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Unread 02-23-2017, 10:03 AM
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1. Lose 5kg
2. Able to run 5km
3. Start doing some resistance training
I'm still not fond of the idea of joining a gym but lack of motivation to do on my own I should either join a gym or have a trainer or both.
When I was a kid, I didn't want to join a gym. My whole family joined the gym before I did. I stayed at home doing my workout videos. I was very athletic--played 3 sports in highschool. I thought I didn't need a gym. I was afraid of being judged or that I would look stupid.

I bought a small free weight set and just started lifting in my bedroom. Didn't really know what I was doing with sets/reps--just mimicked some videos and guides I saw on the internet. And I was consistent... and I LOVED it. I was super strong and it felt great! I loved weightlifting so much, I ended up becoming a pro bodybuilder years later.

I realized everyone at the gym is there for the same reason as me. They want to lose weight, be healthy, they want to better themselves.

You mentioned you have issues with stress--weight lifting is my stress release! Could it be yours? There is something I feel so amazing and powerful when I lift those weights and those positive endorphins start flowing. Approach joining a gym as an investment in yourself and your health. See it as a stress release and a new activity to help you along your way. I never would have made it though med school without punching someone if I didn't go to the gym daily, lol
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Unread 02-24-2017, 02:44 PM
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Haha thank you, that means a lot You are right I need to do SOMETHING but being with the bros at the gym is discomforting at the moment. I think perhaps just starting out is the hard part. I could do what you did at home but I was talking to a friend about that last night and he said he hasn't touched the weights at home! Maybe the environment plays into it as well?

You must have crazy work hours now, I'm impressed with your commitment. Congrats on becoming a pro!

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When I was a kid, I didn't want to join a gym. My whole family joined the gym before I did. I stayed at home doing my workout videos. I was very athletic--played 3 sports in highschool. I thought I didn't need a gym. I was afraid of being judged or that I would look stupid.

I bought a small free weight set and just started lifting in my bedroom. Didn't really know what I was doing with sets/reps--just mimicked some videos and guides I saw on the internet. And I was consistent... and I LOVED it. I was super strong and it felt great! I loved weightlifting so much, I ended up becoming a pro bodybuilder years later.

I realized everyone at the gym is there for the same reason as me. They want to lose weight, be healthy, they want to better themselves.

You mentioned you have issues with stress--weight lifting is my stress release! Could it be yours? There is something I feel so amazing and powerful when I lift those weights and those positive endorphins start flowing. Approach joining a gym as an investment in yourself and your health. See it as a stress release and a new activity to help you along your way. I never would have made it though med school without punching someone if I didn't go to the gym daily, lol
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Unread 02-24-2017, 02:57 PM
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25 February, 2017

48.6kg

Lack of meal prepping is not working for me. Indulging in oversized portions of reward foods is definitely killing goals. I have done this successfully before but I recall I was successful because I tracked everyday.
Deciding to do the "flexible" dieting approach instead of RFL since I just want to be in good habits over the course of time and RFL won't fix that. During the work week it will be just easier to rotate the same foods everyday.

I am guilty of overthinking inane things, less thinking more doing is required on my part. As much as I would like to join a sports team my hours are too unpredictable. I need to retrain my brain and consider I am investing in myself.
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Unread 03-06-2017, 04:28 AM
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6 March, 2017

46.0kg

Down 2.6kg

Diet is basically RFL presently until I am down a few more kg.

I discovered bouldering and rock climbing. I'm enjoying that so much more than I think I would enjoy a gym. One of the instructors explained that it's important to continue practicing rock climbing to improve tendons in the hands and not to cause too much hypertrophy of the arm muscles because that could damage the tendons permanently due to extra load? I'm not sure about this.
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Unread 03-06-2017, 09:38 AM
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I have some friends that rock climb. I haven't done it before mainly because I know I'd like it - and I don't have the room for extra physical activity like that.

The hypertrophy statement might be true. I haven't seen too many bulked up rock climbers. Strength though, definitely needed.

The one negative I seen from rock climbers is that their flexibility goes to crap. Can't touch their toes, can't bend their hand back very far. I guess it's just what is required to be good at climbing.
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Unread 03-07-2017, 01:18 PM
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I have some friends that rock climb. I haven't done it before mainly because I know I'd like it - and I don't have the room for extra physical activity like that.

The hypertrophy statement might be true. I haven't seen too many bulked up rock climbers. Strength though, definitely needed.

The one negative I seen from rock climbers is that their flexibility goes to crap. Can't touch their toes, can't bend their hand back very far. I guess it's just what is required to be good at climbing.
Ahh I wasn't aware of that! That makes sense. I don't know if there is any evidence that yoga helps improve mobility / flexibility. I should look into that on days I'm not bouldering or rock climbing.

The climbers I spoke to said no additional strength work was needed, it really is just practice as frequently as possible. I'm quite excited, it's very stimulating mind & body connect to it having to think strategically and practice grip

I did browse through your log, I should write you more often but you've made amazing progress. It's difficult to grind day in, day out but you've done it!
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Unread 03-07-2017, 01:24 PM
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I failed to mention that I did see the liver specialist last week. Whilst the liver function tests did go down significantly compared to previous test, they were still in the abnormally high range. There was still fat deposited around my liver so that is why I'm here, working on dropping body fat in order to drop fat around the liver.
He said that I also tested positive for antinuclear antibody test, which may be contributing to the higher liver function tests however it's a very non-specific test.
Not much to do at this stage other than continue diet and exercise progress. Review liver in 12 months.

Meanwhile, the last two days the scale has not budged from 46.0kg and I have basically been eating very little approximately 500-600 calories in protein & veggies as well as some dairy. I'm frustrated as I was enjoying the linear progress. Must stay consistent. It's laughable how neurotic I am about TWO days of no scale movement. Ridiculous. Certainly does help to write things down to gain some perspective.
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Unread 03-10-2017, 02:27 PM
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45.5kg

I started seriously doing RFL 10 days ago, I am pleased to be down 3.0kg in this amount of time.

I have no real complaints except how broken up and terrible my sleep is. I wish I could just go into a deep sleep for 7 hours. Part of it is my inability to switch my brain off. Meditation could be something to look into daily.

Next week I'm going climbing again, looking forward to it.
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Unread 03-13-2017, 04:18 AM
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13th March, 2017

45.2kg

The scale moves. I'm trying to walk a lot on my days off, anywhere from 10,000-17,000 steps.

It's really great to be making progress. This sleep thing is still out of whack. As Lyle says, I'll sleep when I'm tired I guess.

One thing I'm confused about how to count is the broth I drink from boiling a chicken breast with garlic/bay leaf/pepper/ginger. I skim the excess fat off the top and drink it like chicken soup garnished with mint leaves.
In any case, yeah can't figure out how to count calories in that.
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Unread 03-22-2017, 03:35 AM
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22nd March, 2017

45.2kg

Well unfortunately I binged on Sunday and Tuesday night on almonds, full fat milk and cucumbers/carrots/tomatoes. So it seems I have made no progress for a week but I'm glad I haven't gained any weight either.
I love climbing, I wish I could get a regular partner to do it with.
I'm addicted to saccharin and aspartame.
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