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  1. 6 points
    Niflheim

    Logging Yggdrasil

    Thanks for the feedback guys, I appreciate it. And I'm really bad with following up. Apparently my deload continues. Lacking an actual workout to log, I'll share one of my delusions, or if you want to be charitable, superstitions. You know how there are men on this globe that leave the impression that all woman, world wide, got together and conspired that these men should never get laid, much less procreate? For many years now I've had the suspicion that in my case, the opposite has taken place. That all women got together and for whatever reason decided that I always should have a willing companion. Maybe it's to ward of a great evil. Maybe if I would have stayed a kissless virgin I would have had too much time on my hands to go down one rabbit hole or another. I've seen it happen. While I was out with one girl or another my childhood best friend spent his time "researching" the truth about the second world war and, well, got lost. God only knows what might have happened to me, I was quite the ambitious youth. Though my friend hooked up with a cam girl in his twenties and mellowed out.. Somewhat. I mean, it's my guilty pleasure to read online forums like askmen or relationship advice on reddit, or if I'm feeling adventurous, various incel and proto incel boards. I've also talked with many men about quotidian life, some handsome, some not, most average - and my experience has generally been different. I read and hear stories about men being all but invisible to women, always having to make a first move, still living of the memory of a compliment they got years ago, the memory salient because of it's rareness. And here I am, having had nothing but luck in the dating area, with very little work on my part. I generally showed up, some girl ended up showing an interest, and depending on my interest we slept together or dated. I guess what Louis ck said about tall skinny dudes is true. Can't really be my looks, I'd rate myself rather average. I've been told that while I don't give off a confident vibe, it's more of a I don't care and I want to be here vibe. Maybe if you're naive enough that looks like confidence. In any case, I'm sticking to the hypothesis that women secretly meet up and that my sexual wellbeing is on the agenda, on the account of "We don't need another Breivik, someone better take one for the team". That reminds me of one of the strangest, sweetest and somewhat humiliating sexual experiences I had. I was out with my friends, drinking vigorously, when we met acquaintances of a friend of mine. Among them a girl I knew in passing and was smitten with. I'm not very clear on the entire evening, but I ended up making out with the girl and taking her home. Now I know tastes differ, but I generally enjoy some post coital talk and aftercare, so the next morning, after subtly making sure she was into that, I made breakfast instead of graciously giving her the option of silently evacuating, and had a talk. During that I learned that I had slept with one of the sweetest, most giving and sexually liberal girls I've met so far, who wasn't all that into me. Her reasoning? I looked kinda lost and sad to her, was evidently into her and horny, and she wanted to provide me with some good time and nice memories. Thanks, I guess. I didn't take it negatively then, but sometimes I wonder. Mostly it's an amusing anecdote.
  2. 5 points
    STENDEC

    The Sleep Thread 😴

    Until last fall, I never had much trouble sleeping aside from the fact that since my early 30's I've rarely be able to sleep past 5AM regardless of when I went to bed. After Labor Day, I developed some bad insomnia and anxiety (not sure which caused which) Trying to fall asleep became a torturous exercise where I would doze off and then suddenly jerk back awake...like falling asleep behind the wheel of a car...and this would happen over and over for most of the night. After sort of trying to will it away for a couple of weeks and trying varying doses of melatonin and doxyalamine and diphenhydramine, I made an appointment to see my GP and he Rx'd temazepam and zaleplon which worked pretty well but didn't seem like a tenable long-term solution especially because he'd only scripted 30 temazepam. I was also experimenting with etizolam because I knew I could get more of it but most of the information I had said this was no better than a benzo in terms of dependence and tolerance. So I made an appointment with a psychiatrist who was really great to work with. He started me on buspirone and hydroxyzine twice a day and at that point, it worked great for my overall anxiety and did improve my sleep some but the hyperarousal was still an issue. I also tried trazodone and doxepin on top of the other drugs for sleeping without much success. I also started reading everything I could find on insomnia and started CBT twice a week. Gradually, I was able to get a better handle on things and after six weeks, the buspirone seemed to have really kicked in and maybe the CBT was also helping and I was no longer feeling generally anxious. The hydroxyzine made me voraciously hungry all the time and I gained almost 20lbs between Thanksgiving and Christmas so I eventually weaned myself off that and continued with the zaleplon for sleep and restarted the etizolam at night. I was only taking 0.5mg of etizolam but 10-20mg of zaleplon each night and was surprised to find that I didn't develop tolerance to either over time nor did I feel chemically dependent on them although it was still difficult to sleep without them. Fast forward to February and I decided to try the hydroxyzine again just for sleep but now, my overall state was a lot calmer and a single 50mg dose before bed had me feeling like a zombie for the whole next day...my norepinepherine levels must have been off the chart back in the fall as I was able to take 50mg twice a day and still feel basically "normal" and still have trouble sleeping without some additional drugs. So hydroxyzine was out and my bedtime routine was to take 0.5mg of etizolam about an hour before going to bed and then 10mg of zaleplon right when I was going to bed....this fairly consistently resulted in me falling asleep within 30m and staying asleep most of the night with 15-25% of total sleep time in "deep sleep" stage. Although it is easy to come by and seemed to be working without creating tolerance, I still wasn't thrilled with the idea of continuous benzo analog use. So I decided to retry trazodone and was pretty thrilled with it this time...50mg produced some of the best sleep I've had in months...many vivid dreams and, according to my fitness tracker, 40-60% of my sleep is "deep sleep" and I am still waking up around 5am but I feel really well rested. I've eliminated the etizolam completely and my next move is to start backing off on the zaleplon and see if I can fall asleep without it.
  3. 5 points
    dr. frankenstein

    Diet 2019

    . i like to think on grams per kilo ( X LBM weight) macros are (carb-pro-fat) get lean 1-2-1 1-3-1 growth (lean) 2-2-2 3-2-2 .
  4. 4 points
    Growth Factor

    Resurrection of Blu

    I know you said you're cycling some compounds. I get that. But ordinarily, do you feel pumps like that from GMs? I really tend to attribute low back pumps on goodmornings to either a weak low back or to bad form, and this is true regardless of whether I'm banging out reps for volume or grinding out 5s or fewer reps. I don't know how you do these, but if you don't use a belt you might consider trying it out. Bear in mind I never belt up for a deadlift unless it's against heavy bands, not even when I pulled 605 or 625. But I belt up for even 135 on good mornings because I otherwise break the connection between my torso and hips too easily and start using too much low back. Just some food for thought.
  5. 4 points
    Ras

    Resurrection of Blu

    They look weird and make people think. Both these things are also banned at Planet Fitness.
  6. 4 points
    Emperor G_D

    Liftin' weights and other shit

    I've never claimed they don't assist. The proper sleeve of the proper material and thickness and tightness absolutely assists. Fuck anyone who says otherwise. Now, some shitty rehband 3mm neoprene or similar sleeves? No assistance. 7mm neoprene STrong sleeves? Assistance 7mm SBD sleeves? Properly sized, perhaps (IOW, a size smaller than the guidance) BTW, there's nothing comfortable about a sleeve that provides assistance. STrong sleeves are miserable to wear. I used to put them on at 405-450, knock out my work sets and immediately get those fuckers off.
  7. 4 points
    Sanction

    Sanction lifted

    There's a model that I read somewhere that I acronymized to MPH To do regular workouts you need: Motivation -- genuinely enjoying the activity itself (this is where I have the most resistance for various reasons I will post later) Plan -- "At 7:00 I will leave to get to the gym"; this kind of thinking takes out the decision paralysis, and helps bypass the "do I feel like it" ruminations Habit -- repeated enough times the ritualized pattern is resilient in the face of minor obstacles
  8. 4 points
    Kimbo

    Sanction lifted

    I'm so fucked up that I strained my Alzheimer's.
  9. 4 points
    Sanction

    Sanction lifted

    I went to the gym today and did only a light workout so that I don't end up like you old guys with pulled muscles, massive inflammation and Alzheimer's or whatever
  10. 4 points
    nightop

    The Exercise Paradox

    While I'm waxing bro-philosophical here, I might as well add that one of the only other variables I've ever perceived to 'help' achieve bodycomp/exercise-performance goals was mindset -- envisioning how I want to look/perform, believing I'm getting there and capable of reaching, etc.. the positive mental attitude seems to synergize with elements of the whole process (lifting/dieting/supplements). Probably along the lines of fight-psychology like if-you-think-you'll-lose-you'll-lose.. etc. Another minor one might be types of music during training.
  11. 4 points
    Emperor G_D

    So. Not. Powerlifting...

    @STENDEC, @Sanction, @mwarren, @Kimbo: Thanks. I'm sure it will go fine, but you know...6" needle in your spine isn't something to minimize. lol My guess: The fasting through the whole day tomorrow until my appointment will be the worst part of the procedure. I probably have a 50:50 shot at this injection resolving the side effects of the injury, so I'm feeling relatively positive about things; all things considered. If not, there will be a second treatment after this. The doctor said 2 weeks is usually when the changes are fully set in, so I'll know more in 2 weeks. Thanks again, friends.
  12. 4 points
    Kimbo

    Food Finds

    For those that like to make your own yogurt: My wife made some yogurt using Fairlife whole milk. It's excellent. It has the consistency of greek yogurt without having to strain it.
  13. 4 points
    STENDEC

    Coffee = Teh Gainz

    New Biotest Lattetropin XL
  14. 3 points
    Something Anonymous

    Protein Powder Reviews

    I picked a tub of this up today at my local Vitamin Shoppe and it is fantastic. https://www.amazon.com/PEScience-Protein-Supplement-Servings-Chocolate/dp/B00W46C8GW/ref=mp_s_a_1_fkmrnull_1_sspa?crid=3QJXZ3XYBMQLC&keywords=pescience+chocolate+peanut+butter+cup&qid=1555116359&s=gateway&sprefix=pescience+cho&sr=8-1-fkmrnull-spons&psc=1&smid=A36E38UNVDK6DZ
  15. 3 points
    Emperor G_D

    So. Not. Powerlifting...

    Upper Body Day 2 DE Bench 45x20 95x10 135x10 135+bandx3 165x3 195x3 205x3 215x3 225x3 225x3 225x3 That last set lost steam real quick. OHP 45x20 95x10 115x5 135x5 Next 4 reps were one after the other: 155x1 175x1 195x1 215x1 Reverse Push-ups 3 sets of 8-10 Chain Triceps Skull Crushers 2 chainsx10 4 chainsx8 5 chainsx8 6 chainsx7 Lat Pulldowns+band resistance 110x10 120x8 130x8 140x7 Low Cable Biceps curls on an EZ curl attachment. We went Outer hand positioning first, inner second 3 rounds of 8-10 DB Laterals to finish 20sx6-8 20 minute neighborhood walk. I think I've figured out an approach that should be good for a few months, and might be easier to maintain than 5thSet. It's a return to 5/3/1, though a later variant that I've never done. It's the beyond 5/3/1 template. It's 5/3/1 combined with Joker sets (top working sets+5% for reps), and FSL (first set last, or a backoff set) for an AMRAP. Something like this: SQUAT DAY Training Max450 Warm Up 5 x180 Warm Up 5 x225 Warm Up 3 x270 5 x295 5 x340 5+ x385 Joker Sets of 5 (5%) 5x430 5x475 5x495 AMRAP/FSL295
  16. 3 points
    Burton

    Resurrection of Blu

    I like to take my own banjo. That way those inbred fucks know they're gonna pay a price to rape me. That choice is up to them.
  17. 3 points
    Burton

    Resurrection of Blu

    Hiking is nice. There's something about being out in the woods, alone. Or with minimal other people. I like when you just stop moving and don't hear anything that reminds you of civilization. There's just this unpleasant white noise that you never even notice is there because you become so accustomed to it. The only shitty thing is that most "beautiful" places always have a bunch of fuckheads there (and yes, I know that in the minds of others, I'm one of the superfluous fuckheads). That's why I go to places that are beautiful but difficult to get to. I find that it puts most people off if they can't take their children with them. And places with 8-12% incline for half of a 7-mile hike tends to scare most people off. If you ever go to the smoky mountains, I have a few recommendations for you. Also, download REI's hiking project app. It shows you trails you never even knew existed, likely within a few miles of wherever you are.
  18. 3 points
    Emperor G_D

    Resurrection of Blu

    Good mornings are trash. Fuck them. I haven't done them in years, and I have the weak ass back to prove it!
  19. 3 points
    Ras

    Resurrection of Blu

    Good Morning Wood.
  20. 3 points
    Ras

    Occult Blooded Occlusion Grimoire

    So, that is absolutely the last time I take an active recovery break that doesn't involve resistance training. Trained yesterday, trained today, pain and spasm down about 60%. I am still super tight in psoas, piriformis, multifidus which is probably radiating IN from tight calves (waxing/waning compartment syndrome in left tib ant), hams and quads, but for whatever reason, my fibromyalgia doesn't allow 'off' days. Deloads only from here on in.
  21. 3 points
    Kimbo

    Kimbo's PR Log

    Gym A. Snatch Worked up to 50x2 B. Clean + Power Jerk Worked up to 65x(1+1)x2 C. Front Squat Warmup, 100x2x2sets Kept shit super light tonight. I'm going to open very conservatively at my meet on Saturday.
  22. 3 points
    It's not a new compound and is completely unrelated to the original Epistane. Here is a very old thread with some discussion about it.
  23. 3 points
    Construct

    Food Finds

    Team Blood Orange represent. We can safely ignore the coastal citrus elitists on this topic.
  24. 3 points
    nightop

    The Sleep Thread 😴

    Stendec, when you've taken melatonin the past, 1) was it taken on an empty stomach 30-60 min before target sleep time/bed? and 2) have you tried different brands of it? I've been dependent on melatonin for sleep each night for almost 15 years and one thing I can tell you is that on the label claimed mg-normalized basis, all brands are not equal. For example, to me all of the gummy versions (even the cheap store/generic brands) and the expensive tablet versions have equal potency/efficacy but the cheap tablet versions are far less effective, some to the point where I'm suspicious that they contain any melatonin at all. I don't know the reason for this but if you've only tried one brand and didn't reap much benefit or notice a strong effect, I'd suggest trying the gummies.
  25. 3 points
    Sanction

    Sanction lifted

    I imagine you out in a semi-rural area hauling tires, dragging anvils and flailing at the local villagers who think you are an evil sorcerer
  26. 3 points
    Emperor G_D

    Sanction lifted

    I find that PLAN must also include a plan for what to do when you get there. If I show up with no plan, it is always a waste.
  27. 3 points
    Construct

    The Sleep Thread 😴

    Xyrem, the prescription version of GHB, is the poster child for distorted drug pricing. Last time I looked, Xyrem was in the range of $10,000 per month at the doses used in narcolepsy treatment. I doubt anyone is actually paying $10K per month for their Xyrem, of course. Really, it's just a game to extract the maximum amount of money from insurance companies as possible. Jazz Pharmaceuticals even has a dedicated program to reimburse patients for their out-of-pocket expenses related to Xyrem, including co-pays and plan deductibles. Their goal is to make the out-of-pocket costs as minimal as possible so they bill the insurers whatever they want. Quite the racket. I expect insurance companies have developed some extremely rigorous procedures to get Xyrem pre-authorized. After reading some narcolepsy forums, Xyrem seems somewhat hit or miss. Some people with cataplexy rave about it. Others complain about the inevitable side effects. I don't think I'd want to go near it except as a last resort for narcolepsy treatment. Vice had a so-so interview with a narcolepsy patient about his Xyrem use: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/xd7k8n/i-take-nine-grams-of-ghb-every-night-to-treat-my-narcolepsy-882 They reach a bit at the end with the dark web connections as Vice tends to do, but it's an interesting anecdote from the guy taking the Xyrem.
  28. 3 points
    STENDEC

    The Sleep Thread 😴

    I've noticed this as well. In fact I think my sleep initially got run off the rails by going to bed drunk and my pulse got elevated enough that it woke me up in a panic.
  29. 3 points
    Emperor G_D

    DNP as Medicine?

    I think anybody who has done research on DNP realizes that it has treatment potential diabesity. Looks like some researchers have started probing: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4409/8/3/280/htm?fbclid=IwAR1GwZafPQE2AqBR1CugnZenYj_76-9VMpezQWyKTk0dkkY3wyvDk6ewvn4
  30. 3 points
    Construct

    Food Finds

    Follow up on my Calamari adventure: No tomato sauce because tomatoes are not allowed on my diet. Actually most things are not allowed on my diet, so I kept it simple: Chop calamari bodies into rings. Wash and dry the rings and tentacles. Heat 2 tbps oil on high heat. Quickly throw calamari down on a flat layer. Cover with 2tbsp of butter and 2-3 cloves of fresh grated garlic. Saute for about 2 minutes. Serve with light salt, pepper, and lemon. Was excellent. I'll be picking up more Calamari next time I'm at Costco.
  31. 3 points
    Something Anonymous

    Food Finds

    Unfortunately no. I felt a bit mislead by that as well. I did however take a very satisfying kodiak sized dump roughly 1 hour post-ingestion so perhaps it is mutating my dna and I will turn into a bear.. That would be neat.
  32. 3 points
    Burton

    Liftin' weights and other shit

    Okay, enough of this talk. So, my assumptions were correct in that I didn't get it. Oh well, shit happens. But as those religious types say, if god closes a door, he opens a window and all that. So I had an interview this morning on the phone. It went well enough for the manager to already say he wants to meet with me in 2 weeks when he's gonna be in Columbus. So, it's a pro/con type deal. It's for a traveling service tech position with a well-respected instrumentation company. It's a rotating position. Normally you would serve an area but in this case, you get dropped into wherever you need to be based on sick leave, extra hands needed, whatever the case might be. So, no illusions that this wouldn't be hard. Buuuuuttt I was told by both the HR person and the manager that this is almost always an entry-level/temporary situation with most people staying in the position for between 9 and 15 months. After that, you can say "hey, I'd like to start my life in the pacific northwest" or whatever and once a position opens, you have a strong chance of being placed there full time, assuming you're not a fuckup. I could be in chicago for a week and a half, come back here, do paperwork and shit for a few days, then be sent off to Louisiana for a couple of days. In the end, they tell me it works out to 60-80% travel in the long run. Also, when I'm at home, I get to work from home so that's nice. There's a lot of upsides, like the ability to move on the company's dime to where we wanna relocate to. We discussed my grad school plans and the company will help with tuition assistance for stuff like that and I could move into finance or R&D data analysis, marketing research, whatever if you show an interest and aptitude on top of getting a degree. It's a company with almost 15,000 employees so there will certainly be options. And if in the end, that turns out to be a dead end, I'm not an indentured servant so I can start looking if I can't find the right spot there. In the end, this really isn't any different than what I was going to do, re: the contract position that I canceled. Except, in that case, I knew I was gonna be gone every weekday and there would honestly have been more travel time as it was a 2 hour drive done twice a week. Done with my car, btw vs. a company car with these guys. And oh yeah, a full time employee with benefits vs. temporary with no guarantee of being full time at the end of the contract. So, we're gonna talk about it tonight but I think it's a good move for me and something I should definitely pursue if it's offered to me. So yeah, that's where my career disaster currently is and what I'm thinking. I had looked into doing this as a career a few years ago but didn't find a company I was okay with working with.
  33. 3 points
    Something Anonymous

    Food Finds

    I very much like these. Toasting them creates a cookie like waffle that has a pleasant, sugary vanilla flavor, which coupled with a glass of Fairlife milk makes for a pretty easy high protein, balanced carb/fat breakfast. Unfortunately though even with ample amounts of clarified butter my kids don’t care for them.
  34. 3 points
    This is fucking insane.
  35. 3 points
    Emperor G_D

    Food Finds

    I don't know about phoros, but the Kodiak cakes protein cakes recipe are pretty damned good.
  36. 3 points
    STENDEC

    Food Finds

    If you are jonesing for Doritos and want to keep to some better macros, these are probably your new best friend. 18g of PRO in a small bag, 4g of CHO and 6g of F They don't quite have the body of a real corn chip but as a simulation, they do a remarkable job, especially given that they are basically made of whey protein powder.
  37. 3 points
    Kimbo

    Coffee = Teh Gainz

    https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2018/fo/c7fo01683b#!divAbstract Abstract Coffee is a widely consumed beverage worldwide and is believed to help prevent the occurrence of various chronic diseases. However, the effect of coffee on skeletal muscle hypertrophy, differentiation and the mechanisms of action responsible have remained unclear. To investigate the effect of coffee on skeletal muscle hypertrophy, mice were fed a normal diet or a normal diet supplemented with 0.3% coffee or 1% coffee. Coffee supplementation was observed to increase skeletal muscle hypertrophy, while simultaneously upregulating protein expression of total MHC, MHC2A, and MHC2B in quadricep muscle. Myostatin expression was also attenuated, and IGF1 was upregulated with subsequent phosphorylation of Akt and mTOR, while AMPK phosphorylation was attenuated. Coffee also increased the grip strength and PGC-1α protein expression, and decreased the expressions of TGF-β and myostatin in tricep muscle. Coffee activated the MKK3/6-p38 pathway and upregulated PGC-1α, which may play a role in promoting myogenic differentiation and myogenin expression in C2C12 cells. These results suggest that coffee increases skeletal muscle function and hypertrophy by regulating the TGF-β/myostatin – Akt – mTORC1.
  38. 3 points
    mwarren

    Resurrection of Blu

    Jim didn't want to train today because she was at her friend's playing makeup all night. I went and did my squats. I'll do the rest with her tomorrow. Kim decided that I can start getting my squats going again. Slight program modifications. Today I just built up to 225x5 with probably 4 build-up sets on comp squats. No pain. Shut it down there because there's no reason to jump right into things. I think the GMs have kept my ability to squat at least low 400s so I'm not worried about that. Full squats on Mondays, front squats on Wednesdays, and comp squats on Fridays. That way I'm only squatting heavy once per week and getting hypertrophic stimulus for my quads throughout the week. Heavy GMs will stay in on Monday to maintain proper breathing/bracing with heavier weight.
  39. 3 points
    Construct

    Proper CBD dosage?

    As seen on Twitter:
  40. 3 points
    Construct

    Proper CBD dosage?

    Nootropics Depot is getting into the CBD game now. They have some unusually hyperbolic marketing material for their first CBD product: http://nootropicsdepot.com/nextcbd-cbd-oil-softgels/ From what I understand, Nootropics Depot is a spin-off business from the old Ceretropic company. Ceretropic's supposedly unique edge was their high quality control, though I don't think I ever saw any real QC evidence outside of their founder's claims in Reddit posts. Their marketing material claims 20x better bioavailability than regular CBD. Regular CBD has an oral bioavailability of 6-16% according to studies I've seen, so by my math this NextCBD has bioavailability of up to... 320%. Kind of disappointing to see Nootropics Depot go the way of other supplement marketing companies, but I suppose there's big money in CBD marketing right now.
  41. 3 points
    Ras

    The Exercise Paradox

    If you mean pigging out, I am doing that now. Will let you know.
  42. 3 points
    In one of the limitations from the paper" Fifth, generalizing our results to non-US populations requires caution due to different nutrition and food environments and chronic disease epidemiology." The main limitation of the study is they just took one baseline assessment in 17 years. They looked at different period and showed its still a major criticism. I do think this is not overly controversial since the dietary guidelines recommends to keep the "cholesterol intake as minimum as possible" . A slight confusion is because they also said dietary cholesterol is not related to blood cholesterol and took out the cut-off of 300mg in 2010. My simple advice is if your cholesterol is low, keep eating your eggs. If it is higher than normal, might be a good idea to cut back on egg and see how it changes the levels.
  43. 3 points
    Ras

    Kimbo's PR Log

    It's pretty binary - the perception here is delimited by maybe vs definitely not one more rep.
  44. 3 points
    STENDEC

    One (New) Direction

    Shoulders Power HIIT, Kaiser Shoulder Press, Hammer Spreads, Kaiser Shrugs, Plate Raises My lifting partner told me today that my lateral delts were starting to really pop which is about 60% as good as having my wife tell me that and about 14% as good as having some woman in the gym who I don't know tell me that.
  45. 2 points
    Kimbo

    Kimbo's PR Log

    Been deloading this week. AKA sitting on my ass. I'm going into the gym tomorrow to do a light workout, then will try to get a tuneup with my chiro on Fri, then compete on Sat. I don't plan on pushing it in my meet. I'm going to do the full lifts, but I want to go 6 for 6 with room to spare.
  46. 2 points
    Burton

    Food Finds

    I know I'm not adding anything to the conversation but I'll say this: 1. Anyone who doesn't love blood oranges is wrong. End of discussion. 2. Why is it that Yoplait is all like "oh man, we've got so many flavors it'll blow your fucking mind, good luck choosing, fuckhead." Bitch, you got 8 flavors. 3. Also related to yogurt, why is it that in the large containers they always just have plain and vanilla? Why can't I have a 26 oz container of mango? Fuck that bullshit. No one likes plain yogurt and vanilla is the dry handjob of flavors.
  47. 2 points
    Ras

    Sanction lifted

    Methylphenidate helps. It was actually an abbreviation not an acronym.
  48. 2 points
    Burton

    Sleep Apnea AKA: Slapnea

    So, I wanted to give an OSA update for myself. I had stopped using my machine over a year ago due to insane amounts of air leakage. On the order of 70-80 L/min from mouth opening during the night. My system's software has a cutoff for good performance at 24/min. Needless to say, that made it feel like someone scrubbed out my sinuses with steel wool. Not a feeling I like to wake up to. I finally got off my stupid ass due to a confluence of issues. I believe my OSA was aggravating my epilepsy plus giving me generally shit quality sleep that led to excessive daytime sleepiness. My doctor thinks it "could be related" but chose to give me no further information. His nurse muttered something about bad oxygenation at me before she blew me and the conversation we were having off. That quality American healthcare/customer service, right? Anyway, I had a really bad seizure about 2 weeks ago, maybe 3 now. So I picked up a decent chin strap and my treatment has been going way better. Am getting 7-8 hours of use as opposed to the 4-5 I had been getting, air leakage has been under 20, no pain aside from the general irritation of having to wear it. The only morning I've felt off wrt my epilepsy has been the one night that I didn't get good mask usage/quality of sleep. Had that strange/spacey feeling that is just moderately disconcerting but not quite on the edge of a seizure which I used to get pretty often. In addition. I feel less tired and I imagine that will continue to improve as I get more consistent, quality sleep over a longer time period. I'm also finding it a bit easier to concentrate.
  49. 2 points
    Emperor G_D

    Kimbo's PR Log

    Yeah, I sometimes have mobility issues...ass-wiping and seatbelt fastening are two activities I rue...
  50. 2 points
    Emperor G_D

    So. Not. Powerlifting...

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