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  1. Oh yeah, I guess I never mentioned that here. My daughter will be here in a couple months. Thanks for the well wishes, I'm sure I'll need them once I am no longer allowed to sleep through the night.
  2. Still taking my 25mg daily with no negative side effects. We conceived instantly, so I assume it was doing its job keeping my hormones in line and sperm quality up (unlike with the other TRT options).
  3. Many predatory fish that are targeted when sport fishing, like bass, are crepuscular. That is why the best fishing is at dawn and dusk.
  4. She is still working in NYC until mid-June, then I'm fetching her and she'll be enjoying her first time off ever.
  5. Ended up missing a bunch of time because of the move. I'm now settled in Germany, so I need to sign up at the climbing gym and the university gym so I can work on getting back into shape. But, work starts Monday, and stuff closes super early in this country, so who knows when I'll get a chance to do that.
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    Diet 2019

    When I am doing well I eat two meals a day of veggies, meat, and seasoning/sauce. I then sprinkle in protein bars, nuts, cheese, preserved meats, and fruit. If I manage to more or less limit my food choices to this, then I'm doing well. It's when I start eating out more or give in to my wife's request for starches that things go awry.
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    Pass The Salt

    It probably increases those markers because you're stressed out by the fact that all your food tastes like shit 🤣
  8. Here is the key table from that paper where they summarize the findings on testosterone: Long Jack seems pretty reliable. The rest have too few studies to really know. The ashwagandha study is interesting, though, because the effect size is large and it already has well-established effects on stress. Regarding garlic, they say this:
  9. 5/3/1 Filler - Week 1 - Tuesday Squats: 115x5 / 135x5 / 165x5 // 175x5 / 205x5 / 235x10 (5+) OHP: 65x5 / 75x5 / 85x5 // 95x5 / 105x5 / 125x7 (5+) Lat Pulldowns: 5x10 @ 100 lbs Tricep Extensions: 5x10 @ 40 lbs Finally went to the gym yesterday after a full two weeks off. Had that weird experience of feeling very fresh, but having lowered strength. Only dropped 1 rep off my OHP, but 4 reps off the squats. Pretty sore today, especially in the legs. Since I will be busy on Thursdays and Fridays the rest of my time here, I will likely be working out Tuesday/Saturday with two lifts per session.
  10. It is literally the same thing as Zyrtec. Zyrtec is a racemic mixture of citirizine at 10mg, while Xyzal is a 5mg dose of the L-isomer. Unless there is evidence showing that the D-isomer in Zyrtec is the cause of sedation, I can't see the benefit.
  11. That is an interesting one. It looks like it is just as potent as cetirizine, but with fewer side effects. I'll have to try it once I get to Germany since it is EU only for the time being.
  12. I found this, which was an interesting summary: "At higher-than-recommended doses, sedation can occur with loratadine.4 Some patients taking cetirizine may experience sedation even at recommended doses.6 Fexofenadine, even at higher-than-recommended doses, has not been associated with sedation.7,15" So it sounds like I chose the most drowsy of the three and should probably try fexofenadine and loratadine again.
  13. This anti-histamine discussion is all very interesting. I never noticed any sedation from cetirizine, but I always felt that it worked better than loratadine, especially when my symptoms are stronger in the spring. I do have a tendency to be irritable midday, but I always thought that was from the caffeine, not the cetirizine. Worth trying it at night to see if it makes a difference. This discussion does make me interested in re-exploring the various options for non-BBB penetrating second-gen anti-histamines, though.
  14. I think I am still planning on going three days a week, at least for the next three weeks, which is when I move. I'll probably be taking another forced break at that point in time while I get settled in Bayreuth. Since it is only three weeks I guess I'll just do 5/3/1 and then reconsider my long term plans once I see what my gym in Germany has to offer. At that point, I'll probably lift 2 days a week and climb 1-2 days a week.
  15. @Growth Factor Woah, 50mg would put me into outer space. That said, my sister can take 100mg without batting an eye, so tolerance is real. I think we've talked about this before, though. Regarding the magnesium talk, I primarily take it because: 1. There is some (inconclusive) evidence that it helps optimize teste function, and 2. It is something that is harder to get a full dose of via an ordinary diet compared to the other divalent cations (unless I'm on an almonds kick). But it's also supposed to help ward off heart disease to a small degree and has some minor benefits for mood/anxiety. I don't notice much by way of stool softening, but it is probably helping in that regard. I take the citrate form for the same reasons as @Construct : it is cheap and bioavailable. For me, though, the real all-star from my 'supplement' regimen is the zyrtec (cetirizine). I have year-round mild allergies, including pet allergies, and taking daily zyrtec has completely erased them with no signs of tolerance even after like 5 years of daily use. It really is a godsend. It's the only one of my supplements (other than the melatonin) that I notice when I forget to take it.
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