, fat, carbs, etc. I cut out most grains (I'll have some every now and again) and eat a ton of dark greens and good protein sources. I try to eat as many good fats as I can without over doing it and the results I have seen have been very good so far. My main thing is to enjoy this and not get overworked on every little detail. I use fitday.com as a way to somewhat track what I eat so i can an overall breakdown of what my daily intake is. I shoot for 160 g of protein, between 75-125 carbs per day.
                        Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

                        Mary Pickford

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                        • #27
                          Dinner last night was exceptional. I baked Mahi Mahi with a little lemon juice, citrus seasoning and steamed sweet potatoes. I didn't do a salad with the baby being sick and the wife studying all night but not a big deal. Today is another big ass salad with a decent cup of cottage cheese and yogurt. I'll also mange on some veggies and no clue about dinner tonight.
                          Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

                          Mary Pickford

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                          • #28
                            I hope your lil' booger gets well soon, Matt!
                            "To shed all the illusory rights & hesitations of history demands the economy of some legendary Stone Age--shamans not priests, bards not lords, hunters not police, gatherers of paleolithic laziness, gentle as blood, going naked for a sign or painted as birds, poised on the wave of explicit presence, the clockless nowever." --Hakim Bey, TAZ

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                            • #29
                              Thanks. He's getting better but now Mommas sick so it seems like a never ending cycle. Luckily I am still healthy as an ox.
                              Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

                              Mary Pickford

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                              • #30
                                Traveled to Alabama today to meet with a prospective client about bringing them on board so the meals today weren't exactly the best but damn they were good.

                                Breakfast - IF
                                Lunch- Pulled Pork BBQ with okra and a side of catfish. Simply amazing.

                                Tomorrow I am hitting up the lifetime fitness gym and getting a killer workout in before work. Should be fun.
                                Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

                                Mary Pickford

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