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    Knocked out an hr on the treadmill AFTER all that? Beast mode baby!
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    Walked to stores later in day trying to decide what I wanted to eat. Ended up with Subway though disgruntled by it all. 8 dollars is pricey for a foot long. I miss the 5 dollar sub days. Plus, when he asked if I wanted toasted I said no.. so he toasted it. le sigh And it's so many calories in the sandwiches. Many are like 1k calories for a sandwich. blah
    They never listen at Subway. I say a little bit of sauce and I swear they dump a whole bottle of sauce on the thing. I go there when I'm at work and have nothing with me, so it's either eat nothing for 12 hours straight or that, or Mcdonalds but let's be real that chit makes me nearly crap my shorts lulz.
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    Originally Posted by thehobbes View Post
    Knocked out an hr on the treadmill AFTER all that? Beast mode baby!

    They never listen at Subway. I say a little bit of sauce and I swear they dump a whole bottle of sauce on the thing. I go there when I'm at work and have nothing with me, so it's either eat nothing for 12 hours straight or that, or Mcdonalds but let's be real that chit makes me nearly crap my shorts lulz.
    Thanks. Didn't feel much like beast mode with just the two lifts. Treadmill is easy as long as I can not get too bored. Listened to a book for a little bit then some edm music to survive the trudge as I'm just walking. Fast food in general has a record for not getting things right and it didn't help the one yesterday was probably 17. I often end up with tomatoes on things despite requesting to have it taken off, for example. We have Mcdonald's near the apartment too but other than the chicken sandwich, there isn't much I like from there. I'm not a big fan of fast food hamburgers in general.



    There is a meet in August I have been eyeing and it now is open to apply. Question is: do I pull the trigger and put in for the meet or wait? My stepsisters live near Denver so would have places to stay, just need to have a way to get there. hmmmm
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    Frontier usually has pretty cheap flights between LAX and Denver.
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    Frontier usually has pretty cheap flights between LAX and Denver.
    Thanks. First i need to decide if I want to compete at the meet. Will consider tickets for flight in June if I do. Though I do have plenty of PTO to use.

    I wrote this all out already and now have to rewrite. *grumbles* Struggled to fall asleep last night for no reason so ended up with less than 3 hours of sleep considering how often woke up in the short time was sleeping. Had the early morning/open shift as traded with coworker. Wasn't too bad though. We didn't have a lot working but it was a bit slower despite being Monday due to holiday (religious) for some in the area. Tomorrow will probably be busy and I got asked to go in earlier than scheduled cause one of the techs has jury duty so not sleeping in as late as I had hoped. Got out mostly on time today but that meant after 4 pm traffic and after 5 pm gym crowd. So many bros. Managed to get most of the lifts done with just some interruptions on how many sets I had left, though skipped db flies cause tired and couldn't find the dumbbells I needed.

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    good morning - 5x5 @ 155 (tried since had done 145 for 4 weeks, was heavy but survived)
    bench - 1x5 @ 65, 1x5 @ 75, 5x5 @ 85

    Now have to finish newsletter for writing site then get to bed. At least managed to get lunches ready for the next couple of days after I got home. Maybe I can get some sleep tonight.
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    Das a lotta bench!

    I think I remember you and shesprints talking about a love for LGBQT+ media a while back. So this author that I like has added a few LGBQT+ minis to a series I read back in the day, and started an entirely new LGBQT+ series set in the same "world" as the previous series. Her name is G.L. Carriger, and her books (that I've read) are in a steampunk-meets-paranormal universe, although the initial series was set in Victorian era and the new series is set in an alt-modern day (and is less steampunky). Anyway, if you haven't already come across her I'd suggest checking her out. Even in the original "straight" series, Carriger has stated to fans that the main character is a bisexual female, but she doesn't really understand that or have a word for it given her setting.
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    oh noes, did bb.com shut the window? I wish it had an autosave feature. I've had to rewrite more posts than I'd like. Looks like a good lifting day and you've joined the dark side of people who do lunges, I see.

    @mavd I rarely read fantasy (Terry Pratchett spoiled it for me I think lol) but I want to take a look at those now!
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    Originally Posted by Fiction2Fitness View Post
    There is a meet in August I have been eyeing and it now is open to apply. Question is: do I pull the trigger and put in for the meet or wait? My stepsisters live near Denver so would have places to stay, just need to have a way to get there. hmmmm
    Ooooo DO IT!

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    Originally Posted by mavd View Post
    Das a lotta bench!

    I think I remember you and shesprints talking about a love for LGBQT+ media a while back. So this author that I like has added a few LGBQT+ minis to a series I read back in the day, and started an entirely new LGBQT+ series set in the same "world" as the previous series. Her name is G.L. Carriger, and her books (that I've read) are in a steampunk-meets-paranormal universe, although the initial series was set in Victorian era and the new series is set in an alt-modern day (and is less steampunky). Anyway, if you haven't already come across her I'd suggest checking her out. Even in the original "straight" series, Carriger has stated to fans that the main character is a bisexual female, but she doesn't really understand that or have a word for it given her setting.
    Yep. Good ol' Sheiko, heavy on the bench. Tomorrow will be bench and deadlift. Do you mean Gail Carriger? Over on Goodreads web site, G.L. Carriger has a gay wolf series (gay male) though I think they are the same person. Gail Carriger is known for her books and personal style. I haven't read her books but she always sounded fun when on the podcast Writing Excuses. The books are on my to read list but haven't gotten there yet. Love fantasy but don't often read much glbtq though I write m/m.

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    oh noes, did bb.com shut the window? I wish it had an autosave feature. I've had to rewrite more posts than I'd like. Looks like a good lifting day and you've joined the dark side of people who do lunges, I see.

    @mavd I rarely read fantasy (Terry Pratchett spoiled it for me I think lol) but I want to take a look at those now!
    Sadly, it was my fault. hit "reply" instead of "post quick reply." oops. I've done lunges a fair amount in the past, mostly curtsy lunges. My knees aren't always a fan so I'm cautious with that one.

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    Ooooo DO IT!

    Oh and welcome back to the Lunge Club! Enjoy your stay, and the following pain and misery that ensues lol.
    hehe Thanks. Between Saturday 195 squats, deadlifts Sunday and the 7 sets of squats plus lunges, I was feeling it today. I made a customer chuckle though when I groaned about needing to bend to reach for something.


    And working earlier than scheduled tomorrow too. Not sure how long I'll work either then have to get to the gym. Deadlifts and bench, all kinds of fun planned.
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    Yeah she uses G.L. for the series I initially got into and Gail for some of her more recent stuff I think. The current day series is gay male as main characters (they're not all werewolf, there's a drag queen fox shifter and a mereman lol), but set in SF with representation of all genders and orientations in supporting characters. Her "young adult" series in the same world setting has a straight female as main but a lesbian in a strong supporting role, and then that character gets her own novella later on. Anyway, I guess my point is for the most part her works have good representation of LGBQT+ characters without necessarily having being not-straight as the main plot. I consider her work more fluff-easy-to-read than true high-fantasy. Very snarky dialogue and relate-able characters. N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth series is more of a high-fantasy/sci-fi that sets gender fluidity and non-hetero relationships as "the norm" but not the focus of the plot. I haven't gotten to any of Jemisin's other works yet.
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    Originally Posted by Fiction2Fitness View Post
    I wrote this all out already and now have to rewrite. *grumbles*
    I hate that!
    Struggled to fall asleep last night for no reason so ended up with less than 3 hours of sleep considering how often woke up in the short time was sleeping.
    Hormones maybe? I have trouble sleeping around my time of month, usually just take my anxiety meds to help me knock out. lol.

    So many bros. Managed to get most of the lifts done with just some interruptions on how many sets I had left...
    Beats interruptions like "you should be lifting that" lol. Awful time to go to the gym, even without any negative bros, it's too crowded.
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    Yeah she uses G.L. for the series I initially got into and Gail for some of her more recent stuff I think. The current day series is gay male as main characters (they're not all werewolf, there's a drag queen fox shifter and a mereman lol), but set in SF with representation of all genders and orientations in supporting characters. Her "young adult" series in the same world setting has a straight female as main but a lesbian in a strong supporting role, and then that character gets her own novella later on. Anyway, I guess my point is for the most part her works have good representation of LGBQT+ characters without necessarily having being not-straight as the main plot. I consider her work more fluff-easy-to-read than true high-fantasy. Very snarky dialogue and relate-able characters. N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth series is more of a high-fantasy/sci-fi that sets gender fluidity and non-hetero relationships as "the norm" but not the focus of the plot. I haven't gotten to any of Jemisin's other works yet.
    Thanks for the info as I didn't know that about her. I have a few different ones on my to read least though have lately focused on non-fiction.

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    I hate that!

    Hormones maybe? I have trouble sleeping around my time of month, usually just take my anxiety meds to help me knock out. lol.

    Beats interruptions like "you should be lifting that" lol. Awful time to go to the gym, even without any negative bros, it's too crowded.
    Nice benching!
    Thanks. The Sleep is eh, it happens. I've had random struggles with insomnia off and on for many years. Not a fan of medication so just put up with the occasional sleep issue. A good night it takes me around an hour to fall asleep anyways. True on the interruptions though don't usually get told not to do anything. On occasion someone, guys, make a comment on how much I'm lifting and usually not at my max, which is always weird feeling but eh, better than other responses indeed.


    Yesterday's after work gym session was deadlifts and bench. Took 2 hours and I didn't even have to wait that long for equipment though I did the deadlifts together instead of doing to knee, bench then going back to box ones. I skipped abs cause was tired after work and had to still get to grocery store before going to bed. Also had to improvise on numbers a little, bench in particular since don't have micro plates and this gym doesn't even have 2.5s. Was still so sore from Monday, feeling all kinds of aches in my hamstrings and thighs in general.

    deadlift to knees - 1x4 @ 135, 1x4 @ 165, belt 2x3 @ 195, 4x2 @ 225
    deadlift from box (plates) - 1x4 @ 165, 1x4 @ 195, belt 2x3 @ 225, 3x2 @ 255 needed chalk but didn't have it
    bench - 1x8 1x7 @ 65, 1x6 1x5 @ 75, 1x4 @ 88, 2x3 @ 95, 2x1 @ 105, 1x3 @ 95, 1x4 1x6 @ 85, 1x8 @ 75, 1x10 @ 65, 1x2 @ 55
    leg press - 90 and whatever sled weighs 5x5 (for once it wasn't being used)
    Don't know what to do for ab day since it's not often and just 5 sets of 10 reps. Probably should figure out something.

    I could go before work tomorrow since working late shift and have morning shift on Saturday but... I'm going to sleep in and work 1-9 then lift. Saturday 9 am shift will be tiring but that's what monster 0 calorie energy drinks are for, right?
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    Your leg press number is reassuring. I always thought everyone had a proportionally big leg press weight, and that it was usually higher than their squats, so I was pretty "wtf" when I finally got to try a leg press, and couldn't move as much as I thought I was supposed to.

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    Originally Posted by LunaLifts View Post
    Your leg press number is reassuring. I always thought everyone had a proportionally big leg press weight, and that it was usually higher than their squats, so I was pretty "wtf" when I finally got to try a leg press, and couldn't move as much as I thought I was supposed to.

    Nice deadlifting, and yay for Monster Zeros!
    Leg presses are 100% dependent on foot placement. High vs low, wide vs hip distance vs narrow stance...... all can drastically change the numbers I can put up!

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    Originally Posted by LunaLifts View Post
    Your leg press number is reassuring. I always thought everyone had a proportionally big leg press weight, and that it was usually higher than their squats, so I was pretty "wtf" when I finally got to try a leg press, and couldn't move as much as I thought I was supposed to.

    Nice deadlifting, and yay for Monster Zeros!
    Yay Monster Zero! But don't have one today, instead got to sleep in. With leg press it depends on the equipment and how long I've been doing it. Struggle as often hit the safety part since my legs are short. I also haven't done the lift in a long time. Couple of years ago I was at over 180 not counting the sled part back when I was in Oregon at the 24 hour fitness there. Then again I've also done single leg and that is an ego bruiser, had to just use 10 lb plates and that was tough even.

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    Leg presses are 100% dependent on foot placement. High vs low, wide vs hip distance vs narrow stance...... all can drastically change the numbers I can put up!

    F2F... That's once again a crazy amount of bench. This program is crazy!
    Foot placement is a big factor too and being able to reach things... It is crazy. Good ol' Sheiko. I get to squat and bench tonight.
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    I'm intrigued by this leg press dialogue. I can do 450 on mine, but I THINK that part of what happens is that all leg press machines are different, or have a different angle. The one at my gym is at a 45-degree angle or thereabouts, and probably that's where the insane weight I can do comes from. I'm only really lifting like... hm, the sine of the angle... so 320?? idk.


    Anyway no wonder that took two hours, that's a crazy volume of benching. I also get lingering soreness in hamstrings more than any other muscle. Hope you can get some sleep soon, any Memorial Day weekend plans?
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    Originally Posted by shesprints View Post
    I'm intrigued by this leg press dialogue. I can do 450 on mine, but I THINK that part of what happens is that all leg press machines are different, or have a different angle. The one at my gym is at a 45-degree angle or thereabouts, and probably that's where the insane weight I can do comes from. I'm only really lifting like... hm, the sine of the angle... so 320?? idk.


    Anyway no wonder that took two hours, that's a crazy volume of benching. I also get lingering soreness in hamstrings more than any other muscle. Hope you can get some sleep soon, any Memorial Day weekend plans?
    Angle is a factor. I've found some much easier than others to use.

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    Yeah foot placement is going to change the LP numbers A LOT. It is probably like all lat pulldown stations being made slightly different. And are all leg press tracks built on exactly a 45 degree angle? Probably not.
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    Yeah foot placement is going to change the LP numbers A LOT. It is probably like all lat pulldown stations being made slightly different. And are all leg press tracks built on exactly a 45 degree angle? Probably not.
    Yeah. Probably not. Even some of the cables the weights feel different at different gyms or so it feels like.

    Didn't gym last night when I was supposed to as I thought it through and 9pm work shift end plus hour drive would mean not finishing until after midnight so wouldn't have gotten asleep until after 1 am. Had work this morning at 9 am. So, I ended up going to the gym today. Will mean another 3 days in a row but I don't have work the next two days at least. Tough session and arms are tired now.


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    Huh, really? My gym is way more crowded on Saturdays because the people who work all week come in.

    I'm glad you get a couple days off work, seems like you're run a bit ragged lately.
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