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14 minutes ago, Emperor G_D said:

I think the scandinavian countries speak english about as well as Americans do; albeit as a second language...

Some of the Scandinavian countries consume a lot of American television shows and websites. When I spent some time in that general area, they had a surreal grasp of not only English but American idioms.

 

They could also spot my American-ness from a mile away. They'd politely switch to English so I didn't feel left out of their conversations.

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1 minute ago, Construct said:

Some of the Scandinavian countries consume a lot of American television shows and websites. When I spent some time in that general area, they had a surreal grasp of not only English but American idioms.

 

They could also spot my American-ness from a mile away. They'd politely switch to English so I didn't feel left out of their conversations.

I dated a Finnish exchange student in high school. She was beyond fluent.

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Ya thinking about it. I would say the the Finnish and Danish girls had the best English. The Germans could never quite get it. Was obvious they were foreign. The Swiss I think sounded better by the end but would still get tripped up by phrasing. I also spent more time with the Swiss girl so maybe I just got more used to her accent compared to the Germans. The Finnish girl ended up coming back to the US and going to college. She might actually still be in the US. I would say she could almost pass for an American. Most of them you instantly know and then it is a question of where are you from. I still Facebook message with the Danish girl from time to time. Haven't talked to any of the rest of them in years. Nice little walk down memory lane.

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German is very very close to English, making it harder for them to speak English like we do because there isn't much change necessary for us to be able to understand what they want to convey. So, it cripples the learning curve that would continue had there been more discernable differences from the start...

 

My German was almost good enough for conversation at one point but it sounded very different than colloquial German

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10 hours ago, mwarren said:

German is very very close to English, making it harder for them to speak English like we do because there isn't much change necessary for us to be able to understand what they want to convey. So, it cripples the learning curve that would continue had there been more discernable differences from the start...

 

My German was almost good enough for conversation at one point but it sounded very different than colloquial German

Ok I guess I never thought about it. My best friend's mom growing up is German. She has been in the US a LONG time but it is still obvious she is German. She has been in the US since I guess the 70s. So more than half her life. She has some German friends so it isn't like she doesn't use it. Just interesting to think about.

 

Alright so here was my workout today:

Chasing the pump week 4: 3 sets with 30-45 seconds rest between each set

A1 Cable hammer curls with rope 70, 10 reps with 1.5 reps

A2 Rope triceps extension 70, 10 reps with 1.5 reps

B1 Lat pulldown straight arm 70, 8 reps with 5 second negatives

B2 Pec deck 150, 8 reps with 5 second negatives

C1 DB lateral raise 40s, 10 reps with 10 partials

C2 DB bent over lateral raise 30s, 10 reps with 10 partials

D1 Cable curls 80, 12 reps with closer grip more in front of me

D2 Triceps extensions 85, 12 reps with wrist extension at bottom of rep

 

A good strong pump workout. Basically have kept the weights the same the whole time. Got a strong pump. Was a little tempted to take a picture but I didn't haha. Arms are actually looking pretty solid. Measured them on the heavy day last week I believe. Got 18.5 inches for both. Not too bad, never thought of myself as all that special when it comes to arms.

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On 10/4/2019 at 10:59 PM, Emperor G_D said:

I think the scandinavian countries speak english about as well as Americans do; albeit as a second language...

 

It's compulsory in school. Most adult Scandinavians have had more than a decade of formal English training.

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20 hours ago, STENDEC said:

 

It's compulsory in school. Most adult Scandinavians have had more than a decade of formal English training.

We had absolutely no issues conversing with anyone in Iceland. Thankfully. Because Icelandic is a fuck of a language.

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I am going to try and push my lifting schedule around a bit. So I ended up resting yesterday. Plus Sunday I ended up doing a bit of a pump up workout. Almost wanted to do a different workout today but lost my straps last time I used them. Going to go ahead and invest in some new ones soon as well as get some knee sleeves I think.

 

Alright so workout today. It was rough haha.

A Anderson squats 3 sets of clusters 5 reps with 315

B Pin press flat 2 inches off chest 3 sets of clusters 5 reps with 285

C Pendlay row 3 sets of clusters 5 reps with 275

D1 left leg Bulgarian split squats 3 sets of 8 reps bodyweight double lower

D2 right leg Bulgarian split squats 3 sets of 8 reps bodyweight double lower

E1 left standing DB press 3 sets of 8 reps 40 pounds double lower

E2 right standing DB press 3 sets of 8 reps 40 pounds double lower

F1 left 1 arm DB row 3 sets of 8 reps 70 pounds 3 second contractions

F2 right 1 arm DB row 3 sets of 8 reps 70 pounds 3 second contractions

 

Those Anderson squats were rough haha. It kind of feels like I might have tweaked my back a little bit. Or really it is just tight and could use some popping. Tough getting into position for those squats. Could really feel how weak my right shoulder feels during the 1 arm DB press. Thought about going up in weight when I did the left side first but right side said no thanks haha.

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Week 5 double stim workout everything is 3 sets with a minute between each exercise

A1 Goblet squat 15 second iso hold then 10 reps with 50 pounds

A2 Seated leg curl drop set 160 first set then used 180 10 reps then drop 50% for another 8 reps

B1 Reverse hyper 15 second iso hold then 10 reps with 90 pounds

B2 Leg extension 200 then drop 50% for another 8 reps

C1 Dips bodyweight 5 second negatives max reps which was only 8-10 reps haha. That change in blood flow sucks haha

C2 Seal rows 15 second iso hold then 10 reps with 95. A little light but the holds increase 5 seconds a week

D1 Z press with BB 5 second negatives 8 reps with 95

D2 Lat pulldown MAG bar 200 for 10 reps then drop 50% for another 8 reps

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Random tidbits:

I don't think it is going anywhere with Jessica. Still texting and getting to know her. But I think she just has a lot going on right now. If anything were to happen it would be a slow road. Which in my case probably isn't a bad thing. Still wouldn't mind hanging out with her. I feel like I am actually interested in her but I can't tell if she is interested in me or not.

 

Speaking of hanging out. I texted Mandy. I think I mentioned her in one of my recaps. Basically we hung out twice months apart. Neither time worked out for different reasons. I tried to get her to hang out tonight and she said she would let me know. Didn't hear back from her. Not going to say I blame her lol. Probably for the best if I am being honest.

 

Interested or not, I don't know Megan much but I just don't see it. Part of me thinks she is interested. Past me would explore that option for that reason alone. Trying not to do that anymore so that is why I am mentioning it.

 

So awkward fun times are ahead. My friend Zach who I honestly haven't been hanging out with lately. Mostly because I have separated myself from the groups we were both a part of. He invited me to his birthday dinner and a birthday party this weekend. I was in a sure why not mood when he asked so I said I would go. He actually dated my ex Emily, I have a feeling they broke up again. But anyway even if Emily isn't there it is sure to have plenty of people I haven't talked to in a while. He mentioned the dinner might end up being a bit smaller. But did say Juan is likely to be there. Juan is dating Bri, yes that Bri haha. Not sure who will be at the birthday party but it is being hosted by Danielle. I have known Danielle for a while. She was in the former small group I led but was part of the exodus of girls who left the group around the time when I ended things with Emily. I have not spoken to Danielle since. It is going to be a super fun time haha. I plan on lifting beforehand and being in a good mood lol. I won't be surprised if they will be drinking. Could get interesting or even loosened up with alcohol might still bite their tongue lol.

 

Body AI news: it appears it will be a one time payment because of more delays.

 

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English is compulsory subject in the German speaking countries too, though I would expect fluency mostly only from people who go on to pursue a university degree. 

To me personally there seems to be some generational patterns in fluency. My grandfather and people who grew up after ww2 could hold conversations in English, probably mostly because they learned from British and American soldiers. Parent generation, not so much. And if my experiences in work are any indicator, proficiency in English seems to have peaked in the generation born during the 80s, and it's getting worse again ever since. 

If I had to guess I'd say it's because in the early internet the only large communities were english speaking. Also probably because german dubs of shows and movies are available much faster. Back in the 2000s we used to watch new movies, shows exclusively in English because no one wanted to wait for a year to watch it in German. 

To sway off topic even more, I feel like general computer proficiency is getting worse too. Whereas in my teens even my less than intellectually gifted friends had zero problem using torrents or googling until they found a message board devoted to the obscure problem their motorbikes transmission had, the kids in vocational training at my workplace are baffled at the idea of an internet beyond Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. 

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Random workout from yesterday: It was a "barbell workout for busy people" plus some random additions

Deadlift 445 for 5, 505 for 1, 515 for 1, 335 for 18

Military press 185 for 5, 205 for 1, 210 for 1, 135 for 16

Shoulder/traps tri set for 3 sets:

C1 DB lateral raise really focusing on pushing weights out not up sets of 12 with 20, 20, 20

C2 Standing calf raise shrugs sets of 8 with 3 second squeeze at top 135

C3 Cable shrug stand row sets of 8 or so with 65 squeezing

D1 Preacher curl 100*8, 110*8, 120*6, 130*6 I think

D2 Triceps extension machine 6*8, 7*8, 8*6, 9*6

 

Today I plan on doing my heavy workout plus maybe a little arms. Then tomorrow do the pump workout. Rest Sunday and then do the neural priming workout on Monday hopefully. I lost my straps last time I used them. Went to some stores to find some cheap simple ones and couldn't find any. I saw some padded ones but that was it. 

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On 10/10/2019 at 3:41 AM, Niflheim said:

English is compulsory subject in the German speaking countries too, though I would expect fluency mostly only from people who go on to pursue a university degree. 

To me personally there seems to be some generational patterns in fluency. My grandfather and people who grew up after ww2 could hold conversations in English, probably mostly because they learned from British and American soldiers. Parent generation, not so much. And if my experiences in work are any indicator, proficiency in English seems to have peaked in the generation born during the 80s, and it's getting worse again ever since. 

If I had to guess I'd say it's because in the early internet the only large communities were english speaking. Also probably because german dubs of shows and movies are available much faster. Back in the 2000s we used to watch new movies, shows exclusively in English because no one wanted to wait for a year to watch it in German. 

To sway off topic even more, I feel like general computer proficiency is getting worse too. Whereas in my teens even my less than intellectually gifted friends had zero problem using torrents or googling until they found a message board devoted to the obscure problem their motorbikes transmission had, the kids in vocational training at my workplace are baffled at the idea of an internet beyond Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. 

Facebook is the Internet for Dummies.

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Alright so change of plans of course lol. I have still been lifting. Friday I did the heavy day. Saturday I did my pump workout. Just going to stick to the schedule I have now. Was hoping to modify it so I was lifting on Mon-Wed and then Friday and Saturday. My kinda main reason was to have my pump day on Wednesday which is kind of dumb lol. I talked to a friend of mine and he wants to start meeting for lunch on Thursdays. It has been something I have wanted to do in the past. A little more face to face 1 on 1 accountability that is planned. The porn issue was creeping back in pretty bad if I am being honest. I have a bad habit of going to it when I am feeling down or uncertain. Which obviously porn doesn't help. Last week or so has been better. 

 

So here is what I did Friday: Heavy day 3 sets of 6 reps

A Frank squat 285

B Bench press 295

C Pendlay row 265

Then I did some bonus arm stuff

Thick bar curls, Incline DB curls, mechanical drop set for cable rope triceps extensions

 

Here was my workout today: Pump! 3 sets of 8-10 reps

A1 Hammer curls 3 second contract 35s

A2 Ez lying triceps extensions 5020 tempo 65

B1 Standing straight arm pulldowns 4040 tempo 60

B2 Pec deck 3 second contractions 150,150, 110(felt it more this set)

C1 Incline DB lateral raise 20, 25, 25

C2 Reverse pec deck 3 second contractions 70

D1 Preacher curl 5020 tempo 80

D2 Overhead triceps extesnions machine 3 second stretch 100, 110, 120

 

I had a nice legit pump going on. Plus I have decided to get serious about cutting down to 220 again. My scale weight with everything on at the gym is at 240 right now. My belts still fit like they should but I know the weight needs to come off. So back to low carb here I come. Been having carbs most nights. The big part of the problem is that I am not just having starchy carbs but sweet carbs which are super easy to thrown down my gullet. Think I will do a 2/3 week Carb Nite with a 1 week CBL. I need to lose weight but I don't want to lose muscle haha. So since I had that sick nasty pump I posted a picture on Facebook haha. I hadn't heard much from Jessica lately but she text me tonight saying "You didn't have to put the guns (arm flexing emoji) on Facebook like that lol." So my plan kinda worked haha. Figure it would be good to put my goal of getting down to 220 out there, show off a bit, and see if I get a reaction out of her.

 

Speaking of reaction. So I mentioned I was going to a birthday dinner last night and a birthday party tonight. Last night dinner was pretty good. Bigger turn out than I kind of expected. It was a lot of fun. Almost got stuck in a less than fun seating arrangement but moved and it worked out. Some good conversation and plenty of laughing. No real awkward situations.

 

The birthday party was actually smaller. There was alcohol. It was going pretty good and everyone seemed to be having fun. Kind of out of nowhere Zach is really drunk. He seemed fine and then he wasn't. I hadn't really been around him drunk before except kind of one time but he wasn't this bad. He started saying some things that he might have thought were funny but others could have taken a mean. Then he started stumbling. It definitely became take care of Zach. I think he alienated some people tonight. I ended up driving him home. He had sobered up SLIGHTLY which I was hoping for. Of course he decides to start talking because he is Zach. Between all the drunkenness he poked on some things. He brought up Emily and how things ended. Sounded like I came up as a topic of discussion. Reminded me how much I had shut down towards her at the end. I stopped letting her in and kept everything bottled inside me. It is honestly what ended things. He mentioned something incoherent about Bri and some other stuff about Emily. It honestly just reminded me I have to deal with that crap. I can't ignore it. Which is kind of funny because I was talking to him about how even if you try and ignore things from the past they still pop up Friday night.

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So I wouldn't say I was worried Juan and Bri would show up to the birthday things Friday or Saturday. But I was curious to how I would respond. I would say I was friends or at least friendly with Juan before but I hadn't talked to him much for a few months. I had not really talked to Bri lately only her asking me questions randomly at the middle school stuff. I will be honest I did not want to see them afterwards. Felt like I had moved on and able to be happy for them. So actually being around them was going to be a real test of that. It is easy to say you are happy for people if you don't actually have to be around them. So I don't see them Friday or Saturday. One of the female leaders has a birthday this week and she asks if we want to go out to lunch. I get to the parking lot and they are there. I hadn't thought about it in this situation haha. I actually end up seeing in front of him and then next to him. It was a little weird feeling at first but I think I have moved on from it. Being around them didn't bother me. Still don't plan on hanging out with them on the regular but that is ok.

 

Ready to lift tomorrow. Going to be interesting to see how I feel. Haven't been using the super icy hot like I was. Even forgot it today for the middle school small groups. Played kickball and dodgeball. I definitely felt my ankles more than usual today haha. Hoping to get some good sleep tonight.

 

Refocusing on the goal of dropping down to 220 pounds. Low carb this week.

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Remember how I said I am refocusing on the goal of dropping to 220 pound? Ya I still need to work on that haha.

 

Today's workout was development day week 6. 3 sets for the clusters. 4 sets of 8 reps for the other lifts

A Anderson Squats 315

B Flat pin press 275, 295, 295

C Pendlay row 275

D1 L Bulgarian split squats bodyweight

D2 R Bulgarian split squats bodyweight

E1 Standing L DB press 40

E2 Standing R DB press 40

F1 1 arm row DB 70

F2 1 arm row DB 70

 

Those 1st 3 lifts take forever haha. I was sweating so much. Was glad to be done. Was just in the kitchen and accidentally flexed my quad and they locked up me lol. Doesn't seem like much but it got to me. The Anderson squats weren't as bad today. Got set up much better. Looking forward to getting my knee sleeves though. I did put some horse liniment on today. Had been forgetting to do that lately.

 

So the middle school ministry leaders have been talking about going to this haunted trail/house thing one of them works at. I think we might actually do it. I asked Jessica if she wanted to go. She said she wants to go. See how that works out.

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Man I was sweating like crazy during todays workout. Not sure I could get through them low carb. Might have to rethink that idea haha. I can do low volume just fine on ultra low carb but these workouts aren't low volume haha.

 

Double stim week 6, 3 sets on everything minute plus rest between each set

A1 Goblet squat 20 second iso hold then 10 reps with 55 pounds

A2 Seated leg curl 10 reps drop 50% for another 8 reps 180 pounds

B1 Reverse hyper 20 second iso hold then 10 reps with 90 pounds

B2 Leg extensions 10 reps drop 50% for another 8 reps 200 pounds

C1 Dips 5020 tempo bodyweight 8-10 reps

C2 Seal rows 20 second iso hold then 10 reps with 95 pounds

D1 Z press BB 5020 tempo 8 reps with 95 pounds

D2 Lat pulldowns suppinated grip 10 reps drop 50% for another 8 reps 200 pounds

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So usually there is a break in between the workout yesterday and todays but that just didn't happen. I think I am going to stick with the Wednesday and Sunday being rest day. With maybe some arms or something on Wednesday if Jessica is going to be there lol.

 

Here is what I did today:

A1 Frankstein squats 5 second negatives 290, was supposed to be a 5 second iso hold 2 inches above paralell but I didn't read

A2 Depth jump 5 reps

A3 Jump squats with DBs 25s

B1 Bench iso hold 2 inches above chest 5 second hold with 290

B2 Snatch grip high pull 3 reps 225

B3 Bench plyo push up 5 reps

 

As of right now the plan is to go to the haunted trail with Jessica tomorrow night. Not sure if the middle school volunteers are going or not. Not sure if it is a date or just friends. I am cool with just friends. Still trying to go slow and steady with this one. Lot more involved and in the past I have tried to speed the timeline up too much without getting to know them. Plus in the past I would stick around even if I wasn't really that interested. Trying to do better.

I still get a kick out of the fact that she likes my arms. I really can't recall a time a girl actually mentioned my arms. She claims she was staring at them all night at the small group. That she sat back so she could get a better view of them. It sound ridiculous to me lol. I will say my arms are looking bigger and more muscular than they have in a good while. Still think they lag behind. I have a thick torso in my opinion.

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30 minutes ago, Tomahawk007 said:

I am cool with just friends. Still trying to go slow and steady with this one. Lot more involved and in the past I have tried to speed the timeline up too much without getting to know them. Plus in the past I would stick around even if I wasn't really that interested. Trying to do better.

 

 

Nothing wrong with that. IMO it's easier to get to know someone when you're not rushing it. Plus, it's easier to let true personalities come out when you're not as pressured to impress the other person.

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23 minutes ago, Construct said:

 

Nothing wrong with that. IMO it's easier to get to know someone when you're not rushing it. Plus, it's easier to let true personalities come out when you're not as pressured to impress the other person.

Ya some things I have noticed I can do is shift myself to fit situations. Good for making peace but doesn't work long term. Eventually it gets very tiring especially depending on how far off it is. I will say that is one thing I liked about getting to know Jessica in the small group setting. Does it all work together or is there many different personalities. I can get a sense of who she is in a different situation. She heard me BUST out laughing last night. Talking the kind of laugh like no one else is around lol.

 

The other things I noticed I can do is fill in gaps. I did that a lot with Bri. It was just information I hadn't learned yet. Stuff that takes time and experiences with each other. 

 

Side note, I think working with the middle schoolers has helped me become more comfortable with who I am.

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Alright so I have been slacking on my logging. Not too bad as far as keeping working out though.

 

Here is Friday's heavy workout: 3 sets of 5 reps

A Frankstein squat 275, 285, 295

B1 Pendlay row 255, 265, 275

B2 Bench 285, 295, 305

Wasn't supposed to do row and bench together but I was pressed for time.

 

Pump workout Saturday: 3 sets of 8-10 reps

A1 Hammer curls 3 sec contraction 35 go up

A2 Lying ez triceps extensions 4040 tempo 70 go up

B1 Standing lat pulldown straight arm 4040 tempo 60 go up

B2 Pec deck 3 sec contraction 110 go up

C1 Incline DB lateral raise 10 reps then partials 25 staying because of right shoulder

C2 Reverse pec deck 3 sec contraction 70 go up

D1 Preacher curl 5020 tempo 80 stay

D2 Overhead triceps extension machine 3 sec stretch 110, 120, 130 go up

 

This was Monday's workout. I really wasn't feeling doing the prescribed workout. Those Anderson Squats got to my head lol. I decided to change things up. Figured that was better than just skipping a workout. Did an elimination circuit. Start with about 55% and do 5 reps. Keep adding weight until I can no longer do 5 reps. 

A1 Zercher squats 185, 215, 235, 255. 275, 295, 315, 335

A2 Continuous clean and press 135, 145, 155, 165, 175

A3 Pendlay row 185, 205, 225, 245, 265, 285, 305, 325

A4 Bench 185, 205, 225, 245, 265, 285, 305, 315 for 3

A5 Snatch grip high pull 175, 205, 225, 245, 265 The grip was the limiting factor here. Got some old school straps would are good but I still can't quite use as much weight that far out.

 

Here was my workout today: Double stimulation

A1 Goblet squats 25 sec iso hold then 10 reps 60 pounds

A2 Seated leg curl 10 reps dropset to 6-8 50% 180 go up

B1 Reverse hyper 25 sec iso hold then 10 reps 90 pounds

B2 Leg extension 10 reps dropset to 6-8 with 50% 200 go up

C1 Dips 5020 tempo body weight 10 reps

C2 Seal rows 25 sec iso hold then 10 reps 95

D1 Z press BB 5020 tempo 100 go up

D2 Lat pulldown suppinated 10 reps then 50% drop 6-8 210 go up

 

Alright so Friday night I went to the haunted trails with Jessica. It ended up just being the 2 of us going. Which was probably for the best. We got there a bit later which ended up meaning a long wait. A good and bad thing. Chance to talk but she isn't a night person. She stuck it out and I would say we both had fun. It was an experience for sure. She didn't really get scared except for like once for sure maybe twice. She did make the mistake of wearing sandals(I did warn her about this). Her feet got beat up between the terrain and the other people in our group standing on her feet. Probably wasn't the best idea for a first time hanging out but that's me lol. Hard to gauge her interest. If I am being honest I am not sure I want to start something with her. I am definitely physically attracted to her and I enjoy texting with her enough. But Idk just not sure. Hang out more and get to know her more. Like I said it is a bit of a more involved situation so not something I would want to rush.

 

Of course word got out about my "date" at church. I mean the only reason I knew about the haunted trails is one of the middle school leaders works at them. It was a little awkward people talking about it. I am a pretty private person unless I am vomiting info out on here or at CR small groups lol. I think it got to me more because of my uncertainty of how I feel about Jessica.

 

Anyway that is what has been going on. Oh ya and I am an uncle now!!!

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