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    I can't imagine myself not weighting foods, altho I eat pretty much everything I can fit into my caloric intake I wouldn't be able to control myself if I had such an easy way to cheat on myself. However it sounds, I think weighting foods is easier and surely more optimized.

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    Devils is good people - always speaks his mind and tells it how it is. Insane conditioning to boot. My reverse usually ends in me throwing in the towel after a month or so and stopping with all the calorie counting. Looking forward to seeing how it should be done!
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    Originally Posted by ShadowWolfe View Post
    your in amazing shape man..... definitely mirin.

    How did you do at the contest?

    Wish I could translate KG better as well, farkin hard to read lol.
    Thanks man, I won my class

    Originally Posted by lukamura View Post
    I can't imagine myself not weighting foods, altho I eat pretty much everything I can fit into my caloric intake I wouldn't be able to control myself if I had such an easy way to cheat on myself. However it sounds, I think weighting foods is easier and surely more optimized.

    Yeah, you caught me mirin' that x-mas tree. ^^
    Weighing foods just isn't a realistic option, if you go out to dinner it's not like you can say "hang out let me get my food scale". Telling a new client who wants to lose weight to weigh all their food is just too hard an option for them, so it's better to use portion control and change their habits. It may seem an easy way to cheat on yourself but you just have to ask yourself, do I want to reach my goal or not?

    Originally Posted by demonwareltd View Post
    Devils is good people - always speaks his mind and tells it how it is. Insane conditioning to boot. My reverse usually ends in me throwing in the towel after a month or so and stopping with all the calorie counting. Looking forward to seeing how it should be done!
    Thanks man, Calorie counting is a good way to track your intake, but it's not essential for gaining and losing weight. I'm much more concerned with scale weight and the mirror than calories. If I'm going over too quick I can just taper back my meals slightly.
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    what kind of split are you on? upper/lower?
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    Originally Posted by Heracles26 View Post
    what kind of split are you on? upper/lower?
    Hi there, I am planning to do an Upper/Lower/Rest split. This should give me lots of rest time and allow me to focus on my compound movements before I start fine tuning smaller muscle groups. Keen to get my strength up on a number of lifts.

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    Great work man, always admired your conditioning!
    I should say the same to you, the condition you achieved and maintained through prep is amazing. If I ever thought I was getting in good condition I would think about your journal (among others) to compare myself against the highest standards. Seeing other people achieve that level is very inspiring and makes me feel I can do the same one day.
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    just wanted to drop in and say i really admire your no bull**** approach and philosophy towards the fitness community
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    Originally Posted by Devils View Post
    I hope this explains things better. I have spoken with a number of competitors on the day of the show, the common theme is they have been dieting for around 12 weeks, they have passed on social occasion and dinners out with friends, they are locked into the same "diet" and "clean" meals in the effort to get more condition and they often struggle with hunger and cravings. They are also doing daily bouts of long cardio, fasted or otherwise.

    All this is ok, it's how many people get into great condition, but can you get into good condition without all that? I want to prove it. Thanks for following.
    I like the way you think. I've thought about this for the past couple of preps.
    I'll be following to see how you fare with this approach. I think it will work!

    I'll be going to a friend's birthday dinner soon.
    When I've had social events this prep I've done what you mentioned..
    I reduce the calories early in the day to accommodate the food later.
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    Hey man! Just wanted to chime in and say I got a huge amount of respect for you and the effort you put into prep. I love hearing your thoughts on things (like your first post in this log). Keep up the good work my shredded brother!
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    Spin Bike Intervals 4x30 seconds @ Level 23, 90 seconds rest

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    Single Lying Leg Curl Level 3, 2x15. Both legs - Level 7 x 15-12
    Sled Calf Raise 130kg x 25, 25, 25

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    Nutrition

    Approx 3,069 calories, 220p, 303c, 115f

    Breakfast was 3 whole eggs, a block of cheese and a spoon of nut butter.
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    Homemade steak burger with onion and tomato sauce + fries
    1 WPC shake with vanilla
    Steak and onions with pea's + spoon of nut butter + yogurt
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    Got in a good leg workout, brutally sore from upperbody training the other day, worked really well. Bit of a shock getting back in there with the weights. Was ok macro wise until dinner time, had Chinese at a food court, I estimated at around 900 calories give or take. I would not usually go over by that much during prep. That said If I wake up and I'm close to my morning weight again, that will determine if I have a light or normal breakfast.

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    just wanted to drop in and say i really admire your no bull**** approach and philosophy towards the fitness community
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    I'll be following to see how you fare with this approach. I think it will work!
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    Bro congrats in taking out the class! I look forward to being onstage with you sometime soon
    Thanks guys. Yeah pm me when you get to Perth.

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    Same to you, you keep an excellent log and I always find myself coming in for a good read.

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    Originally Posted by Devils View Post

    Weighing foods just isn't a realistic option, if you go out to dinner it's not like you can say "hang out let me get my food scale". Telling a new client who wants to lose weight to weigh all their food is just too hard an option for them, so it's better to use portion control and change their habits. It may seem an easy way to cheat on yourself but you just have to ask yourself, do I want to reach my goal or not?



    Thanks man, Calorie counting is a good way to track your intake, but it's not essential for gaining and losing weight. I'm much more concerned with scale weight and the mirror than calories. If I'm going over too quick I can just taper back my meals slightly.
    Interesting.....So without weighing foods or counting calories, how are you estimating you ate 3k cals? Or do you just know from years of weighing and counting food you can guess closely to what each meal is worth? I just cant see not counting or weighing food and being able to hit certain macros if you dont count anything.

    I can sort of see not weighing foods and being able to rough guess items, but to completely not count calories would make it tough to know how much you ate.
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    Originally Posted by ShadowWolfe View Post
    Interesting.....So without weighing foods or counting calories, how are you estimating you ate 3k cals? Or do you just know from years of weighing and counting food you can guess closely to what each meal is worth? I just cant see not counting or weighing food and being able to hit certain macros if you dont count anything.

    I can sort of see not weighing foods and being able to rough guess items, but to completely not count calories would make it tough to know how much you ate.
    It's an educated guess. Educated because I've done it all before, and guess because I just think how many calories it may be. I wouldn't say "years of weight and counting food", I've only done it a few times during prep.

    I don't care about hitting exact macro's, I care about losing fat and keeping strength in the gym. If that's still happening on one day of 30 gram fat and another on 60 gram, why should I care about always hitting some arbitrary number?

    I know how much I'm eating if I'm gaining or losing weight.
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    Originally Posted by Devils View Post
    It's an educated guess. Educated because I've done it all before, and guess because I just think how many calories it may be. I wouldn't say "years of weight and counting food", I've only done it a few times during prep.

    I don't care about hitting exact macro's, I care about losing fat and keeping strength in the gym. If that's still happening on one day of 30 gram fat and another on 60 gram, why should I care about always hitting some arbitrary number?

    I know how much I'm eating if I'm gaining or losing weight.
    I really like your take on food consumption, i think that takes more discipline and knowledge then someone who counts each and every macro. You really need to know and understand your body.
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    Originally Posted by Devils View Post
    It's an educated guess. Educated because I've done it all before, and guess because I just think how many calories it may be. I wouldn't say "years of weight and counting food", I've only done it a few times during prep.

    I don't care about hitting exact macro's, I care about losing fat and keeping strength in the gym. If that's still happening on one day of 30 gram fat and another on 60 gram, why should I care about always hitting some arbitrary number?

    I know how much I'm eating if I'm gaining or losing weight.
    To me not counting calories would mean not knowing your P/C/F intake. Even if your guessing these numbers your still "counting calories"....or atleast i think thats considered counting.


    But thats a difference of opinion and what your doing obviously works, ideal physique for sure.
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    Like your philosophy on diet. Big fan of the idea of structuring your diet around activity level, social events etc. Makes sense.
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    Since you said your "Activty" varies so much everyday, do you have a weekly job? Such as a desk job or a job where you are on your feet that you would use as a baseline for calories

    then if you trained you would increase calories for the day
    if you rested you would decrese.

    If you did cardio + workoed out it would be more kcals etc..

    or is your day to day pretty various as far as overall NEAT/Activity go.

    DO you add a specific # for cardio/workouts etc off the top of your head?
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    Originally Posted by ShadowWolfe View Post
    To me not counting calories would mean not knowing your P/C/F intake. Even if your guessing these numbers your still "counting calories"....or atleast i think thats considered counting.


    But thats a difference of opinion and what your doing obviously works, ideal physique for sure.
    As in the mental process of counting? yeah of course, in that case we're all counting how many reps we do, how many minutes it takes to drive to work, how many meals we have had in the day. Estimating on the fly how many p/c/f you may consume in a meal, do you really believe that takes some huge amount of thought? Whether you're aware of it or not, numbers are going through your head every waking hour of your day, you just need to pay attention.

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    In for this.

    Like your philosophy on diet. Big fan of the idea of structuring your diet around activity level, social events etc. Makes sense.
    It's like everyone says, prep shouldn't need to impact your life, it should be enjoyable. I'm guilty of it in the past, complaining about prep. Nobody really wants to hear about that, because obviously it's our choice to do what we do.

    Nowadays I like to keep positive, most times when people ask how am I feeling I want to say "I feel great"

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    Since you said your "Activty" varies so much everyday, do you have a weekly job? Such as a desk job or a job where you are on your feet that you would use as a baseline for calories

    then if you trained you would increase calories for the day
    if you rested you would decrese.
    If you did cardio + workoed out it would be more kcals etc..
    or is your day to day pretty various as far as overall NEAT/Activity go.
    DO you add a specific # for cardio/workouts etc off the top of your head?
    No problem, I can explain this a little better. I work 6 days a week, my hours are pretty standard and I would say my job is moderately physically demanding. My work activity is also very constant, there's not many times were It deviates from my average activity levels.

    From this baseline I usually increase calories if I have training that day for 60 minutes, and a further increase if I'm doing cardio. Comparatively I would decrease from baseline if I was not training that day and wasn't physically active, for example a lazy Sunday.

    If I've had a particularly good workout I would say I eat 20-30% more food that day, if I was resting I would eat 20-30% less. I usually reduce my CHO, for example instead of having a steak sandwich for lunch, I would chop up the steak and stir fry some veg instead. Thus keeping roughly the same protein/fat, but reducing CHO.

    Hope this helps. 75.6kg again this morning btw, 600g above stage weight, 6 days post show. Plenty of good eats as you have seen. I will calculate my average over the last 7 days later.
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    So i take it you just randomly take food to work, and then adjust as you come home for the day. Basically eat a small morning meal/lunch and then adjust later at night and have most of your intake later in the day (as the day goes on) unless you go out to lunch at work and then it makes up the majority of your intake (partaking eating with your co-workers)
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    Day 5, Week 1 Upper Body




    Training

    Spin Bike Warmup, 5 minutes @ Level 15.

    Flat Dumbbell Press 15kg x 12, 26kg x 6, 36kg x 12-12, 40kg x 6-6
    Seated Lat Raise 6kg x 30-26-28

    Pullups 22.5kg x 12-12
    Seated Row Level 12 x 12-12

    Cable Shrugs/Row Level 20 x 30-25-30
    Back Extensions bodyweight x 15-15-15-15
    Cable Bicep Curl Level 11 x 15-10
    Rear Delt Fly Level 2 x 12-12-12

    Nutrition

    Approx 2,649 calories, 215p, 238.6c, 98.6f

    Breakfast was an omelet, 3 whites/1 yolk, 1 Cup of coffee + whey + 1 slice of cheese and 1 spood of PB
    Lunch was chinese bbq pork with rice and veg. (restaurant food, estimated at 865 cals, fat not eaten)
    Dinner was a steak burger with salad/onions,
    After work was another omelet with grated cheese and salad.


    Thoughts

    Really loving training again, still sore from the last upper body workout but once I got going I felt tight and full. Feeling great in general and I feel satisfied during the day. The hunger is still there by the way, but you just kind of make a friend of it. There's no way your body needs 3000+ calories a day post comp so I don't see the need to keep eating just because I don't feel full.

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    I should say the same to you, the condition you achieved and maintained through prep is amazing. If I ever thought I was getting in good condition I would think about your journal (among others) to compare myself against the highest standards. Seeing other people achieve that level is very inspiring and makes me feel I can do the same one day.
    Its crazy how lean you are in your pics. When I started working with Paul Revelia at Pro Physique and he was asking where I wanted to be for my contest October 5th - I was trying to find your profile picture to send him and tell him THIS...THIS IS WHAT I WANT. lol
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    Current morning weight = 75.4kg

    Going to start increasing food even more, 400g/1 lbs up 6 days post show, pretty much the green light to increase calories.



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    You are very inspiring.
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    Originally Posted by utgunslinger13 View Post
    Its crazy how lean you are in your pics. When I started working with Paul Revelia at Pro Physique and he was asking where I wanted to be for my contest October 5th - I was trying to find your profile picture to send him and tell him THIS...THIS IS WHAT I WANT. lol
    That's great, I do the same when looking at pro's, including Paul. I put them in the highest standard of conditioning and always set my goal high.
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    Day 6, Week 1 Legs
    Morning Weight - 75.4kg wut


    Training

    Keiser Spin Bike Intervals 5 minutes @ Level 15
    4x30 seconds @ Level 20-23, 60 seconds rest

    Single Leg Extension Level 6, 3x15
    Single Lying Leg Curl Level 3, 2x15. Both legs - Level 7 x 15-12
    Sled Calf Raise 135kg x 25, 25, 25

    Walking Lunges 30kg x 20, 20



    Nutrition

    Approx 3,173 calories, 227p, 328c, 110.9f

    Breakfast was 2 whole eggs + 2 whites, a block of cheese and a spoon of nut butter + grilled tomatoes
    Lunch was 2 steak sandwhiches and salad
    1 WPC shake with vanilla post workout
    bag of lollies at the cinema
    Thai Cashew Chicken + Mixed vegetables + little bit of Masaman curry


    Thoughts

    Another good leg workout. Also went to see Star Trek which was great then went out to a Thai restaurant for dinner. Very enjoyable. It's officially 1 week from my contest, currently between 400 and 600 grams above stage weight or 1 to 1.3 lbs. I've been enjoying some good eats and feeling better in general, my average calories over the last 6 days have been around 2800. Starting next week I plan to bump my average up to around 2900 and see if any weight gain occurs, which I will then hold at for a while.

    As noted in my previous entries I am doing high intensity interval sprints as my only form of cardio, usually for a maximum of 10 minutes on the bike. This is not just an effort to stay fit but I enjoy doing them and see it as a staple for my new leg routine. I've taken some 1 week pics so I'll post them up in a bit.

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    Here are some 1 Week post show pics, these were taken after a legs session so they were a bit pumped





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    Originally Posted by Devils View Post
    Training

    Keiser Spin Bike Intervals 5 minutes @ Level 15
    4x30 seconds @ Level 20-23, 60 seconds rest


    Thoughts

    As noted in my previous entries I am doing high intensity interval sprints as my only form of cardio, usually for a maximum of 10 minutes on the bike. This is not just an effort to stay fit but I enjoy doing them and see it as a staple for my new leg routine. I've taken some 1 week pics so I'll post them up in a bit.

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    I would fall off the bike doing those levels and rest time..LOL!

    Have you heard this?
    http://www.rxmuscle.com/2013-01-11-0...e-3-12-13.html

    This changed my view on cardio.
    She approached with her hand extended,. I slowly stepped back. "No" she said. "I just want to shake your hand. You're amazingly gorgeous." As she walked by me she copped a biceps feel.


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    Originally Posted by deltpecx View Post
    I would fall off the bike doing those levels and rest time..LOL!

    Have you heard this?
    http://www.rxmuscle.com/2013-01-11-0...e-3-12-13.html

    This changed my view on cardio.
    That's what I'm doing man, it's just in this instance I reduced the rest by 20-30 seconds to get it done quicker. The other times I've had 90-120 seconds rest.
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    Originally Posted by Devils View Post
    That's what I'm doing man, it's just in this instance I reduced the rest by 20-30 seconds to get it done quicker. The other times I've had 90-120 seconds rest.
    That's what i like about it the shorter time.
    I usually go 2 to 3 min. rest but not this past week..I was beat after each sprint.
    She approached with her hand extended,. I slowly stepped back. "No" she said. "I just want to shake your hand. You're amazingly gorgeous." As she walked by me she copped a biceps feel.


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    Originally Posted by deltpecx View Post
    I would fall off the bike doing those levels and rest time..LOL!

    Have you heard this?
    http://www.rxmuscle.com/2013-01-11-0...e-3-12-13.html

    This changed my view on cardio.
    cliffs of the over hour long video?
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    Originally Posted by ShadowWolfe View Post
    cliffs of the over hour long video?
    Not a video just audio.
    She approached with her hand extended,. I slowly stepped back. "No" she said. "I just want to shake your hand. You're amazingly gorgeous." As she walked by me she copped a biceps feel.


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