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Unread 11-12-2017, 05:16 AM
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11/11: Week 10, Day 5
intake: OK - egg whites, chicken breasts (2), cauliflower, FF greek yogurt, and beef jerkey. The jerkey was overly sweetened, but I had very little of it -- package said 80 kcal.
workout: lower body + pullups
steps: 7,050

11/12: Week 10, Day 6 morning weigh-in : 146.6 (-1.0, -17.4). (I think yesterday's weigh-in was actually 147.4, not that it matters.)

Onward.

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Unread 11-12-2017, 08:20 PM
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Are you doing your pullups unassisted? I dream of doing one someday!
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Unread 11-13-2017, 05:41 AM
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Are you doing your pullups unassisted? I dream of doing one someday!
Yup. They aren't pretty pullups yet, but they are pullups, from a free hang.

I find that when I reach about 30 pounds of assistance on the pullup machine (the kind where you put your knees or feet on a bar/bench that is attached to a weight stack), I can do a body weight pullup. It must be the more natural motion of a BW pullup.

You'll get there, Liberty!

11/12: Week 10, Day 6
intake: OK, not great. Sundays are tough for me.
steps: 8400
workout: upper body.

Benched 125 for 3 reps, then dropped the weight back to 120. Going to work on this, after the cut is over. The good news is that I don't seem to have the shoulder pain I often get after I've been lifting regularly for a couple of months. Knock on wood.

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11/13: Week 10, Day 7
intake: RFL+refeed
steps: 8200
workout: none

11/14-11/17: Week 11, Days 1-5
Just not feeling it. Insanely busy at work with long days and a lot of stress. I generally stuck to RFL during the day, then just ate like a normal human being for dinner. Going to call it a 5-day mini-diet break, including 11/13, and move on with my life.

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Good on you for balancing dieting with life and stress. Sounds like a good way to look at it.
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Thanks, Liberty.

11/18: Week 11, Day 5, including the diet break
intake: OK, although light on protein. Egg whites, deli turkey and chicken, Greek yogurt, cauliflower, mini sweet peppers, FF cheese, coffee, tea, diet soda
steps: 10,100
workout: upper body plus 2.5 hours of raking leaves

A good day, but I was completely wiped out by the end of it.

30 days before vacation: the final countdown. Cue song by one of the 80s hair bands named after a continent. "Europe," IIRC.

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11/19: Week 11, Day 6
intake: good
workout: lower body + pullups
steps: 6208

11/20: Week 11, Day 7
intake: good
workout: 30 min elliptical + arms
steps: 12,500

11/21: Week 12, Day 1
intake: good
workout: 60 min LISS (walking)
steps: 12,000
morning weigh-in: 148. WTF?

Scale seems to be moving in the wrong direction. I've been sticking to the diet and lifting regime, so hopefully it's just water retention.

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Unread 11-23-2017, 02:05 AM
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Scale seems to be moving in the wrong direction. I've been sticking to the diet and lifting regime, so hopefully it's just water retention.
It's funny that we all know how the body works, but we still think that we gained fat, even though all metrics tell us otherwise (i.e. being in a deficit).

Some psychological stress/worry that our intellect can't seem to suppress.
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Unread 11-23-2017, 05:23 AM
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It's funny that we all know how the body works, but we still think that we gained fat, even though all metrics tell us otherwise (i.e. being in a deficit).

Some psychological stress/worry that our intellect can't seem to suppress.
Absolutely right. I'm an old hand at this and know that I should trust in the deficit, and yet I still hate to see that increase on the scale.

And, yup, it was water retention. This morning's reading was 146.0, which I think is 0.6 less than my previous low in this diet cycle. Thanksgiving dinner ought to take care of that.

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Unread 11-23-2017, 05:38 AM
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Weekly Weigh-in Log (1st day of week)
Week 1: 164, tom
Week 2: 155.8
Week 3: 156.6
Week 4: 158
Week 5: 154 (weigh-in a day late, tom)
Week 6: no weigh-in
Week 7: 153.8
Week 8: 151.2
Week 9: 152.0, tom
Week 10: 148.2
Week 11: 146.6 (weigh-in a day early)
Week 12: 148.6 (post-diet break)

11/22: Week 12, Day 2
intake: good
workout: upper body
steps: 6200

11/23: Week 12, Day 3 (American Thanksgiving!)
morning weigh-in: 146.0

My gym is closed until Monday. I'm trying to decide if I'll spring for a temporary pass at a commercial gym tomorrow (Friday), or just do LISS and bodyweight exercises at home. On one hand, it wouldn't hurt to give my body a bit of a rest from heavier weights. On the other hand, going to a gym (and paying for it) always gives me a boost of incentive to stay out of the kitchen. Long weekends at home, especially with visitors, can be tough on the diet.

Happy Thanksgiving to the Americans on the forum. Happy Thursday to everyone else.

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