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#251 sobercuban

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 05:37 PM

Just choked down an enormous salad of lettuce, raw spinach and raw kale.  Was pretty good!  Kale is a pain in the butt to chew apparently.  

 

I just hope my guts continue to be okay with this.


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Posted 13 March 2017 - 05:55 PM

Just choked down an enormous salad of lettuce, raw spinach and raw kale.  Was pretty good!  Kale is a pain in the butt to chew apparently.

 

I just hope my guts continue to be okay with this.

I usually bake or blend for that reason. If you do bake some you won't get as much out of it nutrition wise i wouldn't think but it'll flavor anything you add it to and they're still pretty nutrient dense anyway. 

 

For baking i just rinse them, pull the leaves, massage in a very light coat of extra virgin olive oil , lay them flat on parchment paper on a metal baking sheet, season with a light sprinkle of chipotle roasted garlic and bake @ 320-325 for like 10-15 min. 

 

You want a little crisp on the outside edges but watch it towards the end so you don't burn them. Little browned on the edges but not blackened. Don't pull them early either or they'll be dark green and soggy with the oil. 


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Posted 14 March 2017 - 09:53 AM

Welp the Kale didn't kill me.  

 

I wonder how long my guts have been able to handle this stuff.  I love salads but spent years not being able to eat them.


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Posted 15 March 2017 - 01:23 PM

Welp the Kale didn't kill me.  

 

I wonder how long my guts have been able to handle this stuff.  I love salads but spent years not being able to eat them.

Cool beans. Glad it worked out. 


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Posted 15 March 2017 - 03:06 PM

161.7 this morning

 

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Posted 16 March 2017 - 01:08 AM

Megasoup has been at it hard.  I'm a lean 225 now and I'm on my way to the best shape of my life.  


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 08:43 AM

161.7 this morning

 

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 05:44 PM

Killed a core workout earlier on the stability ball. Didn't track my overall time but i wasn't working for speed. I did them moderate to slow pace with an emphasis on form, a full range of motion, a smooth controlled flow in the mid range synchronized with my breath and making sure i got a good quality of contraction on the end of movements and smoothly transition back to my starting positions. 

 

500 reps total with 12 different exercises. Rest periods of 30 sec for the first block of 1-4, then 45 sec for 5-8 and finally a full minute for the last block of 9-12. 

 

Block 1=210 reps

1. Crunches x 2 sets of 25=50 reps

2. Bridging Crunches x 2 sets of 25=50 reps

3. Bridging Sit-ups x 2 sets of 15=30 reps

4. Bridging Pelvic Lifts x 2 sets of 40=80 reps

Block 2=160 reps

5. Planking V-Crunches x 2 sets of 10=20 reps

6. Planking Reverse Leg Lifts x 2 sets of 10=20 reps

7. Planking Hindu Push-ups x 2 sets of 20=40 reps

8. Kickbacks x 2 sets of 20 each leg=80 reps

Block 3=130 reps

9. Roll outs x 2 sets of 15=30 reps

10. Straight Leg Raises x 2 sets of 20=40 reps

11. Side Leg Raises x 2 sets of 15=30 reps

12. Side Knee Crunches x 2 sets of 15=30 reps


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 05:43 PM

I put on one heck of a good workout today. I'm rather proud of it. I've been working out every single day, because I am living in the camper, so I need to go to the gym to take a shower. It works out rather well for me.

I like to shower at least a couple times a day, but my gym closes at 9pm. And since I don't roll out of back of my pick up truck till afternoon, being a bartender and everything, 9 o'clock just doesn't do it for me. So I go to the bike shop. I have 24 hour access and they have showers there. It's some sort of urban center to park your bike and take a shower before work, it's pretty neat and awfully progressive for the Midwest. Anyway, I feel I have to earn my shower. So I go for a long bike ride.

Tonight I want to take a completely unnecessary walk for a pretty significant distance. I just want to kill time without screwing around on my computer or my phone or in a bar. Because of the demographics of my city, I would like to bring a gun with me. I got into a little bit of trouble last night, but because I am a freaking bad ****, I was able to safely negotiate my way through a bad situation. But I don't have a holster. And my criminal record prevents me from carrying, anyway. So I'll be selling this truck and moving out of the city soon. I'm just really sick of it. Sick of this city.

After my walk, I will ride my bike. "They" really are so bold as to call out to you, expecting you to stop your bike so that they could have a chance to hustle you in some way, but on a bike you pass right by them.

As this thread is fitness and training goals, it's important to keep in mind why we want to be fit. It's nice to look good, it's good to look nice, but we want to be healthy and athletic and muscular so that anyone who is stupid enough to attempt to make us a victim, will become victims themselves.
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Posted 21 March 2017 - 11:06 PM

Some good inspiration going on here. My hardest time to exercise is when I'm on holiday...am away for 3 weeks but plan to do an intense HIIT workout 3 times a week for half an hour plus run or hike 3 times a week.

That's the plan anyway. I'll let you know how I get on. Where you at Nyte/sober, still going strong?
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Posted 22 March 2017 - 08:58 AM

Some good inspiration going on here. My hardest time to exercise is when I'm on holiday...am away for 3 weeks but plan to do an intense HIIT workout 3 times a week for half an hour plus run or hike 3 times a week.

That's the plan anyway. I'll let you know how I get on. Where you at Nyte/sober, still going strong?

yep down 18 pounds and counting


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Posted 22 March 2017 - 03:33 PM

I ended up walking 14 miles last night.  It wasn't really challenging, I just sorta' got bored and turned around.


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Posted 23 March 2017 - 03:52 PM

Just finished bulking up to Eclipseweight, now to shred some weight and realize it was all fat


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Posted 23 March 2017 - 06:11 PM

Log me down for 5-6 miles of jogging today. Jogged/walked to the track, did two laps and walked back home. 


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Posted 28 March 2017 - 05:52 PM

Put in more work after work today. Log me down for a 4 mile jog at the track. 10(ish) on my bike and i did a some bench calisthenics downtown on the way back followed by some stretching & joint mobility stuff and a little hanging from some bars on a swing at the park nearby to keep my shoulders nice and loose. 

 

#Feelin' strong, ripped & still getting eyed up by the ladies. 


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Posted 29 March 2017 - 01:17 AM

Working out on holiday is proving to be a challenge, although we've walked about 40 miles this week. Went to a little island today; saw a sign saying mountain path 3 hours to top and back. We had 2 hours until the last ferry departed. Sent the missus shopping and smashed it up there and back in just over an hour. Felt awesome...jeans and a lumberjack shirt are not good workout clothes though!!

Being in Japan has brought home just how rubbish my flexibility is, these dudes sit cross-legged eating dinner for hours, I can't even last 2 minutes. Poor.

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 01:17 AM

@stomp, you seem to be upping the running mileage a bit, good stuff. Are the joints handling running a bit better these days?

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 02:54 PM

@stomp, you seem to be upping the running mileage a bit, good stuff. Are the joints handling running a bit better these days?

More than i have recently yeah but i'm only jogging like 2-3 times a week where before i did it 5 days straight during the week and cut grass and whatnot on the weekends. I found that to wear on my joints over time. Now my joints feel much better not that i don't still have my hiccups now and again sometimes but much less so. Still doing yoga/stability ball, dance and lifting dumbells. I'm pretty damn vascular and tone right now. I got veins all over now i didn't know i had. lol and summer isn't even here yet i'm finna be shredded once that heat picks up and finishes burning off all my fat. 

 

Anyway log me in for another 5-6 at the track. TBF a lot of that is walking. It's probably more like 2-3 actual jogging and it's like a 5 mile walk to the track and back. I've been walking there recently because my bike is toast and i'd rather take a walk or bike ride there instead of driving. 


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Posted 04 April 2017 - 07:22 PM

About to transition off the low carb diet to more of a balanced one.  Lost 8 pounds in a little under a month and I seem to have done a good job maintaining muscle while dropping the weight. 


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Posted 11 April 2017 - 02:14 PM

Right.  Time to ramp it up.

 

100 miler in 4 months.  Doing a Half Marathon in 5 weeks, a 54 miler in 10 weeks as a warm up and then it's game on.

Going to start running 5-6 times a week now, hopefully clocking up a mighty 250 miles in May.  Going to be eating seriously clean; no sugars, no coffee, no processed crap, vegan meals 2-3 times a week.  

 

Had a run tonight; only 24 hours after getting off a 12 hour flight, so felt like crap, but it was warm, sunny and spring in the UK is a seriously beautiful time of year. Saw a couple of squirrels and a deer in full flight.  Feel ready to go.  Let's do this thing.


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Posted 11 April 2017 - 03:26 PM

Off the low carbs but am keeping my carbs to about 30% of what I was eating before.  

 

So far no weight fluctuation.  Holding steady in the 159 range.   


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Posted 12 April 2017 - 07:01 PM

Did my 5 mile walk to the track & i did a mile jog at the track then 5 mile walk back. I stopped at a Karate studio downtown on the way back. I'm friends with the owner and talked to him last week about stopping by. I got a 15 min easy paced boxing workout in before his classes started.

 

It's been a while since i did any martial arts training. I'm a lefty and my right hand is hot garbage now. Felt awkward. Left is still pretty sharp. Cardio held up surprisingly well.

 

After i got home i still felt good enough to finish off with a set each of push-ups, dips, pull-ups, leg raises, knee lifts, crunches, waist twisting and then some flys, dumbbell curls and skull crushers followed by some joint mobility and stretching to cool down. 


 

 


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Posted 12 April 2017 - 07:13 PM

Going fine. Lot more active throughout the week now , now that I've started at Amazon. On my feet all day burning loads of calories.

Just need to make sure I eat decently at work, which I am. Gains to ensue.
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Posted 15 April 2017 - 03:08 AM

Ugh, posting this 9 miles into a 20 mile run. 3 weeks on holiday have ruined me...this is hard!@
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Posted 16 April 2017 - 06:20 PM

Ugh, posting this 9 miles into a 20 mile run. 3 weeks on holiday have ruined me...this is hard!@

No more pampered toilets for you good sir. Back on the grind so toughen the hell up.  B)

 

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 01:47 AM

No more pampered toilets for you good sir. Back on the grind so toughen the hell up. B)

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Damm straight. Rested on Sunday, then smashed out a 6 miler this morning and going to the gym later on. Aiming for a 40 mile week.

Sorry about the injury....none of us are getting any younger!!
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Posted Yesterday, 03:05 AM

What a difference a week makes...after struggling my way through 20 miles last weekend, ran every day, culminating with another 20 miler on Saturday.  Felt way better.

 

Started the week with a bowl of porridge, 3 hill sprints (with Mrs Sparks in tow!!) and then a massive omlette.  Happy days.

 

Here are some pics from the leafy trails of England this weekend....

 

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Posted Yesterday, 09:50 AM

Up to around 180lbs, very impressed with myself thus far :D


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Posted Yesterday, 09:52 AM

Up to around 180lbs, very impressed with myself thus far :D.


make sure that's not just a beer belly homie!
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Posted Yesterday, 09:54 AM

make sure that's not just a beer belly homie!

Lol I don't drink, I mean...........rice belly maybe!!!! 

 

It's actually decent muscle, not as lean as I'd like but that's what the next few months are for :)


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Posted Yesterday, 09:56 AM

Lol I don't drink, I mean...........rice belly maybe!!!!

It's actually decent muscle, not as lean as I'd like but that's what the next few months are for :).


Ah, the old build then strip routine.

When I first started training many years ago I was very confused by all these blokes wandering around talking about "stripping". Thought I'd ended up in the wrong place.
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Posted Yesterday, 09:59 AM

Ah, the old build then strip routine.

When I first started training many years ago I was very confused by all these blokes wandering around talking about "stripping". Thought I'd ended up in the wrong place.

I'm still lean but that's just because I physically can't put that much weight on lol, just not as much as I usually am. Gyms are pretty homoerotic though to be fair aren't they lol. 


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