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    Determined (a short story by T FLEX)

    I woke up the other day and took a look in the mirror. "Hmm, something is missing", I thought to myself, "I feel incomplete". So I decided this is the day that I will begin the search for the rest of my body.

    I'm what you might call a hard gainer, or at least putting on weight doesn't seem to come all that easy for me. I've tried in the past to become a person of routine and schedule when it comes to eating enough and working out and I've even had some success. But wouldn't you know it, every time I would feel like I had accomplished something great for myself that little "gremlin" would come crawling out of the closet to beat me back down. Well that was then and things have changed, namely my attitude. I'm not getting any younger and it sure would suck to look back some day and not have the satisfaction of knowing that I was able to overcome one of the biggest obstacles in my life simply because I, well... gave up. So now a new chapter in this 'choose my own adventure' story begins. Come with me as I battle the gremlins and prove that even the small and weak can rise up to compete and be victorious!

    To be continued...

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    So I guess this is the first official recorded entry in my journal. I just started lifting again last week. I am lifting light and still don't have my routine down so no post on that. I'm doing mostly compound lifts though. I will be going on vacation at the end of this week for 10 days (goal is to sill "hit the gym") so I plan to have something solid after that to begin with and then I'll start posting some lifts. Guess I will log my food here too.

    Meal 1 – ½ cup oatmeal, 1 med banana, 2 cups 2% milk
    Meal 2 – Tuna fish/cheese sandwich, macaroni salad, 2 cups 2% milk
    Meal 3 – Ham/cheese sandwich, pudding cup, 1 cup veggies
    Meal 4 – PB&J sandwich, 2 cups 2% milk
    Meal 5 – Tuna & Noodle casserole
    Meal 6 – Protein Shake

    Cal–3130 Fat–124 Carb–333 Pro–182

    Got to go and get some rest now.
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    I can tell my appetite is starting to kick into high gear again. I haven't been eating as many meals lately as I should be but that's changing. Keeping track of what I eat seems to ensure I eat enough. Today was my day off lifting. I will do a lower body workout tomorrow. Today I ate:

    Meal 1 – Kashi cereal, 1 c 2% milk
    Meal 2 – Tuna & Noodle casserole, 2 c. milk, Doritos, Cinnamon Roll
    Meal 3 – PB&J sandwich, 2 c. milk
    Meal 4 – Protein Shake
    Meal 5 – Cheese Quesadilla, Double Cheesburger
    Meal 6 – Chicken, 2 c. milk

    Cal – 3665 Fat – 155 Carb – 347 Pro – 209


    Had quite a bit more to eat today. Guess for me that's a good thing.
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    Well I haven't posted for a couple of days now. Been busy getting ready for vacation. Leaving tomorrow morning to head out to the West Coast. Going to give a go at surfing I won't be working out for 10 days so my goal is to keep my food intake up and return the same weight, we'll see. After I come home I will have a specific routine down and start hitting them weights heavy...

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    I've been back from vacation for a couple of days now and I worked out for the first time since before I left. I made my goal of maintaining my weight while I was gone. It helped out that we stayed in a beach house (ie. refrigerator) so I bought food and ate regular. I actually came back a couple of pounds heavier than when I left so I felt good about that.

    Lifted tonight and here are my numbers. Nothing big but then again I'm not a big guy. I can lift heavier and will eventually incorporate another exercise perhaps but didn't want to go too crazy right at first. I figure I've got nothing but time.

    Bench Press 90x5 95x5 100x5 105x5 110x5
    Tricep Cbl Press Dwn 40x8 42x8 45x8 47x8 50x8


    Next workout will be Leg day which will consist of Deads, SLDS, and Calf raises. Can't wait

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    Today was suppose to be my leg day but I basically ran out of time to get a full workout in. Been busy with house projects and such, just not enough time to do it all. Anyway I made it a point to at least get my squats in and I did.

    Squats 90x5 100x5 105x5 110x4 120x3

    Wish I could have gotten the rest in but oh well, not much I can do about it. Got to eat more tomorrow since I didn't do too well today. When I get focused on a project I always forget to stop and eat. Must do better on that. Well off to be bed now.

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    Well my body weight is back up to where it was this time back in 2005 so I am pretty happy about that. Worked shoulders tonight.

    Overhead Press 60x8 70x8 72x8 75x8 77x8
    DB Press 20x8 25x8 30x8
    Lateral Raises 10x8 10x8 10x8


    Cant wait to see these numbers start to go up. I am so weak
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    So tonight was my back workout. Felt real good. I do believe Deadlifts are my favorite exercise. They just seem to hit about everything and leave me feeling real accomplished at the end of a workout.

    Dead Lift 90x5 100x5 110x5 120x3 125x3
    Lat Pull Down 80x8 85x8 90x8 92x8 95x8
    Trap Bar Shrugs 70x10 80x10 85x10 90x10 95x10
    DB Curls 20x8 20x8 25x6 30x4


    Well I guess that completes my first full week back. I'm real excited about this whole thing. Something feels different about my workouts this time around. It just feels right...
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    Start of week 2. Chest day today. Bumped my weight up and I can already tell that I am stronger than any other time I have lifted in the past. Diet has been consistent and I am getting bigger. So far everything is great, I feel good overall.

    Bench Press 95x5 100x5 105x5 110x5 112x5
    Tricep Cbl Press Dwn 42x8 45x8 47x8 50x8 52x8
    Crunches 10 10 10


    Off to go down my shake and then to bed
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    Legs today. This time I was able to do an entire workout.

    Squat 92x5 102x5 107x5 112x3 122x3
    Leg Ext 60x8 65x8 70x8
    Leg Curl 25x8 30x8 35x8
    Calf Raise 70x10 75x10 80x10 85x10


    I think I will be sore tomorrow, I can barely walk Time to rest now.
    Last edited by T FLEX; 03-25-2008 at 10:07 PM.
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    Ha Ha look what I found. I posted these pictures of myself back in '04 when I first stumbled across this site and decided to get lifting. Some may remember these from then. Just thought I would post these again to remind myself where I started. Geez I can't believe I let myself look like that for as long as I did. Well that was then...

    Whoops I posted this while logged on to my old user name
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    I missed my last 2 workouts last week so it's been a while since my last entry. That's alright though cause it's a new week and I had a great workout tonight.

    Bench Press 95x5 100x5 105x5 110x5 115x5
    DB Press 35x8 40x8
    Tricep Cable Ext 42x8 45x8 47x8 50x8 52x8
    Crunches 10 10 10


    Normally I would do my legs next but I missed by back workout last week so I want to make sure I get to that before too much time goes by. Can't wait till tomorrow.
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    Sure felt good to do my back workout, love them deads. Here is what I did:

    Dead Lift 92x5 102x5 112x5 122x3 127x3
    Trap Bar Shrugs 72x10 82x10 87x10 92x10 97x10
    Lat Pull Dwn 85x8 87x8 95x8 97x8 100x8
    DB Curl 20x8 20x8 25x6 30x4
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    Alright, back after a long weekend out of town. Worked chest tonight. Decided to change my rep range a bit so I can start lifting some heavier weight and get a better idea of what I am capable of lifting. Felt pretty good.

    BB Press 100x5 105x5 110x5 120x3 125x2
    DB Press 35x8 40x8
    Tricep Ext 45x8 47x8 50x8 52x6 55x6
    Crunches 10 10 10


    I'll keep with this rep and set range for a bit and see how it goes.
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    I really like this new rep scheme I decided to go with. Lifting heavier weight just feels much better. Legs got worked out tonight.

    Squat 90x5 100x5 110x4 125x3 130x2
    Leg Ext 60x8 65x8 70x8
    Leg Curl 25x8 30x8 35x8
    Calf Raise 71x10 77x10 82x10 87x10



    Haven't been keeping track of my calorie intake like I had in the past but I have kind of developed a good sense of what I am taking in. I am eating more than I ever have before. When I go out to eat I am cleaning my plate and I never use to do that before, I always had left overs. Appetite up = GOOD
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    I think I got off my schedule somehow and missed shoulder workout. Oh well I'll do it tomorrow. Tonight looked like this:

    Dead Lift 105x5 110x5 115x4 125x3 130x2
    Hex Bar Shrugs 75x10 85x10 90x10 95x10 100x10
    Lat Pull Dn 87x8 90x8 97x8 100x8 102x8
    DB Curl 20x8 25x8 30x6


    Got to go down my shake now
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    Heres a current picture of me. This is a comparison of when I weighed in at a whole 132lb way back in the day. When I started lifting again two months ago I weighed 138lb (wish I would have taken a starting picture, oh well) and now I'm at just above 150. I can't believe how skinny my legs were then. I mean they still are but DANG! Man lifting again feels so good. I have a goal to hit 160 by the end of June. Very doable I think. Then by early October I would like to hopefully put on another 10 lbs. Plan on heading back out west to California to do some more surfing and I need to fill that wet suit out a little more. Got to go eat
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    Needed to get some creatine so I thought I would give RESULTS a try. Can't wait.

    This stuff better make me huge or I'll be ticked!
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    Missed my Shoulder workout last week so I substituted 5 sets of Military Press for Tricep Ext. I figured I would rather get some shoulder in and my tris still get worked too.

    BB Bench Press 102x5 107x5 112x4 122x3 127x2
    DB Bench Press 35x8 40x8
    Military Press 60x5 70x5 75x4 80x3 85x2
    Weighted Crunches 10 10 10


    I'm maintaining above 150 lbs but think I need to bump my food intake up a bit. I must reach my goal of 160 by the end of June and I would hate to miss it simply because I didn't throw down an extra shake here and there. Speaking of throwing down a shake...
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    doing great there. Great improvements in the pics. Keep at it!
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    Thanks for the comps CP. I've got a long way to go but I'm determined. It's nice to see the difference in the pictures but it sucks that the changes at this weight aren't noticeable with clothes on. I hope once I add another 10lbs it will start to be. Even if not, at least I know I'm going up and I feel real good about that.

    And keep checking back. The transformation is just getting started!
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    Looking good man..keep up the hard work and stay dedciated and I am sure you'll get where ya want

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    good job on going from 132 - 150. i have trouble adding weight too. just keep eating and lifting. i know what you mean about not looking like you workout with a shirt....i have the same problem.....
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    borracho and BCorn, thanks for the compliments and encouragement.

    The pictures I first posted were taken in 2001 and I weighed in at 132lb at that time. When I started lifting for the first time in 2004 I weighed in at 135lb but I never took starting pictures. So I dug these ones up from earlier since I looked exactly the same 3 years later. I managed to get myself up to 152lb in about 7 months. As I stated in the first post of this journal life got me down and out of routine and found myself back down at 138lb. That is until January of this year. I decided to make a change for the good and have managed to get back up over 150lb in just a couple of months. Feels dang good too! I look forward to every workout with no complaints. I have developed an appreciation for some of the lifts that I never enjoyed in the past like squats and dead lifts, they are now my favorite exercise. Everything is just so exciting to me this time around and so my level of determination is extreme. I just hope it will carry over into my results. Well enough of that, here is my work out tonight:

    Dead Lift 95x5 105x5 115x4 125x3 130x2
    Hex Bar Shrugs 75x10 85x10 90x8 95x6 100x6
    Seated Cable Row 70x8 80x8 85x6 90x6 95x4
    Lat Pull Down 90x8 95x8 100x8 105x6 110x4 (need to lower weight)
    EZ Curl 30x8 40x8 50x6 60x4 (need to lower weight)


    Until next time...
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    UPS guy just dropped off my shipment of RESULTS. Woo Hoo! Cracked the container open and this stuff smells potent Will try my first serving later today before my workout.
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