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Unread 08-21-2016, 08:07 PM
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I'm ready for tomorrow's workout. Can't wait to hit 175 pound bench. I'm enjoying the strengths gains. I was thinking in my head how it was odd I started off with a goal to cut down weight but when I started weight training again I'm leaning towards just getting stronger.

With that being said, I have a meal prep for Monday-Wednesday. Chicken Breast, Brocolli, and Potato. I didn't check my weight for this morning so I will have to check tomorrow to log it. I'm sure I'm still 199lb or I slightly gained.

A big part of me still wants to start cutting and I may start a new log in 2 weeks or so when my spouse visits her homeland for 2 months or so. I will have a month to myself to just focus...also starting my Master's program so things are going to get even busier.
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Unread 08-23-2016, 08:15 AM
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Week 0: 198.2 lbs
Week 1: 198.2 lbs
Week 2: 198.0 lbs
Week 3: 198.3 lbs
Week 4: 199.0 lbs
Week 5: 201.4 lbs
Week 6: 199.0 lbs
Week 7: 202.9 lbs

The bench press yesterday was actually pretty tough! Did 175 pounds for 3x5. I'm getting excited as I near 185 pounds. Additionally, I moved bulgarian split squats up to 15 pound dumbbells for 3x10.
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Unread 08-29-2016, 02:10 PM
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Week 0: 198.2 lbs
Week 1: 198.2 lbs
Week 2: 198.0 lbs
Week 3: 198.3 lbs
Week 4: 199.0 lbs
Week 5: 201.4 lbs
Week 6: 199.0 lbs
Week 7: 202.9 lbs
Week 8: 202.9 lbs

I am a bit depressed today because I have some type of injury/strain in my shoulders/upper back area and I'm not entirely sure how it happened. I was really looking forward to hitting 185 pounds today but I'm not gonna push it. For today I will focus on legs and maybe doing some light upper-body work. Hopefully w/e I did goes away by this Thursday but ever since Friday (the day after last weeks workout) I have had this sore like pain.

I believe the pain is actually my left shoulder blade. My right trap and upper neck dont' feel too good either.
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Unread 09-07-2016, 08:55 AM
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Good news is it looks like my shoulder has finally been healing up as well as the back of my neck. Perhaps I had a really bad strain or something but I haven't lifted weights in about 2 weeks. I also dropped a little weight as I weighed in 199.7 pounds this morning. I plan on getting back into the gym tomorrow.

I have begun to count calories again religiously and I stocked up on some cheap food (which is required of me because of my low budget which I have mentioned a few times in this journal:

Lentils
Beans
Pumpkin Seeds
Chia Seeds

My spouse is out with my son visiting her home country so while I don't like to make excuses I feel as if I can focus harder on the diet now. I got about maybe 2-3 months to focus because I'm heavily motivated now because I would love to surprise her with my fat loss. Additionally, I feel if I can lead by example here she will look at changing her own food choices (my spouse is in okay shape but she would like to lose the baby fat from her recent pregnancy in 2015).

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Unread 09-07-2016, 06:38 PM
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My lentil soup today has blown my mind because, for whatever reason, over the months I haven't counted calories in vegetables. To make my lentil soup I used 1 white onion (50 calories), 2 medium carrots (60 calories), 2 tablespoons of garlic (36 calories), some McCormick Chili powder seasoning (40 calories), 1 tbsp of canola oil (120 calories), and 15 oz of tomato sauce (140 calories). The lentils themselves I used 640 calories worth (1 cup). After the meal was complied, the calories amounted to 1086! I was actually stunned. That is an extra 405 calories I wasn't accounting for over the weeks. I have made this meal quite a bit thinking it was well within my caloric range. I would even add on a snack thinking I was "good" and had room to spare....Good thing I'm strictly counting now. I had an exact 90 grams of pumpkin seeds for lunch and I hit my calorie goal of 1600. I have to optimize though because this isn't enough protein or variety. Gonna try some eggs, blackbeans, whey tomorrow with some other foods and see where that takes me throughout the day.

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Unread 09-07-2016, 07:08 PM
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For the sake of counting calories now I would also like to have a fresh start instead of culminating many weeks of fail. For arbitrary reasons I'm gonna see my beginning weight at 200 lbs (which is probably around Sunday since that is when I wanna do my weigh-ins) even though I was 199.2 the other morning.

Week 0 (September 4): 200 lbs

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Unread 09-09-2016, 11:55 AM
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198.7 lbs this morning. I have most of my protein intake in one giant meal right now :

1283 calories consisting of:

15 oz of chicken breast
1 can of kidney beans
1 15oz can of tomato sauce
1 onion
2 medium carrots
1/4 cup of green yellow peppers
1 tablespoon of canola oil
Mccormic Chili Seasoning

Chicken breast is about 100 grams of protein + 21 protein from the beans. 121 total not counting trace proteins in other items. Just need a whey shake later and something small and I'm good for the day.

on the weekends I plan on just doing big meals in the afternoon or end of the day to make tracking easier; this also enables me to focus on other things for the rest of the day.
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Unread 09-11-2016, 10:54 AM
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197.3 this morning. Happy with that. Ate some cheat food yesterday watching the UFC fight. Chips got me again and I don't even buy those my sister did lmao. I reckon I was okay though because I split logs for 3 hours yesterday morning...

Doing Chili again tonight and maybe some chicken breast with veggies for added protein. Started my graduate program officially today as well...not looking forward to that actually.

Still counting Calories like I got OCD.

Oh I should mention its Sunday so this is now my official weight log. I'm happy to report official progress:

Week 0 (September 4): 200.0 lbs
Week 1 (September 11): 197.3 lbs
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Unread 09-11-2016, 04:45 PM
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Didn't do Chili because my turkey meat was still frozen. Instead I made a darn good black bean recipe:

1 tablespoon of Canola Oil
Mince: 1 onion, 4 garlic cloves, Peppers
Add in Can of Black Beans
Add Seasonings: Chili Powder, Garlic Powder, Black Peppers, Salt
Lastly: Add Tomato Sauce

With that I drank some whey protein in water for added protein to fill out the rest of my calories.

Landed exactly on 1600 calories today. Mowed my lawn for an hour and half to serve as my activity for the day.

I'm looking for some sort of activity to perform daily...went from splitting logs to mowing lawn. Its going to be tougher during Monday-Friday with limited time but I'll think of something. I also found that I can use a "normandy blend" of frozen veggies. 3/4 of a cup mixed in with some lemon pepper isn't too bad and good for you and I can do it for under 50 calories.

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Unread 09-12-2016, 08:23 AM
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197.3 lbs again this morning. I'm happy with this because I know that maintenance is progress and I ate my caloric target yesterday so perhaps its just water weight holding on or maybe fiber from all the legumes I'm eating is holding on food weight.

I plan on weight training today. I haven't weight trained in over 2 weeks because I was letting an injury heal up but now I'm good to go.
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