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    Saturday, 28 January 2012

    January Monthly Review

    Progress toward goals:

    1) Get down to 220 lbs (Starting weight: 266 lbs): Current weight 264 lbs, weight loss appears to be stalling.

    2) Do an unsupported handstand push up, a one-arm pull up, and clean & press my bodyweight: I can hold an unsupported headstand 30 sec, do 5-6 full pullups, and have been clean & pressing 110 lbs in my last two sessions.

    3) Complete Warrior Dash race in St Louis in September: Runs are getting easier, last run time (1.6 miles, 14:26) translates to about 30 min 5k. Not great, but improving.

    4) Pass my PhD qualifying exams without getting overly stressed: Classes have begun and my impression is that things will be working much more smoothly this semester.

    Remarks/adjustments to plan:

    1) My weight loss really seems to be stalling, after a great start. From my starting weight last fall I gained a little over the holidays, then relost it, and am down a couple more pounds, but this has slowed noticeably in the past few weeks. I've been settling into a new routine with the start of a new semester, and I need to get my meal plans nailed down better to avoid too many cheat meals taken on the run between classes and other activities. Also I feel like I've been relying too heavily on dairy (mostly cheese) as a protein source as opposed to good quality meats. Need to devote some effort today to planning meal/prep time during the week to ensure adequate meat/fat intake with less reliance on quick snacks.

    Healthwise in general I feel a noticeable improvement despite the stalled weight loss. The knee pain and stiffness that I had been experiencing over most of the past year is completely gone, despite running a couple times a week and squatting to full depth. I've also experienced reduced wheezing/allergy symptoms again despite running outdoors in cool weather and relying less on related medications. I suspect both phenomena are related to reduced intake of inflammatory toxins in diet.

    2) The Convict Conditioning workouts have been hard to stay motivated to stick with. I think I would really enjoy them more if I could do it outdoors during nicer weather. Doing pushups, pullups, etc indoors in a stuffy apartment just isn't doing it for me right now. I think for now I'm going to switch to a dedicated strength program using free weights (probably Stronglifts) utilizing the excellent facilities at the university. I will pick up the CC exercises again as the weather improves later this spring. In the mean time, building up general strength should at indirectly help keep me moving toward my goals.

    3) Runs with the dogs are going great. No real need to change except to adjust scheduling to fit with class times and new lifting routine.

    4) I need to do a better job of getting to bed earlier to get adequate rest. I have a really bad habit of staying up late. Setting daily alarm for 9 PM to enforce bed time schedule better. Coursework is has begun and I've started working on the first round of assignments. So far so good.

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    08:00 - Feed
    2 cage free eggs, fried in ghee with Mrs Dash
    Clementine

    14:00 - Walk
    1.6 miles with dogs

    21:00 - Feed
    Large snack plate with kalamatas, machego cheese, sliced cuke, strawberries
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    Sunday, 29 January 2012

    11:00 -Walk
    .75 mile with dogs

    12:00 - Feed
    2 cage free eggs, fried in ghee
    2 links, uncured chicken suasage

    17:00 - Feed
    Lamb steak
    Mixed veg, (broccoli, cauliflower, carrot) sauteed in ghee with Mrs Dash

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    Friday 3 February 2012

    Been sick the past several days. Haven't really been eating at all. Quite dehydrated as well. Feeling better now so I'm working my way back into it.

    10:30 - Feed
    2 cage free eggs, fried in ghee
    4 strips all natural, uncured turkey bacon

    15:00 - Feed (cheat meal)
    Medium italian sub

    19:00 - Feed
    Large plate of mixed stirfried veg with shredded beef and pork
    3 small eggrolls
    Last edited by Big Jim; 02-03-2012 at 05:54 PM.

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    Saturday, 4 Feb 2012

    12:00 - Feed
    4 cage free eggs, fried in bacon grease
    6 strips all natural, uncured turkey bacon

    14:00 - Feed
    10 Flaxsnax (flax/sunflower/sesame seed crackers

    15:00 - Feed
    Small snack plate with all natural uncured salami, machengo, clementine

    17:00 - Walk
    .5 mile with dogs

    19:00 - Feed (3 course feast)
    1) coconut shrimp, plantain chips fried in coconut oil, deviled eggs with smoked salmon
    2) seared lamb sirloin tips, curried cauliflower, cabbage salad
    3) chocolate coconut custard

    22:00 - Feed
    small bowl cabbage salad, 2 leftover lamb tips, 12 castelveltrano olives, small chuck double cream glouster w/onion and chive

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    Sunday, 5 February 2012

    09:30 - Walk
    .75 mile with dogs and wife

    10:00 - Feed
    4 cage free eggs, fried in coconut oil

    14:30 - Feed (Cheat meal)
    3 steak chalupas from taco bell

    19:00 - Feed
    small snack plate with castelveltranos, uncured salami, double cream glouster,
    small bowl homemade veggie soup w/bone broth
    chocolate coconut custard

    22:00 - Feed
    Banana
    Clementine
    Tanka bar
    Tablespoon almond butter
    .35 oz extra dark chocolate
    Last edited by Big Jim; 02-06-2012 at 08:22 AM.

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    Monday, 6 Feb 2012

    06:30 - Walk
    .5 mile with dogs and wife

    07:30 - Lift
    Preworkout
    Warmup/dynamic stretch
    Back squat 5x5 @85lbs
    Bench press 5x5 @95lbs
    Bentover row 5x5 @95lbs
    Stretch

    09:00 - Feed
    Protein shake

    09:30 - Weigh in
    261 lbs

    10:45 - Feed
    3 cage free eggs, fried in ghee

    13:00 - Feed
    small snack plate with uncured salami, double cream glouster
    small bowl cabbage salad

    16:00 - Run
    1.5 miles with dog, easy pace with bursts of speed, ~15 minutes

    19:00 - Feed
    Small bowl of cabbage salad
    Banana
    Clementine
    Handful of macadamias
    Last edited by Big Jim; 02-09-2012 at 06:24 AM.

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    Tuesday, 7 February 2012

    06:30 - Walk
    .75 mile with wife and dogs

    12:00 - Walk
    1.6 miles with dogs

    20:30 - Feed (cheat meal)
    BBQ beef brisket sandwich
    French fries
    Nachos

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    Wednesday, 8 February 2012

    09:00 - Lift
    Preworkout
    Warmup/dynamic stretch
    Back squat 5x5@85lbs
    DB Overhead press 5x5@50lbs
    Deadlift 1x5@135lbs
    Stretch

    10:30 - Feed
    Whey protein shake

    12:30 - Feed
    .9 lb skirt steak

    16:00 - Walk
    .5 mile with dogs

    19:00 - Feed
    Small bowl ground lamb with pistachios, onion, bell pepper

    21:00 - Feed
    Small snack plate with macadamias, pistachios, raisins, dried goji berries, deviled egg, apple

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    Thursday, 9 Feb 20112

    07:30 - Walk
    .5 mile with dogs

    08:00 - Feed
    3 cage free eggs, fried

    11:00 - Run
    1.8 miles with dogs, 15:07

    16:00 - Walk
    1.6 miles with dogs

    18:00 - Feed (Wife's birthday dinner)
    Chicken satay
    Panang beef curry
    Pad See Eu
    Fried Banana

    20:45 - Feed
    Protein shake
    Last edited by Big Jim; 02-09-2012 at 06:58 PM.

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    Friday, 10 February 2012

    08:30 - Lift
    Preworkout
    Warmup/dynamic stretch
    Back squat 5x5@85lbs
    DB Bench press 5x5@100lbs
    Pullup (neutral) 2x5, 1x4, 2x2
    Stretch

    10:00 - Feed
    Banana
    Protein shake

    MDA website down over the weekend due to malware attack.
    Last edited by Big Jim; 02-13-2012 at 10:11 AM.

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