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      Great job, Skull-- I'm so glad you came right back and you've got a great attitude.
      I tried to check out the book, but I don't have a kindle-- looks like a really good read though. I'm going to hit the gym tomorrow at 9am, come hell or high water! I'm already feeling better, relieved that I didn't give in to the sugar cravings today. Did have some dried fruit, but in my book a bit of that is fine.
      Keep us up to date on how you're doing!

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      Thanks, Life As for the book, I believe you can just download the book and just read it on your computer like a pdf/ebook, if that's of interest to you. Here's how. Amazon.com: Kindle for PC - Read Kindle eBooks on your PC

      Yes, good for you, get your ass to the gym tomorrow at 9, or even today if you can! Good for you on no sugar today I think dried fruit is a good substitute, as is a bit dark chocolate (85% cacao or above), in my opinion... though just a little!

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      Day 3 of eating healthy (Rock diet). Scale read 197 today, that made me feel good that I hadn't rocketed back up over 200+ in my last beer/junkfood relapse binge on Monday/Tuesday.

      Feeling good today, but sore from the deadlifts I did on Wednesday. Usually after a workout, it's not the 1st day after that feels the most sore- it's the 2nd. That's today and I'm definitely feeling it. Gonna get my ass to the gym promptly at noon. Between drive time, stretching, and workout, hope to be back by 2:30-3pm at latest.

      Today I'm doing squats, bench, back. I'm hoping that I won't have decreased energy too much from Wednesday's deadlifts.

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      Day 4 of Rock diet. Feeling slow and meh today. I took too many sleep aids last night in attempt to get to sleep and ignore the itchy hives I get every now and then. Sluggish today... at least the hives are gone for now, though they usually persist for 4-5 days so we'll see if they come back this afternoon. If so, I just have to bear it and not take any Benadryl because I have lots of work to do today and can't be drowsy.

      Anyway, great workout yesterday. Squats, bench, rows, and surprised myself by being able to do 6 pullups (variations- wide grip x2, close grip x2, and chinup grip x2). That was a definite happy surprise.

      Weight-wise, scale read 199 lbs today. Bummed about that- but I guess not too surprised since I ate white rice and 2 slices of gluten free bread with peanut butter. "Safe" carbs but I still have 20+ lbs of fat to lose before I'm at my ideal weight, so going keto today and tomorrow for sure, and will keep that up going forward except for 2 or 3 times a week I'll load some carbs after workouts.

      My ideal weight would be 180.

      Today is a rest day, so is tomorrow though I may try to do sprints or look into Krav. Most importantly, I'm staying sober. No beer= no junk food= no cigarettes.

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      Day 5 of Rock diet. Ate very clean yesterday, and very paleo/keto. Veggies/berries juice, protein shakes, meat. Feeling frustrated because I can't seem to get the scale to go lower than 199 lbs. I seem to just sit here no matter how cleanly I eat. Even if I get it down to 197 as I did the other day, any carbs at all (which I need to have at least a little, on workout days) will make it jump back up to the range of 199-203. Seeing the scale at 203 or so is very disappointing.

      Ideas on fine-tuning diet- maybe give up the dark chocolate alltogether for a few days.

      I'm wondering if it'll be more effective if I stop lifting weights, and thus needing to consume many more calories, and just do a "cut". I'd love to be down to 170 lbs. That'd be really really lean for me. I've been weightlifting partially because I'd read that it'd help me lose fat to also build muscle.

      Wondering if I should just stop weightflifting for now, try to get down to 170 lbs, and then pick back up lifting weights at that point to build up to 180 or so. Or if I should just stay the course for a bit longer.

      I think maybe I'll stay on this course til the end of October and then make the decision.

      Upside- no alcohol/cigarettes/junk food in my forecast today. So I can still consider today a win. Also, I need to continue my mantra... "strong and positive". I need to remember when I'm feeling grouchy and sour, as I am now, that I CHOOSE to be happy or not. I control my mood to large degree, and I can change it if I try.

      Choose to be happy, dude. Do it. OK, I'm already feeling a little better.

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      One other thing- I'm wondering if the hives that come to bother me sometimes are a product of painkillers/NSAIDs like Advil/ibuprofen. That would make sense time-wise, roughly speaking. I took ibuprofen during my hangover on Tuesday, and that's around when they showed up. I took it again yesterday because of back soreness and they seemed to flare up again.

      OK new plan- NO MORE painkillers of any kind for the next month, and be on the lookout for hives. Hopefully getting rid of the NSAIDs will correspond with no more hives.

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      Update- Did 10 hill sprints (5 moderate, 5 hard) on Sunday. Monday was rest day. Today, back to the gym. I may be changing my lifting slightly so as to try to cut fat instead of build muscle, but I need to look into that more before I decide.

      Lower back is sore today from too much sitting while working. I need to get into the habit of standing/walking while I work.

      Hives seem to have been gone for a couple days now... I've been off both NSAIDs and dark chocolate. I'll stay off them both for another month or so, then re-introduce one or the other to see if either brings back the hives.

      Sleep has been restless the last few nights. Need to drink less coffee after 2 pm...

      Weight still plateued at 199. I've decided to nix Bulletproof Coffee for a while since it was probably adding about 600+ calories to my morning. I may sign up for an online trainer to help me dial in my macros in an attempt to cut weight. 199 lbs and no sign of reducing, really has me bumming. I'd like to see what it feels like to be at 170...

      Anyway, off to do some reading up on how to lift when on a cut.

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      Copied/pasted from another thread, just for completeness's sake.

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      Skull, I was wondering if you're perhaps not eating enough complex carbs? What about adding a few more grains/legumes to your diet? Early on in the day or after your work outs? I know your're following a fairly strict nutrition plan-- is that for losing weight? Just curious from reading your fitness thread-- which I love to read!
      Thanks, Life- yes, the strict nutrition plan is for losing fat but while hopefully preserving muscle. It's basically a juiciing/paleo hybrid for the most part, but I do throw in sweet potatoes, yams, rice, and very occasionally gluten free bread for complex carbs, particularly when I feel my energy low, like you described. I am starting to be able to determine the difference between sugar withdrawal, which feels like that crazy "low blood sugar crash"- more like a drug withdrawal, actually. Low carb (keto fatigue) feels more like I'm just really tired after a long day, even if the day's only partly over. So, to answer the question, yeah I do carbs most days, mostly in the form of rice. I'm trying to cut those a bit though, so I only do them on workout days, as that should help me shed some fat.

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      Day 8 of Rock diet and things are starting to feel more balanced. I've had a few days of crazy sugar withdrawals- feeling lightheaded and a little chilly/sweaty, like i need a "fix". The feeling I'd used to refer to as "low blood sugar" was actually more aptly just "sugar withdrawals". I'm past those for the most part, I think.

      As I mentioned above, I'm going to try to not eat carbs (aside from the fruits/veggies) on rest days, and only eat "safe" complex carbs on training days, as I'm hoping that'll be more conducive to cutting fat.

      Almost bitched out on my training yesterday, due to a day super full with tons to do, but I made myself go at about 7 pm, which I'm happy I followed through on (putting workouts/health as priority #1 in my mind is the only way I can really follow-through). Glad I did, I had a good solid squat/bench/back workout. Did some solidly high weight, though could have done more but was not using safety bars so I figured "safety first" and I went about 20-40 lbs less than my max.

      Lower back and hips, mostly on right side, very sore today... gotta make sure to do ample stretching, ESPECIALLY after my workouts, which I never do. And/or bedtime. Stretch, fool! STRETCH.

      Side note- the gym at night is a whole different thing- very busy and loud. Individual training sessions, group sessions, even middle-age women's boxing group- everyone from teenagers to grandmas to ripped fighting machines. It's loud, intense. The attitude there is such that nobody's interested in being too friendly or chatting, outside of their own clicques. That's cool though, everyone is there for the same reason I am- to focus on training. That said, there seems to be a little bit of attitude, like "Look at the newbie. Whatever".

      It could just be my insecurity around being in a new location/community. Even if I'm not imagining it, that's OK too. My tendency to want to have people like me is something I really want to change- it's a weak and submissive quality that I want to shed. I notice it at the gym and in other situations, particularly in ones in which I'm new to the environment or community. I even drive that way- wanting to make sure I drive without offending others, like trying to avoid road rage in others. It's all fear-based and looking for way too much acceptance. As for the gym, I need to remind myself that I shouldn't need everyone to be my pal- nothing wrong with doing my own thing in my own little corner. Less bullshit to deal with that way.

      One way I want to do that, to foster the spirit of confidence, assertiveness, and squash my inner creampuff who craves everyone's acceptance, is through aggressive sports like Krav and boxing instruction. I expect these to be difficult but rewarding, not only from a physical point of view but more importantly mental/emotional.

      At the gym last night, the boxing training was loud and looks very focused and intense- I'm looking forward to getting into that. Though I've decided not to add anything new to my plate til Jan 2014-- the rest of this year is about completing old tasks, stuff I've needed to finish, complete, and move on from, for years- time to follow through. Finishing what I've started and then moving on. It's going to feel so good to get rid of all that baggage... Out with the old, in with the new.

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      Back after about 10 days... which consisted of 3 binge nights, subsequent hangovers, shitty food, and little or no working out.

      I'm re-committing to health as of today- 30 days minimum (shooting for 90, though giving myself "cheat days" for food- on Thanksgiving day, Xmas Eve/Day).

      Day 1 of Rock diet/working out.

      Today, weighed in at 204 lbs. A bunch of that is a sugar spike, so tomorrow it'll be back around 200, which is where I've been sitting for weeks. Over the last couple weeks I've learned more about counting macros- weighing food/calories. I've got a scale and an app to make it easier. I'm going to shoot for between 1700-2000 calories max per day, which should put me at a slight but still comfortable deficit. I'm shooting to lose a nice, slow, consistent 1 to 1.5 lbs per week. I'm going to favor healthy fats, veggies, proteins, and some added complex carbs on workout days.

      Back to the gym today to get back to the weights. Lifting more simply now- only 2-3 lifts per workout, in a RPT method as outlined here 'Three Day Split RPT' Routine | RippedBody.jp and here Achieving the Warrior Physique Part 2 - Training | Kinobody Fitness Systems

      (I'm quite aware that it'll take me years, not months, to come anywhere close to the pictures on those sites, but anyway... gotta start somewhere). And that's today...

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