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  1. 2 points
    Tomahawk007

    Tomahawk HUGE update with a log

    Haha ya it has been a wild ride. Thankfully things are moving in the right direction now. She is in human resources now. I don't think I went into her job in the log because she was at a different job then. We had talked about my porn problem before. I didn't go into why I was ending it but to be honest I couldn't quite say why I was at the time. I just knew it wasn't right to move forward. Ya it really felt like a vicious cycle. By the time I get good amount of time away from porn I am horny as hell. Then I go back to the only release I have ever had and it kills the desire for something more. Alright so here is my workout from yesterday. I will just include the work set. Squat with not Duffalo bar: 395 for 6 reps. Was supposed to do 410 but forgot what number I was using as a max. I did 395 last week as my 87.5% and I will do it again next week ­čśĽ Zercher squats with thick back rest pause: 255 for 6 reps then 3 reps then 2 reps Flat DB bench press mTor: 80s for 9 reps Rope cable triceps extension myo-reps: 130(?) for 9 reps then 3,3,3,3 DB lateral raise: 35s for 8 reps then 3,3,3,3 So I went a little crazy and decided to jump on a software pitch Kiefer did(Carb Nite and Carb Backloading). Was going to be $200 for 3 months now because of some delays it will be $200 for 6 months. So that will sting a little less. I had not gotten a real pay check in months when I jumped on the software deal. In fact I was waiting to get my tax refund. I ended up selling the engagement ring which for some reason I didn't want to go through with. I guess it was admitting it was a failure. Glad I finally got rid of it though. Waiting on a closing that happens on the 16th and then I will have a nice buffer. My monthly expenses are quite low which is nice. Plan on using this time to save for a house of my own.
  2. 1 point
    Soooo I didn't log in for a few days and then that became over a year haha. A week ago or so I figured I would pop my head in here and see if this place is still up and running. Pleasant surprise to see yall still kicking it haha. So I figured I would try starting back up a log to track what I am doing. Never been great at keep up with progress so here goes nothing. But before we get to all that maybe I should talk about what has happened in the last almost year and a half haha. I finally moved out of my parents house. Definitely should have done that way sooner than I did but it came with a lot of unknowns. I had quit real estate. It just wasn't working out. I was driving all over the middle Georgia area showing beat up foreclosures that didn't pay much and didn't know crap about the areas. I felt like I got little to no help from my bosses. If I asked a question or asked them to review a document it would take forever to have them get back to me. I understood why but it didn't help. I felt like it just wasn't going to work out. I eventually found a job through one of the pastors at church. The missions pastor who I went on a mission trip with knew a small business owner who was looking for someone. It was at a cabinet shop making cabinet doors. Not like anything I had done before in my life. But it had some perks for sure. It was absolutely mind numbing work haha therefore I just put in headphones and listened to whatever I could find. I met a guy from my same church who I had never met before(Jacob). He is a really good guy who liked to talk and we became friends quick. He was really encouraging and open and honest about his faith and life. That has always been a struggle of mine. I have a hard time finding people who I can have spiritual connection with while being real. I had found that at Celebrate Recovery but that almost felt like a bubble. I hate that my life group feels like a place to put on a show of how SUPER spiritual you are. So it was good to have a friend and brother in Christ who I could be real with. He ended up getting a job as a youth pastor and we still keep in contact. So back to moving out. The timing of it worked out A guy in my life group just went from active duty officer in the Air Force to the guard trying to complete his pilot's license and had a "roommate"(another AF officer who stored his stuff there for a few months before moving to a new base) move out. So I moved in with him August 2018. It was a pretty good living situation. Basically stayed out of each others way and I lived for cheaper than I could if I was by myself in the ghetto lol. I will get back to living situation in a bit. But for the MAIN EVENT! Back in April 2018 I started talking to Emily again(yes a girl I previously brought up in my old log). We had tried dating when she first joined the life group(church) but neither of us were ready and it ended pretty quickly. For some reason I struck things back up with her. She had stopped coming to the group and was helping out with the middle school ministry. But she came out to dinner with a mutual friend of ours and I felt that spark I had felt before that I just couldn't explain. Eventually I asked her out dinner. It took a little effort but we started dating. Before too long we basically spent everyday together. I can't recall ever spending so much time with anyone. Usually when it comes to females I get tired of being around them... QUICK. Like by half way through I am trying to figure out when is too early to end it. Was a big change for both of us because we both enjoyed each others' company. Things were going really well and before too long we started marriage. I had never thought of myself as being someone who would get married quickly. But after about 6 months I asked Emily to marry me in front of our church(we started going to a smaller campus so it was about 200+- people). She said yes and we were engaged. We had been talking about getting married well before this. In fact we had started planning the wedding and everything before I got the ring or anything. We knew it wasn't going to be a long engagement so we started planning. I can't say for sure when but sometime something changed. I had always had a hard time really opening up to her but I had let her in. Then for some reason I retreated back and back. During our relationship I gave up porn for like 100 days and then I caved. And I just buried it but I can't bury it. Just caused more issues. I know it was driving a wedge because I definitely wasn't responding to her the same way. Then we went to premarital counseling and I just knew. We did so well on how we matched up and I felt like it was a lie. I sought some advice out and then made the decision to end things with Emily. We honestly haven't spoken since and that was back in December. I had planned on moving in with Emily in March(when we got married). My roommate moved guard stations to another Air Force base in February. So I went from maybe I will have to couch surf for a month to I need to find a place to live haha. I started asking around and then a girl in my group asked me if I would consider moving in with her. I had no intentions of moving in with a female I wasn't married to. We both agreed we had no romantic interest in each other and living together wouldn't work if we did. I have lived here for over 3 months and it has been good so far. She is not a typical female so that helps and I am not attracted to her haha. Fun fact, I had gotten a call from my old real estate boss back in October and we kept playing phone tag. I had already started thinking about it but getting that call made me think about it more... I was thinking about real estate again. Because I know I didn't want to do cabinets long term and my options felt limited. I had failed in real estate before but I wasn't sure if it was me or the situation or both. I was deep into porn and the work situation was far from ideal. It just wasn't my personality the way my boss operated. He got names and numbers for people and just ran through them never really knowing them before or maybe even after. I never really made any money working for them and I felt grinded down from that style of working. So what was I going to do? I had been talking to the newish discipleship pastor(small group) and getting some mentoring from him. I brought up the idea of getting back into real estate and he immediately told me to talk to this couple he knew. So I talked with them and everything about them screamed too good to be true lol. I was a failed agent who couldn't cut it YET they were offering more % of commission, less desk fees(monthly dues), I would get money when other people on the team sold houses, and the pay would go up the 2nd(5%) and 3rd(5%) year. Oh and he is a builder so I would be getting leads for people interested in new construction at a really good price range that a lot of people are interested in. Plus access to do open houses in those new construction homes(where most people show up to open houses). It just didn't make sense. I kind of got off to a slow start. Joined back in November and I am set to close 2 houses this month and just got another house under contract this week. Supposed to meet with this most recent couple about listing their home next Monday and have to check with the other couples if they want to list their home. I think if just these 3 deals go through I will have made more money than any other year in real estate and it is just getting started. I saw a post on Facebook where I could see I left money on the table to be made. There is opportunity out there and for some reason it has been placed before me. I am tired of messing up my life. People around me deserve better than that. Ok so how about what I am doing for this log haha. For diet I have been doing Carb Nite Solution for a little over 2 months. After I moved in with Elsbeth I got sick and got really lazy with diet. Then jumped back on Carb Nite with a vengeance. I figured out some things I was doing wrong and clear them up and have been seeing big improvements. I wish I was bold enough to take pictures but that hasn't happened. But I can definitely tell a difference in appearance and the way clothes fit. The scale is hoovering in the high 230s right now. Before this past year I hadn't been under 240 in YEARS. But this past week I decided to do more of a Carb Backload week. I had my Carb Nite on Saturday but then Tuesday and Thursday I got pizza and yogurt haha. I had double steak and double beef with pineapple on my pizza from Dominos(unlimited toppings for $10). I checked my weight this evening before pizza at the gym and I was 240 with everything on so I would guess 237ish... I wasn't expecting that after pizza Tuesday. I definitely don't plan on switching to Carb Backloading yet because I know I have some more healthiness to gain and fat to lose haha. Workout I recently switched from a Matt Wenning style Conjugate to https://www.t-nation.com/workouts/the-best-damn-strength-plan-for-natural-lifters By Christian Thibabo2reif. So far I am liking it. Today was the start of week 3. A few things I have done is squat 395 for 6 and bench 265 for 8 reps. Those were not things I was doing before. My bench had fell to 275 for 3. So I am going to try this for a bit. It is high frequency and low volume. Super random side note: I went and looked at motorcycles Wednesday.
  3. 1 point
    mwarren

    Resurrection of Blu

    You're a gem. I appreciate it. Will order some tonight.
  4. 1 point
    Tomahawk007

    Tomahawk HUGE update with a log

    I am alright with this suggestion haha. I definitely feel like I have gained some muscle. Feels like my muscles are popping a bit more lately and my veins are making appearances. Here was my workout for today: Sumo deadlift 385: 5 sets of 2 reps Chest supported rows: 170 for 10,3,3,3 Face pulls: 130 for 9 mTor BB curl: 100 for 9,3,3,3,3 Abs superset seated crunch machine 130 for 12 reps and then swiss ball crunch 12 reps. Did 2 sets before I had major cramping and said screw doing abs haha. I might try again tomorrow but start off a little easier. You know ease into it a bit since I don't generally do abs. Christian Thibaubrjwn suggests a blitz method of doing abs every workout for 3 weeks followed by 3 weeks off and repeat. Might try and give that a go.
  5. 1 point
    Growth Factor

    Resurrection of Blu

    That was a sexy bench @ 275x5 against the half board. Pec must be feeling ok these days?
  6. 1 point
    Growth Factor

    GF's "CS Goes Pubic" Log

    Hey all. So my back situation is still ongoing and relatively unchanged. I feel mostly fine and there is almost no presence of back pain, except for when I try to put on shorts or put my shoes on standing up. That action aggravates my back. Even squatting and bending are fine, but any diagonal side-bending is pretty terrible. I have my next PT this Thurs or Friday. Right now, she said keep up with my stretches and mobility work, avoid spinal loading, and perform the cobra stretch 4x10 spread throughout the day. I'm doing those things. But sometime last week I did a dips and pullups workout just to get some blood flowing and maintain, as well as apply traction. I worked up to doing dips with ~70-75lbs for sets of 6, and pullups with some weight (forget) for sets of 6-8. Today, I did a bench workout. It was mysteriously fucking awesome. 19/05/13 BENCH C3W1 BRO PAUSE BENCH (legs bent and in the air) 135x5 185x5 225x5 270x5,6,5 BRO CG SPOTO PRESS ("") 225x7,8 BRO CGBP ("") 225x7,7 HS ISO LATERAL ROW superset BAND PULLAPARTS x 20 3PPSx12,12,10,10,10 <-- done every 3 mins EZ PREACHER CURLS superset INCLINE EZ EXTENSIONS (35lb bar, weight listed as weight on bar) 60x12,12,10 60x12,12,12 So I beat my reps from the last time I did this workout, and I had zero leg drive. That was pretty bizarre. So amazing what working out on a shitty diet vs working out on a muscle-building diet does for performance. My back felt great the whole time, and I even feel some relief compared to before I worked out from some of the SMR/foam rolling I did on my back.
  7. 1 point
    STENDEC

    Resurrection of Blu

    Licorice might be helpful
  8. 1 point
    Burton

    Liftin' weights and other shit

    Howdy gang: Got my offer officially on Tuesday. Not great but not terrible either. Low 50s with a 10% bonus in addition to a profit sharing at the end of the year which would be deposited directly into my retirement account. Which is nice since I'm currently working on building up a sizeable 401k balance as a major life goal. Plus a company car so I guess you'd call that another ~5k/year so in the end, it's low-mid 60s in a practical sense. The car thing is nice as my car is just about on its last leg and beyond the point of getting any use out of fixing it. Saves me a car payment so it's definitely another 5k/year. I'd probably feel different about that if I currently had a car payment but I don't so I guess that's just how it is. I'm pretty happy with the purchase of my car, got it in September of 2005 and I'm gonna retire it in the summer of 2019. If I could have that kind of car luck the rest of my life, I'd be thrilled. Start on the 28th so it'll be nice to have real benefits and shit again. Anyway, updates and shit, so there. Skipped the gym last week and this because my biking program is at the peak of intensity and volume. I'm thinking about maybe riding in pelotonia this year. It's a fundraiser for the OSU cancer hospital. I'm not 100% sure that I'm in good enough of shape or that I could get there but I'm gonna let that one roll around in my head and do it if I think I could get in good enough shape by then. It's only 84 more days so it's not likely and may have to be a goal for next year. The only gripe is that there's a heavy fundraising requirement that they take directly from your bank account (which you have to give on signup) if you don't hit it. The shortest ride of 25 miles is 1250 and the longest ride of 200 miles is 3k. That's a heavy commitment to be under with the lack of certainty that I could even hit it as I'm not a hugely popular guy with a lot of generous friends.
  9. 1 point
    mwarren

    Resurrection of Blu

    WEEK 20- INTENSIFICATION- DAY 1 JUST 1 BACKDOWN SET TODAY SINCE I'M STILL JAUNDICE A. High Bar Back Squat, full ROM, Ramp with 5s @ RPE 9-9.5 for top set´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐. Drop 10% and do sets until RPE 8 again. 135X5 185X5 225X5 275X2 325X5´╗┐ RPE´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ 9 285X5 RPE 8 B. 1/2 board Press, comp grip, 5 reps 1-1-X-1: Do one set @ RPE 9-9.5, then drop the weight 10% and do sets until you hit RPE ´╗┐9-9.5 again At the end of the last´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ set, ´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐use dumbells and allow your arms to drop into ´╗┐a flye and stretch your pecs in that position for 30sec to 1 min´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ (however´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ much you can tolerate) 135X5 185X5 225X5 275X5 RPE 9 225X5 RPE 6 ´╗┐´╗┐ C. Coan Row 5 reps 1-1-X-1´╗┐: Do one set @ RPE 9-9.5, then drop the weight 10% and do sets until you hit RPE 9-9.5 again 65X5´╗┐ 155X5´╗┐ 335X5 RPE 9.5 265X5 RPE 6 D. Seal Crunch w/DB in hands 20X8reps damn lol Well, fuck abs. Everything else feet good despite having no stamina and losing 13lbs. I think I lost minimal strength. Maybe none.
  10. 1 point
    ozzman

    Something Clever (by Nightop)

    Vitamin D 5000 IU . Double or triple that in the winter Add K2 the MK7 formulation Other than that, maybe some Zinc and Potassium
  11. 1 point
    Emperor G_D

    Something Clever (by Nightop)

    Green tea and cayenne: If they don't bother your stomach, make no changes. I find that cayenne ruins me if taken with pre-workout, or without food, and I seem to remember something similar-including all kinds of sides with heart and BP with green tea. Ginger seems underdosed, to me. Though, I guess it depends on the purpose for taking it. For me, I take it as a systemic inflammation reducer, and I take it at 1800mg bid. Otherwise, lots of general wellness shit that seems good to me, and isn't too far from mine.
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