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Blood&Iron
09-27-2004, 07:57 PM
Ramblings
Well, I'm back. It's not the first time of course. Nor, in all probability, will it be the last. But whatever. While this is my umpteenth journal (most of which haven't survived more than a few months), this is first true follow-up to 'Hell, why not?'. As the title suggests, it means I don't have any particular plan, but want to keep a journal again. At the present, I have no particular goals. No grand aspirations. I'm just gonna lift and eat and do whatever the f*ck I please and let things turn out as they may. I'm still unhappy with my bodyfat levels. I'm not terribly huge. But overall I am, for the most part, reasonably okay with where I'm at. I've made decent (not spectacular, but decent) progress over the last couple years. Strength? Not so much. But that's never been my goal. It might be one now. I'm not entirely sure. At this point, I dunno if I'm training for size or strength; I haven't really settled on a routine; my diet is pretty much "try not to get fat". We'll see how things play out. I'm incredibly busy with work at the moment. To see the wonderful and exciting stuff I do go here:
http://www.eprize.net/portfolio/index.html
I did the programming for a good chunk of those. There's always some deadline, 10 project managers vying for my time and telling me what to do. So, I work about 60-65 hours and am fairly stressed out most of the time. But, I'll do the best I can to keep this updated. I make no promises, however. Besides, nothing in here will be terribly exciting, inspirational, or informative. In fact, you probably better just leave now.

Anyway, an overall update...for those wondering. I was, until two weeks ago, still on the UD2--my Sisyphus-ian struggle to get lean still in full effect. But I finally decided to give dieting a break (Hard to believe, I know; it's been the better part of two years). I took the last two weeks off. From dieting, from training, from bodybuilding period. I just tried not to get totally fat. I probably ended up putting on about 4lbs or so; mostly fat, I'd guess. I still consider a victory as I half expected to balloon up by 10-15lbs. Now, I'm not sure what the f*ck I'm doing. Saturday, I did my first workout in two weeks ,an HST-ish affair. Full body, 2-3 sets of 2-3 exercises per bodypart. 12-15 reps per set. I was very sore today. Today, I grabbed a workout from Lyle McDonald's series on periodization from the Avant Labs site. Out of context, of course. And without really carefully thinking about things or even reading the full article. I don't really care. I will probabaly stick with it, although it felt weird not to train full-body. I dunno if I liked it. Anyway, here was what went down today...

Diet
Times, Quantities, and Macros are approximate.
7:30am 1.5 cups oatmeal, Splenda, Cinnamon, No fat margarine, 1 cup skim milk, 1 scoop MPI + chocolate flavoring (60g carbs/6g fiber, 40g protein, 6g fat)
11:30am 1 Wendy's Grilled Chicken Sandwich, couple packets of saltines, 1 small cup chili, 1 rice krispy treat(95g/7g, 50g, 15g)
3:30pm 1 turkey sandwich, 1 rice krispy treat (70g carbs/2g fiber, 30g protein, 15g fat)
6:45pm 25mg ephedrine, 200mg caffeine, 1 scoop whey concentrate(4g carbs/0g fiber, 25g protein, 1g fat)
7:20pm-8:30pm Powerade (36g carbs/0g fiber, 0g protein, 0g fat)
8:30pm 1 scoop whey concentrate(4g carbs/0g fiber, 25g protein, 0g fat)
11:00pm: Nutri-grain bar(27g carbs/1g fiber, 2g protein, 3g fat)
12:30pm 2 Turkey Burgers, 2 slices no-fat swiss, 1 slice regular swiss, ketchup, mustard, hot chocolate protein(10g carbs/0g fiber, 82g protein, 21g fat)

Totals: 307g carbs/15g fiber, 254g protein, 61g fat
Calories: ~2733kcal

Training
Sumo Deadlift: 135 x 5, 185 x 3, 225 x 1, 245 x 1, 275 x 2, 245 x 3, 245 x 3, 245 x 3
Leg Press 370 x 6, 330 x 6
Prone Leg Curl 110 x 5, 110 x 5, 110 x 5
Leg Press 230 x 12, 230 x 12
Standing Leg Curl R: 30 x 7, 35 x 7 L: 35 x 10, 10 x 30
Leg Extension 80 x 20
Standing Calf 135 x 8, 155 x 8
Seated Calf 120 x 6, 60 x 12

Comments
You'll find the basis of this workout at:
http://www.avantlabs.com/page.php?pageID=243&pf=1&noupdate=1
(2nd to last workout listed) Tried to adhere as closely to the routine as possible (Tempo, rest periods, etc; I didn't include them here cuz there in the link) Didn't terribly enjoy it. Also, had a hard time picking the proper weights--hence the divergence from the listed plan. May do something else. May stick with it. I dunno. Whatever.

Weight 196 lbs

ericg
09-28-2004, 05:57 AM
Glad to see you have another journal up. Good luck with the workout.

Paul Stagg
09-28-2004, 06:40 AM
Good to see you back.

Keep at it, and drink more Powerade.

JustinF
09-28-2004, 07:21 AM
Welcome back.

Blood&Iron
09-28-2004, 07:31 AM
Good to see you back.

Keep at it, and drink more Powerade.
I can do better. I'm actually working for you--in a manner of speaking (Shhh! It's a secret)

Blood&Iron
09-28-2004, 07:32 AM
JustinF & ericg --

Thanks. Good to be back.

Relentless
09-28-2004, 07:38 AM
I took the last two weeks off. From dieting, from training, from bodybuilding period . . . Today, I grabbed a workout from Lyle McDonald's series on periodization from the Avant Labs site. Out of context, of course. And without really carefully thinking about things or even reading the full article. I don't really care.

Wow. I can't really expressed how keen I am to see the results given this departure from your usual approach.

Nice to see you back online, amigo.

Focused70
09-28-2004, 07:41 AM
:spam:

Stash

galileo
09-28-2004, 10:38 AM
12:38 - Read B&I's journal and laughed at his attempt to mask his OCDs.

Blood&Iron
09-28-2004, 10:40 AM
12:38 - Read B&I's journal and laughed at his attempt to mask his OCDs.
You forgot to mention how my journal will doom me to 0 progress, because I'll be so stressed out by keeping it.

galileo
09-28-2004, 10:44 AM
You forgot to mention how my journal will doom me to 0 progress, because I'll be so stressed out by keeping it.


12:43 - Ignored B&I's request for more comments that were centered around his innate failure genes.

ectx
09-28-2004, 11:23 AM
*gasp*

I'm still struggling to understand the absence of the usual compulsive structure present in your regimen. It's like you're not the B&I I remember...UD2 without obsession?!?!?! say it ain't so.

ps. I'm still right.

_-_v_-_
09-28-2004, 12:04 PM
No, you're not. I am.

See gal's sig:
"Galileo: 1. World: 0." - _-_v_-_

Blood&Iron
09-28-2004, 12:50 PM
*gasp*

I'm still struggling to understand the absence of the usual compulsive structure present in your regimen. It's like you're not the B&I I remember...UD2 without obsession?!?!?! say it ain't so.

ps. I'm still right.
Dude, you're like doing clinical research? I'm not doing the UD2 anymore (at least for now). You also managed to get one of the quotations marks on the wrong line in your sig! PhD's must have been hit by grade inflation.

And the compulsive structure stuff was always an effort. I'm incredibly, f*cking lazy by nature. I have merely reverted to my true self. What follows? Who knows.

ectx
09-28-2004, 01:27 PM
Dude, you're like doing clinical research? I'm not doing the UD2 anymore (at least for now). You also managed to get one of the quotations marks on the wrong line in your sig! PhD's must have been hit by grade inflation.

And the compulsive structure stuff was always an effort. I'm incredibly, f*cking lazy by nature. I have merely reverted to my true self. What follows? Who knows.


EntropyYAY! Grades were never my thing. Fixed it though. I blame it on the inability of the 'puter coders to have the computer read my thoughts. Also, I'm in clinical research now. I traded the lab bench for a desk and a better salary. So, yes, dude, I'm like doing clinical research.

Frozenmoses
09-28-2004, 02:56 PM
I could've sworn I posted a reply to this thread this morning, but maybe I was still asleep. Either way, good luck with your routine, B&I.

JustinF
09-30-2004, 02:58 AM
Donde esta a workout? :)

Blood&Iron
09-30-2004, 10:29 AM
Donde esta a workout? :)
Ask and ye shall receive...momentarily.

(I work and stuff.)

galileo
09-30-2004, 10:33 AM
Ask and ye shall receive...momentarily.

(I work and stuff.)
We understand. You need to be able to afford gas for your rice burner. :cool:

Blood&Iron
09-30-2004, 10:44 AM
Tuesday, Oct 28th

Ramblings
Late...

Diet
M1 1 scoop MPI, 3 Egg Bacon and Cheese Omelet, 2 slices whole wheat toast, 1 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp jam
M2 2 lean turkey burgers, 2 slices no fat swiss, ketchup + mustard, small Rice Krispy treat
M3 Turkey & Cheese Sandwich (from convenience store), small Rice Krispy Treat
M4 25mg ephedrine, 200mg caffeine, 1 scoop whey concentrate(4g carbs/0g fiber, 25g protein, 1g fat)
M5 Powerade (36g carbs/0g fiber, 0g protein, 0g fat)
M6 1 scoop whey concentrate(4g carbs/0g fiber, 25g protein, 0g fat)
M7 1 can Campbell's Soup, 2 slices whole wheat bread, 1 slice regular swiss, 1 slice no-fat swiss, 1 granny-smith apple
M8 10 Double Stuf Oreos, 3 cups skim milk

Totals: ???
Calories: ???
Comments: I liek Oreos. I consider it a victory I only ate a single row, rather than the whole bag (which I polished off the next day).

Training
HS Military Press: 90 x 5, 130 x 3, 180 x 5
DB OHP(Tempo: 101) 50's x 3, 60's x 5, 60's x 5, 60's x 5, 60's x 5, 60's x 5
T-bar Row(Tempo: 201) 80 x 5, 90 x 8, 100 x 8, 100 x 8
DB Laterals(Tempo: 202) 12.5 x 12, 12.5 x 12
Pulldown (Tempo: 201) 90 x 12, 105 x 10
Nautilus Lateral (Timed: ~ 1 minute) 100 x 15
HS Incline (Tempo: 201) 90 x 5, 160 x 8, 160 x 8
BB Curls(Tempo: 101) 65 x 12, 65 x 10
V-bar Pushdowns(Tempo: 101) 115 x 12, 115 x 12
Rev Pec Deck(Tempo: 201) 70 x 12

Comments
I included the tempos this time, because Lyle provided no sample workout in his article. This is pretty haphazard. About 2 minutes of thought in this--mostly to bringing up my delts. Chest is receiving minimal work cuz it's a strong point. Weight selections were a bit off. Dunno if I liked the workout a lot either. Took about 45 min. My rest periods for the heavy sets are still too short (supposed to be 4-5 minutes, but I invariably get antsy and start a new set after about 2-3 minutes)

Weight 193lbs

Blood&Iron
09-30-2004, 10:45 AM
We understand. You need to be able to afford gas for your rice burner. :cool:
It's called a rice rocket. R-O-C-K-E-T.

Don't hate.

Blood&Iron
09-30-2004, 10:58 AM
Wednesday, Oct 29th

Ramblings
Late again...

Diet
M1 1 scoop MPI, 8 Oreos, 1 cup skim milk, 1.25 cups oats
M2 1 can Campbell's Soup, 8 Oreos, 3 cups skim milk, 2 slices whole wheat, 1 slice regular swiss, 1 slice no-fat swiss
M3 Turkey & Cheese Sandwich (from convenience store)
M4 Little Debbie Snack Cake
M4 25mg ephedrine, 200mg caffeine, 1 scoop whey concentrate(4g carbs/0g fiber, 25g protein, 1g fat)
M5 B&I Aid(25g dextrose + 10g sucrose)
M6 1 scoop whey concentrate
M7 2 lean Turkey Burgers, 1 slice regular swiss, 1 slice no-fat swiss, 1 granny-smith apple, ketchup, mustard, 10 Oreos, 3 cups skim milk

Totals: ???
Calories: ???
Comments: I liek Oreos...cannot have them around me.

Training
Squats 130 x 5, 185 x 3, 225 x 3, 225 x 3, 225 x 3, 225 x 3, 225 x 3, 225 x 3, 225 x 3, 225 x 3
SLDL (w/ straps) 135 x 5, 205 x 6, 205 x 6
Standing Leg Curl R: 30 x 10, 30 x 10, L: 30 x 10, 30 x 10
Leg Press 230 x 10, 230 x 10, 230 x 10
Seated Leg Curl 105 x 17
Standing Calf 135 x 8, 135 x 6, 135 x 7
Seated Calf 60 x 12
Nautilus Machine Crunch (Tempo: 202) 90 x 13


Comments
Workout is 3rd from bottom:
http://www.avantlabs.com/page.php?pageID=243&pf=1&noupdate=1

First time I've squatted in quite awhile (at least with anything more than 135lbs) Nervous as the only serious injury I've ever sustained was from improper form while squatting (going ass-to-calves and not maintaining an anterior pelvic tilt). I made sure only to go to parallel (and had someone watch me). First 6 sets were relatively easy. Last couple were a little difficult and my form was a bit spotty; I was rising with my legs, then straigtening my back, rather than doing both simultaneously. Also, my rest periods were shorter than they should have been (2-3 minutes rather than 5).

Weight 196lbs

galileo
09-30-2004, 12:18 PM
Dude, what's up with the oreos? You ate a damn lot of them. Hint: quit buying them.

Blood&Iron
09-30-2004, 12:25 PM
Dude, what's up with the oreos? You ate a damn lot of them. Hint: quit buying them.
Double Stuf Oreos. There's a difference.

I bought a bag. Normally, I'd consume it (about 36 cookies total: 360g carbs, 126g fat, 18g protein, ~2646KCAL) in one sitting (along with 1/2 gallon of milk). Hence the comment:

I liek Oreos...cannot have them around me.
I did that a couple of times during my break. I thought maybe I'd be okay with only having like 4 after dinner. I was wrong. But, like I said, it was a minor victory in that it took 2 days (rather than 1 hour) for me to polish off the whole bag. I don't plan on buying them again for awhile. My weight is steady, though, so I'm not terribly worried. Maybe I should be. Whatever.

But you see the key to my failings at dieting--it's not, as some have suggested, OCD, it's that I really like eating. And I'm good at it, dammit.

galileo
09-30-2004, 01:11 PM
Wow. A bag of oreos has a damn lot o' cals. Congrats on the...um, victory.

_-_v_-_
09-30-2004, 10:02 PM
Dude, send some of those Oreos my way.

Oh, wait. Nevermind. I'm allergic to them.

I just realized something: I've never had cookies and milk in my life.

*shoots self*

Isn't that sad? And...almost un-American?

Hell, let's make it a theme!


Diet
M1 1 scoop MPI, 8 Oreos, 1 cup skim milk, 1.25 cups oats


Allergic to it.


M2 1 can Campbell's Soup, 8 Oreos, 3 cups skim milk, 2 slices whole wheat, 1 slice regular swiss, 1 slice no-fat swiss

Allergic to it.


M3 Turkey & Cheese Sandwich (from convenience store)

Allergic.


M4 Little Debbie Snack Cake

Allergic.


M4 25mg ephedrine, 200mg caffeine, 1 scoop whey concentrate(4g carbs/0g fiber, 25g protein, 1g fat)



Al-****ing-ergic.


M5 B&I Aid(25g dextrose + 10g sucrose)

Hey! Not allergic!

But then, it's pure sugar. Go fig.


M6 1 scoop whey concentrate

Yep. You guessed it.


M7 2 lean Turkey Burgers, 1 slice regular swiss, 1 slice no-fat swiss, 1 granny-smith apple, ketchup, mustard, 10 Oreos, 3 cups skim milk

*shoots self. Again*

:)

Blood&Iron
10-01-2004, 11:13 AM
LMAO.

I wish I could send you Oreos. All of them. In the world.

As for you, I think you're pretty much limited to a glucose drip.

_-_v_-_
10-01-2004, 11:19 AM
LMAO.

Glucose? Try pure olive oil, at my weight.

Blood&Iron
10-05-2004, 09:35 AM
Monday, October 4th

Ramblings
Bleh. I didn't manage to make journal entries for Friday through Sunday. I'm too lazy to go back and do them.

Diet
M1 1 scoop MPI, 1.25 cups oats
M2 1 can Campbell's Soup, 4 Oreos, 3 cups skim milk, 2 slices whole wheat, 1 slices reduced fat swiss,
M3 Turkey & Cheese Sandwich (from convenience store), small rice krispy treat
M4 50mg ephedrine, 500mg caffeine, 2/3 scoop whey concentrate, 25g B&I aid
M5 B&I Aid(25g dextrose + 10g sucrose)
M6 1 scoop whey concentrate
M7 4 ounces spaghetti, 1 cup marinara sauce, 2 Oreos, 1 cup skim milk
M8 1 can soup

Totals: ???
Calories: ???
Comments: Eh.

Training
DB OHP(Tempo: 201) 30's x 5, 45's x 2, 55's x 1, 65's x 5, 65's x 5, 65's x 5, 65's x 4, 65's x 4
Chins (Tempo: 201) bdy x 3, bdy x 7, bdy x 6, bdy x 6
DB Laterals(Tempo: 202) 12.5 x 12, 12.5 x 11
Pulldown (Tempo: 201) 105 x 12, 105 x 10
Nautilus Lateral (Timed: ~ 1 minute) 110 x 15
HS Incline (Tempo: 201) 90 x 5, 180 x 8, 180 x 7
Rev Pec Deck(Tempo: 201) 60 x 20
BB Curls(Tempo: 101) 70 x 12, 70 x 8
V-bar Pushdowns(Tempo: 101) 130 x 12, 130 x 12


Comments
Eh.

Weight 195.5lbs

_-_v_-_
10-05-2004, 09:45 AM
Bleh. I didn't manage to make journal entries for Friday through Sunday. I'm too lazy to go back and do them.

Laziness is a good thing; obsessive "journalization," to bastardize utterly the English language and coin a word that should not, EVER, be coined, is not. Need proof? Three letters. A. K. A.

:)

JK.

How goes otherwise, man?

galileo
10-05-2004, 09:49 AM
:eek:

BIG C
10-05-2004, 09:57 AM
50mg ephedrine. Thought of increasing to that. Does it make you jittery? I take 25mg usually before workout.

Workout looking good!

galileo
10-05-2004, 10:02 AM
That makes my prostate swell just thinking about it.

Blood&Iron
10-05-2004, 10:03 AM
50mg ephedrine. Thought of increasing to that. Does it make you jittery? I take 25mg usually before workout.

Workout looking good!
Thanks.

Nope, no jitters. During my two week break from lifting, I stopped using ephedrine completely. I should've given it another two weeks (or more) but I hate working out without the stuff. Silly thing is I've used it chronically for so long, even 50mg doesn't do much for me. It'd be far better to just take 4-6 weeks off so that 25mg works.

Blood&Iron
10-05-2004, 10:05 AM
That makes my prostate swell just thinking about it.
Just call me 'Mr. Dribbley'.

Personally, I can't wait for my first kidney stone.

I'm going to call it 'Marv.'

Blood&Iron
10-05-2004, 10:06 AM
Laziness is a good thing; obsessive "journalization," to bastardize utterly the English language and coin a word that should not, EVER, be coined, is not. Need proof? Three letters. A. K. A.

:)

JK.

How goes otherwise, man?
Decently.

I don't seem to be getting fat, anyway (Hovering around 195). It's nice to be able to relax a bit about what I'm eating and doing in the gym. Hard to tell if strength is increasing just yet.

Blood&Iron
10-05-2004, 10:07 AM
Laziness is a good thing; obsessive "journalization," to bastardize utterly the English language and coin a word that should not, EVER, be coined, is not. Need proof? Three letters. A. K. A.

I should add:
If Lyle ever saw Aka's journal, I think his head would explode.

BIG C
10-05-2004, 10:22 AM
Yeah I love popping them before wokout too. I take a day or 2 off a week from it. The 25mg just doesn't seem to kick me up as much LOL. I will def. try the 50mg. I know I used to pop 3 Hydroxy Cut(with Eph) at a time before they were outlawed! Talk about a crazy workout! LOL

Blood&Iron
10-06-2004, 03:12 PM
Tuesday, Oct 5th[/SIZE]

Ramblings
Bleh.

Diet
M1 1 scoop MPI, 1/2 cups oats
M2 1 can Campbell's Soup, 2 slices whole wheat, 2 slices reduced fat swiss, 1 granny smith apple
M3 Large rice Krispy Treat
M4 50mg ephedrine, 500mg caffeine, 1 scoop whey concentrate, 25g B&I Aid
M5 B&I Aid(25g dextrose + 10g sucrose)
M6 1 scoop whey concentrate
M7 4oz spaghetti, 1 cup marinara sauce, granny smith apple
M8 0.5 cup oats, 1 scoop MPI

Totals: ???
Calories: ???
Comments: ...

Training
Squats 130 x 5, 185 x 3, 235 x 3, 235 x 3, 235 x 3, 235 x 3, 235 x 3, 235 x 3, 225 x 3, 235 x 3
SLDL (w/ straps) 135 x 5, 225 x 6, 225 x 6
Standing Leg Curl R: 25 x 10, 25 x 10, L: 25 x 10, 25 x 10
Leg Press 250 x 10, 250 x 10, 250 x 10
Seated Leg Curl 120 x 13
Standing Calf 155 x 12, 155 x 10
Seated Calf 60 x 12
Nautilus Machine Crunch (Tempo: 202) 100 x 13


Comments
Weight 195

_-_v_-_
10-06-2004, 03:33 PM
I should add:
If Lyle ever saw Aka's journal, I think his head would explode.

LMAO.

Too late, I think. Judging by the lack of response, I think my email already took care of that :)

rookiebldr
10-06-2004, 04:18 PM
Just call me 'Mr. Dribbley'.


I thought it was age related, I guess I can just stop the ephedrine. :eek:


How the hell did I miss this earlier. Welcome back big guy.

Blood&Iron
10-06-2004, 04:25 PM
In your case, I'm sure it's age. Also explains how you missed this journal. Hint: it's ends with 'enility'.


And you can hardly call me 'big guy'--you weigh more than me now!

Seriously, though, thanks! It's good to be back. You just need to get out to Michigan some time and train again.

Maki Riddington
10-06-2004, 05:00 PM
Now I have someone else to bug.

BIG C
10-06-2004, 11:46 PM
Great job on those squats! :thumbup:

Blood&Iron
10-11-2004, 07:18 PM
Great job on those squats! :thumbup:
Thanks.

All I need to do is add about 170lbs and they'll be respectable.

Blood&Iron
10-11-2004, 07:28 PM
Monday, October 11th

Ramblings
Nope.

Diet
M1 1 scoop MPI, 1.25 cups oats
M2 Wendy's Grilled Chicken Sandwich, small chili, large rice krispy treat
M3 Turkey & Cheese Sandwich (from convenience store), small rice krispy treat
M4 50mg ephedrine, 500mg caffeine, 2/3 scoop whey concentrate, 25g B&I aid
M5 B&I Aid(25g dextrose + 10g sucrose)
M6 1 scoop whey concentrate
M7 Ham & Cheese Sandwich (from gas station), 4oz beef jerky, small rice krispy treat
M8 ???

Totals: ???
Calories: ???
Comments:
Ate at a Chinese buffet yesterday--and my cals (and particuarly fat intake) were probably pretty high as a result. Overall, I've been doing *okay*. Not great, but I haven't been pigging out consitently--only 1-2 days a week. Hopefully, it doesn't end up causing too many problems. I'm trying to get it under control, without reverting to dieting. It's hard, though, as I'm sorta an all-or-nothing kinda guy. Either dieting or eating complete crap. It's hard to find a middle ground.


Training
DB OHP(Tempo: 201) 35's x 5, 45's x 3, 55's x 1, 65's x 1, 70's x 4, 70's x 4, 70's x 4, 70's x 3
Chins (Tempo: 201) bdy x 3, bdy+10 x 6, bdy+10 x 6, bdy+10 x 4
DB Laterals(Tempo: 202) 15's x 12, 20's x 9
Cybex Pulldown (Tempo: 201) 112.5 x 10, 112.5 x 10
Nautilus Lateral (Timed: ~ 1 minute) 117 x 13
HS Incline (Tempo: 201) 90 x 5, 180 x 8, 180 x 7
Rev Pec Deck(Tempo: 201) 75 x 16
BB Curls(Tempo: 201) 80 x 9, 80 x 4
V-bar Pushdowns(Tempo: 201) 150 (stack) x 10, 150 x 12


Comments
Think I might have used too much weight on a few exercises as my reps were a bit too low (Chins + Curls). My main goal right now is to bring up my shoulders. I've been moving up decently on my DB OHP, but I'm arching my back more than I should. My lower back felt a bit odd after--not a good thing. I may lower the weight. I don't seem to be having problems kicking up the bells at least (something with which I've had problems in the past with anything more than 65's). Overall, a decent workout.

Weight 200lbs

ectx
10-11-2004, 07:58 PM
You have horrible Vonnegut Prose ranking abilities.

That is all.


...btw, great Malcolm Reynolds quotation.

Blood&Iron
10-11-2004, 08:05 PM
You have horrible Vonnegut Prose ranking abilities.

That is all.

Pfft.




...btw, great Malcolm Reynolds quotation.
There's so many great quotes from 'Firefly'. Minimum of 2-3 in every episode. I still think my favorite, though, was:


BOOK
Some orders allow Shepherds to marry,
but I follow a narrower path.

JAYNE
But, I mean, you still got the urge,
right? They don't cut it off or
nothing...

BOOK
(smiles)
No, I'm more or less intact. I just
direct my energy elsewhere.

JAYNE
You mean like masterbatin'?


Fun stuff:
http://www.thehallway.net/firefly.htm
http://www.twiztv.com/scripts/firefly/index.html

I'm counting the days to the film...the trailer should be out on January 14th.

_-_v_-_
10-11-2004, 08:15 PM
It's hard, though, as I'm sorta an all-or-nothing kinda guy.

Hmm. That sounds vaguely familiar...

lol.

Likewise waiting for the film -- I missed out on the televised version, unfortunately, and I'm a damn cheapskate, so I'm loathe to purchase the DVDs.

Blood&Iron
10-11-2004, 08:25 PM
Hmm. That sounds vaguely familiar...

lol.

Hey, it looks like Lyle responded finally, though (Saw him post something about a PM over at Bodyrecomposition) Now you just need to follow his advice. Easier said than done, of course. What I think many people forget is that it's hard to just change oneself like that. Realizing something intellectually, and being able to accept it at a deeper level are two totally different animals.



Likewise waiting for the film -- I missed out on the televised version, unfortunately, and I'm a damn cheapskate, so I'm loathe to purchase the DVDs.
As did everyone, except like me and one other person in North America. I even sent in postcards trying to get the damn things saved. All to no avail.

I will hate Fox to my dying day for how they f*cked Whedon and his show over.

If you haven't seen the show (I'm assuming you have) the DVD's are well worth it. They're like $30 or something and the audio commentary for Serenity is, I think, the best commentary I've heard:


Whedon: Yeah, this is where I thought you had something in your eye. I'm like 'I'm picking up a weird glare'. Turns out that was just you emoting.
Fillion: Yeah, that's me acting.

And similar such exchanges.

_-_v_-_
10-11-2004, 08:34 PM
Hey, it looks like Lyle responded finally, though (Saw him post something about a PM over at Bodyrecomposition) Now you just need to follow his advice. Easier said than done, of course. What I think many people forget is that it's hard to just change oneself like that. Realizing something intellectually, and being able to accept it at a deeper level are two totally different animals.


He didn't reply to email -- not sure if he's going to. He essentially gave me the most basic advice imaginable. Didn't explain any of the hematological issues, answer any of the other questions, etc., unfortunately. We'll see if he goes into any more detail. Hope so.



As did everyone, except like me and one other person in North America. I even sent in postcards trying to get the damn things saved. All to no avail.

I will hate Fox to my dying day for how they f*cked Whedon and his show over.


I know they loved it over at Penny Arcade -- that's good enough for me :).



If you haven't seen the show (I'm assuming you have) the DVD's are well worth it. They're like $30 or something and the audio commentary for Serenity is, I think, the best commentary I've heard:

And similar such exchanges.

I'll see if I can't get my brother to pick it up for me for my birthday :) . Hey, I'm a college student -- ergo, I'm a cheap bastard.

Relentless
10-13-2004, 01:11 PM
Overall, I've been doing *okay*. Not great, but I haven't been pigging out consitently--only 1-2 days a week. Hopefully, it doesn't end up causing too many problems. I'm trying to get it under control, without reverting to dieting. It's hard, though, as I'm sorta an all-or-nothing kinda guy. Either dieting or eating complete crap. It's hard to find a middle ground.

Over the summer I found that a trick that worked for me was to shoot for a target "clean" percentage of total weekly calories. I think I stole the idea from an article by John Berardi or someone like that.

If I was getting 90% or 95% of my weekly calories 'clean' then I felt pretty damn good. I could still wig out every now and then and hit the Mandarin or eat some Krispy Kremes or whatever but by and large I didn't fall into the trap of "well I broke the diet I might as well just order 6 pizzas and drink that keg". By shooting for that 90% I was able to recover from lapses and not think twice about it.

FWIW

ectx
10-13-2004, 02:05 PM
My favorite dialogue from the series is still:

Book: "What are we up to, sweetheart?"

River: "Fixing your Bible."

Book: "I, um...what?"

River: "Bible's broken. Contradictions, false logistics - doesn't make sense."

Book: "No, no. You - you can't...

River: "So we'll integrate non-progressional evolution theory with God's creation of Eden. Eleven inherent metaphoric parallels already there. Eleven. Important number. Prime number. One goes into the house of eleven eleven times, but always comes out one. Noah's ark is a problem."

Book: "Really?"

River: "We'll have to call it early quantum state phenomenon. Only way to fit 5000 species of mammal on the same boat."


Fox really really screwed over Whedon. It's by far his best stuff. I also anxiously await the release of the movie.

Meanwhile I keep on spreading the gospel of Firefly. I got Teufelhund the set of DVD's. He's a big Whedon fan. Him and his wife liked it so much they're on their second viewing of the series...me...well I've seen it too many times to be productive.

Blood&Iron
10-13-2004, 02:25 PM
My favorite dialogue from the series is still:

Book: "What are we up to, sweetheart?"

River: "Fixing your Bible."

Book: "I, um...what?"

River: "Bible's broken. Contradictions, false logistics - doesn't make sense."

Book: "No, no. You - you can't...

River: "So we'll integrate non-progressional evolution theory with God's creation of Eden. Eleven inherent metaphoric parallels already there. Eleven. Important number. Prime number. One goes into the house of eleven eleven times, but always comes out one. Noah's ark is a problem."

Book: "Really?"

River: "We'll have to call it early quantum state phenomenon. Only way to fit 5000 species of mammal on the same boat."


Fox really really screwed over Whedon. It's by far his best stuff. I also anxiously await the release of the movie.

Meanwhile I keep on spreading the gospel of Firefly. I got Teufelhund the set of DVD's. He's a big Whedon fan. Him and his wife liked it so much they're on their second viewing of the series...me...well I've seen it too many times to be productive.
I know most of the dialogue by heart at this point. I watched it on tv. Bought Video CDs (back in spring of '03, before the DVD set was released) and pre-ordered the DVDs. F*ck, I even participated in the postcard campaigns to save the show--both of 'em. I've always been pretty derisive when it comes to geeky-fandom, but 'Firefly' was truly something special and I still miss it goddammit. I don't even have tv at my apartment now (I have a big screen HDTV; I only use it for movies and Firefly, though).

My first post apparently:
http://www.wannabebigforums.com/showthread.php?p=355889&highlight=Firefly#post355889

Oh, yeah, and this:
http://www.wannabebigforums.com/showthread.php?t=23846&highlight=Firefly

All my posts (quite scary actually):
http://www.wannabebigforums.com/search.php?searchid=179688

ectx
10-13-2004, 02:42 PM
Dork...it was actually your journal that got me to watch it. Pfft...you think you know a person. *shakes head*

Blood&Iron
10-13-2004, 02:49 PM
Dork...it was actually your journal that got me to watch it. Pfft...you think you know a person. *shakes head*
Bah.

I plead temporary stupidity!

Plus, that was mainly for the benefit of everyone else, so they'd know just how big of a dork I am! So there!

ectx
10-13-2004, 02:56 PM
read my new sig.

Blood&Iron
10-13-2004, 02:59 PM
read my new sig.
Sweet!

Blood&Iron
10-13-2004, 03:41 PM
Tuesday, Oct 11th

Ramblings
Bleh.

Diet
M1 1 scoop MPI, 1/2 cups oats
M2 (can't remember)
M3 Turkey & Swiss Sandwhich, small rice Krispy Treat
M4 50mg ephedrine, 500mg caffeine, 1 scoop whey concentrate, 25g B&I Aid
M5 B&I Aid(25g dextrose + 10g sucrose)
M6 1 scoop whey concentrate
M7 turkey burger, low-carb bun, no-fat swiss, 1 can Campbell's soup, granny smith apple
M8 Large rice krispy treat, 1 cup skim milk

Totals: ???
Calories: ???
Comments: ...
I feel fat. I haven't been gaining terribly huge amounts of weight, but I was reasonably lean for a long time so any gain is unwelcome. My pants are a bit too tight. I may do a short 2 week burst of the UD2 starting next week and try to drop the 3-4 lbs of fat I've gained during my Oreo/Chinese Buffet/whatever binges. Guess we'll see how I'm feeling...

Training
Squats 130 x 5, 185 x 3, 225 x 1, 245 x 3, 245 x 3, 245 x 3, 245 x 3, 245 x 3, 245 x 3, 245 x 3
SLDL (w/ straps) 135 x 5, 185 x 6, 185 x 6
Standing Leg Curl R: 30 x 12, 30 x 12, L: 30 x 12, 30 x 12
Leg Press 260 x 10, 260 x 10, 260 x 10
Seated Leg Curl 110 x 17
Standing Calf 155 x 12, 155 x 10
Seated Calf 60 x 12
Nautilus Machine Crunch (Tempo: 202) 100 x 10


Comments
Squat didn't feel *heavy* per se, but my form was not as good as I'd like. I was using what I euphemistically refer to as 'powerlifting form'. My back was quite fatigued after the SLDL. I may drop it back to 225 and just work the reps up a bit.

Weight 198.5

Blood&Iron
10-13-2004, 07:59 PM
Wednesday, October 12th

Ramblings
Bleh.

Diet
M1 1 scoop MPI, 1.25 cups oats
M2 1 can Campbell's Soup, 1 granny smith apple, turkey burger, no-fat swiss, low-carb bun
M3 large rice krispy treat
M4 50mg ephedrine, 500mg caffeine, 2/3 scoop whey concentrate, 25g B&I aid
M5 B&I Aid(25g dextrose + 10g sucrose)
M6 1 scoop whey concentrate
M7 4 ounces spaghetti, 1 cup marinara sauce, turkey burger, no fat swiss
M8 2 cups rice krispies, 1 cup skim milk

Totals: ???
Calories: ???
Comments: Eh.

Training
DB OHP(Tempo: 201) 35's x 5, 45's x 2, 55's x 1, 65's x 1, 75's x 3, 75's x 3, 75's x 2, 75's x 2, 75's x miss
T-bar row(Tempo: 201) 80 x 3, 120 x 6, 120 x 6, 120 x 7
DB Laterals(Tempo: 202) 17.5's x 11, 17.5's x 9
Pulldown (Tempo: 201) 110 x 12, 110 x 11
Nautilus Lateral (Timed: ~ 1 minute) 117 x 12
Dips (Tempo: 201) bdy x 3, bdy(200) + 10 x 9, bdy(200) + 10 x 6
Rev Pec Deck(Tempo: 201) 75 x 9
BB Curls(Tempo: 101) 85 x 8



Comments
PR on the DB Overhead Presses. I was actually pretty happy with my performace as I honestly wasn't sure I could manage to kick the bells up even. Did okay, until the last set, at which I got the bells to my shoulders but was too exhausted to get them up. Overall a pretty good workout. Dips also felt quite nice.

Weight 200lbs

_-_v_-_
10-13-2004, 08:04 PM
Dude, you eat a lot...












...or maybe I just eat too little.


:)

Blood&Iron
10-13-2004, 08:04 PM
Over the summer I found that a trick that worked for me was to shoot for a target "clean" percentage of total weekly calories. I think I stole the idea from an article by John Berardi or someone like that.

If I was getting 90% or 95% of my weekly calories 'clean' then I felt pretty damn good. I could still wig out every now and then and hit the Mandarin or eat some Krispy Kremes or whatever but by and large I didn't fall into the trap of "well I broke the diet I might as well just order 6 pizzas and drink that keg". By shooting for that 90% I was able to recover from lapses and not think twice about it.

FWIW
You're assuming I have some kinda control over myself here...

Seriously, though, I don't usually go off the rails because I f*cked up, i.e. I don't eat something bad and then figure I might was well eat everything. It's more of a situation where I eat badly one time and try to eat okay the rest of the time. It's just that one time occurs a bit too frequently. Like I've said before, I like eating.

Blood&Iron
10-13-2004, 08:15 PM
Dude, you eat a lot...












...or maybe I just eat too little.

Sh*t, this is major restraint on my part.

Check out the last time I really bulked (look through a couple of the entries):
http://www.wannabebigforums.com/showthread.php?p=234020#post234020

rookiebldr
10-13-2004, 09:21 PM
Alas it's time to respond.


In your case, I'm sure it's age. Also explains how you missed this journal. Hint: it's ends with 'enility'.


I left that open so I could see if you still had your wit. :nod: Glad to see all that UD2 stuff hasn't taken it away.


And you can hardly call me 'big guy'--you weigh more than me now!

Now I don't. You made it up to 200 and I'm back down to 200 today. I need to eat more.


Seriously, though, thanks! It's good to be back. You just need to get out to Michigan some time and train again.

I'd love to or maybe it's your turn for a road trip.


Nice work on those DB Overhead presses. At least you're putting that food to some good use by getting some pr's. :)

Blood&Iron
10-18-2004, 07:27 AM
I weiged 203.5lbs this morning.

So, it's back to the UD2 for a brief 2 week slim-down.

Someone shoot me in the head.

Please.

ectx
10-18-2004, 08:08 AM
I weiged 203.5lbs this morning.

So, it's back to the UD2 for a brief 2 week slim-down.
OMG...Fatty. That's it...it's another apocalypse. At your height I'd hardly consider 203.5 overweight. It's pbly just a little bloat...I hear it happens when you eat too many oreos. :p



Someone shoot me in the head.

Please.

No, that would be too easy. It's also hard to find folks to engage in pseudointellectual diatribe with.

Blood&Iron
10-18-2004, 08:17 AM
OMG...Fatty. That's it...it's another apocalypse. At your height I'd hardly consider 203.5 overweight. It's pbly just a little bloat...I hear it happens when you eat too many oreos. :p

Nah, it's not overweight. Compared to 'normal' people, I'm still relatively lean.

And actually, I haven't had a bag of Oreos in a couple weeks. I've been doing relatively okay. But I slip up when going out to eat (Saturday I ate a bunch of chinese food) and so forth. And it's added up.

My weight's being fluctuating somewhat consistently since I stopped dieting. Even 3-4 weeks ago, there were some days I was 200lbs and some I was only 195. But I my pants have gottan a bit tight around the waist, and I resolved last night that if was over 200lbs when I woke up this morning I would diet for a couple of weeks. If I was under 200lbs, I'd just keep on doing what I've been doing.

I was 203.5, so diet it was.

It's probably a mistake. I've been gaining strength and I even had someone comment that my arms looked noticeably bigger since last week. But I just can't handle having a gut again.



No, that would be too easy. It's also hard to find folks to engage in pseudointellectual diatribe with.
Pseudo?

Pfft.

_-_v_-_
10-18-2004, 08:38 AM
It's also hard to find folks to engage in pseudointellectual diatribe with.



It's okay. I know when I'm not wanted :)

ectx
10-18-2004, 08:44 AM
It's okay. I know when I'm not wanted :)

with you it's not pseudo...it's intellectual. B&I's just not at the same level. Plus you mock yourself...way too much.

Blood&Iron
10-18-2004, 08:49 AM
with you it's not pseudo...it's intellectual. B&I's just not at the same level. Plus you mock yourself...way too much.
You're not wildly interested in ingratiating yourself with me, huh?

And from someone who ranks 'Bluebeard' as one of Vonnegut's best, no less. Philistine.

_-_v_-_
10-18-2004, 08:51 AM
Hey, I don't care WHAT someone ranks as Vonnegut's best -- so long at it isn't Galapagos or Cat's Cradle.

*shudder*

Blood&Iron
10-18-2004, 09:01 AM
Hey, I don't care WHAT someone ranks as Vonnegut's best -- so long at it isn't Galapagos or Cat's Cradle.

*shudder*
Hey, I think 'Cat's Cradle' is great.

(_-_v_-_)--

(That's v being decremented, for all those confused.)

ectx
10-18-2004, 09:08 AM
You're not wildly interested in ingratiating yourself with me, huh?

Bah...man...you got me watching Firefly. That's a good thing. It's just...not easy being nice.




And from someone who ranks 'Bluebeard' as one of Vonnegut's best, no less. Philistine.

Now you're just getting personal buddy. You're pbly annoyed because your Dodge neon is "babysh!t" brown.

And Cat's cradle is brilliant. A pox on you, V. Tell him how it is. Zac.

Blood&Iron
10-18-2004, 09:14 AM
Bah...man...you got me watching Firefly. That's a good thing. It's just...not easy being nice.

Can't tell if you noticed that was a paraphrase of Book in "Serenity". If not,
I'm afraid it's ectx--




Now you're just getting personal buddy. You're pbly annoyed because your Dodge neon is "babysh!t" brown.

Now you're mistaking me with Belial. He's the one with Neon. I drive a WRX. I'm fabulously well-to-do.

Well, not really.

And I did enjoy 'Bluebeard'. It's still miles better than most anything from most any other author. Just not my favorite thing from Vonnegut. It definitely has it's moments, though.


And Cat's cradle is brilliant. A pox on you, V. Tell him how it is. Zack.
No k. And we're agreed 'Cat's Cradle' is brilliant. The creation myth Vonnegut presents is one of my favorite things he's ever written.

See the cat. See the cradle.

rookiebldr
10-18-2004, 02:50 PM
Bah, enough of the dieting! Bigger arms? Stronger? And now you're throwing that away? Some would say f00!, however, I know you have just been dieing to get back on that diet again. A glutton for punishment.

ectx
10-18-2004, 03:13 PM
Can't tell if you noticed that was a paraphrase of Book in "Serenity". If not,
I'm afraid it's ectx-- caught it


Now you're mistaking me with Belial. He's the one with Neon. I drive a WRX. I'm fabulously well-to-do.


but is it "babysh!t" brown, right?...which is a reference to 'Bluebeard'


And I did enjoy 'Bluebeard'. It's still miles better than most anything from most any other author. Just not my favorite thing from Vonnegut. It definitely has it's moments, though.

No k. And we're agreed 'Cat's Cradle' is brilliant. The creation myth Vonnegut presents is one of my favorite things he's ever written.

See the cat. See the cradle.

I wrote a paper on the "book within a book" device used by Vonnegut in Cat's Cradle. Originally I intended to draw parallels between the more amusing, but slightly doggerel HitchHiker's Guide and Cat's Cradle, but I ended up only analyzing Cat's Cradle. There's just so much in there.

bah, I'm a geek. that is all.

Blood&Iron
10-18-2004, 03:22 PM
Bah, enough of the dieting! Bigger arms? Stronger? And now you're throwing that away? Some would say f00!, however, I know you have just been dieing to get back on that diet again. A glutton for punishment.
Yes, you're probably right.

And I am dying. Not to get on the diet--from the diet. Bleh.

Blood&Iron
10-18-2004, 03:29 PM
caught it



but is it "babysh!t" brown, right?...which is a reference to 'Bluebeard'

Nope. Silver.

I got the reference. I tried to make that clear by referencing my favorite Vonnegut book in the response. Guess I failed. What's new there?



I wrote a paper on the "book within a book" device used by Vonnegut in Cat's Cradle. Originally I intended to draw parallels between the more amusing, but slightly doggerel HitchHiker's Guide and Cat's Cradle, but I ended up only analyzing Cat's Cradle. There's just so much in there.

bah, I'm a geek. that is all.
Nah. You're just a literate joto.

Blood&Iron
10-18-2004, 03:46 PM
Monday, Oct 18th

Ramblings
Bah.

Diet
M1 1 scoop WPC, 25mg ephedrine, 200mg caffeine
M2 2 scoops MPI
M3 Lean turkey burger, no fat cheddar, 1 tbsp ketchup, 1 tsp mustard
M4 Lean turkey burger, no fat cheddar, 1 tbsp ketchup, 1 tsp mustard
M5 3 slices low-fat lunch meat, 1 slice no fat cheese, LifeChoice Microwave Meal (Beef Tips & Brocooli), 1/2 cup oats, no fat margarine, Splenda, cinnamon, 2 scoops MPI

Additional Supps: multi, zinc, magnesium, 4g fish oil, vitamin E

Fat: 35g
Carbs/Fiber: 60g/7g
Protein: 200g
Calories: 1327

Comments:.
Was a bit hungry. But so far, so good. M5 hasn't happened. I'm hoping it's sufficient to allow me to sleep.

Training
Morning:
Squats 135 x 13, 135 x 13, 135 x 13
DB OHP 20's x 15, 20's x 15, 20's x 13
Assisted Chins 20 (plates) x 14, 20 x 14, 20 x 14
Assisted Dips 18 (plates) x 13, 18 x 13, 18 x 13
Curls 40 x 15, 40 x 15
Leg Press 250 x 15, 230 x 13, 230 x 11
HS Row 90 x 18, 90 x 18, 90 x 18
HS Incline 70 x 16, 70 x 15, 70 x 13
DB Laterals7.5's x 12, 7.5's x 12, 7.5's x 12
Curls 40 x 15, 40 x 15
Standing Calf 95 x 13, 95 x 13

Evening:
+20 min low intensity cardio

Comments
I had already forgotten how tough and un-fun the UD2 workouts were. Plus I was signficantly weaker than I was when I stopped the UD2 (even though I'm stronger when doing low reps)

Weight 203.5

Relentless
10-18-2004, 04:00 PM
seeing you record a 1100-calorie day makes ME hungry
I don't know how you do it

rookiebldr
10-18-2004, 05:23 PM
And I am dying. Not to get on the diet--from the diet. Bleh.

I thought of editing that, not that I should have made that error to begin with, but knew you'd have fun correcting me. ;) I know how much fun you're missing now that you're back on UD2.

Blood&Iron
10-19-2004, 07:42 AM
Tuesday, Oct 19th

Ramblings
Last night as I was leaving the gym after my extra cardio session, I ran into the dude who'd commented that my arms had looked bigger. I said I was dieting, and he said 'Why? You were getting bigger.'

What I should've said is this: 'Because I'm a moron.'
What I did say was this: 'I was getting fat'.

Whatever.

Diet
M1 1 scoop WPC, 25mg ephedrine, 200mg caffeine
M2 2 scoops MPI
M3 Lean turkey burger, no fat cheddar, 1 tbsp ketchup, 1 tsp mustard
M4 Lean turkey burger, no fat cheddar, 1 tbsp ketchup, 1 tsp mustard
M5 LifeChoice Microwave Meal (Turkey & Green beans), 1/2 cup oats, no fat margarine, Splenda, cinnamon, 2 scoops MPI

Additional Supps: multi, zinc, magnesium, 4g fish oil, vitamin E

Fat: 29g
Carbs/Fiber: 52g/8g
Protein: 210g
Calories: ~1277

Comments:.
Well see if things go down as planned...

Training
Morning:
Squats 135 x 12, 135 x 12, 135 x 12
Lying Leg Curl 50 x 14
Leg Extension 80 x 11
Seated Leg Curl 70 x 12
Leg Extension 80 x 12
Leg Press 230 x 13
Assisted Chins -112 x 14, -112 x 14,
Assisted Dips -100 x 13, -100 x 15
HS Row 90 x 18, 90 x 19
HS Bench 90 x 15, 90 x 15
Overhand Pulldown 90 x 14
Machine Flyes 75 x 12
DB OHP 20's x 13, 20's x 12, 20's x 12
DB Laterals7.5's x 12, 7.5's x 12
Rev Pec Deck 45 x 14, 45 x 14
Curls 40 x 17, 40 x 15
Standing Calf 115 x 13, 115 x 12
Nautilus Machine Crunch 80 x 12, 80 x 12

Evening:
+20 min low intensity cardio (Planned)

Comments
Instead of doing two circuits this time, I did each bodypart all at once. Also, substituted isolation stuff in place of the extra compound work. What can I say? I'm a pussy. This workout was much easier than yesterday--I dunno if I'm happy about that or disappointed.

Weight 198

Blood&Iron
10-19-2004, 07:43 AM
seeing you record a 1100-calorie day makes ME hungry
I don't know how you do it
Well, it actually ended up being a 1300kcal day. I ended up eating an extra low-fat, low-carb microwave meal at dinner. I was just too damn hungry.

Blood&Iron
10-23-2004, 01:36 PM
Wed, Oct 20th

Ramblings
Late...


Diet
M1 1 scoop WPC, 25mg ephedrine, 200mg caffeine
M2 2 scoops MPI
M3 Lean turkey burger, no fat cheddar, 1 tbsp ketchup, 1 tsp mustard
M4 Lean turkey burger, no fat cheddar, 1 tbsp ketchup, 1 tsp mustard
M5 4 slices low-fat lunch meat, 2 slices no fat cheddar, LifeChoice Microwave Meal (Turkey & Green beans), 1/2 cup oats, no fat margarine, Splenda, cinnamon, 2 scoops MPI

Additional Supps: multi, zinc, magnesium, 4g fish oil, vitamin E

Fat: -
Carbs/Fiber: -
Protein: -
Calories: -

Comments:.
I just copied Tuesday's entry, so this is very slightly off. Close enough, though.

Training
Morning:
20min cardio

Evening:
20 min low intensity cardio

Comments
Cardio = suck. cardio x 2 = exponential suck

Weight 198

Blood&Iron
10-23-2004, 01:49 PM
Thursday, October 20th

Ramblings
Late...

Diet
M1 25mg ephedrine, 200mg caffeine
M2 Turkey burger, 1 slice no fat cheddar, ketchup + mustard
M3 Turkey burger, 1 slice no fat cheddar, ketchup + mustard
M4 50mg ephedrine, 500mg caffeine, 2/3 scoop whey concentrate, 25g dextrose, 5g creatine
M5 45g WPC, 180g dextrose, 10g creatine
M6 1 can Campbell's Soup, 6 slices no-fat potato bread, 4 cups rice krispies + Splenda, 8oz pretzels, granny smith apple, 4 cups skim milk
M7 (4:00am) 2 cups rice krispies + splenda, 1 cup skim milk
M8

Totals: ???
Calories: ???
Comments: Solid. No sugar-y stuff plus I kept things very low fat.

Training
Deads (Tempo: 10X) 135 x 5, 185 x 3, 225 x 8, 225 x 8
Leg Ext (Tempo: 101) 100 x 9, 120 x 10
Seated Leg Curl (Tempo: 201) 135 x 10, 135 x 9
DB OHP(Tempo: 101) 35's x 5, 45's x 2, 55's x 8, 55's x 7
Chins (Tempo: 201(x)) bdy x 3, bdy x 8, bdy x 7
Dips (Tempo: 101) bdy x 3, bdy+15 x 8, bdy+15 x 8
T-bar row(Tempo: 201) 80 x 12, 80 x 10
HS Bench (Tempo: 101) 160 x 8, 160 x 6
Rev Pec Deck(Tempo: 201) 75 x 9, 75 x 8
BB Curls (Tempo: 101) 75 x 8, 75 x 7
Standing Calf Raise (Tempo: 201) 135 x 12, 135 x 12
Nautilus Machine Crunch (Tempo: 201) 100 x 10, 100 x 10
Nautilus Hyperextension(Tempo: 201) 90 x 9

Comments
Okay workout.

Weight 197lbs

Blood&Iron
10-23-2004, 01:55 PM
Friday, October 21st

Ramblings
Late...

Diet
15 slices low-fat potato bread
8 cups rice-krispies + Splenda
10 cups skim milk
2 granny smith apples
1 can Campbell's Soup
1 large + 5 small rice-krispy treats
2 tsp butter
4 slices no-fat cheddar
12oz no-fat pretzels
4oz beef jerky
2oz cheese tortellini
2oz cajun chicken
3 low-fat Skinny Cow Ice Cream Bars
1 low-fat Klondike Bar

Comments:
Above are approximate. On the whole pretty damn good. About the best I've done on a refeed. Sugar was a bit higher than ideal (Guessing around 150-200g) Fat was quite low (Guess: 40-50g) Overall carbs were also probably on the low side--dunno if I think this is good or bad. Without totalling everyting up (which I don't feel like) it's hard to say for sure. I was perfect until the evening at which point I had the sugary stuff. Overall, though, I am quite happy with how things turned out.

Training
None.

Weight 202lbs

Blood&Iron
10-23-2004, 02:09 PM
Saturday October 22nd

Ramblings
Eh.

Diet
M1 1 cup shredded wheat + Splenda, 1 cup skim milk, 1 scoop MPI
M2 50mg ephedrine, 500mg caffeine
M3 2/3 scooop WPC, 30g dextrose, 5g creatine
M4 35g dextrose/sucrose
M5 42g whey, 50g dextrose
M6 ...

Totals: -
Calories: -
Comments: -

Training
DB OHP(Tempo: 201) 35's x 5, 45's x 2, 55's x 1, 65's x 1, 75's x 2, 75's x 3, 75's x 2
Chins (Tempo: 201(x)) bdy x 3, bdy+25 x 4, bdy+25 x 4, bdy+25 x3
Dips (Tempo: 101) bdy x 3, bdy+60 x 3, bdy+60 x 3
HS Incline (Tempo: 101) 180 x 3, 270 x 2, 270 x 3
T-bar row(Tempo: 201) 80 x 3, 125 x 5, 135 x 5
Rev Pec Deck(Tempo: 101) 75 x 5, 120 x 3, 120 x 5
Squats(Tempo: 10X) 135 x 5, 185 x 2, 235 x 3, 235 x 5, 235 x 5, 235 x 5
Standing Calf Raise (Tempo: 201) 135 x 5, 185 x 2, 275 x 1, 315 x 3, 315 x 3


Comments
Great workout. My main goal here was to hit the 75's on the DB OHP. It was more difficult than before I started dieting again, but I did manage. I decided to sub squats for my normal deads and also to move them to the end of the workout because of this. The squats actually felt very good and were not too difficult. I also managed to pick just the right weights for everything. Form was dead on on every exercise and my reps ranges were exactly where I wanted them. Solid.

Weight 202lbs

ectx
10-23-2004, 02:20 PM
How can my lifts be trite?

Allow me to explain:

trite

\Trite\, a. [L. tritus, p. p. of terere to rub, to wear out; probably akin to E. throw. See Throw, and cf. Contrite, Detriment, Tribulation, Try.] Worn out; common; used until so common as to have lost novelty and interest; hackneyed; stale; as, a trite remark; a trite subject. -- Trite\"ly, adv. -- Trite\"ness, n.

Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.


As you can see...the word trite is synonymous with uninteresting, hackneyed, or stale. Your use of UD2 has lost it's novelty; your lifts are trite.

:p


And don't even bother telling me you weren't doing UD2 at the time that post was made. That's a technicality I simply cannot be bothered with.

Go now...time to eat your 1100 cals.

ectx
10-23-2004, 02:22 PM
PS. glad your routine and lifts are going well. You are a braver man than I. I would die without carbs.

Blood&Iron
10-23-2004, 02:23 PM
Allow me to explain:

trite

\Trite\, a. [L. tritus, p. p. of terere to rub, to wear out; probably akin to E. throw. See Throw, and cf. Contrite, Detriment, Tribulation, Try.] Worn out; common; used until so common as to have lost novelty and interest; hackneyed; stale; as, a trite remark; a trite subject. -- Trite\"ly, adv. -- Trite\"ness, n.

Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.


As you can see...the word trite is synonymous with uninteresting, hackneyed, or stale. Your use of UD2 has lost it's novelty; your lifts are trite.

:p

Uh...okay.

My recommendation: stick to Spanish.

Blood&Iron
10-23-2004, 02:24 PM
PS. glad your routine and lifts are going well. You are a braver man than I. I would die without carbs.
Brave? No. Stupid? Yes.

I've come to find dying quite fun.

_-_v_-_
10-25-2004, 08:28 PM
You too?

rookiebldr
10-29-2004, 10:40 AM
Excellent powerday, but I weight more than you now. :D

Blood&Iron
10-29-2004, 05:54 PM
Excellent powerday, but I weight more than you now. :D

I'm not a very patient person myself.

Blood&Iron
10-29-2004, 05:56 PM
UPDATE FOR THE WEEK:

Rating: 4 out of 5
Pre-carb up weight: 194
Weight loss: -3lbs

Do I continue or do I go back to lifting and trying not to get fat? That's the question. We shall see...

rookiebldr
10-29-2004, 07:02 PM
I'm not a very patient person myself.

Bah, how the **** do I keep doing that to your journal?

Blood&Iron
11-23-2004, 08:57 PM
Well, f*ck.
I haven't updated this in awhile. Just so f*cking busy with work and such. And, no, I'm not really updating it now.

I've been back on the UD2 for the past 5 weeks. Got down to 189 depleted at the end of week 4. Somehow, I managed to f*ck things up that weekend and ended up at 191 the following week. So, given that, and that fact that this week is Thanksgiving, I decided to take a week off from dieting. I may go back to another few weeks of trying to gain strength. It makes sense to me that I don't diet for such a f*cking extended period of time. 5-6 weeks dieting followed by 5-6 weeks bulking seems like it might be more reasonable--if I can avoid devouring entire bags of Oreos every other day. So far, so good this week. I'm going to try to keep things sensible over the holiday as well. I'll see how I feel at the end of this week. Frankly, I feel out-of-shape. But what's new there. Right now, I'm at about 199.

I vow here and now that I will post pictures (though, I'm loathe to do so), within the next four weeks. Hold me to it. Give me sh*t, if I don't. Of course, I'll try to refrain from any self-deprecation. It's difficult. I dunno that I've made great progress. But whatever. I do the best I can.

I may even consider entering a local contest to give myself some motivation. According to one guy at my gym, there's one in April or May.

So, I guess that's it for the moment. Perhaps I can get my sh*t back together and start updating this regularly next week. One can only hope.

ectx
11-24-2004, 08:22 AM
I think you have made great progress. I also think you obsess too much (a little obsession is not bad). I look forward to seeing this thing updated more often. I truly miss the quasi-intellectual banter. *snicker* Have a good holiday.

galileo
11-24-2004, 08:40 AM
I opened this journal expecting to see whining about your diet and physique. I got what I came for, but as a bonus I get to read a discourse by two morons (one gay, one straight) on various books that don't include naked pictures of either sex. Screw this!

Blood&Iron
11-24-2004, 09:28 AM
I opened this journal expecting to see whining about your diet and physique. I got what I came for, but as a bonus I get to read a discourse by two morons (one gay, one straight) on various books that don't include naked pictures of either sex. Screw this!
Well, I've got to whine about something.

And since I don't have boobs, this is the best I can come up with.

Blood&Iron
11-26-2004, 03:49 PM
Look at the monster I've helped to create. 145 f*cking pages:

http://www.slickdeals.net/forums/t54792.html?&page=142&pp=15

I'm personally going to make it a point to check the IPs of all the f*ckers within this thread who claim to have won, and cross-reference them against the IP addresses of people in our winner logs. Probably not even necessary, as we're doing IP frequency checks for winners anyway.

Dumb f*cks.

Blood&Iron
11-28-2004, 06:54 PM
Holy sh*t, I could've been rich:
http://search.ebay.com/Dell-coupons_W0QQsokeywordredirectZ1QQfromZR8

galileo
11-28-2004, 07:40 PM
IP frequency checks? Damn you delf mofos are serious.

ectx
11-28-2004, 08:48 PM
I hate dell.

Blood&Iron
12-01-2004, 08:16 AM
I hate dell.
Commie.

Blood&Iron
12-01-2004, 08:18 AM
IP frequency checks? Damn you delf mofos are serious.
There are people registering like 10000 times which is in clear violation of the rules.

A person like ain't getting no 42'' plasma tv if I have anything to say about it. Plus, it's just fun to crush peoples' hopes and dreams. I wish I could do it more often.

galileo
12-01-2004, 08:22 AM
A person like ain't getting no 42'' plasma tv if I have anything to say about it. Plus, it's just fun to crush peoples' hopes and dreams. I wish I could do it more often.

Whatever you say, Valley Girl.

Now, you going to tell me how to win this **** or not? :)

Blood&Iron
12-01-2004, 08:30 AM
Whatever you say, Valley Girl.

Now, you going to tell me how to win this **** or not? :)
I was going to, but now that you've made fun of my overuse of 'like' I changed my mind.

So there.

God hates you.

galileo
12-01-2004, 09:39 AM
http://400monkeys.com/God/

Blood&Iron
12-01-2004, 10:10 AM
http://400monkeys.com/God/
LMAO. Priceless.

rookiebldr
12-04-2004, 04:39 PM
:(

Blood&Iron
12-04-2004, 06:25 PM
:(
I wouldn't be talking.

Anyway, I'll try to update this. I just feel a bit embarrassed that I'm back on the UD2. It's like an alcoholic falling off the wagon. I can't help myself, though. I'm addicted to not being a fatass.

I'm down to 192 (after getting up to 202 again over Thanksgiving, which I took off from dieting).

I will stick to my promise to post pics, though. It may be slightly more than 4 weeks, but I WILL post them (I'm guessing 6 weeks). I'll try to start posting journal entries regularly again, too. It's just I've been so busy at work, and they're essentially the same goddamn posts I've been making for the last two years. Not very interesting--for me, for anybody.

I need to start juicing.

rookiebldr
12-04-2004, 10:33 PM
Definitely.

Blood&Iron
01-15-2005, 08:55 PM
So, the pics I promised some time back. Really should have taken this 2-3 months ago when I was fairly lean. I think I looked much better. Actually, I was somewhat pleasantly surprised by how these pics came out. I look pretty soft (maybe 14-15% bodyfat @ 203lbs), but not the fat blob I expected. Let me get the usual excuses out of the way: flourescent lighting, no tan, no pump. No one can probably remember the last set of pics I posted (and which I took down some time ago), but I think you'd see a reasonably decent improvement if you were able to do a comparison--probably not as much of one as you should given the work I've put in, but hey, it's something. I think there's a pretty decent improvement visible in my arms and shoulders (at least in the side shot, which is probably the most flattering picture); they've always been weak points. Hopefully, I'll be posting 'after' shots before too long. Guess we'll see...

Also, no false compliments please. Thanks.

(P.s. I really need to get on the juice)

Blood&Iron
01-15-2005, 08:57 PM
Forgot the quad:

rookiebldr
01-15-2005, 09:59 PM
B&I, you're a lot leaner than your earlier pictures and from when we met. Legs are looking totally improved with the quad definition showing so well. The same can be said of the arms and delts. You're looking wider. Chest doesn't seem to have kept pace with the rest of the improvements though. Could be the angle or crappy posing.;)

I hear orange juice does the body good, or maybe it's apple.

EDIT: P.S. I can't believe how much your face has changed over the two years. **** amazing.

Blood&Iron
01-15-2005, 10:04 PM
B&I, you're a lot leaner than your earlier pictures and from when we met. Legs are looking totally improved with the quad definition showing so well. The same can be said of the arms and delts. You're looking wider. Chest doesn't seem to have kept pace with the rest of the improvements though. Could be the angle or crappy posing.;)

I hear orange juice does the body good, or maybe it's apple.

Like I said, I was *much* leaner 2-3 months back, when I was at about 178 carb depleted (190 carbed up). Ripped almost. I actually think I looked pretty awesome. Too bad I was stupid and didn't take pictures.

My chest (along with my legs) has always stood out--still does (at least in real life). I've been training it at "maintenance" for some time, based on the idea you can only bring up so many bodyparts at once and so that my physique is a bit more balanced out. I do the same thing with my legs. Back, arms, and shoulders are my priorities.

My posing does suck. I need a tan, better lighting, and a pump, too.


EDIT: P.S. I can't believe how much your face has changed over the two years. **** amazing.
How so?

Thanks for the props. Next set of pics will be better.

P.s. I'm pretty sure the "Firefly" trailer is now playing in front of Elektra. I may go see the movie just to see it.

rookiebldr
01-15-2005, 10:41 PM
Like I said, I was *much* leaner 2-3 months back, when I was at about 178 carb depleted (190 carbed up). Ripped almost. I actually think I looked pretty awesome. Too bad I was stupid and didn't take pictures.


Yes, it was stupid! ;)


My chest (along with my legs) has always stood out--still does (at least in real life). I've been training it at "maintenance" for some time, based on the idea you can only bring up so many bodyparts at once and so that my physique is a bit more balanced out. I do the same thing with my legs. Back, arms, and shoulders are my priorities.


true, I do remember that when we met. The side chest shows the chest better. Arms are definitely looking great. The lighting in the most muscular likely took some of the size from the chest that I was expecting is all.


How so?

Pointier? lol Likely the missing fat from the face. You really are quite lean. Ace work.


P.s. I'm pretty sure the "Firefly" trailer is now playing in front of Elektra. I may go see the movie just to see it.

My daughter just went to see that tonight, I'll have to ask her about. I doubt she'll remember though.

Adam
01-15-2005, 11:15 PM
Nice quads!

Manveet
01-16-2005, 09:59 AM
Nice to put another face to a name.

Pics are looking good, especially those quads!

Blood&Iron
01-16-2005, 12:14 PM
Nice quads!


Nice to put another face to a name.

Pics are looking good, especially those quads!
Thanks.

rookiebldr
01-16-2005, 12:20 PM
My daughter just went to see that tonight, I'll have to ask her about. I doubt she'll remember though.

I asked her, she thought it was scary... that's about as much as I could get out of her. bah... I didn't expect too much. lol

Blood&Iron
01-16-2005, 12:29 PM
I asked her, she thought it was scary... that's about as much as I could get out of her. bah... I didn't expect too much. lol
Ha.

I'm betting the trailer is up online somewhere.

EDIT: Here. Terrible quality. Not really even worth watching. Looks like someone with a camcorder in a theater:
http://www.buffy.nu/article.php3?id_article=6204

Blood&Iron
01-16-2005, 12:47 PM
New routine & "diet". Don't feel like dieting at the moment, though I'd still like to drop about 15lbs of fat or so. Anyway, this is mainly a "maybe I can put on a little size, gain some strength, and not get fat while having fun" kinda thing.

Key:
H = Heavy (3-5 reps)
L = Light (15-10 reps)
M = Moderate (6-8 reps)

Overal scheme:
M: Shoulders (H), Arms(L)
Tu: Legs(M), Back (M), Chest(L)
W: Arms (H), Shoulders (L)
Th: Back (L), Legs (H+L)
F: Shoulders (M), Arms (M)
Sa: Back (H), Chest(H)
Su: off

Specifics:
Monday:
DB OHP 6 x 3-5
Lateral 2 x 3-5
Reverse Pec Deck 2 x 3-5
Incline Curls 2 x 15-20
Preach Curls 2 x 15-20
Pushdowns 2 x 15-20

Tuesday:
Deads 2 x 8
Chins 3 x 6-8
DB Incline 2 x 15
HS Rows 3 x 6-8
DB Flyes 1 x 20

Wednesday:
Incline Curls 5 x 3-5
Barbell Curls 3 x 3-5
DB Laterals 2 x 15-20
DB OHP 1 x 15-20
Reverse Pec Deck 1 x 15-20

Thursday:
Pulldown 1 x 20
Squat 5 x 5
Leg Curl 3 x 5
Leg Curl 1 x 15-20
Leg Extension 1 x 15-20
Calves 3 x 3-5

Friday:
DB OHP 2 x 6-8
Laterals 2 x 6-8
Rev Pec Deck 2 x 6-8
Incline Curls 2 x 6-8
Conc. Curls 2 x 6-8

Saturday:
Chins 3 x 3-5
Dips 3 x 3-5
HS Row 3 x 3-5
HS Incline 3 x 3-5

Diet (Typical):
M0: Oatmeal + protein shake (if I wake up early enough)
M1: Preworkout shake
M2: Carbs during workout
M3: Postworkout shake
M4: Turkey Burger, no fat cheese, 2 slices bread, apple, rice krispy treat
M5: Turkey Burger, no fat cheese, 2 slices bread, mixed greens + low-fat dressing, rice krispy treat
M6: 6oz Spagetti or Soup & Sandwich or Wendy's Chicken Sandwich
M7: 6 low-fat cookies + 3 cups milk

Maki Riddington
01-16-2005, 05:11 PM
Biceps are ace and the quads are killa!!!

You look quite young in these set of pics, almost baby faced.

Blood&Iron
01-17-2005, 07:01 AM
Biceps are ace and the quads are killa!!!

You look quite young in these set of pics, almost baby faced.
Thanks.

My quads have always been a strong point, but I've worked hard to try and bring up my bis--so it's nice to hear that.

Even better is that you say I look young. RookieBldr was telling me I looked a lot older, the w*nker. I think his eyesight is failing him in his old age.

ectx
01-17-2005, 07:50 AM
You look very much improved from the old set of "arnold" style pics I remember seeing in here. Your arms have a good shape to them, although your upper body pales in comparison to your lower. Those legs look very thick and the quad separation is, again, impressive. Overall, you have a lot more definition than in the past. Well done.

...and man I hate giving you complements. lol

Blood&Iron
01-17-2005, 08:12 AM
You look very much improved from the old set of "arnold" style pics I remember seeing in here. Your arms have a good shape to them, although your upper body pales in comparison to your lower. Those legs look very thick and the quad separation is, again, impressive. Overall, you have a lot more definition than in the past. Well done.

Thanks. Yes, that's always been the case. I've brought up my upper body quite a bit, but it's still mediocre (with the exception of my chest, which looks fairly sucky in the pics) compared with my lower (calves are pretty good too, but like my chest you can't tell there).



...and man I hate giving you complements. lol
And spell-checking, too, apparently.

Relentless
01-17-2005, 08:30 AM
You need to work on your posing face. I can't decide if it's an "I just farted" look or perhaps that's just the look your face gets when you're concentrating on flexing in that most muscular, but it just seems wrong. :D

Anyway.

But the new pics definitely look alright; I betcha with proper lighting, some colour and a pump the definition that's showing through even in those poorly constructed pics will look spectacular instead of merely 'decent'. You can tell in those pics that you USED to be heavier and in fact your midsection skin looks a bit loose on you, despite the fact that you can see the abdominals.

I will agree with the others in that your quads look pretty damn good, and the shape of biceps and mass of forearms also looks good.

Blood&Iron
01-17-2005, 08:56 AM
You need to work on your posing face. I can't decide if it's an "I just farted" look or perhaps that's just the look your face gets when you're concentrating on flexing in that most muscular, but it just seems wrong. :D

Actually, I thought my face looked okay. Much better than last time anyway. Just a blank kinda look--rather than arrogance.



Anyway.

But the new pics definitely look alright; I betcha with proper lighting, some colour and a pump the definition that's showing through even in those poorly constructed pics will look spectacular instead of merely 'decent'. You can tell in those pics that you USED to be heavier and in fact your midsection skin looks a bit loose on you, despite the fact that you can see the abdominals.

Yeah, the curse of having been fat. I think that's a legacy of when I was 215 at age 16--and a total fatass. My midsection isn't too bad, my lower back looks like sh*t (you can kinda see it in the pics) Only when I was at my leanest (maybe 9-10% bf) did my lower back start to look okay.

I think better pictures (lighting, tan, pump) would help. So would losing another 15lbs of lard. I mostly just put these up because I said I would some time back--wasn't real thrilled about it. Like I said in my initial post, I look *okay* and much better than I anticipated (given how photographs always look so much worse than 'real life'), but certainly now what I'd hoped I'd look like for hte pics.



I will agree with the others in that your quads look pretty damn good, and the shape of biceps and mass of forearms also looks good.
Thanks. Again, it's nice to hear the bi thing since I've been trying desperately to bring them up for quite some time. Still only mediocre but they're a work in progress.

Focused70
01-17-2005, 09:03 AM
I'm nowhere near you so they're not false compliments.

Good job. Quad separation seems ace especially.

I'm still a beginner dammit.

Stash

Blood&Iron
01-17-2005, 09:17 AM
I'm nowhere near you so they're not false compliments.

Good job. Quad separation seems ace especially.

I'm still a beginner dammit.

Stash
Thanks, man.

Nothing wrong with being a beginner. I still consider myself one.

rookiebldr
01-17-2005, 11:38 AM
Even better is that you say I look young. RookieBldr was telling me I looked a lot older, the w*nker. I think his eyesight is failing him in his old age.


Let's say you still look very young but not like an 18 year old when we last met. ;)




p.s. my eyesight is failing however, when I position the screen exactly *&#^% inches from my nose and don my glasses then I can see some semblance of your shape. :p

Teufelhund
01-17-2005, 11:50 AM
Hey B&I, I always wondered what you looked like... Thats not a beginner's physique at all man. I'm jealous of teh legs.

I was going to offer some of my upper body genes for a few of your lower body genes, but then I figured offering to swap DNA in my first post here would be too forward...

Good work man. oh, and you do look young. Way younger than I would have imagined. How old are you anyway?

rookiebldr
01-17-2005, 11:56 AM
Besides I'm in line for any of your myostatin blocking genes, Casey! Don't you be giving it away.

Blood&Iron
01-17-2005, 12:38 PM
Hey B&I, I always wondered what you looked like... Thats not a beginner's physique at all man. I'm jealous of teh legs.

Thanks. I've seen your pics and let me say: I'm jealous of everything. As for being a beginner, I meant that there's still a lot for me to learn. It wasn't really a comment on my physique--although I feel I've got a ways to go there, too. I've fallen into the trap of thinking I know everything and of discounting others ideas before (in bodybuilding and in every other area of life). These days I try avoid it as much as possible.

Until very recently my sig read:
"In the beginner's mind there are many possiblities; in the expert's mind there are few". I think that sums things up nicely.



I was going to offer some of my upper body genes for a few of your lower body genes, but then I figured offering to swap DNA in my first post here would be too forward...

That's the sort of offer I'd expect from ectx, actually.



Good work man. oh, and you do look young. Way younger than I would have imagined. How old are you anyway?
I'll be 27 in March. How old did you think I was (and why?)

Teufelhund
01-17-2005, 12:52 PM
well, thanks man. I like the quote.

From the chat we had a long time ago, I got the impression you were pretty mature. I was thinking you must have been close my age. Which would have been 30 or so at the time. Having seen the pics though... I bet you get carded all the time. You've got a really young looking face in those pics.

<insert requisite René joto joke here :p>

ectx
01-17-2005, 02:13 PM
...That's the sort of offer I'd expect from ectx, actually.


That's not a nice thing to say. It makes you entirely not very nice.

I take back the compliments I gave you. You look like a sumo wrestler and you have horrible hair.


In all seriousness, I'm anxiously awaiting the arival of Serenity in theatres. I got Teuf hooked on the series when I gave him and his wife the set for helping me move.

Teufelhund
01-17-2005, 03:23 PM
lol, I actually just read about that in this journal... I'm pretty excited to know its coming soon.

briancurran01
01-17-2005, 03:33 PM
nice work B&I legs looking awesome

PizDoff
01-17-2005, 03:38 PM
Quick question, may have missed the answer previously, are you posing in your office?

Blood&Iron
01-17-2005, 04:25 PM
Quick question, may have missed the answer previously, are you posing in your office?
What made you think that? It's at my girlfriend's house, actually.

I do frequently have to fight the temptation to rip my shirt off and do a double-gunz shot while at work, though.


nice work B&I legs looking awesome
Thanks man.

Blood&Iron
01-17-2005, 04:27 PM
lol, I actually just read about that in this journal... I'm pretty excited to know its coming soon.
I'm stoked.

I've been waiting for this since they cancelled the show. If only it was a hit and they turned it back into a tv show again.

One can dream.

Teufelhund
01-17-2005, 05:21 PM
I saw that they've all signed contracts to do a trilogy, so if it is a hit, we can look forward to at least two more movies anyway.

Blood&Iron
01-18-2005, 04:25 PM
Ramblings
Nope.

Diet
M1 1/2 scoop MPI, 1/2 scoop dextrose, 25mg ephedrine, 200mg caffeine
M2 1/2 scoop dextrose, 10g sugar
M3 1/2 scoop dextrose, 1 scoop MPI
M4 2 slices whole wheat, 1 slice no fat cheese, lean turkey burger, apple, 1oz pretzels, small rice krispy treat
M5 2 slices whole wheat, 1 slice no fat cheese, lean turkey burger, apple, small rice krispy treat
M61 can Campbell's Soup, 2 slices whole wheat bread, 2 slices reduced fat swiss
M7 12 Snackwell cookies, 3 cups skim milk

Totals: ???
Calories: ???
Comments: Not bad. Meant to only eat 6 cookies--but they're FAT-FREE so they don't count. Ha. Better than a whole bag of Oreos anyway.

Training
Shoulders: Heavy,Arms: Light
DB OHP 35s x 5, 45s x 3, 55s x 1, 65s x 5, 65s x 3, 65s x 4, 65s x 3, 65s x 3, 65s x 4
DB Laterals 10s x 5, 17.5s x 2, 20s x 5, 20s x 5
Nautilus Lateral150 x 5, 150 x 5
Rev Pec Deck(Tempo: 201) 75 x 5, 90 x 2, 120 x 3, 120 x 3, 120 x 4
Incline Curls 15s x 20, 15s x 20
Preacher Curls35 x 17, 35 x 12, 35 x 5
Reverse BB Curls25 x 18
Pushdowns90 x 15, 90 x 15


Comments
Fun workout. THe DB presses were much more difficult that I had expected (I've been doing 75s x 5 for 3-4 work sets recently), probably due to time of day, etc.

Weight 203lbs

Blood&Iron
01-18-2005, 04:33 PM
Ramblings
Nope.

Diet
M1 1/2 scoop MPI, 1/2 scoop dextrose, 25mg ephedrine, 200mg caffeine
M2 1/2 scoop dextrose, 10g sugar
M3 1/2 scoop dextrose, 1 scoop MPI
M4 2 slices whole wheat, 1 slice no fat cheese, lean turkey burger, apple, 1oz pretzels
M5 apple, rice krispy treat
M5 "Real" Grilled Cheese sandwich, 1 cup chicken noodle soup, 1 rice krispy treat
M6 1 can soup, no fat grilled cheese, Rice Crispy Treat, 3 Oreos, 3 cups skim milk

Totals: ???
Calories: ???
Comments: Meh. Could've been worse.

Training
Back: Moderate,Chest: Light
Deads 135 x 5, 185 x 3, 205 x 8, 205 x 8
Chins 18 plates assist x 5, 12 plates assist x 3, bdy x 6, bdy x 6 bdy x 6
DB Incline35s x 5, 45s x 15, 45s x 14
DB Flyes 20s x 15
[b]HS Row90 x 5, 140 x 3, 180 x 10, 180 x 10, 180 x 10
Machine Flyes 75 x 15, 75 x 15
Standing Calf Raise 115 x 15, 115 x 15
Swiss Ball Crunch bdy x 15, bdy x 12


Comments
Again, a fun workout, but the deads were more difficult than they should have been (I've been doing 225 x 8 for two sets on the UD2). It's time of day and less ephedrine (was using 50mg, now 25mg).

[b]Weight 201lbs

Blood&Iron
01-19-2005, 10:29 AM
Ramblings
Maybe later...

Diet
M1 1/2 scoop whey, 1/2 scoop dextrose, 25mg ephedrine, 200mg caffeine
M2 1/2 scoop dextrose, 10g sugar
M3 1/2 scoop dextrose, 1 scoop whey
M4 2 slices whole wheat, 1 slice reduced fat swiss, 1oz pretzels
M5 2 slices whole wheat, 1 slice reduced fat swiss, apple, rice krispy treat
M5 ???
M6 ???

Totals: ???
Calories: ???
Comments: ???

Training
Biceps: Heavy,Shoulders: Light
Incline Curls 20s x 5, 30s x 2, 40s x 4, 40s x 3, 40s x 3, 40s x 3, 40s x 4
BB Curls65 x 4, 85 x 4, 85 x 4
One arm Preacher DB Curls (per arm)30 x 3, 40 x 3
DB Laterals 10s x 18, 10s x 15
[b]DB OHP15s x 15, 15s x 15
Rev Pec Deck 45 x 15, 45 x 18
Machine Lateral100 x 15


Comments
Did not particularly enjoy this workout. Low rep arm workouts are boring (no pump) and because I was only working on small muscle groups this ended up feeling like I'd barely done anything. I also didn't do any heavy tri movements. I'll probably readjust my routine to fix these things.

[b]Weight 202lbs

Relentless
01-19-2005, 01:23 PM
Did not particularly enjoy this workout. Low rep arm workouts are boring (no pump) and because I was only working on small muscle groups this ended up feeling like I'd barely done anything. I also didn't do any heavy tri movements. I'll probably readjust my routine to fix these things.

medium-heavy shrugs would work well on a bicep/shoulder day and would give you some of what you're looking for here, I think

Blood&Iron
01-19-2005, 02:09 PM
medium-heavy shrugs would work well on a bicep/shoulder day and would give you some of what you're looking for here, I think
I've been doing full-body workouts (and generally fairly intense ones) for some time, though, so adding in another small muscle group isn't going to make it feel like a 'tough' workout to me, I don't think. I wouldn't mind that except for the lack of arm pump. I may just toss in some high-rep bicep + tricep stuff for a pump--although I already do that on Monday, so I don't want to get carried away.

Also, I hAeT shrugs. Everything shrugs can do, deads can do better(tm).

Seriously, though, thanks for the advice. I know it probably seems like I never take anybody's advice, but I always consider it. Occasionally I even take advice. And I always appreciate feedback.

Blood&Iron
01-21-2005, 04:03 PM
Thursday, Jan. 20th
Ramblings
No.

Diet
M1 1/2 scoop whey, 1/2 scoop dextrose, 25mg ephedrine, 200mg caffeine
M2 1/2 scoop dextrose, 10g sugar
M3 3/4 cup oatmeal, 2 scoops MPI
M4 2 slices whole wheat, 1 slice reduced fat swiss, 1 slice no fat cheddar, 1 can soup, 1oz pretzels, rice krispy treat
M5 2 slices whole wheat, 1 slice reduced fat swiss, 2oz ham
M5 6oz spagetti, 1.5 cups marinara
M6 24 no-fat Snackwell Cookies, 5 cups skim milk

Totals: ???
Calories: ???
Comments:
Way too many f*cking cookies--at least they weren't Oreos. Need to limit myself to 6 a day.

Training
Legs: Heavy + Light, Back: Light
Squat 135 x 5, 185 x 2, 225 x 5, 225 x 4, 225 x 4, 225 x 4, 225 x 3
Seated Leg Curl 135 x 5, 165 x 2, 225 x 4, 225 x 5, 225 x 4, 225 x 4, 225 x 4
Leg Extension 100 x 15, 100 x 15
Seated Leg Curl 150 x 15, 150 x 10
Standing Calf Raise 185 x 3, 275 x 5, 275 x 5, 275 x 5, 275 x 3, 275 x 5
HS Rows110 x 20, 140 x 17
Overhand Pulldowns 100 x 15, 100 x 12

Comments
Decent workot. Squats felt bizarrely heavy and my form might have been a bit off. I may drop down to 185 or 205 next time--I'm not worried about losing leg size (not meaning I don't care, just that I won't).

Weight 201lbs

Blood&Iron
01-21-2005, 04:10 PM
Friday Jan. 21st
Ramblings
Nah.

Diet
M1 1/2 scoop whey, 1/2 scoop dextrose, 25mg ephedrine, 200mg caffeine
M2 1/2 scoop dextrose, 10g sugar
M3 1/2 scoop dextrose, 1 scoop whey
M4 4 slices pizza, salad, 1 bagel
M5 2 bagels
M5 ???
M6 ???

Totals: ???
Calories: ???
Comments:
Lunch provided by employer--hence the pizza.

Training
Shoulders: Moderate, Arms: Moderate
DB OHP 35s x 5, 45s x 2, 50s x 7, 50s x 7, 50s x 6
DB Laterals 10s x 5, 15s x 8, 15s x 8, 15s x 8
Rev Pec Deck 50 x 5, 75 x 12, 75 x 12
Incline Curls 17.5s x 5, 25s x 12, 30s x 8, 30s x 6
Incline Curls 17.5s x 5, 25s x 12, 30s x 8, 30s x 6,
Pushdowns105 x 12, 105 x 14, 105 x 12
Conc Curls (Each arm) 25 x 12, 25 x 12, 25 x 12

Comments
Good workout. I think I got a bit carried away with the volume and went a bit low on reps in some cases (rather than 6-8, I think I'm going to make it 8-12 for 'moderate' days).

Weight 203lbs

rookiebldr
01-21-2005, 04:52 PM
Yeah, you're updating your workouts again. Interesting split and nice to see you off of UD2 for a change. :lurk:

Twin Peak
01-22-2005, 10:37 AM
Hey chief, how have you been?

Finally outted yourself and posted some pics eh? Awesome quad development, btw.

Blood&Iron
01-22-2005, 11:34 AM
Yeah, you're updating your workouts again. Interesting split and nice to see you off of UD2 for a change. :lurk:
Nice to be off the UD2.

F*ck, I've been on the f*cker for the better part of 2.5 years--which is just stupid. It's so nice to relax a bit about my diet. I'm trying to be pretty good. So far my only f*ck up is eating too many cookies at night. But I've been maintaining at around 201-203. Goal is no more than 2lbs or so gained per month.

I really like the new split. I'm gonna tweak it a bit now that I've done a week to make it a little more fun, and correct some a few things. I'll probably move my chest day to the arms/shoulders day as an afterthought (just a couple sets) and adjust it to something like:

M: Shoulders(Heavy), Arms(Light), Chest(Heavy @ 3 works sets total)
T: Deads(Moderate), Back(Moderate), Squats(Light)
W: Arms(Heavy), Light/Pumping), Shoulders (Light)
Th: Legs (Heavy + Light), Back(Light)
F: Arms(Moderate), Back(Moderate), Chest (Light)
S: Back(Heavy), Arms(pumping)
S: Off

Blood&Iron
01-22-2005, 11:35 AM
Hey chief, how have you been?

Finally outted yourself and posted some pics eh? Awesome quad development, btw.
Good, man. Nice to hear from you. I haven't been on Avant in awhile as I'm just so damn busy.

I've actually posted pics two times before here. Last set was almost two years back. I just figured it was time again. As I said above, I really wish I had some from when I was lean, but these are okay.

Thanks for the props. My legs have always been a strong point; when I was leaner they looked much better.

rookiebldr
01-22-2005, 04:05 PM
That split does look like a lot of fun but then anything after 2.5 years of ud2 is fun. It's also encouraging to see that you are doing a modest bulk. Keeping most of those cuts and growing some will be a great change for you. I'll be interested in seeing the results in a few months.

Blood&Iron
01-25-2005, 01:20 PM
I'll update this with some workouts later, but had to post these stills from a video I recently transferred to DVD. Should provide amusement for all.

Is it Dave Mustaine? Nope. James Hetfield? No. John Tardy? Nein. It's me at 17:

Blood&Iron
01-25-2005, 04:47 PM
Tuesday Jan. 25th

Ramblings
Bleh.

Diet
Okay.

Totals: ???
Calories: ???
Comments: Okay.

Training
Back: Moderate, Legs: Moderate
Sumo Deads 135 x 5, 185 x 3, 225 x 7, 225 x 7
Chins -18 x 5, -12 x 2, bdy x 6, bdy x 6, bdy x 6
HS Row 140 x 5, 190 x 10, 190 x 9, 190 x 8
HS Seated Shrugs 90 x 12, 90 x 10
Squats (DE?!) 135 x 12
Nautilus Back Extension80 x 9, 80 x 9
Calf 135 x 12, 135 x 9

Comments
Dropped all chest work from this day and added shrugs and some back entensions. Really liked this. Deads felt great (last time they felt inordinately difficult).

Weight 202.5

rookiebldr
01-25-2005, 08:06 PM
hippy.

galileo
01-27-2005, 05:36 AM
Off UD2 :eek:

Blood&Iron
01-27-2005, 07:43 AM
Off UD2 :eek:
That's your only comment after all the excitement that's been going on in here?!?

Pfft.

rookiebldr
01-27-2005, 07:43 AM
excitement?

Blood&Iron
01-27-2005, 07:54 AM
excitement?
Two sets of pictures, a new routine, posts....

Blood&Iron
01-28-2005, 05:26 AM
Thursday, Jan. 27th[/size]
Ramblings
No.

Diet
M1 1/2 scoop whey, 1/2 scoop dextrose, 25mg ephedrine, 200mg caffeine
M2 1/2 scoop dextrose, 10g sugar
M3 1/2 scoop dextrose, 1 scoop whey
M4 1 apple, 6 fat-free Snackwell cookies, 1 oz pretzels
M4 2 slices white bread, 1 slice no fat cheddar, turkey burger
M5 4 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, 1 Hershey's Bar
M5 2 cans soup, 2 slice white bread, 1 slice low-fat swiss, 1 slice no fat cheddar
M6 6 fat-free Snackwell Cookies, 5 cups skim milk

Totals: ???
Calories: ???
Comments:
Hershey's gave my company a sh*tload of chocolate/candy as a 'thank you' and it was just sitting there. I failed to resist it's siren song... I've been doing a decent job overall on eating well with only occasional failures like that above. I fear they may be enough, however, to cause me to get fat(ter) again, though. I'm gonna try to do better.

Training
Legs: Heavy + Light, Back: Light
Squat 135 x 5, 185 x 2, 225 x 4, 225 x 5, 225 x 4, 225 x 5, 225 x 5
Seated Leg Curl 135 x 5, 180 x 3, 225 x 1, 240 x 3, 240 x 3, 240 x 4
Leg Extension 120 x 12, 120 x 11
Seated Leg Curl 135 x 12, 135 x 10
HS Rows150 x 16, 150 x 15
Overhand Pulldowns 100 x 12, 100 x 10
Standing Calf Raise 135 x 5, 215 x 2, 255 x 5, 255 x 5


Comments
Okay workout. Squats felt a bit better than last time--still more difficult than they should be, though.

Weight 204lbs

Blood&Iron
01-31-2005, 05:16 PM
Monday, Jan. 31st[/size]
Ramblings
No.

Diet
M1 1 scoop whey, 1/2 cup oatmeal
M2 1 Powerade
M3 1/2 scoop dextrose, 1 scoop whey
M4 Chinese sesame chicken, egg roll, candy bar
M4
M5
M5
M6

Totals: ???
Calories: ???
Comments:
Hershey's is apparently intent on making my entire company a bunch of lard-asses. They keep sending us candy. I'm up to 205. ALL MUSCLE I TELL YOU! ALL MUSCLE!

Training
Shoulders: Heavy,Chest: Heavy
DB OHP 35s x 5, 45s x 2, 55s x 1, 65s x 5, 65s x 5, 65s x 5, 65s x 5, 65s x 4, 65s x 5
Nautilus Lateral90 x 5, 130 x 2, 170 x 5, 170 x 4, 170 x 5, 170 x 5, 170 x 4
Rev Pec Deck(different machine) 50 x 5, 80 x 2, 90 x 4, 90 x 4, 90 x 5
Incline DB Press 45s x 5, 55s x 3, 65s x 1, 75s x 5, 75s x 4, 75s x 4, 75s x 3
Pushdowns 5 plates x 20, 6 plates x 9

Comments
I dropped the bicep work from Monday and moved my only heavy chest work here to make it a 'push' kinda day. I liked this workout. I'm still trying to decide if I need to shuffle more stuff around. My biceps may be being hit a bit frequently at present. I haven't thought of a schedule that would really accomplish everything I want to do, though.

Weight 205lbs

rookiebldr
01-31-2005, 10:06 PM
Comments:
Hershey's is apparently intent on making my entire company a bunch of lard-asses. They keep sending us candy. I'm up to 205. ALL MUSCLE I TELL YOU! ALL MUSCLE!


ROFL, you have such willpower!

Blood&Iron
02-04-2005, 07:08 AM
207.5lbs.

I'm sure it's all muscle, of course. Ha.

Update to come later...

rookiebldr
02-12-2005, 09:55 AM
Soooooooo...Are you going to make it to the Arnold?

Blood&Iron
02-15-2005, 06:34 PM
Maybe.

It'd be cool, but I have to admit:
1) I hate large crowds (I've never gone to the Detroit Auto Show and I live right outside of Detroit).
2) Besides you, I dunno how many of the WBBers who'll be showing up are people with whom I have any sort of significant online rapport.

Give me a compelling reason to show up and I just may. I need to put in the word two weeks prior if I'm going to take any days off.

On an unrelated note, I set a new personal speed record in my car over the weekend. It was on the way up to Petoskey, MI (in the middle of bumf*ck, without any other cars in sight):
130mph

Supposedly my car has an ECU to limit the top speed to 140mph. Sadly, I did not get to test it. I saw tail-lights in the distance at 130 and decided to slow down.

Blood&Iron
02-17-2005, 09:30 AM
Bump for Jeff.

rookiebldr
02-17-2005, 10:08 AM
Ok, I'll do my best to reply...however humble.


Maybe.


Well, that a start... at least you didn't say no. ;)


It'd be cool, but I have to admit:
1) I hate large crowds (I've never gone to the Detroit Auto Show and I live right outside of Detroit).


Bah, car shows are overrated... esp when you already own one of the best on the market. I've been looking at replacing my car and the wrx is in the running.


2) Besides you, I dunno how many of the WBBers who'll be showing up are people with whom I have any sort of significant online rapport.


Me and that's really all that should count. :p Your online rapport has been missing as of late, so it's likely anybody knows you now. However the list has grown. Here's a list of the ones from the site that you may know: Borris, Homeyield, ElPietro, GetFit, Nevermore, SoboAddict, Crazedwombat, Brawl, The Doc, BigChaseyChase and Belial is a possible. (ps. If I've missed your name, then sorry but it happens.)



Give me a compelling reason to show up and I just may. I need to put in the word two weeks prior if I'm going to take any days off.


Reason? It's been almost two years and I need kudos from you to boost my fragile ego? You need to show me how much bigger you really got in person? You've been working too hard and need a break? It's the ARNOLD and he maybe there, f00l! The weekend is March 4-6th. We will be arriving late Thurs however if you couldn't make it until the Friday then that would cool to well just meet up that night and the weekend.



On an unrelated note, I set a new personal speed record in my car over the weekend. It was on the way up to Petoskey, MI (in the middle of bumf*ck, without any other cars in sight):
130mph

Supposedly my car has an ECU to limit the top speed to 140mph. Sadly, I did not get to test it. I saw tail-lights in the distance at 130 and decided to slow down.


At that speed if should take you only a few hours to get there. See you in two weeks.

rookiebldr
02-17-2005, 07:48 PM
Blood&Iron... one more. cphapher maybe coming too now. :p

Blood&Iron
02-18-2005, 08:45 AM
I am *tentatively* planning on coming--unless other things come up.

I'll probably go visit my grandmother who lives in Springfield, Oh (about 45 minutes from Columbus) and and get there at 10pm or so on Thursday. What's the plan for Friday?

rookiebldr
02-18-2005, 11:57 AM
Sounds good. We won't be arriving until late on Thursday either... likely closer to 11 or 12 but it depends on the traffic and how quick Ms Petey gets to my place.

The expo opens at 11am on Friday so we'll likely meet for breakfast first and then hit the expo. Provided you haven't changed your cell number, I can reach you and let you know specific details. You should know the hotel, we just need to workout room arrangements. Which we can do via PM's

Focused70
02-18-2005, 12:09 PM
Blood&Iron... one more. cphapher maybe coming too now. :p

stuffed in my carryon, no less. :evillaugh

Stash

rookiebldr
02-18-2005, 07:40 PM
stuffed in my carryon, no less. :evillaugh

Stash

Yes, but as we quickly determined he'd have to carry you, so you'll have to be stuffed in his carryon. ;)

Focused70
02-18-2005, 07:43 PM
:swear:

Blood&Iron
03-06-2005, 04:45 PM
*bump*

Well, now that my slightly quixotic attempt to get lean for the Arnold is over (as well as the Arnold itself), time to get back to this...

As of this morning, I was 202lbs. Pretty surprising given that I was eating quite sh*ttily at the Arnold.

It might have something to do with having not noted where I parked yesterday (we were late for prejudging and I was totally focused on getting to the event) and the two hours I spent searching among the approximately 10 billion parking structures to find the one I was in. I can't understate how fun that was.

I'd like to hit 230 (very slowly) before I start dieting again.

rookiebldr
03-07-2005, 11:50 AM
Sorry to heard about your adventure when I called you on Sat night. We stopped and asked a cabby for the directions and got right there. There was even parking at the theatre if I had only looked things up prior to going. Live and learn, I guess. And I'll leave it at that. ;)

I'll send you the rest of the pictures a bit later. They turned out well.

ectx
03-07-2005, 12:05 PM
Thanks for the warning about the nut kicking. I'll make sure and use a cup whenever I'm around him. It sucked not going. You were one of the folks I was seriously looking forward to meeting. Next time hermano.

Blood&Iron
03-07-2005, 05:11 PM
The Arnold[/size]
Ramblings
So, the Arnold has come and gone on. For anyone interested, here's my take:

I had originally planned to head down and combine a trip to visit my Grandmother (who lives in nearby Springfield) with a trip to meet up with the WBB crew and go to the expo. The plan was to drive down Thursday night, spend the night at my Grandmother's, drive to Columbus in the morning to meet up with people and spend the day (and night there), before heading back to Springfield. Unfortunately, my Grandmother got sick, so instead I waited until Friday morning (I'd only booked a hotel room for Friday), and left Detroit at about 6:15am. Made good time. It only took me about three hours to get down there. At which point, I called Jeff and he came out to meet me in the hotel lobby. We then proceeded to wait two more hours while everyone else recovered from the debauchery of the previous evening.

We took off for the Expo at around 11:30am or so and after some fun-filled excitement of trying to find a parking structure with spaces still available, we got to the expo hall. Most of the group split up, but having no particular agenda Jeff (RookieBldr) and I just sorta started to wander around together and check things out. Whole thing was pretty cool. None of the booths were giving out *that* much free sh*t, but I made my best attempt at getting at much swag as possible. Best thing I got was a free bag from 1fast (after I let him know who I was). Cool guy. It's amazing how Mike has progressed from selling stuff via his sig on the Elite message boards three or so years ago, to one of the biggest booths at the Expo.

Got to meet/see:
Dorian Yates
Kevin Levrone
Ronnie Coleman
Chris Cook
Bill Grant (guy from Arnold's era)
DSade (from Avant)
Str8flexed (from Avant)
Shawn Ray

and probably a few more people I'm forgetting.

Most of the WBB regrouped to watch the Strong Man competition. My favorite (Magnus Samuelsson) was there as well as a bunch of other faces famliar to anyone who watches WSM from time to time. It was cool, but we were all standing up (no seats) and there was a fair amount of time between attempts and competitors. I got fairly bored with the thing after about 20-30 minutes and figured it'd be a good opportunity to hit up more booths (and score more free sh*t) while everyone was distracted. Really didn't end up getting that much free stuff, though. Product of the Expo IMO were the Protein Cookies (from the makers of Tri-o-plex bars, I believe). They tasted just like real cookies but with fairly low fat, carbs, and a decent amount of protein. I actually bought a couple. I'm almost positive they don't meet label claims, but didn't really give a f*ck. They were good.

After the expo, we all went back to the hotel before heading out to the Longhorn steakhouse. I was at a table with Teufelhund & Xand (both huge) who totally underwhelmed me with their eating capacities. I think I downed more food than both combined. Pfft!

We regrouped in Jeff's room and just shooting the breeze. At about 11pm or so, a bunch went out to BWWs for wings, but I knew I had to be ready to hit the gym at 8:30am the next morning and so bowed out.

At 8:30am, the next day we hit the gym. We totally took over the little Gold's gym, outnumbering 'regular' members 2-to-1 easy. There was a whole sh*tload of people doind deads. Since I had tickets to prejudging at 12pm and had a limited amount of time time, I didn't socialize as much as I might have liked. I had an agenda for my workout and was determined to get through it. Kinda stupid, actually, but I couldn't help myself.

At my gym, I'm normally one of the strongest, biggest people lifting. It was nice to be one of the smallest and weakest. Some very impressive lifters and physiques. Teufelhund delt's, for example, are about the size of my upper body.

After the workout, I tried to corral SobaAddict70 and CrazedWombat, who were also going to prejudging (all the tickets were under my name) and we headed to Columbus. After some confusion and a few missteps (the actual competition was in a different location than the expo), we got there at about 12:40pm. Never seen a show like this before, and wasn't sure if I'd like it. I have to say it was very entertaining. Personally, I liked Darrem Charles and Melvin Anthony--although they were neither the biggest nor the leanest in the competition.

After the show, I departed from Soba & Wombat and made my way back to my car to begin the drive home. Of course, in the confusion of trying to make it to prejudging I kinda forgot to note where I parked. Now, had there only been one...or two..or three parking structures, this would not have been a problem. Unfortunately, there were (and this is a hard number) 10 billion in the vicinity. And although I kinda knew the way we had come, we has also walked back from the prejuding I wasn't sure if the landmarks/signs/etc I was remembering where from when we were walking to the show...or back. Suffice it to say, I spent the next two hours wandering around in circles, checking and rechecking about 20 different structures until I finally found the right one.

Then I headed home.

For anyone who was there:
it was great to meet you all. I only wish I could've had a chance to shoot the breeze a bit more. There were so many people and so little time, that I really didn't get a chance to hang out much with any one person.

Till next time...

rookiebldr
03-07-2005, 07:10 PM
Blood&Iron, just wanted to mention that the vodka you brought was ace. Best I've ever had and it went down extremely smooth straight up. Thanks a ton for that and hitting the expo with you on Friday.

galileo
03-07-2005, 07:20 PM
What kind of vodka was this, hmmmm?

Isaac Wilkins
03-07-2005, 07:25 PM
It was "Rain", I believe.

Focused70
03-07-2005, 07:26 PM
some kind of vanilla vodka.

Stash

galileo
03-07-2005, 07:48 PM
I've never tried that, but I've had rot-gut Absolut vanilla.

Focused70
03-07-2005, 07:50 PM
No, this vodka cost $40 or something like that.

Borris and the others can shed light on it. I was the non-drinker in the room nursing a water bottle. :p

Stash

galileo
03-07-2005, 07:51 PM
Grey Goose typically works.

cphafner
03-07-2005, 08:05 PM
B&I it was nice to meet you this weekend. I can't believe you were worried about cutting for this weeken,d you looked plenty lean to me!

rookiebldr
03-07-2005, 09:41 PM
It was as smooth as grey-goose, gal. Since I've never tried vodka straight-up it really hasn't mattered what it tasted like when you but orange-juice in the glass.

Now I can add vodka to my straight-up list of scotch, jager and tequila. The latter two are staples of these meets.

galileo
03-08-2005, 09:06 AM
Jager is the way to go.

Blood&Iron
03-09-2005, 04:00 PM
Bah. I've been so busy at work, I didn't even respond to this whole series of posts...

Anyway, the vodka was not flavored. It had been bought my company as a gift to new clients, before they knew that they couldn't send alcohol in the mail. So, when we had the office move, they had to get rid of it--which meant a vodka free-for-all. I grabbed three bottles. Figured I'd share the wealth. Glad it was put to good use.

http://www.rainvodka.com/splash.html

Blood&Iron
03-09-2005, 04:03 PM
B&I it was nice to meet you this weekend. I can't believe you were worried about cutting for this weeken,d you looked plenty lean to me!
Great to meet you too. I'm sorry we didn't get a chance to hang out/talk more. Like I said above, when there are that many people (most of whom don't know eachother that well), it's really hard to have too many in-depth one-on-one conversations.

I remember looking over during the workout and being very impressed by how much weight you were pulling on the deadlift.

Thanks for the compliments. I'd put myself at around 14-15% during the Arnold, which I wouldn't call lean. I looked okay, but far from my best. Oh well.

I'm already back up to 208 (Was 203 at the meet). Bleh.

Hatred
03-09-2005, 04:47 PM
Vodka is the devil. Red bull is the devil.

galileo
03-09-2005, 06:52 PM
Satan is the devil. (http://www.deewebservices.com/MP3/zepplin_back_forward.mp3)

Blood&Iron
03-10-2005, 10:46 AM
210lbs.

That's 7lbs in 3 days. Now, if this was anyone else I'd say it was just water weight/bloat/whatever. I know my body, though. This is real weight/fat (maybe a little muscle).

I think I let the skinny comments in the pic thread fool me into thinking I could/should eat whatever I wanted...big mistake.

Bleh. Time to get my sh*t under control.

Relentless
03-10-2005, 11:59 AM
210lbs.

That's 7lbs in 3 days. Now, if this was anyone else I'd say it was just water weight/bloat/whatever. I know my body, though. This is real weight/fat (maybe a little muscle).

I think I let the skinny comments in the pic thread fool me into thinking I could/should eat whatever I wanted...big mistake.

Bleh. Time to get my sh*t under control.

you ate 24,500 extra calories in 3 days (2500cals / # of fat)?
no way.
it's gotta be mostly water unless you REALLY gorged yourself. Although you could hit that many calories if you ate like 8 half-pints of Haagen-Dazs Cookie Dough Dynamo... :drooling: hm...

Blood&Iron
03-10-2005, 12:04 PM
My body has yet to be acquainted with the first law of thermodynamics...
I sh*t you not.

Plus it hates me.

Relentless
03-10-2005, 12:54 PM
I think you worry too much, brother. ****, I only weigh 15lbs more than you do and I know for a fact that my body regularly fluctuates by 5-7lbs in the space of a few dats. Hell I typically lose 4lbs or so of water every Saturday when I play football and then bounce back from that. Damn, I mean taking a really good dump can lose me 4 lbs.

The crazy thing is that I'm thinking about Haagen-Dazs now and wondering if I could actually eat 8 1/2 pints in 2-3 days.

With the proper conditions, drugs and mental state I think it's very doable.

KiwiBuilder
03-10-2005, 01:05 PM
I think you worry too much, brother. ****, I only weigh 15lbs more than you do and I know for a fact that my body regularly fluctuates by 5-7lbs in the space of a few dats. Hell I typically lose 4lbs or so of water every Saturday when I play football and then bounce back from that. Damn, I mean taking a really good dump can lose me 4 lbs.

The crazy thing is that I'm thinking about Haagen-Dazs now and wondering if I could actually eat 8 1/2 pints in 2-3 days.

With the proper conditions, drugs and mental state I think it's very doable.

Cal, you're still new at this ice cream eating aren't you? If I convert correctly, that's around 4.8 litres of ice cream. Gimme 20 minutes and it's gone... :)

Blood&Iron
03-10-2005, 01:06 PM
I think you worry too much, brother. ****, I only weigh 15lbs more than you do and I know for a fact that my body regularly fluctuates by 5-7lbs in the space of a few dats. Hell I typically lose 4lbs or so of water every Saturday when I play football and then bounce back from that. Damn, I mean taking a really good dump can lose me 4 lbs.

The crazy thing is that I'm thinking about Haagen-Dazs now and wondering if I could actually eat 8 1/2 pints in 2-3 days.

With the proper conditions, drugs and mental state I think it's very doable.
Nah, you're totally correct that the majority is not real weight. It can't be.

But from past experience, I know I can put on fat amazingly fast--and gaining 7lbs in 3 days is not a good sign.

I'm not really worried about it. Nevertheless, I'm still treating it as a serious warning by my body to stop eating sh*t.

galileo
03-10-2005, 03:26 PM
Your row picture is just unbelievable. I must've laughed out loud for a solid minute. You look so much like Conan in it; quite hillarious.

I need to work on my intensity in the gym. I'll think about your "row face" anytime I'm feeling lazy.

Blood&Iron
03-10-2005, 03:52 PM
Your row picture is just unbelievable. I must've laughed out loud for a solid minute. You look so much like Conan in it; quite hillarious.

Hmmm...I didn't think it was *that* funny by itself
:swear:

The Conan comparison was damn funny, though.



I need to work on my intensity in the gym. I'll think about your "row face" anytime I'm feeling lazy.
Glad I could help.

Blood&Iron
03-11-2005, 11:35 AM
Jeff (RookieBldr) took a number of pictures after our workout at the Arnold. These are the two I liked best (I look marginally okay, if soft.)

For the sake of comparison, the last couple pictures I posted are here:
http://www.wannabebigforums.com/showpost.php?p=971314&postcount=114

I think I was a fair bit leaner in the first set, but with slightly less muscle. I have a pump in the new pics. Didn't in the first ones.

In an attempt to defend myself, I will say I'm 'natural'--not that that really matters (I may not always be). I did do a two week cycle of 1-AD and a two week cycle of 1-Test about two years ago. Other than that, I've never used anything other than: protein, creatine, ephedrine, various worthless snake oils.

Bleh.

galileo
03-11-2005, 11:41 AM
I think you look great, man. Well, aside from the big cheese you're sporting.

Blood&Iron
03-11-2005, 11:46 AM
I think you look great, man. Well, aside from the big cheese you're sporting.
Thanks, man.

Cheese? Let me in on this lingo the kids are using...

galileo
03-11-2005, 11:53 AM
The smile. You know, like "say cheese."

Blood&Iron
03-11-2005, 12:03 PM
The smile. You know, like "say cheese."
Last time I was criticized for looking like I was cutting the cheese (i.e. grimacing).

Guess I can't win.

Focused70
03-11-2005, 12:06 PM
Zack Attack: Whatever!!!! You look huge. Arms are a strong point, and delts. And legs.

Oh, and don't worry about teh nickname. I give everyone nicknames.

Stash

Blood&Iron
03-11-2005, 12:31 PM
Zack Attack: Whatever!!!! You look huge. Arms are a strong point, and delts. And legs.

Oh, and don't worry about teh nickname. I give everyone nicknames.

Stash
Thanks.

It's really gratifying to hear that you think my arms and delts are strong points. I don't really agree (they're still pretty weak IMO), but I've worked really hard to try and bring them up.

I think my chest and particularly my legs are my best bodyparts. I've still got a long way to go, though. It's coming...if ever so slowly.

And don't worry about the nickname...I've had much worse.

DoUgL@S
03-11-2005, 02:06 PM
I agree the arms look strong, but the legs do look like they a bit ahead of the rest. Overall you look damn good.

say cheese! :D

Hatred
03-11-2005, 02:20 PM
If you could pose...and mimic the rowing face while doing it. Judges would be afraidto place anyone ahead of you.

I'd pay to see a photochopped image of that face on a side shot.

Blood&Iron
03-11-2005, 02:57 PM
I agree the arms look strong, but the legs do look like they a bit ahead of the rest. Overall you look damn good.

say cheese! :D
Thanks, man.

Blood&Iron
03-11-2005, 02:58 PM
If you could pose...and mimic the rowing face while doing it. Judges would be afraidto place anyone ahead of you.

I'd pay to see a photochopped image of that face on a side shot.
If I had any photoshop skills whatsover, I'd totally do that.

And, yes, my posing totally sucks donkey balls.

Hatred
03-11-2005, 03:19 PM
I think it might be within galileos abilities.

galileo
03-11-2005, 08:07 PM
*warms up Photoshop*

ectx
03-11-2005, 08:20 PM
Good looking pics. Legs and arms look good. I also notice that you're using Brooks Beasts, you fancy shoes person. they're awesome motion control shoes but dang, they felt like a lead boot on me when I use to run. I take it you overpronate...because few folks get them for their classy looks. LOL.

galileo
03-11-2005, 08:31 PM
http://images.hollowmedia.com/blood_iron_unchained.jpg

galileo
03-11-2005, 09:22 PM
http://images.hollowmedia.com/blood_iron_unchained2.jpg

galileo
03-11-2005, 09:37 PM
I'd pay to see a photochopped image of that face on a side shot.

Please send your money via paypal to hollowmedia@yahoo.com. Thank you.

Focused70
03-11-2005, 10:21 PM
:eek:

Focused70
03-11-2005, 10:41 PM
:eek:

DoUgL@S
03-11-2005, 10:46 PM
gal is da funny :D

Hickory
03-11-2005, 11:24 PM
looking thick man. good work.

cphafner
03-12-2005, 12:08 PM
the pictures look great, I'd love to get that size.

Blood&Iron
03-12-2005, 09:42 PM
Good looking pics. Legs and arms look good. I also notice that you're using Brooks Beasts, you fancy shoes person. they're awesome motion control shoes but dang, they felt like a lead boot on me when I use to run. I take it you overpronate...because few folks get them for their classy looks. LOL.
Thanks.

Brooks Addiction actually (I've used Beasts in the past as well). My feet are flat as sh*t.

Blood&Iron
03-12-2005, 09:44 PM
*warms up Photoshop*
Superlative job my man.

That's some funny sh*t.

Blood&Iron
03-12-2005, 09:45 PM
looking thick man. good work.
Thanks.



the pictures look great, I'd love to get that size.

Thanks. But you're just about the same size as me.

Plus your max deadlift is like 1.5 times mine.

galileo
03-12-2005, 09:48 PM
The row-face couldn't have turned out better!

BTW - your arms are excellent. Good ****ing work.

Blood&Iron
03-12-2005, 09:50 PM
The row-face couldn't have turned out better!

Yeah, it totally looks real.

And it actually make me look bigger because the photoshopped head is a bit smaller than my real melon.



BTW - your arms are excellent. Good ****ing work.
Thanks.

rookiebldr
03-12-2005, 10:34 PM
Zac, anytime you need pics taken of you exercising, just call it was totally worth capturing that look on digital.

PizDoff
03-13-2005, 12:47 AM
Hahahaha!

Blood&Iron
03-17-2005, 09:44 AM
212.5lbs this morning

I will try to update sometime today. In the meantime, enjoy the following:

galileo
03-17-2005, 10:05 AM
Enjoyed.

galileo
03-24-2005, 07:18 PM
Yo, ****er, where the **** are you?

Blood&Iron
03-25-2005, 06:53 AM
Yo, ****er, where the **** are you?
Just been busy.

Lots of sh*t going on lately and my whole diet/routine has been of the 'whatever-the-f*ck-I-feel-like' variety. Haven't really had the time or motivation to post entries, but lemme see if I can't kick something out.

Teufelhund
03-25-2005, 07:20 AM
*waits*

Focused70
03-25-2005, 08:57 AM
*listens in echo chamber*

Stash

Blood&Iron
03-25-2005, 10:42 AM
Friday, March 25th

Ramblings
On Wednesday, I joined my third gym. It's quite silly really. I now have memberships at:

Ballys
Lifetime Fitness
Gold's (this is the newest one)

Why, you may ask, have I joined yet another gym? Well, I was at the leg press, resting between sets and sipping on my homemade carb-drink (basically Kool-aid made with dextrose). I see a personal trainer coming my way. I'm wearing the 'Fina Farm' hat I got at the Arnold so I'm thinking, he's gonna give me sh*t for that.
F*cktard: You can only have water on the floor. You're not allowed to have that up here.
Me (angrily): As soon as you guys start doing sh*t to enforce the other rules, I'll stop.
F*cktard: We do our best. I go around picking up after people
Me (angrily): I don't care about what you're trying to do. I have to rerack other peoples' weights everyday, I see kids under age 12 on the floor all the time. I'm more than happy to follow the rules as soon as everyone else does.
F*cktard: You'll have to talk to the General Manager.
Me (glaring): Okay
F*cktard: Can you please empty out your drink.
Me (growling): Fine.

So, I walked to the fountain muttering (not particularly quietly) about what douche the guy was and that it was complete bullsh*t. I saw him a few more times during my workout and glared angrily at the guy. I don't think he saw me. Of course, my response was pretty infantile. But, f*ck, I pay $50 a month in dues. No one reracks their weights. Soccer moms and sixty year olds camp out on the equipment. Sh*t is maintained decently--but not well enough given how much I'm paying.

The next day, I spoke to the general manager. I was calmer at that point and he was reasonably cool about things. He explained they were remodeling the club and starting to enforce rules about which they'd be lax previously. I said basically, that's fine, but that I expect things to really change. He also suggested I use a colored bottle (of which it'd be impossible to determine the contents) and even gave me a sorta crappy bike bottle to use. Granted, I still think the whole thing is a crock of sh*t, but in his position I dunno what else he could have really done.

That day I just made my carb-drink from ONLY dextrose and sugar, so it was compltely clear. That's the easy solution. I could probably even use Wyler's rather than Kool-aid since it contains no coloring.

But given that the whole reason I migrated to Lifetime was I got sick of the bullsh*t at Ballys, and now am encountering similar levels of bullsh*t at Lifetime, I decided to check out some more 'hardcore' gyms. I ultimately decided to join a Gold's right near my work (about 5 min away). It's a total dungeon, but it has all the stuff I need and I'm thinking I can even start doing some of my workouts at lunch. You can even use chalk there (although, there are signs saying 'Chalk is a privilege. Abuse it and lose it'.)

I'll still do some workouts at Lifetime (I never go to Bally's; I just maintain my membership since I paid off the lifetime membership and only have to pay renewal fees--which are still way f*cking steeper than they should be)

I did deadlifts during lunch on Thursday at the gym. It was sweet. I think I've found a new home.

Diet
M1 2 packets low-sugar instant oatmeal, 1 cup milk, 1 scoop MPI
M2 oatmeal creme pie
M3 sandwich (whole wheat, pastrami, swiss), 1oz peanuts, 1oz pretzels, 2 small rice krispy treats
M5 ???
M6 ???

Totals: ???
Calories: ???
Comments:


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Bleh..

Weight 211.5lbs

Focused70
03-25-2005, 11:57 AM
I'm not even sure why there's a rule that says you can only drink water. I mean.....you're not drinking beer so why should they care?

:thumbup: for dungeons. (No dungeons in NYC. :( )

Stash

galileo
03-25-2005, 01:09 PM
I'm not certain I understand your multi-gym policy, but good luck with the new place. I'm currently sneaking chalk in my gym and they've not opening expressed that it wasn't allowed so if I wipe up and keep things quiet, I should be OK.

Blood&Iron
03-25-2005, 01:18 PM
I'm not certain I understand your multi-gym policy, but good luck with the new place. I'm currently sneaking chalk in my gym and they've not opening expressed that it wasn't allowed so if I wipe up and keep things quiet, I should be OK.
Well, Lifetime has a sh*tload of the latest and greatest equipment (they have a row of about 12-15 machines for each bodypart), literally a 100+ pieces of cardio equipment, 10 or so big screen (50+ inch) tvs in the cardio area, a towel desk, [Ed: I use none of the following] a huge olympic pool, two story waterslide, rock climbing walls, basketball courts and so forth. Plus it's about 7min or so from my house.

The Gold's is near to work, but about 25-30min from my house, has old(ish) machines, no windows, and about 7 pieces of cardio equipment. No soccer moms or old people, though. It's totally old-school.

I like both and I like having options.

The Bally's membership I keep because if I let it go, it's essentially throwing a thousand plus dollars down the sh*tter. Plus, there are some decent Bally's and they're everywhere. It's more a hedge case for the future.

Besides, I just got a $9,000 a year raise, so I have a some extra cash. But you're right, it's kinda stupid.

I might change my mind later and cancel out one or the other. I only got a 4 month membership at Gold's to test things out. If I'm doing all my workouts there, I might let the Lifetime membership expire.

Blood&Iron
03-25-2005, 01:26 PM
I'm not even sure why there's a rule that says you can only drink water. I mean.....you're not drinking beer so why should they care?

I think they're worried about people spilling it on the eqiupment or floor. I'm very conscientious, though. If I spill any, I wipe it up.

They should be far more concerned about me bleeding on the bar when I do deadlifts.



:thumbup: for dungeons. (No dungeons in NYC. :( )

Stash
I'm sure they're around. Probably just hard to find.

galileo
03-25-2005, 01:32 PM
Grats on the raise! I wish my raise was $9,000.

Hatred
03-25-2005, 01:36 PM
My shins are beginning to look like yours you smartass. gashes and scrapes and all.
I think the Dungeon will be good for you. That is horse**** however with the beverage rule. I am sure that they have a proshop that sells the ****.

Blood&Iron
03-25-2005, 01:38 PM
Grats on the raise! I wish my raise was $9,000.
Thanks.

I'm still on the low-ish end of the pay scale, though. I'm now at $59K.

Not terrible, though. And since I started at $42,500 a little less than a year and a half ago (I really wanted the job), it's decent.

Blood&Iron
03-25-2005, 01:42 PM
My shins are beginning to look like yours you smartass. gashes and scrapes and all.

If I had the slightest thing to do with that, I'm a happy man.

That's what your shins are supposed to look like if you lift.



I think the Dungeon will be good for you. That is horse**** however with the beverage rule. I am sure that they have a proshop that sells the ****.
Totally.

It's the 'Lifestyle Cafe', though; they sell sandwiches and frapucchinos in addition to protein shakes. They're way too prissy to have a 'Pro Shop'

galileo
03-25-2005, 01:46 PM
Thanks.

I'm still on the low-ish end of the pay scale, though. I'm now at $59K.

Not terrible, though. And since I started at $42,500 a little less than a year and a half ago (I really wanted the job), it's decent.


Is the cost of living high where you live? Do you have any bonus structure?

Blood&Iron
03-25-2005, 01:53 PM
Is the cost of living high where you live? Do you have any bonus structure?
I dunno. I think cost of living is somewhat above average. It's the Detroit-metro area.

As for bonuses, previously it was completely discretionary. Last year I got a couple of $500 bonuses (one in March when he had a good month, another at Christmas). I also have done 'off-hour's work on the weekend for $60/hr.

Recently, they formalized the bonus structure. They're doing something each quarter, where if we hit revenue goals, they take 1% of the revenue (goals are in the vicinity of $4-5 million) and divide it among about 60 people. First 50% is evenly distributed. Rest is discretionary.

If we hit the goals every quarter (we never have failed to do so yet), it'll probably end up being like $1300+ a year minimum. I would be I'd get some of the discretionary money as well.

rookiebldr
03-25-2005, 04:43 PM
I have two gym memberships. Neither are overly hard core but there is only one Golds in the west end and it's way too far away. :(