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Tsuki No Neko
04-02-2007, 02:15 PM
I've been wanting to do this for a while, but for some reason lacked the stones to do it. Well, the time has come, methinks.


Name's Allie, 20 year old (21 in July) female college senior. I'm an animator/artist, and therefore spend ridiculous amounts of time in front of a computer working.

Stats as of today are thusly:

Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 187 lbs.
BF %: 21.8% (according to this (http://home.fuse.net/clymer/bmi/) site)

I've actually been following this site for some time now, and been ATTEMPTING to cut for the past year or so, but my resolve hasn't been that great. Sadly, around October of last year I said "**** this" for the time being and gorged out over the holidays. It's very hard to resist, since my father's a gourmet chef (which specialty in pastries no less) and I never get to see him. I ballooned up to almost 200 lbs.


I got tired of not fitting in any of my clothes so I decided to get serious. I weened myself onto the cut slowly, and around Mid-February I fell into a good place.

My goal is honestly just to look great, somewhat cut and curvy, but right now I have my goal weight as 160. Any suggestions for what to shoot for as BF %?

I'm trying to follow the plan Built made for me a while back, getting around 1800 calories on work out days and 1600 on rest days, but on most days it's ended out a bit lower, which I figure isn't a bad thing, since I'm cutting. Instead of posting all my foods twice, I will just link you all to my Fitday, which I keep constantly updated as I go. It's fairly accurate, except for drinks. But considering I drink mostly water and tea, with about only one glass of watered down sweet tea a day, I think that's okay.

http://fitday.com/WebFit/PublicJournals.html?Owner=tsuki%5Fno%5Fneko

As far as workouts go, I did WWB1 until I got bored with it, and now I'm doing WBB2 with some slight variations. Since I don't have a spotter, I find myself unable to do the decline bench (I worry about killing myself) but otherwise I stick to it fairly closely. I'm also looking to implement some of Built's Baby Got Back, but I'm not sure where to place it. Advice is welcome.

Fortunately, as you can see by my current stats, I've had some progess, but I'm wondering how well I'm doing. Feedback is welcome!


Today is actually an off day, so I've no workout to post, but I'll be doing some Legs/Back tomorrow. Details will be posted thusly!

Bako Lifter
04-02-2007, 02:22 PM
Good luck!

HeavyBomber
04-02-2007, 05:44 PM
Time to get busy then. Legs/Back tomorrow... should be fun.

Ammotroop
04-02-2007, 07:22 PM
It is easy to get bored. You have got to find the motivation within. I have faith in you. You are already here, now just stick with it!!!!

Jaybird88
04-02-2007, 07:27 PM
Just get in there and get it done. That's all there is to it :)

Best of luck!

Jinkies
04-02-2007, 09:04 PM
That calculator halfed my actually bodyfat.

Man ima have to get to 2 percent bodyfat before I see my abs :(

Good luck on the bikini season, im hoping to tone up and sport a some european swimwear(speedos)

Detard
04-02-2007, 09:09 PM
youve started a journal now we all expect you to keep it up to date. ;). Stay dedicated and i'm sure you'll get where you want to be fast.

Unholy
04-02-2007, 09:23 PM
Best of luck. I agree with Detard. You will hit your goal before bikini season is in full swing if you stay with it.

Tsuki No Neko
04-03-2007, 03:14 PM
Alright! First REAL post! Here we go: DAY ONE OF JOURNAL!

Legs and Back:

Hip Abduction-
1x0 - 110 lbs.
1x8 - 120
2x6 - 135

Hip Adduction-
1x12 - 110
1x10 - 130
1x8 - 140
1x6 - 150

Leg Curl-
2x8 - 70
1x6 - 80

Leg Press-
1x10 - 255
1x10 - 275
1x10 - 300

Compound Row-
1x10 - 80
2x8 - 90

Lower Back Extension-
1x10 - 150
2x8 - 180

Crunches on Decline Bench-
1x20
1x15
1x10


Woo! Felt like a good day. I was excited when I hit 300 on the leg press too. I was like, "Yea!! My favourite number!" But then I started thinking about Gerard Butler's rippling pecs . . . .and yea. Distracted.

I passed on the cardio today since I was feeling a little woozy when I finished. That I have to go to class soon.


Feedback welcome!!

theJamAbides
04-04-2007, 04:11 PM
Awesome work! Keep it up!

8.8
04-04-2007, 04:13 PM
nice leg press but where are the squats?????!?!?!?!?!!?!?

Tsuki No Neko
04-04-2007, 05:01 PM
Ha ha, I do squats on another day. They sort of hurt my back, so I only do them one day instead of two.


Today is a rest day, as I have 10 hours of class to sit through. Blech. Not exactly my idea of a good time, but it'll be worth it to get graduated sooner.

Tsuki No Neko
04-05-2007, 04:37 PM
Today is another 10 hour class day, so I will be unable to get to the gym again today. I did run up and down 5 flights of stairs multiple times though! lol About all I can here while stuck here.

Back and chest tomorrow though!

Tsuki No Neko
04-06-2007, 03:53 PM
Day Four: Chest and Back


Dumbbell Incline Press:
1x11 - 30 lbs. (total, not per hand)
2x9 - 35

Close Grip Chins:
2x8 (assisted)

Flat Dumbbell Flies:
2x11 - 30
1x8 - 35

Wide Grip Pulldowns:
1x11 - 60
1x8 - 75

Dips:
2x10 (assisted)

Seated Cable Row:
2x11 - 85
1x9 - 95

Crunches on Decline Bench:
1x20
1x15
1x10

10 minutes on the treadclimber at moderate-intense


My stats on these days don't look nearly as good. But my arms are far weaker than my legs, and that's why. Man though, they felt like lead after this. o_o I feel tuckered out. Ready to eat!

Tsuki No Neko
04-08-2007, 07:36 PM
Day Six: Legs


Squats:
1x20 - 85 lbs.
1x10 - 105

Leg Press:
1x15 - 275
1x10 - 300

Leg Extensions:
2x10 - 95

Hamstring Curl:
1x10 - 70

Seated Calf Raises:
1x20 - 70
1x15 - 95


I had to sort of rush this one, since the gym was about to close. lol It sucked though, since rushing it resulted in me feeling sick. Next time I will try harder to get into the gym earlier.

Feedback welcome!

Tsuki No Neko
04-13-2007, 09:21 PM
Day 11: Biceps, Triceps, and Shoulders

Seated Dumbbell Press-
2x8 - 35 lbs (total)

Standing Dumbbell Lateral Raises-
2x8 - 25

Front Dumbbell Raises-
2x6 - 25

Incline Skull Crusher-
2x9 - 30

Incline Dumbbell Curls-
2x8 - 40

Dips-
2x8 (assisted)

Hammer Curls-
2x8 - 40



Ugh, I wasn't able to get into the gym all week due to my new work schedule. Really sucks! But I'm hoping I can work out a new weekly plan.

I'm looking to sub something for the skull crushers, since they hurt my wrists. Any suggestions?

8.8
04-13-2007, 09:29 PM
how about french curls??

sucks about not being able to get ot the gym but theres gotta be some sort of time you can makein your schedule

Built
04-13-2007, 10:12 PM
Hey girl - what's with the yes/no machine? And why such looooow calories?

Roddy
04-13-2007, 10:21 PM
I'm looking to sub something for the skull crushers, since they hurt my wrists. Any suggestions?

plenty of warm up sets with just the bar.

If i dive into skulls at my workout weight = pain... but if i do about 3 very light warm up sets, then a quick weight acclimation set then i can slam into 3 very heavy sets (muscle building) without any pain/issues

warm ups FTW!

Tsuki No Neko
04-14-2007, 01:09 PM
Hey girl - what's with the yes/no machine? And why such looooow calories?


Yea, this last week sucked. >_> I just started my new job, and I've been working pretty much 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. every night (until Friday) and I've yet to get acclimated to this new schedule where I can still get to the gym and eat properly. I ended out erring towards the not eating enough instead of the eating bad. I hope that wasn't a bad choice.

And what do mean with the yes/no machine? o_O

Mr. D
04-14-2007, 01:26 PM
Yea, this last week sucked. >_> I just started my new job, and I've been working pretty much 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. every night (until Friday) and I've yet to get acclimated to this new schedule where I can still get to the gym and eat properly. I ended out erring towards the not eating enough instead of the eating bad. I hope that wasn't a bad choice.

And what do mean with the yes/no machine? o_O

I could be mistaken but i think she is talking about the hip adductors and abductor.

Tsuki No Neko
04-14-2007, 01:42 PM
I could be mistaken but i think she is talking about the hip adductors and abductor.


Oh yea? o_O Is there something wrong with it?

Mr. D
04-14-2007, 02:10 PM
Oh yea? o_O Is there something wrong with it?

Well like most isolation work, its really not that neccessary when on a cut. Stick with the compound movements. Squats, by varying the stances, can hit it all.

If on bulk, then isolation work has more of a place to allow you to focus on lagging areas.

Ill let built chime in with better worded response.

Tsuki No Neko
04-14-2007, 02:26 PM
Well like most isolation work, its really not that neccessary when on a cut. Stick with the compound movements. Squats, by varying the stances, can hit it all.

If on bulk, then isolation work has more of a place to allow you to focus on lagging areas.

Ill let built chime in with better worded response.


I see. Thank you very much; this is exactly why I started this journal. :)


Do you have any suggestions of what I could substitute for it (besides standard squats)? I'd like to implement it in my workout today.

Mr. D
04-14-2007, 02:52 PM
Curious as to what your progress has been after 2 weeks in terms of weight,clothes fitting,etc?

Where did you get your workout split?

Tsuki No Neko
04-14-2007, 03:14 PM
Well, when I started the journal I was 187 lbs, now I am 185 lbs, though for the last week I've pretty much stayed the same. My measurements at the time of start were 38.5-32-41.5, and as of a day or two ago they were 38-31.5-41.5. So there's been some minor progress. I actually tightened my belt by a peg too, if that counts for anything. lol

As far as workout, I've been using a variation of the WBB II plus some stuff from BGB. I previously used WBB I.

mikesbytes
04-15-2007, 04:53 AM
Hey that link to the Body Fat (BF) calculator was pretty good. I came out at 13.7% and I think that could be spot on. Not bad for a simple calculator.

Is this your art web site => http://tsuki-no-neko.deviantart.com/

Tsuki No Neko
04-15-2007, 11:22 AM
Hey that link to the Body Fat (BF) calculator was pretty good. I came out at 13.7% and I think that could be spot on. Not bad for a simple calculator.

Is this your art web site => http://tsuki-no-neko.deviantart.com/

Ha ha, yea, it is! lol Were you just browsing and found it?

mikesbytes
04-15-2007, 04:51 PM
Ha ha, yea, it is! lol Were you just browsing and found it?

I thought you might of been Japanese and I trying to figure out if you were;
- first name Tsuki No, last name Neko or
- first name Tuski, last name No Neko
And I stumbled upon it.

WestsideWarrior
04-15-2007, 05:01 PM
If you want a full body routine. Here's 1 made by us here at WBB.

Full Body Workout (mon, wed, fri)

A = Squat, Bench, Row
B = Dead, OH Press, Chin ups

Aa = Zerchers, DB Incline Press, Hammer Strength Row
Bb = SLDL, Push Press, Pulldown

WK 1 - 3x5

Mon - A
Wed - B
Fri - A
Sun - B

WK 2 - 2x8
Mon - Aa
Wed - Bb
Fri - Aa
Sun - Bb

WK 3 - 5,4,3,2,1
Mon - A
Wed - Bb
Fri - Aa
Sun - B

Tsuki No Neko
04-15-2007, 05:48 PM
I thought you might of been Japanese and I trying to figure out if you were;
- first name Tsuki No, last name Neko or
- first name Tuski, last name No Neko
And I stumbled upon it.


No, I'm not Japanese, I'm just a fan and that's a nickname of mine. :)



And, uhh, what's a Zercher? o_O And some of those other things?

Built
04-15-2007, 06:01 PM
The most you can expect from the yes no is to widen your thighs. In practice, even this is unlikely. You most certainly won't spot reduce them, and you won't tighten up your legs doing them either. Ditch that movement.

Why can't you do squats?

WestsideWarrior
04-15-2007, 06:13 PM
Ah crap, sorry for not explaining them.

Squat (Parallel)
http://exrx.net/WeightExercises/Quadriceps/BBSquat.html

Bench
http://exrx.net/WeightExercises/PectoralSternal/BBBenchPress.html

Row (Bent-Over Row)
http://exrx.net/WeightExercises/BackGeneral/BBBentOverRow.html

Deadlift
http://exrx.net/WeightExercises/GluteusMaximus/BBDeadlift.html

OverHead Press
http://exrx.net/WeightExercises/DeltoidAnterior/BBBehindNeckPress.html

Chin Ups
http://exrx.net/WeightExercises/LatissimusDorsi/AsChinup.html

Zercher (Squat variation)
http://www.abcbodybuilding.com/exercise3/zerchersquat.htm

Dumbbell Incline Press
http://exrx.net/WeightExercises/PectoralSternal/DBBenchPress.html
Note: On a incline

Hammer Row
http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/2002/hammercurl2.jpg

SLDL
http://exrx.net/WeightExercises/Hamstrings/BBStraightLegDeadlift.html

Push Press
http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/2002/pushpress2.jpg

Pulldown
http://exrx.net/WeightExercises/LatissimusDorsi/CBFrontPulldown.html
Note: Can pull down to the back also.

Built
04-15-2007, 06:29 PM
Please do not do this movement: http://exrx.net/AnimatedEx/Hamstrings/BBStraightLegDeadlift.gif

Do this instead (http://www.uwlax.edu/strengthcenter/videos/exercise%20videos%20plus/rdl.mpg)

Also - no "behind the head" pulldowns, and no wide-grips either. Shoulder width or narrower, always in front of you.

Better squat form vid (http://www.uwlax.edu/strengthcenter/videos/exercisevideos/High%20Bar%20Back%20Squat.mpg)

Note that the hips lead - this is not a knee bend, but an "ass fold", if this makes any sense to you.

If you have trouble with this type of squat, try goblet squats to start with.
http://www.crossfit.com/discus/messages/22/20544.jpg

WestsideWarrior
04-15-2007, 06:38 PM
Built, yeah I know exrx.net has some horrible explanations, lol.

What's wrong with wide grip, rear pull downs?

On SLDL, don't do what the vid shows you, if on a box, go in front of your toes, not on top of your feet.

Built
04-15-2007, 06:44 PM
Wide grips and especially wide grips behind the neck are brutal on the rotator cuff. As an added perk, they take the stress away from the lat to do so. Not good.

A narrower grip targets the lats more, and without the rotator cuff problem.

For the SLDLs, well, "stiff" is a bit of a misnomer - you don't actually keep your legs stiff, and you certainly don't keep 'em straight! That vid is really crappy form.

Proper stiff leg deadlifts (SLDLs) are closer to Romanian deadlifts, so that's what I posted up.

Weight travels directly up and down in a straight line, touching the legs. Ass goes back as you do this, knees softly bent, stress should be felt in the belly of the hamstring rather than in the lower back.

No need whatsoever to drop to the floor for this movement - simply lower until you can no longer hold the arch in your lower back. No platform.

Look UP throughout, press through your heels. You should be able to lift your toes off the floor with ease.

Pull from the glutes. Thrust your hips into the bar as you raise it. Drop to a count of two or three, raise to a count of one.

WestsideWarrior
04-15-2007, 06:49 PM
Wide grips and especially wide grips behind the neck are brutal on the rotator cuff. As an added perk, they take the stress away from the lat to do so. Not good.

Well I do em to strengthen mine, cuz their weak i can feel them on dips, hardcore.

A narrower grip targets the lats more, and without the rotator cuff problem.

I might start doin these then.

For the SLDLs, well, "stiff" is a bit of a misnomer - you don't actually keep your legs stiff, and you certainly don't keep 'em straight! That vid is really crappy form.

It's called Straight Legged Deadlift. Yeah, I need to find a better resource.


above...

Built
04-15-2007, 07:32 PM
SLDL usually refers to "stiff" legs, not "straight". Nobody should be doing straight legs on deads. It is neither necessary nor optimal. RDLs work the ham better and are far safer.

Why would you think a movement that causes rotator cuff strain would be good for strengthening it? There are better ways to condition your rotator cuff. Ditch the wide grips, ditch the behind the neck stuff.

mikesbytes
04-15-2007, 08:05 PM
I'm always on the lookout for images. I give my instructors nick names and thow up an relevant image in my training log. Anyway, one of my instructors told me that she was nicknamed "the machine" so I was looking for artwork or images and found this site http://www.tardysculpture.com/ which I thought was kinda cool.

With the weights, don't be too obsessed with how much you are lifting until you feel confident that you have the right technique. Your not going to meet your goals if you are injured.

WestsideWarrior
04-15-2007, 08:25 PM
SLDL usually refers to "stiff" legs, not "straight". Nobody should be doing straight legs on deads. It is neither necessary nor optimal. RDLs work the ham better and are far safer.

Why would you think a movement that causes rotator cuff strain would be good for strengthening it? There are better ways to condition your rotator cuff. Ditch the wide grips, ditch the behind the neck stuff.

P1: oh, thanks for the correction. Well sldl/rdl isn't in my routine so I don't have to worry about it. but i might add it as assistance one of my ME days.

P2: what exercises strengthen my cuff? thanks for lettin me know.

Tsuki No Neko
04-16-2007, 07:17 AM
Day 12: Back and Legs


Straight (Romanian?) Deadlifts-
1x8 - 85
3x5 - 105

Cable Pushdowns-
1x10 - 30
1x6 - 35

Lat Pulldown-
1x10 - 60
2x7 - 75

Hamstring Curl-
2x8 - 70
1x5 - 80

Chin-Ups-
2x7 (assisted)

Crunches on Decline Bench-
1x20
2x10


This is actually from Saturday! I got a little behind on my posting, not on my working out. I still have another day to post too, from yesterday.

I'm still trying to get a little more constant split worked out. :) But in sadder news, it's that time of the month, so it looks bad on the scale. >_> But I am only ASSUMING it's due to what time it is. I don't think I've eaten enough to gain back 3 pounds.

Tsuki No Neko
04-16-2007, 07:05 PM
Day 13: Chest and Back

Dumbbell Incline Press-
1x11 - 30
1x9 - 35
1x5 - 40

Flat Dumbbell Flies-
2x11 - 30
1x8 - 35

Wide Grip Pulldowns-
1x11 - 60
1x8 - 75

Dips-
2x10 (assisted)

Seated Cable Row-
1X11 - 85


Man, this was exhausting. I do not plan on making a habit out of three days in a row at the gym. I hurt now.

Tsuki No Neko
04-20-2007, 07:31 PM
Day 16: Legs


Squats-
1x20 - 85

Leg Press-
1x15 - 295
1x10 - 315

Leg Extensions-
1x10 - 95
1x10 - 105

Hamstring Curl-
1x8 - 70
1x6 - 80

Seated Calf Raises-
1x20 - 70
1x15 - 95


Sorry I've been behind in posting again. I've still be going to the gym, just been behind is telling about it.


I've been getting a little discouraged lately though. >_> I haven't lost any weight in two weeks, and over the past week while on my period my weight jumped all over the damn place. I'm sort of just assuming it was DUE to my period, but I'm still concerned, since my period is now over and it's still being weird.

I really want to get back on track and making progress again.

mikesbytes
04-20-2007, 08:34 PM
There's a degree of inaccuracy in weight measurement, as your fluid levels (hidration etc) are different and waters heavy. Also muscle weighs more than fat, so you can still be loosing fat while the scales say zip. So look at the general trend of weight and measurement, rather than the short term figures.

Tsuki No Neko
04-21-2007, 12:01 PM
Day 18: Biceps, Triceps, and Shoulders


Seated Dumbbell Press-
2x8 - 35

Standing Dumbbell Lateral Raises-
2x8 - 25

Front Dumbbell Raises-
2x6 - 25

Incline Skull Crushers-
1x15 - 20
2x9 - 30

Incline Dumbbell Curls-
2x8 - 40

Dips-
2x8 (assisted)

Hammer Curls-
2x8 - 40



Alright, I'm caught up now. :) And I think things ARE returning to normal, though I'll probably wait a few more days to say for sure.

But at least I've figured things out with my schedule now!



Also--I tried doing the warm-ups before doing the Skull Crushers and it did help. Thanks for the advice!!

Built
04-21-2007, 01:44 PM
Do you weigh all your food?

Also, ditch the wide-grips. For lat work, shoulder width or narrower, k?

Tsuki No Neko
04-21-2007, 02:33 PM
Do you weigh all your food?

Also, ditch the wide-grips. For lat work, shoulder width or narrower, k?


Gotcha on the wide-grip thing. :) I just went by the WWB II layout, but I'll switch that.


I get my meats and fish weighed and portioned at the market, so they should be pretty accurate. I hope.

Built
04-21-2007, 02:44 PM
Now THAT'S convenient! What a great idea!

What do you currently weigh?

Tsuki No Neko
04-21-2007, 02:51 PM
Yea, I like it a lot. Sometimes I get lucky too, and they'll have the fish in these great vacuum sealed packages of 6 oz. each. I love my fish. :D


As of today I am 185, after one week of not budging, and then a week of crazy ups and down (due to my period I think). I am happy to see it be that though after the past week. Otherwise there has been little change lately, though my thighs are down half an inch since I last measured, which I figure to be a good thing!

Built
04-21-2007, 02:58 PM
Your calories seem kinda low to not be losing at your weight. Have you had your thyroid checked?

Tsuki No Neko
04-21-2007, 03:02 PM
Heh, actually, I did not too long ago. I think it was end of 2006. They did all sorts of tests, including thyroid, blood sugar, the usual things that cause weight gain or hindrance of loss. And it all came back clean. Doctor and I agreed to blame the birth control for the time being, so I got off it. I've been off it since December.

I thought it may have seemed a bit low too, but since things aren't getting anywhere fast, I wasn't sure. I really don't know. :(

Built
04-21-2007, 03:04 PM
How did they test your thyroid? TSH only, or free T3 and free T4?

Tsuki No Neko
04-21-2007, 03:13 PM
Now that I'm totally not sure about. Those names don't ring a bell and my memory doesn't go back that far. What's the difference between them, and should I be calling my doctor to ask?

Built
04-21-2007, 03:59 PM
TSH tells basically nothing. Unfortunately, testing for thyroid disease is about as advanced in the medical community as is the weight loss advice available through this medium. Standard thyroid screening is performed on the basis of your levels of TSH – which unfortunately often fails to reflect the symptoms of this disease. Furthermore, if you have Hashimoto’s, the most common version of thyroid disorder, your TSH may fluctuate wildly from day to day – you will need to be tested for antibodies or there is no way you will know what is going on.

At any rate, your calories are far too low to NOT be losing. I'd definitely pursue this with a damned good endocrinologist.

Tsuki No Neko
04-21-2007, 05:09 PM
I will definitely do that. I'd certainly like to know what's going on.

Thank you so much for the help!!

mikesbytes
04-21-2007, 09:27 PM
Heh, actually, I did not too long ago. I think it was end of 2006. They did all sorts of tests, including thyroid, blood sugar, the usual things that cause weight gain or hindrance of loss. And it all came back clean. Doctor and I agreed to blame the birth control for the time being, so I got off it. I've been off it since December.

I thought it may have seemed a bit low too, but since things aren't getting anywhere fast, I wasn't sure. I really don't know. :(

So now your putting on weight because your pregnant :D

Tsuki No Neko
04-21-2007, 11:28 PM
So now your putting on weight because your pregnant :D


That is sooooo not funny. :P That would suck super hardcore. Fortunately, just having my period sort of negates that possibility. THANK GOODNESS.

Tsuki No Neko
04-22-2007, 05:59 PM
Day 20: Horizontal push pull, calves, and abs



Rack Pulls-
5x5 - 105

Bent Over Rows (one arm at a time)-
3x8 - 27.5

Flat Bench-
5x5 - 55

Incline Dumbbell Press-
3x8 - 40

Seated Calf Raises-
3x15 - 90

Crunches on Decline Bench-
3x12


Woo! Switched over to Baby Got Back today. :D I think I like it much better. I will be staying it for a while methinks!

Also finally saw progress in my weight today! Thank goodness. I was beginning to think bad things. :P

Built
04-22-2007, 06:33 PM
Oh, this is a happier-sounding post than the other day.


Good. :)

mikesbytes
04-22-2007, 09:16 PM
Great to hear. Sometimes when things stop working, a change can get it progressing again.

Blanche_Soprano
04-23-2007, 10:11 PM
Heh, actually, I did not too long ago. I think it was end of 2006. They did all sorts of tests, including thyroid, blood sugar, the usual things that cause weight gain or hindrance of loss. And it all came back clean. Doctor and I agreed to blame the birth control for the time being, so I got off it. I've been off it since December.

I thought it may have seemed a bit low too, but since things aren't getting anywhere fast, I wasn't sure. I really don't know. :(


I've been having similar problems with birth control. I gained a lot of weight (close to 15 pounds, ouch), when I went on the pill, what seemed to be over night, and haven't lost any of it. I can't get the scale to budge even if I wanted it to. My friend is on the same pill and is having the same problem. If you don't mind me asking, what were you on? I would think the pill is the devil if it wasn't for the help it's given me in the woman department.

Tsuki No Neko
04-23-2007, 11:20 PM
I've been having similar problems with birth control. I gained a lot of weight (close to 15 pounds, ouch), when I went on the pill, what seemed to be over night, and haven't lost any of it. I can't get the scale to budge even if I wanted it to. My friend is on the same pill and is having the same problem. If you don't mind me asking, what were you on? I would think the pill is the devil if it wasn't for the help it's given me in the woman department.


What really made me gain the weight was Depo Provera, or the shot. I was on it for 2 and a half years, and I gained somewhere towards 40 pounds. It wasn't all at once, but it did sort of seem like all of a sudden I was fatter. So I got off of Depo and went onto the NuvaRing, and gained more weight. I'm not sure if it was because of the NuvaRing, or because I was already gaining weight. But once I stopped, the gain sort of stopped too.




Day 21: Quads and Biceps


Full Squats-
5x5 - 105

Leg Press-
3x8 - 315

Seated Alternating Bicep Curls-
5x5 - 22.5 (per hand)

Hammer Curls-
3x8 - 40 (total)



OUCH. I just got back from the gym, and I hurt. x_x My hands are horribly red and hot, and sting like a bitch. This doesn't normally happen. The squats also really hurt my shoulders. Is there any other way of doing them? Resting the weight on my back really doesn't feel good. Suggestions very appreciated, as I am worried about screwing up my back more. @_@

I was also so tired I cut out the hams. Next time.

Tsuki No Neko
04-25-2007, 10:11 PM
Day 23: Vertical Push-Pull


Chins-
5x5 (assisted)

High Rows-
3x8 - 60

Bent Over Side Lats-
2x10 - 20

Military Press-
5x5 - 50

Standing Side Lats-
2x8 - 25

Crunches on Decline Bench-
3x12


I had to kind of blast through these, since I only had 45 minutes between class to hit the gym. I had to skip the calves for now. They won't be ignored on other days.

In other news, my left hand is still feeling numb since yesterday. And I want a Popsicle really bad all of a sudden.

mikesbytes
04-26-2007, 12:34 AM
OUCH. I just got back from the gym, and I hurt. x_x My hands are horribly red and hot, and sting like a bitch. This doesn't normally happen. The squats also really hurt my shoulders. Is there any other way of doing them? Resting the weight on my back really doesn't feel good. Suggestions very appreciated, as I am worried about screwing up my back more. @_@

Often the bar hurting the shoulders during squats is due to the bar being too high up and it kind of pushes into the neck. It could be that your putting the bar on the Trapezius (Upper Fibers) (http://www.exrx.net/Muscles/TrapeziusUpper.html) and may find it more comfortable on your Trapezius (Middle Fibers) (http://www.exrx.net/Muscles/TrapeziusMiddle.html). You can also try wrapping the bar, if theres nothing available at the gym, then try wrapping it with a towel.

Hands - are you wearing gloves?

Tsuki No Neko
04-28-2007, 12:07 PM
Day 25: Hams and Triceps


Romanian Deadlifts-
5x5 - 105

Seated Leg Curl-
3x8 - 95

Seated Leg Extensions-
3x12 - 95

Dips-
5x5 (assisted)

Cable Pressdowns-
3x8 - 40


Things were so much better with gloves. The DL's still hurt my fingers a little, but not NEARLY as much.

Tsuki No Neko
05-03-2007, 05:59 PM
Day 27: Horizontal Push-Pull, Calves


Rack Pulls-
5x5 - 105

Bent Over Row (One Handed)-
3x8 - 27.5

Flat Bench-
5x5 - 55

Incline Dumbbell Press-
3x8 - 40

Seated Calf Raise-
3x12 - 90

Crunches on Decline Bench-
3x12


Wow. This is actually from Sunday. >_> I've gotten behind in posting. This week is midterms though, and I've been REALLY busy. So busy in fact, that I missed two gym days. >_< I hate it, but finishing homework takes precedence. I should be back in tomorrow.

In the meantime, I haven't seen any progress. It's been about a month though, and I've definitely seen some progress over the course of this month.

Start Weight: 187
Start Measurements: 39-32-42, 24.5 for thighs

Current Weight: 184
Current Measurements: 38-31-41, 23.5 for thighs


Only three pounds on the scale, but an inch smaller all around. I'm not sure how much progress that is on the grand scale, more or less than average. Usually to me though, progress I can see is good progress.

Hopefully I will start seeing progress again soon.

Tsuki No Neko
05-07-2007, 04:21 PM
Day 33: Quads and Biceps



Squats-
5x5 - 105

Leg Press-
3x8 - 315

Seated Leg Curls-
3x12 - 95

Seated Alternating Bicep Curls-
5x5 - 20 per hand

Hammer Curls-
3x8 - 40



From Saturday. Ripped through this one, and it felt much better than last week. I was able to to find a much more comfortable place for the bar for squats and it didn't hurt nearly as much. They are still kind of hard on my knees in a way that nothing will really help, but my fiancee is helping me with stretches (he's a martial artist) and I'm hoping to increase my flexibility and lessen the pain of my fibromyalgia.

Tsuki No Neko
05-08-2007, 09:09 AM
Day 34: Vertical Push-Pull, Calves


Chins-
5x5 - 94 lbs assist

Hammer High Rows-
3x8 - 70

Bent Over Side Laterals-
3x10 - 20

Military Press-
5x5 - 55

Standing Side Laterals-
3x8 - 25

Donkey Calf Raises-
3x10 - 115

Crunches on Decline Bench-
3x12


This is from Sunday! Still playing catch-up. I'm almost done though.

Woo! Weights were upped slightly on both the Hammer High Rows and Military Press. I almost had to drop them back down on the Military because I got a shooting pain in my fingers when I grabbed the bar, but once I removed my glove it felt better so I continued. Those Hammer High Rows felt gooooood though. Rawr!

I'd never done the donkey calves before and wasn't sure how much weight would be good, so I started low. Bad idea. LOL I got tired of adding weight so I finally just did 115, though I felt confident I could do more. Next time I will just start higher so I don't waste too much time changing weights.

Tsuki No Neko
05-10-2007, 12:07 PM
Day 35: Hams and Triceps


Romanian Deadlifts-
3x8 - 90

High Foot Placement Leg Press-
3x8 - 215

Seated Leg Extensions-
3x12 - 95

Dips-
5x5 - 76 assist

Cable Pressdowns-
3x8 - 40


This is from Monday! I know, I know. I need to catch up. I'm just so damn BUSY. >_< Forgive meeeee.

Stupid gym was crazy busy this day. I couldn't get the area I needed to do my deads, so I had to make do with 90 lbs. >_> And the cable pressdowns are rather painful on my injured elbow, but I find myself reminded of the fact that most tricep exercises hurt my elbow. I'm not sure if I should do something instead of the pressdowns, or just lighten the weight and do more reps.

Tsuki No Neko
05-10-2007, 02:43 PM
Day 37: Horizontal Push-Pull, Calves


Rack Pulls-
5x5 - 105

Bent Over One Armed Row-
3x8 - 27.5

Flat Bench-
5x5 - 55

Incline Dumbbell Press-
3x8 - 40

Seated Calf Raise-
3x12 - 100

Crunches on Decline Bench-
3x12



From Wednesday, yesterday. Caught up!

Been feeling a little discouraged as my weights been higher than usual since my last cheat day. I'm only assuming it's just some crazy bloat, but should it take this long to go away? It's annoying. :P I wanna see some good change!

I have been wondering though. Why is it that it seems like all the fittest women at the gym lift such little weight? Women at my gym anyway. I'll see them lift half the weight I do, maybe even less. If I'm so much chunkier than them, why is it I'm so much (apparently) stronger? I'm just kind of curious as to what's going on. o_O

Questor
05-10-2007, 03:09 PM
You have more muscle than them. You are just hiding it. When you lean down, you may very well be quite buff.

Tsuki No Neko
05-10-2007, 04:48 PM
Ha ha, that's kind of what I was hoping. I just gotta kick that leaning down into first gear.

Tsuki No Neko
05-14-2007, 01:19 PM
Day 39: Quads and Biceps


Full Squats-
5x5 - 105

Leg Press-
3x8 - 315

High Foot Placement Leg Press-
3x12 - 215

Seated Alternate Bicep Curls-
5x5 - 20 per hand

Hammer Curls-
3x8 - 40


I cannot keep this journal up to date to save my life. lol This is from Friday. I barely even remember anything from this day now, the whole weekend went so fast! What day is it?!

I am wondering though; HIIT. How long do y'all do it for? How long is each interval? Tell me more!

blodder24
05-14-2007, 01:37 PM
Running: 1/10 mile track
Moderate run - 1 lap
All out sprint - 1/2 lap
Rowing:
Moderate row - 1 minute
Intense all out row - 20 seconds
Biking
etc..

As a general rule - 1 minute of moderate & 20 seconds of intense
Do this for 15 minutes, or until you feel you can't go any longer

theJamAbides
05-14-2007, 02:10 PM
Do your HIIT intervals until you blow chunks.

Tsuki No Neko
05-19-2007, 02:14 PM
Okay, this is gonna be one massive post since I was busy all week and couldn't post.



Day 41: Vertical Push-Pull, Calves


Chins-
5x5 - 88 assist

Hammer High Rows-
3x8 - 70

Bent Over Side Laterals-
3x10 - 20

Military Press-
5x5 - 60

Standing Side Laterals-
3x8 - 25

Donkey Calf Raises-
3x10 - 135

Crunches on a Decline Bench-
3x12




Day 44: Hams and Triceps


Romanian Deadlifts-
5x5 - 105

High Foot Placement Leg Press-
3x8 - 255

Walking Lunges-
3x10 - 60

Dips-
5x5 - 70 assist

Close Grip Bench Press-
3x8 - 40



Day 46: Horizonal Push Pull, Calves


Rack Pulls-
5x5 - 105

Bent Over One Handed Rows-
3x8 - 30

Flat Bench-
5x5 - 65

Incline Dumbbell Press-
3x8 - 45

Seated Calf Raises-
3x12 - 115

Crunches on Decline Bench-
3x12



Well, DAMN! I apologize for not posting all week, I've been crazy busy. But in a super good way. As I mentioned in my first post, I'm a full time student studying animation about to graduate (September) and I found out this week that I won my school's most prestigious scholarship, and the rest of my time there is now paid for! It's been an exciting week for sure.

Damn though. My weight hasn't been changing (steady 184 actually), but my measurements have gone down a little in my chest, lower belly and hips, but most notably, my weights have gone up in nearly EVERYTHING. I was especially proud when my flat bench went up to a solid 65 lbs. I think I'm really starting to make some gains in my upper body strength.

I'm assuming though that my weight not changing isn't so big of a deal, and that other gains mean more. But I might be wrong! I do feel as though I am physically looking different though. Is it possible for fat to shift/relocate?

Built
05-19-2007, 02:20 PM
MAJOR props on the scholarship! That's HUGE!

You can certainly recompose a bit, particularly in the beginning.
Your calories may be too high to drop. What do they average?

redFury
05-19-2007, 02:34 PM
Congrats on the weight progess and scholarship! Lean muscle mass is generally considered more dense then fat

http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=8

I take your comments to mean you are losing fat and putting muscle on... hence the smaller measurements!

Tsuki No Neko
05-23-2007, 07:14 PM
Day 48: Quads and Biceps


Squats-
5x5 - 115

Leg Press-
3x8 - 315

Seated Leg Curls-
3x12 - 95

Seated Alternating Bicep Curls-
5x5 - 20 per hand

Hammer Curls-
3x8 - 40




Day 51: Vertical Push-Pull, Calves


Chins-
4x5 - 88 assist

Hammer High Rows-
3x8 - 70

Bent Over Side Laterals-
2x10 - 20

Military Press-
4x5 - 65

Standing Side Laterals-
2x8 - 20

Donkey Calf Raises-
3x10 - 135




Catching up again. Wow, I've passed the 50 day mark! Time to celebrate maybe?

Didn't have much time at the gym today, so I had to shorten my workout a little. :( Had to get back to school.

Going to the doctor tomorrow morning! Will get a free T3, free T4, and ferratin test, and probably that other (TSH?) test too. I will let y'all know how it goes!

WestsideWarrior
05-23-2007, 07:20 PM
Squats:
1x20 - 85 lbs.
1x10 - 105

Lookie here....1x10x105 to 5x5x115 in just 42 days. Great work. Might want to post some progress pics, great job.

Congrats on the scholarship.

Tsuki No Neko
05-23-2007, 07:52 PM
Squats:
1x20 - 85 lbs.
1x10 - 105

Lookie here....1x10x105 to 5x5x115 in just 42 days. Great work. Might want to post some progress pics, great job.

Congrats on the scholarship.

Thanks! :D I'm glad to hear it. I did take some pictures at the beginning of April, but I'm most embarrassed of them. LOL I'll see about putting together some progress pics.

Tsuki No Neko
06-01-2007, 11:29 AM
Day 53: Hamstrings and Triceps



Romanian Deadlifts-
5x5 - 105

High Foot Placement Leg Press-
3x8 - 255

Walking Lunges-
3x10 - 60

Dips-
5x5 - 70 assist

Close Grip Bench-
3x8 - 40



This is from last Friday, before I started my party weekend with family! I knew I needed to get in one more workout before I slacked, so I pushed it. It felt good though. The deads especially. I think I can feel my back strengthening, which is great.


Then came the weekend from diet HELL. LOL I ate way too much. I tried to keep track, but I know there were lots of things I couldn't include. Overall I don't think it was too terrible, but I was definitely over my diet budget for three whole days. I did manage to get into the fitness center at my uncle hotel while he was here, but they didn't have jack squat for stuff and I just sort of had to make something up. But I figured it was better than nothing.



Day 58: Horizontal Push-Pull, Calves


Rack Pulls-
5x5 - 115

Bent Over Rows (One Handed)-
3x8 - 30

Flat Bench-
5x5 - 65

Incline Dumbbell Press-
3x8 - 45

Seated Calf Raise-
3x10 - 115



This Wednesday! My between class quickie, but still good. Too bad it started pouring like a mofo while I was there! Fortunately, my gym is awesome. The valet guy walked me to my car with a giant umbrella! Life is good.

Went up on the rack pulls though! MAN it was tough but I stuck it out. I was like, "105 is too easy. Let's punch it up to 115. *switches weights* SWEET JESUS MY BACK" But seriously, it was a step up.


In other news, I finally heard from back from the doctor from hell, and surprise-surprise, nothing's wrong with me. Normally I'd just accept this and move on, but now that I've discovered a family history, and knowing how rude and asinine he was, I don't know if I should trust the results. I did ask them to mail me a hard copy so I can post the actual results, but I haven't gotten them yet. I did suddenly drop down TWO pounds though, so maybe I am fine and my body's just weird. If I'm not hypo though, does that mean I can eat soy again?


Been getting LOTS of compliments lately though, which makes me pleased. :D Especially when they're from people not automatically predisposed to cater to me. LOL

Questor
06-01-2007, 11:36 AM
Especially when they're from people not automatically predisposed to cater to me. LOL

lol nice phraseology

Tsuki No Neko
06-01-2007, 11:51 AM
lol nice phraseology


Thank ye. :3 I do what I can.

mikesbytes
06-01-2007, 06:21 PM
That's excellent progress. When you started, did you think you would progress that much in such a sort period of time?

Tsuki No Neko
06-01-2007, 09:21 PM
That's excellent progress. When you started, did you think you would progress that much in such a sort period of time?

That's kind of hard to say. I think I may have stupidly hoped for more visible progress, but I realized fairly quickly that something like that's a fairy tale. I definitely didn't think my upper body would strengthen this much though. I used to be a complete weakling.

I'm pretty glad. :)

Tsuki No Neko
06-04-2007, 09:27 PM
Day 60: Quads and Biceps


Full Squats-
5x5 - 115

Leg Press-
3x8 - 315

Seated Leg Curls-
3x12 - 95

Seated Alternating Bicep Curls-
5x5 - 20 per hand

Hammer Curls-
3x8 - 40



This was Friday. I can't remember much about this day other than the thing that I usually rest the bar for my squats on was broken, and I had to use the Smith press. I know they fixed it though, because the next time I was at the gym, it was in a different place!


Day 61: HIIT

15 Minutes of moderate HIIT 30:60 at 8 intervals
20 minute random terrain on the treadclimber for cooldown


Day 62: Vertical Push-Pull, Calves


Chins-
5x5 - 82 assist

Hammer High Rows-
3x8 - 70

Bent Over Side Laterals-
3x10 - 20

Military Press-
5x5 - 55

Standing Side Laterals-
3x8 - 25

Donkey Calf Raises-
3x8 - 160

Crunches on a Decline Bench-
1x15
2x12


Sunday. Chins got a little better, and I sense continued progress to come. They just don't seem TERRIBLY hard. But for some reason I feel a really strong tightening in my upper abs when I do them. Is this normal or is my technique bad?

I also went down a little on the Military Press. :( I guess the 60 previous was just a fluke, because I couldn't swing it Sunday.



Day 63: Ballantyne 7 Minute Circuit


Bodyweight squat (10 reps)
Pushups (10 reps)
Reverse Lunge (10 reps per leg)
Plank (30 second hold)
Close-grip Pushup (10 reps)
Side Plank (20 second hold per side)
Mountain Climber (10 reps per side)

x2



Wow. X_X I decided to try something new tonight and do this Ballantyne circuit. Holy crap it kicked my ass. Just looking at it, it doesn't seem that hard. But jeezey creezey it creeps up on you. The first circuit wasn't so bad, but the second was killer. I was so exhausted I couldn't bring myself to do a third just yet. Probably with some practice.


I'm also going to be slowly upping my cals in an attempt to raise my metabolism. I'm hoping that this'll help put things in motion.