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Composition and Quality of Food Matters
Saturday, April 13, 2013      6 comments

When discussing the obesity problem in America, the topic of portion sizes always comes up. While I agree that portion sizes are too big, saying we are eating too much is an oversimplification. I gained 40lbs from overeating at mediocre Am... Read more
New Rules: Day After Workout 2
Thursday, April 11, 2013      8 comments

Today I have a nice upper body DOMS going on, mostly in the trapezius, deltoids, triceps, pectorals, obliques, and latissimus dorsi. Basically the back and shoulders, which is great! I need the strength there, so it's going to the right place!... Read more
New Rules: Workout 2
Wednesday, April 10, 2013      8 comments

A few of you have mentioned that I should use a visual guide to estimate my bodyfat percentage. Here is a picture that I've used before: I'm roughly between the 25-3... Read more
New Rules: Day After Workout 1
Tuesday, April 09, 2013      7 comments

Today I'm feeling a little DOMS in my abductors, obliques and trapezius, most likely due to the side plank, plank with pull and elevated pushups from yesterday. The book says that Phase I is about strengthening core, so it seems I am on track. ... Read more
New Rules: Workout 1
Monday, April 08, 2013      9 comments

Before I describe my first workout, I want to discuss why I am doing this, and what I am hoping to achieve from it. A few months ago, I was in a workout/diet rut. I achieved 'goal weight,' reversed all my warning signs of metabolic syndrom... Read more
Workout B and the Diet
Sunday, April 07, 2013      8 comments

I read through the diet section of the NRLL book last night, and I realized that I only put together the Workout "A" section of the program. I forgot to fill in Workout "B"! How the program works is you do Workout A/B on alternating days with ... Read more
My Body Rebels Against Me
Saturday, April 06, 2013      8 comments

When I say calorie in minus calorie out doesn't work for me, I mean it. My body will adapt my metabolism to nearly any input I give it. In my past two years of maintenance, I've learned a lot about how my body responds. If I decrease calo... Read more
The New Program - Input Welcome!
Saturday, April 06, 2013      10 comments

I've finished reading through the "how to design your workout" part of "New Rules of Lifting for Life" and I've come up with a rough plan for the first 4 weeks of Phase 1. RAMP - warmup exercises and stretches CORE: (sets/reps) Stabi... Read more
What Worked This Week
Friday, April 05, 2013      8 comments

I haven't started the "New Rules" program yet, but so far I'm digging the philosophy. Just reading the intro paragraphs of "New Rules of Lifting for Life" hit salient points for me: - "The math and physiology appear simple only if you refu... Read more
Thursday Update
Thursday, April 04, 2013      4 comments

Even though I had a lot to get done, I still took a walk this morning. I actually made a lot of revisions on my paper in my head. ... Read more
Mid Week Status
Wednesday, April 03, 2013      12 comments

I was hoping to get a good workout today, but this morning I'm still feeling a little stiffness and burn in my hamstrings and shoulders. I'm going to rest them out another day. I don't feel comfortable doing nothing, though, so I'm going to ta... Read more
Nutrients, Not Calories
Tuesday, April 02, 2013      4 comments

Since I've restructured my plan for body recomposition rather than weight loss, I've been doing a lot of things 'backwards' to what I was taught about dieting and exercise. I'm not focusing on calorie consumption or expenditure; I'm focusin... Read more
A Story About April Fool's Day
Monday, April 01, 2013      10 comments

On April Fool's day, many people think about whoopie cushions and pranks. This is what I think of on April Fool's day: 3 years ago, my then-fiance "D" and I lived in Seattle. We had a very good life there and were very happy, but unfortun... Read more
Let's Do This!
Monday, April 01, 2013      14 comments

I've been freaking out since last Friday when I took my Calc exam. I was certain that I bombed it. When we got the test, I couldn't solve the first problem. It's not that I blanked or couldn't do it, but the question as posed was unsolvable w... Read more
Muscle Memory and Fast Gains
Sunday, March 31, 2013      6 comments

Week 1 down, and it went fast. My little 4lb weight that was making my arms scream during Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred is too light for me today. I'm doing double the pushups in good form compared to last Sunday. I admit they are the girly ... Read more

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